Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry

The Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry is a collaboration between the universities of Salford, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan and Lancaster.

The programme is designed for small-medium sized businesses to help with business growth, stability and security.

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How can we help?

This exciting new programme provides all businesses with the opportunity to:

  • Investigate the potential for cyber innovation to support business growth and productivity through Defence, Market differentiation and Diversification                  
  • Develop growth strategies utilising cyber innovation
  • Receive technical assistance (if eligible) from experts in cyber innovation

Programme structure

The programme is a blend between face-to-face workshops and online modules. There is no cost to participating companies and the locations vary within the Greater Manchester area.

Phase One (Workshops, online materials and one-to-one meetings)

The business would need to commit to:

  • An initial diagnostic meeting
  • Attending online workshops
  • Completing several online, structured packages of support (business model canvas; innovation audit; absorptive capacity analysis; driving forces exercise; cyber growth; developing a business strategy)
  • Attend a one-to-one development meeting

Each business then receives a tailored report, business strategy and action plan.

Phase Two (Technical Assistance)

Some businesses may then be eligible to receive further technical assistance from one of the academic teams to drive forward a new cyber product or service. This phase would match the business’ support requirements with an expert in that field and work collaboratively on the project for around four months.  Examples of some of the areas of specialism include:

Data visualisation

Data science – privacy and anonymisation

Applied cryptography

Data driven democracy and fake news

Cloud computing security

Distributed ledger technology

Human aspect of security (socio-technical)

Distributed systems security

Biometric authentication

Fraud detection

Machine learning

Electrical power

Code verification

IoT security

Crypto markets

Penetration testing

Our partners

The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford, along with their regional neighbour Lancaster University work together on cyber security to maximise their contributions to regional and national agendas. 


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Get in touch

To find out more information on how to access the programme please contact:

Lorena Gomez, GM Cyber Foundry Project Manager

University of Salford 
Joule House
M5 4WT