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Digital Catapult to help businesses get cyber savvy with Technology Access Programme

Posted 11 Oct 2021

The new Technology Access Programme, run by Digital Catapult as part of the wider Digital Security by Design Programme, will provide UK technology businesses with training and opportunities to block cyber vulnerabilities using the Digital Security by Design (DSbD) technologies prototyped in the Arm Morello board.

Digital Catapult was awarded £2M funding to provide the UK technology community with a
series of events and workshops, and give cohorts of businesses hands-on experience of the
new technologies.

The programme will allow businesses to gain access to the wider community of technology
stakeholders increasing their understanding of DSbD technologies and how these can benefit
their business and their customers.

Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult said:

“After a year of working to understand the needs of the market and the opportunity
of embedded security ‘by design’ in the development of more advanced digital
technologies, it’s great to see this project launch into a new phase. This national
programme will enable innovators to lead on solutions that are developed with digital
security at front of mind from the start.

“There are interesting challenges in getting this approach to security right, and we hope
that this programme will help address and overcome them.”

Computers have been vulnerable for several decades with more software typically introducing
additional vulnerabilities while not addressing the underlying problem. The £70m Digital Security by Design Programme was set up to support industry to solve this underlying problem and create a transformative shift in cyber security.

Minister of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Julia Lopez said:

“The need for cutting-edge secure technology has never been greater and this
significant development will help keep people and businesses secure online so we can
build back safer from the pandemic.

“This government is working tirelessly to help our world-leading cyber sector defend our
digital economy and help tackle the ever-evolving cyber security challenge.”

John Goodacre, Challenge Director for Digital Security by Design said:

“There is a continuous escalation in Cyber-crime and the Cyber-security response.
DSbD aims to stimulate a fundamental change in technology so that the digital world can
be secure by design with data protected by default.

“I’m pleased to support the DSbD Technology Access Programme to give businesses the opportunity to understand how their products and services can benefit, blocking vulnerabilities so that their operations and customers can be better protected against the growing costs and harm of a cyber-attack.”