Tech startups join UK cyber experts to address security challenges
10 Aug 2021 12:30 PM
The first companies to work with the NCSC for Startups initiative have been selected.
- First companies take their place on the NCSC For Startups programme
- Five innovators will showcase their ideas to address critical UK cyber security issues
- Collaboration between NCSC and Plexal, the innovation company, will support thriving cyber security industry
Five cyber security innovators have been chosen to work with the UK’s technical experts to address some of the most prevalent threats facing the nation.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – and Plexal, the innovation company, yesterday (Tuesday) announced the first companies to join the recently launched NCSC For Startups initiative.
The programme welcomes startups at all stages of maturity; from those developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), to those with established cyber security solutions looking to expand into new markets and pilot technology. NCSC For Startups is the successor to the NCSC Cyber Accelerator, a programme which helped more than 40 tech companies raise over £100m in external investment.
The first five companies offer a range of solutions to issues including cyber fraud and ransomware.
The companies are:
- PORGiESOFT – an edtech startup using AI to develop cyber fraud detection for enterprise employees
- Exalens – equipping SME manufacturers with an inexpensive threat detection service
- Enclave – helping organisations effortlessly create Zero Trust overlay networks
- Meterian – SaaS provider platform that builds a scalable and sustainable line of defence for apps that use open source software
- Rebellion Defence – using AI to defend national security systems against threats like ransomware
The chosen companies will receive direct support from Plexal’s cyber innovation team and leading experts from the NCSC and GCHQ. Startups will also gain access to wider technical and commercial opportunities with Plexal’s industry partners across the UK’s cyber security ecosystem. Startups will keep all intellectual property and equity created during the programme.
Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Growth, yesterday said:
“The UK has a thriving cyber security industry and I’m excited to get to work with our first five companies and bring their innovations to life.
“Finding great ideas that can help protect all areas of society is a key part of our mission and we look forward to collaborating with more startups as the programme rolls on.”
NCSC for Startups is a collaboration between the NCSC and Plexal, the innovation company. The programme will be supported by Deloitte, CyNam, which brings Cheltenham’s cyber community together, Cheltenham-based coworking space Hub8 and tech skills provider QA.
Saj Huq, Director of Innovation at Plexal, yesterday said:
“We’re excited to welcome the first innovators to NCSC For Startups. The response to our call for applications has been phenomenal and we’re looking forward to bringing on more startups throughout 2021 in response to specific challenges and technology needs in the cyber security market.
“The NCSC understands the UK’s cyber security challenges better than anyone, and the opportunity for innovative startups to benefit from its world-class insight and expertise is unique. Combined with Plexal’s extensive track record in supporting startups to become market leaders, NCSC For Startups will help companies address some of the most challenging security problems facing the government, businesses and society now and in the future.”
For more information on NCSC for Startups and how to apply, head to our dedicated hub.