TOP cyber security jobs are being created in Worcestershire thanks to a heritage dating back to the development of wartime radar, says Worcester’s MP.

Robin Walker said a recent conference on cyber security showed the county was well-placed to make the most of a growth in the sector.

Four firms got together to run the free conference for the benefit of smaller companies, to explain key issues around cyber security such as handling card payments online, hacking, and cost-effective ways of tackling the computer hackers.

“About 50 people were there from several companies and the University of Worcester to discuss the rising growth of threats from the internet and how those risks are being tackled,” said Mr Walker.

“But what it showed was that there are some good brains in the county, going back to the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency and that because of that we can pull in growth and investment.

“I spoke to companies who have been taking on new members of staff in what is a fast-growing sector.”

The former Government department was split in 2001 with the majority of its staff transferring to private Malvern-based defence firm QinetiQ.

One of its former employees, Ian Whiting, is now managing director of Worcester-based Titania. The event was put together by Titania, First Solution Technologies, the University of Worcester and the Malvern Security Group.

Mr Walker said with the skilled workforce, the growth of the Malvern Hills Science Park and a willingness in Government to do business with smaller firms the future was bright for Worcestershire’s cyber security sector.