Manchester Metropolitan University

Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry

The Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry is a cyber security scheme launched to protect Greater Manchester's companies against malicious computer attacks.

Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry is the £6million cyber security scheme that will help to protect Greater Manchester's small and medium-sized companies against malicious computer attacks.

Cyber attacks cost the region's businesses £860million a year, as estimated by the LLoyds City Risk Register, and with Greater Manchester's digital aspirations continuing to grow, cyber reliance becomes ever-more important. To combat these threats, universities in the region, led by Manchester Metropolitan University, will join forces in an initiative known as the GM Cyber Foundry, which will apply research in cyber security to create new products and services for SMEs.

It is vitally important for the region to protect its vibrant digital and creative sector, which generates more than £3billion in economic output each year, and to ensure that it can operate securely. Manchester is growing as a centre for digital excellence, as evidenced by the opening of a Government Communications Agency site (GCHQ) in the city next year.

We are now accepting applications for our workshops, which focus on business support for cyber security.

Register your interest

Possible Projects

A selection of such projects include:

  • improving cyber security in blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) applications
  • enhancing security of cyber physical systems
  • increasing encryption efficiency
  • increasing cyber threat intelligence in systems
  • improving ‘cyber hygiene’ to maintain online security
  • improving the design of security systems to help users

Contact Details

For more information on the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry, please contact: 

Peter Smith

Business Advisor - ERDF Projects, Centre for Enterprise

Tel: +44 (0)161 247 6623 / +44 (0)7879 486 656

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