Funding of £1.1m has been awarded to Digital Catapult to help run its Cyber 101 scheme that will offer business advice and mentoring to cyber security start-ups.
The funding has come from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is part of the wider £1.9bn pledged for the billion National Cyber Security Strategy.
The Cyber 101 project will take in support from numerous organisations including The Accelerator Network, the Centre for Secure Information Technologies(CSIT) and the VTC Group.
The support on offer will range from branding and marketing to sales, risk management, compliance and digital tools to help them expand and build up their export potential.
It will start later this month in Northern Ireland and London as a pilot programme before being scaled-up to sites across the UK.
Minister of state for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said the funding was designed to ensure those developing tools and techniques to keep the UK safe had the support they needed to make it to the top.
"We're determined to make sure the UK remains a world-leading digital economy, the best place for innovative firms to start up and scale up, and that we are the safest place to live and do business online," he said.
"This funding, delivered by the Digital Catapult consortium, and working alongside the new National Cyber Security Centre, will play a vital role in delivering those aims."
Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult said that securing the funding was vital to ensure the potential for cyber security firms was unlocked, both to benefit the UK economy and shore up its defences.
"Cyber security is a tier one threat in the UK with the threat landscape evolving at a rapid pace. The Government is committed to supporting the UK's ability to defend itself from cyber-attack and take action against cybercriminals," he said.
"A significant part of this comes down to removing barriers to growth and supporting innovation in this space, in turn helping foster leading cyber security companies in UK. The Cyber 101 programme is specifically designed to help achieve these aims."
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