£9.5m for Cardiff-led Cyber Innovation Hub

Cardiff University

A proposal to establish a Cyber Innovation Hub has attracted commitments of funding from Welsh Government and the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.

The £6m co-investment in a Cardiff University-led Cyber Innovation Hub (CIH) is expected to drive the transformation and growth of a cybersecurity cluster in South Wales.

Funding is being made available to a consortium led by Cardiff to develop the partnership with collaborators including Airbus, Alacrity Cyber, CGI, Thales NDEC, Tramshed Tech, and the University of South Wales.

Backed by an initial £5.68m over two years from Welsh Government and Cardiff Capital Region (CCR), CIH expects to attract £15m in total over five years, train more than 1,000 cyber-skilled people and create a coordinated catalyst for new products, high-growth businesses and talent in the region.

Developed under the directorship of Pete Burnap, Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity, School of Computer Science and Informatics, CIH aims to boost the number of cyber security businesses anchored in South East Wales, and enhance cybersecurity skills to widen and diversify the cybersecurity talent pool.

Professor Burnap has a track record in the development of world class cybersecurity research and its translation into commercial products. In 2018 Airbus located its only global Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics at Cardiff University, reflecting the leadership and industry-driven ethos of Prof Burnap and the wider team at the Cardiff Centre for Cyber Security Research.

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