Funding to tackle cyber security challenge

The Data Lab Innovation Centre, in conjunction with CENSIS Innovation Centre, is launching a call for projects to help tackle cyber security issues in Scotland.

Cyber attacks are considered a ‘tier one’ threat to UK national security and The Data Lab and CENSIS aim to support innovative projects involving intrusion detection and using data science to monitor networks as well as technologies applicable to public and private sector businesses.

The two Innovation Centres will support and offer funding to integrated projects involving digital technologies, software development and data science which are between industry, public sector or an academic partners. These are with the ultimate aim to deliver a clear economic and social benefit to Scotland.

Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, said: “Advancements in data science, digital industries and the growth of The Internet of Things (IoT) have all heralded a technological revolution but we must remember that with these incredible advancements comes increased possibility of cyber threats.

“In order to tackle what is a highly sophisticated threat to Scotland and beyond, we must invest in highly sophisticated technologies. To do this, we must continue to challenge, invest and support cutting edge ideas and projects to help identify these threats before they even happen.”

Martin Beaton, who is working closely with the Innovation Centres and is the Cyber Security Network Integrator for the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, said: “The information security industry is estimated to grow by £70 billion in the next three years worldwide, yet due to the rate of evolution of the arms race between attackers and defenders, many of the technologies for that market are yet to be invented. Scotland needs to innovate to take advantage of this massive market and data science will underpin many of the new products which is why it is fantastic that The Data Lab and CENSIS are running this call bringing together fundamental science and industry.”

A variety of funding models are available for projects that meet the demonstrable criteria and applicants are advised that a closing date of 1st February 2017 has been set for applications.

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