A SCOTTISH Internet of Things accelerator programme to develop new cyber security products and services is being launched in Glasgow today.

Kate Forbes MSP and minister for public finance and digital economy, is due to unveil the plans at CENSIS’s sixth annual Technology Summit, which is expected to attract more than 500 private and public sector delegates.

The IoT Cyber Accelerator programme will help businesses and developers enhance the resilience of IoT networks and devices, through new products and approaches to cyber security, and is led by CENSIS - the centre of excellence for sensing and imaging systems and IoT technologies - in partnership with the Scottish Government.

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Up to five companies will be selected following a competitive process for the six-month programme, which will include tailored support from CENSIS and Scottish Enterprise to turn ideas into products or services.

A series of workshops will be held for businesses from a range of sectors to find out more and begin to address challenges or identify opportunities within IoT, CENSIS said.

As part of the programme, CENSIS has also partnered with Abertay University to deliver an IoT vulnerability study that will expose risks or flaws in the design of IoT devices, and outcomes will be used to develop or refine best-practice guidelines.

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Ms Forbes said: “We have an ambitious cyber resilience strategy, which at its core is about making Scotland a safe place to live, learn and do business. Developing robust technology, in Scotland, rooted in principles of quality and trust, goes hand in hand with that.”

Paul Winstanley, chief executive of CENSIS, said: “IoT technologies are quickly becoming ubiquitous. If they don’t already affect your business, they soon will.

"It’s highly encouraging to see so many projects and initiatives underway which involve helping companies to adopt IoT and realise the benefits it can offer. Scotland is very much leading the way and the IoT Cyber Accelerator can underpin its growth across the country.”