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17/02/2017

Mentoring And Tailored Advice Offered To Cyber Security SMEs

The Digital Catapult Centre is to host a cyber security workshop, offering mentorship, tailored advice and business basics for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) involved in the industry.

Cyber 101 is a national programme supported by £1 million in funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It will run for four years, starting with a pilot project delivered between February and April 2017. A call is now open for businesses to apply for participation in the first round of the project.

Cyber 101 aims to help support cyber security companies hone their business skills by giving them access to:

• mentoring and advice

• intensive one day workshops

• online learning content
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The goal is to provide guidance on specific business essentials, such as value proposition, market validation, sales and marketing, risk management and compliance and digital tools that can help cyber security companies expand and export.

Businesses that successfully complete the workshops and the online content will be shortlisted for an annual Demo Day, which will provide a direct opportunity to pitch to potential customers and investors.

Applications are invited from:

• registered cyber security companies, either offering certified products or professional services

• businesses operating across all UK sectors and with solutions linked to the following categories: SCADA & ICS, information risk management, perimeter security, network security, application security, access control, cyber industry support services, training, awareness and education, incident response and management, monitoring, detection and analysis

The workshops will take place at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) Innovation Labs in Belfast on 20 and 29 March 2017.

Applications can be submitted online and the closing date is 24 February.

(MH/CD)

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