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LORCA reveals second cohort intake

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A second cohort has been announced by LORCA, focussing on securing supply chains and user-centric security.

LORCA (London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement) has selected 11 companies with relevant solutions looking to scale, either domestically or internationally, with the LORCA team offering support at its innovation centre, Plexal, along with access to experts from Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Service teams and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Lydia Ragoonanan, LORCA’s Director, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome these high-potential UK companies that have genuinely promising solutions to the biggest industry challenges in cybersecurity. The engagement from industry in the development and selection process ensures that the cohort has clear markets to scale into and is addressing the cyber challenges that will make the most difference to industry. Following on from the success of first cohort, we look forward to seeing these 11 companies grow and thrive.”

The 11 members of the second cohort are:

• CyNation
• RazorSecure
• Bob’s Business
• Cypto Quantique
• OutThink
• Distributed Management Systems
• ObjectTech
• Xanadata
• CyberSmart

Minister for Digital Margot James said: “This latest round of companies selected by LORCA highlights how the UK continues to be at the forefront of cyber innovation. Supporting these businesses through all stages of their growth will help make the UK the safest place to be online and ensure that through the government’s modern Industrial Strategy the UK maintains its position as a world leader in cybersecurity.”

Queen’s Uni rolls out £5m research scheme to tackle cyber threats

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Queen’s University in Belfast is set to improve the research into hardware security with the launch of a £5m cyber-security centre, tackling threats in smart technology in particular.

With the increase in smart technology in everyday appliances, such as kettles, cars and toys, the focus will be to keep hackers out of the public’s homes.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences research Council (EPSRC) and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Research Institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE) at Queen’s will be a global centre for research in hardware security over the next five years, one of four cyber security institutes in the UK.

“We will also work closely with leading UK-based industry partners and stakeholders, transforming research findings into products, services and business opportunities, which will benefit the UK economy,” said RISE director Prof O’Neill.