The government of the United Kingdom has announced plans to create an accelerator facility that will help produce a new generation of cyber security systems.
On 23 September, the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) announced it will be partnering with the UK Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) to develop advanced cyber security systems that are capable of facing the threats of tomorrow.
As part of that partnership, the DCMS has entrusted Wayra UK, part of Telefónica Open Future that gives funding to startups, to run an accelerator facility based at a new Cheltenham Innovation Centre.
Wayra UK director Gary Stewart feels that accelerator, along with a similar facility that's expected to open in London in 2017, will help tech startups hit the ground running so that they can develop new information security systems.
As quoted in a press release issued by the UK Government:
"Wayra and Telefonica Open Future are immensely proud to be working in partnership with GCHQ on bringing further growth and opportunity to the UK’s cyber security ecosystem. Our shared vision will not only safeguard the country against cyber threats but also increase opportunities for UK-based start-ups and help establish the UK as a global hub for cyber talent."
The two innovation centers will receive their funding as part of the Government’s £1.9bn National Cyber Security Program. They will also both have access to GCHQ resources, including its personnel and technological expertise.
Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth at GCHQ, says he's excited to see the two centers come to life:
"I’m really excited to be working with Wayra UK and the start-ups on what is a really novel project. Combining the knowledge and experience of GCHQ staff with some of the country’s newest start-ups and most creative entrepreneurs is really powerful combination and one I’m confident will deliver benefits to the cyber security of the UK.
"Cyber security is a team sport and as threats become more prolific and more complex, we should be sharing our experiences and views because there’s so much we can learn from each other."
Organizations that wish to be part of the program can contact Wayra here.
News of this initiative came during the same week as Cyber Highway, a new project which intends to help bolster the IT security of UK organizations by steering them towards Cyber Essentials certification.