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Tackling the UK’s Ransomware Challenge with the NCSC and Plexal

We are delighted to announce that we have been chosen to help the government solve the UK’s most pressing cyber challenge of ransomware.

SOS Intelligence is now part of the NCSC For Startups initiative.

The UK government’s National Cyber Strategy identified ransomware attacks from cyber criminals and state-backed actors in Russia and China as one of the key threats to public services and supply chains.
It highlighted the need to secure the digital environment for all UK internet users, prevent attacks, build basic security in products and services and help individuals and small businesses with basic actions to improve cyber security.

In line with this, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Plexal, the innovation company founded by Delancey, have been working closely with emerging technology innovators joining the NCSC For Startups initiative to develop, adapt and pilot technology to help address the growing ransomware challenge.

Amir Hadzipasic, CEO and Founder of SOS Intelligence said:

“We are extremely excited to have been selected as a member of #NCSCforstartups, looking forward to address the ransomware challenge through our early breach detection technology”.

We are focused on helping critical national infrastructure like healthcare organisations and energy systems become more resilient and better protected against ransomware attacks. SOS Intelligence wants to make cyber threat intelligence affordable and accessible to everyone. Our automation technology collects pre-selected keywords from organisations and then scans the dark web, ingesting threat data and looking for mentions of those keywords in Telegram channels or forums.

The startups were chosen based on their relevance to three challenges identified by the NCSC:

  • Defending SMEs from ransomware by providing accessible, low-cost protection
  • Encouraging firms to implement secure backups to minimise the impact of an attack 
  • Addressing risks posed by Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) as more businesses and individuals implement home and remote working

“Ransomware remains the biggest cyber threat to UK organisations, and tackling it requires a collective effort.

“The five companies selected to join the NCSC for Startups initiative offer various innovative approaches to dealing with ransomware – we look forward to working with them and ultimately further boosting the UK’s cyber security.”

Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Cyber Growth at the NCS

“The opportunity for innovative and novel ways to address ransomware can often be overlooked. The startups selected to meet this challenge will experience a unique collaboration opportunity with Plexal and the NCSC, gaining critical insights and developing solutions to enhance the resilience of society in the face of unprecedented digital risks and increasingly motivated threat actors.”

Saj Huq, CCO at Plexal

For the full announcement >>
Our profile and the other startups information >>

Twitter: @NCSC and @PlexalCyber
LinkedIn: National Cyber Security Centre and Plexal Cyber
Instagram: @PlexalCity

To book a demo of SOS Intelligence, please click here.

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