Templar Executives signs up to closer working with partners in Cyber Security and Nuclear Decommissioning
Key players in Nuclear Decommissioning and Cyber Security have signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU).
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which works on behalf of the UK Government to safely clean-up the 17 oldest nuclear sites, and global Cyber services consultancy Templar Executives signed the agreement at Lancaster University, bringing the three parties into closer alignment on key areas of work with implications for the future security, growth and economic wellbeing of the UK.
The MoU will support and expand Lancaster University’s existing capacity and investment in Cyber Security and Protection Sciences, as well as current expansion in both the Schools of Computing and Communications and Engineering. It also recognises the mutually complementary skills and experience of the partners and enables them to enhance co-operation in the civil nuclear business sector.
Recent developments at Lancaster University include a £19m initiative which will see the creation of a Data Cyber Quarter at Lancaster University focussing on data and Cyber Security research, teaching and innovation capabilities along with an unprecedented recruitment drive. This is in addition to a new and innovative part-time Cyber Security Executive MBA, in partnership with Templar Executives, to support business leaders in decision-making on Cyber investments for organisational resilience and the mitigation of threats.
The MoU will also contribute to Lancaster University’s long-standing expertise in Nuclear Engineering with researcher interests in Nuclear Decommissioning including robotics, fuel cycle, waste management, geological disposal, nuclear safety and regulation, environmental forensics, safeguards and security.
Lancaster University Vice-Chancellor Professor Andy Schofield said: “Lancaster is committed to working in partnership to develop the research and evidence base which underpins the security of Critical National Infrastructure in the UK. By joining with organisations such as the NDA and Templar Executives we are bringing the full strength of our research and teaching excellence to the table, to foster knowledge exchange at the highest level and ultimately, together, effect operational change.”
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority CEO David Peattie said: “We’re delighted to be furthering our relationship with Lancaster University and Templar Executives in the field of Cyber space and Cyber Security.
“This MoU demonstrates our commitment to share understanding and expertise, recognising the complementary skills and experience of our organisations relating to cyber and the wider civil nuclear industry.
“Our work with all academic institutions is hugely important in progressing our mission and helping to create the subject matter experts we will need in the future to clean up our sites.”
Templar Executives, which is already in a strategic partnership with Lancaster University, delivers Cyber Security services to Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sectors across the UK and globally, particularly Nuclear.
Templar Executives’ CEO Andrew Fitzmaurice said: “Templar Executives are proud to be a partner in this ground-breaking MoU. The input, knowledge and skills that this MoU embodies will ensure that all parties will be able to progress their Cyber Security resilience at an operational level. The collaboration from a leading university, a Cyber Security business with a global reputation and a CNI organisation with a drive for excellence in Cyber Security, is a powerful combination for change and development. We look forward to helping make the aims of the MoU a reality."
About Templar Executives
Templar Executives is a globally recognised, award-winning Cyber Security consultancy offering a world-class portfolio of consultancy and solutions. Serving as a trusted advisor to Governments, multi-national organisations and SMEs, the firm has an outstanding track record in helping clients develop resilient and business enabling Cyber Security capabilities and embedding best practices for competitive advantage.
Today they are continuing to help build Cyber capacity and capability with clients across a range of industry sectors including critical national infrastructure, healthcare, defence, civil service, civil nuclear, oil and energy, maritime, education, transport and financial services. From the Board to the front-line, Templar Executives work closely with leadership teams demystifying the Cyber threat landscape and supporting the entire organisation’s journey towards sustainable Cyber resilience.
About Lancaster University
Lancaster University’s strong track-record across teaching, research and engagement places it among world-leaders in Cyber Security. It is one of only a handful of universities whose education, research and training is recognised by the NCSC. This year, Lancaster complemented its NCSC-certified MSc Cyber Security with a new BSc Hons Cyber Security, and the launch of the CEMBA, further enhancing its wide-ranging activities in the Cyber sphere.
Lancaster University recently announced a £19m investment into Security and Protection Science – an initiative that will see it recruit 33 new cross-disciplinary academics, 15 Professor in Practice roles and 10 support staff. This investment builds on the University’s recognised position as a centre for Cyber Security expertise, research and training, to support the organisation’s key role in the North West Cyber Corridor, enabling the UK deliver on its mission to become a major, responsible Cyber power.