NCSC and Plexal select startups for cyber security programme

NCSC and Plexal select startups for cyber security programme

Five cyber security startups have been chosen to work with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - part of GCHQ- and Plexal to address the UK’s cyber security challenges.

The NCSC for Startups programme is designed to support startups at all stages of maturity; from those developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), to those with established cyber security solutions looking to expand into new markets and pilot technology.

NCSC For Startups is the successor to the NCSC Cyber Accelerator, a programme which helped more than 40 tech companies raise over £100m in external investment.

The first five companies offer a range of solutions to issues including cyber fraud and ransomware.

The companies selected to join the programme are:

PORGiESOFT – an EdTech startup using AI to develop cyber fraud detection for enterprise employees

Exalens – equipping SME manufacturers with an inexpensive threat detection service

Enclave – helping organisations effortlessly create Zero Trust overlay networks

Meterian – SaaS provider platform that builds a scalable and sustainable line of defence for apps that use open source software

Rebellion Defence – using AI to defend national security systems against threats like ransomware

The chosen companies will receive direct support from Plexal’s cyber innovation team and leading experts from the NCSC and GCHQ.

Startups will also gain access to wider technical and commercial opportunities with Plexal’s industry partners across the UK’s cyber security ecosystem. Startups will keep all intellectual property and equity created during the programme.

Chris Ensor, NCSC deputy director for cyber growth, said: “The UK has a thriving cyber security industry and I’m excited to get to work with our first five companies and bring their innovations to life.

“Finding great ideas that can help protect all areas of society is a key part of our mission and we look forward to collaborating with more startups as the programme rolls on.”

The programme will be supported by Deloitte, CyNam, which brings Cheltenham’s cyber community together, Cheltenham-based coworking space Hub8 and tech skills provider QA.

Saj Huq, director of innovation at Plexal, said: “We’re excited to welcome the first innovators to NCSC For Startups. The response to our call for applications has been phenomenal and we’re looking forward to bringing on more startups throughout 2021 in response to specific challenges and technology needs in the cybersecurity market.

“The NCSC understands the UK’s cybersecurity challenges better than anyone, and the opportunity for innovative startups to benefit from its world-class insight and expertise is unique. Combined with Plexal’s extensive track record in supporting startups to become market leaders, NCSC For Startups will help companies address some of the most challenging security problems facing the government, businesses and society now and in the future.”

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