A cyber security expert from the University of Plymouth has contributed to a major new report into the strength of the UK’s cyber security sector.
Steve Furnell, Professor of Information Security, was among the key advisers to the UK Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis 2020 produced for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
It reveals the number of active cyber security firms in the UK has increased 44 per cent from 2017 and that the industry is now worth an estimated £8.3 billion.
It also shows there has been significant growth in annual revenue and employment, as well as considerable investment in early-stage companies.
Professor Furnell leads the University’s Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research (CSCAN), and has conducted extensive research into digital security practices among individuals and businesses.
For this report, he worked alongside colleagues from Ipsos MORI, Perspective Economics, and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast, helping to shape the survey sent to 262 cyber security firms based in the UK in May and June 2019.