Mike Madden of the Defence & Security Accelerator highlighted the MOD cybersec needs and opportunities


Mike Madden, DASA Innovation Partner South West of England, discussed the Defence and Security Accelerator Overview at the SWCSC Networking Meeting this month.


  • Created 5 years ago
  • Find and fund exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity
  • Innovation
  • Part of a wider innovation ecosystem across defence and security
  • They come to DASA with problems and cash, DASA go back to them with solutions…
  • How to get involved?
    • Market explorations
    • Competitions
      • Themed competitions (customer pull), open call competitions (innovator push)
    • Networking events
    • Mentoring and finance services
  • Current Open Call Competitions (www.gov.uk/government/collections/apply-for-funding)
    • Open call – Defence
      • Emerging and Rapid Impact Innovation Tracks
      • Closes 5 Jan 2022
    • Open Call – Security
      • Rapid Impact Innovations Track
      • Closes 5 Jan 2022
    • Innovation Focus Areas
      • IFA028 – Autonomous Resilient Cyber Defence Intelligent Agents (ARCD)
        • Closes 5 Jan 2022
      • IFA029 – Reducing the Cyber Attack Surface (RCAS)
        • Closes 5 Jan 2022
      • IFA030 – Military Systems Information Assurance
        • Closes 5 Jan 2022

Dstl Cyber – What we do

  • Cyber Defence S&T provides innovative, agile and timely outcomes to support MOD and UK Government delivering cyber resilience.
  • Focus: Non-conventional IT systems. Working with sever constraints in bandwidth, power, or space.
  • New Opportunity: Explore the convergence of cyber hardening, cryptographic techniques, and autonomous cyber defence. Reduce the attack surface, raise the barrier to entry.

Dstl Cyber – How are we going to do it?

  • Harden the system: Reduce the cyber-attack surface
  • Protect the information: Information assurance
  • Defend at pace: Autonomous resilient cyber defence

Routes to Market:

  • Innovation and High-Risk ideas: DASA
  • Targeted Research Through Frameworks: SERAPIS, SECTORED, ASTRID, Electronic Warfare & Cyber

Contact DSAS:

  • Email – accelerator@dstl.gov.uk
  • Website – www.gov.uk/dasa
  • Twitter – @DASAccelerator
  • LinkedIn – Defence and Security Accelerator