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NCSC Staff Training Online Guidance

Published: 6 August 2020

The NCSC's new e-learning package 'Top Tips For Staff' can be completed online, or built into your own training platform.

For these reasons, the NCSC has produced a new e-learning training package:'Stay Safe Online: Top Tips for Staff'.

Originally released in June 2019, it’s totally free, easy-to-use and takes lessthan 30 minutes to complete. The training introduces why cyber security is important and how attacks happen, and then covers four key areas:

  • Defending yourself against phishing
  • Using strong passwords
  • Securing your devices
  • Reporting incidents ('if in doubt, call it out')

The training is primarily aimed at SMEs, charities and the voluntary sector, but canbe applied to any organisation, regardless of size or sector.

It's been deliberatelydesigned for a non-technical audience (who may have little or no knowledge ofcyber security), with tips that complement any existing policies and procedures.

Bristol University Challenge Sandpit - 14th September 2020

Published: 5th August 2020

Bristol University would like to invite you to join them for a Challenge-Driven Sandpit on the morning of 14 September 2020, where participants will have the opportunity to network with researchers (and vice versa), discuss their challenges and apply for funding to initiate proof-of-concept projects that may help to resolve them.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has identified research into Cyber Security as a priority for its Global Uncertainties programme, with the ultimate aim of contributing to making the UK's networked and online activities secure from misuse and as a result safer, more productive and more enjoyable. University of Bristol has significant strengths in this area, and is looking to partner with external organisations to help solve these challenges.

The Offer:
* £70k is available to fund 3-4 proof of concept proposals, co-written by an external organisation and a UoB researcher(s)
* Support for proposal development provided by the Knowledge Exchange team at the University

The Ask:
* They ask that potential attendees outline a challenge they face in advance of the event so they can pair partners with relevant researchers and maximise the efficiency of the session
* No cash contribution is required to receive funding, but it is expected that in-kind contributions of time, space, resources, equipment, data are provided as appropriate for each project

The Event will provide:
* Details of the funding available
* Structured networking opportunities
* Discussion time with industry and external partners to understand the Cyber Security challenges they face
* Time to develop the start of proposal for the seed funding
* After this event, submissions of proof of concept proposal will be due for review in late October/early November with funding following shortly after, if successful

If any of the organisations in the Cyber Wales Ecosystem might be interested in participating then, in the first instance, we would be grateful of a discussion with interested organisations regarding their specific Cyber Security challenges.

Contact Dr Louise Evans, Cyber Security Research Group Manager, University of Bristol, louise2.evans@bristol.ac.uk

Pakistan Grand Challenge Fund - Deadline: 9 August 2020

Published: 25th July 2020

The Grand Challenge Fund (GCF) is a key element of the Higher Education Development in Pakistan Project supported by the World Bank and implemented by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The GCF is anticipated to promote research excellence in strategic sectors of the economy and will provide funds to selected institutions based upon a competitive, peer-reviewed evaluation of proposals. GCF will support large, multisectoral/multidimensional research projects. Successful GCF projects are anticipated to be collaborative in scope, with research teams working cooperatively to accelerate research progress for societal impact. Projects are expected to use a systems-type approach in developing the research agenda, where separate projects come together to achieve a broad-based thematic research advance. Projects should include relevant and cutting-edge research activities and postgraduate student training. Further detail regarding research on Grand Challenges around the world can be found in HEC-GCF 2020 - History, Approach, Thematic Areas.

Note: Last date for FPP Submission is 9.8.2020 (11:59 PM Pakistan Standard Time) i.e. 9th August 2020 (19:59 Hrs British Summer Time)

Key Features
* Expected No. of Grants: 25 per year
* Max Project Duration: Three (03) years
* Individual Grant Value: Rs. 15 - 225 million (Approx. £70K to £1 Million GBP)

Thematic Areas (3)
* Information Technology and Telecom, including but not limited to Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing and Big Data, and education and health-related information and communication technologies and focusing on grand challenges
* Innovative Governance and Reforms, including but not limited to healthcare governance, policy and delivery; educational governance and reforms; judicial reforms; and civil services reform and focusing on grand challenges
* Sociology and Philosophy, which may include identity politics, gender, population, and work ethic focusing on grand challenges

For registration of HEC's workshops on Grand Challenge Fund (GCF), please submit your form on HEC-GCF workshop registration at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqbUlMZrKjbHqsr6FTqxuDYm2ojnReSDOFhpmWz7vRurTpYg/viewform

Full Project Proposals (FPP) for GCF Call can be submitted through the online portal at https://eportal.hec.gov.pk/hec-portal-web/auth/login.jsf

Arcanum Cyber Essentials Webinar - 4th September 2020

Published: 23rd July 2020

Arcanum Cyber Security are hosting a free webinar on Friday 4th September 2020 where we will be discussing the Cyber Essentials scheme and how we can help you!

A perfect opportunity to join us from wherever you are, and find out all you need to know about Cyber Essentials! A simple and effective, Government backed scheme, that will help protect your organisation against some of the most common cyber-attacks.

This accreditation should now be factored into your company's IT strategy, for ensuring a good base level of security. These requirements will affect your relationships with existing and future clients as well as your future company growth. Now is the time to grasp this opportunity and join us for this game changing introduction to the Cyber Essentials & Cyber Essentials Plus scheme.

