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Traced Joins NCSC for Startups to Help Solve UK’s Cyber Challenges

Traced has been selected to join the NCSC for Startups accelerator programme!

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We’ll be working with the National Cyber Security Centre and Plexal Cyber to tackle the UK’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to learn from the best in UK cybersecurity so that Traced can further grow, innovate and succeed.

We’re excited to share our vision for mobile security and look forward to the next few months with fellow cohort members Lupovis, RankedRight and ESPROFILER.

Helping to tackle the UK’s cybersecurity challenges

Traced was chosen by an expert panel of NCSC, GCHQ, and Plexal staff, alongside a panel of investors for our ability to help tackle three pressing cybersecurity issues:

  • Enabling the analysis of network activity to detect, respond to and recover from cyber attacks rapidly
  • Enabling a better understanding of all the devices that are present on a network (including third party components) and enhancing security
  • Helping users to be safe online

Traced uses AI to protect mobile users from phishing and malware apps

We built an AI engine based on deep learning that’s entirely dedicated to mobile threats on mobile devices. The AI can differentiate between malicious apps and benign apps.

Traced also uses deep learning and natural language processing to differentiate between a phishing URL and a safe one. It can pick up on linguistic and character-based patterns that social engineers use to dupe people in phishing attacks.

These detection methods come together in a comprehensive mobile threat defence (MTD) solution – Traced Control – to help companies use mobile devices safely.

To combat attacks on multiple fronts, Traced supports an organisation’s Zero Trust approach to security to validate that a mobile device complies with security policies.

If a malicious app has been installed or the employee hasn’t enabled phishing protection, we will be able to tell. Traced can then block the device’s access to the company’s cloud apps to protect the network.

Why NCSC for Startups?

Our deep learning engines are trained on open source intelligence as well as from our privacy-first consumer app, which has been installed on 180,000 devices.

To make our machine learning even more effective, we wants to harness phishing telemetry and other data held by the NCSC.

We believe NCSC For Startups will help us to synergise our threat intelligence sources to provide the best protection against mobile phishing for the UK’s businesses.

We’re keen to work with technical experts at the NCSC to feed into government frameworks like Cyber Essentials to enable more organisations to effectively protect themselves against cyberthreats on mobile. We want to engage with fellow NCSC For Startups members and alumni, as well as connect with large tech companies such as Microsoft and AWS.

Hear CEO Ben talk about Traced’s origins and the need for better mobile security in this showcase for NCSC.

About NCSC for Startups

The startups will benefit from NCSC’s expertise and insights, along with Plexal’s experience in working closely with startups. This open collaboration model will help startups develop and adapt their technology to address security challenges identified by the NCSC and achieve a closer product-market fit.

NCSC For Startups is delivered by the NCSC and Plexal and is supported by Deloitte, CyNam, which brings Cheltenham’s cyber community together, Cheltenham-based coworking space Hub8 and tech skills provider QA.

NCSC For Startups is the successor to the NCSC Cyber Accelerator, a programme that helped more than 40 tech companies raise over £100m in external investment.

“Since its launch NCSC For Startups has already seen some great collaboration with tech companies, and we’re delighted to welcome this latest group onboard. These companies all have innovative proposals to improve our collective cyber security and will benefit from the expertise and support we offer.”

Chris Ensor, deputy director for Cyber Skills and Growth at NCSC