Daily Bulletin, 22 April: techUK COVID-19 taskforce

Today’s bulletin focuses on: 

  • Package to support online learning
  • Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme goes live
  • NCSC calls for public to alert them on phishing emails 
  • techUK webinars 

techUK's dedicated mailbox is open for any queries, questions and concerns you may have.

For more analysis and the latest guidance please visit techUK’s COVID-19 information hub which is updated daily.

Package to support online learning

techUK is working with an Industry Coalition and the Department for Education to provide vulnerable and disadvantaged young people access to online learning to support their remote education during COVID-19. The importance of getting people online during this difficult time cannot be understated.

Free devices will enable young people to keep up with their schooling and stay connected with their teachers and class.

DevicesDotNow is also coordinating wider industry action to ensure vulnerable individuals who have been asked to ‘shield’ have the tools to get online. They are targeting the 1.9 million households who don’t have access to the internet to get them smartphones and laptops, as well as connectivity in the form of sims, dongles and mobile hotspots from business donations. Get involved here.

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme goes live 

The final details of Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme were unveiled as the scheme went live.

All viable businesses with turnover of more than £45m will be able to apply for UK Government-backed support, complementing existing support including the Covid Corporate Financing Facility and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

NCSC calls for public to alert them on phishing emails

As cybercriminals seek to exploit COVID-19, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched a suspicious email reporting service, which asks the public to forward any questionable emails direct to their experts.

These emails will then be scanned automatically by the NCSC’s scanning system and will be used to track and remove criminal sites.  

techUK is working to support UK organisations mitigate against phishing threats and has created a repository of guidance from the NCSC and our members on how to stay safe online during this pandemic. Please click here to access the available advice.

techUK webinars

On Thursday 23 April techUK will host a webinar with Kaspersky to provide advice to businesses on how to boost cyber security as employees move to working remotely. See more events and training here

techUK’s third ‘The World Post-COVID’ webinar will take place this Friday 24 April, from 10:00, focusing on smart city technologies. To learn more and register, visit our site.

How we are supporting our members

techUK continues to support our members and the wider tech industry through this period.

techUK continues its work supporting Government. If you wish to make an offer of support you can do so by visiting the website here or emailing our dedicated inbox.

  • Harri Turnbull

    Harri Turnbull

    Communications Manager
    T 020 7331 2011

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