Cyber Essentials: new Government funding scheme now open for SMEs
On 16th July the Government announced a new Innovation Voucher scheme. This complements an existing scheme and enables SMEs to apply for funding towards the cost of cyber security advice and certification, including Cyber Essentials. The current round for applications closes at midday on 20 October.
Key features are up to £5k funding for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow.
This voucher is only for cyber security advice including advice leading to certification under the Cyber Essentials Scheme.
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In March 2013, the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills issued a “Call for Views and Evidence” that built on the commitments made in the 2011 Cyber Security Strategy published by government.
The Call for Evidence focused on the intention of government to encourage the adoption of industry led standards that can be used by organisations to improve the management of cyber risk.