Universities Minister gets insight into Cyber opportunities

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts was given an insight into the growing number of job opportunities for cyber experts when he visited the Lockheed Martin UK Security Intelligence Centre (SIC) at Farnborough.

The SIC is part of a worldwide network of Lockheed Martin offices staffed with cyber experts, who defend the security and aerospace company’s IT networks against attacks.

Lockheed Martin is ranked as one of the most targeted private companies in the world for cyber attacks and the Farnborough centre, opened in late 2011, works closely with two similar centres in the United States to monitor and stave off multiple daily threats.

Lockheed Martin also supports the UK Government in its cyber security work and the upsurge in demand for experts has led to major on-going recruitment campaigns for trainees.

Mr Willetts commented: “Cyber attacks pose a significant threat to UK businesses and the Government is committed to making the online environment as safe as possible. But this also provides excellent growth opportunities for the UK’s cyber security industry through the development of leading edge software and technology, which I had the chance to see first hand at Lockheed Martin today.”

Paul Weatherly, managing director of Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems and Global Solutions, added: “Cyber is a major growth area and, as one of the leaders in providing security solutions for our own networks and external customers, there are a considerable number of opportunities for those wishing to join this exciting sector.”

Besides visiting the SIC, Mr Willets also toured the Lockheed Martin UK Innovation and Technology Centre at the Farnborough facility, where experts are working on bespoke solutions for defence and civil customers by developing a wide range of software systems.


Universities Minister gets insight into Cyber opportunities

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