The move is described as the next phase of the Digital Security by Design project which the UK government announced in July 2019. At that time the government said the Digital Security by Design project would be backed by Google and Microsoft, amongst others, and would receive up to £117 million worth of private funding combined with £70 million of government investment.
The original DSD description did say that measures taken under the scheme would range from a secure hardware prototype that can cope with cyber-attacks, to software protected from new vulnerabilities appearing online.
The DSD was scheduled to create projects over the next 5 years so it seems likely that the £36 million for the ARM secure project is not an additional sum, but rather a first spending out of the DSD pot.
"Achieving truly robust security for a world of a trillion connected devices requires a radical shift in how technology companies approach cyber-threats. Research into new ways of building inherently more cyber-resilient chip platforms is critical," said Richard Grisenthwaite, ARM chief architect and fellow, in a statement issued by the UK government.
"Our first step is to create prototype hardware, the Morello Board, as a real-world test platform for prototype architecture developed by ARM that uses the University of Cambridge’s CHERI protection model. It will enable industry and academic partners to assess the security benefits of foundational new technologies we’re making significant investments in."
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