Innovation Vouchers for Cyber Security
Do you have an early stage business idea that needs protecting? Do you need access to particular skills, expertise or technology to secure your ideas and business? Would demonstrating that you are cyber secure add value for your customers and partners? Would being more cyber secure help grow your business?
This Innovation Voucher is available to support SMEs, entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups who see value in protecting and growing their online business by having effective cyber security.
Please make sure you read the guidance carefully on how you can use this innovation voucher. You will need to show us how your business will benefit from effective cyber security.
Cyber Security Background
The Government's Cyber Security Strategy sets out how the UK will support economic prosperity, protect national security and safeguard the public's way of life by building a more trusted and resilient digital environment.
Businesses are the biggest victims of cyber crime and the Government has the objective of making the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business in cyberspace.
Businesses with valuable knowledge and intellectual property and with a high reliance on technology, are likely to benefit the most from having an effective cyber security strategy. As well as directly protecting the business, potential funding partners, customers and suppliers are all likely to be gained and retained by being cyber secure.
Innovation Vouchers for cyber security can be used to secure specialist consulting and services to help:
- Businesses looking to protect new inventions and business processes
- Businesses looking to ‘cyber audit' their existing processes
- Businesses looking to move online and develop a technology strategy
- Business start-ups looking to develop an idea into a working prototype and needing to build cyber security into the business from the very beginning
Please be clear in your application about how you will use this support.
Choosing a knowledge supplier
You may already have an idea where to find the expertise you are looking for and would like some other options to consider, or perhaps you are not sure yet.
Whatever is the case, we have put together some ideas on this portal for how to choose a supplier and details of organisations, such as our Knowledge Transfer Networks, who can provide you [WITH] further information. We hope these suggestions will guide you to the knowledge you need.
You may also like to refer to the CESG website to find CLAS (CESG Listed Advisor Scheme) consultants that can advise you on how to effectively manage your cyber risk within your business here:
http://www.cesg.gov.uk/Finda/Pages/CLASSearch.aspx Please refer to the CESG website to find CHECK consultants to conduct a health check on your IT: http://www.cesg.gov.uk/Finda/Pages/CHECKSearch.aspx
Who are CESG?
CESG are the government's national technical authority for information assurance. Working in partnership with industry and academia, CESG provide policy and assistance on the security of communications and electronic data.
CLAS is a partnership linking the knowledge of CESG with the expertise and resources of the private sector. CESG also have a list of approved companies with accredited penetration testers qualified to assess HMG systems – this is called CHECK. Companies that appear on the CESG's site as CLAS or CHECK accredited will be deemed suitable providers under this Innovation Voucher
You do not have to use one of the above consultants but you do need to use a qualified person who is either;
- Certified by CESG for their CLAS, Check, CCP, Tiger or Crest scheme
- Can prove they are a suitably qualified by being a full member of a professional body such as the Institute of Information Security Professionals