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Plexal, the innovation centre and workspace that’s delivering LORCA, has partnered with the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), City of New York, and the New York Economic Development Corporation. The partnerships are designed to help cybersecurity companies scale internationally while also expanding Plexal (and LORCA’s) role as a major global cybersecurity cluster. As a global, collaborative non-profit dedicated to reducing cyber risk, GCA has an extensive network of dedicated partners around the world and brings a wealth of cybersecurity expertise from government and the private sector to share with Plexal members and members of the LORCA cohort to help them shape their […] Read More

Last year we revealed that, after consulting with industry about their most pressing needs, we’d narrowed down the focus areas for our second cohort to two main themes: securing supply chains and user-centric security. We then embarked on a selection process, seeking out the country’s most innovate companies with relevant solutions that wanted to scale, either here in the UK or internationally. And today, we’re delighted to welcome our second cohort and introduce you to them. These 11 scaleups will receive a year of bespoke support from the LORCA team based at innovation centre Plexal and access to experts from Deloitte’s […] Read More

LORCA’s core aim is to develop and scale promising solutions that keep industry and customers safe online. Helping innovators understand what the needs of industry are – and how their solutions align to those needs – is an important component of LORCA’s activity. To that end, we’re running a series of Needs Accelerators, where we convene key players in specific industries and explore the nature of the challenges faced. All these events apply the Chatham House Rule so the discussions are frank and open. This also allows us to make the key insights public for everyone to digest and respond […] Read More

LORCA’s hosting a series of academic masterclasses run by cybersecurity experts from the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT). If you’d like to participate in person or remotely, just email us on    Thursday 15 November, 2-4pm: Basic Malware Analysis   Led by Dr Paul Miller, research director of security analytics and event management at CSIT, this masterclass will cover: |  A very brief overview of software security |  Focusing on one aspect of software security: malware |  The different generations of anti-virus scanners that have been developed |  The different types of obfuscation that malware authors have developed to go undetected […] Read More

LORCA’s hosting a series of sales development workshops to support startups in accelerating their growth and success. These sessions will focus on business development, pipeline generation, setting up great sales cultures and delivering consistently. Eliott Stead, sales director for RevJet, will be presenting the next sales workshop on 15 November: A Practitioner’s Guide to Effective Selling. He has a wealth of hands-on experience selling technology solutions to larger enterprise customers and has held leading positions at Adobe and Verizon Enterprise Solution (as well as having a lot of startup experience). Over 20 years, Eliott has helped drive business transformation and innovation in […] Read More

Author: Lydia Ragoonanan, director, LORCA The data on diversity has finally caught up with the obvious: that having a diversity in backgrounds, perspectives, skills and ideas gives you a competitive advantage. McKinsey’s latest research shows that companies with more gender diversity perform 15% better financially, while companies with ethnic diversity perform 35% better. In the UK, Earnings Before Income Tax rises by 3.5% for every 10% increase in the diversity of the senior executive team. But when you look at the makeup of our tech sector, we’re still not as diverse as we can – and should – be. According […] Read More

Author: Lydia Ragoonanan, director, LORCA    Here at LORCA we’ve just launched an open call for our second cohort. We asked our Innovation Forum (made up of cross-industry representatives) to help us shape the focus of cohort two by asking them what their biggest cybersecurity challenges were. Of all the important themes we discussed, two stood out in particular: user-centric security and supply chain security. So as we begin hearing from companies interested in joining our second cohort, I thought I’d share more about why these two challenges are such a priority.   User-centric security: making it easy for employees to […] Read More

Author: Dr. Wendy Ng, cyber security professional, Deloitte   Improved hygiene and large-scale vaccination programmes have been shown to be effective in preventing the transmission of infections. As well as giving direct protection to the immunised, vaccination programmes also protect susceptible people who can’t be immunised. This is what we refer to as herd immunity, where high levels of immunity exist within a population and the spread of an infectious disease is curtailed. The value of herd immunity is that it protects people with underlying health conditions and/or weakened immune systems – even when vaccination isn’t an option. Biological infections […] Read More

ThinkCyber is part of the first LORCA cohort. Its RedFlags™ security awareness software applies behavioural and learning science to “nudge” users towards secure behavioural change. Here, director Tim Ward makes the case for empowering your people with better training. People are often described as being the weakest link in cybersecurity defence. But here at ThinkCyber we believe that people can (and should) be turned into one of the strongest. There’s certainly enough data supporting the argument that people’s lack of cyber awareness is at the heart of many breaches. For example, in 2017 IBM found that two thirds of recorded […] Read More

–  Author: Lydia Ragoonanan, director, LORCA  We’re on the cusp of a digital health revolution that could see healthcare providers make better use of data to intervene earlier, provide more personalised treatment and, ultimately, reduce the cost of running our healthcare system. But patients, who are already taking a more hands-on approach to managing their own health, rightfully expect highly personal data about their bodies to remain secure. This means that unlocking the opportunities hinges on having great cybersecurity solutions – plus a collaborative effort to navigate the logistical, administrative, ethical and technical hurdles in front of us.   The future of healthcare looks […] Read More