£6m funding available to UK businesses to improve digital security by design

  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is running a cybersecurity initiative, giving UK businesses the chance to collaborate with suppliers and academics to investigate and evaluate the impact new technologies may have on the future of digital security.

    The Digital Security by Design programme will see businesses and researchers prototype a step-change that will enhance the central hardware and software of a computer, so they can help block the issues responsible for up to 70% of today’s security vulnerabilities.

    The programme is supporting a second round Demonstrator competition that will provide two or three projects a share of up to £6m, through UKRI’s Industrial Strategies Challenge Fund.

    UKRI said that an ideal consortium will be able to represent an industry sector that requires secure system operation with safety and resilience or those that manage high-value data assets in which compromise may cause serious economic or personal harm.

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    Through this competition, UKRI added that businesses from these sectors have a "unique opportunity to be part of a transformational change in securing their business functions, products and services stretching across their supply chain providers."

    In a press release, the organisation stated: "The growing number of data breaches and cyber-attacks are exposing the widespread nature of digital vulnerabilities and it's clear no sector of business, infrastructure or society is safe.

    "Whether it’s delivering critical infrastructure, the processing of valuable data, or the digitization of industry, business will grow or die depending on the cyber security and resilience of their computerised systems."

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    Competition details can be viewed here.

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