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Cyber Exchange June Newsletter

Published: 11th June 2020

Welcome to the June edition of the Cyber Exchange newsletter.

OPPORTUNITIES

Cyber Exchange Pitching Competition
The pitching competition will bring together 10 of the most innovative cyber SMEs to pitch their products and services to a panel of expert judges from across the private and public sectors. In order to be eligible for this competition, you must have been a UK micro or small company registered with Companies House and demonstrate that you are selling products or services originating substantially in the UK; or adding significant value to a product or service of non-UK origin.

To apply for the competition, please fill out the attached form and return it to dan.patfield@techuk.org by Thursday 24 June.

Following a shortlisting process all entrants will be notified if they have secured a place to take part in the pitching competition within a week of the deadline.

5G Create Funding Competition
A new £30 million open competition - 5G Create - has been launched. This is an open competition aiming to attract bids from a variety of industries where the UK has a competitive advantage, encouraging dynamic business models and opening up new opportunities and markets. This includes our creative industries such as film, TV and video games, but also our rich variety of technology businesses in diverse sectors such as energy, water, health and social care, logistics and more.

Apply for the Coronavirus Future Fund
The Future Fund provides government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5m, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. These convertible loans may be an option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access other government business support programmes.

EVENTS

Cyber Innovation Den
Following the success of the first Cyber Innovation Den in 2019, this event will bring together colleagues from across the UK cyber sector, to discuss the key challenges facing the sector and opportunities for strengthening both the UK’s cyber resilience and innovation and growth within the growing sector. The first half of the techUK conference will feature senior speakers from government and industry exploring these challenges and discuss how the UK cyber sector can move forward, learning lessons from this period of disruption and building on the strengths the sector has developed over the past decade. The conference will begin with a keynote address delivered by a senior representative from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The second half of the conference will feature the Cyber Exchange Pitching Competition.

15th e-Crime & Cybersecurity DACH: Virtual edition
On Wednesday 17 June, AKJ Associates will host the 15th e-Crime & Cybersecurity DACH. As the entire business goes off-premise, how should CISOs react? What are the key priorities? How do CISOs ensure that they and their teams are secure as well as key employees and business processes? What is the initial response versus the longer-term? The 15th e-Crime and Cybersecurity DACH will take place online and look at how cybersecurity teams are tackling this dramatically different threatscape. The event will have real-life case studies and in-depth technical sessions from the security and privacy teams behind some of the worlds most admired brands.

19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security
On Thursday 25 June, the University of Chester will host the 19th European conference on cyber warfare and security. This conference attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, military personnel, practitioners and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of the cyber security community. ECCWS is generally attended by participants from more than 30 countries. The Journal of Information Warfare regularly publishes a number of the papers presented at this conference.

The UK’s DIT UN Procurement Webinar
The Department of International Trade in New York invites you to join them for an informational session with the UN Procurement Division to discuss procurement opportunities in the Cybersecurity sector.

Cyber Security Expo – Bristol
The Cyber Security EXPO will be hosted at the Aerospace Bristol on Thursday 3 September. The EXPO gives attendees the opportunity to meet with hiring managers and recruitment agencies. If you already work in Cyber Security or are looking to work within the Cyber Security industry, the event gives you the opportunity to meet with employers face-to-face.

Richmond Cyber Security Forum
The Richmond Cyber Security Forum in London will include a first class, CPD accredited conference programme of keynotes, interactive workshops, think tanks and personal development sessions. The opportunity to connect and engage with industry peers in a relaxed informal setting and the chance to discover what's available in the market place in pre-scheduled meetings of your choice.

GOVSEC – Government IT Security Conference On Wednesday 23 September, the annual GovSec conference will take place. The conference aims to enable the government to function effectively, safely and securely through improved IT and information security to protect the vital services provided by the central government, local councils and the NHS.

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

DIT UN Procurement Webinar – Event: 29 June 2020

Published: 10th June 2020


Please see below an opportunity to register for an event hosted by DIT New York regarding UN procurement for the cybersecurity sector.

Monday, 29 June 2020 9:00-10:00 EDT / 14:00-15:00 BST

Contact: Chika McGary

The UK's Department for International Trade (DIT) UN Procurement Webinar

DIT New York invites you to join us for an informational session with the UN Procurement Division (UNPD) to discuss procurement opportunities in the Cybersecurity sector. Mr. Isaam White, Team Leader, Communications & Technology Team, UN Procurement Division and Mr. Thomas Braun, Chief, Cybersecurity Section, UN Office of Information and Communications Technology, will discuss doing business with the United Nations as well as specific opportunities for UK companies in the Cybersecurity sector. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Register online at https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=200207541

All of our work is carried out in line with the UK Government’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We ask that you treat all speakers, participants, and staff with courtesy and respect during our virtual events.

DIT UN Procurement Webinar - Event: 29 June 2020

Published: 10 June 2020

Please see below an opportunity to register for an event hosted by DIT New York regarding UN procurement for the cybersecurity sector.

Monday, 29 June 2020

9:00-10:00 EDT /

14:00-15:00 BST

Contact: Chika McGary

The UKs Department for International Trade (DIT) UN Procurement Webinar

DIT New York invites you to join us for an informational session with the UN Procurement Division (UNPD) to discuss procurement opportunities in the Cybersecurity sector. Mr. Isaam White, Team Leader, Communications & Technology Team, UN Procurement Division and Mr. Thomas Braun, Chief, Cybersecurity Section, UN Office of Information and Communications Technology, will discuss doing business with the United Nations as well as specific opportunities for UK companies in the Cybersecurity sector. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Register online

https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=200207541&

All of our work is carried out in line with the UK Government’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We ask that you treat all speakers, participants, and staff with courtesy and respect during our virtual events.

Secure by Design for Smart Devices Upcoming Call for View - Deadline: 11 June 2020

Published: 09 June 2020

I hope youre doing ok given the circumstances. I wanted to share an update that the Secure by Design team in DCMS are now fully back after a period working on Covid-related priorities, and are working on our mission to protect consumers and the wider economy from the range of harms that can arise from vulnerable smart devices.

As announced in our response to our 2019 consultation on regulation (Jan 27), we know that, given the vast majority of smart products still do not embed good security practices, we propose to develop legislation to mandate a baseline level of cybersecurity for Consumer IoT devices sold in the UK.

Given Ministerial appetite to rapidly develop legislation and the growing threat posed by vulnerable devices at a time with an increased attack surface and reduced social resilience, we recognise the need to keep momentum going in an increasingly competitive international landscape.

We intend to publish a Call for Views on our approach in w/c 13 July to allow industry and other stakeholders to feed back on our approach. This document will follow on from our 2019 consultation and will add further detail to the security requirements we intend to mandate, the scope of the regulation, the obligations the regulation will place on the manufacturers and retailers of consumer smart devices, and the approach that will be used to enforce the regulation.

Ahead of this, we intend to share the Call for Views doc for formal Write Round with other government departments in w/c 22 June.

I recognise that teams are stretched and wish to reiterate that we do value input, but also accompany this with a need to be pragmatic with our own crash deadlines.

In advance of the formal Write Round, we would be more than happy to engage with you, your teams, or relevant stakeholders in your department to further elaborate on our plans, and answer any questions you may have. Could you please share any thoughts by EOD Thursday 11th of June?

If you would like to discuss the proposals and to feed into our ongoing work ahead of the upcoming write-round, please do get in touch with my colleague jonathan.angwin1@culture.gov.uk.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact Jonathan with any other queries you may have on the above.

Exemption from new UK border rules for specialist cyber security staff

Published: 28 May 2020

Dear Cyber Security Colleague

This email contains information about the new UK border rules and their impact on cyber security staff. It also contains additional information on the government’s current work on cyber security.


New UK Border Rules

The Government announced on Friday 22 May that it will introduce a series of measures and restrictions at the UK border to help protect the public and stop the spread of the coronavirus. These measures include a 14 day period of ‘self-isolation’ for travellers entering the UK and are due to be brought in on 8 June. Full details are available on the gov.uk website.

There is an exemption from the 14 day self-isolation requirement for specialist cyber security staff. The following definition has been included in a list of travellers exempt from the new border rules: an information technology or telecommunications professional whose expertise is required to provide an essential or emergency response to threats and incidents relating to the security of any network and information system and ensure the continued operation of any network and information system

For more information, please visit the Entering the UK section of the gov.uk website. Details of what evidence will need to be presented on arrival will be published shortly.


Cyber Aware campaign

The Cyber Aware campaign has been running since 21 April, encouraging the public take action to stay secure online during the current crisis. As part of the campaign, the National Cyber Security Centre launched the Suspicious Email Reporting Service which enables anyone to flag phishing emails to the government. If you receive an email you’re not sure about, you can report it to the service by simply forwarding it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Hundreds of thousands of emails have already been reported, with over over 300 fake and malicious websites removed as a result.

If you’re interested in supporting the Cyber Aware campaign, you can download a partner pack containing the campaign assets here. This includes:



The Cyber Exchange

The newly updated Cyber Exchange portal is a free resource to help UK cyber security businesses grow. The website, which is jointly funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and techUK, includes:


  • a database of cyber security businesses and investors,

  • details of trade missions, grants, competitions and funding opportunities, and

  • an events calendar showing the latest conferences, trade shows and meet ups for cyber security businesses.

You can add your businesses to the company database and keep up to date on the latest opportunities by signing up for the fortnightly Cyber Exchange newsletter.  Full details are available on the Cyber Exchange.


Your feedback

If you have any specific feedback on cyber security, or any questions about this note, please contact us at cybersecurity@culture.gov.uk. You can also keep up to date with the latest cyber security information from the government and sign up for alerts by visiting www.gov.uk/government/cyber-security.

Best wishes

Cyber Security Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Cyber Exchange May Newsletter

Published: 15 May 2020

Welcome to the May edition of the Cyber Exchange newsletter. While COVID-19 continues to disrupt organisations across the UK, the need for strong security practices continues to be at the top of the agenda.

Over the last month, DCMS have provided information and support for the cyber security sector and DCMS and techUK have compiled a Cyber Security Training and Skills Repositoryto help organisations upskill their workforce while we are all working from home. There are also a number of competitions with funding deadlines looming including, HutZero 6, Cyber 101, and Innovate UK funding for projects tackling cyber security IoT challenges. The deadline for each of these funding competitions is before the end of May.

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 atSam.Wyatt@techuk.org. We can also be contacted on Twitter and LinkedIn.



Opportunities

Hut Zero 6

HutZero kicks off with an intensive five-day bootcamp jam-packed with workshops on technical development, business fundamentals and team building. After the London bootcamp, participants will be able to receive guidance and mentoring from HutZero staff and sponsors over a 3 month period. Participants will be encouraged to continue to work on their ideas in their newly-formed teams, and will be invited to reunite for an alumni event at the end of the 3 months to share their successes.

Cyber 101

The Cyber 101 programme offers intensive one day Bootcamps followed by deep dive sessions highlighting key business challenges and an annual demo day where selected startups will pitch their Cyber Security solution to potential customers, partners and investors.

Demonstrators addressing cyber security challenges in the IoT

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4m for collaborative R&D projects addressing major cyber security challenges in the IoT. The aim of this competition is to solve industry-focused major cyber security-related challenges in the IoT.


Events

Cyber Security for Connected Autonomous Vehicles

On Wednesday 20 May, techUK will host a briefing looking at Cyber Security for Connected Autonomous Vehicles. At this panel, there will be discussion of legacy systems and interference with other cars, cyber security mitigation measures and the security of non-personal data.

Cyber Security and Edge Computing Roundtable

On Thursday 28 May, techUK will host a workshop and roundtable for members involved with emerging and transformative technologies to explore building a security first approach to edge adoption and to create recommendations for this transition.

Infosecurity Europe Virtual Conference

From Tuesday 2 June to Thursday 4 June, Infosecurity Europe has put together a three day webinar programme to keep attendees informed and engaged about pressing issues in cyber security. There will be three primary themes throughout the conference; Resilience, the human factor and strategic planning, with each day focusing on a different theme.

15th e-Crime & Cybersecurity DACH: Virtual edition

On Wednesday 17 June, AKJ Associates will host the 15th e-Crime & Cybersecurity DACH. As the entire business goes off-premise, how should CISOs react? What are the key priorities? How do CISOs ensure that they and their teams are secure as well as key employees and business processes? What is the initial response versus the longer-term? The 15th e-Crime and Cybersecurity DACH will take place online and look at how cybersecurity teams are tackling this dramatically different threatscape. The event will have real-life case studies and in-depth technical sessions from the security and privacy teams behind some of the worlds most admired brands.

19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security

On Thursday 25 June, the University of Chester will host the 19th European conference on cyber warfare and security. This conference attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, military personnel, practitioners and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of the cyber security community. ECCWS is generally attended by participants from more than 30 countries. The Journal of Information Warfare regularly publishes a number of the papers presented at this conference.

Cyber Security Expo – Bristol

The Cyber Security EXPO will be hosted at the Aerospace Bristol on Thursday 3 September. The EXPO gives attendees the opportunity to meet with hiring managers and recruitment agencies. If you already work in Cyber Security or are looking to work within the Cyber Security industry, the event gives you the opportunity to meet with employers face-to-face.

Richmond Cyber Security Forum

The Richmond Cyber Security Forum on 15th September will include a first class, CPD accredited conference programme of keynotes, interactive workshops, think tanks and personal development sessions. The opportunity to connect and engage with industry peers in a relaxed informal setting and the chance to discover whats available in the market place in pre-scheduled meetings of your choice.

GOVSEC – Government IT Security Conference

On Wednesday 23 September, the annual GovSec conference will take place. The conference aims to enable the government to function effectively, safely and securely through improved IT and information security to protect the vital services provided by the central government, local councils and the NHS.

BSI Policy Briefing webinar on supporting SME businesses impacted by coronavirus

Published: 14 May 2020

How to ensure business continuity in the face of coronavirus: your weekly update on the latest guidance and intelligence around the employment, tax, and financial implications of operating during the COVID-19 outbreak.

This week youll get access to the latest guidance and information on the cyber security landscape, including:

  • Current COVID-19 cyber threats
  • Latest guidance issued by NCSC
  • Update on the government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme

You will also get an update on the government’s furlough scheme, which has now been extended until the end of October. We will explore what the modified version of the scheme may look like, and what other options may be open to employers in structuring their workforce after the scheme changes at the end of July.

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the live session. If you have some questions in mind, please send them over email ahead of the webinar.

Speakers:
  • Fiona Geskes, Principal Policy Advisor, Tax and Fiscal Policy, CBI
  • Stefan Martin, Partner, Hogan Lovells (guest speaker)
  • Representative from the National Cyber Security Centre (guest speaker)
  • Deborah Fraser, Director - Regions, CBI (chair)

 

event - 18 May 2020, 15:30 - 16:15

signup - https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2238353192894384912

DIT COVID-19 Webinars for SMEs

Published: 13 May 2020

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has launched a COVID-19 Webinar series to help UK SMEs.

Our experts will provide guidance and practical advice to help support your business and respond to the challenges and potential disruption caused by COVID-19. There will also be an opportunity for Q&As where you can put your questions directly to our experts.

All webinars are free to UK companies – register now to attend.
How long are the webinars?

  • Our experts usually present for 25 minutes and allow 35 minutes to answer your questions and help you find solutions to any barriers you may be facing.

Each link below will connect you to a webinar registration form where you can find out more about each webinar and receive your unique link to join the upcoming webinar.

 

Routes to market


Thursday 14 May 2020, 10:00 - 11:00

Delivered by Rob Lewtas, DIT South East and Tom Dixon from DITs E-Exporting Programme Team .

Register now


 

Logistics and movement of goods during COVID-19


Wednesday 20 May 2020, 10:00 - 11:00

Delivered by Veronica Dawson, an International Trade Advisor at DIT and Alex Veitch from the British Freight Transport Association.

Register now


 

Risk management when considering new markets


Thursday 21 May 2020, 10:00 - 11:00

Delivered by Lee Hibbert, an International Trade Advisor at DIT.

Register now


 

Managing disruption of supply chains during COVID-19


Friday 22 May 2020, 14:30 - 15:30

Delivered by Terser Adamu, an International Trade Advisor at DIT and Chris Walker from the Federation of Small Businesses.

Register now


 

You can find all of DITs upcoming webinars here.

LSH and NHS Wales Webinar - Event: 7 May 2020

Published: 05 May 2020

Life Sciences Hub Wales and NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership would like to invite you to an online event which may be of interest to you and your colleagues.

https://lshubwales.com/events/providing-ppe-and-getting-it-right

During this online event, talking place at 10:30 - 11:30 on 7 May 2020, a guest panel of contributors will:

* Explain how PPE is used in different health environments.
* Provide up-to-date information on the current requirements for PPE in Wales for the health and social care sectors.
* Outline what manufacturers need to do, and consider, in order to effectively produce and supply PPE products.
* Provide an overview of Life Sciences Hub Wales’ innovation portal and how it’s being used to receive offers of support from industry.

‘Providing PPE and getting it right’ is chaired by Chris Martin, Deputy Chair of Life Sciences Hub Wales. Attendees are invited to submit a question to the panel on registration – to enable the panel to respond to key queries and concerns of participants.

Keep well and kind regards

Kelley Howlett-Booth
Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government
Kelley.Howlett@gov.wales

Update from TechNation

Published: 30 April 2020

I thought that you might be interested in some of the other events Ive listed below that are not from Tech Nation but may be valuable to you or some of the people youre connected with. 

Event: Office Hours for Female Founders with Playfair Capital

From Playfair Capital: Our third, remote edition of our collaborative Female Founder Investor Office Hours builds on the success of our events in February 2020 and November last year.

This time, were going fully remote to broaden access to female founders across the country, supported by Tech Nation and 30 investors from the UKs leading VCs alongside the Playfair Capital team.

The primary aim of this initiative is mentorship & support, and secondary is fundraising. We hope that with time, the two will go hand-in-hand.

We welcome applications from any UK-based female founder whose business is tech and pre-Series A. We will do our best to accommodate as many founders as possible and provide support to all regardless. Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 24th May.

Register here


Event: Storytelling for Startups

I previously hosted Martyn for him to deliver his two-part workshop: Storytelling for Startups and Ideas to Say Yes to. The feedback from those workshops was exceptional and Martyn is running them again, this time online and with Barclays.

Part one is happening tomorrow: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storytelling-for-startups-tickets-102674000700


Event: Deloitte: Operational resilience in high growth companies: Practical considerations for senior leaders working within finance, compliance and risk

From the event page:
“As the UK continues its lockdown, we are pleased to invite you to join our next webinar for high growth, tech-enabled business leaders, exploring “operational resilience amongst firms in the high growth sector”.

A topic perhaps now more pertinent than ever, this 60 minute webinar will be hosted by Deloitte subject matter experts on how the UK high growth, tech-enabled sector can address and navigate operational risk, both now, and in the coming months.

We are also delighted to be joined by Richard Caven of Amazon Web Services (AWS), who will provide an overview on what operational resilience means at AWS and how high growth, tech-enabled businesses can achieve operational resilience when using AWS Cloud.”

Register here

TechNation Lockdown Unlocked - Event: 5 May 2020

Published: 30 April 2020

Tech Nation is running an event next Tuesday about scaling a tech company through this crisis. You can see the full listing here but below is the agenda so you can decide if any part of it would be useful to you

KEYNOTES


  • 10:00 - Tech Nation Welcome



  • 10:10 - Government Keynote



  • 10:20 - Futurist Keynote - How will covid-19 affect global economies in the future?



PANELS


  • 10:30 - Investor Panel with Q&A - How will the funding landscape change post covid-19?




  • 11:00 - Debate - What is the role of the state vs the role of the ecosystem/VC during this crisis?



  • 11:20 - Government Panel with Q&A - Moving past the pandemic - How can government support the tech sector?

SESSIONS

12:00 - Leadership during Lockdown


12:30 - Scenario Planning - Unlocking opportunities and Containing the Risks

13:00 - Cash is King


 

You’ll also have the opportunity to network (virtually) with the wider UK tech community, offer support and connect with those facing similar challenges.

IntaPeople Digital Round Table - Event: 13 May 2020

Published: 29 April 2020

Each industry has its own set of unique challenges, none more so than those which we are faced with today brought on by the global Covid-19 pandemic. During these unprecedented times we believe it will be useful to bring together tech leaders such as yourself, to create an environment for you to chat with others that may be facing similar challenges, discuss ideas, and to learn from each other.

As such we’d like to invite you to a digital round table event that we are chairing @ 10am on Wednesday 13th May 2020.

This free online session will be about 30 mins in duration, and will include open discussions centered around topics of your choice, such as:
* How has your business been affected by COVID-19?
* What are the biggest challenges that you/your department/your business is facing at the moment?
* How are you managing and motivating remote teams/workers?
* How are you planning for post lockdown? social distancing measures?, etc.
* Has this situation changed how you view remote working? Will it become the norm for your business moving forward if it wasn’t already?

This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, air views, and to chat with other like-minded leaders in your industry, in order to share thoughts, strategies, methods and ideas. You are not alone, what is a challenge in your business is likely to be affecting others in a similar way.

If you would like a seat at the digital round table for tech leaders please let Jon Stock know on j.stock@intapeople.com

If you can’t make it, but would still like to have a chat then let me know and we’ll arrange a call shortly after the event to share a summary of what was discussed.

NCSC CyberFirst Residential Summer Courses

Published: 24 April 2020

Normally at this time of year we would be looking to see how many students had signed up for the CyberFirst residential summer courses at venues all over the United Kingdom. As you would expect, we have had to have a rethink and I’m delighted to announce that we will be running the courses in online virtual classrooms.

This allows us to continue to provide instructor led sessions which guide the students through the course content and labs at every stage and enables us to retain both SQA and NCSC Certified course status.

Bookings will be available from 10:00am on Monday 27th April with a formal HMG press release going out on Wednesday 29th April. I would be grateful if you would help promote through your educational and outreach channels from 27th April.

A few summary points about the courses:

CyberFirst summer courses are moving online featuring;

  • Fun and interactive, instructor led sessions in virtual classrooms
  • 2 weeks FREE structured learning in either morning or afternoon sessions
  • Dates available from June - August
  • Live guest speakers from industry and government
  • SQA and NCSC Certified content

Visit https://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/cyberfirst for further information and booking

Applications for the National Cyber Security Centre’s hugely popular CyberFirst summer courses are now open. The courses, usually held all across the UK, are moving online this year to help more than a thousand 14–17 year-olds develop key cyber skills from home during the coronavirus pandemic. 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 summer programme has more than 1000 places and three courses to choose from:

Thank you very much for your help and support.

Government Support for the Cyber Security Sector

Published: 17 April 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest public health emergency in decades. It calls for decisive action, at home and abroad, of the kind not normally seen in peacetime. 

We’re writing to our colleagues in the cyber security sector to tell you what the Government is doing to help the sector and provide the opportunity to feed your comments back to us. Many of you have already been in touch and we thank you for your engagement. 

We aim to:


  • Provide information on the support the Government is offering to help businesses through this difficult period;

  • Outline what we are doing to continue our work on cyber security; 

  • Provide details of how you may be able to contribute to the effort to help the public, and

  • Give you the chance to provide your views to the Government.

A Message from the Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman

Portrait photo of Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure.

"Thank you to everyone for continuing to help make the UK a safe place to be online. Your work is more important now than ever. My Department is committed to supporting the cyber security sector during this crisis and is keen to hear from you on where and how that help can be most effective. I encourage cyber security firms to keep giving the country the tools needed to securely work online so we can all stay home, protect the NHS and save lives."


Government response to coronavirus

On the public health issue, the Government is doing everything it can to tackle the pandemic and mitigate its impact. We are mobilising every bit of Government to defend our people and our country. Businesses, universities and communities across the country are coming together to help.

The Government is providing a range of support to help businesses, including loans, cash grants, tax relief and support for self-employed people. Please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support for further information.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is supporting the wider Government efforts and we particularly want to understand the needs and asks of our sectors - including where and how we can work together to help society and the economy during the crisis.

Our work on cyber security

DCMS is prioritising support for the cyber security sector to help address economic challenges and critical incidents. We are continuing the delivery of critical Government programmes supporting the cyber security sector, such as the LORCA cyber accelerator, the NCSC Accelerator and our Cyber Discovery skills programme. We are also working with the National Cyber Security Centre and others to distribute guidance and advice to the public and businesses on how to stay secure online. 

Cyber security guidance for the public 

As you know, cyber criminals are opportunistic and often look to exploit fears over current events. The public and organisations should continue to be alert to this threat. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued guidance for organisations on how to prepare for secure home working and guidance on how to spot and deal with suspicious emails. Please feel free to share this with your customers and contacts. 

With more interaction and work happening online, the Government is continuing its push to help the public and businesses live and work securely. DCMS is working with the National Cyber Security Centre and the Home Office to run a new phase of the Cyber Aware campaign. This will help the public and small businesses adopt secure online behaviours and protect themselves from current threats. This activity will start very soon. Please get in touch if your organisation is interested in partnering with us on this campaign. 

Information and support for cyber security businesses

The Government and its partners have made several recent announcements for the cyber security sector. Many of our growth programmes are currently open to applications.


In addition, DCMS has published a range of statistics and research over the past two months to help inform the cyber security sector, including:


  • The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2020, published on 25 March. The survey details the scale and impact of cyber attacks and data breaches on businesses, charities and educational institutions. We have also published a series of infographic summaries illustrating the results. 

  • Cyber Security Labour Market Research. This research provides details about the UK cyber security labour market. 

  • Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis This is an analysis of the UKs cyber security industry, which includes figures on size, employment and revenue. 

Your feedback

Finally, please be aware DCMS will shortly be issuing a survey asking organisations across DCMS sectors for feedback on how coronavirus is affecting them. Please look out for this and respond if you can. Your feedback will be valuable in helping to shape future Government action. 

If you have any specific feedback on cyber security, any questions about this note or any suggestions of how you may be able to help, please contact us at cybersecurity@culture.gov.uk. You can also keep up to date on announcements through the newly updated Cyber Exchange portal. Please feel free to share with note with your colleagues. We intend to send further communications in due course.  

Erika Lewis, Director, Cyber Security & Digital Identity, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 

Tender Notice from National Grid UK

Published: 08 April 2020

Periodic indicative notice – utilities
Directive 2014/25/EU - Utility Directive

Section I: Contracting entity
I.1) Name and addresses
National Grid UK Limited/National Grid USA Service Company, Inc
Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill
Warwick
CV34 6DA
Contact person: Faye Osborn
Telephone: +44 7808094949
E-mail: faye.osborn@nationalgrid.com
NUTS: UKG13
Internet address(es)
Main address: www.nationalgrid.com
I.3) Communication - Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.6) Main activity - Other: Electricity and Gas

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title - Cyber Security Products and Services
II.1.2) Main CPV code - 48000000
II.1.3) Type of contract - Supplies
II.1.4) Short description - Over the next 12 months, National Grid expects to be conducting various sourcing events
for cyber security related products and services.
II.1.6) Information about lots - This contract is divided into lots: No
II.2) Description
II.2.3) Place of performance - UK
II.2.4) Description of the procurement
National Grid uses the Achilles — Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) — to identify and qualify potential suppliers for our goods and services requirements. For the majority of our purchases, it is a condition of supplying to National Grid that suppliers are registered on the UVDB. Over the next 12 months, National Grid expects to be conducting various sourcing events for cyber security related products and services using the following Achilles codes:
1.5.1. computer hardware and accessories – workstations/servers,
1.5.7. general business software,
1.5.8. specialist business software,
1.5.9. technical software,
1.5.12. computer systems.
Should you wish to tender for the provision of cyber security related products and services you will need to be registered on Achilles — UVDB for all codes listed above that are relevant to the products and services you provide.
Please contact Desta Wheeler at Achilles on: desta.wheeler@achilles.com if you require any assistance.
II.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice: 06/04/2020

Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Description
IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No

Section VI: Complementary information
VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice - 03/04/2020

COVID Advice from TechNation Wales

Published: 03 April 2020

Innovate UK Fund

New Innovate UK fund: Business-led innovation in response to global disruption

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Update to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

From the BBB:

“...the recently launched Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has now been significantly expanded along with changes to the scheme’s features and eligibility criteria. The changes mean even more smaller businesses across the UK impacted by the Coronavirus crisis can access the funding they need.

Importantly, access to the scheme has been opened up to those smaller businesses who would have previously met the requirements for a commercial facility but would not have been eligible for CBILS. This significantly increases the number of businesses eligible for the scheme. The expanded scheme will be operational with lenders from Monday 6th April 2020.

New scheme features


  • No personal guarantees for facilities under £250k: Personal guarantees of any form cannot be taken under the scheme for any facilities below £250k.


  • Personal guarantees for facilities above £250k: Personal guarantees may still be required, at a lender’s discretion, but recoveries under these are capped at a maximum of 20% of the outstanding balance of the CBILS facility after the proceeds of business assets have been applied.


  • A Principal Private Residence (PPR) cannot be taken as security to support a personal guarantee or as security for a CBIL backed facility.


  • Security: For all facilities, including those over £250,000, CBILS can now support lending to smaller businesses even where a lender considers there to be sufficient security, making more smaller businesses eligible to receive the business interruption payment."

Here is a fact sheet from the BBB.

 

Support & Mentorship

We are working on a research project with Cambridge Judge Business School and the Behavioural Insights Team to determine the impact of mentoring on digital tech businesses.

As part of this project, we are able to offer the opportunity for free mentoring to any digital tech SME with more than five employees.

For more information and to apply go here.

 

Statistics and Interesting Reads

A fascinating dive by Google into UK mobility changes city-by-city since the lockdown began.

Good article on building a virtual community across speed networking, webinars, shared experiences, virtual conferences etc - Don’t Just Throw Together a Webinar - The Virtual Events Crash Course You Need

A 24-tweet thread on how VCs are thinking about the pandemic. Not all VCs of course, but worth a read to get one perspective - https://twitter.com/fdestin/status/1243674766155943937?s=20

A solid post on managing layoffs, should founders unfortunately have to use it - Planning and Managing Layoffs

An interesting ready from Beauhurst on The effect of coronavirus on UK investment: Q1 2020

A nice story: members of the Cyber Wales network have been helping the NHS to receive and set up new IT equipment being sent to help fight the increased demand on the health service.

LORCA Cohort 5 Open Call - Deadline: 4 May 2020

Published: 02 April 2020

This week, London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA), have launched the call for our fifth cohort of technology and cyber innovators.  After speaking to industry experts about their cybersecurity needs and in response to the challenges of COVID-19, We are now recruiting cybersecurity scaleups throughout the UK and abroad with solutions that create a more robust and resilient digital economy.

We know that participation in accelerator programmes is positively correlated with higher survival rates, increased growth in employee numbers and higher amounts of funds raised (Source: Nesta here). Of the 55 companies we have supported so far, LORCA members have brought in 600 new contracts and raised over £86m in investment since joining our programme.

We’d be very grateful if you could share the opportunity with your networks and companies you think should apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, 4 May at 5pm UK time via LORCA.co.uk/apply.

More information about the programme can be found here, below and in the attached brochure.

What are the benefits of joining?

  • World-class innovation support to help member businesses scale
  • Connections to investors and industry buyers through exclusive member events
  • Deloitte strategic and technical cyber expertise
  • Engineering support from Centre for Secure Information Technologies (Queens University Belfast)
  • Connections to our industry partners, Dell Technologies, Lloyds Banking Group, Kudelski Security, SOSA, Kx and Global Cyber Alliance
  • Professional workshops and individually designed one to one support on:
  • Sales and business development
  • Marketing and design
  • Legal issues
  • Lead generation
  • Investment readiness, financial modelling and pricing strategy
  • Business mentoring
  • LORCA takes zero equity or IP from members
  • Soft landing programmes and bespoke international trade missions
  • Free desk space at Plexal innovation centre and coworking space in London
  • Peer networking, learning and trading opportunities

If you would like to know more or ask any questions, contact the LORCA team on info@lorca.co.uk

Best regards,

Alanna Murphy
LORCA Innovation Associate

A huge THANK YOU from NHS Wales to the Cyber Wales community

Published: 30 March 2020

Last Wednesday at 4pm Cyber Wales received a request for help from NHS Wales.

We immediately sent out a CALL TO ACTION to the 2,000+ members of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem, this is what it said…

As you can imagine, the medical staff have really got their hands full at the moment but they are not the only ones. The IT staff, short-handed as they are, are up to their ears in work as well.  Many of the hospitals and medical centres around Wales have just received new Desktops and Laptops which will be a massive help as they tackle the increasing demand.  However, may of the contractors that they use to handle much of the basic workload, such as imaging, configuration and securing new end points have downed tools, either through being short-staffed or through unwillingness to travel.

Just to give you an idea of the scale of the problem, one hospital just took delivery of 1,000 machines and they have no-one to set them up. That is just one hospital and this situation obviously exists all over Wales (in an NHS building near you!)

So…  Are any of you able and willing to lend a hand?

This could be visiting sites to set up machines or dialling into sites to set up by RDP or it could be receiving machines, setting them up and sending them back again - or any possible solutions you can think of that will achieve the same result.  It could also be any bright ideas or best practice you may have been involved with (such as clever ways to set up mass PXE builds) that would help the onsite teams to do this job faster.

All hands to the pumps folks, your NHS needs you at this most trying of times.  Please respond directly to Nick Lewis.  I’m sure most of you know Nick from the Cluster meetings and the amazing talk he gave about cyber challenges in NHS Wales last year - well, things are even more challenging right now and he’d love to hear from you.

Within an hour Nick had received over 200 emails with offers of support from IT SysAdmins and Cyber folks from right across Wales - from Bangor to Wrexham and from Pembroke to Chepstow and all over Mid Wales.  Word continued to spread and through Thursday and Friday there was a steady stream of volunteers including people from outside of Wales such as the MoD in Bristol.  Other networks also picked up the call such as the DevOpsGroup and DCMS which was a huge help taking the total number of volunteers to over 400!

The Alacrity Foundation, who have a long-standing relationship with the Cyber Clusters, stepped up to the plate and helped to communicate the challenge to the NCSC i100 Network - proving the strength in depth of the collaborative networks in Wales and beyond.

This morning NHS Wales released a special Thank You message to Cyber Wales - lets keep the momentum up folks and help the people who are trying to help us!

ECSO Cyber Matchmaking Virtual Event – Deadline: 6 April 2020

Published: 26 March 2020

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your kind help in supporting the communication of our Cyber Investor Days.

Taking into account the current situation in Europe, we have decided to make Cyber Investor Days an entirely VIRTUAL event. We do not want to cancel or postpone the event, because we believe that by keeping the event we could demonstrate our support to the entire community of startups and SMEs, as well as to send a strong message to the wider business community.

Given the societal changes we all have had to adapt to these past weeks, we have extended the deadline for startups and SMEs application until Monday, 6 April, midnight CET. Therefore, I would like to ask you share this message with your network, as there might have been companies which hesitated to apply because of uncertainty of the current situation in Europe.

I am also sharing with you the updated application form and application guidelines (attached), as well as announcements on social media to be used for communication:

LinkedIn announcement: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6648241566722990080
Twitter announcement: https://twitter.com/ecso_eu/status/1242470599890534400

I thank you in advance for sharing this important update with your network. Should you have any questions or remarks about the event, do not hesitate to contact me.

With my best regards and good health wishes,

Milda Kaklauskaitė
Policy and Communications Manager
European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
E-mail: milda.kaklauskaite@ecs-org.eu

NCSCs CyberFirst Girls Competition Final - Cardiff - 16 March 2020

Published: 16 March 2020

Congratulations to ‘CSL Rush’, a team from The Cathedral School in Llandaff, for coming 3rd in the National Finals of the NCSCs CyberFirst Girls Competition 2020.

The event was hosted at Cornerstone, one of Cardiffs newest conference centres which is also Cardiffs oldest neo-gothic church. It was first opened in 1855 but when its Welsh-speaking Presbyterian congregation moved to join forces with another church the Heritage Lottery Fund helped the building to be re-born as a vibrant and exciting mixed-use community hub and corporate venue. The perfect backdrop for this cutting-edge technical event.

Janvi, Agnes, Iris and Bethan from Year 8 of the independent school took part in the online qualifying round against 12,000 participants and then showed stellar skills in the semi-finals and accumulated enough points to beat off nine other Welsh schools to secure themselves a place in the final.

The NCSC are working hard to get more girls interested in a career in cyber security. The CyberFirst Girls Competition provides a fun but challenging environment to inspire the next generation of young women. The competition is a team event, with each one made up of 4 female students from Year 8 in England and Wales, Year 9 in Northern Ireland and S2 in Scotland. The Grand Final was where the top ten teams from the regions gathered to compete for the title of CyberFirst Girls Competition Winners 2020.

It was a very close competition involving multiple streams of activities ranging from Capture the Flag hacking to robotics programming and good old-fashioned problem solving.

The proud winners were from King Edwards School in Bath and all of the girls who took part on the day had a terrific time.

Well done to all the participants and llongyfarchiadau mawr iawn to the girls from Cathedral School for demonstrating the depth of cyber talent here in Wales.

Cyber Wales meets Cyber Ireland - Dublin - 11 March 2020

Published: 11 March 2020

Since 2017, Cyber Ireland have been bringing together Industry, Academia and Government to represent the needs of the Cyber Security Ecosystem in Ireland.

Their stated aims are a very close match for those of Cyber Wales, aiming to enhance the Innovation, Growth and Competitiveness of the companies and organisations which are part of their cluster.

At a Breakfast Briefing held in Welsh Governments Dome Cymru, erected outside the iconic Customs House Quay building in Dublin, members of Cyber Wales - Dr Kerry Beynon of RDP Law and Damon Rands of Wolfberry - engaged in a series of presentations and a panel discussion with Cyber Ireland members on the importance of building a strong and collaborative Cyber Community.

The event, which formed part of Wales Week Dublin, was hosted by the Welsh Government Office in Dublin & UK Department of International Trade.

Great relationships were forged and we are all looking forward to welcoming Cyber Ireland to a Cyber Wales Cluster meeting very soon.

Welsh Veterans Awards, Cardiff - Deadline: 1 May 2020

Published: 09 March 2020

The Welsh Veterans Awards are NOW Open for applications and nominations!
If you are or you know a British Armed Forces veteran thats done some great things since transition to civilian life or your a business/organisation/charity that gone above and beyond to support our former military and your based or operate in Wales then we would love to hear from you!
Rewarding Veterans in Sport, Fitness, Business and the wider Community!
In support of ABF The Soldiers Charity Wales and Sponsored by Bridgend Audi - Sinclair Audi
The Awards will take place at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club Cardiff on July 1st. Hosted by Polly James, opened by Brigadier Jock Frasier and supported by the Corps of Drums from the Royal Welsh, Shenkin the goat and the amazing Goat Major!
Our categories for 2020 are:
  • Role Model of the Year
  • The Community Award
  • Contribution to the Welsh Fitness Industry and Society
  • Health & Well-being Award  - Company /Organisation Award 
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Inspiration of the year
  • Employer of the Year - Company /Organisation Award 
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Leavers to Leaders Award
  • Reservist of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Veterans Business of the Year Award
Our overall Veterans Awards Champion will be chosen from the Finalists in each of the above categories and receive our one off commissioned hand made shield. (Crafted by a Military Veteran)
There will be a shortlisted filming day for all our fantastic finalists on May 27th that will take place in the amazing Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier
Good luck its you that acts as role models for our future service leavers!
Dates for your Diaries:
Application Process Opens – 1st March 2020
Application Process Closes – 1st May 2020
Shortlisted Filming day         – 27th May 2020 (Cardiff Castle)
Welsh Veterans Awards       – 1st July 2020 (Village Hotel Cardiff)
Many thanks
The Veterans Awards CIC Team
Tel - 07891 402 326
Twitter - @AwardsVeterans
Facebook - Veterans Awards

Welsh Government stand at InfoSec, London - Deadline: 20 Mar 2020

Published: 06 March 2020

The Welsh Government intend to exhibit at InfoSec at Olympia, London 2-4 June 2020.

InfoSecurity Europe is the sourcing and knowledge hub for Europe’s information and cyber security community. Featuring an interactive exhibition floor with over 400 cutting-edge suppliers, a far-reaching conference programme and a host of networking opportunities. This is Europe’s largest cyber tradeshow at Olympia, with the opportunity to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with more than 15,000 visitors. Celebrating 25yrs in 2020, the event is free to attend.

We are offering Wales based companies the opportunity to participate in the show on a Wales stand to maximise the opportunities that such a global event can offer.

Anyone interested in utilising the Welsh Government stand during InfoSecurity Europe 2020 should contact myself to register their initial interest, by 20th March 2020.

My thanks in advance for your assistance.

Kelley Howlett-Booth
Event Planner, Thematic Division, Welsh Government
Tel: 03000 250156
Kelley.Howlett@gov.wales

Cyber Wales - Cyber Ireland Breakfast Briefing - Event: 11 Mar 2020

Published: 02 March 2020

You are invited to attend a Breakfast Briefing to facilitate collaboration between Irelands & Wales Cyber Security Clusters, hosted by the Welsh Government Office in Dublin & UK Department of International Trade.

Wednesday 11th March, 7.45 - 9.30am at the Dome Cymru, CHQ Building Dublin

Why Attend:

* Learn about Irelands & Wales Cyber Security Clusters
* Panel Discussion on initiatives to address the cyber security skills shortage in Ireland & Wales
* Networking & Opportunities for Business Development in Wales

Limited availability for 30 Guests, RSVP by Wednesday 4th March to Jarlath.Garvey@fco.gov.uk

Dr Eoin Byrne,
Cluster Manager,
Cyber Ireland
Web: www.cyberireland.ie

CyberUK 2020 Sponsorship Packages Available

Published: 02 March 2020

As has been previously announced, the NCSC is hosting its annual flagship event, CYBERUK, in Wales in 2020.

The event will take place at the International Convention Centre, Wales on 19-20 May 2020. This event would not be the success it is without genuine collaboration and the support of our industry partners.

As a previous sponsor or exhibitor you will be aware of the range of opportunities available to suit every budget. Sponsoring CYBERUK puts you front of mind of the most senior and valuable leaders and professionals in cyber security; and you will position your company as a thought leader on the issues that delegates are discussing. Many sponsorship packages also include exhibition space, allowing you to continue the conversation with delegates during formal breaks and between sessions.

We are currently unable to release the full sponsorship and exhibitor brochure for CYBERUK 2020 due to the pre-election period, which limits announcements made by government departments.

To discuss available packages in more detail, please contact the Sponsorship and Exhibition Team on cyberuk-sponsorship@brayleino.co.uk or call 0117 906 4554.

The deadline for registering for our main content sponsorship packages is Wednesday 11 December.

CYBERUK Sponsorship and Exhibition Team

CyberUK 2020 Registration is now open

Published: 02 March 2020

CYBERUK 2020, the UK government’s flagship cyber security event, takes place at ICC Wales, Newport on 19-20 May 2020.

Hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), CYBERUK 2020 will bring together technical and policy experts to look ahead to a new decade of cyber security. It will attract the major players in government, academia and industry and offer unrivalled networking opportunities. Key topics will include attribution and countering the adversary; advances in quantum technologies, AI and the cloud; securing our connected lives from the Internet of Things to Smart Cities; defending democracy; and strengthening cyber resilience across Government, CNI, businesses and citizens.

We are now accepting applications to attend.

Make your application here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyberuk-2020-application-to-attend-registration-93333237225

Please note: NCSC operate a pre-approval process for this event.

The initial application form will ask for some information relating to your job role, organisation and reasons for wanting to attend CYBERUK 2020. This information will help the NCSC to ensure that there is a good mix of delegates represented from across government, academia, the third sector and industry. Submitting your initial application to attend does not confirm a place at the event - all registrations are subject to approval by the NCSC.

Two ticket types are available for the event:

Public Sector (public services and public enterprises) which are free of charge.

Private Sector (companies for profit and not state controlled)

£849 + VAT - early bird rate available until Friday 3 April
£999 + VAT - standard delegate rate

Once you have submitted your application to attend, it will be reviewed by the NCSC team and you will receive an email within 10 working days informing you if your application has been successful. At this stage you will need to complete your application and make any required payment.

To be kept up to date with details about the event, please email cyberuk-events@brayleino.co.uk

Stelar Seeking 3 researchers to work in Hamburg - Deadline: ASAP

Published: 01 March 2020

Stelar Security Technology Law Research” is a start-up established in Hamburg (Germany) that aims to promote education and research through the implementation of scientific courses and research projects and the award of research contracts. We are specialised in research on

* legal assessment methods for “Privacy by Design” of new security technologies and
* privacy management systems for manufacturers of ICT products and related service providers.

Stelar was founded as a spin-off of an integrating project with seven main partners funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF) within its Framework Programme “Research for Civil Security.

They are seeking a colleague specialised in research on privacy in health ICT (see job post below).

