UK government partners with tech startups on cyber security

September 23, 2016

Wayra UK, part of Telefónica Open Future, will run a new cyber accelerator facility with the aim of helping UK startups take the lead in producing the next generation of cyber security systems.

The accelerator programme is a first for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and GCHQ, the UK’s signals intelligence and cyber security agency.

It will see startups gaining access to GCHQ’s personnel and technological expertise to allow them to expand capability, improve ideas and devise cutting-edge technologies to counter cyber threats.

The programme will help startups boost and scale initial sales and business development with relevant partners, and secure follow-on third-party investment.

Startups will be given a grant by Wayra UK as well as a physical space to work in. Participants will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about cyber security best practice and gain Cyber Essential accreditation.

The programme will include insights to government procurement processes, IP management, export controls and information assurance architecture, and provide the opportunity to pitch products and services to government departments.

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