JSaRC Update – 20 October

Published on 20 October 2020

Welcome to the latest Update from the Joint Security and Resilience Centre.

Following our announcement that Security & Policing 2021 will now be delivered online, please visit the S&P website to keep up to date with how the event is progressing. Registration will be live in the coming weeks and we look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 event.

JSaRC is now welcoming Expressions of Interest for the 2021 Security & Policing Immersive Experience – Resilience, Recovery, Rebuild.

For Security & Policing 2021, JSaRC is collaborating with other government departments to create an online immersive experience which will provide an integrated demonstration of various innovative security solutions, brought together in one overarching narrative. The immersive feature is entitled ‘Resilience, Recovery, Rebuild’ and will focus on showcasing and demonstrating solutions and technology in support of these three important themes. This exciting immersive feature will present what the future state may look like, so we are seeking both innovative solutions and established products that could be solutions to these policy challenges. Please find further details on this EOI here. The deadline for submission is 26 October at midday GMT.

UK Research and Innovation Launches Latest Future Leaders Fellowships

UKRI has launched the 6th round of their Future Leaders Fellowships which have been running as part of a GBP 900 million initiative since 2018. The initiative awards around 100 fellowships in every round and provides support to tackle ambitious and challenging research and innovation. This cross-UK Research and Innovation scheme supports early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments. Further information on the programme can be found here. The deadline for receipt of outline proposals is 10 December 2020.

Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) launch Future of Policing Market Exploration on behalf of the Home Office and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC)

The Home Office and NPCC are undertaking a market assessment of the availability of cutting-edge solutions and innovative concepts in development that will transform UK policing and security over the next 10 to 20-year period. DASA and DSTL are therefore exploring the technological landscape across a wide range of capabilities including Data & Information, Automation, Augmentation and Behaviours. The aim of this activity is to understand the maturity of technologies (including associated components) in the external marketplace and their potential applications. Responses to this Market Exploration must be submitted via the DASA submission service, for which you will need to register. Submissions must be made by midday on 13 November 2020. Further information can be found here.

DASA releases a search for Telexistence technology

DASA has launched a technology search and funding opportunity to develop capabilities to operate in hazardous environments without physically being present. This opportunity, which is administered by DASA on behalf of DSTL, is calling on innovators to submit their ideas for ‘telexistence’ technologies with GBP 500,000 funding available for multiple proposals. Solutions in telexistence technologies have potentially wide-ranging use across the defence and security landscape, including explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN), space exploration, and firefighting. The opportunity closes on 19 November 2020.

National Cyber Security Centre releases free training and cyber security guidance on topics such as video conferencing and home working

NCSC has released guidance on remaining secure during video conferencing. Their full guidance on helping you to choose, configure and deploy video conferencing services within your organisation, can be found here.

Alongside this advice, the NCSC has produced a new e-learning training package focused around Cyber-Security: ‘Stay Safe Online: Top Tips for Staff. It’s totally free, easy-to-use and takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The training introduces why cyber security is important and how attacks happen. The training is primarily aimed at SMEs, charities and the voluntary sector, but can be applied to any organisation, regardless of size or sector. It’s been deliberately designed for a non-technical audience, with tips that complement any existing policies and procedures.