It does not matter if his or her background is technical, economic or legal, only has to be privacy specialist and coming from research or ICT development. Some background in EU projects and standardisation would be nice. S/he needs to be willing to move for work but hopefully the location is attractive (Europes largest new inner city).

* Seeking 3 researchers on privacy in ICT development mainly in healthcare *

Our past work includes contributions to projects like www.operando.eu and www.project-shield.eu

mandatory qualification: Master degree (LL.M., M.B.A., M.Sc., etc.) with a focus on data protection and privacy or equivalent five-year degree and three years of relevant work experience in ICT (e.g. AI) research and technical development or digital transformation projects

optional expertise (ordered by relevance): standardisation on privacy, health informatics and medical software development, EU policies and regulation on data protection, eHealth and consumer protection, ICT law, cyber-/information security, data/AI ethics, corporate responsibility

optional experience (ordered by relevance): work experience in Europe-wide, healthcare and health ICT organisation or project as a legal/technical privacy researcher; leadership in international R&D projects; chairing/leading roles in technical bodies or policy groups; work experience as a DPO, ethics committee member, privacy specialist/engineer, CISO, software architect, CIO, or product manager

role: research in and management of EU-funded research and innovation projects related to data protection and privacy, autonomous collaboration within the projects, contribution to work packages, draft privacy specifications for ICT processes and manage and analyse implementation by project partners, literature review, drafting of reports, organisation of/participation in (virtual and physical) meetings, contributions to technical standardisation, work on privacy-related topics (e.g. data and IPR management), review of team members work; no teaching requirements; administering own travel and other tasks arising from the projects motivation and achievements in the support of the principle of data protection by design and by default such as effective pseudonymisation (e.g. by contribution to international standardisation) is expected

required skills: management of collaborative ICT research or development projects and trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder teams; timely and satisfactory reponse to emails, proactive raising of issues, alignment with the projects key people, encouraging constructive partner contributions, organisation of virtual meetings); proficiency in MS Office suite, mastering collaboration tools (online repositories like SharePoint, online document editing, teleconference systems e.g. GTM and webex, scheduling tools e.g. Doodle, etc.); English during studies and work (3 years)

salary for FTE (gross) approx. in euro per month (in brackets: additional years of relevant work experience): 4.0k (0), 4.8k (3), 4.9k (4), 5.6k (4+2/3); first contract limited to two years, six months trial period; work linked to the projects; travel in Europe required; respectful athmosphere in a micro team, mid- to long-term leadership position within the organisation possible; all nationalities and genders welcome

procedure: apply by email to mp [at] stelar [dot] de; up-to-date CV (max. 2 pages), motivation letter (max. 1 page), contact details of at least 2 referees, recommendation letters possible, all documents as a single pdf of less than 2MB; remote interviews (e.g. Skype; physical meeting possible but no funds available) with our main researcher Matthias

start date: 1 March 2020 or as soon as possible

place of work: Hamburg city centre, office 1-minute walk from "HafenCity Universität" metro station

contact:  Matthias Pocs - mp@stelar.de

Return on Security Investments (ROSI) Project - Deadline: 31 March 2020

Published: 24 February 2020

There is one potential research project that I would like to make you aware of, and to see if the Cyber Security Cluster are potentially interested in getting involved. It is free to participate, but we are asking for your time.

The project is a collaboration between the School of Computer Science and Business School. It concerns the calculation of Return on Security Investments (ROSI), and justifying security spending. As an example, when you need to explain to managers or an executive board that a certain security solution is needed, how could you do it and present talking in financial terms.

I am currently writing an application for funding for this project, and looking for a provisional expression of interest from industry partners. We plan to use several companies as case studies. We will also run workshops with a wider range of experts. Based on the above and further research, we will develop a Best Practice Guide for ROSI calculation.

The commitment that we ask from an industry partner is to be willing to talk to researchers, give interviews and share experience on ROSI calculations (positive and negative), and if possible provide examples of calculations/justifications used in the past. This is flexible and depends on availability, and organisation specifics. If the project application is successful then at the end of the project, the best practice guide could be presented and made available to the Cluster. The output will appropriately acknowledge the involvement of the Cluster.

Could you please let me know if this would be of interest for the Cluster and its business members to participate in whatever form each one finds suitable. I feel that the involvement of the Cluster will make our funding application more successful, in return our output will be of benefit for the industry. It will also further strengthen the Cyber Wales Ecosystem providing another example of collaboration between academia and businesses.

Kind regards,
Dr Yulia Cherdantseva PhD MSc(Hons) FHEA
Lecturer at the National Software Academy and Admissions Officer for the School of Computer Science and Informatics
+44 (0)29 2251 0014
cherdantsevayv@cardiff.ac.uk

DCMS UKs most innovative Cyber SME Competition - Deadline: 20 Mar 2020

Published: 19 February 2020

DCMS have today launched a competition in collaboration with Infosecurity Magazine & Tech UK to find the the UKs most innovative Cyber SME. The competition, in its 6th year now, offers the winner headline position at the DCMS Innovation Zone at Infosec Europe this coming June as well as industry press coverage at the event. A further 13 runners-up are invited to exhibit in the Innovation Zone as well as to speak at thought leadership slots within the events Cyber Innovation Showcase.
The competition previously took the form of a live pitching event but this year we have moved to an online-only application, shifting the resources we would normally focus on the pitching event to the exhibition itself, where we intend to have a networking event in the Innovation Zone.
Please encourage qualifying companies within your clusters and networks to apply at: https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/1102. Happy to answer any questions you may have.

Full Winners’ Benefits
  • The winner will be crowned The Most Innovative Cyber SME 2020 and be the flagship company at the 2020 Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe with a headline position in marketing materials and first choice of location within the zone.
  • The winner will be the subject of a feature piece by Infosecurity Magazine to be conducted at the exhibition.
  • The top three companies will receive individual coverage on Cyber Exchange announcing the winners of the competition.
  • The winner and 13 runners up will receive a 3m2 shell-scheme stand. This will include spotlights, power socket, table & stools, literature rack, access to one-to-one meeting space and a lead scanner. Additional stand dressing may be purchased.
  • The winner will receive 3x speaking slots of 15 minutes each at the Cyber Innovation Showcase during the event. The 13 runners up will receive 2x speaking slots of 15 minutes each at the Cyber Innovation Showcase during the event.
  • Pre-event support. This will include a dedicated logo and company description at infosecurityeurope.com as well as promotion of the 2x speaking slots, non-exclusive inclusion in pre-event marketing emails and inclusion in social media promotion. You’ll get a mention and logo in the event catalogue, within a full page advert for the Cyber Innovation Zone. You’ll also get a video interview at the show to be posted on Infosecurity Europe’s Website and YouTube channel.

NDEC Industry Showcase - Event: 25 Feb 2020

Published: 19 February 2020

We would be delighted if you could join us for the NDEC Showcase Event Industry Day which will be taking place on Tuesday February 25th in Ebbw Vale.

This event represents the opening of the initial National Digital Exploitation Centre capability, following the announcement made in January 2019.

The day will provide an opportunity for you to view and understand more about the unique and innovative cyber security capability that is currently being developed in Ebbw Vale.

In addition, progress to date and insights into the future vision of the NDEC will be provided. The Marketplace will play host to a number of key industry partners, SME’s and suppliers on the day.

To register and find out more please follow our Eventbrite link:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ndec-showcase-industry-tickets-89053817365

USW Newport Campus hosts CyberFirst Girls Competition - 8 February 2020

Published: 15 February 2020

Newport Campus hosted the Welsh semi-final of the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst Girls Competition 2020 last Saturday.

Teams of girls aged 12 and 13 from 10 schools worked on a series of online codebreaking challenges set by industry during the event, which was one of 18 that took place simultaneously across the UK and involved almost 12,000 girls.

It was the first time a Wales-only contest - hosted at the National Cyber Security Academy (NCSA) at Newport Campus - has been held, thanks to the competition’s new regional format. The top 10 teams – including the Welsh champions – will then face off in a Grand Final in Cardiff next month.

The CyberFirst Girls Competition was launched four years ago by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – with the aim of boosting interest in cyber security among females, who are currently under-represented in the industry.

"We were delighted to host this competition at our Newport campus,” said Clare Johnson, USW’s Head of Cyber. “The girls worked incredibly hard all day, and it was very close at the end.

“Encouraging greater diversity in the industry is vital to ensure we can provide the best defences against ever increasing cyber attacks and events like this help inspire and encourage girls to consider a career in this field".

SANS Institute Training in Manchester - Events: 24 - 29 Feb 2020

Published: 14 February 2020

Following the success of the SANS Training in Cardiff in September, the Institute is following up with 5 Cyber Security Training courses in Manchester, easily accessible for members of the North Wales Cyber Security Clusters.

SANS is recognised around the world as the best place to develop the deep, hands-on cyber security skills most needed right now. Join us for SANS Manchester February 2020 for immersion training that will provide you with the skills to defend your organisation against security breaches and prevent future attacks.

Courses:

SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style
SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling
SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations
SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics
SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Our mission at SANS is to deliver cutting-edge information security knowledge and skills to all students in order to protect people and assets At the heart of everything we do is the SANS Promise: Students will be able to use the new skills they have learned as soon as they return to work. See that promise in action at SANS Manchester February 2020.

To book on one of these courses go to https://www.sans.org/event/manchester-february-2020

Doing Business with the US DoD - Event: 31 Mar 2020

Published: 13 February 2020

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business. I am pleased to draw your attention to the ‘Doing Business with the US Department of Defence’ event taking place on 31 March 2020.

Pre-registration is required for 31 March 2020.

Further details of this event are contained in the attached flyer. If you have any questions please do not reply to this email but direct them to:

Laurence Goodwin Laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk
Or
Taj Chhina tajinder.chhina@trade.gov.uk

Regards,

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Teresa Earl | SME Adviser | Defence & Security Organisation |
Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place | London SW1A 2AW
|T: +44 (0)20 7215 8247 (Tues & Weds) | M: +44 (0)7775826340 (Mon 0900-1500 & Thurs 0900-1400)
E- mail: Teresa.earl@trade.gov.uk

HutXero 6 Programme - Deadline: 15 Mar 2020

Published: 12 February 2020

HutZero (link: www.hutzero.co.uk) is the leading early-stage entrepreneur 5-day bootcamp which helps participants to get their business idea off the ground. It is a free programme designed to support individuals at the very start of their entrepreneurial journey.

What makes HutZero unique? The programme specialises in cybersecurity. It supports entrepreneurs in areas such as IoT, privacy, compliance, cyber training platforms and other products that secure our digital economy. To date, ten cybersecurity startups have been created by HutZero participants.

The key dates for the next HutZero 6 programme are:
Programme: 27-April to 1-May 2020
Application Deadline: 15-March 2020
Application Link: https://www.f6s.com/hutzero6/apply
The HutZero programme is run by CyLon (link: www.cylonlab.com) and CSIT (link: https://www.qub.ac.uk/ecit/CSIT/). CSIT is a global innovation hub for cybersecurity and CyLon finds, grows and invests in the best-emerging companies. Since CyLon was founded in 2015, its portfolio of 102 companies has grown to a collective valuation of over £400m. Companies such as Tessian, Immersive Labs are just a few CyLon alumni which have gone on to raise series B investment rounds.
 
Make sure you apply before 15 March!

IEEE International Conference on Cyber Warfare & Security (ICCWS) - Event: 31 Mar 2020

Published: 12 February 2020

Allow me to share a conference event plan with you (31st March to 2nd April, Islamabad, Pakistan.

The three days conference titled IEEE International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS) will run from 31st March to 2nd April in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The event will include a focused Technical Program with paper presentations, keynotes and invited talks on its 1st day (Paper submission date extended to 15th February).
The 2nd day will feature an Industrial Exhibition where national/international companies and R&D Labs will showcase their cyber security related research/ products/ services.

Participation of many local as well as international cyber security companies is anticipated (more info available at www.nccs.pk/conference The event will provide healthy business networking, marketing and collaboration opportunities.

In addition, we are holding International Cyber Security Ideas Cup on 3rd day of ICCWS-2020 in which ambitious students and start-ups will participate and pitch their innovative ideas.

The competition is open to international participant and we would encourage ideas submissions from your partner HEIs/Institutions. (More details available at: http://www.nccs.pk/activities/ideas-cup)

Additional Links given below


NB: The call for papers date has been extended until 15th Feb

Serverless Days Cardiff 2020 - Event: 12 February 2020

Published: 10 February 2020

ServerlessDays is a community led single track, single day conference focusing on serverless technologies and platforms.

In this workshop well deploy a simple Serverless application to Microsoft Azure, but theres a problem, it has a few security gaps that need addressing. Thats our job to fix. Well implement security best practices, to improve our applications security posture, and protect it from potential threats.



The 2020 edition of ServerlessDays Cardiff brings us a broad array of speakers and topics. The Serverless developer and engineer skillset needs to be wider than ever. We need to create and maintain secure, performant, observable, maintainable systems. We also need to be looking out for what is coming next, to keep providing value to our organisations.

With this in mind we have a fantastic lineup already confirmed, looking at the opportunities afforded by serverless, best practices in migrating to serverless, options for addressing the pain points and enterprises sharing what they’re doing today in production. We hope the 2020 edition of ServerlessDays Cardiff will have something for everyone.



After the 2019 event sold out, ServerlessDays Cardiff is moving to an even bigger venue in the DEPOT, Williams Way, Penarth Road, Cardiff, CF10 5DY

Register here: https://ti.to/serverlessdays-cardiff/serverlessdays-cardiff-2020/with/xluez6yvf8g

Welsh Government Stand at CyberUK 2020 - Deadline: 27 Feb 2020

Published: 04 February 2020

Due to limited availability, completion of this form does not guarantee an automatic allocation. All received applications will be considered based on the information that is provided. Please ensure that any relevant supplementary information is provided along with your submission.

If you are interested in attending please note that your allocated space has to be manned for the full duration on all days that the event is open to the public.

Please note that all delegates will be subject to confirmation from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Please return your form to Derfel.Jones@gov.wales by Wednesday 19 February.

We are looking for companies who wish to co-exhibit on the Welsh Governments’ stand at a cost of £500 + VAT which will include:

* A company logo, narrative and graphic on the stand itself
* A small storage cupboard suitable for 1 A4 box of literature
* Power socket to run a laptop
* Placement of 1 piece of literature on the stand
* 1 x Exhibitor Pass

The actual space available for each co-exhibitor will be determined following the design of the stand.

Please note: if you are successful and you are represented on the Wales stand, you will be asked to provide ALL details of contacts made, ALL deals you are progressing and details of orders won from the event.

ECSO Cyber Matchmaking Event, Brussels - Deadline: 23 March 2020

Published: 24 January 2020

The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) and the EIT Digital Accelerator have the pleasure of inviting you to the Brussels edition of the Cyber Investor Days, taking place on 13-14 May 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.

During the 7th edition of the ECSO cybersecurity matchmaking event, the promising European cybersecurity startups and SMEs will have a chance to pitch their innovative cybersecurity solutions and hold B2B meetings with the leading investors and integrators from Europe and beyond.

For the European cybersecurity startups and SMEs

To be selected for the event and the pitch session, the Europe-based cybersecurity startups and SMEs are invited to complete the application (available here) and submit it to the ECSO Working Group 4 Secretariat (wg4_secretariat@ecs-org.eu).

Deadline: Monday, 23 March 2020, midnight CET. More information about the application process can be found here.

For investors and integrators

The registration platform for the investors and integrators will be soon available. Questions related to investors and integrators participation at the Cyber Investor Days in Brussels should be addressed to Danilo DElia (danilo.delia@ecs-org.eu) or Milda Kaklauskaitė (milda.kaklauskaite@ecs-org.eu).

If you would like to learn more about the previous editions of the ECSO cybersecurity matchmaking events, the report is available on the ECSO website, here.

ST Davids Day Reception, Brussells - Event: 4 March 2020

Published: 22 January 2020

In 2018, no less than 13 organisations from the Cyber Wales Ecosystem (10 companies and 3 universities) made the trip to Brussels to help the Welsh Government team celebrate St Davids Day.

Also during the day Cyber Wales signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with B-Hive, a European collaborative innovation fintech platform that brings together major banks, insurers and market infrastructure players.

Welsh Government team are organising another St Davids Day event and are inviting Welsh companies to come to Belgium and celebrate in style.

They can cover the costs of travel and accommodation for two people so, on a first come first served basis, they’d like to invite you and other representatives of Cyber Wales to come to Brussels for two days and they’ll put a programme together for you to meet with contacts such as Beehive, LSEC, ECSO, DIT, Wallonia Cyber Representatives commercial/infrastructure representatives etc to see if there are opportunities to work with them.

This will work around their annual St David’s Day reception in the British Residence on 4th March – so potential itinerary would look like:

Wednesday 4th  March

AM  travel to Brussels

PM – meetings

Evening – attend St David’s Day Reception

Thursday 5th March

AM – meetings

PM – travel back to Wales

Please could you let Ruth Stockley (ruth.stockley@gov.wales) know if you would be interested and available to come out to Brussels for this trip as soon as possible.

SDTaP Demonstrators, Cyber Security Challenges in the IoT, Cardiff Briefing - Event: 25 Feb 2020

Published: 20 January 2020

Up to £4 million to fund demonstrator projects addressing cyber security for IoT systems. The Internet of Things is now an everyday part of our lives, but with all its benefits comes greater cyber security risks and threats.


Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation are launching a competition for the second round / Phase 2 of business-led demonstrators addressing cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things.

Come along to a briefing event to hear more about the aims and objectives of the call, and more details on the scope, eligibility and how to apply.

This competition is part of the Programme ‘Securing Digital Technologies at the Periphery’ (SDTaP) funded by UKRI’s Strategic Priorities Fund. It aims to ensure that the Internet of Things systems are safe and secure, particularly as more critical applications emerge meaning there is increased vulnerability to broader, more sophisticated cyber-threats. Effective solutions need to combine cyber and physical safety and security with human behaviour, influence new regulatory response and validate and demonstrate novel approaches. The competition is expected to cover themes such as cyber-resilience in the context of critical infrastructures and secure capabilities in resource-constrained environments.

Note that this context is only indicative, NOT to be used for proposal preparation as it is subject to change pending the official publication of the competition here.

Briefing Events

London 4 February 2020
– Manchester – 20 February 2020
Cardiff – 25 February 2020

Cannot attend in Person?

The event in London on 4 February 2020 will be filmed, live streamed and recorded for those who are unable to attend. To register for the online webcast click here.

PwC Employment Opportunity - Starts: 1 July 2020

Published: 15 January 2020

PwC have an employment opportunity for one student to join their Ethical Hacking team on a fixed term 12 month contract from the 1st of July 2020.

They are looking for a student who is competent in networking, windows and linux technologies to assist with systems administration who is self starting and capable of independent working.

The role offers the opportunity for the student to gain a deeper understanding of enterprise networking, computer security, and the operation and tooling used within a real world penetration testing team. This will also give them an excellent insight into professional life within PwC and their working culture.

The role offers a competitive salary and will be based out of our Cardiff office.

We kindly request that applicants submit a CV to james.t.horlock@pwc.com by Sunday the 26th of January to be considered for this role. Any questions or queries should be submitted to the same address.

International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS) - Event: 31 Mar 2020

Published: 07 January 2020

National Centre for Cyber Security (NCCS) is an R&D initiative of Government of Pakistan to promote research and human resource development in the fields of Cyber Security. NCCS in technical co-sponsorship and joint collaboration with IEEE Islamabad Section (R-10) is organizing a three days conference event, i.e. ICCWS-2020; to invite researchers and practitioners around the World to share their original research ideas and experiences related to the state-of-the-art as well as the emerging areas of Cyber Security.

ICCWS-2020 will include high-quality and focused technical program on Cyber Security with keynote talks from prominent industry and academia experts. The conference will also feature an attractive Lab-to-Market Event aimed at industry practitioners, vendors and local start-up companies.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Paper Submission Deadline: 31st January 2020
Notification of Acceptance: 29th February 2020
Camera Ready Submission: 22nd March 2020

HOW TO SUBMIT THE PAPER: Please submit your papers at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iccs2020

UK Cyber Forum Update – 22 December 2019

Published: 22 December 2019

Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities which may be of interest to you:

Survey to scope an accreditation scheme for SME cyber security consultancy


Short Notice - needed by 8th January

IASME have been asked by NCSC to scope a proposal for accrediting independent cyber security consultants to provide advice to Sole Traders and SMEs.  The advice would be associated with proactively protecting themselves against commodity-level cyber threats.  The timeframe for this work is extremely tight and so we need responses to this short questionnaire by 8th January 2020.

Currently, the NCSC’s Certified Cyber Security Consultancy scheme focuses on providing services to large organisations that have complex IT systems which may be targeted by bespoke attacks, the impact of which would be significant. However, it does not provide an accredited service to protect SMEs and Sole Traders.

As you know, lots of SMEs need advice and guidance on the wider cyber security issues but at the moment there is no way they can differentiate between knowledgeable consultants and those who are just selling snake oil. The government has recognised that there needs to be a trusted, regulated set of advisors / consultants who know what they are talking about and who are suitable for SMEs.  This will then allow SMEs to find proper advice from organisations like you.

Our aim is to scope out a scheme which would be achievable and affordable for the smallest of cyber security consultancy to attain the NCSC certified consultant accreditation and be officially recognised as giving trusted advice.

If your customers include SMEs and/or Sole Traders, please could you help us better understand the needs of these groups by completing this survey: https://www.survio.com/survey/d/supplierssurvey

We would also value the opportunity to talk to you in more detail about this.  There is an opportunity to take part in a short interview, details are at the end of the survey.

We would also like to get the views of as many SME and Sole Trader businesses as possible.  If you deal with any SMEs, we would be most grateful if you could forward the following email to them by your normal channels:

________Start of Message________

We have been asked to contact you, to enquire if you would be prepared to take part in a national survey on the availability of cyber security advisory services.  The timeframe for this work is extremely tight and so we need responses to this short questionnaire by 8th January 2020.

The survey is being conducted by The IASME Consortium Ltd on behalf of the government department for cyber security, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).  Its aim is to understand if there is a need for a government accredited cyber security consultancy service for businesses like yours.

The survey should only take 5 – 10 minutes of your time.  If you are willing to take part, please complete the survey by following this link: https://www.survio.com/survey/d/userneedssurvey

All information will be treated as confidential.

If you have any questions, please contact IASME on 0330 882 752 or info@iasme.co.uk

Many thanks in advance for your help with this.

<Your name>

________End of Message________

Many thanks in advance for your help with this.  Please let IASME know if you have any questions or concerns (info@iasme.co.uk)

ISACA building business resilience briefing paper


If you would like a copy of the ISACA building business resilience briefing paper and ACCA’s survey results, in relation to the Cyber Resilience Workshop 3 that was held with the support of ISACA at Aston University on 11th November please let me know and I will email it over (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

GISEC 2020 - DIT Pavilion


Expressions of interest by 10 January 2020

The Department for International Trade will for a third year running take a stand at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) in Dubai from 6 – 8 April 2020. We are inviting expressions of interest from UK companies who would be interested in exhibiting on the DIT pavilion by 10 January 2020.

Companies are advised to submit expressions of interest as soon as possible as places are very limited.

Companies exhibiting on the UK pavilion will benefit from:
  • A ‘pod’ exhibition stand on the UK Pavilion
  • Introductions from DIT staff, to delegates visiting the exhibition.
  • An advance briefing from embassy staff on doing business in the UAE
  • Inclusion in UK marketing material, including a Pavilion brochure
  • Promotion to local and international media

How to sign up 
DIT will charge companies a fee of £3500 + VAT to exhibit on the pavilion and benefit from the other activities organised.
This does not include travel, accommodation and visa costs.
Expressions of interest should include:
  • A brief introduction to your company.
  • An indication of your key target sectors and markets.
  • An overview of recent activities in the Gulf region and any future plans.
  • An overview of the capability you plan to exhibit/ export to the region.

For further information and to register your interest please contact  Mohamed Ali
cyber@trade.gov.uk, +44 207 215 2870

The deadline for expressions of interest is 10 January 2020.  We will aim to respond to all applications by 7 February 2020

Representation on Cyber Growth Partnership


Melanie Oldham, CEO of Bobs Business, has been invited by DCMS to join the Cyber Growth Partnership to represent SMEs at that forum.  If you would like her to raise anything on your behalf then please do let her know via melanie@bobsbusiness.co.uk

Up to 15 Studentships available at: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (Cyber Security)


Deadline: 6th January 2020 

https://cybersecurity-cdt.ac.uk/ 

The Universities of Bath and Bristol offer a unique interdisciplinary EPSRC centre for doctoral training (CDT) in Cyber Security to tackle trust, identity, privacy and security (TIPS) issues in the large-scale, hyper-connected infrastructures of the present and the future.

Students gain hands-on experience of realistic large-scale infrastructures in our state-of-the-art critical infrastructure and Internet of Things test-bed - one of the few facilities of its kind internationally.  Industrial placements and masterclasses delivered by leading academic and industry figures are offered to students.

We are seeking to recruit students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including (but not limited to): computer science, psychology, management, electrical and electronics engineering, civil engineering, criminology and social sciences. The most critical requirement is a passion for cyber security and the desire to make our connected world secure and hence safe.

If you have or expect to gain at least a 2.1, are willing to work across disciplinary boundaries and inform your research from different perspectives, we offer fully funded studentships for 4 years  (£18,000 tax free stipend per year, fees and £2500 per year for related travel).

Happy Christmas from us all at UK Cyber Security Forum! We hope 2020 is a happy year for you and your families!

DEFEXPO India with DIT - Event: 5-8 February 2020

Published: 20 December 2019

DEFEXPO India will take place at Lucknow (Uttea pradesh state, Northern India) from February 5 - 8, 2020. This will be the 11th instalment of the biennial exhibition and associated conferences. In keeping with the themes for DEFEXPO 2018 in Chennai, DEFEXPO will again cover the complete spectrum of the country’s aerospace, defence and security interests.

DEFEXPO 2020 is sure to bring the leading technologies in the defence sector under one roof and provide a myriad of opportunities for government, private manufacturers, startups and the entire space. If you have long term goals in India or the wider Asia region, this edition of the show will be an invaluable source of ground level intelligence and insight that you are not going to pick up from a distance.

DIT DSO Services:

1. Equipment/Product on Stand. Have your equipment on the DSO Stand and be represented by a member of EST. In addition 250 brochures and a marketing video to complement our military advisors briefing to international delegations.

2. Brochure Service. An opportunity to place 250 of your company brochures on the DSO Stand.

3. Soldier on Stand. Have serving EST military staff join your stand for the week, to provide an objective ‘end user’ perspective on your product and services and provide a seamless link back to the DSO focus for international delegation management.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity, in any form, please do not hesitate to contact me. To aid planning, and at no obligation, it would be appreciated if you could express your interest by close of business 15 December 2019 by contacting:

WO2 Dave Chappell
Export Support Team,
Horne Barracks,
Larkhill,
SALISBURY,
Wiltshire,
SP4 8QE.
david.chappell544@mod.gov.uk

Welsh CNI Forensic specialist Awen win MoD contract through DASA - 13 December 2019

Published: 15 December 2019

In September 2018, Andrew Peaty from the MoDs Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) came along to our Cluster meeting in the Cyber Village and explained how their no-strings-attached funding worked for companies with appropriate cyber solutions. He gave some great examples of innovative small businesses who have sold solutions into the MoD and described how to apply.

A number of companies, including Awen Collective based in Caerphilly took the time to speak with DASA and after learning more about the MoD and working out how their innovative security software solution could add value, they were awarded innovation funding to undertake an industrial cyber security project entitled “Project DOMINO”.

The funding was awarded as part of the DASA Open Call that seeks to discover innovative technologies from non traditional defence suppliers.

“As a small start-up company, the funding and support from the Ministry of Defence will help us to rapidly gear-up and provide innovative, valuable and proven industrial cyber security software to the various parts of the MoD reducing the possible disruption to military capability caused by large scale or targeted cyber-attacks" said Daniel Lewis, CEO of Awen Collective. "In addition it will advance the reach of our solutions into other sectors of critical national infrastructure (CNI) and advanced manufacturing, all facing challenges in the face of rapidly increasing cyber threats".

The project, based on Dot software by Awen Collective, has arisen from a need not just in the MoD, but across society, where cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure such as energy, water and transportation could have catastrophic effects on people’s day-to-day lives.

The project commenced on the 1st November 2019, and will run for 12 months, culminating in an MoD evaluation of the demonstrated concept. This will lead to further exploitation within the MoD, its supply chain and Industry providers involved with CNI.

Many congratulations to Awen It is great to see successes like this come from the Cluster meetings of Cyber Wales and we all wish Dan and his team the best of luck in this exciting venture.

Thanks also to Andrew Peaty from DASA who has taken the time to come to Cluster meetings and meet Welsh companies who want to reach other markets – keep up the good work Andrew!

DIT Physical Security at Public Areas Seminar - Deadline: 12 January 2020

Published: 11 December 2019

Physical security event at the British Embassy Helsinki

The Department for International Trade (DIT), in association with the British Embassy Helsinki invites you to a seminar and showcase on physical security and critical national infrastructure protection.

In response to the increased local needs for physical security products, DIT Finland is organising a one-day event at the British Embassy Helsinki to highlight British experience in this area.

You will have the opportunity to showcase your products to a wide range of Finnish stakeholders, including buyers, distributors and end-customers. There will also be networking opportunities with Finnish participants, UK specialists and peers throughout the day. The programme includes presentations from UK and Finnish experts who will discuss challenges of public area safety in today’s world.

Programme outline:
* Light lunch and table-top exhibition
* Welcome words
* Presentation by Speaker from Counter Terrorism Command, Heathrow Airport (TBC)
* Company presentations (5 min each)
* Briefing by Finnish Ministry of Interior
* Company presentations (5 min each)
* Coffee break and table-top exhibition
* Presentation of UK CNPI by Robert Barnes DSO
* Company presentations (5 min each)
* Buffet dinner and networking

Date & Time: Wednesday, 12th February 2020 12.00 – 17.30
Venue: British Ambassador’s Residence, Itäinen Puistotie 15, Helsinki
Sign-up deadline: 12th January 2020
Costs: £600 including VAT per company (max 2 delegates)
Contact: Venla Vainio-Puhju, Senior Trade Adviser T: +358 50 566 7580 E: venla.vainio-puhju@mobile.trade.gov.uk

Exhibit in the Welsh Government Stand at FIC - Event: 28-30 January 2020

Published: 11 December 2019

For the International Cyber Forum in Lille (FIC) next January (28-30th) the Welsh Government will have a booth.

As part of the deal, we managed to get places for four partners to co-exhibit with us and I’d be keen to know if any cluster members would like to join us.

The agreement includes for each company :
* Logo and description of the company on our website, mobile app and in our programme brochure
* 5 partner badges: a partner badge includes the possibility to see, contact and arrange appointments with all the registered visitors to the FIC (13,000 to 14,000 registered visitors in January). And during the exhibition, by connecting to your account with the mobile app, to directly scan visitors with your mobile and generate qualified leads for your CRM.

In terms of hospitality, we could fund a single member of the cluster to come to the event however other companies would need to pay their own travel and accommodation fees.

I think FIC could be a great opportunity to promote Wales ecosystem and for our companies to show themselves on the international stage.

For information, the booth is not enormous but would provide us with a great base and since the companies that join can arrange meetings around FIC, we won’t all want to be at the stand for the entire event anyway.

Anyone who is interested can contact me directly on:-

Jordan James
Welsh Government | Business Development Executive | British Embassy
Tel: +33 1 44 51 31 55 | Email: jordan.james008@gov.wales

Cardiff Universitys TechFest 2020 - Event: 19 February 2020

Published: 10 December 2019

Join us at the newly refurbished Turing Suite in the heart of Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science on Wednesday 19 February 2020, 11:00 – 15:00, for our annual TechFest!

TechFest, now in its second year, is a recruitment event aimed at Cardiff University students interested in pursuing a career in the technology sector.
This innovative employability event recognises the demand and growth of the digital technology sector in the UK and South Wales and, following last year’s success, is firmly established as a key event in our Spring events calendar.

Is TechFest for you?

TechFest is a MUST ATTEND event for employer who want to raise their profile and promote technology/digital based graduate roles, internships and placement opportunities to our talented, diverse and work-ready students. You do not need to have an established graduate recruitment scheme to attend this event, our students also want to find out about graduate level opportunities within local employers, SMEs and start-up businesses.

Benefits of attending:

Future-proof your recruitment strategy: Identify talent and meet over 400 students studying Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science, Data Analytics and a range of STEM, Business and Humanities degrees with a genuine passion for working in the Tech sector.
Develop your talent pipeline and add value to your business by engaging with students who are motivated to develop their skills through internships, placements and work experience.
Showcase your company or organisation as a key technology employer in the Welsh capital or South Wales region.
100% of employers who attended TechFest in Spring 2019 found the event worthwhile.
Facilitate early engagement with second and penultimate year students and build up early brand awareness.
Network with over 30 other organisations, ranging from large multi-national consultancies, Fintech companies, public sector organisations and technology start-ups.
What’s in it for you?

A cost-effective promotional opportunity; stands are just £350 + VAT for private and public companies and £150 + VAT for organisations with a registered charity number.

This year’s fair will include a Start-Up Zone and a Fintech Zone which will showcase a range of start-up businesses, microbusinesses and Fintech companies. If your organisation falls into this category, please email Ffion Thomas (ThomasF6@cardiff.ac.uk) to discuss booking your stand.

All exhibitors receive a stand area, table, tablecloth, 2 chairs and Wi-Fi access, plus an online web link and listing online and in the ‘Event Guide’. Refreshments and lunch will also be provided.

Bookings are now open. You can book your place at the fair by creating or logging into your existing account and completing our online booking form here.

Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), Florida - Event: 11-14 May 2020

Published: 10 December 2019

SOFIC is a leading Industry Conference & Exhibition in the USA focusing Special Operations Forces (SOF) providing a unique platform to engage with the US and international SOF community on a vast range of capabilities and products.

This event gives unrivalled access to the complete range of US Special forces with links to the Department of Defense (DoD) within the US Market. In addition to this, SOFIC offers live demonstrations, networking and close engagement with exhibitors whilst also attracting a considerable number of international attendance

DIT DSO has successfully coordinated the UK Pavilion at the event for a number of years with positive feedback from attending UK companies.

We currently have 12 spaces available to exhibit (£3,500 + VAT)

For further information and to express an interest to be part of the UK pavilion for this show, please do not hesitate to contact me on my email address which is Laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk or speak with any of my colleagues below:-

Mark Goldby
mark.goldby@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8362
Assistant Head Americas

Laurence Goodwin
laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8185
USA Desk Officer

Dominic McNeice
dominic.mcneice@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8195
Team Leader Events & Exhibitions

Antony Fletcher
Antony.Fletcher104@mod.gov.uk
01 202-802-4999
US Embassy Washington DC

Capt James Pugh
UK British Army Adviser
Adam Thomas
adam.thomas@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8467
Media/Press

Cyber Defence School Tender, Brazil - Deadline: 7 January 2019

Published: 06 December 2019

I would like to share with you that Foreign and Commonwealth Office have just published the tender process for a project with the Cyber Defence School in Brazil.

Suppliers should be able to access the tender on Bravo platform through the link https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk.
You can find the European Union tender notice with more details here https://ted.europa.eu/TED/notice/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:576065-2019:TEXT:EN:HTML#id1-II

The chosen company will work with the Military School to provide training and certification to the instructors and the students at the school.

Hope this is an opportunity that you can share with your network in the UK.

Best Regards
Felipe Galoro | Technology & Smart Cities
British Consulate General | Av. Agamenon Magalhães, 4775 | CEP 50070-160 | Recife - PE | Brazil
E-mail: felipe.galoro@fco.gov.uk

Trade Mission to India - Deadline: 8 December 2019

Published: 05 December 2019

This Future Cities visit to India next February organised by EEN and Innovate UK may be of interest to the Cluster – please see attached flyer for further details.

We are seeking innovative SMEs covering areas including, but not limited to City Management and Operations Systems (e.g. urban planning and city system integration solutions), Smart Infrastructure (such as water, waste, energy, and mobility for instance) and Enriched Urban Environments (recreation, community, education, green/blue resources rehabilitation and enhancement, urban health solutions, public safety and security, air quality and other pollution management).

I must apologise for the lateness in sending this invitation – the deadline for applications is 8th December. If any of the Cyber Cluster members are interested in going, please let me know and I will request an extension to the deadline as we have received such short notice.

Dave Guite | Innovation & Funding Specialist
Enterprise Europe Network (Swansea University), Research, Innovation and Engagement Services (REIS), Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP
E: d.r.guite@swansea.ac.uk

DIMDEX 2020 DIT Pavilion - Deadline: 13 December 2019

Published: 03 December 2019

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business. The Department for International Trade, Defence & Security Organisation (DIT DSO) and the Society for Maritime Industries (SMI) are organising the UK Group of exhibitors on a Group Pavilion.

Flyer 1: Opportunities in the Middle East & North Africa
The Society of Maritime Industries will be hosting a briefing by DIT DSO Naval & Defence staff and UK Defence staff in country. It will cover the regional background and context, specific opportunities and arrangements for the exhibition itself. This event will take place at the SMI, London on Tuesday 10th December 2019. Further details are contained in the flyer. The Deadline for registration is Friday 6th December 2019.

Flyer 2: Dimdex 2020
DIT DSO in partnership with the SMI are organising UK Group of exhibitors in a dedicated UK Group Pavilion at the Dimdex 2020. This event will be taking place at the Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar from 16th – 18th March 2020. Further details are contained in the flyer. The Deadline for registration is Friday 13th December 2019.

If you have any queries please direct them to:

DIT DSO - Dominic Mcneice: T: 020 7215 8195 / E: dominic.mcneice@trade.gov.uk
SMI - Ava Catton: T: 020 7448 7021 / E: events@maritimeindustries.org

AESIN Automotive Cyber Resilience Workshop - Event: 11 December 2019

Published: 29 November 2019

USW are hosting an event at their Treforest campus on 11 December in conjunction with Thales on Automotive Cyber Resilience.

This event is free to attend and may be of interest to anyone working in the cyber resilience field - particularly the automotive industry.

The agenda is:
10.00 – 10.30 Registration (coffee)
10.30 – 10.40 Welcome (University of South Wales or nominee)
10.40 – 11.00 The Standards Landscape (Peter Davies – BSI Lead Researcher)
11.00 – 11.20 The Automotive Cyber Resilience Problem (TBC Automotive)
11.20 – 11.50 The CyRes methodology (Peter Davies AESIN Security Lead)
11.50 – 12.20 Examples of areas of research potentially applicable to CyRes; examples from Forensics (Gareth Davies – University of South Wales)
12.20 – 12.30 Questions
12.30 -13.00 Lunch and networking
13.00 – 13.50 Discussion and opportunity to present potential areas of research (all)
13.50 -14.00 Wrap up (University of South Wales or nominee / Peter Davies)

Supported by Queens University Belfast, University of South Wales, University of Edinburgh and the Turing Institute and with further support from BSI, this series of workshops is designed to:

* Present and discuss the limitations with existing standards in meeting the requirements of the Automotive and other mobility industries worldwide,, and
* Present the methodology proposed by AESIN, UK Automotive Council and Zenzic to achieve operationalizable and legally sustainable cyber resilience, and
* In the context of that methodology set out the research agenda and give examples of applying the outcomes of existing and potential research in support of the methodology

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/automotive-cyber-resilience-operationalizing-standards-and-research-tickets-82785853717

Global Cybersecurity Innovation Summit, the British Museum - Event: 30 January 2020

Published: 28 November 2019

Join us at The Global Cybersecurity Innovation Summit on January 30, 2020 at the British Museum

The Global Cybersecurity Innovation Summit focuses on providing thought leadership and building international public-private partnerships that will improve the protection of our respective homeland’s critical infrastructures, national security and economic interests.

Our Objective is to build and maintain international communities of interest and trust that foster vital information sharing, broad awareness and the application of our nation’s most innovative technologies to enable a prosperous safer and more secure homeland for the United States, United Kingdom and our trusted allies. The US Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate supports this event along with Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) as the UK representative.

To Register
https://bit.ly/2qHBE5j

Trade Mission to USA - Deadline: 11 December 2019

Published: 28 November 2019

I thought this Audience of the Future mission to the USA next March organised by EEN and Innovate UK may be of interest to the Cluster.

The Mission is aimed at Small and Medium sized Enterprises who are working with Immersive Technology, such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Haptics, advanced Visualisations and other sensory interfaces. The programme is designed to showcase innovative UK businesses to the US market and help build relationships with partners in the region. The fully-funded programme consists of a preparation phase in the UK, a 6-day visit to San Francisco & SXSW in Austin, and subsequent follow-up support to help your business accelerate growth.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 11th December.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Best Regards,
Dave Guite | Innovation & Funding Specialist
Enterprise Europe Network (Swansea University), Research, Innovation and Engagement Services (REIS), Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP
E: d.r.guite@swansea.ac.uk

Reforming the Computer Misuse Act Roundtable - Event: 13 January 2020

Published: 28 November 2019

techUK is supporting the cross-industry campaign ‘Making the Computer Misuse Act 1990 fit for the 21st century’. At 30 years old this key component of UK cyber-crime law has not kept pace with technological advances and is now outdated. Its legal ambiguity creates barriers for the UK’s cyber security industry. The campaign, led by NCC Group, is urging the UK Government to reform the legislation and ensuring UK companies are able to compete on a level international playing field and foster better collaboration between industry and Government.

This session will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the challenges posed by the current legislation and what the campaign hopes to achieve.

For more details and to book a place, see more.

Cyber Security Sandpit with Swansea University - Event: 23 January 2020

Published: 19 November 2019

Swansea University are inviting Cluster members to submit ideas for collaborative projects.

The university has set aside some money to fund their participation in industry driven projects. If you have a challenge, idea or opportunity that could benefit from input from students, researchers and/or faculty then feel free to tap into this free resource.

The Team will be running an event to explore these projects on 23 January 2020 at the Swansea Bay Campus and they welcome your ideas between now and then.

For more information have a look at: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/compsci/research-and-impact/security/

Send your proposals to: M.Roggenbach@swansea.ac.uk

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In a nutshell:
• £15K funds available for 3-4 months projects
• 3–4 projects will be funded

• Industry driven: academics will collaborate with you and address your challenge!
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Company Name:
Contact Name:
Contact Email:
Contact Telephone Number:
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Project Title:
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Digital Health mission to South Korea - Deadline: 6 December 2019

Published: 15 November 2019

KEY OPPORTUNITIES
*Diagnostics: image recognition, symptoms checkers, risk stratification
*Knowledge generation: drug discovery, pattern recognition, increased understanding of causality
*System efficiency: optimisation of care pathways, prediction of ‘Do Not Attends’, identification of staffing requirements
*P4 medicine: prediction of deterioration, personalised treatments, preventative advice

South Korea is the 11th largest global economy and one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Its digital health market is rapidly growing: valued at GBP 2.4bn in 2015, it is expected to almost double by 2020 with a forecast market value of GBP 4.4bn.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
*Explore the digital health and innovation landscape in South Korea
*Get a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of doing business in South Korea
*Attend the Korea International Medical & Hospital Equipment Show (KIMES)
*Find potential innovation partners in the UK and overseas
*Improve your company pitch to international partners and investors

Please contact Dave Guite, Innovation & Funding Specialist, Enterprise Europe Network (Swansea University) d.r.guite@swansea.ac.uk

UK-NL Cyber & Fintech Summit, The Hague - Event: 20 February 2020

Published: 13 November 2019

In partnership with the Welsh Government, the British Embassy The Hague is pleased to invite you to the UK-NL Cyber & Fintech Summit on 20 February 2020; the CFS2020.

CFS2020 will combine technological challenges in AI, Data Management and Security, Cybercrime and Regulation on the intersection of Cyber and Fintech. In the aftermath of our Cyber Security and Fintech events in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, we’re expecting around 1000 attendants for what promises to be an action packed summit that brings together business, government and academia from both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The summit will bring together the whole UK and NL Cyber Security and Fintech network to share new and upcoming technologies between the two countries, discuss best practice policy practices and – of course – do business. At previous editions, attendees and speakers featured senior UK and Dutch officials and thought leaders, including ministers of economic affairs and security, a former prime minister, board and C-level executives from large multinationals and institutions such as ING, BT, the NATO NCIA and many others.

For more information, please take a look at our website: https://uktech.nl/cyber. In case you’re interested, we’ve also got a couple of slides for sponsorship opportunities at https://uktech.nl/cfs2020/sponsorship.pdf.

CFS2020 will take place in the wonderful high-rise New Babylon building in The Hague, next to the central station and at 29 minutes from Schiphol airport by train.

We are looking forward to hear from you!

