NCSC For Startups: meet the latest members joining our programme

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Plexal are welcoming four more tech companies to NCSC For Startups: the programme we’re delivering to help startups develop, pilot and adapt solutions to the big national security challenges.

The four startups joining the programme are:

Lupovis: an AI-based deception solution for manipulating adversaries that have penetrated your network. It engages adversaries through a sequence of decoys and lures them through the network.

RankedRight: an automated triage system that ranks and assigns vulnerabilities based on your rules, enabling your team to spend their time tackling the most critical or high-risk issues.

ESPROFILER: a platform that helps organisations maximise the return on their cybersecurity investment. It helps customers understand what security products they own, what they’ve deployed and the threats those products should protect against. 

Traced: Traced believes that privacy is a human right. And it’s created a mobile threat defence solution that provides protection against mobile-borne threats to businesses without compromising people’s privacy.

Learn more about the startups and what they’ll be doing during the programme on our meet the members page.

The startups were chosen based on their relevance to three mission-critical challenges identified by the NCSC:

  • Enabling the analysis of network activity to detect, respond to and recover from cyber attacks rapidly
  • Enabling a better understanding of all the devices that are present on a network (including third party components) and enhancing security
  • Helping users to be safe online

The startups will benefit from NCSC’s expertise and insights, along with Plexal’s experience in working closely with startups. This open collaboration model will help startups develop and adapt their technology to address security challenges identified by the NCSC and achieve a closer product-market fit.

Five startups have already been through the programme this year: PORGiESOFT, cyber unicorn Rebellion Defense, Meterian, Exalens and Enclave have benefited from mentoring, workshops and support to help them iterate and develop their solutions.

NCSC For Startups is delivered by the NCSC and Plexal and is supported by Deloitte, CyNam, which brings Cheltenham’s cyber community together, Cheltenham-based coworking space Hub8 and tech skills provider QA.

We’ll continue to bring on companies in 2021 and early 2022 that have solutions relevant to the challenges identified, so get in touch on to learn more and apply.

NCSC For Startups is the successor to the NCSC Cyber Accelerator, a programme that helped more than 40 tech companies raise over £100m in external investment.

Chris Ensor

Chris Ensor, deputy director for Cyber Skills and Growth at NCSC, comments:

“Since its launch NCSC For Startups has already seen some great collaboration with tech companies, and we’re delighted to welcome this latest group onboard. These companies all have innovative proposals to improve our collective cyber security and will benefit from the expertise and support we offer.”

Saj Huq, director of innovation at Plexal, comments: 

“Plexal is excited to continue being the NCSC’s innovation partner and helping startups develop or adapt their solutions.

“NCSC For Startups is an entirely unique opportunity for the public and private sectors to work together, and for startups to gain insights from the NCSC into emerging challenges that we urgently need from the market. Cybersecurity solutions that solve real-world problems can never be created in an information vacuum.”