The partnership between City and CRC will result in a Centre of Excellence focused on reducing the vulnerability of SMEs to cyber-crime in London.

By Mr John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer), Published


City, University of London is hosting the Cyber Resilience Centre (CRC) for London’s new head office.

Located at City’s Northampton Square campus, the office provides the CRC with a permanent base in the Capital, and has been made possible as a result of a strategic partnership with one of the UK’s leading academic institutions.

The move will see the Centre have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities as well as other University resources. It will also provide opportunities for students at City to work in the Centre and develop their skills and knowledge to help them become workplace-ready.

Simon Newman, CEO of the CRC for London, said the office brings the vision of a Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security, closer to reality:

"We are incredibly grateful to City for hosting the Centre at their Northampton Square campus. Our shared vision is to build a Centre of Excellence at the University that brings together key stakeholders across London with a focus on reducing the vulnerability of SMEs to cyber-crime. This is an important first step towards achieving that vision. The support we have received from the University has been absolutely first class and demonstrates the value they place on cyber resilience, as well as innovation in tackling key issues affecting the UK economy."

Professor Muttukrishnan Rajarajan, Professor of Security Engineering and Director of the Institute for Cyber Security at City, said:

We are excited to host the London CRC offices at City and we look forward to jointly establishing a Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity that can serve the needs of the London SMEs.

The Cyber Resilience Centre for London forms part of a Network of regional Centres spanning all of England and Wales, working to boost the cyber resilience of the SME community which comprise 99.9% of UK businesses.

While the rising threat of cyber-crime has been no secret in the past decade, the state of resilience against these threats has remained underdeveloped with lack of widespread awareness and a shrinking workforce. With access to a pool of student talent and cutting-edge resources, the partnership between City and the CRC for London supports crucial work towards building the UK economy’s resilience, ensuring a safer, more prosperous future for its people.