For more information please contact Huw Roberts, Regional Manager Trade & Investment, Europe, Welsh Government EU Office, Rond-Point Schuman 11, B-1040 Brussels
Huw.Roberts@gov.wales

UK Cyber Forum Update – 1 November 2019

Published: 01 November 2019

Good morning

You may have noticed that the frequency of these bulletins has dropped significantly over the last few months. I’m sorry about that! Many of you will know that I also run IASME who has won the tender to be the sole Cyber Essentials Partner from April 2020. While this is really great news and very exciting for us, it means I currently have very little time to send out the news letters. I will still aim to do this when I can or if there is a particular news or offer which might be of interest to you.

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

RSA Conference – San Francisco (24th to 28th February 2020)
Short Notice deadline

I would like to make you aware of an upcoming DIT cyber security trade mission to Moscone Center San Francisco in February 2020

RSA conference 2020 is one of the worlds largest Cyber Security conference and exhibition. For almost 30 years, RSA has been leading within the Cyber sector attracting over 700 exhibitors and 43,000 visitors. Good exposure to this event will enable UK businesses to develop an understanding of the US market with interaction with buyers and leading US organisations. This will be a great opportunity to pitch your products, network, building relationships and engage with key decision makers.

Please find attached the official website:-
https://www.rsaconference.com/usa/passes-and-rates?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImqHQ1Oad5QIVmKztCh3r9QAuEAAYASAAEgJzI_D_BwE

Please could you let me know if you would be interested in this event? If so, please could you express your interest via email toLaurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk before Thursday 31st October.

For further practical details on the event, please contact either of the two DIT contacts below:
Peter Thompson ( Assistant Head Cyber Security Americas & Europe) - peter.thompson@trade.gov.uk
Beth Vaccarezza (Acting Head of Space, USA | Vice Consul - Aerospace, Defence & Cyber Security) -beth.vaccarezza@mobile.trade.gov.uk

LORCA
The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) has launched an open call for its fourth cohort of technology and cyber innovators. LORCA are inviting high potential innovators to apply if their solutions align to one of their three innovation themes: Connected Economy, Connected Everyone and Connected Everything.

Information about LORCA’s challenge areas and a link to the application portal can be found at www.lorca.co.uk/apply or by reading this news story.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2019
Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/446/overview

Cyber Zone at International Security Expo 2019
3-4 December, Olympia London

The dedicated exhibition space features a techUK pavilion providing visitors an area to source solutions, products and resources that will enhance the digital security of your business.

Speakers include:
2x Senior Representatives, NCSC
Dr Henry Pearson, UK Cyber Security Ambassador to the US, DIT
Jenny Radcliffe, The People Hacker

UK Cyber Security Forum have exclusive free passes for all their members

Find out more about what’s on at www.internationalsecurityexpo.com/whats-on
Register your free visitor pass at - https://ise-2019.reg.buzz/iasme

Cyber Resilience Workshop 11th November
IAAC is holding its third workshop in the cyber resilience series on 11th November 2019 at Aston University. This event will be held jointly with ISACA with the kind support of Aston University.

The workshop will apply elements of systems thinking and soft systems methodology to cyber resilience. It will draw on the previous workshops, though there is no requirement to have attended them to fully participate in this one. The first looked at culture and cyber resilience. The second looked at a ‘compliance eco-system’ – its elements and how it might function. Both reports from these workshops are available at: http://www.iaac.org.uk/cyber-resilience/.

The programme for the third workshop will be:

0930 – registration and coffee
1000 – introduction
1010 – split into groups – exercise one. Confirm problem issue using Laddering Technique.
1100 – Coffee
1120 – Exercise two - draw a rich picture representing the factors influencing the adoption of cyber resilient behaviours
1220 – brief back
1315 – Lunch
1400 – Exercise three – implication for interventions – ‘what if we did this’ scenarios using Cognitive Map.
1500 – tea and brief back
1600 – close.

The outcome of this workshop will be to understand the relationships between the elements in the system, so we can make effective interventions in shaping cyber resilience behaviours.

If you would like to attend, please contact info@iaac.org.uk. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. The specific venue details will be released nearer the event.

UKSec summit
Next week 5th & 6th November

The UKSec summit dedicates itself to the service sector, crafted by our peers and senior security experts from across some of the UK’s largest services sectors including; Finance & Banking, Healthcare, Insurance, Wholesale & Retail, Transport and Logistics, together with cyber security innovators and regulators to safeguard the future of our industry.

Over two days you will have the unparalleled opportunity to build information sharing partnerships with solution providers and senior security executives from service giants across the UK. This means you will access a valuable range of perspectives – investigating new ideas whilst learning from success cases and leaving with a set of viable, actionable insights. For more information or to register, visit uk.cyberseries.io.

Costa Rica Security Opportunity call for Quad Charts - Deadline: 8 November 2019

Published: 30 October 2019

Costa Rica have a number of Security Prospects across the Sector and we are interested in preparing a general Security Quad Brochure in which we can showcase UK Security capability to the Costa Rican Government as well as other Costa Rican institutes which may be interested.

For those of you unfamiliar with Quad Charts:

They are basically an elevator pitch in paper form.
They are an A4 document, split into 4 quadrants (hence the name), with a box for the description of the product/service and its USP, another for some pictures, another for the objective for the products, and the last for contact details.
They were developed by the DOD as a quick and easy way to understand a company’s capability.
They are designed for a non-technical audience and if there is interest generated further, more detailed, conversations can follow.

Attached is a template for ease. Please feel free to populate the background with your own branding.

If you would be interested in contributing a Quad Chart for the brochure please can you let me have a copy by C.O.P. Friday 8 November.

For further information, and any queries, about the Security Sector in Costa Rica please contact my colleague at post, Alejandra Trejos, Officer Trade and Investment DIT Costa Rica.

Contact: Alejandra.Trejos@fco.gov.uk

Aviation Security Outward Mission to Mexico - Deadline: 20 November 2019

Published: 29 October 2019

Airports/Aviation Security & Critical National Infrastructure Protection Outward Mission to Mexico, taking place 25-28 November 2019 in Mexico City.

The core programme participation fee is £755 (there is no VAT charge).

The Department for International Trade (DIT) in collaboration with HMG’s Prosperity Fund (NON ODA) offers a unique opportunity for UK companies with experience in airports and aviation security, and CNIP for oil and gas to meet key Mexican stakeholders and decision-makers, and showcase their expertise at the UK-CANAERO Day, and the VIP CNIP for Oil and Gas Day, all focused on sharing UK knowledge and finding synergies between both markets. CANAERO is the National Air Transport Chamber in Mexico, an autonomous institution composed of more than 60 members, grouping national and international airlines, freight companies, air taxis, and service providers in Mexico, among others.
About UK-CANAERO Day

UK-CANAERO day is a half-day seminar to exchange technical experiences and best practices with a view of supporting the needs of CANAERO members, as well as the growth of the national airport network and the new Government strategy. This is an event coordinated between CANAERO and the British Embassy in Mexico City.
The participation fee includes translation, transportation to and from meetings, and four nights’ accommodation in Mexico City (for one person per company, Wi-Fi and continental breakfast). Delegates will cover return air travel, and subsistence costs (dinners and incidentals, transport airport-hotel-airport).

The VIP CNIP for Oil and Gas Day is arranged in partnership with the Federal Protection Service, the Public Security Ministry and the State owned Oil and Gas company Pemex. All these entities, plus the DGs of public security of the states with oil and gas facilities and operations will attend. The event will take place at “Los Pinos” which is the former Presidential Offices and Residence complex, now a Museum.

For more information, or to apply to attend, please contact Gisela Gonzalez at the British Embassy Mexico City:

Gisela Gonzalez
DIT Mexico Head of the Security, Defence and Aerospace Sectors
Gisela.Gonzalez@fco.gov.uk

NATO Industry Forum, Washington DC - Event: 13-14 November 2019

Published: 28 October 2019

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to the NATO Industry Forum taking place on 13-14 Nov 2019 in Washington DC.

Further details of this event are available via the following links:

http://www.cvent.com/events/nato-industry-forum-2019/event-summary-92a6d5f38e7646ada192b6db50e29c97.aspx
https://www.act.nato.int/application/files/4615/7123/9513/20191016_nif-agenda.pdf

NOTE: If you interested in attending, please send an email BEFORE REGISTRATION to act.natoindustryforum@act.nato.int to get a facilitated access the NATO-Industry Forum 2019.

If you have any questions please contact: David J. Walker: E: david.walker@fco.gov.uk / T : +32 (0)2 287 6234

DIT Cyber Mission to Munich, Germany - Deadline: 8 November 2019

Published: 22 October 2019

The UK’s Department for International Trade invites you to apply for a place on a cyber mission to Munich, Germany’s industrial and technology powerhouse.

This is your chance to introduce your cyber solutions and have B2B meetings with decision makers from German corporates.
The Department for International Trade in Germany along with the innovation catalyst “Munich Network” will host a UK pitching session followed by B2B meetings with cyber experts from leading German corporates.

A jury of high calibre corporate representatives will assess your solution and if your application is successful, will be keen to meet up with you in January. Jury members include big corporates such as: Infineon, Fujitsu, MAN, Knorr Bremse, Rohde & Schwarz, TRUMPF, UNISCON, Munich Re, MTU. Many more companies will take part in the “invite only” event. The meetings will be followed by our “UK-German Cyber Security Forum” a high-level UK-German dialogue covering cyber policy, R&D and industry themes.

Priority areas for the jury are:
Automotive security / biometric security solutions / blockchain in cyber security / forecasting cyber attacks with machine learning solutions / OT (Operation Technology) cyber security /protecting against inside attacks / secure coding practises and tools / secure development lifecycle / security testing / secure integration of Enterprise IT with public clouds / solutions for cyber-attacks on APIs & enterprise software (e.g. Microsoft Apps, SAP, CRMS…) If your solution doesn’t cover any of the above, you can still apply.

Date
28th January 2020
Morning - B2B meetings
Afternoon - UK-German Cyber Security Forum

Contact
jane.kirz@mobile.trade.gov.uk
Tel. +49 89 21109-130
frank.ambos@mobile.trade.gov.uk
Tel. +49 89 21109-119

Venue
Rohde & Schwarz
Munich

LORCA Cohort 4 Open Call - Deadline: Has been extended

Published: 18 October 2019

After speaking to industry about their cybersecurity needs, the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) has launched an open call for its 4th cohort of cyber innovators. We’re recruiting for innovation technology and cybersecurity scaleups throughout the UK that address one or more of the challenge areas below.

I’d be very grateful if you could share the opportunity with your contacts and networks and encourage them to spread the word. The deadline for applications has been extended.

Benefits of joining

12 months of world-class innovation support to help member businesses scale
Connections to investors and industry buyers through showcases and exclusive member events and roundtables
Connections to our industry partners, Dell Technologies, Lloyds Banking Group, Deloitte, Kudelski Security and Global Cyber Alliance
LORCA takes zero equity or IP from members
Soft landing programmes and bespoke international trade missions
Business mentoring
Free desk space at the Plexal innovation centre and coworking space in London where over 700 tech entrepreneurs are based, and all the benefits of being a member
Engineering support from the Centre for Secure Information Technologies and access to its testing facilities
Remote access to Deloitte’s testing facilities and technical cyber expertise
Workshops and education sessions on sales and business development, marketing and design, legal issues, lead generation and more designed around our members’ needs
Peer networking, learning and trading opportunities

Challenge areas

1. Connected Economy
In a post-breach world where technology is disrupting business models and our economy is more connected than ever, cybersecurity isn’t just about protecting data: it’s key to enabling sustainable growth.
How can we enable organisations to stay resilient in the face of security threats across their supply chains and networks? And how can they futureproof themselves by building security into everything they do?

Supply chains: Mitigating the growing and dynamic cyber risks across increasingly complex enterprise supply chains
IT and OT: Helping organisations to better navigate the growing challenges brought about by the convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT)
Resilience: Emerging approaches that increase the resilience of critical national infrastructure and key economic functions across industries

2. Connected Everyone
Our homes, workspaces, cities and personal space have never been so connected, yet the movement to secure them is in its infancy.
How can we empower people to feel in control of their digital presence, build trust in technology – and make sure nobody is left out?

Digital identities: Help individuals to better understand, trust and own their digital identities
Cybercrime: Novel solutions that better protect consumers from cyber-crime
Misinformation: Combatting the growing challenges posed by deep fakes, misinformation and disinformation

3. Connected Everything
From our transport infrastructure to the National Grid, our digital and physical worlds are converging as they become connected to the internet at lightning pace.
With so much to win and lose for society, how can we solve the multi-dimensional security challenges which are emerging through hyper connectivity? And how can we collaborate with a broader spectrum of fields to build cyber principles into every access point for the internet?

IoT: Enabling and embedding Secure by Design principles within the Internet of Things
Mobility: Enhancing the cyber-physical resilience of emerging mobility solutions
5G and edge computing: Solutions that help protect future networks, including 5G and edge computing
Smart cities and industry 4.0: Approaches to strengthening the security and resilience of smart cities and Industry 4.0

Further information about our challenge areas and a link to the application portal can be found at lorca.co.uk/apply

In addition, social media links can be found on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LORCACyber/status/1176418402547752960

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6582181648367005696

Thanks for your support!

Best regards,

Jason Mollring
LORCA Programme Lead

Direct line: +44 (0)20 3909 7790
Mobile: +44 (0)77 1776 1725
Web: https://www.lorca.co.uk/

Degree Apprenticeship Framework Workshop, Cyber & AI - Event: 25 November 2019

Published: 18 October 2019

Cyber Security and Data Science/Artificial Intelligence | 25 November 2019

The University of South Wales has a strong background in working with employers to deliver a wide range of flexible, higher level programmes that integrate real-world experience with work-based, classroom and online learning.

In an evolving business landscape, employers are now exploring innovative approaches for identifying and addressing challenges across their workforce in relation to talent succession, upskilling of staff and future business needs.

In addition to the Degree Apprenticeships currently running/approved at USW, we are now consulting with employers in relation to further opportunities for Degree Apprenticeship delivery in Wales. These include the theme of Digital Degree Apprenticeships, in specialist fields such as Cyber Security and Data Science/Artificial Intelligence.

Collaborating with Industry

We would like to invite you to attend an event to help us shape our Degree Apprenticeship provision in two key areas – Cyber Security and Data Science/Artificial Intelligence. There will be an opportunity to find out more about Degree Apprenticeships and other related work-based learning programmes, to influence the development of our Degree Apprenticeship programmes, and discover how our experience provides tested pathways to take advantage of this future opportunity.

The event will cover:
*Overview and Introduction to the Degree Apprenticeship Framework (Wales)
*Welcome and Introduction to the Policy / Funding Landscape in Wales
*Overview of current subject provision and expertise
*Case study: This will look at how the University worked with industry to develop flexible employer-focussed provision in the Software Engineering field, which resulted in USW’s first Degree Apprenticeship - BSc Digital and Technology Solutions
*Workshops focussing on demand and priorities in relation to the fields of Cyber Security and Data Science/Artificial Intelligence

This event will be followed up by a task and finish group to take forward specific strands with interested employers and to build provision in key areas to deliver these opportunities.

Date and Time
Mon, 25 November 2019
14:00 – 16:30 GMT

Location
USW Conference Centre
University of South Wales
Llantwit Road
Pontypridd
CF37 1DL

Cyberwatching Workshop, Italy - Event: 5 November 2019

Published: 18 October 2019

As a member of the Cyberwatching Clusters Catalogue we’re happy to invite you to upcoming events which target SMEs.

Pitch your needs & well train you! 1st CYBERWISER.eu Open Pilot Workshop

Date: 05.11.2019 - 11:30 to 16:30 CEST
Location: Domus Comeliana, Pisa, Italy

The workshop will showcase CYBERWISER.eu, an integrated online platform where organisations can train their staff in a simulated environment of cyber incidents and attacks, allowing both IT professionals and non-technical staff to hone and evolve their skills, continuously evaluating their performance as they prepare for future real attack episodes.

The workshop will also introduce the recently launched cybersecurity Competence Centre Pilot Projects. These projects will develop a wide range of tools and services to support the cybersecurity needs of SMEs across Europe.

By participating you can:

- Reserve your place in the first batch of Pilot users of the CYBERWISER.eu solution
- Present your organisation to the workshop attendees in a dedicated session
- Discuss the specific needs of your cybersecurity training pilot with the CYBERWISER.eu team
- Test the platform in a live session
- Meet cybersecurity experts from all over Europe and build your network

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Registration for the workshop is mandatory and we have limited availabilities, given the nature of the daily programme, so please register here to confirm your attendance [https://cyberwiser.eu/content/1st-cyberwisereu-open-pilots-workshop].

Hope you find these events useful and look forward to hear from you.
Best regards,

Niccolò
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Niccolò Zazzeri
Communication & web Marketing Specialist
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Trust-IT Services Ltd. Trust-IT Srl
Chase Green House via Nino Bixio, 25
42 Chase Side, Enfield 56125 Pisa - ITALY
Middlesex EN2 6NF - UK
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Tel: +39-050-28359
Fax: +39-050-503325
email: n.zazzeri@trust-itservices.com

Degree Apprenticeship Framework Workshop, Rail & Automotive – Event: 20 November 2019

Published: 18 October 2019

The University of South Wales has a strong background in working with employers to deliver a wide range of flexible, higher level programmes that integrate real-world experience with work-based, classroom and online learning.

In an evolving business landscape, employers are now exploring innovative approaches for identifying and addressing challenges across their workforce in relation to talent succession, upskilling of staff and future business needs.

In addition to the Degree Apprenticeships currently running/approved at USW, we are now consulting with employers in relation to further opportunities for Degree Apprenticeship delivery in Wales. These include the theme of Digital Degree Apprenticeships, in specialist fields such as Rail & Automotive Engineering.

Collaborating with Industry

We would like to invite you to attend an event to help us shape our Degree Apprenticeship provision in relation to Rail and Automotive.

There will be an opportunity to find out more about Degree Apprenticeships and other related work-based learning programmes, to influence the development of our Degree Apprenticeship programmes, and discover how our experience provides tested pathways to take advantage of this future opportunity.

The event will cover:
*Overview and Introduction to the Degree Apprenticeship Framework (Wales)
*Welcome and Introduction to the Policy / Funding Landscape in Wales
*Overview of current subject provision and expertise
*Case study: This will look at how the University worked with industry to develop flexible employer-focussed provision in the Software Engineering field, which resulted in USW’s first Degree Apprenticeship – BSc Digital and Technology Solutions
*Workshops focussing on demand and priorities in relation to the fields Rail and Automotive.

This event will be followed up by a task and finish group to take forward specific strands with interested employers and to build provision in key areas to deliver these opportunities.

Date and Time
Mon, 20 November 2019
14:00 – 16:30 GMT

Location
USW Conference Centre
University of South Wales
Llantwit Road
Pontypridd
CF37 1DL

Cyberwatching Webinar - Event: 22 October 2019

Published: 18 October 2019

As a member of the Cyberwatching Clusters Catalogue we’re happy to invite you to upcoming events which target SMEs.

This week the CYBERWISER.eu project is providing a free webinar and event aimed at training IT professionals and students with advanced cyber security skills for effective and rapid response in a fast-evolving and complex cyber risk landscape.

Free Online Webinar - Strenghtening European efforts in Cyber Capacity Building

Date: 22.10.2019 - 11:00 AM CEST
Location: Online

Enhancing cybersecurity capacity building is quickly becoming a priority for governments, international organisations and private sector.
While the demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals continues to accelerate, organizations are struggling to find the right talent to fill jobs.

In this webinar you will:
- Learn about tools and services in Europe today that are helping organisations to improve their cyber security capacity building.
- Hear from experts who are directly working on cybersecurity training in multiple sectors.
- Find out how companies and research institutions can use cyber range to run simulated attacks that prepare their teams for the real-world scenarios.
- Find out concrete opportunities to train your staff with CYBERWISER.eu and join our community.

Hope you find these events useful and look forward to hear from you.
Best regards,

Niccolò
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Niccolò Zazzeri
Communication & web Marketing Specialist
________________________________________________________
Trust-IT Services Ltd. Trust-IT Srl
Chase Green House via Nino Bixio, 25
42 Chase Side, Enfield 56125 Pisa - ITALY
Middlesex EN2 6NF - UK
________________________________________________________
Tel: +39-050-28359
Fax: +39-050-503325
email: n.zazzeri@trust-itservices.com

NCSC CyberThreat 2019, London - Event: 25-26 Nov 2019

Published: 17 October 2019

CyberThreat 2019 brings together the UK and Europes cyber security community. Designed for security practitioners and spanning the full spectrum of offensive and defensive disciplines, the summit has a strong technical emphasis, including case studies from the field, new security tools and encouraging collaboration on bleeding edge techniques.

The two-day conference is hosted by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and SANS Institute and takes place at Riverbank Park Plaza, London. CyberThreat 2019 evidences the UK Government’s commitment to equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge required to defend against cyber threats and also addresses the cyber skills gap, by developing and growing talent. CyberThreat aims to deliver the best technical conference in Europe for cyber security practitioners.

In addition to presentations from world-renowned cyber security experts and rising industry stars, CyberThreat 2019 features many hands-on opportunities for delegates in the form of CTF events, team problem solving and “Hackathon” challenges against some of the latest devices and products.

ATI Boeing Accelerator Programme - Deadline: 15 November 2019

Published: 17 October 2019

The ATI Boeing Accelerator programme is designed to support startups building solutions applicable to the UK aerospace industry. The accelerator offers a £100k equity investment, firsthand access to Boeing and GKN Aerospace strategists/ technical experts and much more. More info/ apply here: atiboeingaccelerator.com

What is it & what does it do?
The ATI Boeing Accelerator is a 3 month-long programme based at Public Hall ( Horse Guards Ave, London). It is intended to support the growth of startups in the UK’s aerospace ecosystem.

Who’s it for?
We’re looking for world-class startups creating industry 4.0 and sustainability enabling technologies with the potential to bolster the growth and competitiveness of the UK aerospace industry. We’re especially interested in innovative operations, manufacturing and logistics/supply chain startups.

The sectors we’re interested include:
Industry 4.0 Supply Chain Blockchain Materials Immersive & Workforce, Productivity, Sustainability Digital Thread & Twin Additive Manufacturing Manufacturing, Operations Warehouse & Logistics Workforce Safety & Ergonomics, Workforce Training &
Learning, Supply Chain Robots & Factory, Automation, Factory & Supply Chain IOT Supply Chain AI & Analytics

What does it offer?
The programme offers a £100k equity investment per startup (structured as an uncapped SAFE) from Boeing HorizonX Ventures, firsthand access to Boeing and GKN Aerospace strategists/technical experts, deskspace in central London for the duration of the programme and much more.

What are its timeframes?
Applications are open until 15 November 2019 and the first cohort starts January 2020.

How do I find out more?
If you are interested or want to find more information on the programme and the areas we are
exploring, please check out the ATI Boeing Accelerator website on atiboeingaccelerator.com . If
you’d like to chat to the team, feel free to book in a call via Calendly .

DIT Cyber Trade Mission to Austin Texas - Deadline: 22 October 2019

Published: 16 October 2019

DIT have established relationships with a variety of large US companies headquartered in the Austin region of Texas to identify export opportunities for British businesses. We plan to deliver a delegation of 10-15 UK cyber companies to engage in commercial discussions with the US Militarys Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), Dell Computers, SparkCognition, National Instruments, HEB and St Davids Healthcare (among others).Cyber security is a consistent procurement priority for these organisations and they rightly see the UK as a market offering world-leading cyber security solutions.

The mission will take place on 10th and 11th of December in Austin, requiring travel to the event on Monday 9th December. The format of the mission will be 1-2-1 meetings between UK and US companies across two days taking place at various sites in the city, including Dell’s campus and the Capital Factory. This will allow UK businesses to develop an understanding of the US buyers organisations and their respective needs and provide a platform to pitch your products, answer questions and build a relationship with key decision makers.

Companies will also have an opportunity to learn from UK companies already operating in the US and engage with local DIT teams based who can assist as you pursue business across the region.

Would this be of interest to you? If so, please register via the link above before October 22nd. Let me know if you need any further information

FIC (the International Cybersecurity Forum), Lille - 28-30 January 2020

Published: 16 October 2019

Welsh Government International Trade Team will have a stand at this major cyber event in France and are inviting Cyber Wales members to join them for the 3 day event.

The International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) is the leading European event on Cybersecurity. The event relies on: a TRADE SHOW for buyers and suppliers of cybersecurity solutions to meet and network and a FORUM to foster reflection and exchanges among the European cybersecurity ecosystem.

10,000 visitors from 80 different countries will be attending the event which is a terrific opportunity to explore potential opportunities in the European Market with support from Welsh Government.

The International Cybersecurity Forum will take place at Lille Grand Palais the 28th, 29th and 30th of January 2020 at the Lille Grand Palais, 1 boulevard des Cités Unies, Lille. This is in Northern France and only a 70 mile drive from the Eurotunnel so there are plenty of options for getting there.

More information will follow but if anyone is interested then please contact Neil Sandford on Neil.Sandford@gov.wales

Secure Development Research by University of Bristol

Published: 09 October 2019

We are a team of researchers in the Bristol Cyber Security Group, led by Professor Awais Rashid.

We are engaging with business to understand how software development practice and security operate on a day-to-day basis. We are doing this to understand best practice and also where developers face challenges with regards to implementing security in software systems so that the design of tools and techniques at their disposal can be improved.

Today we have an incomplete understanding of such best practices and challenges. We would like to engage with developers at your organisation to develop these insights.

In the first instance, this requires semi-structured interviews (no longer than 1 hour) with developers. There is an *optional* follow-up observational study where we would like to shadow some developers with their and your permission.

In the interviews or any observation (if permitted) we will not collect any commercially sensitive information and our questions will be about software development rather than specific products that they are developing.

We will share the synthesised findings with you and provide actionable guidelines about best practice across the sector and ways to support developers in overcoming the challenges they face.

We would welcome the opportunity to work with you on this. Please contact Andrew Dwyer at andrew.dwyer@bristol.ac.uk.

Thanks and best wishes,

Awais Rashid
Professor of Cyber Security, University of Bristol
Director, EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Trust, Identity,
Privacy and Security in Large-Scale Infrastructures
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/people/awais-a-rashid/
https://cybersecurity-cdt.ac.uk
awais.rashid@bristol.ac.uk

TheCityUK National Conference, Cardiff - Event: 21 November 2019

Published: 03 October 2019

This year Cardiff will host TheCityUK’s National Conference. Supported by the Welsh Government, this conference is taking place at the Principality Stadium on Thursday 21 November (10:00-16:00). We have a limited availability to the event so we are accepting registrations on a first-come-first-served basis.

The conference will be attended by over 200 industry leaders, policymakers and academics. The theme this year is ‘Making an Impact’, with keynote speeches focusing on how the financial and related professional services industry supports people and businesses across the UK.

Confirmed speakers include:
· Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales
· Ken Skates AM, Minister for the Economy
· Katharine Finn, TheCityUK’s City Chair for Cardiff
· Richard Theo, Government FinTech Envoy for Wales and Chief Executive Officer, Wealthify
· Rt Hon Lord Heseltine CH, former Deputy Prime Minister

Alongside the speeches, panel discussions will explore how the industry is responding, and needs to respond, to changing customer expectations and how it supports innovation and growth across the UK regions and nations.

We would be delighted if you can join us. To apply for a free pass, please email the events team (events@thecityuk.com - listing your name, role and organisation) or register your interest via TheCityUK’s website.

Many thanks

Lesley Beaumont Event Planner
Thematic and Foundation
Business and Regions
Economy Skills & Natural Resources
Welsh Government
QED Centre
Treforest
CF37 5YR
Email lesley.beaumont@gov.wales

Homeland Security Trade Mission to India - Deadline: 17 November 2019

Published: 02 October 2019

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to the Homeland Security Trade Mission to India 2019 taking place on 24 – 28 November 2019.

The Department for International Trade’s Defence & Security Organisation (DSO), in association with the British High Commission Network in India, invites you to join the UK’s Homeland Security Trade Mission to India 2019. As participants on this mission, you will be given critical information by in-country experts on ‘Doing Business in India’; ‘Make in India’ and ‘India’s procurement processes.’

To secure your place please make payment using the link and password below:

LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/india-security-trade-mission-tickets-72914273555
PASSWORD: India2019

If you have any queries please contact: Robert Barnes, Police & Security Adviser: E: Robert.barnes@trade.gov.uk / T: +44 (0) 7767 272 970

DIT Mission to Indonesia - Event: 10 December 2019

Published: 30 September 2019

Following discussions with DSO Jakarta and other interested parties including the Indonesian security community, an opportunity has arisen for UK companies with an interest in developing business in Indonesia. The focus will be to meet specific, funded and stated requirements of Indonesian security agencies.

Specific areas of interest include:
* Policing equipment and technology
* Cyber Security
* Counter-terrorism
* Jungle warfare training
* Search and Rescue
* Disaster mitigation and relief
* Surveillance technology and techniques (training)
* Secure communications
* CBRN threat detection
* Drug enforcement technology
* Forensics
* Thermal imaging and night vision systems
* Armored personnel carriers
* Small UAVs
* Public Order equipment and training
* Major event security

Here is the link to sign up for this event:-
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/security-trade-mission-indonesia-tickets-73083070431
Password Indo2019

Robert Barnes, Police & Security Advisor, Defence & Security Organisation
Department for International Trade, 3 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2AW
E-mail: robert.barnes@trade.gov.uk

DIT DSO ExpoDefensa, Colombia - Deadline: 4 OCT 2019

Published: 27 September 2019

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to the DIT Defence & Security Organisation UK Pavilion Expodefensa, taking place in Bogota Colombia on 2- 4 December 2019.

Expodefensa is an International exhibition and the point of reference for Latin America and is an opportunity for defence and Security companies to exhibit to all military sectors (Army, Navy, Air Force). Further details are contained in the attached flyer.

For further information and to register your interest please contact:

Dave Harris - E: david.harris@trade.gov.uk or Orlando James - E: orlando.james@trade.gov.uk by 4 October 2019

DIT Costa Rica Trade Mission to London - Event: 16 October 2019

Published: 27 September 2019

DIT Costa Rica, along with the British Chamber of Commerce in Costa Rica, are organising a trade mission to London from 15- 19 October.

As part of the mission, on 16 October they are organising a meeting programme (one to one meetings) between the Delegates attending and UK Security firms at Canning House.

The mission is multi-sector and 5 delegates will be attending so far, 3 law firms, one food and drink company and a HR company (see first attachment for more information).

The law firms are interested in Security companies involved with surveillance equipment/ CCTV cameras, physical security, personal protection equipment, video analytics, tracking, thermal imaging, perimeter security and access control systems.

In general they are interested in meeting with UK companies that are interested in exporting to Central America and doing business in the region and to set up strategic relationships in the UK.

The cost of the Event is free.

If you would like to attend, or have any questions, please contact our DIT representative in Costa Rica direct:


Alejandra Trejos, Office Trade and Investment
Department for International Trade
British Embassy Costa Rica
Tel: +506 2258-2025
Alejandra.Trejos@fco.gov.uk

Best of UK Cyber Trade Mission to Munich - Deadline: 8 November 2019

Published: 25 September 2019

A great opportunity for Welsh companies in Germany. A cyber procurement day is being organised in Munich on 28th January 2020.

The offer is for Welsh tech companies to pitch and be offered B2B meetings with leading German companies. It is a tailored procurement day and the companies have solutions to solve and money to spend. Companies signed up already include: Infineon, Fujitsu, MAN, Knorr Bremse, Rohde & Schwarz, TRUMPF, UNISCON, Munich Re, MTU.

This is an “invite only” event.

Priority areas to pitch include:
Automotive security / biometric security solutions / blockchain in cyber security / forecasting cyber attacks with machine learning solutions / OT (Operation Technology) cyber security /protecting against inside attacks / secure coding practises and tools / secure development lifecycle / security testing / secure integration of Enterprise IT with public clouds / solutions for cyber-attacks on APIs & enterprise software (e.g. Microsoft Apps, SAP, CRMS…)

The meetings will be followed by a “UK-German Cyber Security Forum” a high-level UK-German dialogue covering cyber policy, R&D and industry themes.

Last year, Amplyfi attended and are in second-stage discussions/proof of concept discussions with German companies.

Here is a testimonial video which includes Amplyfi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOiL773SCWI

Personally, I cannot recommend this opportunity enough based on the feedback I had from Amplyfi.

The deadline for application is 8th November 2019.

Contact
jane.kirz@mobile.trade.gov.uk
Tel. +49 89 21109-130
frank.ambos@mobile.trade.gov.uk
Tel. +49 89 21109-119

Slovak Police visit the Cyber Crime Unit of TARIAN - 21 September 2019

Published: 20 September 2019

Tomas Lazor, a Podpraporcik, which means Warrant Officer/Investigator, from the Police Force of the Slovak Republic, came to Wales to meet with Mike Yeo, Detective Inspector of the Cyber Crime team of the Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit (TARIAN).

The Slovak Police Force is growing and developing its cyber resources and whilst not being a dedicated cyber investigator himself Tomas, along with many others in the Force, is keen to learn, collaborate and do more to help cyber victims in his District of Strážske, Michalovce in the Region of Košice in Eastern Slovakia.

On a trip to the UK, which included visits to the Northampton Police, EMSOU (the East Midlands ROCU) and the London-based Police ICT Company who promote UK Police practices and technology worldwide, Tomas discussed approaches to cyber investigation and shared ideas and best practice on a range of cyber-related topics.

With a population of 5 million, Slovakia is closer to Wales in size and dynamics than to the UK as a whole and Tomas jumped at the opportunity to come to Wales and meet with the TARIAN Regional Cyber Crime Unit who have been proactive members of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem since attending the first ever South Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting back in 2014.

He also brought with him an age-old police tradition, practiced by representatives when visiting their international counterparts.  The exchanging of hats is widely practiced between visiting police forces and in return for the Slovakian forage cap he was given an iconic UK Police helmet complete with the cap badge of the South Wales Police.

Doing business in the Defence Workshop - Event: 16 October 2019

Published: 18 September 2019

On a rolling 10 year basis, the UK remains the second largest global defence exporter, behind the USA, with an average market share of 19%. In 2018, the UK won defence orders worth £14 billion, up on the previous year (£9 billion) and illustrative of the volatile nature of the global export market for defence. The UK share of the global defence export market was estimated at 19% in 2018. The UK’s largest defence export markets were the Middle East, North America and Europe. In 2018, the value of UK security export sales was £5.2 billion, an increase from 2017 (£4.8 billion), maintaining the UK at fourth place in the rankings.

UK SMEs play a vital role in our defence and security sales success. If your company is interested in winning an initial or increased share in these potentially lucrative markets, please join the DIT Defence & Security Organisation (DSO) for an informative and beneficial day.

Date: Tuesday 16 October 2019
Time: 0945 - 1530
Venue: TechUK
10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Cost: FREE

How to book
Please contact ditdso.smeenquiry@trade.gov.uk
Successful applicants will be sent a confirmation email. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Singapore Cyber Event - Event: 1-3 October 2019

Published: 17 September 2019

We have had a couple of last minute cancellations for the Singapore Cyber Event at the beginning of October. As such there is still an opportunity to attend if any of you are interested. Apologies if you have already received this from another direction, and I fully appreciate this is very short notice for something based the other side of the globe. I am only sending this out to a subset of our contacts list at the moment, mainly those who have done DIT events in the past.

Event: GovWare at the International Cyber Security Week. It is our primary country and event focus for SE Asia, and we believe to be the gateway to many of the other ASEAN counties.

What: DIT has booked 6 stands. Like last year, the preceding Monday will have number of briefs on the country situation, and there will be an embassy hosted networking event. The local DIT office will support companies in country to setup meetings with potential government and industry clients.

When: 1 – 3 October 2019

Cost: The cost of a pod within the show is £3000 + VAT.

If you have any interest in attending please let me know. We will need to go firm on numbers by the end of Thursday. Happy to chat to anyone interested in possibly attending.

Regards,

Mark

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Lt Col MW Davis MSc CEng | Army Adviser Cyber and Comms | Defence & Security Organisation
Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place | London SW1A 2AW |
Tel: +44 (0)20 7215 8114 | Mob: +44 (0)7741 686531 | E-mail: Mark.Davis@trade.gov.uk

Become a Non Executive Director - Deadline 4 October 2019

Published: 14 September 2019

Transpire, the Director Network, is running a series of 6 events that will prepare attendees for adding Non Executive Directorships to their portfolio of skills and activity.


  1. 10th Oct - Finance for Non-Finance Leaders
  2. 24th Oct - Protecting against Cyber Fraud
  3. 7th Nov - Board Assurance, Risk Management Frameworks
  4. 21st Nov - The Role of the Chair as Mentor
  5. 28th Nov - The Pro-Bono Route into Board Roles
  6. 5th Dec - The Importance of Inclusion on Boards

These events will run in the evenings, starting at 17:30 and finishing around 20:30


Practical, actionable Board Level networking Events, Masterclasses, Workshops and One-to-One coaching ensure senior Directors can increase Board expertise and supercharge growth in their companies and organisations.

Transpire answers the question “how do I deploy my valuable business knowledge, experince and skills to find a new Non-Exec (NED) or Trustee role?” There are just under 250,000 UK businesses employing between 10 and 250 people ands 185,000 registered charities. Many of them are in urgent need of senior level strategic and governance support. Despite this, the NED market is fiercely competitive and good NED roles can be difficult to find.

We help you work-out your “offer” as a potential NED or Trustee, articulating your value clearly and succinctly. We create opportunity by running networking events and masterclasses attended by would-be NEDs and growing companies alike.

A special discounted price has been negotiated for members of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem - £300 plus VAT instead of £450 plus VAT for the 6 sessions, which includes a Classic Membership (£300 plus VAT per annum)

For more information contact Cluster member Chris Roberts chris@cybata.co.uk

UK Cyber Forum Update – 11 September 2019

Published: 11 September 2019

Good morning,

Here are some Cyber Security Opportunities or events you might be interested in…



Cyber Security - Securing SMEs
Free Event
10th October, Malvern

Cut-down versions of enterprise security solutions are a bad fit for most small and micro organisations. However, the high volume, low margin business of securing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is a relatively new one and needs new innovation. Not only are the majority of business in the UK SMEs but this has a direct effect on the supply chain security of large organisations which are increasingly seen as one of the most vulnerable areas.

Join us at this free event to hear about the latest innovation and services for keeping micro and small organisations secure.

Speakers include the NCSC, Global Cyber Alliance, Avast, and AXA. The neurodiverse team running the Community SOC project within IASME will also speak about their work to protect small organisations and vulnerable individuals. See more about the speakers, exhibition and talks here.

The exhibition and symposium are free for all to attend, but please register in advance as places are limited. There are still some free spaces for small innovative companies to exhibit too.



CYBERSEC EXPO 2019 - Poland

Some spaces have now become available on the DIT mission to Poland (details below) due to two companies having to withdraw from the final confirmed cohort. If you are interested in joining the UK pavilion please contact Marzena.Markiewicz@fco.gov.uk. Cost is £500+VAT.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the British Embassy in Warsaw offers an opportunity to join the UK Group Pavilion and showcase your capabilities during CYBERSEC EXPO 2019 in Katowice, Poland.

Date: 29-30 October 2019

Where: International Congress Centre (MCK) Katowice, Poland

Contact: Marzena.Markiewicz@fco.gov.uk

CYBERSEC EXPO 2019 is an international cyber security exhibition accompanying Cybersec CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) Forum which has been in existence since 2015 and has acquired the status of one of the most important events in the cyber security sector in Europe.

The expo accompanying the forum will be held for the first time and is expected to attract manufacturers, consultants, and distributors as well as government, local administration, law enforcement, military, state and private companies from Poland and abroad.

The advantages of joining the UK Group Pavilion:
UK Group exhibitors are co-located in a prime location in the exhibition hall, within the UK Group Pavilion attracting international visitors.
The UK Group Pavilion will include DIT stand with an open meeting area which can be used by exhibitors. DIT staff will be present at the stand providing support throughout the exhibition.
Invitation to cocktail reception during the exhibition; the reception will be organised by DIT Warsaw. Invitations to the reception will be sent by DIT Warsaw to local contacts from public and private cyber security sector.


BCS looking for assessors

The Chartered Institute for IT, BCS is committed to raising skills and professionalism through quality apprenticeships. We are recognised by government to undertake apprentices’ assessment at the end of their apprenticeship. Our role is to review examples of apprentices’ work and, through a one to one discussion, make a judgement on whether they have the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship.

Our role in apprenticeships is of critical importance to us. BCS research has highlighted not only existing IT and digital skills gaps, but the rate at which skills development must respond to keep pace with dynamic tech transformation.

Recent research with IT leaders tells us that business priorities include cloud, cyber security, automation, IT governance and agile methods – and 21% of respondents mentioned artificial intelligence, which is becoming more of a reality for business and not just a piece of horizon scanning. Apprenticeships play an important role in helping address these business priorities and prepare for new innovations as they are developed. To ensure that apprentices have a great apprenticeship experiences, requires great trainers and assessors – and that’s where we believe you can help.

BCS currently has a team of over 60 associate assessors, supported by our specialist full-time assessment experts. We are committed to delivering high quality, robust assessments and only individuals that have up to date occupational experience undertake end-point assessments for BCS. With an increasing demand to assess cyber apprentices, BCS is looking for experienced cyber practitioners who are experts in their field to undertake end-point assessments.

Many experienced professionals find being an associate assessor an incredibly rewarding experience and a chance to invest into the sector’s future talent pipeline. Associate assessors work from one day a month to a few times a week , in the comfort of their own home, and time commitment is totally flexible.

If you can take-part and invest in our future cyber professionals please send your CV to Alison.pearce@bcs.uk who will contact you and outline the next steps.”



Trade Mission – Best of UK Cyber in Munich

The UK’s Department for International Trade invites you to apply for a place on a cyber mission to Munich, Germany’s industrial and technology powerhouse. This is your chance to introduce your cyber solutions and have B2B meetings with decision makers from German corporates.

Date: 28th January 2020
Morning - B2B meetings
Afternoon - UK-German Cyber Security Forum
Contact jane.kirz@mobile.trade.gov.uk
Tel. +49 89 21109-130
frank.ambos@mobile.trade.gov.uk
Tel. +49 89 21109-119
Venue
Rohde & Schwarz Munich

Click here to register for the Munich Network platform. After verifying your account select start application and then category Best of UK Cyber in Munich.

Submit your application by: 8th November 2019

Final participants will be chosen by a dedicated jury through a review process.
Participation is free; however, companies are responsible for paying for flights, accommodation, insurance and meals.

Welsh biometric innovators Connective Touch from Ebbw Vale are opening doors in Canada - 5 September 2019

Published: 05 September 2019

In July 2018, Mike Thususka, the Director of Economic Development for the City of Summerside in Eastern Canada came to visit Cyber Wales looking for innovative technologies that could add value to their ambitious Smart Cities programme.

Cluster member Steve Gallagher from 888 Group introduced Mike to the Cyber Wales Ecosystem through Bill Fraser, the Cardiff-based International Business Development expert from Fraser International.

8 Cluster members including Priszm & Interceptor Solutions from South Wales, TarianTech from Mid Wales and SI Risk from North Wales met with Mike to discuss the potential for their technologies in the North American markets.

6 of the Welsh companies were subsequently invited to visit Canada in November to demonstrate their ideas to the various Departments of the Summerside Government.

The “Living Lab” that Summerside have created across their city provides an amazing testbed for new technologies and the offer to use it was complimented by a soft landing programme for new companies, mentoring on the markets and proactive promotion of the vendors in Canada and the US through Summerside’s own business development networks.

One company, Connective Touch, were so warmly received that they incorporated a company in Canada in February and are running a full scale pilot installation of their unique biometric systems across the city with plans to tackle the giant market opportunity using Summerside as their launch pad.

Many congratulations to Devi Sohanta, founder of Connective Touch.  It is great to see successes like this come from global reach of Cyber Wales and we all wish Devi and her team the best of luck in this exciting venture.

Thanks also to Bill Fraser who continues to work his magic for Welsh companies who want to reach other markets around the world - keep up the good work Bill.

IT-SA Trade Fair, Nuremberg - Event: 8-10 October 2019

Published: 29 August 2019

IT-SA Nuremberg 8-10th October
Europe’s leading trade fair for IT security https://www.it-sa.de/en

I hope you are well? I have recently telephoned your office, but I thought I would get in touch via email too.

I wanted to let you know that since I attended your cluster meeting a few months back at S4C/Carmarthenshire, I have been looking at cyber opportunities here in Germany. Marc Shanker, my colleague based in Duesseldorf, has also doing some work building links in North Rhein-Westphalia. We are trying to understand the German cyber ecosystem, government priorities and market opportunities.

