On 27 April, the government announced that the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) will invest £1m into the development of technology that can predict and counter cyber attacks.
DASA is actively working with partners in both the public and private sector to proactively defend deployed UK military systems and networks from cyber criminals.
DASA keeping the UK cyber safe
This project, which is now in its second phase, aims to create a safer cyber future for everyone in the UK. In a government statement, Project Manager Rebecca Duncan said:
“Cyber security has been in an arms race for decades, with hackers continuously exploiting new vulnerabilities while developers race to patch them.
This DASA competition looks to get the UK ahead of these threats and better prepare us against – and even predict – future cyber-attacks.
As our understanding of adversaries and attack patterns improves, increased computing power and data growth to drive the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution with multiple new possibilities emerging to keep the UK safe and prosperous.”
The MOD wants to better anticipate and mitigate the impact of cyber attacks. Phase 2 of the project will support this as the MOD seeks to continue and enhance predictive approaches.
DASA has granted funding to the following organisations:
- RiskAware Ltd which has been awarded around £450,000 in collaboration with the University of Southampton
- decisionLab which has been awarded nearly £240,000 in collaboration with DIEM Analytics and Actica
- Montvieux Limited which has been awarded nearly £250,000
During the first phase of the project nearly £1m in funding was granted, bringing the total funding to about £2m.
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