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HACK! Karnataka’s accelerator for cyber security start-ups launched

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Bengaluru: CySecK – the Karnataka state’s CoE (Centre of Excellence) in Cyber Security – has launched an accelerator programme for cyber security start-ups.

This accelerator is branded as HACK – which is a recursive acronym and expands as HACK is an Accelerator for Cyber security in Karnataka. HACK is Karnataka’s first cyber security-specific accelerator.

The programme was inaugurated by Dr E V Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary in charge of the Department of IT, BT and S&T. In view of the current lockdown, the programme was inaugurated online with participants joining from across the globe. The programme has 21 start-ups on board across three cohorts: 10x cohort, 0-1 cohort and virtual cohort.

Cyber security start-ups are typically deep-tech start-ups innovating in highly specialised technical areas. Such start-ups from India have special challenges in addition to the ones that start-ups generally face, primarily due to lack of market maturity and availability of skilled talent.

This has resulted in India relying primarily on global companies for cyber security products. It is important for the nation to achieve higher self-reliance in the critical domain of cyber security.

This programme will support mature Indian start-ups to accelerate their growth through government and market connections, and nascent start-ups to mature through an innovative incubation eco-system and marquee mentorship.

In this way, the programme will also support the Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
The applications from the start-ups were evaluated by an independent panel that had representation from the government, academia, industry practitioners and investor community.

About CySecK

CySecK is the state government’s CoE in Cyber Security, housed in the IISc (Indian Institute of Science) campus, with IISc as the anchor institute and KSCST (Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology) as the implementation agency.

CySecK was setup by KITS (Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society) of the Department of IT, BTand S&T.

The key objectives of the CoE are to promote a cyber-safe and conducive environment for industry collaboration, address skills gap, build awareness and foster innovation in the emerging technology field of cyber security.

The CoE will also facilitate standardization and best practices for information security across industry domains, research and development, and technical training programmes in cyber security.

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