Government invests in early-stage cyber security scheme

New scheme to protect businesses
New scheme to protect businesses

A government-funded cyber security early stage accelerator programme has been launched for SMEs.

HutZero, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is now accepting applications from individuals who want to turn their ideas into successful cyber businesses. Twenty candidates will be selected to join HutZero’s first cohort in September 2016.

The programme will be run by Cyber London (CyLon) and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT).

HutZero aims to give participants the skills and network required to take the next step in starting their business.

The programme’s two stages will be bridged by mentoring and advice from HutZero’s network of cyber security and business experts.

The bootcamp will cover subjects including technical development and business fundamentals, with lectures conducted by noted cyber security practitioners and start-up gurus.

“The Government is committed to investing in the UK's cyber security industry so I'm pleased we're supporting HutZero, a unique programme for talented individuals wanting to start a cyber security company in the UK.

“Working with Cyber London and CSIT who are developing this initiative, I hope HutZero will attract the most inquisitive minds from academia, industry, Government and further afield.

“This programme will help make sure we support the next generation of innovative UK cyber security companies”, said Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey.