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UK Cyber Week 2024

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From Secure Foundations to Resilient Futures

18 Apr 2024
Culture & Strategy
3. IT savvy

The Digital Security by Design Programme
UKRI’s Digital Security by Design is a UK government supported initiative to help transform digital technology and create a more resilient and secure foundation for a safer digital future. With collaboration between academia, industry and government delivering more secure semiconductor devices to pave the way for business and people to safely use and maintain trust in technology.
DSbD works to enable a more trustworthy digital environment, in which only expected access to data and operations are permitted while limiting the impact of any remaining vulnerabilities. DSbD is promoting a mindset change for cyber security, giving the freedom to learn, trade, play, automate and collaborate safely through cyber best-practices, reducing the attack surface by default, and protecting resilience and operational integrity by design.

With this new design, research suggests it is possible around 70% of ongoing memory safety vulnerabilities should be blocked from exploitation, with other features enabling developers to further extend the resilience and integrity of software.

DSbD technology prototypes, Morello Boards, are available through for organisations and academics to explore the technology and find what benefit this revolutionary technology could have for you.

Hear more and understand what this technology could do for you and how you can be a part of a new more secure future.

Key Takeaways:
• Raise awareness of DSbD across the UK cyber security and tech community;
• provide a narrative for why current computers are not secure and highlight use cases for the future
• inform and educate Government and the innovator community about DSbD technology and Technology Access Programme;
• drive users to the online resources via Home - Digital Security by Design (
• motivate and encourage engagement with programme activities and increase desire to access a Morello Board

Digital Security by Design exists to:
• block the exploitation of up to 70% of ongoing vulnerabilities.
• lower costs in cyber security
• increase business productivity
• increase trust in computers and connected devices
• increase sales of products and services as consumer trust increases.
• build a safer digital future for everyone.

“Why DSbD Matters”

The Digital Security by Design Challenge (DSbD), run by UKRI, is rethinking how computers are built to be inherently more secure from cyber-attacks.

The social and economic benefits of DSbD are focused on reducing the potential impact of security breaches and attacks,

• Enabling of more secure products and services
• Development of new skills and jobs in the UK

-We can now also showcase the global commercial implementation of CHERI into the RISC-V architecture through the CHERI Alliance with Codasip

Nuala Kilmartin, Innovation Lead Digital Security - UK Research and Innovation

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