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Cybersecurity R&D nets £100m

The UK’s umbrella funding agency UK Research and Innovation is to pump more than £100 million into cybersecurity research from two of its flagship interdisciplinary schemes.

The Digital Security by Design challenge is the latest programme to be announced as part of the third wave of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund spending. It will award up to £70m to support projects seeking to design and develop hardware more resilient to cyberattack, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced on 28 January.

Meanwhile, a £30.6m-programme funded under the agency’s Strategic Priorities Fund will seek to make Internet of Things devices safer. The programme, dubbed Ensuring the Security of Digital Technology at the Periphery, is being led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Innovate UK, two of UKRI’s nine constituent bodies.

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