Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry

25th March 2019, 10:06 am

The University of Salford is a partner in the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry project, supporting Greater Manchester businesses (SME’s) with the development of new cyber security focussed business growth and productivity strategies.

This exciting new programme provides all businesses (not just cyber-tech companies) with the opportunity to:

  • Assess their current business model
  • Investigate the potential for cyber security to support business growth and productivity through:
    • Defence
    • Market differentiation
    • Diversification
  • Develop growth strategies utilising cyber security
  • Receive technical assistance (if eligible) from experts in cyber security

This project, in collaboration with Manchester, MMU and Lancaster universities, is jointly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the four universities.

Programme Structure

Phase One (Workshops, online materials & one-to-one meetings)

The business would need to commit to:

  • An initial diagnostic meeting
  • Attending 1 ½ days of face-to-face workshops
  • Completing several online, structured packages of support (business model canvas; innovation audit; absorptive capacity analysis; driving forces exercise; cyber growth; developing a business strategy)
  • Attend a one-to-one development meeting

Each business then receives a tailored report, business strategy and action plan.

Phase Two (Technical Assistance)

Some businesses may then be eligible to receive further technical assistance from one of the academic teams to drive forward a new cyber product or service.  This phase would match the business’ support requirements with an expert in that field and work collaboratively on the project for around 4 months.  Examples of some of the areas of specialism include:

Data visualisation Data science – privacy & anonymisation
Applied cryptography Data driven democracy & fake news
Cloud computing security Distributed ledger technology
Human aspect of security (socio-technical) Distributed systems security
Biometric authentication Fraud detection
Machine learning Electrical power
Code verification IoT security
Crypto markets Penetration testing


To find out further information on how to access the programme please contact:

Rachel Martin (Business Development Manager), University of Salford: [email protected]; 0161 295 3578.

Further details can also be found here:

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