Revealed: the 24 innovations selected for commercial development into the UK’s £8.9billion cybersecurity sector

Posted on: 29/03/2021
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Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme (CyberASAP) announces the new cohort for Year 5 (2021/22) of the programme.

Now in its fifth year, CyberASAP has just announced the academic projects and teams who have successfully applied to participate in this year’s programme.

Reflecting a broad spectrum of cyber security applications – and including, for the first time, teams from the Petras programme for IoT cybersecurity – this year’s starting cohort of 24 teams will use the programme to advance the commercialisation of their innovations.

CyberASAP was started in 2017 in response to the need to help accelerate the journey from lab to market for promising cyber security ideas coming out of academia. Since the programme started its alumni has raised over £7m in further funding to develop their ideas, and 17 companies have been formed.

Commenting on the start of Year 5, KTN’s co-directors of the programme, Emma Fadlon and Robin Kennedy said: “It is such a rewarding experience seeing ideas flourish when provided with the right framework for development. Through the course of the programme, we offer our cohorts a range of different interventions and work with our extraordinary network of innovation mentors – including specialists in IP, New Product Development, Sales, Communications and early stage investment – to provide new skills and insights to our teams”.

The teams and projects for CyberASAP 2021/22 are:

Synthetic Cryptocurrency Fraud Simulator – Aston University
System of Automatic and Configurable web cRawlEr Detection (SACRED) – De Montfort University
CyberGames: Gaming Cybersecurity Intelligent Agents – De Montfort University
CyberSignature: Online Authentication using User Behaviour Profiling – Edge Hill University
The Royal-Imperial Black Box: A low cost and novel approach for enhanced power system cyber-security featuring moving target defence – Imperial College London & Royal Holloway
AdvMLTester: A Security Evaluation Tool for Machine Learning Systems – Middlesex University
Tensorcrypt: Democratising Encrypted Data Analytics – Royal Holloway Univ of London
HackEscape – Teesside University
Secure-IoMT4Health: An AI-enabled Smartphone application to detect, predict, alert and protect cyber-attack to healthcare IoTs – Teesside University
Forbidden Pi: TPM 2.0 Secure Computing Extension – The University of West London
Timing Anomalies as an Indicator of Mal-Intervention in Automation Systems (TAIMAS) – University College London
Improving Security with Techno-Human Vulnerability Analysis (THuVA) – University College London
An Intelligence Cyber Security Incident Handling (i-CSIH) – University of East London
Network Attachment Inspection (NetAI) – University of Essex
CloudIntell: An Intelligent Tool for Malware Identification & Prevention in Heterogeneous Enterprise Networks – University of Gloucestershire
OSIRT – A rigorous and transparent OSINT collection platform – University of Hertfordshire Higher Education Corporation
ViBS: Voting in Blockchain Systems – University of Kent
An AI-based IoT Device for Detecting Phone Scams Before Harm is Done, Aimed at Supporting Older and Vulnerable Adults – University of Oxford *
Privextractor: A Privacy Awareness Package to Redress the Imbalance of Understanding Between Users and Vendors of Smart-home Devices – University of Salford
WalletFind: An Automatic Digital Forensic Investigation of Hardware and Software Cryptocurrency Wallets – University of Salford & Manchester Metropolitan University
CAUDATA – University of Strathclyde
Consumer smart devices security solution – University of Westminster
FedCam: Secure Federation for Visual Sensor (Camera) – University of Wolverhampton
TrustMe: Secure and Trustworthy AI platform for FinTech – University of Wolverhampton

*Since this article was originally published, University of Oxford has had to withdraw from the programme.

The Year 5 programme starts on 1 April 2021 and ends – for those selected for Phase 2 – with a Demo Day in February 2022, where teams showcase the Proofs of Concept they have developed over the course of the programme.

If you are an Academic or University Technology Transfer Officer, Industrialist, investor or have an interest in being involved or supporting the 2021/22 programme in any way, please provide your details here so that we can make sure you’re updated with the relevant information.

CyberASAP is funded by the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and delivered by Innovate UK and KTN working in partnership.

Find out more about the programme here.

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