Cyber X

IN4 Group has established one of the North West’s most innovative Security Operation Centres (SOC), working with partners Microsoft and Siemens, with links to our Data Science Innovation Programmes and GCHQ’s Co-Lab, which we design and deliver.

Cyber solutions

There is an increasing demand for cyber solutions as the UK government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey found that nearly four in 10 businesses (39%) have reported a cyber-attack in the last 12 months, incurring a material cost and potential reputational impact.

Industry-leading partners

Working in collaboration with leading technology partners such as Siemens and Microsoft, the SOC offers organisations of all sizes across the UK a fully managed, secure and scalable 24-hour security, cloud and network service.

universities, enabling cyber innovations across sectors such as medtech, fintech and smart cities.

“Working in partnership is in our DNA and helps us provide trusted, government-backed, easily accessible and practical support where it’s most needed.”

Neil Jones, director of the Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester
This is a transformational programme based on IN4 Group’s innovation blueprint that delivers tangible inclusive innovation, making each region where it’s operated cyber enabled. This is a key part of our commitment to driving social value locally.

Cyber Salford

The programme has operated in Salford as Cyber Salford. The unique innovation blueprint developed by IN4 connects everyone from the Salford community, including local citizens, young people, start-ups, SME businesses and the self-employed, with access to education, training, tools and incubators to boost cyber security awareness, innovation, and careers in the region.

The Cyber Salford programme is operated in collaboration with Salford City Council, Cyber Resilience Centre and partners Raytheon Technologies, and is aimed to support a minimum of 100 Salford SMEs, 200 Salford self-employed freelancers, educate over 200 Salford citizens, inspire 500 Salford school students, create 50 new cyber jobs and incubate 10 Salford start-ups by April 2022.

Cyber SME

Cyber Salford is offering SMEs a free two-day cyber awareness course where they can learn about different types of cyber-attacks and practices to keep infrastructure and data security.

Participants will benefit from:

  • Awareness of cyber security and risk with case studies and risk assessments
  • A £2,500 grant on successful completion of the course to help buy hardware, software or licenses for security products
  • Actionable tools to make a difference to the cyber defences of your company
  • Access to monthly surgeries for free expert advice from our cyber team

Cyber Workforce

A free one-day cyber awareness course is available from Cyber Salford for independent business owners, the self-employed, or freelancers in Salford, who will benefit from:

  • Cyber awareness and training, providing you with what you need to know about keeping your business safe online
  • A £1,000 grant on successful completion of the course to enhance cyber security in your business through buying new hardware, software, or licenses for security products
  • Access to monthly surgeries for free expert advice from our cyber team
  • Connecting with other Salford based businesses and the wider HOST community

Cyber Academy

The Cyber Academy is a 12-week Digital Skills Bootcamp delivered through instructor-led virtual sessions, face-to-face classroom sessions and self-access online learning.

The course supports the local economy by providing highly skilled and qualified cyber security talent that has also had experience of working on a real-life work experience project with a local employer. The bootcamp contains two qualification routes, dependent on participants initial IT skills, with the potential for learners to move into an apprenticeship post completion.


A programme to help young people aged 11-18 years, explore their passion for tech by introducing them to the fast-paced world of cyber security. The programme will cover a broad range of activities designed to seek out people with potential, offering the support, skills, experience and exposure needed to be the future first line of defence in our CyberFirst world.

We are working in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to deliver CyberFirst activities at Salford schools, colleges and local communities where it can drive positive outcomes for local residents and Salford’s future generations, encouraging young people to engage with computer science and the application of cyber security in every day technology.

Cyber Labs

Our Data Science Innovation Programme combines experimental test networks, virtual machines, malware analysis, reverse engineering tools, a range of hardware and software, bespoke data sets, and a pool of domain experts, providing innovators with a safe test environment to train and test innovations.

Cyber Labs works with project teams, SMEs, entrepreneurs and start-ups to provide the support they need to bring their innovations into the real-world, commercialise their products and tools, and accelerate their growth as a viable business.

“Cyber Salford will bring the best in class of public and private sector knowledge to help businesses, residents, sole traders and learners from across the City of Salford to become more aware and secure, this will mean more trust and confidence in an increasingly digital world.”

Salford’s City Mayor, Paul Dennett
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