Digital Minister Matt Warman to present keynote address at CyberASAP Demo Day highlighting the importance of cyber security sector

Posted on: 11/02/2020

13 teams will present their prototypes of products and services in the CyberASAP final, pitching to investors and industry experts


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is leading the Government’s work to develop the world’s best digital economy and Digital Minister Matt Warman has a key role in helping deliver on that. He will be addressing an invited audience at this week’s Cybersecurity Academic Startup Accelerator Programme (CyberASAP) Demo Day where the fruits of this year-long programme Рwhich helps academics to commercialise their cybersecurity ideas Рwill be presented.


Central to the government’s vision for the digital economy is a need to ensure that the UK is the most secure place in the world to live and do business online. Its National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) outlined three broad strands of activity: to defend the UK’s cyberspace, deter its adversaries and develop its capabilities.


A crucial part of this is promoting the UK’s cyber security sector, ensuring government, industry and academia work together to support a thriving ecosystem of successful, innovative companies. The CyberASAP programme is very much part of that. The funding competition for Year 4 of the Programme is now open, and anyone interested in applying can find full details here.


Commenting on the programme ahead of his keynote address at the CyberASAP Demo Day this week, Digital Minister Matt Warman said:

“CyberASAP helps our brightest minds turn academic ideas into reality and is vital for supporting cutting-edge cyber innovation and the UK’s digital economy.

This government is investing ¬£1.9bn over five years in our National Cyber Security Strategy and we’re committed to making sure we can attract and develop the very best talent.‚Äù


The Demo Day comprises a series of pitches from the final 13 teams in this year’s CyberASAP programme, whittled down from 26 who started the programme in April 2019. Since then, teams have participated in a year-long programme of bootcamps, workshops and clinics designed to help them through all the crucial stages of taking an idea from the lab to the market.


These finalists will be in action on the Demo Day, each giving a five minute pitch and then showcasing their products during an informal networking session, following the pitches.


The final 13 teams and products featured in the Demo Day are as follows:

TAPCHA: Bournemouth University
Online fraud prevention, CAPTCHA reinvented for everyone & every device

Draconia: Bournemouth University
A cost-effective, dedicated bolt-on service for advanced threat detection

The Privacy Tool: Bournemouth University
Privacy risk assessment made simple

GuardKeeper: Coventry University
Advanced authentication and secure connections in hostile environments

INSURE: De Montfort University
A portable wireless intrusion prevention systems for smartphones and tablets

BLEMAP: Royal Holloway
Bluetooth security and vulnerability insight [in a blink]

Prinesec: Royal Holloway
Creating causality chains to empower predictive threat detection

PriSAT: University of Glasgow
Automated Assurance of Privacy-by-Design in Software Systems

BioGenerate: University of Gloucestershire
Harnessing the body’s biological signals to efficiently generate unique cryptographic keys

Verifiable Credentials: University of Kent
Replacing all credentials with W3C standardised, cryptographically-secured, electronic credentials

PhishAR: University of Oxford
Phish-proofing user authentication by harnessing the power of AI and AR

SPYDERISK: University of Southampton
Automated risk assessment for ISO 27001 certification

OnlynShield: University of Wolverhampton
Automated safeguarding software shielding children and vulnerable adults from harmful internet content and communications.


Year 4 Competition

The funding competition for the 2020/21 programme is now open and and closes at noon on Wednesday 4 March. Full details of how to apply are here.


Academics and University Technology Transfer Officers interested in applying for CyberASAP Year 4 as well as investors interested in supporting the Year 4 programme should register their interest here.


CyberASAP is funded by DCMS and delivered by Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network.


More information about the programme is here.



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