The session will be led by Marie Caruso, Arcanum's Sales and Marketing Manager, with hints and tips from James Tucker, Arcanum's Certified CE Assessor.

The session will include:

* What Cyber Essentials is all about
* Why it should be a key part of your businesses security strategy
* Practical guidance on how to protect your business
* How Arcanum will help you
* Q & A

Register here

Business Wales Webinar - Export Opportunities in Japan - 29 July 2020

Published: 21st July 2020

For those interested in exporting their goods / services to Japan, this webinar will provide an overview of the market, with an update on the current economic situation.

The webinar will also provide advice and guidance on doing business with Japan, including the experiences of a successful exporter to the market.

The event will conclude with a Q&A session.

Open and free to attend for all Welsh businesses with international growth ambitions (not for intermediaries or suppliers of international trade services).

Book here: https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/export-opportunities-in-japan/

Cyber Exchange July Newsletter

Published: 17th July 2020

Welcome to the July edition of the Cyber Exchange newsletter.

With recovery efforts well under way and recent high profile hacks bringing Cyber Security back on the agenda, cyber security firms are a crucial part of the campaign to build back better.

Over the last month, opportunities have re-emerged on the Cyber scene and the Government has announced that it will provide £10m over four years to make future technologies more secure. Innovate UK also announced funding rounds for the Sustainable Innovation Fund which will help the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19. Finally, the UK Cyber Security Council has launched an advert to appoint its first ever set of trustees.

Cyber Exchange was delighted to host the Cyber Exchange Pitching Competition earlier this month, where twelve innovative SME’s competed to become the Cyber Innovator of the Year. This year, the competition was won by Surevine, who pitched their new secure video and messaging software, Jodami.

Finally, I wanted to bring your attention to a recent LORCA report highlighting five macro-trends defining cybersecurity now and in the future. LORCA have also identified five key challenges that industry and society face – and five examples of how the cyber community is responding.

Opportunities

Founding Trustees – UK Cyber Security Council
The UK Cyber Security Council, a Government initiative funded through DCMS is looking to appoint a Chair, a Treasurer and a Trustee to form the Council’s Board of Trustees. Collectively, the appointments will be instrumental in transitioning the Project to an operational and incorporated charitable entity and will be responsible for the governance of the Council and all its activities.

New £150,000 cyber training grant for Welsh public services
Grant funding to help strengthen cyber resilience across the public sector has been announced by the Welsh Government. The new investment, worth £150,000 will fund up to 50 accredited training places for IT professionals with a responsibility for cyber security across the sector.

Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI Phase 1
Innovate UK will fund organisations to develop and demonstrate new products or services. Your solution must help businesses and / or the public sector in the UK recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in a sustainable manner.

Events

Innovation Workout for Digital Businesses
From 27th to 31 July, the SETsquared’s Scale-UP partner universities will be hosting a fact paced and dynamic fully funded workshop that is designed for businesses with a digital element to their products / services. Brought to you at a time when many founders are adapting their business models to suit a changing and uncertain environment, this innovation workout will give you dedicated time with expert mentors to revisit and scrutinise your business model.

DEFCON 28
DEF CON is a leading hacking conference and one of the most popular cybersecurity conferences held each year. Due to the lack of a way to bring attendees together in person in Las Vegas while keeping them safe in early August, DEF CON 28 SAFE MODE will be held virtually. The DEF CON Forums are being used to coordinate the various ways for participants to get involved in the online event, and on August 6th, the DEF CON discord.io/dc server will open up for attendees to join and begin their DEF CON 28 SAFE MODE experience. Attendees can look forward to a new online Mystery Challenge, remote Capture the Flag events, villages, contests, and even a remote movie night.

The Diana Initiative Virtual Conference
On 21 August, the Diana Initiative will hold their annual conference focused on inclusion and diversity in information security. Featuring multiple speaker tracks, hands-on workshops and a capture the flag event, the Diana Initiative offers many opportunities to engage with the most pressing information security topics of the day.

Cyber 101 and IoT Secure by Design
On 02 September, Cyber 101 will be hosting a one-day online bootcamp which aims to support participants according to their business needs. Participation is free and successful applicants and participants take 100% of any investment raised as part of the programme.

As ever, if you have an opportunity or event you would like to publish on the website, please get in touch with Sam Wyatt, Programme Manager for Defence and Cyber at techUK at Sam.Wyatt@techuk.org

CIISec Innovation Webinars - 30 July 2020

Published: 17th July 2020

We are excited to invite you to our Innovation Webinar 01: Behavioural aspects of Cyber Security on Thursday 30th July 16:00 Online via Zoom.

This will be our first Innovation Webinar and we are very much looking forward to bringing you something new and exciting for the summer.

Through this series of webinars, using our community, we are aiming to provide the perfect matchmaking service between exciting innovative companies and larger organisations who are looking for solutions to the day-to-day problems they are facing.

Following introductions to the project from our CEO Amanda Finch and our Steering Committee for the Project, Simon Heggie and Patrick MacGloin, the event will include presentations from Tim Ward from Think Cyber and Jonathan Hirshler from Signify, showcasing their products RedFlags and Threat Matrix.

