Bringing cybersecurity to
small businesses

About CyberSecurityAId

CyberSecurityAId addresses the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of small businesses. 

Many lack the resources and expertise for effective cyber hygiene, making traditional tools and certifications unattainable. 

Our innovative solution is a dynamic self-assessment tool powered by Large Language Models

It is designed to empower small businesses by providing them with affordable and accessible means to enhance their cybersecurity knowledge and practices. 

By simplifying the often-complex world of cybersecurity, our tool offers tailored recommendations that aim to protect their key assets, systems and processes.

Product Benefits
  • User-friendly interface
  • Sector and company specific
  • Interactive and conversational
  • Tailored recommendations
  • Continuous improvement
  • Aligned with Cyber Essentials

The team

Reader at Essex Business School with expertise in innovation management, cybersecurity and digital transformation in small businesses. 

Professor at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, and the Director of the Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS), specialising in cybersecurity and secure software engineering.

Knowledge Exchange Manager

Facilitates external relationships, manages contractual arrangements and fosters collaborations with external organizations

Technology Transfer Officer

Navigates the project's commercialisation journey with expertise in technology transfer, ensuring the realisation of the tool's commercial potential

Is the number 1 university in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and has strong connections with the industry. The University of Essex facilitates investment through the Angels @ Essex platform, and enhances the commercialisation ecosystem through Entrepreneurs in Residence

Interdisciplinary centre with over 80 academics with expertise in Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, data protection, analytics, and visualisation

Our journey

Our tool is a  multidisciplinary project created in 2023 by Essex Business School and the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex, looking at cyber hygiene in small businesses

We have DEVELOPED a functional prototype as part of the project team’s participation on CyberASAP
We are creatING our own LLM AND PLANNING TO spin out in 2025
 We are looking for:
1. small business support organisations to try our product with their members & customers
2. Funders & investors to help us DEVELOPING OUR TOOL FURTHER

Our tool has been funded by: