This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is funded by the Cyber Resilience Programme (CRP) in Defence Digital, a part of Strategic Command. It seeks proposals that will help to quantify and reduce the cyber risk across Defence, enhance digital resilience and enable Defence to be secure by default.
Award: Share of up to £880,000
Opens: 19th Sep 2023
Closes: 31st Oct 2023
The risk of cyber-attack is amongst the highest that is managed by the Defence Board and requires a collective response to address it . Reducing the risk is accomplished by increasing Cyber Resilience which is defined by NIST as being ‘the ability to anticipate, withstand, recover from, and adapt to adverse conditions, stresses, attacks, or compromises on systems that use or are enabled by cyber resources’.
Defence currently aims to reduce its cyber risk through the Defensive Cyber Programmes, one of which being the Cyber Resilience Programme (CRP). CRP focussed on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) functions identify, protect, and recover and aims to reduce cyber risk through its seventeen projects split into four main themes:
The Cyber Resilience Strategy for Defence states one central aim: for Defence’s critical functions to be significantly hardened to cyber-attack by 2026, with all of Defence’s organisations resilient to known vulnerabilities and attack methods no later than 2030. This strategy aligns with and supports the National Cyber Strategy and the Government Cyber Security Strategy and is the driving force behind Defence’s objectives to reduce cyber risk.
Experimentation, research, and innovation is described in the Cyber Resilience Strategy as a strategic priority for Defence. And Defence recognises that to ensure we stay ahead of the developing cyber threats; we must embrace innovation and collaborate with industry partners.
This competition seeks:
This competition is interested in innovation projects that will deliver outputs at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 – technology model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment.
DASA require solutions to be delivered in a form which can be integrated within a broader enterprise of Information Technology, Operational Technology, networks and systems, encompassing both military and civilian technology.
In the challenges below we are particularly interested in ideas tailored towards Defence specific use-cases. Although MOD has many systems and networks that look similar to other departments and industries; military platforms and the need to operate in harsh environments that may be controlled by an adversary may require different approaches, considerations and technical solutions.
This competition has three challenges.
For further information on each challenge, please see here
DASA want novel ideas to benefit UK Defence and Security. Your proposal should address one of the three challenges and include evidence of:
DASA are not interested in proposals that:
Are effective, but are exquisite, need highly technical operators, are expensive, or cannot be scaled.
The total funding available for Phase 1 of this competition £880K (excluding VAT).
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