GCHQ and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have launched CyberInvest, a new £6.5m industry and government scheme to support cutting edge cyber security research and protect the UK in cyber space.
The scheme enables industry to draw upon the expertise of GCHQ, EPSRC and leading academics, and invest in the strategically important research areas critical to protecting the UK.
Creating a cyber security community
Launched at IA15, the government’s information assurance event, CyberInvest will build a community of industry, government and academia who are committed to sustained investment in cyber security research.
Whilst many companies invest in research, some find it difficult to target the right opportunities, and where investment is made, it is not always visible or focused.
CyberInvest will provide a forum for the latest in cyber security research, drawing upon the expertise of GCHQ, leading academics and industry.
Investment of £20m in four years
Speaking at the opening of IA15 minister for culture and the digital economy Ed Vaizey, said: “CyberInvest is an exciting initiative which brings industry, government and academia together, and builds on the UK’s reputation as a global leader for cyber security research.
“Over the last 4 years we have invested over £20 million in UK cyber security research, and the new CyberInvest scheme will play an important role in our ongoing work to help protect UK citizens and businesses online.“