Click here to register now Would you like to showcase your solution?
Are you part of an innovative start-up we should be contacting? Or do you have a particular problem you wish to find solutions for? Please contact us at events@ciisec.org

Cyber Wales runs Cluster Webinars for the UAE and Middle East Region

Published: 24th June 2020

The Cyber Wales Ecosystem brings together Government, Business, Academia, Law Enforcement and the Military in a unique collaborative venture aimed at tackling cyber crime and helping people and organisations to better protect themselves from the cyber threat.

Over the years, Cyber Wales has become internationally recognised as a centre for excellence in Cyber and is one of the Founding Members of the Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems for Partnership & Innovation in Cyber. As more international cyber communities learn about the breadth and depth of cyber expertise in Wales there are more and more requests for advice, guidance and collaboration.

One such collaboration has resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding with partners in the United Arab Emirates and the development of channels to market across the wider Middle East Region.

To help grow this partnership, Cyber Wales will be running a series of Cyber Cluster meetings, being run as webinars, especially for partners and colleagues in the UAE to provide guidance and advice on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against * Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks * Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies * Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for people leading projects to transition back to business as usual and are particularly suitable for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers.

The webinars will start at 2pm UK time which will be 5pm UAE time, so as not to disrupt the working day in the Middle East, and they will be run on the 1st Sunday of each month. Sunday is a weekend in Wales but it is the first day of the working week in the Middle East where weekends are on Friday and Saturday.

If you'd like to find out more, feel free to attend these sessions which are being run on the first Sunday of each month.

Please contact us for more information on being a speaker at this unique example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the UAE to deliver world class advice and guidance.

IntaPeople COVID-19 Survey Results

Published: 7th May 2020

The results of IntaPeople's recent COVID-19 business survey are in...

Last week we asked our clients and employers within our network about the impacts of coronavirus on their business, productivity and recruitment plans to find out how things have changed.

The results confirm that most businesses are taking a cautious approach to business activity, with over 60% furloughing staff and putting a hold on recruitment for the time being, while optimistically preparing for the future.

We have collated the feedback and compiled a report of our findings.

See the full survey results

If you're facing any of the challenges highlighted or any others we're happy to have a chat and provide insight on the market so you're better informed to prepare for the future.

NCSC launch the CyberFirst Schools Programme in Wales

Published: 4th May 2020

Do you work in, or do you have connections with a local school?

NCSC would like your help to bring as many Welsh schools as we can into a crucial new programme.

The NCSC and UK Government uses industry and academic expertise to nurture the UK’s cyber security capability. It helps to build the UK’s talent pipeline, promote innovation and develop the country’s cyber security research, ensuring a secure, resilient and prosperous economy by providing people and organisations with the cyber security skills they need.

In addition, NCSC supports government by working alongside education to meet the UK’s needs in technology and cyber security and to stimulate a diverse talent pipeline. Through CyberFirst, we hope to identify and nurture the future generation of cyber security experts to keep the UK safe into the future. The ‘Initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy: increasing the UK’s cyber security capability – May 2019’ states that UK Government will explore how to expand the NCSC Cyber Schools Hubs pilot across the UK.

Our approach to expanding the hubs programme is to initiate a new strand of work under the CyberFirst programme – CyberFirst Schools.

Since 2018, the NCSC has been piloting a Cyber Schools Hub (CSH) programme in Gloucestershire. The CSH has encouraged collaboration between local schools, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), national and local companies and organisations who share the aim of encouraging young people to engage with computer science and the application of cyber security in every day technology. The CSH pilot has proved to be successful at a local level and the NCSC now wishes to increase the scale of ambition and formally recognise schools who are committed to providing a structured approach to excellence in cyber security education.

The CyberFirst Schools Programme will initially be limited to schools in Gloucestershire and Wales.

This call for applications is a pilot and will be limited to secondary schools and further education colleges in Wales. The application process will involve a panel evaluation against the various criteria and there will be three levels of recognition:-

* Gold Award for those applications which meet all of the Gold Award Criteria. A school/further education college with a successful application will be recognised as a CyberFirst School - GoldAward. The Gold Award will be awarded for a period of 3years.

* Silver Award for those applications which meet the Silver Award Criteria, and have plans, fully supported by their Senior Leadership Team(SLT), to achieve Gold Award. A school with a successful application will be recognised as aCyberFirst School -Silver Award. The Silver Award will be awarded for a period of up to 3years during which the school must apply for Gold Award recognition to ensure that there is no period where a school does not have an award in place.

* Bronze Award for those applications which meet the Bronze Award Criteria and have plans, fully supported by their SLT to be heading towards silver/gold standard. A school with a successful application will be recognised as a CyberFirst School -Bronze Award. The Bronze Award will be awarded for a period of 1year after which the school must apply for Silver/Gold Award recognition. It should be noted that bronze award is a transitional award and cannot be used by the school for advertising purposes.

Find out more about becoming a CyberFirst School.

UK Government Bounce Back Loans Launch

Published: 04 May 2020

The new loans aimed at smaller businesses launched today with a much quicker turnaround reported than for the larger Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.

The bounce-back loans have a much simpler application process and are for businesses that have been negatively affected by Coronavirus.

Loans are available for between £2k and £50k up to a maximum 25% to turnover, there is no interest in the first year and no repayments also in the first year.

