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Dell, LORCA partner

Dell Technologies has renewed its partnership with the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA).

Dell Technologies has been a partner of LORCA since 2018, offering support to cyber startups through networking, coaching, technical workshops and seminars on cyber issues. Dell also connects LORCA cohort companies with senior staff for mentorship and advice. LORCA acts as a conduit between Dell Technologies and the cyber startups.

Long-standing Dell Technologies partners VMware and Nvidia, which are behind AI and cloud security for Dell, will also play a part in the partnership. LORCA’s cohort of startups will have access to senior staff from across these companies.

Dell will also take part in industry forums and roundtables by LORCA, such as LORCA’s annual conference, LORCA Live, between March 29 and 31; which bring together industry, academics and policymakers to explore security challenges faced by industry and identify the gaps for innovation. On diversity in cyber, LORCA cohort members will have the option to be connected to Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network (DWEN).

LORCA is delivered by Plexal, pictured, the innovation centre and co-working space at Stratford, east London at the Olympics site, set up by Delancey. Backed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, LORCA acts as a catalyst for the cybersecurity industry in the UK and is delivered by Plexal’s innovation team with audit firm Deloitte and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) in Belfast.

Saj Huq, director of LORCA, said: “We’re delighted to renew LORCA’s partnership with Dell Technologies. It’s never been more important to build security and trust into the digital infrastructure underpinning our lives and economy. To do that, it’s critical that industry and the startup ecosystem work in tandem to build and scale the solutions we need now and in the future.

“Dell Technologies’ support provides our cohort companies with the resources, connections and insights they need to grow and succeed, driving rapid progress in the cybersecurity ecosystem and creating a safer internet for everyone.”

And Margarete McGrath, chief digital officer, Dell Technologies, said: “Engaging with the cyber innovation ecosystem is important for Dell Technologies, and we are looking forward to collaborating more closely with the start-ups in LORCA’s network. With the threat landscape becoming more complex, it’s important that we as a sector work together to maintain and restore trust in technology.”


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