Last week, I was in Munich and I met with some more contacts and I have been offered an opportunity…

The Bavaria State Government and Security Network Munich jointly organize and co-host an international networking event at Nuremberg Town Hall to coincide with IT-SA . It will be on Wednesday, 9th October around 12:00 – 14:00.

My conversations to date with the Bavarians have been about exploring opportunities and the idea of linking up your cluster with the Bavarians.

Bavaria is the largest German state. It is one of the richest regions in Europe and the second-richest state after North Rhein-Westphalia, home to key companies-Siemens, BMW, Audi, Adidas, Allianz, The Linde Group (BOC Port Talbot). There are circa 20 companies in Wales owned by Bavarian companies.

Next year, the Bavarian State Government will open an office in London. I think this is an interesting development by a German regional government. I am informed that the Bavarian London office is keen to adopt a pan-UK approach and that they will engage actively beyond London. Edinburgh is twinned with Munich and the Scots are already well-networked with companies, science and innovation centres and more.

I was wondering therefore whether you or someone from the cluster might be interested in attending IT-SA with me in October? It would be great to take up the Bavarian’s offer of an invite and it would be chance for me to work more closely with you to explore the German market cyber opportunity for Wales.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Sam
Samantha Dimond
Direktorin Deutschland |Head of Germany, Welsh Government

Defence & Security Expo 2019, BANGKOK - Event: 18-21 November 2019

Published: 23 August 2019

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to an invitation to participate in Defence & Security 2019 which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from the 18 - 21 November 2019.
Please be aware there are only two places remaining on the UK Pavilion and therefore a selection process for competing products may be required and selection is not guaranteed.

The attached document provides further information about this event. To aid planning, and at no obligation, it would be appreciated if expressions of interest are submitted by close of business Fri 30 Aug 2019 by completing the Annex A in the document and returning it to:

Sgt James Fice
Export Support Team,
Horne Barracks,
Larkhill,
SALISBURY,
Wiltshire,
SP4 8QE

E: James.Fice691@mod.gov.uk / T: +44 (0) 01980 84 5824 / M: +44 (0) 07741805466

Milipol Paris 2019 - Event: 19-22 November 2019

Published: 22 August 2019

19 – 22 November 2019
Paris-Norde Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, France

For many decades Milipol Paris has enjoyed a worldwide status as the leading event dedicated to the security profession. It provides the perfect forum for presenting the latest technological innovations in the area, effectively meeting the needs of the sector as a whole and also addressing current threats and dangers.

ADS is coordinating the UK Pavilion at Milipol Paris 2019. The Pavilion is positioned in a prime location generating maximum footfall.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS SHOW:
• 1,005 exhibitors from 53 countries
• 29,939 visitors from 151 countries
• 161 official delegations from 77 countries

REASONS TO EXHIBIT IN THE UK PAVILION:
• Take advantage of personalised pre, onsite and post event management
• Gain enhanced exposure to govern-ment officials and delegations
• Benefit from valuable brand exposure on show floor and promotional materials
• Access free hospitality area including lounge facilities
• Tap into ADS Media team expertise to gain valuable media exposure

FIND OUT MORE:
Book online to secure your space: adsgroup.org.uk/events-list or contact: Joe Peace, Event Sales Account Manager, Joe.Peace@adsgroup.org.uk

Pitch@Palace On Tour at USW - Event: 24 September 2019

Published: 21 August 2019

The Duke of York founded Pitch@Palace in 2014 to provide a platform to amplify and accelerate the work of Entrepreneurs.

Pitch@Palace gives Entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet the people who can help make their business dreams become a reality.

Pitch@Palace guides, helps and connects Entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters, including CEOs, Influencers, Angels, Mentors and Business Partners.

The aim is to:

* Create introductions to Mentors and Advisors;
* Through our Audiences, provide access to Distribution Systems and Supply Chains;
* Make Connections; and
* Help with Investment

It costs nothing for Entrepreneurs to apply. 42 Entrepreneurs are selected for each event and, following participation, remain within the Pitch@Palace constellation for future support and development. Alumni Entrepreneurs continue to receive ongoing support, introductions and connections to the Pitch@Palace UK and Global network.

The University of South Wales warmly invites you to the forthcoming Pitch@Palace On Tour event, on Tuesday 24th September.

Please see official invitation below for further information. We do hope that you are able to join us. To confirm your attendance, please email rsvp@southwales.ac.uk.

UK Cyber Forum Update - 18 August 2019

Published: 18 August 2019

Good morning,

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in.

AFCEA UK West Meeting Programme


All meetings will continue to be held at Brickhampton Golf Club unless otherwise notified.

·         19th September 2019  (Note; this date deviates from our usual 2nd Thursday of the month)
John (JW) Warriner; a recent RAF 1* and former President of AFCEA London and now Director Consulting Services at CGI:
Defence innovation has acquired the same pejorative contradiction of terms as military intelligence/precision. Discuss!

·         10th October 2019
AVM Chris Moore; 2* Director of Operations at ISS Corsham:
A view from the Front Line of Warfare in the Information Age

·         14th November 2019
Brigadier Richard Spencer; Head of Portfolio Delivery, Weapons Operating Centre at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S):
The MORPHEUS Journey and what we have learnt from the Bowman experience

Meeting details and future events can be accessed from www.afcea.org.uk

SSCS 2019: International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security


21 - 22 October 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place
www.theiet.org/sscs

UK Cyber Security Forum members can register at the IET Member rate.

This is the only conference in the UK focusing on functional safety and cyber security together. Sessions at SSCS 2019 will focus on integrating safety and cyber security, implementing and adopting security approaches and system/software safety.

Speakers include
  • Security Manager, Yorkshire Water Operational Technology (OT)
  • Head of Cyber Security and Resilience, Ofgem
  • Head of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
  • Executive Security Architect, IBM
  • Principal National Investigator, HSIB
  • Principal Engineer, BAE Systems Submarines
  • General Manager, Technical Excellence, PETRONAS Malaysia
  • Deputy Technical Director, National Cyber Security Centre
  • Professional Head of Discipline – System Safety and Asset Management, Atkins
  • Principal Consultant, ESC

SANS Institute Training in Cardiff (for the first time) - Events: 30 Sep - 5 Oct 2019

Published: 12 August 2019

SANS Institute supports the thriving Welsh cyber ecosystem by bringing world-leading cyber security training to Cardiff for the first time at the end of September.

They will be running a week-long Cardiff event to increase accessibility of SANS cyber security training for businesses and organisations that are part of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

The move recognises what has been a well-kept secret for several years – Wales has a thriving cyber ecosystem, with large companies like Airbus, Thales, BT, AML, and General Dynamics, and indeed SANS itself, choosing to locate either their European headquarters or significant cyber operations in and around South Wales. A number of cyber focused military units are also based in Wales, and the area around Newport is home to large government organisations such as Companies House, the Passport office, and the Office for National Statistics, with the DVLA further West in Swansea, all of which process vast quantities of UK citizens’ data and have a high level of responsibility to keep that data safe. These huge consumers of cyber have supported, and are being supported, by a vast network of cyber specialist SMEs.

Stephen Jones, SANS MD for the UK and Nordics, says: ‘All of this cyber activity in South Wales means that there is a significant need to develop cyber talent in the region and keep current the skills of those already working in the cyber industry in Wales. It’s a perfect time for us to launch SANS Cardiff, which will enable security professionals in the region to further develop their skills and knowledge, extending South Wales’ cyber threat capabilities.”

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, sums it up: “The world is changing rapidly and skills in cyber security will be vital for any organisation to consider itself fit for the future. Public bodies in Wales now have duties under the Future Generations Act to ensure that they are planning for the long term. Ensuring their own workforce is well equipped with the right skills for the future will be a key part of this, as well as recognising the opportunities to the wider economy that could be achieved by developing the capacity of Wales as a nation to meet the demand for these skills.”

SANS Cardiff will be running three courses:

SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style - Ross Bergman
SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking - Adrien de Beaupre
FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis - Mike Pilkington

For more information on the courses, please visit https://www.sans.org/event/cardiff-september-2019

UK Industry Day, Luxembourg - Event: 29 January 2020

Published: 09 August 2019

We are very pleased to send you a SAVE THE DATE for the 5th edition of the UK INDUSTRY DAY at NSPA in Capellen (Luxembourg) on the 30th of January 2020.

The event will be preceded by a reception at the Residence of the British Ambassador in Luxembourg the evening of the 29th of January 2020.

Please be advised that there is a maximum of 2 delegates per company and that this event is strictly reserved to UK companies.

In case of interest please contact Thomas Flammant (DIT officer at the British Embassy in Luxembourg)

Thomas Flammant | Trade and Investment Adviser for Luxembourg
British Embassy Luxembourg | Department for International Trade
5 Boulevard Joseph II | L-1840 Luxembourg
Tel: +352 22 98 64 2216 | E-mail: thomas.flammant@fco.gov.uk

Cyber Wales Ecosystem answers call-to-arms as Welsh Student set to compete at WorldSkills 2019 Competition - 4 August 2019

Published: 04 August 2019

Kyle Woodward, a student at the National Cyber Security Academy in Newport, has successfully battled his way through Local, Regional (Wales) and then National competition stages to gain a seat on the plane to represent Team UK at WorldSkills 2019 in Russia along with 30 other people. Team UK are now training hard in their respective areas of expertise for this opportunity to shoot for Gold Medals in this event which has been dubbed the “Vocational Olympics“.

WorldSkills 2019 will take place in Kazan, Russia on 22-27 August 2019. The WorldSkills Competition, which is run every two years hosted by different Nations each time, will bring together more than 1,600 young professionals representing more than 60 countries who will compete in 56 skills which are grouped into 6 Sectors including ICT. The event will be held at the KAZAN EXPO International Exhibition Centre where more than 1,500 Experts will evaluate the Competitors’ performance (see www.worldskills2019.com for more information).

7 competitors from Wales will represent Team UK at this competition, the highest ever number of Welsh competitors representing Team UK. The competitors from Wales include:

  • Kyle Woodward in Cyber Security from Cardiff and Vale College
  • Phoebe McLavy in Hairdressing from Coleg Sir Gar and Morgan Edward Salon
  • Collette Gorvett in Restaurant Service from Gower College Swansea
  • Chris Caine in Joinery from Pembrokeshire College and DH Carpentry
  • Sam Everton in Cooking from Pembrokeshire College and Crwst
  • Thomas Lewis in Electrical Installation from Cardiff and Vale College and Blues Electrical
  • Thomas Thomas in Plumbing from Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor

Kyle attended a Welsh Language school and is a fluent Welsh speaker, he then went to college (Cardiff & Vale) and then onto an apprenticeship degree course at the ground-breaking National Cyber Security Academy in the University of South Wales. He joined the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster when he started his degree and has been a very proactive member.

When we discovered that Kyle had been selected to represent Team UK at WorldSkills, the Cyber Wales Ecosystem put out a “Call to Arms” to the entire membership asking if anyone could help Kyle get some additional experience and knowledge training ahead of his trip to Russia and the response has been amazing (a real Welsh “Dunkirk” story!). We had lots of responses including: -
  • NHS Wales
  • SANS Institute in Swansea
  • Royal Signals Cyber Troop
  • TARIAN Regional Cyber Crime Unit
  • North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team
  • Glyndwr University
  • DVLA
  • Thales
  • Airbus

We also reached out to GlobalEPIC, the Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems in Cyber of which Cyber Wales is a Founding Member, which includes 27 Cyber Clusters in 18 countries across 6 continents and received invitations from The Hague Security Delta in the Netherlands and the iCyber Techhub in Maryland USA offering to host Kyle for some special training sessions and considering exchange visits for their Cyber Champions to come to Wales.

May’s South Wales Cluster Meeting was staged at the Cyber Village on the National Cyber Security Academy floor of the USW City Campus in Newport and the entire agenda was given over to providing learning, advice and tips on a number of cyber related topics from the experts in the Cyber Cluster. Questions were posed to prompt discussion and the group, offered opinions, experiences, healthy debate and handled any specific queries Kyle had around target learning areas in preparation for the competition.

After the meeting, Kyle was taken over to the Cardiff Barracks of the Royal Corps of Signals Cyber Protection Troop at 53 Signal Squadron where he joined members of British Army Cyberists from Cardiff, North Wales, London and Army HQ Wales for an interactive session on Cyber in the Armed Forces including the Cyber Kill Chain, Indicators of Compromise and the Army’s Cyber Incident Response Process.

Kyle was also welcomed by the NHS Informatics team and shown how incident response and secure programming are handled as well as being given the chance to quiz the team and get further guidance for study.

Following his adventures with the South Wales Cluster, Kyle travelled up to North Wales two days later for a session with the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster which included time in the new Cyber Labs at Glyndwr University, input from the North Wales Police Cyber Unit and a session with Cyber Experts in forensics and secure development.

SANS Institute, the biggest provider of Cyber Training in the World, who have their EMEA HQ in Swansea, also hosted Kyle, offering him £7,500 worth of certified training free of charge – which took place in Germany.

John Davies, CEO at Pervade Software and Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, said: “Being part of Team UK at WorldSkills is a massive achievement for Kyle, and shows the strength and sense of community of the Cyber Ecosystem in Wales, with a number of cluster members offering experience and knowledge training as Kyle prepares to go to Russia. We’ve even set up exchanges for cyber champions with other eco system members across the world.”

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Kyle the best of luck in the competition and whatever the result, he will remain a winner in the eyes of all in Cyber Wales.

Pob Lwc Kyle a Team UK!

UK Pavilion at Dubai Airshow 2019 - Deadline: 15th August 2019

Published: 02 August 2019

DIT DSO is delighted to offer UK industry the opportunity to take part in this prestigious event. Participation on the DIT DSO stand within the UK Pavilion at Dubai Airshow 2019 offers a unique and cost-effective platform from which UK companies, whether new to the defence sector or more established, you can take advantage of the significant opportunities available.

Based on an assessment of regional requirements DIT DSO is seeking company participation within the following areas, but not exclusive to:

UAS and Counter-UAS
Ground-Based Air Defence (GBAD)
Aircraft protection & countermeasures/Electronic Warfare (EW)
Aircrew systems and training
Maritime aircraft and associated equipment (weapons/sonar etc.)
C4ISR capability

Attached is the Letter of Interest (LOI) for the Dubai Airshow 2019. WO2 Nick Booth will be on the stand and available to represent your company products within the UK Pavilion. If you are interested in taking advantage of the services the Export Support Team can provide, please return the completed LOl directly to WO2 Nick Booth at the latest 15th August 2019 . (PLEASE NOTE: WO2 Nick Booth will be on Annual Leave 1st – 20th August 2019, but will periodically have access to emails).

Contact details are as follows:

WO2 Nick Booth,
Export Support Team,
Horne Barracks,
Larkhill,
Salisbury,
Wiltshire, SP4 8QE

E: Nick.Booth506@mod.gov.uk

T: +44 (0) 01980 84 5718
M: +44 (0) 07519614344

Cyber Survey from South West and Wales Universities - Deadline: 9 August 2019

Published: 29 July 2019

The Universities of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Gloucestershire, alongside commercial partners are wishing to understand the landscape for cyber and cyber security businesses across the region to better inform our approach to supporting regional organisations.

We would like to understand what you view as the main barriers to your growth aspirations and whether plans to develop a ‘Cyber West and Wales’ ecosystem will help meet your needs. The aim is to create a world leading cyber innovation ecosystem which will focus on:

  • Create unique large-scale research platforms aimed at the cybersecurity challenges of infrastructure systems
  • Support establishing new business growth and enterprise facilities
  • Support basic training and provision of specialist up-skilling activities
  • Grow capacity for world class research
  • Develop an industrial cyber super-cluster
  • Harness the diversity of experience, talent, insight and entrepreneurial skills from all parts of our community

You are invited to complete an online survey to provide your views of the specific requirements for your business and the cyber security sector as a whole. The link to the survey can be found below:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Cyber_West_and_Wales_BusinessSurvey/

We request that you complete the survey by Friday 9th August.

No individual comments or views will be disclosed in any analysis. Only aggregated and anonymised data from the survey will be used to inform how the project is developed.The survey should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete, please feel free to pass on to other colleagues and organisations.

Thank you very much for participating in advance.

Profs Awais Rashid, Peter Burnap, Adam Joinson and Stephen Marston

UK Cyber Forum Update - 28 July 2019

Published: 29 July 2019

Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

Kent Cyber Security Forum 2019


Thursday 5 September 2019, 10.00 – 17.00, University of Kent

A survey by security firm Kaspersky Lab found that many SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) don’t believe they are at risk. The same report last year found over a third of SMEs fell victim to a cyber-attack, costing on average £75k – £311k. The government is urging organisations in the UK to take cyber security more seriously.

The University of Kent has brought together the expertise in one place, on one day, to help organisations prepare for, prevent and deal with cyber security threats. Please join us for the Kent Cyber Security Forum this September.

Click here to find out more and book a place:

https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/kienews/2019/06/11/kent-cyber-security-forum-2019/

Discount for UK Cyber Security Forum Members (£49 instead of £99). Members should choose the ‘Concession’ ticket option and then enter the code Cyber49 at the checkout

DIT Trade Mission to Germany


Currently, we are planning a November 2019 ‘match-making mission’ (similar to the one we ran in February this year) to introduce UK cybersecurity firms to German businesses.  For more information please contact Isabelle Dugdale, Technology Team in Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 21109132 or E-mail: isabelle.dugdale@fco.gov.uk

Malvern Festival of Innovation


10th October  in Malvern

This year the day-long Cyber Security event as part of the Festival of Innovation will focus on Cyber Security Solutions for SMEs.  It is free for innovative SMEs to exhibit at the event and this is allocated on a first come first served basis.

The event is open to the public and attracts attendees from across the UK. It includes companies of all sizes, members of the public, university students, managed service providers, members of both central and regional government and police. We usually have between 300 and 400 attendees.

The programme of speakers will be published later in the year.

There is also a popular black tie dinner for the Festival on the evening of 10th October.  Dinner tickets are £69 each (including vat).

Become a Sponsor
https://www.festival-innovation.com/home/sponsor

Register to attend (free)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-54289558531

Register to exhibit (free for innovative SMEs)
https://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/

Book to attend the dinner
https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/formal-dinner

We usually have to close attendance and exhibition spaces booking before the event as we get over-subscribed.  So do book early if you want to attend!

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Tech Newsletter - Date: July 2019

Published: 24 July 2019

Overview of upcoming tech events and opportunities in the UAE

I hope you’re all having a good summer, whether baking in the Middle East or slightly cooler in the UK (just!), I wanted to share an update to include the various shows and conferences we are aware of taking place over the next few months, some of which might be of interest to you and also share an overview from our Queen’s Birthday Party earlier this year, where we had some UK tech companies showcasing their technology and innovation (and the Dubai Police Robot!)

If you have any content suggestions for future newsletters, e.g. legal updates on tech related regulation in the UAE or interesting updates on projects you are working on in the UAE or wider region which you would like to share, do let me know – drop me a line Alison.young@fco.gov.uk (and it would be great to catch up!)

GITEX
6-10 October 2019, Dubai, U.A.E.
GITEX is where the world’s technology leaders, enterprises and start-ups come together to show you the future of every business and every industry through technology and innovation

From top exhibitors and speakers to new product launches and live experiences, the most renowned names in technology have come alive here. GITEX hosts 24 technology shows in one, converging sectors and industries that will impact our lives, 365 days a year. It’s a celebration of technology possibilities for anyone who believes in the power of innovation to shape future business and society.
Exhibit at GITEX as part of the UK Pavilion and take part in activities organised by regional DIT representatives during the show. DIT tech leads from around the GCC and other Middle East Counties will also be present.

Click here for further information about exhibiting at GITEX as part of the UK pavilion

Further Activities
For further details on exhibition costs, or to register your interest in exhibiting, please email info@tradefair.co.uk who can guide you through the application process

 

DIT Saudi Arabia Smart Cities Trade Mission
14-16 October 2019, K.S.A.

The Department for International Trade, in partnership with the Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC) will be leading a UK technology trade mission to Saudi Arabia from 14-16 October 2019, immediately following the GITEX Technology Week in Dubai (6-10 October)

Click here for more information

 

Fintech AD
21-23 October 2019, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

MENA’s leading FinTech festival will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. FinTech Abu Dhabi will bring together 5,000 influencers and innovators who are pioneering the new wave of innovation across financial services

Building on the success of the previous two editions of FinTech Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) has partnered with Unbound, an award-winning global innovation ecosystem builder with a successful track record of creating innovation events around the world, to deliver FinTech Abu Dhabi. This could be a great opportunity for UK fintech companies to take part in a great showcase for fintech and network with key UAE and regional contacts

Click here for full story or let me know if you would like further information about taking part

 

Abu Dhabi Smart Cities Summit
29-30 October 2019, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

This summit is to set out Abu Dhabi’s Roadmap for Smart Cities and will cover a multitude of Smart City related themes. It will also bring together over 16 Abu Dhabi government entities to look at new smart cities related technologies, knowledge sharing and opportunities for collaboration

If you are interested in finding out more, please Click here for further details on the Summit or email the organisers for further details

 

UK Technology Showcase at the Queen’s Birthday Parties in the UAE
We had some great UK companies showcasing at the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Queen’s Birthday parties in April, with technology being a key theme of both events – companies that took part were: Sublime and Soulis, Titan the Robot (Cyberstein), Pavegen, Ordnance Survey International,Engage Works, TCarta, Kingsbury Gulf, Imagination

Hague Security Delta, One Conference - Deadline: 16 August 2019

Published: 19 July 2019

In the Netherlands, October 2019 will be all about Cyber Security.

As part of the European Cyber Security Month, many events will take place providing the opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas and innovations for a more secure future. There will not be a Cyber Security Week like previous years, but instead the Hague Security Delta supports and aligns with the existing initiatives during the Cyber Security Month.

The highlight of the month will be the One Conference from 1-3 October, including innovation showcases and network opportunities. It is organised by the Dutch government.

Amongst the other events are:
* The Europol-INTERPOL cybercrime conference
* The Unleashing Cyber Security Summit
* Alert Online
* Hardwear.io Security Conference & Training

Please know that we are also planning on organizing a ‘doing business in Holland’ session around the One Conference.

For an overview of the events visit: www.cybersecurityweek.nl

Tickets for International Delegations Attending the One Conference
We have the opportunity to invite international delegations to the One Conference (giving you definite access to the conference without having to go through the selection procedure). The number of tickets we have is limited, so let us know if you are interested in attending yourself and/or coming with a delegation.

If you reply to cybersecurity@thehague.com with the names of the people that wish to attend, you will receive the ‘GDH international delegation code’ to register at the One Conference website (https://www.eventure-online.com/eventure/participant/personalData.form).

The first closing of the registration is scheduled for 16 August, so please apply as soon as possible. If you won’t be able to meet this deadline but wish to attend, please get in touch with Bert Feskens (bert.feskens@thehaguesecuritydelta.com) at eh Hague Security Delta Foundation.

Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 Conference in Bilbao, Spain - Deadline: 7 September 2019

Published: 19 July 2019

Next November 20th and 21st, the annual Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 Conference will take place in Bilbao.

Javier Diéguez Barriocanal, Director of the Basque Cybersecurity Centre is inviting 2 Welsh cyber companies to come and showcase their products at the event. Welsh Government has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the Basque Country with the aim of fostering closer links between our cyber ecosystems and this invitation is extended in the spirit of that MoU.

What profile they we looking for:
* European company.
* Cybersecurity technology vendor.
* Addressed to industrial control systems protection.
* Not a direct competitor of a Basque company (we’ll assess this point).

What we are offering:
* No cost for the booth, the company will only cover travel and Accommodation expenses.
* More than 100 highly digitalized industrial companies sharing the expo area with cyber companies.
* Introductions to specific kind of potential customers among our local industry.
* Introductions to potential local partners (integrators).
* Introductions to acceleration programmes and incentives for opening a branch in the region.
* Introductions to Academia and Research Institutes.

The conferences will take place over 3 days:
* Nov. 19th – Cybersecurity for Robotics international Conference. I’ll give you more info shortly, we are currently defining the contents in collaboration with several international bodies (attendance, around 100 people).
* Nov. 20th – Basque Industry 4.0 Meeting Point (attendance, around 2.500 people).
* Nov. 21st – Basque Cybersecurity Day (attendance, around 800 people).

Some side meetings are also planned during these days such as GlobalEPIC and FIRST.

Javier has asked kindly asked for details of 5-6 companies who would be interested in attending by September 7th so that they can select the most suitable and inform you by the end of September.

If they discover more than 2 acceptable companies, they will evaluate if they have room for all of them in the Expo area.

If you are interested in attending, please contact:
Neil Sandford
Business Development Manager – Cyber/Tech Inward Investment
International Relations and Trade
Welsh Government
Tel: +44 (0)7769 883253
E-mail: neil.sandford@gov.wales

4th International Cyber Warfare & Security Conference, Turkey - Event: 20 November 2019

Published: 16 July 2019

The 4TH International Cyber Warfare & Security Conference will be running on the 20-21 November 2019 at the Congresium Conference Centre in Ankara, Turkey

2019 Theme: “How to become a global player in Cyber Security”

* Funding the Cyber Security Ecosystem
* Increasing Quality of Security Services
* International Collabrations
* How Cyber Security Clusters are important for the Ecosystems
* Extending the variety of products and perspectives
* A Rise of State - Sponsored Attacks
* Cyber - Physical Convergence

This event is organised by the Turkish Cyber Security Cluster, a fellow member of the GlobalEPIC (Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnerships and Innovation in Cyber) alongside Cyber Wales.

Burak Sondal who is on the Steering Group of the Turkish Cluster has extended an invitation to any Cyber Wales members who wish to attend this event so come and meet with members of the Turkish Cluster to explore opportunities to collaborate.

We are working with Welsh Government and DIT to see it some funding might available to assist with travel costs.

If you are interested in this opportunity please let John Davies know (johnd@cyberwales.net)

BIND 4.0 Start-up Initiative Launch - Event: 23 July 2019

Published: 15 July 2019

Representatives from the Basque Region of Spain are visiting Wales next week to launch their annual Basque Start-up initiative Bind 4.0. Last year’s edition took place in the Digital Catapult in London.

The aim of Bind 4.0 is to connect Basque manufacturing companies (both indigenous and Basque based multi-nationals) to tech start-ups from around the world who are at minimum viable product level or beyond with a view to co-developing a product or solving a problem.

This year marks the third edition of the initiative and the focus will be on the four sectors: health, advanced manufacturing, energy and food.

If successful, the programme would offer tech start-ups: a major potential future customer, finance (minimum EUR 25,000-EUR 150,000), travel and subsistence expenses as well as training and mentoring. There is no expectation that the start-up will relocate to the Basque Country.

The programme launches in July with applications from tech companies to be submitted by end September.

Please feel free to pop in to the Tramshed in Cardiff for more information:-

17.30 Welcome address. Representative from the Welsh Government
Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language
17.45 The Welsh tech start up scene. Representative from Tramshed Tech
18.00 Bind 4.0 Accelerator Programme Presentation
18.30 Roundtable discussion with Bind 4.0 participants
- Chair: Amaia Martínez, Bind 4.0 Coordinator, SPRI-Basque Country Development Agency
- Jokin Lopetegui, CAF - Partner Company
- David Greenberg, CEO EAVE - Startup
- Niammh Brannelly, Product Manager OSASEN – Startup
- Mikel Irizar, CEO of Hydromodel Host and board member of BigML
19.00 Questions & Answers
19.15 Networking & Basque tapas

UK Cyber Forum Update – 14 July 2019

Published: 14 July 2019

Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

Level 3 Apprenticeship Cyber Technician survey


Short notice deadline 19th July – sorry!

Over the last few months a group of industry representatives have been working with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to develop a level 3 Apprenticeship for a Cyber Security Technician.  Our aim is to encourage people into the profession as early as possible.

The industry panel has now submitted the proposal to the IfA and the requirement level 3 Apprenticeship has been approved.  As part of the process there is now a two week wider industry consultation, which we would encourage you to be a part of.  By following the link below, you will be taken to a survey which details the proposed content of the Level 3 Apprenticeship.  We would like your views as to the relevance of it, the survey should not take too much of your time.  This consultation is important, the panel want to be sure we are providing a route into the profession that is both relevant to employers and Apprentices, we can only gain this assurance from you.

On behalf of the Level 3 Apprenticeship Cyber Technician panel, can I thank you in advance for your input.

You can find the survey at:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XJMNY7J. Please note that the deadline for completion of the survey is 19 July 2019.

Billington DIT event in New York – 4/5th September


Billington is a large Government cyber security summit, entering its 10th anniversary this year. The theme for this year is: “Reinventing Cybersecurity: Addressing Tomorrow’s Top Cyber Challenges”.

Pre-Billington DIT event in New York – Tuesday 4th September

Due to the increase in events put on by the Billington organiser, and the extended exhibiting period, DIT will run a one day program of events in New York on Tuesday 4th September before heading up to Washington.  We will still be involved in the extremely successful VIP reception at Billington.  If you are interested in the NY program please Peter Thompson – peter.thompson@trade.gov.uk.

Billington, Washington DC, 4/5th September

Below is some information around the Billington Cybersecurity event in Washington from the organisers.  There won’t be a DIT pavilion at the exhibition but there is a UK cyber zone where we will be present.  The cost of exhibiting is $5,000.  DIT will be supporting companies who attend/exhibit and have negotiated some relevant opportunities with the event organisers as outlined below.  DIT are not involved in the organisation of the exhibition so if you are interested in exhibiting or attending please contact the organiser directly - tkb@billingtoncybersecurity.com

[A message from the organiser] Dear Potential Exhibitor at the UK Cyber Innovation Zone:

To grow your cyber business in the U.S. public sector, the largest cyber marketplace in the world, you should seriously consider exhibiting at the 10th Annual Billington CyberSecurity Summit on 9/4-9/5.  This summit is the leading summit on cybersecurity in government and draws unprecedented decision-makers.

For the fifth year, the UK Cyber Innovation Zone will be held at this summit and we invite you to exhibit as part of this Zone and to attend this unique summit.

Here are five reasons why exhibiting would benefit you and your business:

1. The summit is where the cyber "who’s who" in the U.S. Federal cyber market convenes.  Senior leaders in government and at major systems integrators have gathered for 10 years.  Going on its fifth year, the British Embassy will host a reception at the conclusion of this summit allowing for unparalleled networking.

2. The summit is the most established event of its kind entering its milestone 10th year in the world’s largest cyber market in the region where the NSA, DOD, DHS, DOE are located at the epicenter of cybersecurity.

3. Billington will launch a Cyber Mindsharing Network consisting of one on ones from 9:00-11:30 am on September 4 before the launch of this summit.

3. The U.K.’s “special relationship” with the U.S. makes it the first, trusted area the U.S. government looks for partners.

4. The event includes an educational one hour breakout panel on 9/5 tailored to International businesses hoping to grow in the cyber US government market titled, "Building Your Cybersecurity Business in the U.S. Public Sector."

5. Trusted relationships matter greatly in the US cyber market; and this is where relationships form.  The entire program will be in the same room as the 60K+ square foot exhibit hall so that exhibitors will hear the General Session dialogue.  Over 1000 attendees are expected, and over 40 media. Last year, nearly 800 attendees came to the event and nearly 40 media.

The full list of confirmed speakers are listed here.
The latest agenda is available here.

Benefits for Zone Sponsors and Exhibitors
* Exhibit table at the U.K. Cyber Innovation Zone (booth size depending on sponsor level)
* Registrant list for those who do not opt out
* One invitation to the VIP Reception/
* 3 complimentary guest passes to summit
* Logo/link on web site and marketing emails
* Dinner the evening before at a premier venue
* 15 minute one-on-one meeting with select speaker at the event will be scheduled by Billington CyberSecurity
* Bag insert

The contact information for the conference organiser is - tkb@billingtoncybersecurity.com

UK pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week


Following on from the success of previous years, DIT will be hosting a UK pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week this year. The flyer with further details is attached. There will also be a significant senior HMG delegation attending GovWare, the associated conference.

There will be space for 6-8 UK companies on the pavilion. If you would like to apply for one of these slots, please reply to this bulletin and request the application form. Then submit the application form to cyber@trade.gov.uk by Friday 26th July. We will select companies the following week, and inform all applicants as soon as possible.

Companies can also have their own stands at the exhibition. We have asked the organisers to give any UK companies with their own stands the option of being located near the UK pavilion. If this would be of interest, please mention this to the organisers as part of your discussions, and let us know that you intend to attend so that we can support. We may also be able to offer invitations to the HMG reception to UK companies attending but not on the UK pavilion.

IAAC - Recruitment of New CEO


IAAC CEO, Nigel Jones, has sadly resigned with effect from October 2019. We are therefore seeking to recruit a new CEO. IAAC is currently at the beginning of a process of updating its role in the UK cyber security world to ensure that it can continue to contribute to making the UK a successful digital society and economy. Nigel has launched this update and, with his coming departure, we need someone who has the same energy and skills to take it forward, particularly since IAAC will be an important member of the planned UK Cyber Security Council.

The CEO role is very much part-time, averaging 4-5 days a month. It is remunerated but not hugely so, at £1,000 nett of national insurance per month. IAAC does not have any premises so the CEO works from home, with occasional travel to London and Chester for meetings and events.

We are seeking applications, in the form of a letter addressing the requirements of the role and a c.v., by 9 August. Applications should be sent by email to Emma Cowell (info@iaac.org.uk) and Roddy Hallifax (companysecretary@iaac.org.uk). We will shortlist the applications in August and expect to hold interviews in the first half of September. We plan to make the decision by 25 September and hope to be able to introduce the new CEO at the Cyber Leadership Forum in October.

If you are interested in this please reply to this bulletin and request the Job and Role Descriptions and application form. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nigel (ceo@IAAC.ORG.UK) if you have questions about the job or Roddy (companysecretary@iaac.org.uk) if you have questions about the application and selection process.

IAAC Cyber Resilience Workshop 2 Report


The report from the IAAC second workshop on cyber resilience compliance eco-system, hosted by the University of Manchester on 3rd June 2019, is now available at: http://www.iaac.org.uk/cyber-resilience/

The workshop explored many of the fundamental elements at work in a potential cyber compliance eco-system.  These comprise ‘hard’ measures, such as law and regulations; ‘soft’ measures, such as norms and social pressure; and structural issues, such as usability and process design.   All of these are affected by environmental issues, such as corporate culture, which in turn sit in a wider network of relationships and dependencies. The workshop examined the nature of some of these relationships, for example in pushing and pulling forces toward cyber resilience goals, and how they affect the behaviours of people as individuals in organisations and communities.

Comments are always welcome to info@iaac.org.uk .

Next generation services Innovation Lab


Individuals can now apply to take part in a 3-day residential Innovation Lab on behalf of their organisation to develop responsible data access or sharing methods. Services including legal, accounting and insurance account for almost 80% of the UK economy. It is vital these services are future-proof, and technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics can help the sector become more efficient, productive and globally competitive.
Through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), government is supporting industry and researchers to develop next generation services that can transform the UK’s services industry. UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £3.5 million to develop responsible data access and sharing methods in the accountancy, insurance and legal services sectors through a 3-day residential Innovation Lab that will explore the use of AI to strengthen the UK services sector.
Find out more here

Japan FinTech & Cyber Trade Mission, 3-6 September


Applications for the FinTech/Cyber trade mission to Japan are now open. The mission will coincide with FIN/SUM, the Japanese FinTech Summit in Tokyo, and will include opportunities for cyber security companies. Please apply here by Friday 19th July, and contact techtradejapan@mobile.trade.gov.uk with any queries.

QITCOM, 29 October – 1 November


QITCOM is an international conference and exhibition organised by the Qatari Ministry of Transport and Communications. This year’s event will feature a host of international speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 start-ups and many other ecosystem enablers. The British Embassy in Doha and DIT in London are working to secure a UK pavilion and attract UK representatives across tech, cyber and academia to exhibit and showcase at QITCOM this year.The theme for 2019 will be Safe Smart Cities. If your company has expertise relevant to this sector and you’re interested in finding out more, please email mohamed.ali@trade.gov.uk.

CEBIT Australia, 29-31 October


DIT is seeking 10 highly innovative UK technology companies, including cyber security companies, to attend Australia’s largest tech festival. Full details and registration by Wednesday 31st July here; please contact james.ohern@trade.gov.uk (UK) or jim.thompson@mobile.trade.gov.uk (Australia) for more information.

ANZ Airport Mission, w/c 11 November


Cyber security companies with an offer applicable to the airport sector are invited to join a mission to Australia and New Zealand, visiting key airport stakeholders in Auckland, Melbourne, and Sydney. Further information is in the attached flyer; please contact amanda.lightbody@trade.gov.uk with any questions or to express interest by Monday 22nd July.

Cyber Insurance


The City of London Corporation have published a report on the UK cyber insurance sector, which was launched by the Lord Mayor of London last month. The report is available here.

National Cyber Security Strategy after 2021


HMG is in the process of developing the next National Cyber Security Strategy, to succeed the existing 2016-2021 programme. As part of this, RUSI are running a series of workshops to identify industry’s views, and have published a briefing paper summarising their early findings. The briefing paper is available here. If you have further views on the development of the next strategy that you would like to feed in, please contact jamess@rusi.org.

Cyberwatching GDPS Compliance Webinar - Event: 18 July 2019

Published: 12 July 2019

"GDPR Compliance in the age of Emerging Technologies”. - Webinar - 18/7/2019, 9:30 am BST

Emerging technologies can boost performance and productivity for organisations across Europe. The development and application of technologies such as AI, blockchain and cloud computing are key competitive factors for businesses boosting performance, productivity and the European Digital Single Market.

At the same time, Europeans have set high standards for digital privacy. The GDPR now enforces stricter regulations on data handling and processing. But this may make it more difficult for organisations reap the benefits that these technologies deliver through massive data and high-quality algorithms and at the same time be GDPR compliant.

From privacy by design and compliance tool kits, European research is leading the way in ensuring organisations from both the public and private sector can respect the GDPR and still benefit from the opportunities that emerging technologies offer.

Europe recognizes these challenges and in this webinar, you can hear how 6 EC-funded projects (BPR4GDPRDEFENDPAPAYAPDP4EPOSEIDONSMOOTHare upgrading Europe’s technological ability to address these issues and ensure that Europe continues to innovate in this space.

Cyber Investor Day, Luxembourg - Deadline: 25 August 2019

Published: 11 July 2019

The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) is organising the CYBER INVESTOR DAY, scheduled to take place on 15 October 2019 in Luxembourg. Application process for the start-ups and SMEs has been launched today!

We would like to invite you to join our efforts in increasing the visibility of the European cyber security market players and to spread the message about the upcoming cybersecurity business matchmaking event within your network.

Once again, the most promising European cybersecurity start-ups and SMEs will have an opportunity to pitch their innovative solutions and participate in the strategic business matchmaking sessions, where they will meet with the influential European and international investors.

To be selected and pitch their product, the European cybersecurity start-ups and SMEs are invited to apply by 25 August 2019. Application guidelines are available here.

The last edition of the ECSO Cyber Investor Day was held on 14 May in Madrid and proved to be a great success – more than 150 B2B meetings were held on that day!

The six edition of the ECSO cybersecurity business matchmaking events is jointly organised with SECURITYMADEIN.LU, the cybersecurity agency of the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg.

European Space Agency Cyber Initiative Webinar - Event 21 August 2019

Published: 11 July 2019

FUNDING & SUPPORT OF SPACE BASED SERVICES FOR CYBER SECURITY

The European Space Agencys Business Applications Department, is launching an initiative related to space based services for Cyber Security (
https://business.esa.int/funding/invitation-to-tender/cyber-security-and-space-based-services).

This initiative will offer 100% zero-equity funding up to € 200.000 per activity to businesses who intend to use space (satellite navigation, earth observation, satellite telecommunication, space weather, space technologies) to develop innovative cyber-security services and solutions.

Funding eligibility: Funded participation to ESA Business Applications is open to any company and/or organisation, be it as group of users, public body or non-governmental organisation, residing in any of those states that subscribe to the ARTES IAP programme. To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.

To learn more please attend our webinar on
21/08/2019 at 11:00 CEST or visit our website:https://business.esa.int/funding/invitation-to-tender/cyber-security-and-space-based-services.

You can also contact Laurence.Duquerroy@esa.int or Thomas.Crone@esa.int before the call opens on 22 August 2019.

Please feel free to share this message and flyer.

Regards
Donna
 
Donna Lyndsay
European Space Agency UK Business Applications Regional Ambassador (South West England and South Wales)
University of Exeter

Department for International Trade: Cyber Security Export Team Newsletter: July 2019

Published: 09 July 2019

Secretary of State appoints UK Cyber Security Ambassador
The Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox, has appointed Dr Henry Pearson as the new UK Cyber Security Ambassador. The post was originated by Conrad Prince in 2016, and focuses on working with UK cyber security companies who are looking to export their capabilities overseas, particularly to national Governments. In this role Dr Pearson will look to bridge the gap between UK companies and senior decision makers and help align international demand for cyber security solutions with an extensive UK supply chain to secure major contracts for UK companies. This work will mainly be focused in the Gulf and South-East Asia. Prior to his appointment, Dr Pearson worked for the National Cyber Security Centre as an HMG Cyber Advisor, providing support to governments abroad to develop their cyber security capability. His extensive career in cyber security has also included advising the Ministry of Defence and senior leadership roles in Detica Ltd, now BAE Applied Intelligence.
 
Cyber Security Industry Representatives
We are pleased to welcome Michael Powell to the role of Cyber Security Industry Representative for the North America region. Michael will be based in the Embassy in Washington DC but will be travelling throughout North America, using his cyber and commercial expertise to engage with buyers and identify opportunities for UK companies. Michael has over twelve years of experience defining, selling, delivering, and directing both managed and professional cyber security services to government and industry, most recently as an Account Director for New York-based company, MWR InfoSecurity.
 
We are also pleased to have nominated a Cyber Security Industry Representative for the Middle East region, who will be based in Dubai. We will formally announce the post holder in the coming weeks. We will shortly be recruiting for a Cyber Representative to South-East Asia, and are considering options for a Cyber Representative to India in the medium term. We will provide updates as this process continues.
 
Sector offers
We now have sector offers for most of our priority areas: government, finance, CNI, automotive, healthcare, and infrastructure. The offers look to provide a suggested framework of themes for an overseas event and a selection of relevant companies. The team is promoting the offers around our deployed network, and has delivered events around automotive, finance and CNI. We are also producing sector-specific marketing material for use with potential buyers abroad. If your company has expertise relevant to a particular sector of which the team may not be aware, please do contact us oncyber@trade.gov.uk so we can include your capability in the offer.
 
Recent Events
 
RSA Conference, San Francisco, USA
In March we took 22 companies to the RSA exhibition in San Francisco. This was the largest cyber mission to RSA so far with 8 companies/organisations on the UK pavilion and 14 on the second track, who did not have a stand but benefitted from the DIT programme of events and introductions to buyers.  DIT teamed up with LORCA and Invest Northern Ireland, who were represented on the pavilion, with the common goal to showcase the UK offer and help our companies to export.  Feedback indicated that the second track was a great success and it will be repeated in 2020.
 
GISEC, Dubai, UAE, 1-3 April
The Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) was a hugely successful three-day conference attended by six UK companies. Our commercial objective for the event was to support the exporting ambitions of these six UK cyber security firms in the UAE by facilitating introductions to buyers at the UK pavilion. We had a complete programme for the mission which included a breakfast briefing that was well attended by cyber primes. The breakfast briefing included presentations by industry experts as well as sessions led by UK Export Finance, the UAE Embassy and a UAE based business consultancy. The mission has shown early signs of promise with reports of quality business leads for the companies exhibiting. Our hope is to return next year and to take advantage of the healthy network of stakeholders accrued over the last few years.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Japan FinTech & Cyber Trade Mission, 3-6 September
Applications for the FinTech/Cyber trade mission to Japan are now open. The mission will coincide with FIN/SUM, the Japanese FinTech Summit in Tokyo, and will include opportunities for cyber security companies. Please apply here by Friday 19th July, and contact techtradejapan@mobile.trade.gov.uk with any queries.
 
Billington, Washington DC, 4/5 September
Billington is a large Government cyber security summit, entering its 10th anniversary this year. The theme for this year is: “Reinventing Cybersecurity: Addressing Tomorrow’s Top Cyber Challenges”. There won’t be a DIT pavilion at the exhibition but there is a UK cyber zone where we will be present.  The cost of exhibiting is $5,000.  DIT will be supporting companies who attend/exhibit and have negotiated some relevant opportunities with the event organisers.  We are not involved in the organisation of the exhibition so if you are interested in exhibiting or attending please contact the organiser directly – tkb@billingtoncybersecurity.com
 
Singapore International Cyber Week, 1-3 October
The call for applications for the UK Pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week 2019 was issued this week, with a deadline of Friday 26th July. Please do contact us on cyber@trade.gov.uk if you have not received this email or have further questions.
 
