Secure innovation: Protecting your business from overseas threats

13th September 2022

Secure innovation: Protecting your business from overseas threats

13th September 2022
Starts at 9:00am
Ends at 10:00am

What threats could hostile states present to your business?

The UK has a vibrant research and development ecosystem and UK innovators are therefore attractive targets to a wide range of actors, including those backed by foreign states.

Certain foreign states may wish to misappropriate your technology for military purposes and in doing so, bring force to bear on other states, internal dissidents or political opponents.

Join us alongside the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) as we explore practical strategies for mitigating these threats as you grow your business.

In particular, we’ll focus on protecting your assets when collaborating internationally, or when forming international partnerships in the development of advanced technologies.

We’ll explain how to assess the economic and political stability of a state and identify state regulations that could compel overseas partners to release confidential data or cooperate in other ways.

Who should attend:

This webinar is for innovative companies looking to protect their technologies, competitive advantage and reputation from state actors and other organisations.

After attending this webinar, you will have insight into:

  • The threats that UK businesses currently face from state actors
  • How establishing a security strategy can protect your key assets from states, competitors and criminals
  • The processes around implementing and reviewing security policies and procedures
  • Guidelines on expanding safely into new markets

Agenda for the session:

  1. Introduction, Innovate UK EDGE
  2. Secure Innovation Guidance from the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure
  3. Questions and answers
  4. Tools and support

About the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure

CPNI’s role is to protect UK national security, helping to reduce the vulnerability of the UK to a variety of threats such as Terrorism, Espionage and Sabotage. This is a joint campaign between CPNI and the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ.


Dr Deborah Watson, Innovate UK EDGE Advisory Services Manager, has over twenty years' experience supporting innovation and economic development across sectors as diverse as health, manufacturing and environment.

Innovate 2022 Events Series

This webinar is part of Innovate UK EDGE's 'Innovate 2022’ series tackling current business challenges and ways for innovative businesses to achieve their industry-and-society- transforming ambitions.

During the remainder of 2022, we’ll be covering the wider bespoke support available from Innovate UK EDGE and how our advisers can help you create a more resilient, sustainable path to growth and scale.

About Innovate UK EDGE

Innovate UK EDGE is a key part of the UK innovation agency’s investment in innovative businesses that drive economic growth. We complement Innovate UK project funding with bespoke, specialist-led support for ambitious businesses.

Data Policy We take your data very seriously and are committed to its privacy and security. Our Privacy Statement explains the types of personal data we may collect about you and how we’ll store and handle that data, and keep it safe. This is a joint event and your data will be shared with both Innovate UK and The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure for the purposes of the administration of, and follow up to, this event. Their privacy policy is available at Innovate UK and CPNI.