Plexal Announces New International LORCA Partnerships

Innovation center Plexal has announced new partnerships with the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) and the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to boost international security cooperation at the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA), launched in June 2018 and hosted/delivered by Plexal.

LORCA was created with £13.5m of funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to be the UK’s dedicated space for industry-led cybersecurity innovation, supporting the most promising cybersecurity innovators in scaling and growing solutions to meet the most pressing industry challenges.

The new partnerships will aim to help cybersecurity companies scale internationally while also expanding Plexal’s role as a major global cybersecurity cluster.

Andrew Roughan, managing director of Plexal, said: “Sharing knowledge and being open to cooperation between global cyber-innovators and industry is more important than ever. We’re looking forward to deepening our links with new global partners and acting as the UK landing pad and connector. These important partnerships with the New York Development Corporation and the Global Cyber Alliance will mean the emerging cyber stars we support can have even greater direct access to new markets and the networks they need to succeed.”

Andy Bates, GCA executive director for UK and EMEA, added that innovation and entrepreneurship are key to shoring up cyber-defenses. “GCA is pleased to partner with Plexal and LORCA and participate in their program to work with scaleups working on cybersecurity challenges,” he said.

James Patchett, president and CEO at the NYCEDC, outlined the company’s ambition to making “New York City a hotbed for cyber-innovation, to protect every New Yorker and every business – all while creating good-paying jobs. We’re proud to help launch this important challenge, which will benefit New York City and create game-changing technology for the world to share.”

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