See here for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-bounce-back-loans-to-launch-today

To apply: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-coronavirus-bounce-back-loan

NCSC Virtual Cyber School Launched - Open Now until 31st August

Published: 01 May 2020

Young people are encouraged to join online classes to develop problem-solving and cyber skills
Published 1 May 2020
From: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, National Crime Agency, National Cyber Security Centre, and Matt Warman MP

Teens can learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails
Comes as National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launches CyberFirst summer courses online

Thousands of young people are being offered the chance to join a virtual cyber security school as part of plans to make sure the country develops the next generation of professional cyber defenders.

At a time when schools remain closed to most children, the online initiative aims to inspire future talent to work in the cyber security sector and give students a variety of extracurricular activities to do from the safety of their homes.

Teens can learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails while progressing through the game as a cyber agent. This will help them develop important skills needed for future jobs, particularly in cyber security.

The school provides free weekly webinars run by industry experts teaching fundamental security disciplines such as digital forensics, cryptography and operating systems.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:
This new initiative will give teenagers something fun and educational to do from home and provide them with a glimpse into the life of a cyber security professional.
We have a world-leading cyber sector which plays a crucial role protecting the country and our digital economy, so it is absolutely vital we continue to inspire the next generation of tech talent to help maintain the UK’s strong position.
The move comes as the government announces a number of other online training courses to give UK school pupils the opportunity to learn and develop cyber security skills, this includes the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) hugely popular CyberFirst summer courses. The courses are moving online this year to help more than a thousand 14 to 17-year-olds develop important cyber skills from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

NCSC Chief Executive Officer Ciaran Martin said:
Technology is helping us all cope with the coronavirus crisis and is playing an essential role in keeping our businesses moving and our society connected.
It has never been more important for our young people to keep engaged and learn how to protect our digital world - and I’m delighted to see our instructor led CyberFirst summer courses made available online.
Enrolled students will learn how to code and carry out cybersecurity operations in an instructor-led virtual classroom to help guide the students through the programme and build a sense of camaraderie within each cohort.
The National Crime Agency and Cyber Security Challenge UK will also this week announce teenagers can access their online cyber skills platform CyberLand for free during the coming months. In the game designed to teach teenagers the fundamentals of cyber security, players protect the virtual city ‘CyberLand’ from cyber attacks while learning key skills.

Deputy Director at the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit Jim Stokley said:
Many young people have a keen interest in technology and have developed impressive cyber skills.
The virtual cyber school and CyberFirst programmes are great initiatives which will support this next generation of cyber defenders in realising their potential.
We’ve also partnered with Cyber Security Challenge UK to offer free access to their online platform Cyberland where young people will find games that encourage them to improve cyber skills safely and legally.

Computer science teacher & EdTech evangelist Mark Martin said:
This is a great initiative to encourage young people to consider future careers in cyber security and see that they can have a tech job keeping people safe online.
The virtual cyber school will help students learn valuable skills needed to work in the industry in a fun and entertaining way. I encourage teachers to share these programmes with their students as a productive activity to do in their spare time from home.

Cyber Discovery provider SANS Chief Technology Officer James Lyne said:
Cyber security is a fascinating field packed with opportunities for innovation and to make the online world more secure. It spans every part of society and has a huge role in our future security and technology prospects as a nation.
This is your chance to learn how to ‘forensicate’ like a digital Sherlock Holmes, close down vulnerabilities before the hackers find them, and break codes.
Teachers, parents, students - get online and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity amidst the unique and challenging situation our country faces right now.

CyberFirst provider QA Chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield said:
These initiatives from NCSC and DCMS are set to deliver a great summer of learning for young people across the UK. There is a shortage of digital skills in the UK and the CyberFirst programmes tackle this issue head on – and have the added benefit of keeping young minds active at this difficult time.
The road to the UK’s economic recovery from this pandemic will be built on the skills we learn at this time. That’s why it was critical that initiatives like CyberFirst were pivoted to virtual delivery, so they could go ahead as planned. We are proud to partner with the NCSC to deliver these fully virtual training programmes.

Cyberwatching.eu has created a Marketplace

Published: 27th April 2020

Innovators are at the very heart of Europe’s new industrial strategy which charts a course for it transition towards digital leadership. Europe’s industrial strengths include high quality research, and a vibrant start-up ecosystem and a mature infrastructure, key elements of the cybersecurity landscape. Cybersecurity is a top priority in Europe with the EU investing in research and innovation since the early 1990s. A rich array of large and small businesses, universities and research organisations ensure a there is a constant flow of new results, services and skills emerging.

The EC-funded project cyberwatching.eu has created a marketplace which captures these diverse innovations and is home to the many results of R&I projects. By building and nurturing a community of dynamic innovators in cybersecurity & privacy areas, the project has created a grass roots environment for innovation exploitation and sustainability opportunities. This natural framework connects research results with both the demand and supply sides.

With many results from H2020 projects featured, EU SMEs have also taken advantage of the platform and published their own innovative solutions on the platform. Users can preview and validate new leading-edge services, showcase their own solutions to potential users or partners who can support them in the evolution from prototype to real market solutions. In addition, users can provide early validation and feedback, thus possibly steer the direction of future development and research.

The Marketplace is an excellent chance also for end-users, in particular SMEs, which can benefit from services and solutions supplied by R&I projects, having the opportunity to both test and implement beyond the state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions. This gives them a competitive advantage and the opportunity to attract more customers, create personalised services, sell premium cybersecurity- & privacy-enhanced services, and productise cybersecurity & privacy solutions.