QITCOM, 29 October – 1 November
QITCOM is an international conference and exhibition organised by the Qatari Ministry of Transport and Communications. This year’s event will feature a host of international speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 start-ups and many other ecosystem enablers.The British Embassy in Doha and DIT in London are working to secure a UK pavilion and attract UK representatives across tech, cyber and academia to exhibit and showcase at QITCOM this year. The theme for 2019 will be Safe Smart Cities. If your company has expertise relevant to this sector and you’re interested in finding out more, please emailmohamed.ali@trade.gov.uk
 
CEBIT Australia, 29-31 October
DIT is seeking 10 highly innovative UK technology companies, including cyber security companies, to attend Australia’s largest tech festival. Full details and registration by Wednesday 31st July here; please contact james.ohern@trade.gov.uk (UK) orjim.thompson@mobile.trade.gov.uk (Australia) for more information.
 
ANZ Airport Mission, w/c 11 November
Cyber security companies with an offer applicable to the airport sector are invited to join a mission to Australia and New Zealand, visiting key airport stakeholders in Auckland, Melbourne, and Sydney. Further information is in the attached flyer; please contactamanda.lightbody@trade.gov.uk with any questions or to express interest by Monday 22nd July.
 
Request for company information
The normal cycle of business is for companies to grow and expand and even shift their regional focus to explore more business opportunities. Our records need to be kept up to date so it’s important that this pertinent information is shared with us. If there are any changes in company structures, objectives, scope of work or regional shift/expansion it is vital we are made aware. Please email the team at cyber@trade.gov.uk and we will update our records accordingly.
 
Other information of interest
 
Cyber Insurance
The City of London Corporation have published a report on the UK cyber insurance sector, which was launched by the Lord Mayor of London last month. The report is available here.
 
National Cyber Security Strategy after 2021
HMG is in the process of developing the next National Cyber Security Strategy, to succeed the existing 2016-2021 programme. As part of this, RUSI are running a series of workshops to identify industry’s views, and have published a briefing paper summarising their early findings. The briefing paper is available here. If you have further views on the development of the next strategy that you would like to feed in, please contact jamess@rusi.org.

DIT Pavilion at CYBERSEC EU 2019 in Katowice, Poland - Deadline: 22 July 2019

Published: 08 July 2019

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the British Embassy in Warsaw offers an opportunity to join the UK Group Pavilion and showcase your capabilities during CYBERSEC EXPO 2019 in Katowice, Poland.

Date: 29-30 October 2019
Where: International Congress Centre (MCK) Katowice, Poland
Contact: artur.krasowski@fco.gov.uk
Application: 22nd July 2019 Deadline

CYBERSEC EXPO 2019 is an international cyber security exhibition accompanying Cybersec CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) Forum which has been in existence since 2015 and has acquired the status of one of the most important events in the cyber security sector in Europe.
The expo accompanying the forum will be held for the first time and is expected to attract manufacturers, consultants, and distributors as well as government, local administration, law enforcement, military, state and private companies from Poland and abroad.

UK cyber security companies are encouraged to apply for exhibition space in the UK Group Pavilion with the following package which includes:

➢ exhibition booth (up to 9sq. m depending on the number of exhibitors) complete with built shell scheme (including stand walls, flooring, lighting – 3 spotlights, power socket, a fascia board with company name).
➢ Entry fee, administration related to participation in the exhibition, exhibitor’s badges, catalogue entry
➢ Participation in cocktail reception organised by DIT Warsaw during the exhibition with guests from cyber security sector (both public and private) in Poland invited by DIT Warsaw.

DIT will work to ensure that all work related to inviting guests to the cocktail reception is met to the best of DIT team ability, but we are unable to guarantee the final number of attendees at the reception. Please also be aware acceptances of invitations do not always guarantee the final number of attendees at the event.

Cost: £500 plus VAT paid by 07 August 2019

The above service will be provided via Eventbrite and the above amount must be paid in full by 07 August 2019.
Additional charges not included in the above package:

1. Any additional costs incurred for the execution of Cybersec Expo like the hire of additional equipment and services
2. additional charges for speaking slots in the agenda accompanying the exhibition;
3. flights, accommodation, transport;
4. catering, interpretation and any other, additional costs and service charges billed by other parties.

Settlement of such costs will be the responsibility of a UK exhibitor.

Next steps:
Please note there is limited space in the UK Pavilion.
UK cyber security companies interested in exhibiting in the UK Group Pavilion during CYBERSEC EXPO 2019 should send their application to: artur.krasowski@fco.gov.uk (application form enclosed below)

The deadline for receiving applications is 22 July 2019.

Horizon 2020 IoT Call from a French SME - July 2019

Published: 08 July 2019

H2020 – SU-ICT-02-2020 Cyber security : a French SME expert in the IoT sector is searching for a consortium

TOFR20190627002| FRANCE
https://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/opportunities/TOFR20190627002?utm_source=podalert
The SME delivers turnkey connected solutions to smart and connected product manufacturers.
The SME has strong expertise in secure IoT device design from electronics, embedded software development, RF protocols (Bluetooth Low Energy, Cellula...)

Please send enquiries to:-

Lawson J Coombes
Innovation Specialist
Enterprise Europe Network
Swansea University
T: 01792 606683
E: l.j.coombes@swansea.ac.uk

DIT Pavilion at IACP in Chicago - Event: 26 October 2019

Published: 03 July 2019

The Department for International Trade Defence & Security Organisation (DIT DSO) extend an invitation for you to participate on the UK Pavilion at IACP 2019 in Chicago 26 – 29 October 2019.

IACP is one of the largest integrated law enforcement events in the world. It offers unrivalled access to US law enforcement and visiting international delegates from across the globe and allows for the development of international relationships and the generation of new business opportunities.

Space on the UK Pavilion is limited, therefore please direct your expressions of interest to Laurence Goodwin (E: laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk / T: 020 7215 8185) at your earliest convenience.

DIT Pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week - Deadline: 26 July 2019

Published: 02 July 2019

Following on from the success of previous years, DIT will be hosting a UK pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week this year. The flyer with further details is attached. There will also be a significant senior HMG delegation attending GovWare, the associated conference.

There will be space for 6-8 UK companies on the pavilion. If you would like to apply for one of these slots, please submit an application form to cyber@trade.gov.uk by Friday 26th July. We will select companies the following week, and inform all applicants as soon as possible.

Companies can also have their own stands at the exhibition. We have asked the organisers to give any UK companies with their own stands the option of being located near the UK pavilion. If this would be of interest, please mention this to the organisers as part of your discussions, and let us know that you intend to attend so that we can support. We may also be able to offer invitations to the HMG reception to UK companies attending but not on the UK pavilion.

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any queries.

Claire Baillie
Assistant Director
Cyber Security
Defence & Security Organisation
Department for International Trade
020 7215 5028

DIT Mission to Mexico - Event: 29 July 2019

Published: 02 July 2019

Apologies if this is not your area of expertise but as you can see the timescale is a short one.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is organising an Outward Mission to Mexico on 29-31 July 2019. UK companies with experience in Railway and Transport Security are being offered a unique opportunity to meet Mexican stakeholders and decision-makers involved in major projects.

If you are interested in the Mission, further information can be obtained from Gisela Gonzalez E:gisela.gonzalez@fco.gov.uk

Cyber Innovation Hub opens in the Airbus facility in - Newport - 24 June 2019

Published: 24 June 2019

Airbus Cyber Innovation celebrates the opening of its Cyber Innovation Hub located in the Airbus facility in Newport, Wales. The Hub hosts leading cyber security research initiatives, incubators and accelerators, and academic research partnerships. Key areas of research include the protection of industrial control and safety critical systems, understanding the human factors of cyber security, and artificial intelligence and data analytics.

The Newport Hub helps promote Wales’ reputation for cyber excellence by developing cyber talent in the region and engaging with Welsh industry and academia.

An ambitious cyber security initiative jointly funded by the Welsh Government and Airbus called CyberLab is hosted at the Airbus Cyber Innovation Hub. The dedicated up to £8 million programme of activity and research in a laboratory environment develops fundamental cyber security research for key industrial requirements in advanced manufacturing organisations.

Partnerships with academia are key to Airbus Cyber Innovation’s goal of identifying and developing emerging research and technology. The Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics is a partnership with Cardiff University launched in 2017. A leading UK academic research unit for cyber security analytics, the team is developing new ways of protecting corporate IT networks, intellectual property and critical national infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Attending the opening, Ken Skates AM, Minister for Economy and Transport, said: “I am delighted to be working in partnership with Airbus on this exciting and absolutely vital new facility. This Cyber Innovation Hub will give front line leadership in cyber security to companies and enterprises across Wales and indeed the UK for this and future generations. I view Cyber as a building block for every commercial enterprise in Wales. It is not only larger businesses that should be concerned about cyber security, it is every size of business across the entire Country who needs to take action now to safeguard our national infrastructure and strong supply chain.”

Dr Kevin Jones, Head of Airbus Cyber Innovation, said: “The launch of the Cyber Innovation Hub is further recognition of the strategic importance of the cybersecurity research and innovation programme for Airbus. It demonstrates the company’s commitment to cybersecurity and research into the protection of business and critical systems and recognises the value of the cyber security ecosystem in Wales. The flagship cyber innovation laboratory and CyberLab programme enables transformation of the cyber security horizon, and further enhances the “Cyber Wales” brand on a global scale.”

UK Cyber Forum Update - 23 June 2019

Published: 23 June 2019

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

Report from IAAC Cyber Leadership Forum April 2019


The report from our Cyber Leadership Forum held on 4 April 2019, on the topic of the National Research Strategy in Cyber Security Science and Technology can be found at http://www.iaac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IAAC-Cyber-Leadership-Forum-4-4-19-report-FINAL.pdf.

The report makes several recommendations and discusses why:
  • The strategy must identify a user or sponsor who has the authority in the wider community to define business benefits and research scope.
  • The strategy must understand the vital contribution of blue-skies, corporate and applied research in the ‘triangle’ of government, industry and academia.
  • To strategy must recognise and build on the strengths inherent in the UK cyber security sector such as technical excellence and academic collaboration in socio-technical issues.
  • HMG must ensure that priority risks are identified and addressed.
  • The strategy must support the wider community, nationally, regionally and locally, regarding the outcomes of research and empirically-based approaches in their application in practice.

The report from the IAAC North West Cyber Leadership Forum is also now available
http://www.iaac.org.uk/cyber-leadership-forum-report-4-april-2019/.  The evening discussed cyber resilience in the face of major cyber attack.  It helped us confirm a series of points for our agenda:
  • Continue to promote cyber resilience in terms of people, technological and governance factors.
  • Find ways to support rehearsal and exercising of cyber incidents that are easy to deploy and learn from, at organisational and regional levels.
  • Establish a stronger narrative about career paths and skills for cyber security, that encompasses all levels of education, into employment.
  • Develop better intelligence sharing and cyber-crime reporting mechanisms that work at a local level.
  • Build on the idea that the North West community is prepared to help each other.
  • Establish networks of support which can be resilient in a crisis.
  • Find ways of being clear about ‘where help is.’

 

Dstl shares new open-source framework initiative 


A new open-source software framework designed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is now available to help improve tracking technology. Full details on the framework can be found here.

Free Event to showcase Cyber Security Innovation to secure SMEs


10th October  in Malvern

This day-long event is called “Cyber Security Solutions for SMEs” and is part of the week long Malvern Festival of Innovation. It will be held in Malvern Theatres which is in Malvern.

This will be the 8th year the Malvern Festival of Innovation has been held. There is always a day within the Festival which focuses on Cyber Security but with a different theme each year. This year we will focus on innovation and technology which could help small organisations increase their cyber security.

The aim of the Festival as a whole is to encourage discussion and awareness of innovation which, in turn, encourages further innovation.  Other days include a large event for school students to discover innovation, a “business of innovation” day and a “start-up” event. The events are free to attend and free for small organisations to exhibit so it gives the smallest of innovator an opportunity to exhibit.  We aim to attract some great early-stage innovators. The event is funded by sponsorship

The event is open to the public and attracts attendees from across the UK. It includes companies of all sizes, members of the public, university students, many of IASME Certification Bodies, managed service providers and police. We usually have between 300 and 400 attendees on the cyber security day.

We aim to encourage attendance from as wide and diverse an audience as possible. All the trainees from the UK Cyber Security Forum neurodiverse cyber security training will be encouraged and supported to attend. One of the neurodiverse team will also present on behalf of the innovative Community SOC project.

The programme of speakers will be published later in the year.

There is also a popular black tie dinner for the Festival on the evening of 10th October.  Dinner tickets are £69 each (including vat).

Become a Sponsor
https://www.festival-innovation.com/home/sponsor

Register to attend (free)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-54289558531

Register to exhibit (free for innovative SMEs)
https://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/

Book to attend the dinner
https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/formal-dinner

We usually have to close attendance and exhibition spaces booking before the event as we get over-subscribed.  So do book early if you want to attend.

Department for International Trade – Online Platform


DIT has launched an online platform which contains a live directory of exporting opportunities. HMG is putting potential business directly in touch with potential customers overseas. Since its launch, nearly 150,000 exporting opportunities have been advertised on this platform. Full details can be found here

CyBOK project: Public consultation now open - HUMAN FACTORS knowledge area


We are very pleased to announce that the next Knowledge Area (KA) – Human Factors – is now open for public review.  This will be for a period of 4 weeks from 11 June 2019 to 12 July 2019 inclusive.

The Knowledge Area can be accessed at www.cybok.org and your feedback is welcomed via contact@cybok.org.  All feedback, big or small, is valued so please do take this opportunity to provide us with your thoughts.

Please continue to visit the CyBOK website for project updates and KA releases.

For further information and to submit KA feedback, contact the team directly via contact@cybok.org.  Please also use this email if you no longer want us to hold your details.

DSEI Japan call for papers extended - submit your speaking proposal before 28 June


The first ever DSEI Japan Conference will provide an opportunity to deep dive into the key issues shaping Asia-Pacific defence and security capabilities.

If you would like to be considered as a speaker please complete your submission before 28 June. 

>>Submit your paper here

The DSEI Japan conference will feature two streams organised around the four core themes of:
  • Combating the threats of the new era: measures against space, cyber, and electronic warfare
  • Responding to airborne threats: strengthening air and missile defence capability
  • The freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region: maintaining and enhancing free and open maritime order
  • Technologies and overseas transfer of defence equipment

DSEI Japan is a peer reviewed conference. Technical, policy and concept development papers from across the research and development community are welcomed, along with those from the defence and security military and other communities. Presentations or papers that are focused solely on the promotion of a product or service are considered inappropriate; papers that promote the unique technical or conceptual aspects of new products, products in development, or services are considered appropriate.

More information about the conference, including how to submit your paper, can be found here.

Sell2Wales Contract Notice for Cyber Services to ONR - Deadline: 24 July 2019

Published: 21 June 2019

The Provision of Cyber Security Regulatory Support Services to the Office for Nuclear Regulation
Reference No: JUN298803
Published By: Office for Nuclear Regulation
Deadline Date: 24-Jul-19
Notice Type: Contract Notice

Neuro-diverse Training Course needs speakers - Deadline: 18 July 2019

Published: 20 June 2019

The UK Cyber Security Forum (UKCSF) provides a free training and support service for unemployed neuro-diverse adults looking for careers in cyber security.

People considered to be neuro-diverse often have skills that are well suited to cyber security. They can often outperform neuro-typicals in focused, detailed work and at recognising unusual patterns of data.

UKCSF provides a 12-week pre-employment training package directly relevant to the demands of the modern-day profession. The course, held in Worcester, is led by an industry expert, a specialist teacher and a neuro-diverse IT professional, along with guest lecturers from the wider industry. UKCSF provides a conducive learning environment for neuro-diverse individuals looking to train and work in cyber security. Currently there is little support to develop these skills which means many talented individuals are out of work.

The training course provides:-
• An online training platform in collaboration with Immersive Labs
• Hands on course content delivered by industry expert trainers
• Workplace training and help with communication skills
• Visits to companies and organisations
• Personal mentor scheme
• Support with creating an industry specific CV
• Provisional support in finding and applying for suitable vacancies

A new cohort starts on 18th July and here is a list of upcoming training days that the Forum have volunteer speaking slots for:-

August
1st - Network Foundation
8th - Linux
15th - Automation (Bash, Python, PowerShell)
22nd - Blue Team (Planning)
29th - Blue Team (Defending)

September
19th - Red Team (OSINT)
26th - Red Team (Attack Frameworks)

October
3rd - Risk
10th - Compliance
17th - Ethics
24th - CV interview skills and catch up

If you know anyone who is interested in speaking on any of these topics please let the UK Cyber Security Forum know by contacting Tim Charrot on +44 (0)3300 882 752 or tim.charrot@iasme.co.uk

RAK SME Fair, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - Event: 14- 16 November 2019

Published: 18 June 2019

Companies within Cyber Wales are being offered a subsidized price by the Government of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE for their upcoming event.

RAK-SME Fair 2019 is devoted to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, providing a precious platform for small businesses to market their businesses and interact with prominent business leaders and representatives from a number of local and international companies. Stimulate business growth and allowing both exhibitors and visitors alike to forge new business opportunities.

It is not a part of the public news but the first one to come will get subsidized rate as exhibitor (3 x 3 meter) for a price of 750 USD.

As this is not yet part of a public news but soon it will be with a validity until 15th July maximum and then the rates will increase.

Upon your interest you will deal with the Government and/or Government-approved entities directly and the fees will be paid to the Government directly.

http://www.raksmefair.ae/

For more information please contact Faheem Azhar

Security BSides Cymru - Event 28 September 2019

Published: 14 June 2019

Security BSides is a community-driven framework for building events, by and for, information security community members.

These events are already happening in major cities all over the world and the BSides Cymru team are responsible for organising an independent BSides-Approved event for Cymru/Wales. As all Security BSides events around the world, Security BSides Cymru is an open event organized by the community, for the community.

Want to Volunteer?
The organizers are all volunteers who believed that such an international event should also come to the heart of Wales and they are looking for volunteers who would like to help with the event, especially on the day of the conference. If you believe you could give a hand on the day, do not hesitate to contact the volunteers email (volunteers|@|bsides|.|cymru)

Want to Sponsor?
Support the initiative to bring the event to Wales by being a sponsor. Companies offering their services in Wales and worldwide can be recognised further not only as a brand but most importantly for their role in supporting the Welsh Information Security community.

Want to Present?
Looking to present at BSidesCymru 2019? Look no further. We welcome applications from seasoned presenters, first timers, the highly technical and the broad areas of information security management. As this is the inaugural Security BSides Cymru, you are guaranteed to go down in the annals of history (for a number of reasons, some may be better than others). Fill in your details here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQyCPbRgfFNiHwu5CIRrw78-0tbvvms7PS8doabLSZJmYe0A/viewform

What is BSides?
Security BSides (commonly referred to as BSides) is a series of loosely affiliated information security conferences. It was created in 2009 when, due to an overwhelming number of presentation submissions to Black Hat USA, the rejected presentations were presented to a smaller group of individuals. Over time the conference format matured and was released to enable individuals to start their own BSides conferences.

We are all looking forward to the first ever BSides Cymru - lets make it a great success!

DASA Call - Intelligent Ship, The Next Generation - Event: 19 June 2019

Published: 12 June 2019

The Defence and Security Accelerator is delighted to invite you to the launch of Intelligent Ship – the Next Generation on 19 June 2019 in London.

Intelligent techniques and automation will have a significant impact across all aspects of Defence in the future and it is essential that Defence embraces the potential of intelligent systems, approaches and technology.

Intelligent ship will change the manufacture, design and operational capability of the UK Fleet. Exploiting Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Data Science to revolutionise not only how data and information is used, presented and interacted with, but also in how ships are designed, work together, are operated and manned. New technologies and approaches will drive a future fleet, made up of fundamentally different platform types, sizes and roles than of those seen in today’s Royal Navy.

Future threats are becoming more challenging both in terms of detectability, capability, speed and numbers, especially in a future operating environment that will certainly be congested, may be degraded or even denied. The ever growing data and information flows, while potentially providing more knowledge about a situation, also create a problem with potential information overload, which can lead to confusion, uncertainty and less effective or delayed decision making. This increasing data input is already challenging crew communications and their interactions with information systems, a trend which will become even more prevalent in the coming years.

The competition is split into 6 challenges:

Mission planning and decision aides
Information fusion
Sensor and information management
Novel human-machine interfaces
Human-machine teaming (in challenges 1-4)
Integration

Up to £4m has been allocated to this multi-phase competition.

More details can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/join-dasa-to-launch-the-search-for-the-future-of-the-naval-operating-environment
The launch event can be booked here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-event-intelligent-ship-the-next-generation-tickets-62500944006

Cyber Security Sector Research - Deadline: ASAP

Published: 12 June 2019

Miller Research has been commissioned by Cardiff University to undertake research into the cyber security sector in Wales. The intention of research is to supply the cyber security research centre at Cardiff University, and the Wales cyber security industry with comprehensive sector information. The pan-Wales analysis aims to provide an understanding of regional strengths,
highlighting any areas of unique activity, to enable it to better support and help expand Wales’ growing and vibrant cyber security ecosystem.

The research includes an online survey of organisations working in cyber security in Wales. We are hoping that you would complete the survey. The survey is endorsed by Welsh Government and your feedback would be very much appreciated.

A copy of the final report from the research will be sent to all survey respondents and key findings will be shared widely with the Wales cyber security industry.

The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and can be accessed via the link below:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/cybersecuritystudy/

if you have any questions about the research, please feel free to contact Kerry KilBride from Miller Research on 01873 851 886 or kerry@miller-research.co.uk

Data Innovation Accelerator Launch – Event: 18 June 2019

Published: 11 June 2019

We are delighted to invite you to attend the launch of the Data Innovation Accelerator at Milk & Sugar, The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff on Tuesday 18 June 2019 from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Short speeches will begin at 6pm, followed by a light buffet and refreshments. Do you know of any SMEs who could benefit from our support? If so, contact us and we will send them an invitation too.

The Data Innovation Accelerator project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government with the aim of increasing the successful translation of data science research and innovation at Cardiff University into new and improved commercial products, processes and services.

Our data science team will work collaboratively with small and medium-sized enterprises in the ‘East Wales’ region to address specific short-term business challenges and to explore avenues for future integration of data science techniques into companies’ day-to-day operations.

Our vision is to contribute to business strength in Wales through data science, and to inspire small companies to integrate data modelling, engineering and analysis into their practices.

We hope that you are able to join us and look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Roger Whitaker & Professor Pete Burnap
Directors, Data Innovation Accelerator, Cardiff University

Dr Emma Philpot is awarded an MBE - 9 June 2019

Published: 09 June 2019

Today, there are 23 Cyber Security Clusters operating in the UK under the umbrella of the UK Cyber Security Forum.

These Clusters are helping cyber security professionals to meet regularly and share best practice all over the country from Scotland to Cornwall, from Wales to Norfolk and everywhere in between. The Forum was founded as a Community Interest Company in 2014 by Dr Emma Philpott who also formed the very first Cyber Security Cluster in Malvern in 2011.

Cyber Wales began life as one of these Cyber Security Clusters, the second open Cluster to form after Malvern, and since 2014 we have grown into 7 Clusters with 1,200+ members from over 750 organisations enjoying partnerships with 30 international Clusters from 25 countries across all 5 continents.

All of this began thanks to the vision and hard work of Dr Emma Philpott and we are delighted to offer our CONGRATULATIONS to Emma for being awarded an MBE for contributions to cyber security.

It all began when Emma earned her PhD for her work in the UK MoD in CMCs (ceramic matrix composites) used today right across the Defense and Space industries and beyond. This highly technical background was the foundation that enabled a shift into the world of Cyber Security and when the UK Government announced its first public release National Cyber Security Strategy in 2011 Emma was right there in the thick of things.

Determined to fly the flag for SMEs and minority groups in a cyber security world dominated by Government and Enterprises, Emma set about redressing the balance and we are all enjoying the results of her ideas and hard work.

In addition to running the Malvern Cluster and the Forum, Emma runs a company, The IASME Consortium, which was selected as one of the first Accreditation Bodies for the UK Governments Cyber Essentials Scheme and IASME have completed more than the lion share of the certifications issued to organisations all over the UK.

More recently, Emma has pioneered another visionary project. The UK Cyber Security Forum runs cyber security training courses for unemployed neuro-diverse adults and the graduates from this revolutionary training programme are working in a SOC (Security Operations Centre) aimed at running services for micro-businesses and charities.

It is ideas, vision, hard work and dedication to causes such as these that has made Emma stand out within the industry and whenever a panel of experts is assembled or whenever the BBC needs a comment from an industry expert, it is Dr Emma Philpott who is first on the list.

Dr Emma Philpott MBE... Cyber Wales would just like to say "Llongyfarchiadau mawr iawn i chi Emma, a diolch yn fawr iawn i chi am eich waith galed"

MoD ISS Innovation Challenge - Deadline: 5 July 2019

Published: 07 June 2019

Please see below a call for responses from MOD regarding a innovation challenge.

The Ministry of Defence is modernising the way it works and has a strong desire to provide mobility and flexible ways of working for its entire workforce. To support this objective JHUB Digital are investigating how and where it would be possible for MOD to make greater use of a Bring Your Own Device concept.

To meet this goal we are issuing a challenge to industry for interested organisations to demonstrate how they would tackle our problem and address the issues that BYOD presents. The MOD is interested in hearing about mature and demonstrable solutions that either make best use of our current systems or present us with a new disruptive advantage.

Further details of the challenge can be found here
Responses requested by the 5 July 2019
Responses are to be no longer than 20 pages
Responses & questions to ISSDes-Innovation@mod.gov.uk

Kind regards, Charlie Wyatt
Programme Assistant | Cyber | Defence | Justice & Emergency Services | International Trade
techUK, 10 St Bride Street, EC4A 4AD
T | 0207 331 2009 E | charlie.wyatt@techuk.org

DASA Call - Innovation Focus Area - Deadline: 9 July 2019

Published: 07 June 2019

A new Innovation Focus area (IFA) has gone up on the DASA website that might be useful to Cluster members.

It is titled "Delivering an open data sharing solution" and the challenge is to demonstrate the ability to analyse and share structured and unstructured multi-source data.

Full details can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-and-security-accelerator-dasa-open-call-for-innovation/open-call-innovation-focus-areas

An IFA is an ongoing call for innovation in a problem area of particular interest to a customer. As such, successful solutions will have an end-user lined up who has already set aside money to fund the potential innovations. They run over a number of Open Call cycles, but can be withdrawn at any point if the customer chooses. Consequently it is best to apply as early as possible rather than waiting.

The next Open Call cycle closes on 9th July, the following one on 2nd October.

I hope you find it interesting

Free Hotdesking for a week at Canolfan S4C Yr Egin - w/c 3 June 2019

Published: 30 May 2019

Cynnig arbennig am wythnos yn unig - 3/6/19 - 7/6/19
Special offer for one week only!

Wythnos gyfan yn cynnig cyfle i bobl weithio or gofod cydweithio am ddim er mwyn cael blas or cyfleusterau gwych ar awyrgylch greadigol. Os yr ydych yn ymwybodol o rywun a fyddai â diddordeb i fanteisio ar y cynnnig, gadewch iddynt wybod!
Yn dilyn eich ymweliad yn ystod yr wythnos am ddim, fe gewch y tro nesaf am hanner pris - bargen! (os defnyddir cyn 31 Awst, 2019)
A week long opportunity to work from the hot desking facilities for free. Come and work from the Hub, or if you know of anyone that would be interested in taking advantage of the offer, let them know.
Following your visit during the week, your next visit will be half price - bargain! (if used before 31 August, 2019)

Beth ywr Hwb?
Maer Hwb yn cynnig ardal cydweithio deinamig sydd â chyfleusterau modern a hynny mewn gofod agored, sydd â ffenestri llydan yn darparu golygfeydd gwych. Dyma gyfle i weithio a datblygu partneriaethau a syniadau, a rhwydweithio â phobl syn llawn brwdfrydedd. Gyda chysylltiad Wifi cyflym a chaffi bendigedig, Y Gegin yn cynnig coffi hyfryd, prydau iachus o fwyd lleol a chacennau blasus, pa le gwell i weithio ohono?
Whats the Hub?
The Hub offers a dynamic coworking space with modern facilities in an open plan office, with large windows providing fantastic views. This is an opportunity to work and develop ideas and partnerships with like minded individuals.
With superfast Wifi and a wonderful café, Y Gegin offering lovely coffee, healthy meals from local produce, and delicious cakes, what better place to work from?

Cyngor Busnes
Yn ogystal, mae ein partner, Busnes Mewn Ffocws yn cynnig cyngor, gweithdai a sesiynau cefnogi busnes yn yr Hwb. Maent yno i gynnig arweiniad i entrepreneuriaid sydd eisioes wedi dechrau busnes neu ir rheiny syn cychwyn ar eu taith.
Business Advice
In addition, our partner, Business in Focus are offering advice, workshops and sessions to support businesses in the Hub. Theyre there to provide guidance to entrepreneurs; those who have already started their own businesses and those embarking on their journey.

Am fwy o wybodaeth neu i archebu desg, ffoniwch 01267 611600 neu ebostiwch helo@yregin.cymru

For more information or to book a desk, phone 01267 611600 or email helo@yregin.cymru

DSEI Japan - Deadline: 27 June 2019

Published: 29 May 2019

DSEI Japan will take place for the first time at Makuhari Messe from 18 – 20 November 2019.

The exhibition and associated conferences will run biennially thereafter, and in keeping with the themes of DSEI in London, DSEI Japan will cover all four domains of Land, Naval, Aviation and Security.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity, in any form, please do not hesitate to contact WO2 James Collins who will send you a form to express your interest.

These expressions of interest must be submitted by close of business 27 June 2019 to:

WO2 (MPF) James Collins
Export Support Team,
Horne Barracks,
Larkhill,
SALISBURY,
Wiltshire,
SP4 8QE
E: james.collins826@mod.gov.uk / T: +44 (0) 1980 845747 / M: Mob: +44 (0) 7966 198301

Midlands Cyber USA Delegation - Event: 7 June 2019

Published: 22 May 2019

We would like to invite you to a Maryland USA Midlands Cyber UK networking event. We are excited to host a delegation of cyber businesses and representatives from Maryland, USA, on Friday 7 June from 11.45 am noon. The event will include lunch and will take place at Malvern Hills Science Park, Geraldine Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3SZ.

This event will include a talk from Dan Turner, CEO of Deep Secure and networking with Midlands Cyber colleagues and 7 Maryland cyber companies.

We will be promoting the region as the UK’s leading location for cyber and security technologies, together with our developing partnership with the State of Maryland. We have grown Midlands Cyber over the past 2 years, with great help from our supporting businesses and organisations, but we have much bigger aspirations for the future and we plan to continue this development over the next year.

By way of background, in June 2017 Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine and Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on behalf of Midlands Engine Cyber and the state of Maryland Department of Commerce which was led by Worcestershire LEP. This MOU recognised the Midland’s regional excellence and international reputation for cyber security. This history began in the 1940s when Winston Churchill selected Malvern in Worcestershire as a safe place away from the London bombings to test radar technology to support our WW2 efforts. This led to the establishment of the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE) from which the global security and technology company, QinetiQ grew. The area is now home to 20% of the UK’s top cyber companies and known nationally as ‘Cyber Valley’, due to this cluster and proximity to GCHQ, QinetiQ and the Special Services in Hereford. Equally, Maryland has a similar cluster due to its proximity to the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Defence headquarters. This shared expertise provided the platform for what has been to date a very successful MOU, spearheaded by Worcestershire LEP on behalf of the Midlands Engine, promoting both trade and investment opportunities.

We would be delighted if you could attend this networking event to learn more about commercial opportunities in the Midlands and in Maryland.

See the Eventbrite registration here.

NB. Places are limited.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm wishes from The Midlands Cyber Team.

Disrupt Summit Europe - Event: 10 September 2019

Published: 22 May 2019

Disruption Summit Europe is the must attend event for senior executives looking to guide their organisations in the digital and post-digital eras.

Being Disruptive
This year’s Disruption Summit Europe looks set to be a dazzling showcase of just how much has changed in just 3 years since it began. From a starting point of uncovering emerging technologies and their disruptive potential, to exploring how to harness disruption, this year the focus is on how to be a truly disruptive and innovative organisation.

Beyond Digital Transformation
It has become clear that simply ‘doing digital transformation’ is missing the point. Businesses need to actually be transformative. They need to change not just the technologies and business models they are using, but also their culture, and the way in which they integrate the purpose which underlies all their activities and contributes enormously to their success.

Convergence and Collaboration
The themes of Disruption Summit Europe 2019 are – Technology, Innovation, and Purpose. We will examine each through the lens of convergence, and how together they change the business landscape and how we need to operate. As technologies, industry sectors, companies and ideas come together, innovation cannot come simply from inside an organisation. Therefore, the programme is designed to give even more opportunities for interaction and networking between delegates, making it a forum for in depth learning and inspiration.

DSE is organised by D/SRUPTION, a business intelligence service for individuals and organisations looking to deepen their understanding of emerging technologies, new business models and what it takes to scale innovation in the 21st century. Since 2015, we have provided business leaders the information, insights, connections and inspiration that have helped them navigate the rapidly changing business world. D/SRUPTION resources include a print magazine, website, and series of events including Disruption Summit Europe and DisruptionX, the premier business experience programme.

Full details can be found here: https://disruption-summit.com

Blockchain Summit - Event: 26-27 June 2019

Published: 22 May 2019

Blockchain Summit London is the leading blockchain for business event in Europe.

Connecting industry leaders, business decision makers and tech innovators, Blockchain Summit London is a 2 day conference and exhibition dedicated to the business of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT).

Based on unrivalled content, visionary speakers and exceptional networking opportunities, Blockchain Summit London is a must-attend event to understand the challenges and opportunities of our blockchain future.
Event Highlights

Europes leading Blockchain for Business event - fact! Compare our programme with any of our competitors and we are supremely confident in the quality of speakers, agenda and partners contributing to it.

Hear from 100 industry leading speakers with keynote presentations and panel debates

More “real-world” case studies from companies who have started their Blockchain journeys.

A conference programme designed to offer learning and insight as well as discussion with some of the industrys leading minds.

Meet more of the industries leading tech visionaries with previous partners including Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, Cognizant, Cisco, EY, ConsenSys, KPMG, Accenture, Dell Technologies and many more.

An interactive programme with meet the speaker, roundtable discussions and exhibitor demo talks

Full details can be found here: https://blockchainsummitlondon.com/

UK Cyber Forum Update - 12 May 2019

Published: 12 May 2019

Good afternoon

Here are some cyber security opportunities you might be interested in:

Consultation on CyBOK (sorry for the short notice!)


We are pleased to announce that the Adversarial Behaviours and Secure Software Lifecycle KAs are now live on the CyBOK website (www.cybok.org) ready for public review.  The public consultation period is due to end on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

Cyber VC Panel session at InfoSec


Andy Williams, CEO of Global Transatlantic, will be running a Cyber VC panel session each day at Infosec Europe (4th - 6th June) at which UK cyber start-ups can pitch their companies to a panel of high-profile cyber investors.

For more details or to apply for the opportunity to pitch please follow this link: https://www.infosecurityeurope.com/VCpanelpitch

Cyber 101 Business Skills Bootcamp


Free of Charge - apply before 15th May (sorry about the short notice!)

Location: Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA
Date: 29 May 2019
Time: 09:00 - 17:30
Cyber 101: Business skills Bootcamps for cyber security startups and scaleups.
Digital Catapult wants to hear from cyber security companies that are interested in receiving mentorship, raising capital and accessing a wider network of public and private customers.
Successful applicants will receive tailored advice on a diverse range of topics linked to establishing and growing a successful cyber security business.
Background Cyber 101 is a national programme running from January 2017 – March 2021 as part of DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security sector and the capability of cyber security startups and scaleups.
An intensive one-day Bootcamp: You’ll receive tutoring and tailored advice from industry experts on how to develop and scale up your cyber business.
Who should attend? Whether you are an established startup looking to refine your business proposition or a mature company seeking feedback and advice on your business, you are welcome to take a part in Cyber 101 Bootcamp.
We are interested in hearing from cyber security companies operating across all UK sectors with existing product or service offerings.
Why attend? Successful applicants will be invited to an intensive one-day workshop which is designed to help support cyber security enterprises hone their business skills in an open innovation environment. Topics will be followed by 1-to-1 mentoring sessions with the presenter, allowing startups and scaleups to build close connections with their peers as well as the mentors.
As an attendee, you will get a chance to:
  • Receive tutoring and tailored expert advice on different topics. Topics include; development of an effective value proposition, market validation, sales and marketing techniques, international expansion, finance and capital and business models.
  • Build new relationships with customers, partners and peers.

Furthermore, selected companies that successfully complete the workshop will be shortlisted for an annual Demo Day, which will provide a direct opportunity to pitch to potential customers and investors. The Demo Day will be facilitated by Inogesis (formerly VTC), The Accelerator Network and White Horse Capital.
Dates, times and locations Submit your application to Cyber 101 via the form below. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 15th May.
Places will be allocated to those with the most appropriate needs, expertise, services and products in line with the Open Call.
We aim to respond to all applications within 7 days of the call closing. However we will review applications on receipt and may allocate places before the closing date.
Successful applicants will be invited to a brief telephone interview to judge suitability. Please be advised that experts from the Cyber 101 team will assess applications using 3 criteria: fit to Cyber 101 requirements, domain expertise, and maturity. Assessment is based on application content only.
The event will be facilitated by Inogesis (formerly VTC), The Accelerator Network and White Horse Capital.
https://salesforceadmin1.typeform.com/to/XcvOzq?type=Bootcamp&subtitle=Business%20Skills&date=29%20May%202019%20(09:00%20-%2017:30)

SSCS 2019: International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security


21 - 22 October 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place
Contributions deadline: 15 June 2019
www.theiet.org/sscs

Showcase your latest work at the only UK conference covering both system safety and cyber security. We welcome contributions of both presentations and workshop sessions by 15 June.

This year’s themes are related to the safety and security challenges of applying emergent and new technologies in critical systems. Core topics are:
  • AI/ML: how do you meet the safety and security challenges for critical systems?
  • Cloud, multi-core and novel technologies in critical systems
  • The challenges for Regulation, Certification and Accreditation of critical systems
  • Vulnerabilities, threats and solutions to cyber security in safety-critical systems
  • The human factors of cyber security and safety

Publication opportunity
Contributors who present their work at SSCS 2019 have the opportunity to be published in the IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications Journal (NB subject to peer review). All article processing charges ($2000 as standard) will be waived for the SSCS 2019 speakers.

IAAC Cyber Resilience Report and Workshop


The report of the first IAAC ‘Cyber Resilience’ workshop held at Shrivenham on 26th March has been published and available on the IAAC website.

The next workshop in the cyber resilience series will be held at the University of Manchester in central Manchester on 3rd June, 1100-1600.  The precise location will be confirmed after registration, which can be done through info@iaac.org.uk.

The workshop will follow on from a previous workshop held at the Defence Academy Shrivenham. There is no need to have attended the first workshop, to attend this event.

We will focus specifically on how businesses and communities can create and maintain an effective compliance eco-system for cyber resilience.  We will examine a range of hard and soft approaches to encouraging and sustaining cyber resilience, from social marketing approaches to regulation and law. The workshop will also seek to clarify issues around achieving accountability in the face of growing cyber risk.

A wide spectrum of people from across the community of business, government, academic and third sectors are welcome.  A series of panels will be run in which active participation through discussion and Q&A will be facilitated. We aim to write up a final report with actionable recommendations.

Discount to exhibit at the Festival of AI and Emerging Technology


CogX is offering UK Cyber Security Forum members a discount to exhibit at their festival in the Startup Village. CogX London Kings Cross 10th-12th June

Normally a place on the start up bench is £1,000 for the 3 day festival, but UK Cyber Security Forum members get a discount of 40%.  For £600 you will get
  • A Start Up Bench space
  • Access to the Festival Networking App
  • 2x tickets for your clients

To book please email Ray Clark <ray.clark@cognitionx.io> and mention the code cogx19MFOI75%

Call for Papers - International Security Expo 2019

We are now accepting speaker submissions for the Technology Workshop Theatre and Conference Theatres at International Security Expo 2019 which takes place on 3 - 4 December, Olympia London, UK. www.internationalsecurityexpo.com
We invite you to submit a proposal for speaking on:   

Workshops including:
  • Screening and Scanning
  • Cyber
  • Perimeter and Intrusion Detection
  • Communications
  • CCTV and Surveillance
  • CBRN
  • Tracking and Monitoring
  • Drone and Counter Drone Systems

Conferences including:
(limited to one commercial company per conference)
  • Global Counter Terrorism Summit
  • Global Serious & Organised Crime Summit
  • Cyber Security Conference
  • Aviation and Transport Security Conference
  • Crisis Management and Business Continuity Conference
  • Protecting Crowded Places Conference
  • Forensics Conference
  • Serious & Organised Crime Conference

The proposals will be assessed on their suitability and content.
Submitting a proposal is no guarantee of having a slot allocated

Proposals should include:
  • Proposed title
  • Description outlining the proposed format and 3 – 4 bullet points (12 words max per point) of the key areas the session will address
  • Name of proposed speaker, job title and organisation
  • Speaker biography (max 50 words)

To submit a proposal, please go online to www.internationalsecurityexpo.com/whatson/conferences-workshops-briefings/commercial-speaker-enquiry-form-page
OR email us directly: info@internationalsecurityexpo.com

Please note the closing date is 24th May 2019

Online Harms White Paper


A new ‘Online Harms’ White Paper has been recently published. The paper sets out the government’s plans to improve online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy. This paper covers legislative and non-legislative measures and aims to make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups. You can view the Online Harms White Paper here.

The Future Space Supply Chain - Event: 21st May 2019

Published: 09 May 2019

Aerospace Wales are delighted to offer companies the opportunity to hear direct from Airbus Defence and Space about the future space supply chain, Airbus plans for future activity and learn more about the opportunities to engage in the Airbus space supply chain.

The event will be run at the OpTIC Centre in St Asaphs and will also include private one-to-one sessions with members of the Airbus Space Systems team.

This industry day hosted by Aerospace Wales and Airbus Defence and Space will provide the opportunity to hear from Airbuss Space Systems and procurement teams on the changing space environment, future systems and programme requirements across the Telecom, Earth Observation, Navigation, Science and Geo-Intelligence segments.

We will also be discussing the support available to Wales based companies, whether you are already involved on this sector or see this as an opportunity to diversify your business.  Plus there will be plenty of networking opportunities.

To register for the event, please contact derfel.jones@gov.wales as soon as possible.  One to One meeting spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis, so please dont delay.

Cyber VC Pitch Panel Sessions at InfoSec 2019 - Event: 4-6 June 2019

Published: 09 May 2019

In a new and exciting development at Infosecurity Europe 2019, cyber security product start-ups exhibiting at the event will have the opportunity to be selected to pitch to a panel of high profile cyber investors.

A different panel of cyber VCs will make themselves available each day to listen to company pitches and provide valuable feedback to cyber security entrepreneurs.

The daily VC panel sessions will be moderated by Andy Williams, CEO of Global Transatlantic and cyber advisor to the UK Department for International Trade.

For further details and to apply for a slot to pitch to a panel of cyber VCs at Infosecurity Europe, please click here

Date: 4th to 6th June, 2019
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm daily
Location: Infosecurity Europe, Olympia, London

Exhibit at InfoSec 2019 with Welsh Government - Deadline: 21st May 2019

Published: 08 May 2019

The Welsh Government has once again got a stand at Infosec 2019. Our involvement has been a success over the last few years, in no small part thanks to the involvement of Cyber businesses and partners in Wales.

We’re at Infosec to promote the Welsh capability in Cyber security, built around the Cyber Wales ecosystem. For us, having that ecosystem represented on the stand has been a highly effective way to promote our capability.

The stand has also provided the platform for businesses, academic and law enforcement/defence partners to exhibit at Europe’s largest Cyber event, and a springboard for some Cluster members to invest in their own stands.

The space on the stand allows members to display their printed marketing literature, meet with potential customers, run laptop presentations etc. and have product information running on our screen.

Demand for space can be high, so if you are interested can you please contact megan.andrews@gov.wales before the 21st May.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line to Jonathan.Fortune@gov.wales.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Workshop - Deadline: 25th May 2019

Published: 26 April 2019

From: June 13, 2019, 9 a.m.
To: June 13, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
Location: School of Management, Room 010, Bay Campus, Swansea University

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Emerging Challenges, Opportunities, and Agenda for Research and Practice
Artificial Intelligence (AI): the next step of an exciting technological phase with the potential to transform manufacturing, health, finance and education OR a threat to society, a job killer and a backward step for the human race?

