The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) hhas opened a call for its third cohort of cyber innovators.

The new cohort will be tasked with solving some of the most pressing cybersecurity issues, as identified by industry leaders at LORCA’s Innovation Forum.

LORCA is one of two cyber innovation centres as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy objective to grow the UK’s cybersecurity sector and make sure the UK is the safest place to live and do business online.

Security by Design was selected as one of the most pressing challenges. The office is now on the lookout for cybersecurity solutions that make it significantly cheaper or easier for products to be made secure.

This includes ensuring products are secure as standard, rather than requiring an add-on solution, and at code level, as this remains a challenge across the sector.

The second challenge revolves around the concept of ‘basics’.

LORCA’s Innovation Forum identified a need for best-in-class cyber patching and vulnerability management to deal with gaps in security.

The final area identified will support innovative new approaches that provide proactive, intelligence-led security solutions. This includes products that take a fresh look at technology advances to bring efficient and effective security solutions to market.

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Cyber innovators accepted onto the LORCA programme will receive a year of bespoke, world-class support to engineer and iterate their solution and scale their businesses quickly – all within a dedicated space at LORCA’s base at innovation hub Plexal (which is based at Here East and has been developed by owner Delancey’s DV4 fund).

“Having already seen how many talented and inventive cybersecurity innovators there are in the country with our first two cohorts, we’re really looking forward to seeing what great ideas emerge now,” said Lydia Ragoonanan, director of LORCA.

“As the UK’s dedicated space for industry-led cybersecurity innovation, it’s vital we’re always moving the conversation on to make sure we’re creating genuinely useful solutions to the problems impacting industry most.”