The platform addresses end-users’ needs, enabling user-friendly discovery of the leading edge solutions which are present on it. The products can be filtered according to the five categories provided by the Network and Information Security (NIS).

We look forward to having your product in our marketplace catalogue.

Insert your product now by registering in Cyberwatching.eu and following the instructions.

CYBERUK - New Dates

Published: 27 April 2020

Thank you for your patience and goodwill during these challenging times. The NCSC has been working hard to establish a new date for the postponed CYBERUK 2020.

We are pleased to confirm that the postponed event will take place at ICC Wales on 11-12 May 2021.

If you have booked an Exhibition Stand
As a valued supporter of CYBERUK 2020 we are pleased to confirm that your package and contract can be directly transferred to the new date. To do this, please notify us that you are happy to continue, and we will issue you with a Contract Addendum that will need to be signed and returned to secure your position.
Thank you for paying your invoice prior to postponement, no further payment is required and this will be transferred to the event in May 2021.
If you are unable to transfer your package to the new date please get in contact as soon as possible and we will organise a credit note/ refund accordingly.

If you were not able to book an Exhibition Stand
The event exhibition was fully booked at the time of postponement. However, if any of the existing exhibitors are not able to attend on the new dates, then a number of stands may become available.
Please let us know if you are interested in booking a stand if one becomes available.
Contact: cyberuk-sponsorship@brayleino.co.uk

HMRC Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update

Published: 22 April 2020

More than 285,000 businesses have already applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme since it went live on Monday 20 April.

To be sure payment comes through to you before the end of the month, you will need to apply today (Wednesday 22‌‌ April).

Accessing the system

We have noticed that some people have had difficulty accessing the system because they do not have an active PAYE enrolment. In order to make claim you will need to:


  • have a Government Gateway (GG) ID and password – if you don’t already have a GG account, you can apply here, or by going to GOV.UK and searching for HMRC services: sign in or register
  • be enrolled for PAYE online – if you aren’t registered yet, you can do so now, or by going to GOV.UK and searching for PAYE Online for employers.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Calculator

We are updating the online calculator tool this afternoon, so that it covers more employment circumstances. The update will mean that you can use it to work out what you can claim for most employees who are paid variable amounts each pay period, as well as those who are paid fixed amounts.

If you have already made a claim

Please retain all records and calculations for your claims, in case we need to contact you about them. Provided your claim is made in accordance with HMRC’s published guidance, you can expect to receive the funds six working days after your application. Please do not contact us before this time.

HMRC will check claims made through the scheme and will act to protect public money against anyone who makes a claim using dishonest or fraudulent information.

We continue to be busy supporting customers at this time, so we would ask that you only call us if you can’t find what you need on GOV‌.UK or through our webchat service – this will leave our lines open for those who need our help most.

We’d encourage you to also protect your own credentials from potential scammers and opportunist criminal activity.

I wish you all the best at this challenging time.

First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive – HMRC

HMRC Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Webinars

Published: 21 April 2020

As part of the government’s commitment to provide support to businesses and employers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HMRC have been offering live webinars on the Job Retention Scheme.

The following live webinar provides an overview of the support available to help employers and your employees deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Places are extremely limited so please save your place now.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme

During this webinar we’ll be taking a look at:


  • furloughed workers
  • who can apply for the scheme
  • following the rules of the scheme
  • how much may be claimed
  • how to claim and what you’ll need to claim.

Choose a date and time

If you’ve missed any of our other recent webinars, or have been unable to join, you can now view a recording on HMRC’s YouTube channel.

We will endeavour to bring you the most up-to-date information to keep you fully informed of changes as they develop.

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive – HMRC

Business Wales Economic Resilience Fund - Now Live

Published: 17th April 2020

A further and final £100 million of the £300 million phase 1 COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund has been released, this is a grant to provide financial assistance for eligible businesses and organisations who are facing operational and financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The purpose of the Fund is to support businesses and organisations with immediate cash flow support to help them through the economic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. The fund seeks to compliment other COVID-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales.

Business Wales have released a tool to check your eligibility for the COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund that is available to businesses and organisations in Wales and other support.

Here is a link to the tool: https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales

If there are any accessibility issues for you that might prevent you from completing an online application form please call the helpline on 03000 6 03000 otherwise start the tool and follow the simple step by step guide.

Welsh Government Covid-19 Economic Resilience Fund

Published: 10 April 2020

Please find enclosed for your information and further dissemination:


  1. Welsh Government Covid-19 Economic Resilience Fund Press Notice issued today
  2. Welsh Government Covid-19 Economic Resilience Fund Q&A Brief
  3. Welsh Government Covid-19 Economic Resilience Fund Process Slides

Phase 1 online triage and eligibility for the Fund is now live and can be found at the links below:

English  -https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/

Welsh -https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/cy

If you have any questions regarding this information please don't hesitate to get in touch with
Emma Watkins (Deputy Director Economic Policy, Emma.Watkins@gov.wales / 07870 241616),
Duncan Hamer (Deputy Director Business Duncan.Hamer@gov.wales / 07789 371391), or
Gerwyn Evans (Deputy Director Creative Wales  Gerwyn.Evans@gov.wales  / 07795 122165)
who are available to explain and help you further.

