National Cyber Force announces new partnership in North West

The National Cyber Force (NCF) will collaborate with academic institutions and industry in Lancashire ahead of its move to Samlesbury in 2025.

The National Cyber Force is a partnership between defence and intelligence. It is part of the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the Secret Intelligence Service, and the Government Communications Headquarters.

The Lancashire Cyper partnership aims to shape and promote the cyber ecosystem in the region.

The UK government said the partnership will help create jobs in technology and digital supply changes as well as supporting the development of the North West Cyber Corridor.

Companies taking part include the Lancashire County Council, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, the University of Central Lancashire, Lancaster University, and BAE Systems.

“I am immensely proud that the National Cyber Force is set to play a pivotal role in the development of Lancashire’s cyber ecosystem, and the far-reaching benefits that the cyber sector will bring to the whole of the county,” said air vice-marshal Tim Neal-Hopes, commander of the National Cyber Force. “This partnership and opportunity will ensure that Lancashire is uniquely placed to further establish its role as a national leader for cyber and security related capabilities, delivering enduring security, resilience, and prosperity for the nation.”

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