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12/11/2019
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Sara Peters
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The Next Security Silicon Valley: Coming to a City Near You?

The high cost of doing business in California's San Francisco Bay Area is just one factor driving infosec companies - established and and startups, alike - to pursue their fortunes elsewhere. Here's where many are going.

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(Image: TUBS/Wikimedia Commons)

Southeast England

SCV's Thomas says it is clear the British are serious about obtaining cybersecurity venture capital; inviting VCs like his to official meetings at the Embassy in Washington, for example.   

London is already home to some of the world's major risk management and advisory firms: KPMG, PwC, BT, and EY. The region is also home to the HQs of cybersecurity powerhouses and upstarts like BAE Systems in Surrey, Sophos in Abingdon, Digital Shadows in East Sussex, and Darktrace in Cambridge.

Infosec business has been streaming into "Thames Valley," particularly into the town of Reading. Fortinet, Symantec, CrowdStrike, Absolute, and MobileIron are just a handful of those with offices in Reading.

Alan Rodger, senior analyst at Ovum, also points further northeast to call out an incubator in Martlesham (in Suffolk, outside Ipswitch) that has spun out promising quantum computing company .Q, which helps deliver "future-proof encryption."

Many of the 19 UK universities recognized as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research are stationed in this region.

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Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad ... View Full Bio

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