Earlier this week Innovate UK launched its Cyber Security Innovation Voucher competition. The prize is £5,000 worth of vouchers, which will pay for an external expert to give the winning companies comprehensive cyber security guidance. The prize money can also be used for accreditation to Cyber Essentials. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is investing £500k into the scheme – as is Innovate UK.
The Cyber Essentials programme helps organisations create secure platforms for their businesses. The accreditation works as proof to external parties that the appropriate precautions have been taken. Suppliers bidding for government contracts need Cyber Essentials accreditation. Since 2014, all suppliers handling sensitive personal data need Cyber Essentials accreditation.
Two levels of certification are on offer through the competition:
- Cyber Essentials – external advisor reviews organisation
- Cyber Essentials Plus – external advisor tests organisation’s IT security systems
The competition closes at midday on 5th January. All eligible applicants will be entered in to a draw, and the winners will be selected at random.
Below are the requisite qualifications to enter, as featured on the Innovate UK site:
- be starting up or running a micro, small or medium-sized UK business
- have not worked with this expert before
- need help with something that’s a real challenge for their business, not just a small improvement or change
- have not had an Innovation Voucher from Innovate UK or the Technology Strategy Board before
Innovate UK will help winners access an expert from one of the following:
- universities and further education colleges
- research and technology organisations
- technical consultancies
- Catapult centres
- design advisers
- intellectual property advisers