The British government has announced a new partnership with industry designed to protect businesses and the public from cyber attacks and other online threats.
Business secretary Andrea Leadsom revealed the next phase of the Digital Security by Design initiative, which will include a £36 million project to develop new chip technologies that are resistant to attack.
A further £18 million in government funding will also be allocated through the Strategic Priorities Fund to tackle key issues such as privacy abuse, online fraud and wrongful use of data.
Ms Leadsom said the government recognises that having innovative hardware and systems solutions will be critical in defending the UK's advanced technology and its defence systems.
"It's critical that we are ahead of the game and developing new technologies and methods to confront future threats, supporting our businesses and giving them peace of mind to deliver their products and services safely," she added.
The government is already investing £1.9 billion in its National Cyber Security Strategy in a bid to make Britain one of the safest places in the world to live and work online.