In September 2018, Andrew Peaty from the MoD’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) came along to our Cluster meeting in the Cyber Village and explained how their no-strings-attached funding worked for companies with appropriate cyber solutions. He gave some great examples of innovative small businesses who have sold solutions into the MoD and described how to apply.
A number of companies, including Awen Collective based in Caerphilly took the time to speak with DASA and after learning more about the MoD and working out how their innovative security software solution could add value, they were awarded innovation funding to undertake an industrial cyber security project entitled “Project DOMINO”.
The funding was awarded as part of the DASA Open Call that seeks to discover innovative technologies from non traditional defence suppliers.
“As a small start-up company, the funding and support from the Ministry of Defence will help us to rapidly gear-up and provide innovative, valuable and proven industrial cyber security software to the various parts of the MoD reducing the possible disruption to military capability caused by large scale or targeted cyber-attacks” said Daniel Lewis, CEO of Awen Collective. “In addition it will advance the reach of our solutions into other sectors of critical national infrastructure (CNI) and advanced manufacturing, all facing challenges in the face of rapidly increasing cyber threats”.
The project, based on Dot software by Awen Collective, has arisen from a need not just in the MoD, but across society, where cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure such as energy, water and transportation could have catastrophic effects on people’s day-to-day lives.
The project commenced on the 1st November 2019, and will run for 12 months, culminating in an MoD evaluation of the demonstrated concept. This will lead to further exploitation within the MoD, its supply chain and Industry providers involved with CNI.
Many congratulations to Awen It is great to see successes like this come from the Cluster meetings of Cyber Wales and we all wish Dan and his team the best of luck in this exciting venture.
Thanks also to Andrew Peaty from DASA who has taken the time to come to Cluster meetings and meet Welsh companies who want to reach other markets – keep up the good work Andrew!