List of Free Online Cybersecurity Learning from NIST

Published: 08 April 2020

During this unusual time in our lives, many of us find we want to improve our knowledge, skills or even prepare for new career opportunities. If you are interested in cybersecurity careers, there are numerous online education providers to choose from. Many online courses are available from your local community college, four-year universities, even the prestigious Centers of Academic Excellence programs – please review all options.

The links on this webpage are for free and low-cost online educational content on topics such as information technology and cybersecurity. Some, not all, may contribute towards professional learning objectives or lead to industry certifications and online degrees.

https://www.nist.gov/itl/applied-cybersecurity/nice/resources/online-learning-content

Please note that this site will continue to be updated as new information is gathered and edited for clarity and accuracy.

JSaRC Call for COVID-19 Products & Solutions

Published: 26 March 2020

Please find below a communication that has been issued to the security industry and academia by the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC).

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been many offers of products and solutions from industry and academia received across Government. These are many and varied. However, considering the complexity of the virus and its broad impact, many of these offers are possibly not being received by the relevant departments. It is important that there is centralised co-ordination of these ideas, so they are considered and reviewed appropriately.

As such, JSaRC is co-ordinating the receipt and detail capture of innovative and practical ideas from the security industry and academia regarding solutions and products that could be utilised, further developed or re-purposed in order to help the Government’s response to COVID-19.

This exercise is an ‘information capture’ activity and responses will be collated and shared across Government and the public sector. Responses and content considered workable and useful will be followed up as necessary. Relevant government teams are obviously under pressure and our country’s response is evolving fast. You should not necessarily expect a direct response to your ideas but JSaRC is committed to collating and distributing responses to the relevant government teams.
Ideas can be submitted by email to JSaRC@homeoffice.gov.uk. Title your email ‘COVID-19 Products and Solutions Response’. Include the following:

* Name of organisation, name and role of main contact, email address and telephone numbers.
* Details on your idea and product maturity level (using 250 words or less).
* How your idea can be used in relation to COVID-19 (using 250 words or less).

Please note:
* All responses must be submitted as detailed above.
* Please do not include attachments or web links.
* This is not a formal competition or call, so there will be no follow-up communications unless there is a requirement for further detail.
* All information received as part of this activity will be treated in confidence.

New technology challenge to support people who are isolating
Funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of COVID-19. Full details are available here.

COVID-19 supply of ventilators and ventilator components
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the United Kingdom as part of the Governments response to COVID-19. They are seeking suppliers with the ability to design, manufacture in addition to those who have or could provide medical training or logistics capabilities. Further details, including how suppliers can respond is available here.

Hugo​ Rosemont
Director ‑ Security and Resilience Sector
ADS
Hugo.Rosemont@adsgroup.org.uk

MSPO 2020 DIT UK Pavilion - Event: 8-11 September 2020

Published: 26 March 2020

The Department for International Trade Defence & Security Organisation (DIT DSO), with Intec Export Intelligence, is organising the UK Group and Pavilion at the forthcoming International Defence Industry Exhibition - MSPO 2020 - in Poland from 8th – 11th September 2020.

Further details for this event are available. If you have any questions please direct them to:

For stand bookings and invoicing details contact:
James McInnes - Intec Export Intelligence, The Old Candlemakers, West Street, Lewes BN7 2NZ
E: jmcinnes@intecuk.com

For country information please note the following:
Latha Arun is currently out of office until mid April, please contact Afolake Johnson, E: Afolake.johnson@trade.gov.uk

Regards
Alexandra Clarke | Business Support Officer | Defence & Security Organisation | Department for International Trade

COVID Advice from TechNation Wales

Published: 23 March 2020

Im reaching out because we find ourselves in world-changing times and its clear from the conversations Ive been having with people in the last few weeks that everyone has been deeply affected in one way or another.
If anyone wants to have a quick call for a chat, please just let me know. It doesnt have to be about work, happy to just talk about anything if you just want a distraction for a few minutes and could do with someone to talk to.
While were all adjusting to the situation, there are a number of ways that organisations are trying to help so Ive put together some links in this email that may be helpful to you.
Also, there are links to two short surveys. One from the Wales Covid-19 Tech Taskforce and one from Tech Nation. It is vital that we hear from you about your concerns and struggle as a business at this time. Please take less than 10 minutes of your day to fill these out as your responses will help shape the support that will be provided in the coming months
Latest Information:
Wales:
The Wales Covid-19 Tech Taskforce has formed and brings together organisations from across different sectors and industries to share resources on best practice of dealing with Coronavirus pandemic. 
 
Take a look at the Resources page to find National and Wales-focused updates and information from people like British Business Bank, Dev Bank Wales, Welsh Gov, HM Treasury, Bank of England and more.
 
National:

Tech Nation will be blogging regularly about policy interventions the Government is making to support businesses. The blog is updated regularly so please continue to check it for the latest information.

However, for the details of individual policies from Government, we recommend you regularly visit the Government’s Coronavirus webpage

For details of specific financial support - with the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme eligibility and details due next week - visit the dedicated pages of the British Business Bank

The Chancellor has made an announcement last week regarding paying a percentage of people’s wages, capped to a certain amount. For more information, check the Government’s GOV.uk’s page for employers. 

