On Monday 27 April, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) announced a further £1m to develop technology that predicts and counters cyber-attacks. This £1m constitutes phase 2 of the DASA Predictive Cyber Analytics competition which aims to proactively defend deployed UK military systems and networks.
Commenting on the funding, Rebecca Duncan, Project Manager for Predictive Cyber Analytics said ‘Cyber security has been in an arms race for decades, with hackers continuously exploiting new vulnerabilities while developers race to patch them. This DASA competition looks to get the UK ahead of these threats and better prepare us against and even predict future cyber-attacks. As our understanding of adversaries and attack patterns improves, increased computing power and data growth continues to drive the artificial intelligence revolution with multiple new possibilities emerging to keep the UK safe and prosperous.”
Phase 2 of the project seeks to further develop and enhance the predictive approaches while adapting them to the military environment. Thus far the project has had around £2m in funding across the two phases, and we expect more opportunities to become apparent in the near future.