Barac joins GCHQ’s Cyber Accelerator programme

We’re excited to announce that Barac has been chosen to join GCHQ’s prestigious Cyber Accelerator programme. The programme, run by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, supports cyber security start-ups and helps them to bring to market new products that are ‘better, faster and cheaper’ than existing cyber security products.

The Cyber Accelerator programme provides support to companies that GCHQ considers ground breaking in improving the UK’s cyber security. Selection to join the programme is a highly competitive process. Barac was chosen as one of just six companies making up the programme’s third cohort.

Solving one of the hardest challenges in cyber security – encrypted traffic visibility – Barac is working alongside some of the UK’s leading cyber experts to better understand the evolving threat of malware hidden within encrypted traffic.  The company is also focused on helping organisations identify and stop these hidden threats before they compromise their infrastructures.

Start-ups are chosen to join the programme through open competition using technical challenges written by technical leaders within the NCSC. These challenges identify areas of cyber security weakness where new products are needed.   

“The selected companies are all operating within areas of cyber security where new products are needed, and they are all offering new and exciting ideas about how to address these issues,” said Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth.

The Cyber Accelerator is a collaboration between the NCSC, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), GCHQ and Wayra UK, part of Telefónica Open Future.  Part of the UK Government’s £1.9bn National Cyber Security Strategy, the Accelerator drives innovation in the cybersecurity sector by giving selected start-ups and entrepreneurs access to the world-class personnel and technological expertise at the NCSC and GCHQ, as well as the Telefónica global business network.