Criteria & Objectives
In light of the National Cybersecurity Strategy (2023-2027), which aims to raise the level of readiness to confront cyber risks in all sectors of the country, secure information infrastructure and provide integrated electronic services, as part of the country's efforts towards digital transformation and attention to cyber security. Within the framework of this initiative, we offer "We Innovate Cybersecurity Accelerator".
We Innovate Cybersecurity Accelerator is an intensive program targeting seed Cybersecurity startups in the Arab & MENA region, designed to help cybersecurity startups grow and scale. Through a combination of mentorship, resources, and funding opportunities, the accelerator will help startups develop their products and services, connect with potential customers and investors, and ultimately bring their solutions to market. Participants in the accelerator program will receive support from a network of experienced mentors and advisors who are experts in the cybersecurity space. They will also have access to a range of resources, including equipment, legal and financial services and for the potential startups a chance to access Telecom Egypt's customer base through dedicated commercial partnerships. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to potential investors and customers and receive funding to help them grow their businesses.
What we expect:
Your team are approximately 5 - 20
You must have at least an existing revenue-generating minimum viable product (MVP) of the solution with promising growth results.
The product needs to be serving the Egyptian market either now or in the near future.
One or more founders must be available in Cairo for at least the duration of the program.
Technology: The potential technological and disruptive impact of the solution.
You must demonstrate a clear need for investments and the use of funds.
Agreement on investment terms
The increasing adoption of IoT devices in various industries has led to a growing concern over their security, given the potential risks of data breaches, cyber-attacks, and unauthorized access. The IoT Security track can include ideas related to Routers Security, Industrial Control system security, critical infrastructure security, automotive security, and similar.
Cyber Threats Detection and Prevention
Threat detection is critical in cybersecurity as it helps to identify potential security breaches before they occur, allowing organizations to take preventative measures to protect their systems and data. This track can include ideas related to Threat Intelligence, Threat Hunting, Logging and Monitoring, SOC automation, Threat detection and prevention on Social Media platforms, and similar.
Handling compliance and regulation in cybersecurity can be challenging due to the rapidly evolving threat landscape, the complexity of systems and technologies, and limited resources. This track can include ideas related to compliance management, compliance automation, data privacy management, PII ( Personally Identifiable Information) classification, and similar.
Software security is essential for protecting sensitive data, maintaining business continuity, complying with regulations, protecting reputation, and saving costs. Currently, with the digital transformation that is happening across the country, the need for software security is increasing rapidly. The Software Security track can include ideas related to Code analysis, Patch Management, Vulnerability Management, and similar).
Endpoint protection is a critical component of cybersecurity that involves detecting and preventing cyber threats on endpoint devices, such as desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Some common threats that endpoint protection aims to detect and prevent include ransomware attacks, phishing emails, and malware infections. The End Point Security track can include ideas related to the Detection and Prevention of Ransomware Attacks, Detection and Blocking of Phishing e-mails, Real-Time Protection, Anti-malware Solutions, and similar).
AI in Cybersecurity
The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in cybersecurity has gained a lot of attention in recent years due to its potential to significantly enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of cybersecurity solutions. The AI in Cyber Security track can include ideas related to Identifying and Responding to Cyber Threats in real-time, Detection and Prevention of Phishing Attacks, applied machine learning in the automation of vulnerability identification, and similar).
Cybersecurity Educational Games
Cybersecurity awareness games are highly considered an effective tool for promoting cybersecurity knowledge as they provide an engaging and interactive way to learn about cybersecurity risks and best practices to secure against potential cyber threats. This track can include ideas related to simulating phishing attacks, and cybersecurity awareness to school students, public individuals, or professional employees. It can also include education to technical people in an innovative way.
Automotive security is the protection of automotive electronic systems, communication networks, control algorithms, software, users, and underlying data from malicious attacks, damage, unauthorized access, or manipulation. As vehicles become more connected, the attack surface for automotive security vulnerabilities increases. Hackers could exploit these vulnerabilities to gain control of a vehicle's systems, which could lead to a variety of serious consequences
Cloud security is the practice of protecting data, applications, and infrastructure in the cloud. It encompasses a wide range of security controls, such as: Identity and access management (IAM), Data encryption, Network security, Application security and Disaster recovery and business continuity
DevSecOps is a practice that integrates security into the entire software development lifecycle (SDLC). It is an extension of the DevOps practice, which focuses on automating the delivery of software. DevSecOps brings security into the DevOps pipeline by automating security testing and implementing security controls early in the development process.
The goal of DevSecOps is to build secure software by incorporating security as a shared responsibility throughout the SDLC. This means that everyone involved in the SDLC, from developers to operations engineers, has a role to play in securing the software.