The UK Government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has awarded £1m of funding to further develop technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to predict and counter cyber-attacks.
Phase two of the Predictive Cyber Analytics competition aims to develop, adapt and merge the approaches explored in phase one to proactively defend UK military systems and networks from offensive cyber action.
Enhancing the predictive approaches and adapting them to the military environment will allow the Ministry of Defence to better anticipate and mitigate the impact of cyber-attacks.
“Cyber security has been in an arms race for decades, with hackers continuously exploiting new vulnerabilities while developers race to patch them,” explained project manager Rebecca Duncan.
“This DASA competition looks to get the UK ahead of these threats and better prepare us against – and even predict – future cyber-attacks.”
The largest funding allocation is £450,000 for Bristol-based company RiskAware and the University of Southampton, with £240,000 going to Vauxhall-based decisionLab in collaboration with DIEM Analytics and Actica and £250,000 to Gloucestershire-based Montvieux.
Riskaware’s business development director, Robert Gordon, commented: “The cyber resilience of our military is absolutely paramount to national security, so we’re delighted to continue our partnerships with DASA and the University of Southampton with this project. By combining our cutting-edge technology and expertise, we’re confident that we can provide the Ministry of Defence with the very best tools to defend against the most sophisticated cyber attacks and adversaries.”
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