KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need

 

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from ICT to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.

 

The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here

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Time to step up cyber security?

A recent report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that it would take the UK 20 years to develop the sophisticated skills needed to improve cyber security. To compound the problem, Mark Brown, director for advisory risk and information security at advisory firm Ernst & Young, recently found that most businesses think their chief information security officers (CISOs) are not doing a good job at securing their organisations.

Companies, says his research, have lost patience with security professionals who do not understand the language of business. To win credibility, a mind shift is needed, to turn those dealing with security from being technology blockers to becoming technology enablers.

According to the KPMG’s Data Loss Barometer, hacking of business information incidents leapt from 8% in 2010 to more than 50% in 2012. It is clear that cyber attacks can no longer be considered a nuisance sport played by technically talented people, but should be considered a real and present threat, driven by a desire to steal or damage sensitive material. 

Progress has been made in tackling cyber fraud, with more police resources and prosecutions aimed at catching cyber criminals, according to the NAO report. The government has also invested in research and education. However,  the number of IT and cyber security professionals in the UK has not increased in line with the growth of the internet and it is at the local operating level where cyber crime has the most potential to do damage.

 

The UK's first conference dedicated to helping businesses understand cyber security, CCS2013, takes place in Cheltenham on 7 June, 2013. It’s designed to give firms a better understanding of the scope of the problem, how it can be tackled and how they can protect themselves in the future. 

 
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