Microsoft is partnering with the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Accelerator series to develop start-ups that can make the UK safe online.
It comes as the
NCSC warns of rising cybersecurity threats. The NCSC announced that in the past
year it dealt with 723 cybersecurity incidents involving 1,200 victims. These
are the highest totals since the NCSC was formed.
The NCSC is seeing ransomware
attacks triple, with hackers threatening to leak sensitive information if money
is not handed over.
it’s crucial that companies are given the support to create products that can
protect the UK. The Centre is working with new companies to encourage the
development of new products, skills, jobs and growth. It is also working with
Microsoft to encourage applications and offer more knowledge to participants.
Microsoft will provide access to its Accelerator alumni network, as well as
giving access to technology such as Azure cloud platform and GitHub
Enterprise. The collaboration will also give businesses opportunity to sell
This programme in
the series discusses risks associated with:
- Data insights
- Situational awareness
- Interfacing to critical national
- Manufacturing and robotics
Minister for Digital Infrastructure, says: “Good cybersecurity is the
bedrock of our digital economy. People can shop, work and play online and make
Chris Ensor, Deputy
Director for Cyber Skills and Growth at the NCSC, says: “We’re grateful to
Microsoft for their involvement, helping us nurture the most innovative cyber
security talents. I would encourage UK cyber security companies to apply.”
intelligence teams saw a spike in cyber attacks as cyber criminals used
coronavirus scams. In its latest report, the NCSC revealed a quarter of
incidents were related to coronavirus.
General Manager of UK Public Sector at Microsoft, states: “The UK has history
of innovation in cyber security. The level of threat we face today is
significant. Microsoft invests more than $1 billion a year in digital safety.
It’s critical we partner with the National Cyber Security Centre and the Cyber
Accelerator programme to protect British individuals, businesses and
Microsoft also runs
its own programme for helping small companies successfully scale.
“We’re excited to
be working with the NCSC to support fantastic UK-based companies helping us
build better smart cities,” says Amali de Alwis, Managing Director at Microsoft
for Startups UK.
The programme is
open for applications. Participants are chosen through competing using
technical challenges. These identify areas of cybersecurity weakness where
products are needed. Furthermore, start-ups receive growth opportunities and
access to NCSC’s and GCHQ’s expertise.
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