Explore the ways cyber security could boost your business. A programme open to all SMEs based in Greater Manchester.

European Regional Development Fund - This project has been part-funded by the European Union Regional Development Fund.

Four universities sharing cyber security expertise to grow Greater Manchester businesses.

We believe that cyber security innovation, technology and practices can grow SMEs.

From online shopping to web pages, we're using digital technologies more than ever before. And these technologies can help to grow our businesses.

Whatever your business, Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry can help to improve your cyber operation.

Help us to use the universities' cyber security research to innovate and design new products and services.

Did you know? Cyber attacks pose an £860m risk to the region's businesses each year*.

If we use electronic data, systems and networks, we need cyber security. This is because we're processing an increasing amount of sensitive and personal data. We might store our customers' credit card details so they can make payments faster, for example. Or, our employees' National Insurance numbers for their salaries.

Cyber security allows us to create a safer virtual environment to do business with our customers. Digitally secure operations, supported by cyber innovation, will help deliver growth and productivity.

*‌Estimates by the Lloyds City Risk Register.

For more information about how your business can benefit, email info@gmcyberfoundry.ac.uk

“Through the work of the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry, our world-leading universities are giving start-ups and SMEs the freedom they need to create and innovate, but within a digital environment that is safe and secure from cyber criminals.”

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Our training programme

If your business is accepted onto our Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry programme, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Assess your current business model
  • Investigate the potential for cyber security to support business growth and productivity through: defence, market differentiation, differentiation, diversification
  • Develop growth strategies using cyber security
  • Receive technical assistance (if eligible) from experts in cyber security

We tailor our business support for the product or service you're looking to develop. Although you'll be part of a group for this programme, you'll focus on your innovation across each session.

You'll typically attend group workshops, receive research support, and have one-to-one interventions with our technical experts. You'll also have access to our facilities and equipment.

Phase One: Workshops, online materials and one-to-one meetings

As a business, you commit to:

  • An initial diagnostic meeting
  • Attend 2 days of face-to-face workshops
  • Complete several online, structured packages of support which cover:
    • business model canvas
    • innovation audit
    • absorptive capacity analysis
    • driving forces exercise
    • cyber growth
    • developing a business strategy
  • Attend a one-to-one development meeting

You'll then receive a tailored report, business strategy, and action plan.

Phase Two: Technical assistance

After you've completed Phase One, your business might be eligible to receive further technical assistance from one of our academic teams. This is to help you to develop a new cyber product or service.

We'll pair you with a member of our team who has technical expertise grounded in research in that area. You'll work collaboratively on the project for around four months.

Some of our specialisms include:

  • Data visualisation
  • Data science – privacy and anonymisation
  • Applied cryptography
  • Data driven democracy and fake news
  • Cloud computing security
  • Distributed ledger technology
  • Human aspect of security (socio-technical)
  • Distributed systems security
  • Biometric authentication
  • Fraud detection
  • Machine learning
  • Electrical power
  • Code verification
  • IoT security
  • Crypto markets
  • Penetration testing

Four universities. A team of cyber security researchers. Greater Manchester SMEs.
Apply now to join Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry.

Register your interest

“The opportunities through new technologies – smart devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 – are unparalleled. We can use our research strengths in cyber security to increase resilience in new products and services to support business growth in SMEs.”

Project principal investigator Keith Miller, Head of Strategic Partnerships in the Department of Computing and Mathematics at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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