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CENSIS to Promote IoT Cybersecurity with New Initiative

Michael Behr

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The Covid-19 pandemic has helped drive a digital transformation, but also a rise in cybercrime. Keeping new digital initiatives safe is vital.

Scotland’s Internet of Things (IoT) centre of excellence CENSIS has delivered a new initiative to help Scottish companies develop cyber-secure IoT products and services.

The IoT Secure service – funded by Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government – will provide cybersecurity advice and guidance for businesses of any size, whether they are directly involved in the creation of IoT devices or looking to incorporate IoT into existing services.

Over the next nine months, CENSIS will provide successful companies with one-to-one cybersecurity consultations, delivering guidance on best practice, legislation, manufacture, and design. While early-stage assistance is open to all participants, start-ups and SMEs can also qualify for a bespoke support package, including technical expertise from CENSIS’s engineering team to address specific aims or challenges.

Businesses taking part in the programme can also receive support with applications for other initiatives, such as grant funding and test and certification schemes, as well as introductions to potential partners for future collaborative research projects.

IoT Secure forms part of the wider IoT Cyber Challenge programme, which was launched at the CENSIS Technology Summit in November 2019. The initiative aims to stimulate the creation of new, secure IoT products and services. Activities in the programme have included tailored workshops and an SME accelerator challenge.

CENSIS business development manager and cybersecurity lead Cade Wells said: “Cybersecurity and IoT development go hand-in-hand, and it’s essential that companies looking to develop new technologies, or introduce it to their workplaces, also consider the security of their systems.

“There is great potential for Scottish businesses of all sizes and stages to use IoT to boost processes and fuel growth and development, and our new programme is designed to help them realise that potential.

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to cybersecurity and IoT, so we will work closely with chosen companies to develop a bespoke programme of support to meet their needs.

“Start-ups and early-stage companies are encouraged to apply, as they can also benefit from further support that goes beyond the initial consultation, helping to meet specific goals.”

Applications for IoT Secure are now open and interested companies are invited to get in touch with CENSIS to find out more.

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CENSIS previously partnered with the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise back in 2019, when it launched an initiative to support the development and adoption of IoT technologies. The IoT Cyber Accelerator programme helped businesses and developers enhance the resilience of IoT networks and devices.

In addition to its latest initiative, CENSIS has launched other programmes to support the Scottish tech sector. Last year, it partnered with Scottish Engineering to create internships for engineering students.

Michael Behr

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