UK government unveils new strategy for cybersecurity

The UK government has unveiled its plans to launch a ‘£200 million collaborative initiative’ that unites industry and academia to enhance cyber safety

Yesterday marked the announcement of a new national cyber strategy from the UK government, officially launched at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. 

UK Research and Innovation’s Digital Security by Design (DSbD) along with Stephen Barclay MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, set out the new strategy’s vision for the UK to be a leading responsible and democratic cyber power. 

Through protecting and promoting the nations interests in and through cyberspace, government officials hope the announcement will help to strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader in secure microprocessor design. 

The DSbD challenge is a £200 million collaborative initiative bringing together government, industry and academia to transform digital technology and create a resilient, and secure foundation for a safer future. These demonstrator projects are investigating how these technologies can benefit their business and further enhance the cyber security of living and working in the UK – Professor John Goodacre, challenge director for digital security by design 

DSbD also announced £7.2 million in funding for four collaborative projects. 

These projects use the DSbD technology platform prototype, the Morello board, to demonstrate the impact of new tech. 

Funding was supported by the DSbD programme, as well as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 

Funded projects included: 

  • 100 Percent IT, based in Newbury, plan to develop a demonstrator and supporting framework of development tools to enhance digital computing infrastructure’s resistance to attacks. Innovative new methods of securing data will be transmitted by applying layered encryption resistant to attack by quantum computers, making them more capable of avoiding near-term and future cyber-threats. 
  • Beam Connectivity, based in Cirencester, will demonstrate the use of DSbD technologies for cyber critical and safety critical applications in the automotive sector 
  • Southern Gas, based in Horley, want to deliver an Internet of Things (IoT) demonstrator in the utility industry, using tech to deliver an enhanced security solution for applicability within national infrastructure. 
  • ICETOPE, based in Rotherham, wish to address the lack of cooperation between Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT). Working with industry standard bodies, the aim is to help overcome the cyber security barrier through new security compartmentalisation features of the Morello platform. 


“The digital security by design programme is making sure pioneering safety measures are built into digital devices before they reach consumers and businesses,” said minister for media, data and digital infrastructure, Julia Lopez. 

“This new funding will make it easier to test this technology and alongside our ground-breaking cyber strategy, is an important step in keeping people and businesses right across the country safe online,” commented Professor John Goodacre, challenge director for digital security by design.

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