If you are in the middle of a fundraise, we put this blog together, following a webinar session with over 100 founders and CEOs last week, who are doing precisely that. 

In the meantime, if you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated tax helpline on 0800 0159 559. The UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy also has a business support helpline: 0300 456 3565.



Have Your Say:

Understanding how your business is being affected is hugely important to us - we are working with the Government to inform further actions and interventions. It would be hugely valuable to us if you could spare some time to complete two very short surveys for us. 

Wales:

To aid the Wales Covid-19 Taskforce please fill out this survey (2 mins) - this is our best indication for the Tech Task Force for Wales, the UK Tech Cluster Groups, Welsh and UK Government and Public Sector organisations, to report on the situation on the ground.

National:

For Tech Nation please fill out this survey (5 mins) - The data we collect through this survey is also being used to inform the Government of the specific challenges the tech sector is facing so every contribution is vital - thank you for your time.
How you can support
If you feel that you can help the Government in dealing with the spread of this virus, there are a number of contacts we’re able to share with you.


If you think you can offer something in other areas, then please email info@technation.io and we will seek to try and match you up to the right team.

 
I wish you the best in these times, and please feel free to reach out for a phone call or just reply to this email to let me know how things are going.
 
Thanks,
 
Gino

TARIAN shares advice from the NCSC and NCA

Published: 19 March 2020

I have been asked to disseminate the below to all interested parties following communication from the National Cyber Security Centre, National Crime Agency and City of London Police.

‘We are already aware, as a result of this crisis increasing, targeted threats from Hostile State Actors and OCGs against a variety of targets, not least the Critical National Infrastructure and health sector with a number of significant incidents currently being responded to by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and NCA. We have all seen previously the impact such an attack can have, particularly on the NHS, so you will recognise the impact a major cyber incident would have at this critical time of national crisis and legitimate public concern.’

In addition, the existing wider, high volume of sophisticated ransomware attacks, which as you know can cripple an organisation and put it out of business, is also a real concern. The current business as usual level of attacks will have more damaging impact in this period as the businesses themselves, their IT companies and wider cyber security industry have less capacity to respond quickly to mitigate the damage with high levels of staff abstracted through sickness and self-isolation. We can therefore expect the economic and real world impact potentially to be significantly greater than usual and this will increase the number of incidents, victims and investigations.’

In order to combat these potential issues, the following threat and risk areas are being prioritised and advice is attached:

Ransomware
Phishing
Home working
Wider online fraud

Areas 2, 3, and 4 are of equal priority. In addition the below link highlights an app that claims to provide updates on the spread of coronavirus, but then encrypts the phone - https://en-cryptonomist-ch.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/en.cryptonomist.ch/2020/03/16/covidlock-ransomware-coronavirus/amp/

Also attached is the US alert pdf around Coronavirus_map_Azorult.

If you have any questions or issues about any of the above please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss further, but please share widely certainly with the members of Cyber Wales..

Many thanks,

Symon Kendall | Cyber Officer
CEH/CISMP/CIRM-F/Comptia Sec+
Ditectif Gwnstabl | Detective Constable 3385
Uned Troseddau Seibr Rhanbarthol | Regional Cyber Crime Unit
Uned Troseddau Cyfundrefnol Rhanbarthol | TARIAN ROCU
01656 310146 | Ext: 62095

CyberWatching Update

Published: 02 March 2020

In relation to cyberwatching, we have totally renewed the website, following EC suggestions. Now registered users can have a personalised view, according to their interests, where they can see “Market-ready products” and “Prototype products”, both from projects and companies, that can register their project/company to provide a personalised mini-site for all visitors.

If anyone from your cluster joins the marketplace or the project hub, we could promote in the news, linking it to your cluster.

We have also launched two attractive tools:

The project radar: The Radar allows the user to answer the question whether and where to invest themselves in the outputs of a project or not. It provides a birdseye view of the complete collection of EU funded projects in the cybersecurity space by using a cool visualization software. The interactive online radar process uses:

o   the projects classification within the Cyberwatching.eu cybersecurity research taxonomy,
o   well known IT project lifecycle maturity patterns, and
o   project readiness self-assessment against Technology Readiness Levels and Market Readiness Levels (MTRL)

The GDPR Temperature Tool, an awareness tool which helps SMEs, though a practical self-assessment, to understand their exposure to risk of sanctions due to GDPR violations and act accordingly in order to improve their compliance posture. It also provides a complete and downloadable report that can be a guide for SMEs to minimize their risk to be sanctioned.

Our next webinar is about how to improve the market readiness levels for the R&D projects, and it will be held on next 11 March at 11 AM CET. Register is open.

We would be glad to organize a webinar around a topic of your interest – you can see here the webinars organized so far).

Hope to hear from you soon.

Marina Ramírez Jiménez
cluster@cyberwatching.eu

Cardiff Metropolitan University Saudi Arabian Projects - Deadline: Open

Published: 27 February 2020

The Cardiff School of Technologies at Cardiff Met University are looking for industry partners who would be interested in collaborating on some projects.

Two Senior Lecturers in Computing and Information Systems at the university will be going out to Saudi Arabia soon and will be meeting up with the cyber security team at Aramco Oil with the aim of initiating some research.

They would like to invite a Cyber Wales Cluster member company to get involved with the aim of targeting a SMART Expertise funding stream.

