New programme ‘accelerates’ cyber security

Seven ‘start-ups’ have become the first organisations to be part of a government-funded programme to work closely with intelligence personnel to devise a new wave of cyber-security systems.

Jan 25, 2017
By Paul Jacques

Seven ‘start-ups’ have become the first organisations to be part of a government-funded programme to work closely with intelligence personnel to devise a new wave of cyber-security systems.

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, said the new ‘GCHQ Cyber Accelerator’ project was a vital step in delivering the Government’s £1.9 billion national cyber security strategy and will “create cutting-edge technology to better protect the nation from cyber attacks and make going online safer for all”.

Chris Ensor, the deputy director for cyber security skills and growth at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said it would be an “important step forward” for online safety.

“The Accelerator will combine GCHQ’s understanding of the challenges and deep expertise in cyber security with innovative and cutting-edge companies,” he added.

Last September, NCSC head Ciaran Martin warned that the UK was not yet good enough to deal with the scale of cyber threats and attacks.

Among the seven companies are counter-intelligence specialist Countercraft, which produces a deception platform making use of decoy computers and false data, and Cyberowl, which has an early warning system that uses analytics to prepare for cyber attacks.

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