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Government launches cyber security export strategy

Matteo Natalucci Published 26 March 2018

Plan aims to establish partnership between government and tech start-ups to protect UK and organisations overseas from cyber attacks


The Government launched today a new  Cyber Security Export Strategy   to promote the UK’s cyber security expertise and strengthen defence capabilities in the UK and allied countries.

The strategy aims to establish a partnership between government and tech start-ups to develop world-leading technologies to protect the UK and organisations overseas from cyber attacks.

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said that the strategy will help the UK’s 800 cyber security companies to win contracts that provide security for high profile international buyers and protect networks across the world.

Dr Fox said, “Recent events show that the UK faces a diverse range of threats from hostile state actors. So in an increasingly digital world, it’s vital that we improve our cyber capabilities, which are crucial for national security and prosperity”.

He added, “The strategy I am publishing today will support UK companies to export our world-leading cyber security expertise, which will help strengthen our capabilities, and protect our country and our allies from those who wish us harm”.

The Cyber Security Export Strategy sets out three commitments from the Department for International Trade (DIT) to UK cyber companies:

  1. Pursue: in priority markets DIT will act as a trusted advisor to support UK companies bidding for major opportunities, primarily selling to overseas governments and critical national infrastructure providers.
  2. Enable: DIT will curate bespoke offers for the top buyers in these sectors worldwide, running trade missions and pitching UK companies to address identified capability gaps.
  3. Respond: to showcase the best of UK cyber security updated branding and marketing will be developed and deployed around the globe alongside new cyber security content on

The strategy aims to support the ongoing work of the  2016 National Cyber Security Strategy . The 2016 strategy provided £1.9bn of transformative investment in cyber security, which is being used alongside more conventional land, maritime and air capabilities, to meet these threats head-on.

UK cyber exports overall totalled £1.5bn in 2016, and global demand for software products to protect digital systems from vulnerabilities continues to grow, with total spend expected to exceed £759bn by 2021.

This new strategy has been developed with industry and comes with robust export control regimes which will safeguard human rights.

ADS, the UK trade association for the security sector, said the strategy is an important step to help the UK’s world-leading cyber security companies reach new markets and continue to grow.

ADS chief executive, Paul Everitt, said, “Public and private organisations in the UK and around the world are facing rapidly evolving cyber security threats”.

Everitt said, “The UK’s cyber security exports are already worth £1.5bn a year and we expect this area of activity to continue offering the strongest export growth in the security sector in the years ahead”.

“This new strategy announced today can help the sector continue to grow, make a greater contribution to national prosperity, and protect the UK and our allies from threats in cyberspace.” Everitt added.

The strategy follows the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s investment in two cyber innovation centres in Cheltenham and London.


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