Coventry University spin-out Company wins contract with UK Ministry of Defence

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Thursday 16 May 2019

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Gemma Boden

Coventry University’s cyber-security spin-out CyberOwl has won a prestigious contract with the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator.

CyberOwl has been awarded the contract to develop an innovative predictive cyber capability to help to safeguard critical national infrastructure from cyber-physical attacks.

Defence and critical national infrastructure in the UK are facing an unprecedented period of serious and sustained cyber risk from nation states and sophisticated criminals. Where this impacts the ability to deliver protection and critical services on which daily life depends, these targeted organisations need to be on the front-foot to disrupt, deter or delay the attacker in their tracks before any loss is sustained. The traditional cyber security methods of only reacting and responding to known threats can no longer ensure such critical services can be delivered uninterrupted.

CyberOwl’s platform, Medulla, uses advanced analytics to monitor the level of risk, piece together the earliest indicators of an attack and set out clear priorities on how to tackle them. Together with leading expertise in threat intelligence and malware profiling from one of the largest cyber-security practices in the UK, the combined capability will enable the armed forces and critical national infrastructure organisations to predict optimal defensive cyber actions, getting ahead of the threats.

This collaboration was conceived at the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) and is a testament to the success of this HM Government’s initiative to set up a centre of excellence in cyber security innovation in the UK. LORCA, which was launched in June 2018 by then Digital Secretary Matt Hancock, is based in the former Olympic Park in Stratford and is delivered by Plexal. CyberOwl is a founding member of LORCA.

Cyber risk is just another business risk and should be treated exactly like one. Where the cyber risk is so great to your organisation’s ability to deliver protection and critical services to society, then it becomes important for the defender to get ahead of the attacker. The MOD recognises this need, and has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to develop and showcase such cutting-edge capabilities.

CEO of CyberOwl, Dan Ng

We are delighted to see CyberOwl go from strength to strength and making an impact in the protection of the UK’s critical national infrastructure. This is a great example of the commercialisation of our cutting edge research that brings our ideas to life and supports advances in society.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Paul Noon

For further press information please contact Gemma Boden, Senior Content Officer, Coventry University, on 024 7765 7715 or email