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IoT cyber challenge: IoT Secure 2021

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A CENSIS-led initiative to accelerate Scotland’s IoT capabilities

IoT Secure is a 2021 business support programme from CENSIS to help boost Scotland’s adoption of IoT technologies.

IoT Secure offers 1-2-1 support to help companies design, develop, or manufacture cyber-secure IoT products or services. Advice is also available to non-technology organisations and companies interested in adopting IoT in the workplace.

This programme is part of the Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Government supported IoT cyber challenge programme to accelerate Scotland’s IoT capabilities. It was announced by Kate Forbes MSP at the 6th CENSIS Technology Summit in 2019.

Programme outline

  • Who is it for?

    The programme is open to:

    • Companies creating IoT products or services for any market
    • Non-technology companies or organisation of any size interested in using IoT devices to improve processes or procedures in the workplace

    Due to the way this programme is funded, only companies with an operational presence in Scotland, e.g., headquarters, manufacturing facilities or R&D centres are eligible to receive support. CENSIS encourages start-ups and other early-stage companies to apply.

    Companies and organisations of any size and type may benefit from the Stage 1 – First Stage Support. Only start-ups and established SMEs may progress to receive Stage 2 – Enhanced Support.

  • What's on offer?

    IoT Secure offers two types of support, depending on the size and type of the organisation requesting help:

    First stage support

    Available to companies of all sizes and types provided they have an operational presence in Scotland.

    Enhanced support

    For Scotland’s start-up and SME communities

  • 1 First Stage Support

    Available to companies of any size, scale and type, CENSIS offers cyber security ‘surgeries’ with 1-2-1 consultations from its business development team. What’s on offer will depend on the scope and type of the challenge, but might include:

    • Discussion of best practice in IoT product design
    • Existing or emerging IoT cyber security legislation in local and export markets
    • Review of plans for new or improved products or services, including suggestions from CENSIS for adaptations or improvements
    • Discussion of the development and adoption of new secure-by-design and manufacturing processes available and technologies or products on the market to support IoT-based systems
    • Signposting to additional support including R&D grants, specialist technical or business support, test and certification schemes and research organisations to undertake collaborative R&D
  • 2 Enhanced Support for SMEs

    Following receipt of First stage support, start-up companies and established SMEs may be eligible to receive Enhanced support from CENSIS.

    Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. An example might include a certain number of days support helping with the creation of a company’s technical improvement implementation plan, e.g., setting aims and objectives, options around how to reach these, and the timescales involved.

    Moving on from this, and where capability gaps exist that cannot be addressed by the company in-house, additional assistance in the form of hands-on development support from CENSIS engineers may be possible. Again, the level and type of support will depend on the challenge but examples could include assistance with:

    • Making improvements to IoT software and/or hardware, including data communications.
    • Modifying a system to use an enhanced encryption software library
    • Supporting the adoption of a trusted-platform approach for hardware
    • Adding secure remote firmware update functionality.

    Companies in receipt of enhanced support from CENSIS will also be signposted to other organisations that may also be able to help.

    Start-ups and SMEs who receive practical engineering support from CENSIS will be required to submit a one-page, non-confidential summary at the end of engagement describing the outcomes of the support provided by CENSIS. This report may be used for marketing purposes.

Closing date and how to apply

There is no application form to complete, simply contact our cyber security lead at CENSIS, Cade Wells, to start your discussion. If you’re in any doubt about whether we might be able to help, reach out to us, we’re here to help.

IoT Secure launched in February 2021 and closes on 17 September 2021. The number of companies that can be supported is not unlimited, so please don’t delay if you think CENSIS can help.

Take a look at organisations we have worked with

If you would like to find out more about our work with businesses of all sizes, public sector bodies and universities, we have highlighted some of the challenges we have faced together with our clients.