Join the Emerging Markets Research Centre (EMaRC) and the i-Lab (Innovation Lab) supported by the Business Department at the School of Management for a workshop on ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI): Emerging Challenges, Opportunities, and Agenda for Research and Practice’ on Thursday 13 June 2019.

This workshop aims to bring together a variety of disciplines and a community for the advancement of knowledge regarding opportunities and challenges posed by fast emergence and applications of Artificial Intelligence in various domains. To achieve this goal, we are inviting researchers and practitioners from both private and public sectors to present their ideas and thoughts.

Registration to attend is £50 (+ booking fee).

Registration closes on 25th May 2019.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/artificial-intelligence-challenges-opportunities-agenda-for-research-tickets-60182673998

CyberUK - Glagow - 24 April 2019

Published: 24 April 2019

CYBERUK is the UK government’s flagship cyber security event. Hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), it features world-class speakers, solutions and opportunities for interaction between the public and private sectors.

CYBERUK is the authoritative event for the UK’s cyber security community. It demonstrates what businesses, government, law enforcement and academia can do together as teams and as organisations to deliver a digital Britain that leads the world in cyber resilience.

As in previous years, Welsh Government had a stand at the event and Neil Sandford was showcasing the Cyber Wales Ecosystem with the help of a number of members of the Welsh Cyber Clusters.

Cyber Wales representatives Clare Johnson, Head of Cyber Security for the Faculty of Computing Engineering & Science at the University of South Wales and Pete Burnap, Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity at Cardiff University School of Computer Science along with John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster who wer on-hand to answer questions about Welsh cyber capability.

This year, delegates were offered seven content-rich Streams, encouraging active audience participation in the key areas of Collaborating Securely, AI, Countering the Adversary, Resilience and Resisting Attack, Safety and Cyber Security, Growing Cyber and a Stream of Interactive Workshops.

Cyber Wales also demonstrated proactive support for the MoD Army 2020 Strategy and in particular the strategy to develop tactical Cyber Protection Teams in the Army Reserve.  South Wales Cyber Security Cluster Member Mark Howells, himself a Reservist with 53 Signal Squadron of the Royal Corps of Signals and a Cyber Troop Commander was given permission to man the stand in uniform to raise the profile of this important national initiative.

Exhibit at DSEI with Welsh Government - Deadline: 24th May 2019

Published: 18 April 2019

DSEI 2019- Tuesday 10th-Friday 13th September 2019
 
I am pleased to announce that the Welsh Government will once again be exhibiting at DSEI, at ExCel in London, 10-13 September 2019.  
 
DSEI provides access to key, high quality exhibitors and decision makers across the Air, Naval, Land and Security supply chain, alongside networking opportunities and the ability to see new technologies first hand on the show floor. 
 
We are offering Wales based companies the opportunity to participate in the show on a Wales stand to maximise the opportunities that such a global event can offer. The cost of a stand package on the Wales stand is £1,500 plus VAT, details of the package are outlined in the attached application form. 
  
If you would like to join us please complete the attached application form and return to gareth.thomas5@gov.wales by Monday 13th May 2019.
 
There is likely to be high demand for this event and applications will be judged on the strength of the business case presented, including evidence that the event fits with the business strategy, market research and the potential return on our investment.  All applicants will be notified by Friday 24th May 2019.
  
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact neil.sandford@gov.wales to discuss further.

EUREKA Global Innovation Summit - Deadline: 2nd May 2019

Published: 17 April 2019

What is the EUREKA Global Innovation Summit?

The EUREKA Global Innovation Summit is an international meeting place for businesses and innovation agencies to share knowledge, network, collaborate and secure future business growth opportunities. Businesses from across the globe will join international innovation agencies, research organisations and policy makers for unique insights, practical ideas, inspirational stories and collaborative solutions.

Location

Victoria Warehouse, Manchester on the 14-16 May 2019

Is the EUREKA Global Innovation Summit for me?

  • Are you in the business of innovation?
  • Are you looking to collaborate globally?
  • Are you at the scale up point in your business cycle?
  • Are you interested in what innovation for Clean Growth, AI & Data, the Future of Mobility and an Ageing Society mean for your business?
If the answer to these questions is yes we are delighted to invite you to apply for the event. The event is free to attend with an application process that ensures that the 1750 international delegates are the best companies and contacts to help you progress your business goals. You can stay all three days or choose the day that is most suitable for you.

How this application process works

Tell us who you are, what your company does and what youre interested in!
  1. Click Register and complete your profile. Our internal team will assess your application within 10 working days. (If you have previously registered for a B2Match event you can use these log in details).
  2. If selected, your account will be activated! We will be in touch when session selection opens so you can pick which sessions you would like to attend and book yourself in for matchmaking with other delegates.
For more information on what EUREKA can do for you, please visit http://www.eurekanetwork.org

techUK & DIT Pavilion at NXTAsia 2019 - Deadline ASAP

Published: 15 April 2019

NXTAsia 2019 
18th – 20th June 2019 - Marina Bay Sands





NXTAsia is Asias definitive event that showcases emerging technologies and enterprise solutions. A comprehensive global showcase awaits at NXTAsia - including AI, VR/AR, Blockchain, Big Data, Cloud, 5G, Cybersecurity, IoT and Smart Cities. The show also features the dedicated Disrupt+ zone where start-ups put forth their innovations. NXTAsia is the must-attend event for conglomerates, enterprises and start-ups plus government representatives.

Tradefair are organising the UK Pavilion at NXTAsia 2019, on behalf of techUK and in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Only 1 grant of £2,500 remaining for eligible UK companies!

Pod package available from £365* + UK VAT, include:
UK Pavilion Stand 
  • Superior stand design
  • Construction
  • Overhead branding
  • Furniture package
  • Stand cleaning
  • Access to group hospitality/meeting area
  • Group internet
  • Access to refreshments area
  • Power and lighting
  • Carpeting
  • Stand cleaning

Event Management 
  • PR & social media
  • Management of stand contractor
  • Onsite management throughout build-up, event and breakdown
  • Post event grant claim and reimbursement support

Register your interest - info@tradefair.co.uk

UK Tech Forum AI Breakfast, Dubai - Deadline: 24 April 2019

Published: 15 April 2019

We would like to invite you to a special UK Tech Forum, hosted by the British Centres for Business (BCB), in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to meet UK AI companies visiting the UAE. This event will centre around networking with the UK AI companies (company overviews attached) and outline the tech sector work that the BCB is doing, along with the Department for International Trade and hear from UK AI companies who are active in the market in the UAE. The overall idea of the UK tech forum is to provide a platform for UK technology business in the UAE; to discuss emerging and disruptive technologies; engage with the UAE tech sphere; ways to do business and hopefully allow for partnering and shared best practice. Tea, coffee and pastries will be provided. Dress code: Business casual RSVP: by Wednesday 24th April Date: Sunday 28th April Time: 08.30am – 10.30am Where: British Centre for Business, 501 5th Floor Block B, Business Village, Port Saeed, Deira, Dubai, UAE E aisha.shariff@fco.gov.uk T +971 4 309 4212

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 13th April 2019

Published: 13 April 2019

Good afternoon!
 
Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:
 
 

LORCA Cohort 3 Open Call

Deadline 15th April
 
After speaking to industry about their cybersecurity needs, LORCAs launched an open call for its third cohort of cyber innovators.  If you (or an organisation you know) address one of the challenges (by design, basics and beyond), apply by 15 April at lorca.co.uk/apply    
 
Challenge areas
  1. By design.  Great leaps are being made to develop products that are increasingly secure by design.  More can be done, though, to make products easy to configure and implement securely, and we need cheaper or more efficient ways to secure a code base.  Blockchain, AI, autonomy and robotics companies all have a part to play in this regard.  Ultimately, markets need secure products rather than more security products.
  2. Basics.  In a market saturated with cybersecurity products and solutions, even the most mature sectors (like financial services, for example) are asking how they can get the basics right and establish a business-focused view of foundational cybersecurity.  This challenge area focusses on essential aspects of security including best-in-class patching and vulnerability management; more effective management of identity (people and assets); and, accurate and automated regulation and compliance metrics for the reporting of fundamental security controls.
  3. Beyond.  In addition to the basics, this challenge area seeks to support innovative and new approaches that go beyond current offerings.  These solutions should provide proactive, intelligence-led security and shouldn’t be constrained by traditional views of risk or security models.
Our 12-month programme is free and we take no equity or ownership over the IP of our members.
 
Cyber innovators accepted onto the LORCA programme will receive a year of bespoke, world-class support to engineer and iterate their solution and scale their businesses quickly – all within a dedicated space at LORCA’s base at innovation hub Plexal.  
 
Participating companies will receive support from leading experts, including one-to-one commercial and technical support from Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Service team and world-class academic and engineering support will be provided by the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast.  Plexal’s innovation services team, together with external experts brought in as part of the programme’s curriculum, will help the members develop their business, iterate products and scale in the UK or globally.
 
More information can be found at https://www.lorca.co.uk/ and info@lorca.co.uk
 
 

Defence and Security Accelerator Open Call


DASA are looking for security solutions in the following areas:
  • Finding suspected threats on passengers during airport screening
  • Matching passengers with their x-ray trays during airport screening
  • Improving aviation cargo screening speed
  • Assistive technology for rail staff
  • Screening train carriages
If you have any innovative ideas that match these areas or have any colleagues/friends that might be interested, please feel free to apply to the DASA Open Call. The next closing date for receipt of applications is 2 May.

More info on what DASA is looking for and how to submit can be found here. 
 


National Cyber Security Centre - Assurance Survey


The NCSC is looking to better understand how we can support the cyber security landscape. To better understand the key services you need today and the foreseen future. We also want to look at how services are assured; and encourage use of our assurance schemes to better protect the cyber landscape as a whole.
 
To do this, we have created two quick surveys which will look to gather your perception on the assurance of cyber security services. By answering the most applicable survey you will allow us to focus on key elements in an assurance service, helping the NCSC shape its cyber assurance schemes to suit the markets need. 
 
If you consider yourself a buyer of cyber products – Buyer survey
If you consider yourself a supplier of cyber products - Supplier survey
Responses to the survey should be in by close of play on 26th April - thank you for your input which is greatly appreciated.
 
 

Export Licence Breakfast

30 April | 08:00-11:00 | Hereford Business Solutions Centre
  
Join this free of charge Business Breakfast is to see how UK Export Controls can help companies who are new to using export licensing or even yet aware of the controls.  Evidence has been found in non-compliance across a variety of business sectors so why not join this seminar to help understand how to use licences correctly.

The seminar will cover:
  • Background to Controls – explaining the controls, the legislation, goods and technology that are controlled, types of activities that are controlled, the key Control Lists, the main activities and end use controls
  • Types of licenses available to exporters, the differences between them, the problems ECO experience when handling license applications, the licensing process and the Criteria we have to follow
  • Compliance – why we visit companies who use open licenses, explain what to expect, the problems we come across on such visits and guidance on best practice
  • Open License Exercise’s – Attendees get opportunity to look at scenarios and consider whether a particular license could be used or not
  • Open Q&A, which concludes with the two compliance officers being present providing 1:1 surgery for attendee’s specific questions Click here to secure your free ticket.

UKRI Project Opportunities - Deadline: ASAP

Published: 12 April 2019

Welsh Government are looking for potential projects to submit as part of UKRI Summer spending review. 
Unfortunately they are very limited guidelines available on amounts etc. It would have to be a one-off intervention/single research project.
 
Has anyone in the cluster got anything cyber security focused that might fit the criteria below.
 
UKRI have issued some guidance
 
•             Maximising the return on their investment through co-funding
•             Contributing to the target of increasing industrial R+D to 2.4% of GDP
•             A 1 off intervention  as opposed to ongoing commitment.
•             Place based
•             Aligns with the 4 grand challenge areas and align with Welsh Gov and UK Gov priorities for funding
•             We would ned to prove the case for need for funding, probably ultimately 5 case business case
•             This is not purely business funding, its more likely combination of research council type funding with some IUK .
 
If you would like to discuss this, please contact adam.wadding@gov.wales /adam.wadding@gov.cymru

NCSC Assurance Survey - Deadline: 26th April 2019

Published: 11 April 2019

NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE - ASSURANCE SURVEY

The NCSC is looking to better understand how we can support the cyber security landscape. To better understand the key services you need today and the foreseen future. We also want to look at how services are assured; and encourage use of our assurance schemes to better protect the cyber landscape as a whole.

To do this, we have created two quick surveys which will look to gather your perception on the assurance of cyber security services. By answering the most applicable survey you will allow us to focus on key elements in an assurance service, helping the NCSC shape its cyber assurance schemes to suit the markets need.

If you consider yourself a buyer of cyber products – Buyer survey

If you consider yourself a supplier of cyber products - Supplier survey

Responses to the survey should be in by close of play on 26th April - thank you for your input which is greatly appreciated.

If you would prefer you can also complete the survey via this link

SSCS (System Safety and Cyber Security) 2019 - Deadline: 15 June 2019

Published: 26 March 2019

This IET event is running on 21-22 October 2019 at the Savoy Place, London

This year, we welcome proposals for both presentations and workshops, making it the ideal opportunity to place your ideas in front of a specialist audience and establish yourself as someone who is influencing the future of safety and security engineering.

This year’s themes are related to the safety and security challenges of applying emergent and new technologies in critical systems. Core topics are:

*AI/ML: how do you meet the safety and security challenges for critical systems?
*Cloud, multi-core and novel technologies in critical systems
*The challenges for Regulation, Certification and Accreditation of critical systems
*Vulnerabilities, threats and solutions to cyber security in safety-critical systems
*The human factors of cyber security and safety

Contributions deadline: 15 June 2019

Please send your abstract (up to 500 words) to the Event Producer - Olexander Hryb by 15 June 2019.

Your abstract will be reviewed by the conference committee and your place will be confirmed by 30 June (workshops could be confirmed as soon as submitted).

Tutorial fee (Workshop day on 21 October 2018)
Member - £209
Non-member - £229

Conference early bird fee (on or before 1 September 2018)
Member - £545
Non-member - £645

Conference standard registration fees (from 2 September 2018)
IET/supporting organisation member - £595
Non-member - £695
Student - £459

G-Cloud 11 open for applications - Starts: 25 March 2019

Published: 25 March 2019

G-Cloud 11 will open for applications on 25 March 2019.

View the provisional timetable for the framework:http://www.gov.uk/guidance/what-to-do-and-when-for-g-cloud-11

If you’re a supplier on G-Cloud 10 you must reapply to G-Cloud 11 to continue selling your services on the Digital Marketplace. Log in to your account to reapply:https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/user/login

You’ll need to create a supplier account if you have never applied to sell on the Digital Marketplace and want to apply to G-Cloud 11. Create an account here:https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/suppliers/create/start

Thanks,
The Digital Marketplace team

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin - 17th March 2019

Published: 17 March 2019

Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

National Cyber Awards

Closing date for nominations 22nd March Here is a link to information on the National Cyber Awards 2019 in Cheltenham in April. www.thenationalcyberawards.org This is dedicated to recognising individuals in our sector in particular The Cyber Citizen of the Year 2019.

GM Cyber Foundry

This is an opportunity for any company in the Greater Manchester region. A business may have (1) an opportunity that they know about - or that the Cyber Foundry team can see in it - that can be developed to make their business activity safer on line. Some companies might even want to productise what we or they see as potential. Part (1) is called Business Assist and (2) is called Technical Assist. The GM Cyber Foundry is a consortium project combining the expertise of the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Lancaster University and the University of Salford to deliver innovative cyber security support to Greater Manchester SME businesses. Over three years, with the support of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Cyber Foundry project will support 150 SMEs by stimulating business innovation through the application of cyber security research. Eligibility requirements for this free support:

  • Must be within Greater Manchester. Regional trading offices are eligible as long as they meet the criteria below.
  • Number of employees less than 250.
  • Annual turnover must be less than €50m or balance sheet less than €43m.
  • Business is not more than 25% owned by another company group (Unless owning group is also an SME). University owned subsidiaries must not be more than 50% owned by the university.
  • Almost all business sectors are welcome to participate with the exception of: Fisheries and Aquaculture; Processing and marketing of agricultural products; Shipbuilding; Schools/school age educational establishments; Insurance Companies; Primary productions, coal or steel, synthetic fibres; Banking or Nuclear industries.

You can find out more here  http://www.digitalfutures.manchester.ac.uk/gm-cyber-foundry/

Disability Confident Scheme

The disability confident scheme is a good way to show support to the employment of people with a disability.  Also, Access to Work give grants to help employees overcome barriers caused by their disability, both physical and mental.  We have used this funding for things like help with transport to work, in-work mentoring, noise cancelling headphones and assistive software – worth a look! Find out more about the Disability Confident scheme here Find out about Access to Work www.gov.uk/access-to-work

New Security Event in Birmingham

There is a new Security Event in Birmingham and it is free entry.  I will be there on IASMEs stand on the second and third day so do stop by and say hello if you go! In addition to the security event you get access to The Health & Safety EventFire Safety Event and The Facilities Event.

Meet the Expert: Exporting to Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar

8 April - Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

In collaboration with Britain in South East Asia (BiSEA) and UK-Asian Business Council we are pleased to host an exciting meet the expert opportunity. In a series of 25 minute 1:1 meetings you can meet with the in-country experts from the following markets:

You will also have the chance to meet with UK Export Finance to discuss financing your exports.

Why South East Asia? South East Asia is a region where economic growth and development is expected to exceed the global average for the foreseeable future. With a wealth of natural resources, low-cost skilled labour, and a regional Free Trade Agreement, the great diversity of markets and opportunities are attractive across a wide range of sectors. Register Click here to request your 1:1 meeting slots. Please note that they are limited and will be allocated between 11:00-16:00

H2020 Partnering Opportunity - Deadline: 15th April 2019

Published: 14 March 2019

A German University for Applied Sciences will submit a H2020 project to the call SU‐DS03‐2019‐2020. Aim of the project is to develop a software platform granting micro, small and medium enterprises access to fraud detection within their ERP‐system. ERP software companies are sought as project partners to provide their solutions to a client base of SME and provide expertise in this technology sector and further knowledge of the customer requirements regarding functionalities and market potential. Partner sought Type of partner sought: industry, SME Specific area of activity of the partner ERP providers Tasks to be performed by the partner: data provision, demonstrate and showcase ERP system connected to the newly developed fraud system Description Widespread use of IT solutions in business processes opens the door to fraudulent behaviour and attacks. The central objective of the project to the call - SU‐DS03‐2019‐2020: Digital Security and privacy for citizens and Small and Medium Enterprises and Micro Enterprises - is the development of a software platform solution granting access to fraud detection within their ERP‐system (Enterprise Resource Planning) to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. This will be achieved by gathering of anonymized data from various companies with different ERP‐systems; provision of real time monitoring of business processes in the connected ERP‐Systems; analysis of data considering frauds and risks using machine learning techniques; detection of new fraud/risk patterns and derivation of rules for future prevention. By considering several ERP‐systems (commercial systems but also open source tools), various companies of different sizes are addressed to participate and profit from joint fraud detection. Consequently, this enlarges the database for proper fraud analysis and thus facilitates the derivation of new audit rules to prevent fraudulent behaviour. Furthermore, network effects can be exploited as detected fraud patterns and corresponding rules for their prevention become instantly available for all participating enterprises instead of remaining only in the affected company – inaccessible for others. The project consortium as it stands involves universities and a research-driven SME as partners from Germany and is now searching for partners from all around Europe (except Germany). Collaboration is foreseen with ERP software providers from Europe and beyond contributing with their expertise to develop customer-fit solutions to the problem. The software company sought shall be established on the EU market as providers for ERP solutions to small, medium- and micro sized enterprises. The ERP providers will work within work packages that refer to anonymous data provision and analysis, and also contribute to a demonstrator to showcase the ERP system connected to the fraud detection platform described above. Partners will profit by the knowledge transfer and the generation of exploitable results/solutions. Total project budget shall be around 4-5M€; funding rate for participating SME will be 70%; Submission Deadline: 22 August 2019; in case of approval, the project will approximately start spring 2020. Deadline for EOIs: 15 April 2019 Register Interest: https://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/opportunities/RDDE20190312001?utm_source=podalert

Worcestershire LEP Israeli Cyber Delegation - Event: 20th March 2019

Published: 06 March 2019

We are thrilled to announce that we are now set to host a Israeli Delegation, following our recent visit to Cyber Tech Tel Aviv. Worcestershire is one of the UK’s cyber hotspots. Worcestershire LEP is focused on growing this and showcasing our expertise in the region and abroad. In light of this, Midlands Cyber (which the LEP leads on) has exhibited at several sector conferences including the Cyber Tech Tel Aviv conference for the past few years, building excellent relationships with the tech ecosystem there. Israel has a world class reputation for cyber particularly in the R&D space. Following the most recent visit, we are hosting 5 Israeli cyber companies here in Worcestershire and the environs. We are showcasing ‘Cyber Valley’ (the area covering Malvern, GCHQ and the Herefordshire) and the wide ranging regional expertise with a view to attracting the businesses to locate in the region. As you will see from the attached, the companies are interested in meetings with relevant stakeholders, potential partners and customers, resellers. The key areas of interest are: · Automotive · Aerospace/Military · Manufacturing · Critical infrastructures · Cloud companies · legal tech solutions/GDPR We are hosting the 5 companies, along with some other organisations (universities, local professional services, Department for International Trade) on the morning of the 20th March 9-11.30 am at Malvern Hills Science Park. If you know of any other networks that you think might be interested please do forward. Look forward to hearing back from you. Places are limited. Please email stuart.emmerson@wlep.co.uk to confirm your place.

Cyber Wales at RSA, San Francisco - 6 March 2019

Published: 06 March 2019

RSA Conference conducts information security events around the globe that connect attendees to industry leaders and highly relevant information.  Their conferences draw over 50,000 attendees per year, more than any other conference in the world.  Events offer valuable content presented by some of the industry’s most forward-thinking leaders, the chance to network with thousands of peers and the inspiration to protect organizations now and in the future by finding new ways of approaching security.

GlobalEPIC chose this conference to hold a Members Meeting and representatives from Cyber Security Ecosystems around the world gathered at the Venable Law Firms offices in North Beach.

This was a great opportunity for all members to take a break from the conference, get together informally and discuss some of the projects and initiatives that have emerged from GlobalEPIC recently, such as the Soft Landing Programme and the sharing of information about Cyber Ranges.

Caroline Thomas from ObjectTech Group, a proactive member of Cyber Wales and the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, attended the meeting and provided a briefing on the Welsh Soft Landing offering.  Caroline was at RSA as part of a delegation from the NCSC Cyber Accelerator LORCA and a number of others from the cohort joined the meeting to learn more about the Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems of which Cyber Wales is a Founding Member.

Swansea University Security Project Sandpit - Deadline: 2nd April 2019

Published: 05 March 2019

Security Project Sandpit – a collaboration initiative for local industry and Swansea University academics We will hold a sandpit day at Computational Foundry on 21st May. Academics from Swansea University will work with participating industry to scope a project that will address industry-led challenges. The day will start with a casual speed networking, followed by people getting into groups to discuss the challenges in detail and plan a research project. Each group must have a Swansea University academic who will be the Principal Investigator of the project. After a long working lunch, the groups will present their project ideas to a panel consisting of a senior academic, an industry representative and someone from a non-technical background. A funding pot of up to £20k will be available and will be awarded to the Principal Investigator of the project. Timeline of the Sandpit: Expression of Interest (EoI) Deadline 2nd April Any industry keen to take part will need to send an expression of interest. This is simply a title of the industry challenge they wish to address. Under one EoI, an industry can send more than one industry challenge. Each industry challenge title can be up to 30 words. Please email your EoI with industry challenge title(s) to Heidi Rees (h.j.rees@Swansea.ac.uk ) We will send weekly reminders. Invitation to submit a sandpit idea Deadline 7th May We will review the EoI and ask you to elaborate on your challenge title(s) in one paragraph. This paragraph can be up to 150 words. In the submission, you are also required to write keywords of the expertise you are looking to work with at Swansea University (examples: blockchain, security protocols, visualisation, penetration testing, soft security). And to help you get a broad picture of our expertise within Computer Science, please browse our academic staff profiles here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/compsci/ourstaff/ Please email your Sandpit ideas to: to Heidi Rees (h.j.rees@Swansea.ac.uk) We will send weekly reminders. We will circulate your sandpit ideas to academics within Swansea University and invite them to collaborate with you on Sandpit Day on 21 May. A detailed programme of the Sandpit Day will be circulated nearer the time

DSEI Regional Briefings - Events: March 2019

Published: 01 March 2019

For those of you who may be attending and/or exhibiting at the DSEI event in September, the event team are running a series of regional briefing events:- 1. Southampton Date: Friday 15 March Time: 0900-1300hrs Location: HILTON AT THE AGEAS BOWL, SOUTHAMPTON THE AGEAS BOWL STADIUM, BOTLEY ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO30 3XH, UNITED KINGDOM 2. Newport Date: Monday 18 March Time: 0900-1300hrs Location: THE CELTIC MANOR RESORT COLDRA WOODS THE USK VALLEY NEWPORT SOUTH WALES NP18 1HQ UNITED KINGDOM 3. Bristol Date: Monday 25 March Time: 0900-1300hrs Location: BRISTOL HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA 55 CORN STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 1HT. So if you are interested in seeing how you can get the most out of DSEI you can book in at: https://lnkd.in/gvrxfmc

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin - 1st March 2019

Published: 01 March 2019

Good afternoon! Here are some opportunities you might be interested in.

Digital Innovation Hubs - FED4SAE: Boosting development and adoption of cyber physical systems

Opportunity closes on 5th March
  • Digital Catapult is the UK hub for FED4SAE, that is part of a network of innovation hubs across Europe that boost and sustain the digitisation of the European industry by strengthening competitiveness in cyber physical systems (CPS), those that integrate physical and computer based processes, and embedded system markets
  • FED4SAE is funded by the EU as part of its Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It supports startups, scaleups and mid-cap companies to:
    • Build new products and services enabled by CPS
    • Establish innovator-supplier cross-border partnerships
  • Get up to €60K funding, access to industrial platforms and business coaching.
  • Open date: Dec 04, 2018
  • Close date: Mar 05, 2019
  • Read more here
 

AFCEA UK West Chapter

The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 14th March at Brickhampton Golf Club. We are most fortunate that Jacqui Chard – NCSC Deputy Director for Defence and National Security has kindly offered to speak at the meeting. Please be aware that this is Cheltenham Gold Cup day so accommodation will be at a premium if staying over. Details will also be updated at the AFCEA website;  www.afcea.org.uk

Automotive cyber security sector offer

The Cyber Security Export Strategy commits DIT to focusing on exports in a range of sectors, from financial services through to automotive. As part of this we are developing new marketing material to support sector engagements and the first to be produced is an automotive sector brochure (attached). Designed in consultation with the Cyber Security Export Working Group the two-page brochure is designed to give potential buyers a quick overview of what the challenge is and why the UK could be the solution. Most recently we ran an automotive focused trade mission to Japan and will be working up options for more activity focused on this sector. These brochures will be used to support sector-specific trade missions and other engagements and will be updated over time. We plan to roll them out to the six sectors identified in the Cyber Security Export Strategy over the coming months.

Tech Nation Cyber

Tech Nation Cyber is a national scale-up programme for the cyber security sector, aimed at ambitious tech companies ready for growth at home and abroad. Offering peer-to-peer learning, masterclasses led by expert scale coaches, meetups, and an international trip, the programme will provide cyber security scale-ups with invaluable skills, a powerful network – including peers, investors and potential clients – and the ability to implement changes to help their companies grow. Tech Nation Cyber is seeking applications from fast-growth UK start-ups with seed to Series A funding, or £500,000 revenue, and 10+ employees, to join its growth programme, led by the UK’s most notable founders, CISOs and investors.

Forthcoming DIT events

A range of activity is planned for the coming months, with upcoming missions to Brazil and Madrid planned and others in the pipeline. We will be hosting delegations on the DIT pavilions at RSA in San Francisco in March and GISEC in Dubai in April, alongside other activity in the margins. We also expect to host some foreign governments and buyers with an interest in UK commercial cyber security capabilities shortly, and further information on this will follow in the coming weeks. Wider DIT events can be found here, alongside details for DIT ministers’ travel.

Financial support for exports

We recognise that finance for exporting can sometimes be difficult. UK Export Finance is the UK’s Export Credit Agency and a Government Department, with nearly 100 years’ experience in helping buyers globally to purchase goods and/or services from the UK. The UK Government has an ambition that no viable trade with the UK should fail for lack of finance or insurance. UKEF help ensure that purchases of capital goods and/or services from the UK are supported with attractive financing terms. This support is predominantly through the provision of guarantees that facilitate loans to overseas buyers to purchase supplies from UK exporters as part of an overall contract package. UKEF guarantees (typically 100% and unconditional) commit the full faith and credit of the UK Government and can support exports for any size of company and across all sectors, from capital goods to services and intangibles such as intellectual property or licenses. For further information please contact: customer.service@ukexportfinance.gov.uk

great.gov.uk

As part of the government’s efforts to support UK exporters through digital tools, a cyber security sector page has launched online. Part of the great.gov.uk website, it showcases UK cyber security firms to potential overseas buyers, as well as providing information and guidance to UK firms at all stages of their exporting journey. We would encourage all UK cyber security businesses to register on it. Alongside this UK companies can register their business on the Cyber Exchange directory.

Developing digital roads and improving air quality (feasibility study and development or pilot, 2 phases): SBRI competition

  • Highways England is funding 2 parallel competitions for solutions and ideas designed for use on UK roads. This competition is for unproven feasibility projects (low TRL).
  • Competition opens: Monday 11 February 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 1 May 2019 12:00pm
  • Read more here
 

North East IoT challenge - Things Connected

  • Things Connected North East consists of free-to-use LoRaWAN and Sigfox gateways deployed across North East and Tees Valley for the use of testing, experimentation, demonstration and piloting of IoT products and services.
  • Why you should get involved?: This is a unique opportunity for startups and scaleups to solve real life challenges whilst developing revenue-generating products and services.
  • Who should apply?: Startups and scaleups who have an interest in developing their business technically and commercially through IoT technology and exposure to real-life challenges set by public and corporate partners.
  • Open date: Mar 22, 2018
  • Close date: Mar 30, 2019
  • Read more here
 

Police custody welfare, remote screening and monitoring system: SBRI competition

  • Organisations can apply for a share of £150,000, including VAT, to develop an integrated remote monitoring and screening solution for the care of people in custody
  • Police Scotland is seeking an integrated technological solution that can remotely monitor individuals and provide an early warning and intervention alert system. This should improve custody health and welfare outcomes.
  • The solution will ideally have: 1) a biometric capability to allow healthcare professionals to carry out remote consultations; 2) The ability to indicate whether any potential internal concealment presents a clinical risk
  • Deadline: Wednesday 20th March 2019, 12.00pm
  • Read more here. 
 

Government Office for Science - UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme

The Government Office for Science offers UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence communities. The Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure, Department for Transport, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Home Office, and the National Cyber Security Centre are among the organisations represented in the programme.  Closing date is Monday 1 April and further information can be found here.

Latin America and the Caribbean UK Roadshow

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Pegasus Business Park, East Midlands Airport DE74 2TZ Date: 26 March 2019 Attend this free event for experienced UK exporters and gain a unique insight into business opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to attend the East Midlands leg of this year’s Latin America and the Caribbean UK Roadshow as it makes its way across the UK during 25-29 March 2019. By attending, you will hear from senior Latin America and Caribbean experts who will be showcasing the very latest business opportunities in these vibrant markets. Companies will also benefit from dedicated 1-2-1 meetings to obtain up-to-date information on opportunities within their specific industry. The roadshow will look at opportunities in the following markets:
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Peru
  • Mexico
Why attend? The Latin America and Caribbean region is home to over 650 million people where growing economies are demanding ever-higher quality products and services. British companies have seen their business expand in the region in recent years and we fully expect this growth to continue. Political change in the region means that Latin America and the Caribbean is more open to UK business than ever. There are particularly strong opportunities in: •  Education •  Financial Services •  Food & Drink •  Healthcare •  Infrastructure •  Marine •  Mining •  Oil & Gas •  Renewables •  Security Registration: See here for details on how you can attend. Please note, places are free but limited and the registration deadline is February 28th, so please book early to avoid disappointment. For any other enquiries contact DITEvents@brayleino.co.uk or call 0117 906 4574.

Iraq: New Land of Opportunity? Meet the British Ambassador

18 March | 09:00-13:00 | iCentrum, Birmingham You are invited to join Mr Jon Wilks, CMG, Her Majestys Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, and his Department for International Trade colleagues to explore the opportunities for business in this market...  This is an exciting time for doing business in Iraq. Perceptions of the country are dominated by conflict and security concerns. But look deeper: Daesh has been territorially defeated and the security situation is stabilising. Exports of goods and services from the UK are increasing (reaching £0.5bn in 2017). So the opportunity is there for UK firms to get into this market early – not least through UK Export Finance which has been offering support in the market since 2017 and recently completed £1bn of business, with more will follow. To reflect the close ties between the UK and Iraq, our Embassy in Baghdad has been working with the new Iraqi government to boost our economic partnership. Priorities for the next 4 years have been identified in the following sectors:
  • oil & gas
  • power
  • infrastructure
  • security & defence
  • healthcare and life sciences
  • education
  • financial & business services
  • technology
  • retail
  • agriculture
The international community is also increasing its activity in Iraq, which is creating opportunities for aid-funded business. And donors are moving into the economic space to create the conditions to stimulate the private sector and improve the ease of doing business. So whilst Iraq is still a challenging business environment, the opportunities are there and the British Embassy and DIT Iraq are on hand to help. Come along to our event on 18 March and hear from the Ambassador and his team direct. Agenda:  09:00-09:30 – Registration and refreshments 09:30-09:35 – Welcome from DIT Midlands Engine 09:35-09:55 – Business environment in Iraq - Mr Jon Wilks CMG Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq 09:55-10:15 – Doing business in Iraq - DIT Iraq 10:15-10:30 – HE links between UK & Iraq: Prof Colin Raban 10:30-10:45 – Company case-study 10:45-11:05 – Refreshment break 11:05-12:05 – Panel discussion / Q & A 12:05-13:00 – Networking lunch Register today to secure your free ticket. 

LORCA Call for 3rd Cohort - Deadline: 15th April 2019

Published: 28 February 2019

After speaking to industry experts about their biggest cybersecurity challenges, LORCA has just launched an open call for our third cohort of cyber innovators. We’ve settled on three main challenges, so if you’ve got a product or solution that matches one of them and are ready to scale, you’ve got until 15 April to apply. Our three challenges are: 1 By design As people use more technology in their everyday lives, there’s a growing need for products that are secure through their design to make it easier for people and businesses to remain safe online. We’re on the lookout for cybersecurity solutions that make it significantly cheaper or easier for products to be made secure. 2 Basics While the cybersecurity market is saturated with products and solutions, even in mature sectors like financial services there’s a demand to get the basics right. Our Innovation Forum identified a need for best-in-class cyber patching and vulnerability management to deal with gaps in security, or solutions that can help enhance fundamental security controls with accurate and automated regulation and compliance metrics. 3 Beyond We want to support innovative approaches that go beyond current offerings and provide proactive, intelligence-led security solutions. This includes products that take a fresh look at technology advances to bring efficient and effective security solutions to market. Speaking about our call for applications and the three challenge areas, Lydia Ragoonanan, director of LORCA, said: “Having already seen how many talented and inventive cybersecurity innovators there are in the country with our first two cohorts, we’re really looking forward to seeing what great ideas emerge now. As the UK’s dedicated space for industry-led cybersecurity innovation, it’s vital we’re always moving the conversation on to make sure we’re creating genuinely useful solutions to the problems impacting industry most.”

Japanese Cyber Summit, Tokyo - 27 February 2019

Published: 27 February 2019

Cyber Wales members formed a Delegation of cyber security companies who were invited to present to a range of industry representatives from all over Japan at an event held in the British Embassy in Tokyo.

Presentations were given by Dr Kerry Beynon, European data privacy expert, partner at RDP Law, Damon Rands, CEO of Wolfberry Cyber and John Davies, Managing Director of Pervade Software and they were later joined by Japanese experts for a Discussion Panel.

The Delegation was hosted by the Japan Cluster of Security Professionals and their Founder & CEO, Sam Matsumoto, commented "It is a pleasure to host specialist Welsh cyber companies and we would like to encourage cooperation and collaboration in the fight against the growing global threat of cyber attacks".

The event was supported by the new Welsh Government Representative for Japan, Robin Walker and his Inward Investment staff including Goro Okada who worked with the British Embassy to help make the event a success.

In addition to the event, the trip involved a series of meetings between Cyber Wales companies and major companies in Japan including Telecoms, Energy and Security Service Providers which provided the opportunity to explore collaboration in more detail.

Some Cyber Wales members were also lucky enough to have been among delegates who were interviewed for Japanese Television when they arrived at Tokyo Airport.

Gwent Police & Caerphilly Borough Council Breakfast Briefings

Published: 22 February 2019

We have had really positive feedback from the first event at Ystrad Mynach and are looking to run some more following the same template throughout the Borough.

Would any of the Clusters Cyber Essentials CBs be available for the 3rd of April which will be held in Caerphilly itself, in the Welsh School, to help follow-up with the organisations who will be attending to learn more about cyber security.

We are proposing the following Dates venues tbc:

03 April 2019 Welsh Medium School – Caerphilly

26 April 2019 Pontllanfraith

25 June 2019 Risca/Crosskeys

26 Sep 2019 Oakdale

Look forward to hearing from any Cyber Cluster members who are able to join us on these dates.

SMARTCymru Business Innovation Event, Wrexham - Event: 5th March 2019

Published: 20 February 2019

Co-Investing in Business R&D and Innovation for Sustainable Growth Innovation is essential to the success of any business. This FREE breakfast event will help you: *Find out how innovation can help your business grow *Access Welsh Government support through our SMARTCymru programme *Meet the team who will talk you through the application process *Hear from other businesses who have benefited from our Innovation support Register for the event here SMARTCymru Business Innovation is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It offers financial support to Welsh businesses to help them develop, implement and commercialise new products, processes and services. The programme will co-invest in projects to help create, and build on, the capacity and capability of Welsh businesses to innovate. Tuesday 5th March 2019 - 07:30 – 09:30 Atrium Suite, Redwither Tower, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Wrexham LL13 9XT

Mission to the Basque Cybersecurity Centre - Event: 27 May 2019

Published: 19 February 2019

With the aim of exploring some opportunities to develop future collaboration, The Basque Cybersecurity Centre is offering the possibility to visit our ecosystem in the Basque Country during the week of May 27th.

The duration of the visit would be two days and a half, little more or less as follows:

If you are interested in joining this visit then please contact Ruth Stockley from Welsh Government on ruth.stockley@gov.wales

Suggested trip itinerary:-

Day 1 (Bizkaia Technology Park, “Barco” Building):

  • 10:30 – Arrival to Bilbao airport.
  • 11:00 – Welcoming and expectations for the visit (Welsh representatives).
  • 11:30 – Brief introduction of SPRI: Alexander Arriola, Director General of the Basque Agency for Business Development (SPRI)
  • 12:00 – We will go about the following topics:
    • Understand the innovation model and the wider ecosystem and how it operates – support offered especially to SMEs, Foreign Direct Investment? Job growth and economic development strategies?
    • Funding model of the institute/ecosystem/government support/sustainability
    • How a smaller region works with the wider government (parallels to Wales/London)
    • Speakers:
      • Aitor Cobanera: Director of Technology and Innovation (Basque Agency for Business Development)
      • Susana Larrea: Strategic Initiatives (Basque Agency for Business Development)
      • Marian Ibarrondo, Head of Invest in the Basque Country (Basque Agency for Business Development)
      • Javier Diéguez, Director of the Basque Cybersecurity Centre.


  • 14:00 – Lunch break.
  • 16:00 – Visit to Tecnalia (Reseach and Technology Organization) with two objectives:
    • Pose questions you may have on the funding model described during the morning.
    • Visit to labs.

  • 18:00 – End of the first day.
  • If you are not too tired I could organize a light dinner around 20:00.

 

Day 2 (Araba Technology Park):
  • 08:30 – Departure from Bilbao.
  • 09:30 – Visit to Business and Innovation Centre BIC-Araba
  • 11:30 – Welcome to the Basque Cybersecurity Centre (E7 Building, 46 Albert Einstein street).
  • 12:00 – Move to the Cyber Training Room.
  • 12:15 – Visit of the Cyber Training Room.
  • 12:30 – Understand the Cyber ecosystem (technical strengths and sectors) – research areas/companies and possible opportunities for collaboration
    • Speaker: Raúl Orduna. Vicomtech RTO brief presentation.
    • Speaker: David González. Ikerlan RTO brief presentation.
    • Speaker: Ekhine Irurozki. Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM) brief presentation.

  • 14:00 – Lunch break
  • 15:30 – Trip back to Bilbao
  • 17:00 – Drop-off at the hotel and free time.
  • 18:00 – Private visit to the Guggenheim Museum (in English).
  • 20:30 – Dinner

 

Day 3 (Bilbao):
  • 8:30 – Meet at the Hotel lobby
  • 9:00 – Zorrozaurre Innovation Island Project
    • Speaker: Estíbaliz Luengo, Head of Internationalization (Bilbao Council)
    • Speaker: Ixone Soroa, Head of Invest in Bilbao (Bilbao Council)

  • 11:30 – Presentation of universities and their activity around Cybersecurity at University of Deusto Campus:
    • Speaker: Pablo Garcia-Bringas (University of Deusto)
    • Speaker: Jasone Astorga (University of the Basque Country)
    • Speaker: Urko Zurutuza (University of Mondragon)

  • 13:00 – Wrap-up, clarifications and next steps.
  • 13:30 – Lunch break.
  • 15:30 – Transfer to the airport.

Cyber 101: Business skills Bootcamp, Exeter - Event: 15th March 2019

Published: 18 February 2019

Event details Location: Exeter Science Park, 6 Babbage Way, Clyst Honiton, Exeter EX5 2FN Date: 15 March 2019 Time: 08:30 - 17:30 Cyber 101: Business skills Bootcamps for cyber security startups and scaleups. Digital Catapult wants to hear from cyber security companies that are interested in receiving mentorship, raising capital and accessing a wider network of public and private customers. Successful applicants will receive tailored advice on a diverse range of topics linked to establishing and growing a successful cyber security business. Background Cyber 101 is a national programme running from January 2017 – March 2021 as part of DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security sector and the capability of cyber security startups and scaleups. An intensive one-day Bootcamp: You’ll receive tutoring and tailored advice from industry experts on how to develop and scale up your cyber business. Who should attend? Whether you are an established startup looking to refine your business proposition or a mature company seeking feedback and advice on your business, you are welcome to take a part in Cyber 101 Bootcamp. We are interested in hearing from cyber security companies operating across all UK sectors with existing product or service offerings. Why attend? Successful applicants will be invited to an intensive one-day workshop which is designed to help support cyber security enterprises hone their business skills in an open innovation environment. Topics will be followed by 1-to-1 mentoring sessions with the presenter, allowing startups and scaleups to build close connections with their peers as well as the mentors. As an attendee, you will get a chance to: * Receive tutoring and tailored expert advice on different topics. Topics include; development of an effective value proposition, market validation, sales and marketing techniques, international expansion, finance and capital and business models. * Build new relationships with customers, partners and peers. Furthermore, selected companies that successfully complete the workshop will be shortlisted for an annual Demo Day, which will provide a direct opportunity to pitch to potential customers and investors. Dates, times and locations Submit your application to Cyber 101 by clicking Apply Now. Places will be allocated to those with the most appropriate needs, expertise, services and products in line with the Open Call. We aim to respond to all applications within 7 days of the call closing. However we will review applications on receipt and may allocate places before the closing date. Successful applicants will be invited to a brief telephone interview to judge suitability. Please be advised that experts from the Cyber 101 team will assess applications using 3 criteria: fit to Cyber 101 requirements, domain expertise, and maturity. Assessment is based on application content only. Apply now at: https://salesforceadmin1.typeform.com/to/XcvOzq?type=Bootcamp&subtitle=Business%20Skills&date=15%20March%202019%20(08:30%20-%2017:30)

Launch of TechNation Cyber Scale Up Programme - Deadline: 4th March 2019

Published: 12 February 2019

The UK’s first national scaleup programme for the cyber security sector, Tech Nation Cyber is aimed at ambitious tech companies ready for growth, at home and abroad. Offering peer-to-peer learning, masterclasses led by expert scale coaches, meetups and an international trip organised in conjunction with the Department of International Trade (DIT), the programme will provide cyber security scaleups with invaluable skills, a powerful network – including peers, investors and potential clients – and the ability to implement changes to help their companies grow. It’s free to join, and we dont take an equity stake in your business. The Cyber programme will also engage investors, academia and industry on a wider scale, through mentoring, market reports, events and thought leadership pieces, including Tech Nation’s Cyber Collaboration Toolkit. How does the programme work? Cyber is a six-month, non-residential programme to accelerate ambitious UK scaleups. From online training and phishing prevention, to honeypots and deception security, we’re looking for the most innovative companies operating in cyber security. To apply for the programme, your business must: Be headquartered in the UK 10+ employees Seed funding at minimum (or, if bootstrapped, £500,000+ in revenue) Ambitions to grow, expand and be industry leaders We’ll select 20 companies to join our very first Tech Nation Cyber cohort in 2019. You can apply for Cyber here. Applications open on 6th February 2019 and close on 4th March 2019 - https://technation.io/programmes/cyber-security

NITEC19: NATO and the High North: Technology Ultramarathon - Event: 20-22 May 2019

Published: 11 February 2019

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to the following event NITEC19 taking place at the Thon Hotel Arena, Lillestrøm from 20 – 22 May 2019.

