The UK Government have announced a new scheme to protect small businesses from cyber attacks. Yesterday, Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey outlined a new voucher scheme designed specifically to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) as part of a package of measures to improve the UK’s cyber security resilience. The package also includes a new online learning and careers hub to help ensure the UK has the cyber skills talent pool to protect both the public and private sectors as we face the reality of increasing cyber threats.
The new UK £1m cyber security innovation vouchers scheme will offer micro, small and medium sized businesses up to £5,000 for specialist advice to boost their cyber security and protect new business ideas and intellectual property. The scheme will be overseen by the Government’s innovation experts at Innovate UK.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:
“We want to help protect UK businesses against cyber attack and make the UK safest place in world to do business online. The new voucher scheme will offer increased protection for small businesses, and the new online hub will help ensure we have the skilled workforce in place to manage the increased pressures of the digital age.”
The Innovate UK web site have not yet been updated to reflect this scheme – we will keep a close eye on the site, and post another blog shortly on how we can help you apply for funding.