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Think Cyber Security named a finalist in the NYCx Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge //16.08.19

Think Cyber Security named a finalist in the NYCx Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge

The Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (MOCTO), New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and NYC Cyber Command (C3) have announced the 18 finalists for the NYCx Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge (which LORCA has partnered with). And we’re thrilled to reveal that one of LORCA’s first cohort members, Think Cyber Security, is one of the chosen 18.

The company takes a user-centric approach to cybersecurity, offering a toolkit that results in security-friendly behavioural change. It will receive a $10,000 prize reward and have the chance to partner with New York City to deliver solutions to local small businesses. Think Cyber Security will also get support to enter markets in Israel, Japan, South Korea, Berlin, Helsinki, London, and Paris.

Tim Ward, CEO and co-founder of Think Cyber Security, had this to say about making the cut:

“The NYCx Cybersecurity Challenge represents an exciting opportunity both to deploy our software to protect New York SMBs and to work with the City of New York’s Mayor’s Office of the CTO and Cyber Command to share our unique approach to security awareness — empowering staff in businesses across the city to protect themselves against cyber threats.”

Meanwhile, Saj Huq, LORCA’s programme director, is also celebrating our cohort member being recognised on a global stage:

“As one of our original cohort, Think Cyber Security’s inclusion on the shortlist is testament to the company’s appetite to scale and innovate. It fully deserves its place alongside an impressive range of companies from around the world, highlighting the excellence in the UK’s cybersecurity sector. With the right support, cybersecurity companies can and will have a significant role in protecting businesses of all sizes and making society a safer place.”

“As one of our original cohort, Think Cyber Security’s inclusion on the shortlist is testament to the company’s appetite to scale and innovate.” – Saj Huq, programme director, LORCA

The NYCx Cybersecurity Moonshot Challenge attracted 169 entires from 77 cities (representing 18 countries), and is part of the city’s goal to build its cybersecurity resilience. The NYCEDC’s Cyber NYC initiative is a $100 million public-private investment aimed at transforming New York City into a global leader of cybersecurity innovation and talent. Meanwhile, NYC3, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, NYPD and the Global Cyber Alliance (a LORCA partner) have launched New York City Cyber Critical Services and Infrastructure (NYC CCSI) – a formal partnership that allows NYC businesses and government to work together to mitigate attacks on the city’s critical services and infrastructure. 

For the full list of finalists and all the reactions from around the world, head on over to the NYC Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer website.