You can register for this event via the link contained in the flyer below.

Further details can be obtained via the following link: http://nitec19.com

Alexandra Clarke | Business Support Officer | Defence & Security Organisation |

Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place | London SW1A 2AW

Tel: +44 (0)207 215 8180 | E-mail: alexandra.clarke@trade.gov.uk

UK Cyber Consultation Outcome

Published: 11 February 2019

The outcome of the UK cyber security consultation was published on 31st January, 2019. I have appended a link to the UK Government’s response ‘developing the UK cyber security profession’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/developing-the-uk-cyber-security-profession

DIT are providing funding of up to £2,500 for SMEs to attend/exhibit at selected trade shows outside the EU. More events are being added so see here fr details:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/grants-available-for-smes-looking-to-export

To find the events you need to click on the Trade Access Programme, scroll down and you will see a URL to the selected events.

Lawson J Coombes | Innovation Specialist | Arbenigwr Arloesi | Enterprise Europe Network (Swansea University)
Research, Innovation and Engagement Services (REIS), Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales. SA2 8PP
Gwasanaethau Ymchwil, Ymgysylltu ac Arloesi, Prifysgol Abertawe, Parc Singleton, Abertawe, Cymru, SA2 8PP
T: 01792 606683 | E:l.j.coombes@swansea.ac.uk

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 9th February 2019

Published: 09 February 2019

Good afternoon
 
Here are some opportunities you might be interested in.

Cyber Programme at Tech Nation


Tech Nation has launched its first scaling programme for cyber companies. Tech Nation Cyber is seeking applications from fast-growth UK startups with seed to Series A funding, or £500,000 revenue, and 10+ employees, to join its growth programme, led by the UK’s most notable founders, CISOs and investors.
 
Find out more and apply now: https://technation.io/programmes/cyber-security/

Cyber Resilience - Launch workshop

Defence Academy, Shrivenham,
26th March 2019
 
IAAC is pleased to announce its first new research programme of the year on Cyber Resilience. The launch of the programme will be through a workshop to be held on Tuesday 26th March, kindly hosted by Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, Swindon SN6 8LA. The workshop will start at 1100 and finish at 1500. If you would like to attend, please book your place with Maxine at info@iaac.org.uk. Bookings are open from now up until noon on Tuesday 19th March.
 
Further details of the event are as follows. The workshop will explore international aspects of cyber resilience, and their relationship to national and regional resilience. This particular workshop forms part of the international cyber policy programme for the FCO/Chevening fellows from the western Balkans and India. We will be joined by 13 senior individuals from those countries, giving us a unique opportunity to explore cyber resilience challenges from diverse perspectives. This should offer insight into resilience issues in international supply chains, and the development of policy and consensus in this context.
 
IAAC has put an experienced team together with a mix of cyber, resilience, policy and legal expertise, who will facilitate the workshop. The event will be formed of panels, discussion and breakout activity. More details will follow based on a preliminary workshop being held by IAAC for facilitators in February.
 
This is the first workshop of several that will be run around the country, each taking a specific theme identified as part of a systematic approach to researching cyber resilience. The workshop after the Defence Academy, is likely to be in Manchester examining forms of compliance in cyber resilience.
 

Living in the Internet of Things: Realising the socioeconomic benefits of an interconnected world

1-2 May 2019. IET London: Savoy Place

www.theiet.org/living-iot 

The Internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as "connected devices" and "smart devices"), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data. The conference will provide insight into how society can benefit from the power of interconnected devices (the IoT) while remaining safe, secure and resilient.
 
The event programme incorporates keynote plenary talks, interactive panel discussions, technical paper presentations, poster displays and industry exhibition.
 
Attend Living in the IoT to gain invaluable insight into how society can benefit from the power of interconnected devices and industry improve efficiency whilst every domain remains safe, secure and resilient.
 

AFCEA UK West Chapter


The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 14th February at Brickhampton Golf Club. 
 
You may be aware this happens to be Valentine’s evening. As an incentive to encourage attendance, the President has kindly offered a reduced rate of £12.50 for partners to join us.
 
The presentation for the evening will be from  Nick Drage (Director, Path Dependence Ltd)
 
“What can the cyber security industry learn from other occupations?”
 
For more details and booking: www.afcea.org.uk
 

Security and Policing

5-7 March, Farnborough

JSaRC will be hosting Security and Policing 2019 in Farnborough, and for the first time in its history, the event will be attended by the Home Secretary alongside the Minister for Security and Economic Crime. Here are some of the upcoming highlights of the show:
  • 3 Live Immersive Features are included in this year’s show.  Follow the links below for more information:
  • Market Place - brand new to Security & Policing 2019 is the opportunity for visitors to learn about all the best and emerging ideas and capabilities in our Market Place feature. A dedicated area, running all 3 days of the show, the Market Place is a hub for new innovations where exhibitors pitch five-minute presentations in the following four categories: Pitches, Prize, Prospects and Products. Further information can be found here.
  • Interview with the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP – read the Farnborough International News Interview with the Minister for Security and Economic Crime, the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP here 
  • Live Demonstration Arena -  Partner organisations will showcase techniques, skills and approaches across a range of Critical Incident Response Scenarios. Live demonstrations will be on show from British Transport Police and Her Majestys Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) as well as an an exciting and diverse range of new products from participating exhibitors.
  • The ADS Security Innovation Award recognises the innovative capabilities and services developed by exhibitors at Security and Policing. Click here for further information and entry details
  • Exhibitor opportunities – there is still time to get involved and book stand space.  More information is available here
  • Visitor registration – Security and Policing is a closed event.  Full details on how to register to visit can be found here
 

Trade Mission to Indonesia and Vietnam

for West Midlands Companies

The UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) in cooperation with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Midlands Engine are running this multi-sector trade mission to Indonesia and Vietnam during March 2019. If you are a forward-thinking company with an international focus, this is an amazing opportunity to grow your business on a global scale, secure new orders and make new contacts.

About Indonesia:
Indonesia is the powerhouse economy of Southeast Aisa. Currently the 16th largest economy in the world it is projected to be the 4th largest economy in the world by 2050.

With a population of over 260 million and a GDP growth of 5.3% (2018 second quarter), Indonesia’s macroeconomic fundamentals are sound and have been strengthening as the government continues to implement critical structural reforms. Indonesia is working hard to attract international investment highlighted by their impressive rise up the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index from 114th in 2014 to 72nd in 2017.

About Vietnam:
Vietnam has one of the fastest growing, most vibrant economies in Asia. According to the Asian Development Bank, Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with an expected growth rate of 7.1% in 2018. Currently, 70% of the population is under 35 years of age, with a life expectancy of close to 73 years. By 2050, Vietnam’s population is expected to reach 120 million.

Vietnam is enjoying increased integration through free trade agreements and business-friendly policy reforms. With an increasingly educated workforce and a growing middle class, Vietnam has positioned itself to be a significant part of the global supply chain and a vibrant economic hub to do business with Southeast Asia.
 
Benefits of joining this market visit:
• Meet key contacts for customised advice and help to maximise business
• Explore and understand commercial opportunities
• Establish and develop in-market networks
• Receive the latest policy, industry and project updates
• Understand the latest trends, developments and opportunities
• Sector briefings and advice on doing business in Indonesia and Vietnam
• Opportunity to meet with relevant government officials and key business contacts
• Eligible SMEs could qualify for a financial support package (eligibility criteria apply)
• In-market support from UKABC, DIT and the British Chambers of Commerce based in the market
• Bespoke meetings with a minimum of 8 potential distributors or partners within your sector
• Assistance with discounted flights and accommodation.
 
Costs:
The package cost is £3000 per company and eligible delegates will be able to claim £1,095 in Midlands Engine funding.

Registration:
For further information on how to join this visit, contact Paul North of the UK-ASEAN Business Council at: paul.north@ukabc.org.uk.
Please note: only Midlands based companies in the UK are applicable for joining this trade mission.
For any other enquiries contact the Department for International Trade West Midlands at info@tradeWM.co.uk or call 0345 222 0159.

TARIAN Wales Cyber Safety Bus Tour - Events: 4th March to the 31st March

Published: 08 February 2019

The TARIAN Individual & Business Protect Teams month long bus tour approaches very fast….March 4th to March 28th. The launch is on the 4th March 12 Midday at The Welsh Assembly. We have speeches from DCC Pam KELLY [Gwent Police], a Welsh Assembly minister and Paul Chichester [Operations Director NCSC] We will be running the days along the lines of early afternoons will be drop in [bus] personal protect advice with the general public, and late afternoons into early evenings more business focused. We will run our protect presentations, table top cyber resilience exercising, hopefully some basic hacking demos. We will use the wrapped bus for a base in daytime / afternoon as we have facilities on board for presentations and small table top exercising. We will have separate rooms made available in various towns everyday as well if required. We will advertise via Eventbrite, and in some locations move the bus to more industrial areas in the late afternoons. We would like the cluster to assist with Cyber Essentials promotion at the locations/events with a brief talk or just be available for businesses to discuss following our presentations. We have to be careful with promotion/sales as this is government funded/police led, but seems daft not to try and come up with a solution so a business can immediately start down the Cyber Essentials accreditation when its fresh in their minds? On certain days, we will also have guest speakers from the NCSC and NFIB [City of London Police / Action Fraud] coming as well. If any Cluster members can come along to any of the stops, we would be very grateful. Here are the dates:-

Date Time Local Authority Area Location
Monday 4th March 2019 10:00 – 18:00 Cardiff Bay (LAUNCH EVENT) Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay
Tuesday 5th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Newport Newport Leisure Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1UH
Wednesday 6th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Caerphilly Caerphilly Council Offices, Penallta House, Tredomen Park, Hengoed, Ystrad Mynach, CF82 7PG
Wednesday 6th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Cwmbran Woodland Road Sports & Social Centre, Woodland Road, Cwmbran, NP44 2DZ
Thursday 7th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Builth Wells Groe Car Park, Strand Road, Builth Wells, LD2 3BL
Thursday 7th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Welshpool Welshpool High Street (o/s Natwest), Welshpool, SY21 7JF
Friday 8th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Mold Mold High Street
Friday 8th March 2019 14:00 – 17:00 Wrexham Queens Square, Wrexham
Monday 11th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Llangollen Market Street Car Park, Llangollen, LL20 8PS
Monday 11th March 2019 14:00 – 17:30 Rhyl Main High Street, Rhyl
Tuesday 12th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Conway Station Road, Colwyn Bay
Tuesday 12th March 2019 14:30 – 17:30 Conway Seaview Road, Llandudno
Wednesday 13th March 2019 12:00 – 15:00 Anglesey MSparc, Menai Science Park, Gaerwen, LL60 6AR
Wednesday 13th March 2019 16:00 – 19:00 Anglesey Morrisons Holyhead, Penrhos, Holyhead, LL65 2UQ
Thursday 14th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Gwynedd Castle Square, Caernarfon
Thursday 14th March 2019 14:30 – 17:30 Gwynedd near the Clock Tower, High Street, Bangor
Friday 15th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Aberystwyth TJ Davies, Jewellers, 11-13 North Parade, Aberystwyth, SY23 2JH
Monday 18th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Milford Haven Milford Haven, Port Authority, Gorsewood Drive, SA73 3EP
Monday 18th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire County, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP
Tuesday 19th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Carmarthen St Catherine’s Walk, Carmarthen St. Catherine Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1GA
Wednesday 20th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Swansea Plymouth Street, Outside Wilkinsons, Plymouth Street, Swansea, Swansea, SA1 3QF
Thursday 21st March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Neath TBC
Thursday 21st March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Port Talbot O/S M3 Centre Square Aberafan Shopping Centre, Port Talbot, SA13 1PB
Friday 22nd March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Bridgend O/S HSBC Dunraven Place, Bridgend, CF31 1JB
Monday 25th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Barry King Square, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 4RW
Tuesday 26th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Pontypridd Mill Street, Pontypridd, CF37 2SN
Wednesday 27th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Merthyr Merthyr Council Offices, Civic Centre, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN
Thursday 28th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Chepstow Dell View Car Park, Chepstow, NP16 5EL
Thursday 28th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Ebbw Vale Ebbw Vale Council Offices, Municipal Offices Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6XB
Friday 29th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Cardiff TBC

CRISP Call Alert - Briefing Event: 5th March 2019

Published: 08 February 2019

CRISP Call Alert for demonstrators addressing cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things. Funding Budget:£6m Project Size:£2.5m - £4m Duration (Months):18-24 Industrial Research Intervention: (Small) 70% Intervention: (Medium) 60% Intervention: (Large) 50% Intervention: (Research Org.) 100% Experimental Development Intervention: (Small) 45% Intervention: (Medium) 35% Intervention: (Large) 25% Intervention: (Research Org.) 100% Aim: solve major industry-focused cyber security-related challenges in the Internet of Things transfer world-leading knowledge from the UK research base to UK industry develop new products or services and intellectual properties address technology, societal and business challenges Dates 18/02/19 Open 26/02/19 London briefing event 27/02/19 Manchester briefing event 28/02/19 Edinburgh briefing event 05/03/19 Cardiff briefing event 07/03/19 Belfast briefing event 01/05/19 12:00pm Closes 01/07/19 to 5/07/19: interviews 12/07/19 Applicants notified

Digital Marketplace Opportunities - Closing Date: 14th February 2019

Published: 08 February 2019

In the last day, 2 new digital specialists opportunities were published on the Digital Marketplace. View and apply for these opportunities:

Digital Transformation Lead - IM&T
Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board
Wales
Closing Thursday 14 February 2019
https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/digital-outcomes-and-specialists/opportunities/9007?utm_id=20190208

To develop, produce and maintain a website relating to a scheme run by Reading Borough Council
Reading Borough Council
Offsite
Closing Thursday 14 February 2019
https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/digital-outcomes-and-specialists/opportunities/9001?utm_id=20190208

Thanks,
The Digital Marketplace team

BASDEC-BURSA Aerospace & Defence Cluster Funded Event Mission to Turkey - Event: 27-28 March 2019

Published: 07 February 2019

The Bursa Aerospace and Defence Cluster, which comprises Bursa’s aerospace and defence companies, is partnering with the British Embassy Department for International Trade Team to arrange a fully funded inward mission to Bursa’s innovative cluster to develop UK -Turkey partnerships in defence, automotive and machining, civil aerospace and interior design. This visit has the support of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Trade and Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Event date/venue: 27 -28 March 2019 - Bursa Chamber of Trade and Industry – Bursa/Turkey What are the benefits to UK companies? The event will provide a unique insight for UK companies into the investment opportunities in the region and options for imports and exports. Topics we will will look at together include intermediate products; connecting of system pieces for the main set up; joint production; joint design facilities; joint export opportunities with third markets; and engineering services. DIT Offer DIT is supporting BASDEC by inviting British companies to showcase the UK’s capability to bring expertise, knowledge transfer and innovation to support Turkey’s plans in civil aerospace and defence. This will bring valuable opportunities for networking with local companies to explore partnership and collaboration through business to business meetingsmeetings meetings meetings meetings. Participants’ travel and accommodation expenditures will be covered by BASDEC for up to two representatives per company. Space is of course limited, so early confirmation and participation is encouraged. Outline Mission Programme 27 March March – Opening speeches, Presentations, B2Bmeetings, Networking reception 28 March March – Industrial site visits İpek Alparslan Yazıcı Trade Adviser British Embassy Ankara Department for International Trade Direct Tel: +90 312 455 3266, Mobile: +90 549 206 0569 ipek.alparslan@mobile.trade.gov.uki

Brexit Breakfast Briefing Sessions - Events: During March

Published: 07 February 2019

Business Wales is running a number of Brexit related seminars during February and March . The aim of the briefings is to provide businesses with a clear understanding on support available for businesses to prepare for Brexit, such as the Brexit Portal and diagnostic tools, support available within Welsh Government (such as Business Wales, Trade etc) as well as support available from key stakeholders such as Development Bank for Wales, Local Authorities, as well as networking opportunities. The briefings are running throughout Wales on the following dates: · 19 February 2019 - Baglan Bay Innovation Centre, Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone - 9am to 11am · 4 March 2019 - Cardiff Airport and St Athan - Enterprise Zone - 8am to 10am · 6 March 2019 - Bridge Innovation Centre Haven Waterway Enterprise Park - 8.15am to 10.15am · 12 March 2019 - The General Offices, Ebbw Vale - 8am to 10am · 13 March 2019 - Welsh Government Offices, Newtown - 8am to 10am · 19 March 2019 - M-SParc - Anglesey Enterprise Zone, Gaerwen - 8am to 10am · 21 March 2019 - Glaslyn Leisure Centre, Porthmadog - 8am to 10am · 22 March 2019 - Gladstones Library, Deeside - 8am - 10am Book your place here: https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/business-wales-brexit-briefing-seminar English - http://bit.ly/bwbrexitbriefing Welsh - http://bit.ly/bcbriffioarbrexit Please note , spaces are limited and will be limited to 30 businesses per event.

Palo Alto Cloud Security Summit - Event: 21st March 2019

Published: 04 February 2019

Palo Alto have their annual Cyber Security Summit coming up which may be of interest to members of the Cluster. It is free to register and attend and is being held on Thursday 21 March at Printworks in London. This year we are focusing on Cloud Security and the event is open to end users and partners so those who may use our technology and those who may embed it as a service to others. We have a growing customer base in South Wales including the likes of Airbus, Thales, GD, QinetiQ to name a few. The agenda and registration link can be found here https://signup.paloaltonetworks.com/ehome/376643/agenda?reference=markpatterson This and the sponsorship and speakers pages will continue to be populated over the coming weeks but broadly, the morning will consist of keynote speeches (PANW, Tech partners and customers) and the afternoon will consist of 5 breakout sessions covering Security Leadership, Cloud Deployments, Cloud Threats, Channel (for partners) and finally an introduction to XDR which is a soon be released evolution of EDR which expands the capability from endpoint to Network and Cloud. To finish the day, we are pleased to have Sir Ranulph Fiennes to talk about his experiences on his many expeditions. Would be great to see you there and in the meantime, I will see you at the next cluster meeting. Mark Patterson UK Defence & Intelligence Systems Engineer Palo Alto Networks

Degree Apprenticeships Breakfast at Swansea University - Event: 8th February 2019

Published: 04 February 2019

Find out about degree apprenticeships and work based learning programmes in Computer Science, Management and Engineering and how Swansea University will be working to deliver these programmes. Degree Apprenticeships and work-based learning programmes are a partnership between employers and providers. They aim to give people the opportunity to gain a degree while in full time employment. The programmes offer a pathway to a recognised qualification and professional competence combined with practical on-the-job experience, offering the opportunity to Earn While You Learn. To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/swansea-university-linc-degree-apprenticeships-and-work-based-learning-breakfast-tickets-55016863921

2nd CYBERSEC Brussels Leaders’ Foresight – Event: 20th February 2019

Published: 31 January 2019

CYBERSEC Brussels Leaders’ Foresight is an exclusive, high-level meeting that aims to discuss the activities to enhance European cybersecurity preparedness and foster a competitive IT industry. The central topics of the discussions will be based on the recommendations and key takeaways discussed during the 4th European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC that took place in Kraków, on 8-9 October 2018. The topics will refer to the cyberthreat landscape and its constantly evolving challenges, that in order to ensure the safe digital future, must be assessed by the stakeholders on a regular basis. Conference Venue: Microsoft Executive Briefing Center, Rue Montoyer 51, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium To register go to: https://cybersecforum.eu/en/brussels/

GlobalEPIC at Next Cyber Taiwan - Event 20-21 May 2019

Published: 31 January 2019

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan have extended an offer to members of the GlobalEPIC Ecosystems (of which Cyber Wales is a founder member) to fund visits to the Explore Next Cyber Taiwan event in May.

There are 3 offers:-

International Business Matchmaking
Who: up to five cybersecurity companies from Global EPIC member countries
Benefit and How: To exhibit at the event for business promotion and to give one or more speeches related to market or technology trends for showing technical insights
Invitees’ package: To cover up to 4-nights with flight & hotel cost
Limited seats available

Accelerator Program
Who: up to five accelerators from Global EPIC member countries
Benefit and How: To participate in the start-up pitch and discuss the cooperation with Taiwanese accelerators
Invitees’ package: To cover up to 4-nights with flight & hotel cost
Limited seats available

Integrated Service Platform - EPIC One Stop Security Service Platform
Who:cyber security companies/startups from EPIC member countries
Benefit and how:Constantly promotion event for platform registered security solutionsIn place, free infrastructure for demonstration and trial of security products, continuous bug bounty program for ICT equipment and information systems, chances to team up with local vendor to participate in local project (healthcare, CIIP, government…) and to establish real field try reference cases
Can be potential platform for Global EPIC’s global marketing and services

In addition, there is a Bug Bounty Challenge
White hat hackers are welcome to participate in the Bug Bounty Challenge (the first round starts in May) to find bugs in devices under test (DUT) (such as IoT products) and win prizes.
Companies who produces IoT products are welcomed to provide device under test to obtain a free test report.

For more information contact Contact: ChiehlinHuang, +886-2-26557600 #138, chiehlin@itri.org.tw

5th CYBERSEC European Cybersecurity Forum, Krakow – Event: 29-30 October 2019

Published: 31 January 2019

CYBERSEC is an annual public policy conference dedicated to the strategic challenges of cybersecurity, launched in 2015, a unique in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the top five
cybersecurity events in Europe. Our mission is to build the foundations of mutual trust and translate challenges into n new opportunities for a better tomorrow.

With cyber disruption on the rise, the world is inevitably facing the emergence of new security challenges. They require responsible leadership to advance strategic actions and collaborative efforts of all stakeholders. A further development of our societies and economies will largely depend on whether we can make cyberspace truly secure. Strong confidence in digital public and commercial services is instrumental to build a trustworthy cyberspace. Meanwhile, current trends are alarming.

More and more state actors are developing their offensive capabilities to disrupt information systems of their adversaries, as well as using digital media to wage information warfare, which increasingly puts the foundations of democracy in jeopardy. Furthermore, the likelihood of terrorist activities in cyberspace and increasing cybercrime which generates enormous losses for the global economy complement this rather grim picture.

The EU is strengthening its strategic autonomy. However, to build cybersecurity in Europe it is necessary to maintain close transatlantic relations and enhance regional cooperation. Governments create strategies, policies, standards and rules for cybersecurity, but they cannot forget that their implementation hinges upon close and trust-based cooperation with private sector. And finally, all actors must act with the welfare of every citizen in mind

To register go to: https://cybersecforum.eu/en/krakow/about-cybersec/

1st CYBERSEC Washington Leaders’ Foresight – Event: 19th March 2019

Published: 31 January 2019

The aim of the CYBERSEC Washington Leaders Foresight 2019 is to give proactive guidance on how to develop innovative digital strategies, implement state-of-the-art secure digital infrastructure and develop cybersecurity policy statecraft along with transatlantic cooperation in the Three Seas Region. First CYBERSEC event to be held in Washington will bring together high-level EU and U.S. officials, representatives of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) countries, businesses, academia and the NGOs leaders. The aim of the CYBERSEC - Washington Leaders’ Foresight 2019 is to foster greater political, business and security synergies between the United States and the 3S region by developing digital and cybersecurity cooperation. Forward-looking proposals of such cooperation have been formulated within the Digital 3 Seas Initiative (D3SI) launched by the Kosciuszko Institute together with a group of regional think tanks and with contributions by the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington D.C. The D3SI highlighted the need of pooling together technological capacity and resources and the recognition of cybersecurity as an overarching dimension to foster secure digital transformation in the Three Seas region and beyond. To register go to: https://cybersecforum.eu/en/washington/about-cybersec-dc/

GISEC, Dubai - Deadline: 28 February 2019

Published: 30 January 2019

We would like to invite your company to participate in an export market visit to GISEC Dubai. This Welsh Government supported visit offers an exciting opportunity for businesses of all sizes to connect with businesses in Dubai. Cost The Welsh Government is supporting* companies to take part in this export market visit. There are two options of support for this visit: Support for Travel Only The cost is £650. This includes: ·Return flights ·In-market transfers ·5 night’s accommodation with breakfast ·Attendance at in-market events Support for Travel and Arranging Meetings The cost is £1,400. This includes ·Return flights ·In-market transfers ·5 night’s accommodation with breakfast ·Attendance at in-market events ·Arranging meetings with up to 6 business contacts This offer is available to one representative per company. *Subject to eligibility. Closing date – 28 February 2019 To ensure that you maximise the opportunities, the Welsh Government can assist in arranging meetings in the region either with like minded companies or potential customers via our export trade support programmes. If you would like an application form or wish to discuss further support, please do not hesitate to get in touch:InternationalTrade@wales.gsi.gov.uk Many thanks Export Team

BWtech RSA Pitch Competition - Event: 6 March 2019

Published: 29 January 2019

iCyberCenter are running a RSA Pitch Competition for International Cybersecurity Companies which bwtech is hosting Wednesday morning March 6th – from 8:00 am to 9:30 – at Venable Law Firms offices just minutes away from the main Conference Center in San Francisco. Please register on the following link RSA Pitch Competition Registration Link – as an attendee if you plan to attend. Feel free to share the link with your partners and companies whom you feel would be interested and valuable to have in the room. If you know any International Cyber Product Companies who are interested in competing – please share the link to the RSA Pitch application to apply. We will be engaging up to 10 companies to give 3 minute pitches with 2 minutes of Q & A. The top 3 companies receive Free tuition to the upcoming iCyberCenter Executive Workshop on April 1st – 2nd at the RSA Conference.

BWtech Executive Workshop - Event: 1st -2nd April 2019

Published: 29 January 2019

The iCyberCenter@bwtech Executive Workshop  provides an intimate, small group, content rich experience that provides critical insight and a competitive advantage for companies entering the US Marketplace.  
The upcoming program date is  April 1st at iCyberCenter@bwtech and will end the following evening, April 2nd  with a Cybertini networking event. 
The two day program provides deep insights on the cyber ecosystem here in Maryland, how to navigate US business protocols - meet strategic contacts and effectively launch your US operations. 
This program is also available to accommodate delegations of 4 or more companies who are interested in visiting Maryland outside of a currently establish date.  
More information can be found on the iCyberCenter  Executive Workshop Link.

Year in Industry Placement Request

Published: 24 January 2019

My name is Thomas Doyle and I am currently in my second year at Cardiff University, studying Computer Science with Cyber Security and Forensics.

I am looking to pursue a placement year in the field of Cyber Security. This is an area of Computer Science that I find extremely interesting, it is an ever-changing environment, with demand increasing worldwide. New technology is constantly emerging and you are always learning.

Ideally I would like my placement to be within the South Wales region and following research conducted by myself and I am appealing to members of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster.

I would like to enquire whether any organisations in the Cluster offer any year in industry placements?

I would be delighted to intern for you formally and would be grateful to gain experience to further my studies, workplace experience and skills. I would be happy to send a copy of my CV and I hope that you will consider me for any available positions.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this.

Thomas Doyle (DoyleTE@cardiff.ac.uk)

TARIAN seeking a Dark Web Graduate Intern

Published: 23 January 2019

Applications are invited for a Dark Web Intern Software Development vacancy within the Regional Cyber Crime Unit which forms part of Tarian Regional Organise Crime Unit. Job Title: DarkWeb - Graduate Intern - Software Developer Scale 3 based in Bridgend Post: TBC Based At:  Bridgend Open From  21/01/2019 09:00:00 to  05/02/2019 12:00:00 Starting Salary:  £18,486 Raising to £19,704 To undertake reactive and proactive investigations and operations against targets involved in illicit commodities and services on the Darkweb (cyber crime, drugs and firearms etc) within the region. Work as part of a regional network of investigators alongside national and international partners to identify and bring offenders to justice. To support other team members to design, develop and deliver software development capabilities into the Darkweb Investigation Team. Applicants must be prepared to undergo vetting to MV/SC Level. Applicants must be prepared to travel and attend courses as part of their professional development. The successful candidate must have a full UK driving licence as their duties will require them to travel to/ from meetings. Applications are welcomed from members of under-represented groups. Please be aware that if your current post is within the Public Service Centre, if you were employed after 1st February 2017 you must have completed 2 years’ tenured service before applying for any other roles. This post is not suitable for job share/part time workers due to the type of work and the training requirements around the role. Please note this role is fixed term for 12 months. For further information about this role please contact 01656 776796.

Welsh Government DCMS Engagement Workshop - Event: 27 February 2019

Published: 21 January 2019

In December 2018, the UK Government (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - DDCMS) published its initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-security-skills-strategy). The strategy sets out the government’s understanding of the challenge that evolving cyber threats present to the demand for cyber security skills. This challenge is more complex than the number of cyber security professionals; it is about the need to ensure the UK has the right level and blend of cyber security capability across the whole of the economy.

DDCMS  are seeking views on this initial strategy and are holding a series of engagement events across the UK to listen to the views of those with an interest in cyber security to help them shape and refine the work to develop and publish a comprehensive and final strategy document in 2019.
 
The Welsh engagement event will be held on the 27th February at Barclays Eagle Lab in Cardiff (9:30 – 13:30).  To register for the event please click here.
 
Wales has a thriving, multi-faceted cyber security sector characterised by internationally renowned academic excellence, multinational security businesses and a large, cohesive SME network encapsulated in the Wales Cyber Security Clusters. Our cyber strength offers us an opportunity to attract investment and create new, high value jobs but the skills shortage is a serious threat to the future growth of the sector here in Wales.
I hope you can find the time to participate in this important event but if you’re unable to attend but would like to contribute, please consider responding to the key questions DDCMS have posed as part of this call for views exercise.  You can provide your views here.
 
Kind Regards,
 
Neil Sandford
Business Development Manager – Cyber
 
Department for Economy, Science & Transport | Inward Investment | Welsh Government | QED Centre | Treforest Industrial Estate | Treforest CF37 5YR
 
Tel +44 (0) 7769 883253 | E-mail : neil.sandford@gov.wales

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin - 13th January 2019

Published: 13 January 2019

Good afternoon! Here are some opportunities you may be interested in.

CyberUK 2019

The NCSC is delighted to be bringing CYBERUK 2019 to Glasgow, a thriving digital hub and one of the UK’s first 5G cities. The NCSC will present a programme of compelling, interactive and inspiring sessions from Scotland’s largest exhibition venue, the Scottish Event Campus. Held over two days, CYBERUK 2019 will be attended by more than 2,000 delegates, integrating senior cyber security leaders with professionals, strengthening the cyber security community. As the authoritative event for the UK’s cyber security community, CYBERUK 2019 will offer delegates the opportunity to learn about the Government’s plans for making the UK more cyber resilient and for the whole cyber security community to meet, discuss business needs, review the changing threat landscape and clarify their responsibilities. The event will feature world-class speakers, and content with plenty of opportunities for interaction and networking between the public and private sectors. How to register: Please visit www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberuk for more information and to register to attend CYBERUK 2019. We expect delegate places to fill up fast, so to avoid disappointment please register for a place as soon as possible. Please note: all registrations are subject to approval by the NCSC. Note from UKCSF – there has been an SME rate on previous years which was about 50% the usual rate but it was not advertised and companies were only told about it when they asked – so it is worth asking! The cost of an exhibition stand only includes entry for 1 person and they cannot attend the talks – you have to pay an additional £300 if that person wants to attend the talks.  However, last year, the talks were all broadcast in the exhibition hall so you may not need to pay to attend. Sponsorship opportunities: If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at CYBERUK 2019, please contact Holly Allen, Sponsorship and Exhibition Manager on: 0117 906 4554 cyberuk-sponsorship@brayleino.co.uk

Digital Access Programme Workshops: Nigeria, Indonesia, Kenya

The Foreign Office’s Digital Access Programme team are looking at supporting UK cyber security exports to five countries in the medium term: South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Kenya. This process began with a market scoping report for each country, and they are now in the process of running workshops, hosted by techUK, to further develop the strategy for each market. Some of you may have been involved in the South Africa and Brazil workshops in past months. The schedule for the Nigeria, Indonesia, and Kenya workshops is below. The workshops generally involve a briefing from UK Government leads in Post, followed by an industry and government discussion of opportunities, challenges, and what government can do to help in each market. Industry’s input is vital here, to ensure that the support government develops is directed at fixing the problems companies actually encounter when trying to do cyber security business in country. Nigeria workshop – Thursday 17th January, 9.30-12.30; sign up here Indonesia workshop – Monday 18th February, 9.30-12.30; sign up here Kenya workshop – Tuesday 5th March, 9.30-12.30; sign up here If you have an interest or experience in any of these countries, please do sign up using the links above. If you have further questions, please contact me (details below) or either Thomas.Jordan@fco.gov.uk or Edward.Weldon@fco.gov.uk.

Meet the Buyer: Defence, Security and Cyber

13 February | 09:00-17:00 | The MTC, Coventry Bringing together the best of Midlands businesses with high profile buyers in the Defence, Security and Cyber sectors from across Central Europe. This free Midlands Engine Meet the Buyer event will provide a dynamic and lucrative business environment carefully tailored to create, encourage and facilitate synergies in a series of 1:1 meetings with validated buyers to help you build key relationships which may result in you securing new business. It also provides a chance to discover future opportunities in a range of Central European markets by attending workshops covering market trends, tailored support and how to take advantage of future opportunities. This unique opportunity presents you with the chance to:
  • Pre-book meetings – request meetings with targeted buyers and expert advisers from our global network
  • Join workshops – designed to help you identify current and future opportunities for your business within Central Europe and beyond
  • Network – meet a host of key buyers, like-minded companies, local advisers and Defence and Security Organisation (DSO)
Next steps:
  1. Review buyer listings and decide who you would like to meet
  2. Register your interest in attending (we recommend providing as much detail as possible as this will be issued to buyers to support them in selecting which companies best match their buying requirements)
  3. During the registration process please select which buyers you would like to request to meet
  4. We will contact you and advise which of your meetings have been confirmed along with a schedule for the day
  5. We will issue you with final confirmation which will include further information on workshops and additional opportunities
Click here to register today

Careers Wales looking for a digital specialist - Deadline: 17th January 2019

Published: 11 January 2019

In the last day, 1 new digital specialists opportunity was published on the Digital Marketplace. View and apply for this opportunity:

Careers Wales website - Enterprise Architect
Careers Wales
Wales
Closing Thursday 17 January 2019


https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/digital-outcomes-and-specialists/opportunities/8708?utm_id=20190111

Set up a Cyber Security Council - Deadline: 28th February 2019

Published: 09 January 2019

Over the past year and a half or so, NCSC has been supporting colleagues in DCMS with an initiative to develop the Cyber Security Profession. In December, DCMS issued a Request for Proposals to set up a new Cyber Security Council – the deadline for the submission of applications is 28 February 2019. On behalf of our DCMS colleagues, the remainder of this email provides background and details about the Request for Proposals. The Government launched a consultation in July 2018 outlining proposals to develop the cyber security profession in the UK. The consultation ran for six weeks and we received over 300 responses. Having carefully reviewed and analysed the responses, we consider that the consultation showed strong support for the main thrust of the proposals: which were to define a series of objectives for the profession to achieve and to create a new, independent UK Cyber Security Council to coordinate delivery. The government response to the consultation, which was published on 21 December 2018, sets out in detail how the evidence received in the consultation has been considered. The government response also sets out that, in view of the level of support, we intend to proceed to identify a lead organisation to design and deliver the new UK Cyber Security Council. We are therefore issuing the response alongside an invitation to apply for between £1m - £2.5m of Government funding to lead the work. This is being issued as a competitive process. All proposals will be evaluated against published criteria and requirements, and an assessment will be made to select one successful proposal. The Guidance for Applicants and the Application Form are available to download here. The application window opened on 21 December 2018 and the deadline for applications is 16:00 on 28 February 2019. We may run briefing events in late January/early February for prospective bidders. If you are interested in attending, please notify the team at csprofession@culture.gov.uk and we will be in touch shortly with further detail.

Establishing a new, independent UK Cyber Security Council is a key part of the Government’s new Initial Cyber Security Skills Strategy which is being published in parallel. There are a number of ways you can engage with the Strategy - you can find out more here. 

The Hague Security Delta Update - 8th January 2019

Published: 08 January 2019

Welcome to The Hague Cyber Updates.

Through this newsletter wed like to keep you up to date on upcoming opportunities, news and events on tech in The Netherlands; starting with a FinTech event in Amsterdam on 13 and 14 March.

To a successful 2019!

For this first edition, and the beginning of the new year, wed like to provide you with an overview of our upcoming activities in 2019. Do let us know if youve got anything exciting coming up as well, or if theres anything else we can help you with.

Otherwise, well hope to catch up soon at one of our events. Continue reading for our FinTech mission in March, our Tech mission to The Next Web in May and an InfoSec event in June.

FinTech Mission

On 13 and 14 March, were organizing a FinTech trade event in Amsterdam, with company visits and 121 matchmaking with the industrys movers and shakers. Sign up here.

UK @ TNW

On 9 and 10 May we are planning a mission to one of the biggest tech conferences in Europe; The Next Web in Amsterdam. Currently were gauging interest for UK tech companies to join our mission. Are you one of them? Leave your email here and we will send you more information.

InfoSec London

On 4-6 June, there will be a Dutch mission to InfoSec in London. Were currently planning a joint event for UK and Dutch companies and buyers to meet, share experiences and build partnerships. Drop us a line if youre interested.

Cyber Wales members chosen for LORCA - 8 January 2019

Published: 08 January 2019



The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) is a joint collaboration between Plexal, CSIT and Deloitte. It’s funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy.

LORCA’s facility at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is a place for innovators, corporates, investors, academics, and engineers to come together and grow the most promising cybersecurity solutions of our time with tailored support to help them scale and meet the needs of industry. The first cohort of 9 companies joined in June 2018, and 6 months later, the second cohort of 10 businesses have just been announced.

ObjectTech Group Ltd, who work out of Falcon Drive in Cardiff, are proactive members of Cyber Wales and the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster and we are all delighted that they were selected to be in the 2nd LORCA Cohort.

Caroline Thomas from ObjectTech said “A huge thank you to the CyberWales team for introducing us to Lydia and the LORCA opportunity at the November Cluster meeting.  Our selection announced today as 1 of 10 UK cybersecurity companies chosen for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement, illustrates the power and impact of the ecosystem that has been created in Wales“.

CyNation, a Satellite Member of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster who are based in London, have also been selected for this Cohort and we wish Shadi Razak and Daniela Menzky, who have been involved in collaborations with Cyber Wales members, all the very best in the growth of their unique cyber solution.

Another organisation to be selected is Bob’s Business. Melenie Oldham from the Barnsley based Cyber Awareness firm is the Founder and Chair of the very successful Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster, which is yet more proof that the Cyber Clusters can, and do, provide an environment and opportunities for cyber companies to help each other to grow and be successful.

Well done to the Cluster members and to all 10 of the selected organisations – Cyber Wales wishes you all the very best in your year of Cyber Advancement!

Foreign Office Digital Access Programme Workshops

Published: 07 January 2019

As you may be aware, the Foreign Office’s Digital Access Programme team are looking at supporting UK cyber security exports to five countries in the medium term: South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Kenya. This process began with a market scoping report for each country, and they are now in the process of running workshops, hosted by techUK, to further develop the strategy for each market.

Some of you may have been involved in the South Africa and Brazil workshops in past months. The schedule for the Nigeria, Indonesia, and Kenya workshops is below. The workshops generally involve a briefing from UK Government leads in Post, followed by an industry and government discussion of opportunities, challenges, and what government can do to help in each market. Industry’s input is vital here, to ensure that the support government develops is directed at fixing the problems companies actually encounter when trying to do cyber security business in country.

Nigeria workshop – Thursday 17th January, 9.30-12.30; sign up here

Indonesia workshop – Monday 18th February, 9.30-12.30; sign up here

Kenya workshop – Tuesday 5th March, 9.30-12.30; sign up here

If you have an interest or experience in any of these countries, please do sign up using the links above. If you have further questions, please contact me (details below) or either Thomas.Jordan@fco.gov.uk or Edward.Weldon@fco.gov.uk.

Kind regards,

Claire

Claire Baillie | Assistant Director, Cyber Security | Defence & Security Organisation

Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place |London SW1A 2AW

020 7215 5028 | 07720 212711

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin - 27th December 2018

Published: 27 December 2018

Good afternoon! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

AFCEA UK West Chapter – January 2019 Meeting

The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 10th January at Brickhampton Golf Club. The presentation for the evening will be from  Andy Powell (CISO, A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S) Maersk - Collateral victims of a state-sponsored Cyber Weapon: Implementing the Lessons from a Cyber Attack For more details and to register to attend www.afcea.org.uk

Seeking a Business Partner

One of our new members who works in FinTech is looking for a co-founder / gig economy partner to work on mitigating cyber risk of digital asset exchanges.  He has >20 years developing and delivering FinTech (e.g. blockchain, cyber, analytics) with Bitfury, Deutsche Bank, Sovereign Capital, Deloitte and you can see his LinkedIn profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-cayzer If you are interested in discussing further please contact richard.cayzer@dltrisk.com  +44 7891 693 735

Cyber security in the Spanish banking sector - mission to Madrid, 21 March 2019

The British Embassy in Madrid are hosting a cyber security mission offering an opportunity to present to and have 1:1 meetings with the CISOs of four of Spain’s largest banks. This event will be held on 21st March 2019. To register for the event, please complete the attached application form and send to Fernando and Isaac (cced) by 15th February 2019. Please also contact Fernando and Isaac with any questions. Banks involved: Santander is the biggest banking group in Spain and second in Europe after HSBC in terms of market capitalisation and net income (£77bn and £6.5bn respectively in 2018). Santander also has a significant footprint in the UK (14 million customers, 20,000 employees and 860 branches, and contributing 16% of the Group profits). BBVA Spain’s second largest bank, and a fintech leader in its own right, BBVA has a market value of £41bn and generated £3.8bn net income in 2017. In the UK, they focus on corporate and investment banking  mainly, with over 200 staff in their Canary Wharf HQ, and in commercial banking via their stake in digital bank Atom. CaixaBank  Third in size, CaixaBank had a market value of £23bn and raised £1.6bn net in 2017. Their main market is the Iberian Peninsula (via BPI in Portugal). In the UK, they have an international branch that offers financing and other banking services to companies with interests in either market. Sabadell market capitalisation and net income values were £10bn and £801m (2017). They entered the UK financial market through acquisition of TSB Bank from Lloyds in 2015. Currently they operate 537 branches in the UK with 8,000 staff and 5 million customers, representing c.25% of its global lending power. Sabadell is the fourth largest bank in Spain. Cybersecurity in the Spanish financial sector According to official sources, Spain receives the highest number of cyberattacks after the US and the UK (no less than 120,000 in 2017). Many of those aim at the financial institutions as their primary target. Banking scams, card-related cybercrime and phishing account for the most recurrent incidents reported by the public, but banks themselves are also in the spotlight for risks linked to online fraud, identity theft and reputational damage. Spanish banks are of interest not only because of their size (the biggest of which is included in the list of global systemically important banks [G-SIBs] by the FSB) but also because of their presence in the UK. Santander is widely regarded a High Street brand, and Sabadell bought TSB from Lloyds in 2015. The mission It will consist of a series of presentations to set the scene that will be delivered by all 4 banks participating. 1-to-1 meetings will be held subsequently with the UK companies selected by the banks. 1-to-1 meetings eligibility criteria In order to ensure the mission is as focused as possible, all UK companies are required to fill out a questionnaire for evaluation by the Spanish banks.  Only those selected by them as potentially interesting will be invited to participate in the mission. We are looking at no more than 10 participants. Date & Time: 20-21 March 2019
9:00 – 12:30 (exact times tbc) Location: British Embassy Madrid Cost: £600 (plus VAT) Further information: Please contact Fernando Pons or Isaac Morillas at: fernando.pons@fco.gov.uk isaac.morillas@fco.gov.uk Tel.+34917146337/8 Please email me (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you would like the application form emailed to you.  If interested in being considered, please send the questionnaire attached to the above emails no later than 15 February 2019.