SMART Expertise is a Business Wales scheme which offers financial support to innovative collaboration projects that require a range of expertise to solve industry problems (https://businesswales.gov.wales/expertisewales/support-and-funding-businesses/smart-expertise).

The aim is to support collaborative projects, between industry and Welsh research organisations (such as the Cardiff School of Technology), which address strategic industrial technical challenges with a clear focus on commercialisation and exploitation of new products, processes or services and growth in capacity and capability in key areas of Smart Specialisation.

There are no restrictions on size or location of industrial partners, however, the project must demonstration it is an effective collaboration and will deliver positive Welsh economic impacts.

Funding will support 100% of the research organisations eligible project costs which shall equate to a maximum of 50% of the total eligible project costs. The industrial partners shall provide the remaining balance of the total eligible projects costs. The funding will be awarded to the research organisation. Project activity must end no later than 1 August 2022

If you are interested in exploring the Saudi Arabian and Gulf marketplace and/or interested in getting involved with a SMART Expertise project then contact:-

Fiona Carroll, Programme Director at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
fcarroll@cardiffmet.ac.uk

French software company is looking for partners

Published: 06 February 2020

A French software editor operating in the field of cybersecurity (application security) is looking for partners in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector.

The partners will help their clients who need support in mastering the cyber risk of the software applications they develop or outsource. The partnership will be a services agreement.

The company is a start-up established in 2017. The founders are specialists in cybersecurity and code auditing thanks several years of experience in this field.

The French company has developed an innovative software: a new generation source code scanner. This innovative tool is used for smart detection of vulnerabilities in the source code of software developments.

The French company would like to find partners such as services provider who can promote and install its innovative source code scanner for applications editors, integrators, services providers through a services agreement.

For more information go to https://een.ec.europa.eu/tools/services/PRO/Profile/Detail/751311fe-2f55-4ea0-902b-874c7a58c2f5

NCSC Blog on Parked Domains

Published: 26 June 2019

NCSC have published a blog reminding organisations that they should apply DMARC on any domains they own but no longer use, as those “parked” domains can still be spoofed.

The blog can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/protecting-parked-domains

Call for Partners from NW ROCU

Published: 02 June 2019

Do you want to help us protect people from cyber crime?
Were looking for like-minded individuals to spread the word as widely as they can about the latest scams, threats and advice. That way the region can become more clued up about cyber crime, and together we can make the North West safer online.

It could be that you work for an organisation and are able to persuade your communications team to support a marketing campaign either on your staff intranet or public facing website.

Maybe you are from an IT/Cyber company and you want to ensure the advice you are giving your customers and suppliers about new threats is up to date.

It might just be that you are able to share any messaging we give you on your social media platforms.

Perhaps you are part of a business networking group like a Chamber of Commerce and you are able to share information with your members.

Whatever it is, wed like to know how you can help and were always open to ideas.

So what does it involve?

The first thing we want to do is share information with you about a forthcoming campaign taking place on the 7th June (eeek!) around Phishing e-mails. We have pre-written content which could be used within a newsletter, intranet or website. This is accompanied by social media posts and graphics with its own campaign hashtag. Wed like as many partners as possible to sign up and pledge to support the campaign. Wed need to know what you are able to do to show your support, for example, shared the messages on twitter, our account has XXXX followers or created a page on our staff intranet page which reaches XXX employees. Sending us this feedback through is vital in order for us to show the reach of this work.

How often will I receive information?

How long is a piece of string? In the world of cyber, things move very fast and are always changing. One month we might only contact you once with a new marketing campaign theme around a specific issue. The next month there might be two or three new threats to tell you about. But we promise not to bombard you, and if you change your mind about receiving stuff from us you can always un-subscribe.

How to you get involved?

Simply click on the text below to show your support, then well create a mailing list and add you onto it.

Yes please id like to support NW ROCU

Free CNR Reporting Service from NCSC

Published: 12 July 2018

Please note the information below from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) about the CERT-UK Network Reporting (CNR) Service which, in case you are not aware, is another free NCSC tool.

This is available for any organisation on Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP), so unlike the Active Cyber Defence tools (which are only available for public sector bodies), the CNR service is for public & private sector bodies. NCSC promotes use of the service to CiSP members as another tool in an organisation’s defence armoury.

The CNR service scans for network abuse events on an organisation’s network, as well as vulnerable network services on an organisation’s Internet-facing services.

No infrastructure changes are required. An organisation just needs to be a member of CiSP to use the service, and then to provide its IP addresses/registered domain names, plus an up-to-date contact, which NCSC will send reports to, if we see any network abuse events or vulnerable network services on the organisation’s network.

An organisation can cease using the service at any time; however, we encourage CiSP members to use the service to help strengthen the overall cyber resilience of UK networks.

NCSC GDPR Guidance

Published: 15 June 2018

Two pieces of GDPR guidance for cyber security professionals that have been published on the NCSC website:

1. Information page: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it means for cyber security. www.ncsc.gov.uk/GDPR

2. Guidance: A set of technical security outcomes considered to represent appropriate measures under the GDPR. Developed jointly by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and NCSC. www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/gdpr-security-outcomes

Many thanks and kind regards,

Eva Ignatuschtschenko
Policy Lead - Behaviour Change
Cyber Security Incentives & Regulation, DCMS

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