The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) and innovation hub Plexal have selected four startups to participate in the NCSC for Startups accelerator.
Operating out of Olympic Park in East London, Plexal provides startups with a physical workspace and uses its relationships with industry, academia, investors and governments to help them develop and ultimately develop their technology. We are helping to roll it out across the public sector.
Designed as a joint accelerator program to help start-ups develop, adapt or pilot solutions to the mission-critical cybersecurity challenges facing the UK, the latest cohort of the NCSC for Startups initiative is We focus on technology and disciplines.
For example, LexVerify uses artificial intelligence (AI) to flag potential issues in real-time to reduce legal and compliance risks related to electronic communications. Meanwhile, Rowden Technologies uses digital fingerprinting to secure devices and help government customers integrate, customize and operate new technologies.
Another startup, penetration testing firm RoboShadow, uses network scanning technology to help companies identify potential exploits and improve effective cybersecurity through free or ultra-low-cost software. We aim to make it easy to use.
ZORB Security, the last startup to join the program, enables employees to access sensitive data outside the corporate network while working from home or traveling.
“As threats evolve and critical national infrastructure faces new challenges, it is important to look for new opportunities to leverage emerging technologies to strengthen the UK’s digital economy and strengthen its cyber resilience. .in Plexal.
“This will require cross-sectoral innovation and collaboration between governments, start-ups and industry, and we are delighted to welcome another talented leader to our inaugural NCSC for Startups program in 2023.
“The hiring of this latest innovator joins a growing ecosystem of collaborators working to make the UK the safest place to live and work online. It includes NCSC for Startups alumni from over 60 companies who have raised over £430m and created over 700 jobs across the country.”
Startups participating in the program will be given access to NCSC’s technical experts and incident response team, part of the UK’s Signals Intelligence Agency GCHQ, and marketing, Benefit further from workshops on fundraising, business development. cyber security market.
Launched in 2017 as the NCSC Cyber Accelerator, the initiative has been rebranded to NCSC for Startups in August 2021. While previous iterations were specifically aimed at helping startups scale, NCSC for Startups is open to startups at any stage of maturity.
The final cohort of startups participating in the program joined in September 2022, with a particular focus on education and building digital skills in the cybersecurity space.
That same month, Plexal joined a second cohort of 35 Cyber Runway accelerators working to solve a variety of pressing challenges in the cybersecurity sector, including ransomware, zero-day attacks, secure authentication and incident response. I selected Startup individually. Increased cyber awareness.
In November 2022, Plexal expanded the program with Cyber Runway Ignite. It is specifically focused on developing startup leadership skills rather than enhancing the business.
Plexal is also involved in running a digital security hub in Greater Manchester, which will open for application in August 2022 and is designed to support the growth of early-stage startups in the North West of England.