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UK tech start-ups offered security guidance package

May 14, 2021


The NCSC has confirmed that UK start-ups working on emerging technology have been offered new guidance to help secure their innovations from a range of security risks. The guidance – which comes from the NCSC and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) – is designed to help fledgling companies working in emerging technologies to consider key questions around security.

Launched during the NCSC’s flagship CYBERUK event, the guidance encourages companies to take steps to strengthen their defences against criminals, competitors and hostile actors; following a major surge in cyber-attacks over the past 12 months, it has become clear that UK companies working in emerging technologies are likely to be a particularly attractive target.

The ‘Secure Innovation’ package of guidance was developed in consultation with emerging technology companies; the guidance highlights the importance of laying strong security foundations that can evolve as start-ups grow, in a cost-effective and proportionate manner.

“Bespoke guidance which aims to show these companies what good physical and cybersecurity looks like”

NCSC Technical Director, Dr Ian Levy, said: “The UK has one of the world’s best start-up ecosystems, which makes companies working in emerging technologies a target for hostile actors.

“That’s why alongside CPNI we have created bespoke guidance which aims to show these companies what good physical and cybersecurity looks like and how to implement it.

“Putting good security in place now is a sound investment for these companies, helping lower the risks of future disruption and enhancing their attractiveness to investors.”

“As new markets continue to emerge, so will the potential threats”

The Director of CPNI added: “UK start-ups and scaleups raised record investment in 2020, closing nearly £11billion in venture-capital funding, despite the obvious challenges. A large part of this success story is how open and engaging UK businesses have always been with their international partners.

“As new markets continue to emerge, so will the potential threats to companies’ intellectual property and ideas at the hands of hostile states, criminals, and competitors.

“Developed in partnership between CPNI and NCSC and aimed at companies in emerging technology, Secure Innovation provides a holistic approach to all aspects of security, ensuring that good cyber principles are not undermined by physical, and people risks which could threaten the success of a start-up if not managed well from the outset.

“Based on CPNI and NCSC’s technical expertise in protective security, this guidance provides the tools to establish simple, low cost and pragmatic security-minded behaviours from the outset, making protecting their innovation and ingenuity as easy as possible.”

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