DSbD Tech

Securing The Future of the Digital Economy

What is DSbD

DSbD is an initiative supported by the UK government to transform digital technology and create a resilient, and secure foundation for a safer future. Through collaboration between academia, industry and government, these new capabilities will free the way business and people can use and trust technology.


The Digital Security by Design (DSbD) challenge aims to radically update the foundation of the UK’s insecure digital computing infrastructure.

Increase cyber security for businesses, government and the wider public and economy;

Increase productivity to the UK through reduction of days lost to cyber-attacks;

Make the UK market-leader through new capabilities fostering the trust that is necessary for successful adoption of future digital services in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of things (IoT).

Why is DSbD relevant ?

If security is important to you, you will want to know more about how this programme is going to cause a step change in the way which computers operate.



The scope of this challenge includes implementation, verification and proof of an updated hardware architecture, development of the software and system development tools that will run on it, and demonstration in at least two industry domains. The challenge covers three areas of activity:

Technology Platform Prototype

Collaborative R&D – software development; enabling use

Up to four business-led demonstrators

How do i get involved ?

You can learn how to access government support to enable individuals and collaborative groups to peruse world class research and innovation via UK research and Innovation.

The Knowledge Transfer Network can also support partners and new opportunities to accelerate their ambitious ideas into real world solutions. You can look out for updates on open competition calls and latest news and use cases/blogs on programme developments via our social media channels below.

Learn about how social science and the stem disciplines are working together to address the DSbD challenge and the regulatory and policy environment through the Digital Security by Design Social Science Hub+ DiScriBe