The secret to being a great spy agency in the 21st century: Incubating startups
For this in-depth cover story, writer Danny Palmer looked at Britain's GCHQ to find out what happens when a top secret intelligence agency turns to entrepreneurs to help build new tools to protect a nation from cyberattacks. This download provides the magazine version of the article as a free PDF for registered TechRepublic and ZDNet members. The online version of this story is available here.
From the story:
Intelligence agencies are good at finding and keeping secrets, and at working patiently in the shadows. Startups are good at promoting themselves, moving fast, and breaking things--in an effort to build the next big technology. It's hard to think of two mindsets that are further apart.
But in a world of constantly evolving cybersecurity threats, Britain's GCHQ spy agency decided to open a startup accelerator to bridge the gap between the two: to see, if it was a little more open, it could help the private sector build tools to prevent future cyberattacks.
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