Raytheon UK has opened a new £4 million Cyber Centre in Manchester, England.

The centre was officially opened by the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Minister of State for Security, on Friday December 8. The new centre will employ 150 cyber engineers and is intended to complement the National Cyber Security Centre’s Active Cyber Defence initiative, a UK programme designed to tackle cybercrime.

Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Minister of State for Security said: ““Not only will this Raytheon Cyber Centre provide further highly-skilled employment in the North West, it will also be at the forefront in countering some of the most serious threats faced by British industry.

“The cyber threat is ever-changing and ensuring that we have robust security in place has never been more important. This Government welcomes any investment that will help to ensure that the internet remains a safe space in which to conduct business.”

Richard Daniel, chief executive officer and managing director at Raytheon UK said: “Cyber security is a key element to our economic and national security.

“Besides creating jobs, Raytheon’s new Cyber Centre provides advanced capabilities to identify and mitigate threats.”