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Cyber Security Capacity Building Programme 2016 to 2017

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have launched a call for a Cyber Security Capacity Building Programme.

Overview
The UK’s recent Strategic Defence and Security Review sets out an active approach to building an open, secure and resilient cyberspace. Public and private sector, working together with civil society, can shape the development of cyberspace governance, regulation, skills and standards. This approach is crucial to ensure it delivers economic and social benefits and security.

Globally, the threat is increasing and outstripping defences. But, the international community is increasing capacity building efforts and beginning to coordinate. Capacity building is most effective when it has strong host-government support, makes sustained interventions and takes a holistic approach.

Themes
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office are looking for transformational projects where there are clear UK interests and that make a measurable impact on these objectives:
1. Reduce the full range of threats to the UK from overseas
 Help nations develop and implement robust cyber crime legislation
 Strengthen cyber skills and awareness in judicial systems
 Improve law enforcement interoperability
 Strengthen Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)
2. Promote an open, secure & resilient cyberspace
 Support the delivery and implementation of National Cyber Security Strategies
 Promote the adoption of robust cyber security standards around the world.
 Strengthen the application of international law and norms of behaviour
3. Protect the UK’s critical interests overseas
 Build skills and collaboration in key critical infrastructure, e.g. energy routes, transport hubs, supply chains, finance and communication centres.

Timescales:

 14 December – Submit initial concepts
 13 January – Submit full concept bids
 12 February – Submit full project bids
 2 March – Programme Board approves projects
 1 April – Projects start

If you are interested in bidding for this call, please contact Nikki Lees at Research and Knowledge Exchange on: 0161 247 2151 or by email: n.lees@mmu.acuk

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