Sas Accelerator for Cybersecurity Concludes Cohort One with Eight Tech Startups
The Sas Accelerator for Cybersecurity’s first cohort, organized by the Ministry of Technology and Communications through its Sas Center for Entrepreneurship, and in partnership with the UK-Oman Digital Hub, CyLon and Oman Technology Fund, concluded yesterday with a virtual demo day.
The program was the first cybersecurity early-stage accelerator in the MENA region and attracted 55 applicants with their Cybersecurity product ideas. Since February, the qualified teams have participated in intensive workshops and mentoring sessions, both in Oman and virtually with UK’s CyLon, to help them refine their product and business model.
The demo day event showcased the progress of these eight teams who worked tirelessly on product ideas ranging from Cybersecurity gamification to a real-time security testing developer tool.
The eight ideas of first cohort are: Cyber Warrior- a game to raise cybersecurity awareness, Dark Sniper - a machine learning behavior detection product, Cryptic Chains - a tool that uses blockchain technology to strengthen the security in Data Management Record Systems, U Safe - a software that simplifies the assessment of security breaches in companies' networks by using visualization and attack graphs, Octopus – a risk management system using built-in customizable per-vendor templates, Hidden Power – a tool that uses blockchain to not only track shipping more efficiently but also add an additional layer of security, Data Boat –a locally produced SIEM solution and NytOwl –a real-time security testing developer tool.
On this occasion, Hamood Al Hamadan, Director of Sas Center for Entrepreneurship at MTC, said “The Sas Accelerator for Cybersecurity program is a vital step in building the Cybersecurity startup ecosystem in Oman and the region. We are excited to showcase the first eight teams who have developed their products and entrepreneurial skills over the last five months and look forward to watching them grow over the next few years.”
“The UK-Oman Digital Hub program is about blending the expertise and experience from Oman and the UK to build Oman’s digital skills and economy. We couldn’t be any prouder to work with Sas Center for Entrepreneurship and CyLon to help launch the first cybersecurity accelerator in the region,” commented Charles Sammut, Counsellor at the British Embassy Muscat.
Eng. Mohammed Al Rasbi, MD of Techween and Accelerator programmes at OTF said “We are really excited to have been part of this collaboration with MTC and the UK-Oman Digital hub and to have seen the outcome. We look forward to investing and supporting some of these startups, with the objective of driving profitable results and having a positive impact locally and regionally.”
Jonathan Luff, Co-Founder of CyLon, said "We want to say 'alf mabruk' to all the participants in CyLon's first Spark programme in Oman. We were honored to play our part, alongside great partners, in catalyzing cyber entrepreneurship here in Oman. There's so much potential in this exciting and important domain, and we look forward to continuing our work in the region in the years to come.”