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NDEC cyber centre injects £1m into Ebbw Vale area

Monday February 24th, 2020

Wales’s pioneering cyber centre has met its key milestones and is forging ahead with its first major business win, Economy, Transport and North Wales Minister Ken Skates will announce at a ceremony today to mark the first year of the £20m National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC).Funding

In line with the Welsh Government’s commitment to regenerate the valleys and develop the Foundational Economy, the Minister will also reveal that the NDEC has already injected £1m into the local economy with 20 of its 53 local suppliers based in Ebbw Vale and has employed over 90 per cent of its start-up staff from the local area. 

The Welsh Government and technology leader Thales each committed £10m to establish the centre.

Leaders from business and Welsh public life will also be present for the announcement that Thales has won substantial work with GE Steam Power, one of the world’s leading power companies, on the cyber security of its core facilities. Key elements of that work will be brought to Wales, to be done by the team in the NDEC.

The NDEC is intended to deliver advanced R&D, engage local people through education outreach, and open up cyber trust expertise for major employers and small businesses in Wales, in partnership with the University of South Wales.

Speaking about the NDEC’s success so far, Economy, Transport and North Wales Minister Ken Skates said:

“A year on from our announcement that Thales would be coming to Ebbw Vale to develop the NDEC with us, I’m delighted the project is meeting its milestones, has already injected £1m into the local economy and will be working to deliver a part of a  major new contract for Thales.

The NDEC’s initial capability is now open for business, with a state of the art Cyber Range and business facility, and a growing education programme with links to local businesses. 

From PhD students to apprentices, staff to suppliers, the NDEC is acting as a catalyst for technology growth and economic success in the valleys. It is at the very heart of our Tech Valleys initiative which will help transform the South Wales economy to one of R&D, innovation and long term prosperity. This centre provides a fantastic basis on which to deliver all of this.”

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