IISP State of the Profession survey

The IISP runs an annual survey on the State of the Profession. It doesn’t take long to complete and can be accessed via this link  The Cyber Security Profession 2018 and 2019.   Please do complete it if you can!

Outsource and diversity

Outsource is a “cyber workforce solutions provider” and ran an event with NCSC to focus on diversity in the sector.  They host regular D&I events, where they focus not only on diversity in its broadest sense, recognising gender diversity, but also inviting discussions around the older workforce, BAME candidates, returners, military veterans, neurodiversity and disabled workers and LGBT. A write up summarising the key points of their most recent NCSC event is here An overview of our D&I event with the  videos including the 3 TED Talks can be found here - Outsource D&I event with NCSC

LAAD Defence & Security Exhibition - Event: 2-5 April 2019

Published: 20 December 2018

LAAD Defence & Security is an International Defence and Security exhibition taking place 2-5 April 2019.
It is a Bi Annual event that will be held at the RioCentro Exhibition and Convention Centre, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The UK Pavilion at LAAD 2019 will be led by CLARION Events with Support provided by DIT DSO.
LAAD 19 will be supported by the Brazilian Ministry of Defence, the Military Forces, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and the Brazilian Public Security Structure.
In 2017, the show welcomed:
•            450 exhibitors from 37 countries
•            1 Vice President, 6 Foreign Ministers & 7 Deputy Foreign Ministers
•            183 Official Delegations from 81 countries, 445 Official Delegates
•            37,100 visitors from 109 countries
•            442 Brazilian Public Security authorities
•            296 journalists from 13 countries
The event gathers international and national companies that provide developing and cutting-edge technologies, equipment and services for the Armed Forces, Special Forces, Police Forces, Homeland Security and Security Managers integrated with large companies and critical infrastructures.
DIT DSO Support
DIT DSO will be inviting International Delegations to visit the UK zone enabling you to showcase your capabilities to a captive audience. When we have a better understanding of the exact delegates who will be in attendance we will target those most relevant to your companies’ capabilities and prospects.
The UK Pavilion
The idea is to have a central hub consisting of a DSO meeting room, with EST Product Support alongside. Around this hub CLARION will be responsible for creating and selling stand space to UK companies to create the UK Pavilion.
Our Export Support Team
 
Our Export Support Team (EST) will have a Product Display stand on the UK Pavilion to exhibit your equipment. The space offers a good opportunity to have our UK Military in uniform showcase your equipment to a wide audience from the region and beyond. The cost is £3025 + VAT (please see below for more details on how to secure a space).
Our Senior Press Officer will also be in attendance to help with any media enquires you may have during the week or to help publicise your equipment at the Event, should you wish to do so.
Booking a Place on the UK Pavilion (via CLARION)
For more information on the event and how to book a place on the UK Pavilion through CLARION Point of contact:
Alex Webb
International Sales Executive
T: +44 20 7384 8261
M: +44 7834 560 349
DIT DSO EST Product Display
1. Product on Stand
Utilising the support of DIT DSO Export Support Team (EST) companies will have the opportunity to display one small product on the DIT DSO Stand.
The cost is £3025 + VAT. The initial charge includes a brochure service. Uniformed EST personnel will be on the stand to brief visitors on your product capabilities. The cost does not include shipping which should be arranged separately; although we can offer advice. Any shipping or transportation costs incurred by EST will be billed back to the company as part of the final invoice.
2. Brochure Service
Exhibit 250 of your company brochures on the DIT DSO Stand a cost of £500 + VAT. A product on stand is not required for this service. Distributed by uniformed EST personnel in exchange for business cards, ensuring maximum exposure and the opportunity for effective follow ups. Brochures included with product on stand. Shipping not included.
Licensing
Export licensing for both sales and exhibitions remain the responsibility of the company. EST will require a copy of your export licence giving you clearance for your equipment to deploy to Brazil. Open General and Temporary Exhibitions can be obtained through the Export Control Organisation spire portal 1. This process can take around 20 days. A letter from your company authorising EST personnel to carry your equipment on your behalf may also be required. For more help with Export licensing please contact the DIT Export Control Organisation 2.
Returns are to be back NLT TBC.
All responses and queries should go to SSGT Ben Robinson direct:
 
Tel: 01980 845600
Fax: 01980 845801

Doing Business with the US DoD - Event: 26 & 28 March 2019

Published: 17 December 2018

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to an opportunity to join the Defence Trade Office, British Embassy Washington DC for a series of briefing and networking opportunities with the US DoD’s Comparative Technology Office (CTO), including representatives from US Army, US Navy, US Air Force and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).
 
When & Where:
 
  • Tuesday 26 March 2019 – ADS Group, Salamanca Sq, 9 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SP (cost is £95 - through DIT/DSO)
 
  • Thursday 28 March 2019 – DPRTE event at the Birmingham NEC, Hall 3a (cost is £75+VAT with discount code PARTNER19 through DPRTE/BIP Solutions website)
 
Further details are contained in the attached flyer. For more information and 1-2-1 meeting requests, please contact:
 
Antony Fletcher  E: antony.fletcher104@MOD.GOV.UK
 
Nigel Yates E: nigel.yates648@MOD.GOV.UK

European Space Agency Programme Launch - Event: 13th February 2019

Published: 12 December 2018

We have been working with the European Space Agency to organise an event on 13thFebruary at Principality Stadium Cardiff to launch their business applications programme in Wales. The initiative provides funding to businesses to commercialise space technology. The event will highlight the cyber open tender as well as other ESA funding coming out next year which may be of interest to you. This free event will be open for registration in early January and spaces will be on a first come basis. The ESA would like to offer Cyber Wales members the opportunity to register before the general release. For Further information and to register for a place, please click on the link below. You will need to use the password ESABASW. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/growing-space-in-wales-introduction-to-the-european-space-agency-business-applications-uk-regional-tickets-53436891180

Cyber security market engagement day hosted by NHS Digital & techUK - Event: 10th January 2019

Published: 07 December 2018

You are invited to join our NHS Digital Data Security Centre team for a market engagement day.  At our October event, we briefed you on our approach to the perimeter security project initiation.  After reviewing the feedback, we have carried out detailed scoping, requirements and design principles and we would like to present our findings. Date: Thursday 10 January 2019,10am to 11am, followed by 1-2-1s with identified suppliers (12pm – 4pm) Venue: MSE Meeting rooms, 103A Oxford Street, Soho, London, W1D 2HG The event will comprise of a one-hour interactive briefing, (where we will walk you through the briefing pack slides and you will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions), followed by 1-2-1 sessions with a smaller number of suppliers. The briefing session is open to all suppliers however, to request a 1-2-1 session, suppliers are required to download the briefing pack and complete a small number of qualifying questions – please see links below. The deadline for the questions to be submitted is midnight on Wednesday 12 December 2018.  Responses will be reviewed and the suppliers that meet the criteria will receive an invite and a further vendor briefing pack.  This pack contains additional questions to be discussed during your slot. Registration for the event can be found here. Further information about the event and to download the briefing pack can be foundhere. Registration for the 1-2-1 sessions (i.e. the qualifying questions) can be found here. Our industry engagement events are open to all digital suppliers including non-techUK members.  However, please note we reserve the right to limit attendance to two delegates per organisation, to record the event for future use, to publish attendee lists and use your email for follow up evaluation. The Innovation and Partnerships team NHS Digital techUK enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk

Emerging Tech Fest - Event: 13th December 2018

Published: 28 November 2018

As the New Year approaches, why not take time out to reflect on what has gone well in 2018? Consider the lessons you’ve learnt and explore what actions you or your business need to take to make 2019 even more successful. To kick-start your forward planning, join us for a full-day of thought-provoking talks, interactive sessions, lively discussions, hands-on demos and evidence-based insights into how emerging technologies are already impacting you, your business, your industry and your supply chain. In addition, let us help you to explore how emerging tech is going to continue to impact on you and your business in the future. Whether you work in energy, engineering, manufacturing or technology, this is the event for you… Find answers Speak to experts about how your business can benefit from the greater use of tech and see where it is being adopted already. Solve problems Discover how emerging technologies are addressing the challenges faced by your business industry and market sectors. Gain knowledge Learn about the benefits of a growing enabling and digital technology economy and discover how digital ready your business is. Raise your profile Get your business in front of buyers, funders, investors and potential collaborators. Get connected Meet likeminded people from across business, industry and academia. Engage with other attendees, speakers, exhibitors, innovators, collaborators and organisers before, during and after the event. While you have the opportunity, take the time to scout for ‘talent’ that you know your business needs now or in the future. #EmergingTechFest By the end of the day, you’ll have made good connections and gained a better understanding of what actions you need to take, and what tech you need to adopt, to stay a step ahead of your competition! Book your place As places are limited, please register to reserve your place. If you change your mind at a later date, please let us know so that we can offer your place to someone else. Agenda

  • First class speakers and exhibitors will be announced in advance of the event.
  • Registration, refreshments, networking and exhibition areas will be open from 9am to 6pm.
  • The ‘key speakers’, ‘case studies’ and ‘meet the expert’ sessions will start at 10am and end at 4pm.
Note: A detailed agenda will be published closer to the event. Main Stage Speakers have been announced... Ashley Rogers, Founder & Director, Gill & Shaw David Ramsay Harra, Head of Innovation & Development, Assembly Airbus Debra Williams, Co-Founder & CEO, Motokiki Anthony Rose, Co-Founder & CEO, Seedlegals

Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities:

Exhibition
  • ESTnet members are encouraged to book a place – free-of-charge – to display a pull-up banner within the foyer or exhibition areas. Shared tables will be available for the display of promotional materials. ESTnet members can also rent a 5-foot table space to demo their emerging tech for £150.
  • Non ESTnet members are encouraged to book a place – for £150 - to display a pull-up banner within the foyer or exhibition areas. Shared tables will be available for the display of promotional materials. Non ESTnet members can also rent a 5-foot table space to demo their emerging tech for £250
Sponsorship
  • There are a range of sponsorship opportunities available. Please get in touch.
For more information Please contact elizabeth.scott@estnet.uk.net Register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emerging-tech-fest-tickets-51286142232

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 24th November 2018

Published: 25 November 2018

Good evening! Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

IAAC Diversity by Design Report

IAAC are pleased to announce the publication of our report on diversity by design, which can be found at the following link: Diversity by Design Report

BlackHat

London, December 3-6, 2018 UK Cyber Security Forum will be at BlackHat on 5th and 6th November.  We will be on stand BB4 so do come by to say hello and find out more about our neuro-diverse cyber security training programme.  IASME will be on the stand with us to talk about the Community SOC team they have recently set up using only neuro-diverse employees.  We will be running a panel session on 6th from 13:35-14:25 Free entry to the Business Hall! http://ow.ly/3gVu30mju54 

Healthcare Cybersecurity Conference: Protecting the NHS against cyberattacks

30th January 2019 There apparently a limited number of complimentary tickets available to public health professionals. Please contact jack@onecpd.co.uk for further information http://www.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/conferences/healthcare-cybersecurity-conference

RSA 2019

Deadline of 29th November Event date 4-8th March The UKs Department for International Trade (DIT) invites
you to attend the world1s largest cyber security conference and exhibition, RSA San Francisco, which brings together over 700 exhibitors and 43,000 visitors. Pete Thompson, the Assistant Head of Cyber Security, DSO will be running an intro/training session in February for companies chosen for the RSA mission that will cover detailed plans for the mission, pitch training and advice from previous mission attendees. This year, in response to company feedback, DIT is delighted to offer participants two different tracks: The first track will enable eight first-time exhibitors at RSA to showcase their capabilities at the UK pavilion. DIT offers these exhibitors a series of US market briefings, buyer and investor introductions, and multiple networking opportunities throughout the week. For approved companies, there will be a pre-RSA briefing session in February. Cost: £6,000 (VAT excluded). The new second track includes all the above activities except an exhibition slot on the UK pavilion. Since most of the DIT organised events are in the morning or evening, there is plenty of time to meet some of the many potential buyers, which DIT can assist with. Cost: £1,000 (VAT excluded). UK cyber security companies interested in participating in either track at RSA 2019 should contact peter.thompson@trade.gov.uk no later 
than Thursday, 29th November. Please specify whether you would like to participate in the first or second track, and provide a brief description outlining: -  Company capability and issue being addressed -  Overview of current clients and sectors -  Target markets and sectors -  Interest in US-based funding (seed, VC, etc.) -  Prior engagement with DIT (if applicable)

Call for solutions: Disrupting online abuse and exploitation

The Home Office has allocated budget to invest in up to 5 innovative projects that are designed to disrupt live online child sexual abuse and exploitation. Projects should investigate new methods and technologies. The competition is being run under the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative). Full details can be found here

DASA Real-World Incident Response Hackathon

Sorry - very short notice this is on Monday! The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seeking participants for a Real-World Incident Response Hackathon on 26-27 November 2018 in Central London. This hackathon will focus on improving the way we investigate incidents through the application of Multimedia Analysis and Artificial Intelligence. Participants will be asked to process large amounts of real-world incident multimedia data and rapidly identify key information for on-site experts - people, places, events, in fact anything that may assist an investigations team. To find out more and sign up to attend, please use the following link here

Interested in working with JSaRC?

The JSaRC team has a really unique structure, roughly 50% of the team are civil servants, and the rest of the team is made up of staff seconded from industry and academia. Our current secondees originate from organisations such as Thales, Airbus, BAE Systems, Hart International, ADS, Aecom, Intel, QinetiQ, Civica, Secure Cloud+, Chapel Associates, Sopra Steria and the University of Kent. We are keen to hear from organisations who might be interested in providing a secondee to help support the important work that JSaRC does. If interested, please email JSaRC@homeoffice.gov.uk

Cyber security opportunities in South Africa, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and Brazil

The FCO Digital Access programme has released five Digital Market white papers, outlining high level opportunities for UK digital, cyber security and telecommunication companies, in five of the fastest growing digital economies: South Africa, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and Brazil. The FCO recently hosted a workshop to discuss opportunities and barriers in South Africa, and will be running briefing sessions on the four further markets in the coming months.

Forthcoming DIT events

A range of activity is planned for the coming months, with upcoming missions to Doha for the Qatar Central Bank Information Security and Financial Services conference, Copenhagen around cyber security for transport and an automotive targeted engagement in Japan. Planning has also commenced for the first of the three major trade shows the team supports each year, with RSA happening in San Francisco in March 2019. Further information on this will follow in the coming weeks. Wider DIT events can be found here, alongside details for DIT ministers’ travel.

Financial support for exports

We recognise that finance for exporting can sometimes be difficult. UK Export Finance is the UK’s Export Credit Agency and a Government Department, with nearly 100 years’ experience in helping buyers globally to purchase goods and/or services from the UK. The UK Government has an ambition that no viable trade with the UK should fail for lack of finance or insurance. UKEF help ensure that purchases of capital goods and/or services from the UK are supported with attractive financing terms. This support is predominantly through the provision of guarantees that facilitate loans to overseas buyers to purchase supplies from UK exporters as part of an overall contract package. UKEF guarantees (typically 100% and unconditional) commit the full faith and credit of the UK Government and can support exports for any size of company and across all sectors, from capital goods to services and intangibles such as intellectual property or licenses. We plan to run a briefing session for cyber security companies with UKEF and techUK in the coming months, but for further information before then please contact: customer.service@ukexportfinance.gov.uk great.gov.uk As part of the government’s efforts to support UK exporters through digital tools, a new cyber security sector page has launched online. Part of thegreat.gov.uk website, it showcases UK cyber security firms to potential overseas buyers, as well as providing information and guidance to UK firms at all stages of their exporting journey. We would encourage all UK cyber security businesses to register on it.

AFCEA UK West Chapter – December Meeting

The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 13th December at Brickhampton Golf Club. The presentation for the evening will be from  Peter Williamson (CEO, SecureCloud+) "The Continuous Need for Dynamic and Intelligence-led Cyber Controls Testing"   www.afcea.org.uk

Last Call for Papers - Living in the IoT

1-2 May 2018 | IET London: Savoy Place This 2nd Living in the IoT Conference combines academic research with industry case studies, demonstrating safeguards for IoT cybersecurity as well as exploring critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability and security. The IET and PETRAS invite you to participate by submitting your innovation, project or research focusing on solutions for IoT challenges. Attend Living in the IoT to gain invaluable insight into how society can benefit from the power of interconnected devices and industry improve efficiency whilst every domain remain safe, secure and resilient. Last Call for Papers deadline: 1 December 2018 For more information and to view the technical scope, visit: www.theiet.org/living-iot

European Cyber Week - Rennes - 19 November 2018

Published: 21 November 2018

As a territory at the cutting edge of cyber defense and cyber security, Brittany welcomed the 3rd edition of the European Cyber Week, from November 19th to 22th 2018.


At this European event, organised in Rennes by the Pôle d’Excellence Cyber and its partners, the programme included technical conferences, business meetings and high-level events, addressing civilian and military stakes, around the thematic of Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security, and its applications in the area of health, media and defense.  Members of Cyber Wales met with representatives of the Pôle d’Excellence Cyber at the St Davids Day event in Brussels back in March and planning for this return visit began then.


Cyber Wales representative Dr Kerry Beynon, European data privacy expert, partner at RDP Law, joined an impressive group of panelists for a main stage discussion titled "From Silicon Valley to Start up Nation: which opportunities for European Valleys?".


Fellow panelists included Laurent de Mercey the Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy at the European Commission, Bertrand Piechaczyk the Engineering Unit Director from Bretagne Développement Innovation, José Calvo Territory Director for the Salamanca Institute in Castilla y León, Javier Barriocanal the Head of the Basque Cybersecurity Center and Jarno Salonen the Director of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.


Welsh Government Trade & Invest teams including Neil Sandford from Wales and Ruth Stockley from the EU office in Brussels worked hard to organise for a Trade Mission of Welsh businesses to attend the event and all the delegates were able to capitalise on how well Kerry positioned Cyber Wales and its role on the Global stage.



 

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 3rd November 2018

Published: 03 November 2018

Good afternoon!
 
Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

 

Cybersecurity Pitch Day


Crossword Cybersecurity and IP Group will be jointly hosting a Cybersecurity Pitch Day on Wednesday 14th November, at IP Group PLC company headquarters in London. It is our intention to invite a handful of organisations to present an overview of their current cyber security projects on the day, with a view to assessing their potential for investment into a spin-out company (new or existing).
 
You have been targeted with this call as your institution has a strong theme in this area and we invite you to submit what you feel is your strongest and most suitable offering(s) for our consideration.
 
To aid our selection process we request you complete and return the attached questionnaire.
 
Timeline:

 
02/11/2018 By 5:00pm- Submission of Completed Questionnaire
 
07/11/2018- Notification of Shortlisting

 
14/11/2018- Cybersecurity Pitch Day (timings to be confirmed)
 
Please let me know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you would like an application form to apply to join this.
 
  

Student looking for a 12 month placement


I am currently in the second year of my degree at Cardiff University where I study Computer Science. I am looking for a placement position which will start in the summer of 2019 and lasts 12 months. I am pursuing a position as a cyber/information security placement and would be grateful for any opportunities Please contact SalmonJR@cardiff.ac.uk for a CV or other information.
 
 

USA Graduate looking for a job in UK


I am currently a senior majoring in IT and will graduate in May 2019. After which I am hoping to find employment in the UK in the IT industry. I lived there for 8 years and have family there. You can see my LinkedIn profile here https://www.linkedin.com/in/cody-olson-it/ please contact me for a CV or any other information codyolson1693@gmail.com
 


Home Office Secondment Opportunity


Further to discussions last month at the RISC Council and at the Security and Resilience Growth Partnership (SRGP) about our ongoing assistance to the Home Office with the recruitment of industry secondees to the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC), this is to advertise a specific and urgent opportunity that has arisen within the Department.
 
JSaRC invites companies within the RISC community to consider nominating suitable individuals for a short, fixed-term industry secondment within the Home Office until the end of March 2019 in order to assist the Department with the project management around the security and counter-terrorism aspects of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). To be based at 2 Marsham Street in London, with the post-holder appointed at the earliest opportunity and required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), as per all JSaRC secondments, the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) based within the Home Office seeks assistance from an SC-cleared individual with a proven track record of managing complex projects. The opportunity is likely to suit a sufficiently-qualified and experienced project manager, however expressions of interest are also welcome from ‘high potential’ graduates or other company executives within the national security sector who may be seeking and/or benefit from a short and unique placement in Government.

Post-holders can expect to be working in support of a diverse range of policy issues on such tasks as, for example, the establishment of close relationship with the EU Exit Board programme office to ensure effective flows of requirements and information between OSCT and customers; the population and refinement of OSCT programme documents to meet EU Exit Board expectations; and the development of programme essentials to ensure timely and high quality work to support the programme, including, amongst other issues, programme timetable and critical path, risk and issues management and RAG ratings of constituent parts.

Any companies with a serious interest in this opportunity are invited to express this to the Home Office by the close of business of 9th November and should feel free to contact the Head of JSaRC, Shaun Hipgrave, for an informal discussion: Shaun.Hipgrave@homeoffice.gov.uk



Government Research Programme


Ultra Electronics (Ultra) are responsible for a UK Government funded research programme bringing together a range of suppliers to solve cross-government challenges.  We are currently looking for organisations to undertake innovative research and development to help deliver cutting edge research in the communications, surveillance and cyber marketplace.  This work would be carried out in the second half of 2019.
 
The programme runs with two Tiers of suppliers, Tier 1 suppliers are engaged throughout the programme and are selected by the Customer and Ultra based on their ability to address a cross section of the research topics.  In addition, Tier 2 suppliers are engaged on the programme to deliver focussed pieces of research to address particular areas or problems.  Last year 10 organisations engaged at Tier 2 with the programme with some of them awarded more than one contract.  
 
Successful organisations will be given the opportunity to bid for research work or to come up with their own ideas for research based against a set of user requirements from the end customer.
 
The research programme uses an agile methodology to ensure that the research conducted is valuable to the end user and that research costs do not outweigh the benefits.  This results in the research being evaluated and goals modified on a 5 weekly basis, guaranteeing better pull-through of the research and ensuring that funds are targeted towards rapid progress.
 
If you are interested in being part of tis initiative please contact  Steve.Pilkington@ultra-cis.com
 
 
 

Cyber Apprentices


The shortage of cyber professionals continues to impact the growth of cyber companies big and small.  To address this, some of the larger organisations have started to address this by launching their own apprentice programmes.  However, the approved programmes start at Level 4 (Foundation Degree) and go upwards from there.  For many organisations, a Level 4 is not appropriate, particularly as this is usually a two year programme which the apprentice may decide is not a career they wish to pursue.  Therefore, a number of organisations are looking to come together to produce a new Level 3 standard which would target school leavers on a one year programme and which could then feed into an accelerated Level 4 or higher at a later date if required.
 
If your organisation would be interested in being one of the trailblazer companies that will help set the Level 3 standard and commit to taking on an apprentice, we would be keen to hear from you.
 
A kick-off event is being planned for the 12th December at Bletchley Park.  Spaces will be limited.  Please contact Budgie Dhanda for more information on budgie.dhanda@qufaro.uk.
 

Black Hat – discount for UK Cyber Security members


Black Hat, the worlds leading information security event series returns to at the ExCeL London, December 3-6, 2018 to host more than 2,000 attendees. This years event will offer 2-day and 4-day Training courses, cutting-edge Briefings, the Business Hall, open-source tools at Arsenal, and more networking opportunities than ever before. Use code UKCSF18 to save £200 off your Briefings pass.
 
https://www.blackhat.com/eu-18/
 
 

Home Office JSaRC Website Survey Request


JSaRC is currently working to build an online service and needs your help to make sure it is relevant to your needs.
Please could you spare 10 minutes to fill out our survey? If so please follow the most relevant link below.
 
Government Users 
Security Industry Users 
Academic Users
 
Many thanks in advance, 
The JSaRC team
 


UK Automotive Cyber Security Mission to Tokyo, January 2019

Very short notice
  
The Department for International Trade is inviting expressions of interest from UK cyber security companies to participate in an Automotive Cyber Security Mission to Japan from 15-18 January 2019
 
DIT will run an automotive-focused cyber mission to Japan to coincide with Automotive World Tokyo (16-18 January 2019), the world’s largest exhibition for advanced automotive technologies including connected cars and autonomous driving. This will be an opportunity for UK companies to learn about the market and meet stakeholders to take your business forward in Japan
 
The mission package will include:
• Briefing at the British Embassy on doing business in Japan, the Japanese cyber security market, and Japanese automotive cyber security from both UK and Japanese experts
• Opportunity to pitch to Japanese stakeholders from automotive, communications and IT companies as part of a seminar at the British Embassy
• A reception at the British Embassy with Japanese interlocutors
• Organised calls on Japanese companies interested in your company
• Access to Automotive World Tokyo • Inclusion in UK marketing material,
including mission brochure
• Promotion to local and international media,
including social media
There is a DIT fee of £1,200+ VAT to participate in the mission. This does not include your travel, accommodation and related costs.
To formally express interest, please complete the attached one-pager of background about your company. Please also outline in your covering email:
• An indication of your key target sectors and markets
• An overview of any recent activities in Japan and the region and any future plans
 
The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 2nd November 2018 but I have alerted the team that I am only sending it out today so I hope they will accept your expression of interest if you submit in the next few days.
  
How to sign up
For further information and to submit your expression of interest please contact:
Claire Baillie 
E claire.baillie@trade.gov.uk T +44 207 215 5028
 
 

International Security Expo

Olympia - 28 & 29 November 
 
The International Security Expo in the show provides a platform for the entire security industry to come together to source products, share experience and gain the knowledge needed to address current and emerging security challenges.  You will also be able to experience the Cyber Intelligence & Information Security zone.  Your entrance ticket allows you entry for both days You can book to attend for free - www.internationalsecurityexpo.com
 
JSaRC is pleased to announce that we will be joined on the International Security Expo exhibition stand by Counter-Terrorism Policing (NCTPHQ). Plans are currently underway to develop themes and initiatives for this joint stand at the show. To read more about the exhibition, please follow the link here.
 
for those who do attend this event, the Chairman of RISC, Sir Kevin Tebbit, is scheduled to deliver a speech that day between 15.30-15.50hrs in Theatre 3 (CNI Security Conference, full programme here). The speech is anticipated to cover, amongst other issues, the role and purpose of RISC, the findings of their 2018 review of Government-industry engagement, and their planned future activities..
 

Cyber Security Industry Representatives jobs now live


On Monday 22nd Oct, the Secretary of State announced that recruitment for three Cyber Security Industry Representatives is now live. 
 
These roles are industry secondees based in priority export markets, with a remit to build relationships with potential buyers, understand their requirements, and introduce them to UK companies with the relevant capabilities.

We have one Cyber Rep already in place – Reuben Sinclair in Singapore for SE Asia – and this new recruitment is for three reps: in Washington DC for the US, Dubai for the Gulf, and New Delhi for India. The Cyber Reps are a vital part of supporting UK cyber security exports, and we would welcome applications.
The deadline is Friday 16th November.
Please do be in touch via cyber@trade.gov.uk if you have any questions or would like to discuss the roles further.
 
 

AFCEA UK West Chapter Meeting


The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 8th November at Brickhampton Golf Club. 
 
CISO as Parent ! Professional Challenges…
Dr Andrea Simmons
i3GRC
 
Full presentation details and booking form are provided at the attached calling Notice.  
A form is also available at the AFCEA website  www.afcea.org.uk


Living in the IoT: Realising the socioeconomic benefits of an interconnected world

1-2 May 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place
 
This 2nd Living in the IoT Conference combines academic research with industry case studies, demonstrating safeguards for IoT cybersecurity as well as exploring critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability and security.

The IET and PETRAS invite you to participate by submitting your innovation, project or research focusing on solutions for IoT challenges. 

Attend Living in the IoT to gain invaluable insight into how society can benefit from the power of interconnected devices and industry improve efficiency whilst every domain remain safe, secure and resilient.
 
Call for Papers deadline: 1 December 2018 
For more information and to view the technical scope, visit: www.theiet.org/living-iot 

Digital Tuesday National Software Academy Event - Event: 6th November 2018

Published: 02 November 2018

Come and join us on November 6 where we will hear about one of Wales’ flagship projects in the digital skills agenda - Cardiff University’s National Software Academy (NSA).  This project is a collaboration between the University and Welsh Government, which works in partnership with industry to address the hot topic….the digital skills gap. We’ll be hearing from local industry leaders who have benefited from working closely with the National Software Academy, as well as hearing a graduate’s perspective on the benefits of studying there, while working on live industry projects and the opportunities it brings.  The Academy lead will also explain how other tech businesses big and small can get involved with this ground-breaking education project and with the wider University. This Digital Tuesday is open to all, whether you’re a local tech business, a student, work in academia, or just curious to find out more. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to come and visit the NSA’s new home and meet the people at the heart of it all! The easiest way to get to the venue is by train! It’s only a 2-minute walk from Newport train station (you can thank us later!).  If you do need to park your car then the NCP Car Park on the High Street is close by! Tuesday 6 November 2018 National Software Academy, Information Station, Newport 5pm – 7:30pm Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-tuesday-presents-the-gap-is-closing-wales-is-listening-to-the-industry-tickets-51452918063?utm_campaign=5eb05cde8f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_16_09_12_COPY_01&utm_term=0_e03d5bb455-5eb05cde8f-&utm_source=Innovation+Point+Events&utm_medium=email&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D&mc_cid=5eb05cde8f

Cyber Security Industry Representatives jobs - Deadline: 16 November 2018

Published: 25 October 2018

The Secretary of State has announced that recruitment for three Cyber Security Industry Representatives is now live. These roles are industry secondees based in priority export markets, with a remit to build relationships with potential buyers, understand their requirements, and introduce them to UK companies with the relevant capabilities. We have one Cyber Rep already in place – Reuben Sinclair in Singapore for SE Asia – and this new recruitment is for three reps: in Washington DC for the US, Dubai for the Gulf, and New Delhi for India. The Cyber Reps are a vital part of supporting UK cyber security exports, and we would welcome applications. The deadline is Friday 16th November. Please do be in touch via cyber@trade.gov.uk if you have any questions or would like to discuss the roles further.   Kind regards, Claire Claire Baillie | Assistant Director, Cyber Security | Defence & Security Organisation Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place |London SW1A 2AW 020 7215 5028 | 07720 212711

Cardiff Met PhD students want to work with Cluster Members

Published: 19 October 2018

Cardiff Metropolitan University have asked whether anyone on the Clusters would like to be involved in an R&D project supported by KESS2 EAST funding (funded through EU Social Fund).
KESS 2 East is the sister project of KESS 2, a major pan-Wales operation supported by European Social Funds (ESF) through the Welsh Government. KESS 2 links companies and organisations with academic expertise in the Higher Education sector in Wales to undertake collaborative research projects. A range of companies and organisations can participate, including
Micro companies, SMEs, Large companies, Third Sector and Social Enterprises.
This project is specifically designed to meet the company’s needs.
The project is then carried out by a dedicated student at MRes, MPhil or PhD level, who is supported by both the company and CardiffMET.
They are currently involved in 2 such projects (with Companies house and Ultranyx Ltd). There should be a contribution from the company (about 5K per year for 3 years). The school has offered 4 projects in this round.
They are happy to work on an exciting cyber research and development project or any related topic with partners from the cluster.
For more information contact Chami Hewage chewage@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Cyber Exchange Newsletter - October 2018

Published: 11 October 2018


INITIATIVES MAP LAUNCH & UPDATE ON GOVERNMENT GROWTH INITIATIVES

On November 5, techUK will be launching the newest feature of the Cyber Exchange; the Cyber Initiatives Map.
The Cyber Initiatives Map, developed in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), will be a central repository for all cyber security related opportunities and initiatives such as accelerators, incubators and venture capital funds, becoming the go-to resource for cyber companies wanting to find and access opportunities and initiatives in their region.

This free launch event will include:
  • Presentations from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the progress of the government’s cyber growth initiatives
  • Updates on the London Office for Rapid Cyber Advancement (LORCA), Cyber 101 bootcamps and Academic Start-Up Initiative
  • A presentation from a cyber initiative

Attendees at this event will also receive guidance on how best to utilise their membership of the Cyber Exchange.

To book your place, please follow this link.

Regards,
Cyber Exchange Team

CYBERSEC EU - Krakow - 8 October 2018

Published: 08 October 2018

CYBERSEC EU is an annual public policy conference held at the ICE Congress Centre in Krakow, Poland dedicated to the strategic challenges of cybersecurity.


The conference is the flagship event of The Kosciuszko Institute a Founding Member of GlobalEPIC alongside Cyber Wales and this event was a perfect opportunity for representatives of the Ecosystems to meet and have a catch up.


One of the Institutional Patrons of the CYBERSEC Forum is the Cyberwatching Project, the European observatory of research and innovation in the field of cybersecurity and privacy, and this year the Project ran their inaugural Annual Workshop in the Auditorium in Krakow.


Cyber Wales representative John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, who proactively support the Cyberwatching Project, was invited to speak on stage at the Forum and as a Panelist in the Inaugural Workshop.


John joined: David Wallom, Associate Professor at Oxford University; Michel Drescher from the e-Research Centre at Oxford University; Raul Valera of AEI Ciberseguridad in Spain; Jose Ruiz, a senior cybersecurity expert at Atos; and Aitor Vieira from the CYBECO project, a collaboration between seven European institutions. The topic was assessing research outputs within the cybersecurity and privacy landscape.


European Cyber Week Expo with Welsh Govt - Deadline: 12th November 2018

Published: 08 October 2018

Welsh Government are taking stand space at the European Cyber Week conference/exhibition, which this year is being held in Rennes, France between 19th to 22nd November 2018. They’re inviting Welsh Cyber Companies and University Expertise to join them on the stand (free of charge). http://en.european-cyber-week.eu/program.html Their stand space will enable participants to display their marketing literature, meet with potential customers, run laptop presentations etc. etc. Please see the attached Expression of Interest (EOI) form for more details. Welsh Government will be using the event to attract inward investment into Wales and to showcase our industry and academic expertise. It would be great if Cluster members could consider joining them, if even for just a day. If you’re interested, please can you contact Neil Sandford, Welsh Govt, on neil.sandford@gov.wales by Monday 12th November.

Cyber Security Week - The Hague - 4 October 2018

Published: 04 October 2018

On 4 & 5 October the Cyber Security Week Congress & Expo consisted of an exposition for national and international organisations to display their innovative cyber security solutions, a matchmaking programme with pre-arranged meetings, an Access to Capital event, an Access to Talent event and dozens of other cyber security related keynotes, sessions and workshops.


The CSW Congress and Expo was powered by The Hague Security Delta, a Founding Member of GlobalEPIC (the Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnership and Innovation in Cyber) and took place at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague.


John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, attended the event to represent Cyber Wales and the Welsh Cyber Security Clusters at the GlobalEPIC Annual Symposium which was one of the independent events at the Congress.


The symposium marked the anniversary of the launch of GlobalEPIC and it was a terrific opportunity for the original 14 Ecosystems to come together again and also to meet representatives from the new Ecosystems who have joined GlobalEPIC over the previous 12 months.


The Ecosystem of ecosystems has grown since it was launched to encompass no fewer than 26 Cyber Security Ecosystems from 22 countries spanning 5 continents.  New Ecosystems represented at the Symposium included the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Taiwan, Turkey and the Basque Region of Spain.


Summit of Central European Cyber Security, London - Event: 22 October 2018

Published: 01 October 2018

The Departmental for International Trade is inviting expressions of interest from UK cyber security companies to exhibit to a group of twenty cyber security delegates from seven Central European countries. The delegates will be representatives from both government and industry. Industry representatives will largely derive from the financial services sector. Central European countries are increasingly conscious of the threat posed by malicious cyber behaviour. Both public and private sectors are now investing in making their assets more cyber secure. The delegates attending have all actively expressed an interest in engaging with innovative UK cyber security companies, and in learning from UK best practice. Businesses attending the event will have the opportunity to pitch directly to individuals at the forefront of developing their countries’ cyber security capability. The event will run during the afternoon on 22nd October. For further information and to register your interest please contact: Chris Frampton E: Chris.Frampton@fco.gov.uk Companies attending the summit will have the opportunity to: * Pitch directly to delegates present * Meet one-to-one with a range of the delegates. Meetings will be targeted to the sector and market most of interest to the business. * Be introduced to delegates by FCO and DIT officials * Network with influential decision-makers and companies from across Central Europe The delegation will consist of government and commercial buyers from: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia. How to sign up - DIT will charge companies a fee of £150 + VAT to exhibit to the summit. Expressions of interest should include: * A brief introduction to your company. * An indication of your key target sectors and markets. * An overview of recent activities in the CEN region and any future plans.

Launch of the Dubai Cyber Security Cluster - Dubai - 30 September 2018

Published: 30 September 2018

Cyber Wales representative Damon Rands, CEO of Wolfberry Cyber Ltd was at the launch the new Dubai Cyber-Security Cluster in Emirates Towers in Dubai.

Damon, one of a number of Cyber Wales members who have operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), runs his organisation from the Emirates Towers and has formed strong links with other cyber businesses in the area since opening his offices there. Having been a long-standing member of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster and pro-actively involved in the formation of Cyber Wales, Damon was able to share information and ideas about what makes a successful Cluster.

Working with the Dubai Police, the Dubai Futures Academy and other local cyber firms to help get this new Cluster off the ground, Damon is also continuing to foster close working relationships with Cyber Wales and promote the Region to other Welsh companies who could benefit from the businesses opportunities available in the UAEs fast growing economy.

The new Cluster aims to bring together law enforcement, Government, industry professionals and enthusiasts towards the goal of advancing Cyber-Security in the UAE and more broadly, the Middle East.

The Cluster looks to support the initiatives and direction of the UAE Government and to help make local business more secure and resilient to attack by fostering knowledge sharing and the development of new skills and capabilities in the region.

India-UK FutureTech Festival - Event: 12 December 2018

Published: 25 September 2018

The India-UK FutureTech Festival will be taking place in New Delhi on 12 December. 
 
·         More than 100 of the very best UK and Indian tech companies will explore AI/Data, Future Healthcare, Future Mobility, Fintech, Createch, Cyber Security.
·         UK company missions covering infratech, medtech, cyber and life sciences will visit Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore around the festival date.
 
DIT are looking for speaker suggestions to invite. This would be a great opportunity to raise the profile of Wales and your expertise. 
 
Whilst not yet confirmed, Welsh Government are working with DIT to 100% pay for travel and accommodation costs. 
Please let Neil Sandford, Business Development Manager - Tech Inward Investment (Cyber Security) know if you’d be interested in attending/speaking.
 
Neil Sandford
Business Development Manager – Tech Inward Investment (Cyber Security)
 Department of Economy and Infrastructure | Welsh Government | QED Centre | Treforest Industrial Estate | Treforest CF37 5YR
Tel +44 (0) 7769 883253 | E-mail : neil.sandford@gov.wales
   

iCyberCenter Executive Workshop, Maryland - Event: 29-31 October 2018

Published: 21 September 2018

The iCyberCenter@bwtech is hosting an Executive Workshop  for international cybersecurity companies October 29-31st, 2018. It is a great opportunity to learn more about whether your company is ready to enter the US market, how to do so effectively, and why Maryland is such a strong US cyber business launch location.  Attending companies will meet in private group sessions with CISOs from multiple industry verticals, with VCs and angels who invest in cyber companies, and with other leaders and resources from across the state.  This October’s workshop also includes attendance at the TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo in College Park, Maryland on October 30th.  Our previous workshop in June hosted eight international companies from the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel.  A limited and select group of domestic cybersecurity companies may be also invited to join in this special October program.  Please contact Nick Zajciw (nickzajciw@umbc.edu), Cyber Incubator Manager, bwtech@UMBC for more information. Early bird rates are still available! The iCyberCenter is located in the Cyber Incubator at the bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park (Cyber Incubator).  bwtech@UMBC is home to over 130 companies including 55 Cybersecurity companies.  Through its partnership with UMBC, highly influential industry partners, the government, economic development administrations and various associations, the iCyberCenter is able to provide top-notch business assistance for companies looking to enter an ever-growing market.  The iCyberCenter connects companies to potential mentors, customers, investors and partners through its training, networking events and incubator program.  Ultimately, the iCyberCenter accelerates entry into the U.S. Cyber market by providing the resources necessary to make an impact.  

DIT Cyber Exporting Event, Gatwick - Deadline: 4 October 2018

Published: 20 September 2018

Cybersecurity Exports Unlock global opportunities with expert support
 
Discover how your business can access new markets, potential clients and international partners in the cybersecurity sector
Whether you are new to exporting or looking to enter new overseas markets, this seminar is designed to help cybersecurity companies grow their business internationally and take advantage of the highly valuable networks and resources available. Cybersecurity exports reached £1.8billion in 2017 andare expected to experience rapid growth by 2021, creating a wealth of opportunity for UK businesses. Join us to hear practical advice from industry experts and develop an effective strategy to achieve your international growth ambitions.
Why participate?
  • Learn about the benefits and challenges of exporting for cybersecurity companies
  • Participate in 121 meetings with speakers and International Trade Advisers
  • Build an exporting strategy for long-term success with expert advice
  • Understand how to navigate export controls
  • Network with like-minded cybersecurity business owners
Date  Tuesday, 9 October 2018 Time 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Location Gatwick, UK Cost £40 (+VAT) Registration Deadline Thursday, 4 October 2018
To apply or learn more, please visit the registration page

Launch of Women in Cyber Cluster - Newport - 18 September 2018

Published: 18 September 2018

Another Cyber Security Cluster has been formed under the umbrella of Cyber Wales.

Clare Johnson, Head of Cyber Security in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Science at the University of South Wales launched the Women in Cyber Cluster at the Universitys City Campus in Newport on Tuesday afternoon.

Clare heads up the team who run the National Cyber Security Academy, a BSc (Hons) Applied Cyber Security degree course where students work directly on ‘live briefs’ from industry, so their training will stay relevant and address current issues and topics. This hands-on approach also enables students to gain industry contacts and understand what will be expected of them in the workplace when they graduate.

The Academy punches above its weight when it comes to female to male students as well as staff and Clare is keen to make this precedent the "norm" in an industry still predominantly populated by men.

The meetings provide a valuable way for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry to meet and support each other.

Speakers are organised for each of the monthly meetings, but most importantly there is always plenty of opportunity to chat, share ideas and provide advice for each other in this dynamic industry.

UK Cyber Trade Mission to RSA 2019 - Deadline: 5th October 2018

Published: 17 September 2018

DIT are requesting initial expressions of interest to join the UK cyber trade mission to RSA 2019, the world’s largest cyber conference and trade show, in San Francisco 4-8 March 2019.
 
The UK pavilion can accommodate 8 companies.  We are also looking into the option of a separate package for companies who do not wish to exhibit but would be interested in attending the wider DIT package of events involving a US market briefing, UK networking reception, and various pre-arranged meetings and introductions with US investors and buyers.
 
Full details including costings and a draft programme will be provided once we have a register of interested parties and can assess numbers.  Please indicate in your response whether you are interested in the full package (including exhibiting) or just the DIT events offer.
 
The deadline for submitting initial expressions of interest is Friday 5th October.  In the event that the mission is oversubscribed applicants will be asked to submit a short application and a selection process will be used to chose the most suitable applicants.  Guidelines will be provided.
 
Please note that the UK Pavilion is open to first time exhibitors only due to restrictions imposed by RSA.  Unfortunately, companies that have previously applied or been in discussion with RSA about exhibiting in their own right are not eligible to exhibit on country pavilions.
 
Regards,
 
Pete
 
Pete Thompson | Assistant Head, Cyber Security | Defence and Security Organisation |
Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW
 

Alert Logic SOC Open Day - Event: 10th October 2018

Published: 14 September 2018

Alert Logic are organising Alert Logic SOC Open Day in their Cardiff HQ on 10th October and are inviting members of the Cyber Wales clusters. "We are proud of our Cardiff heritage, and invite local businesses to learn more about our employees, our values, technologies and customer-focused culture". The details of the event are below and on this dedicated web page. Date: Wednesday 10th October Time: 10am – 2:30pm Location: Alert Logic, Floor 5, 1 Capital Quarter, Cardiff, CF10 4BZ, United Kingdom  

5th Cyber Showcase, Ambassadors Residence Vienna - Deadline: 31st October 2018

Published: 13 September 2018

Due to popular demand, I am contacting you to let you know that the 5th Central and Eastern European Cyber & Information Security Showcase which is once again taking place in Vienna at the British Ambassador’s Residence on 21 and 22 January 2019. The event is being organised and led as in the previous 4 years by Miles Fisher, UKTI senior trade officer responsible for the IT and security sectors. You can find a short summary of the event and further information on how to participate on our website:
As on the previous four occasions we will be bringing in international delegates from a total of 11 CEE countries – Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. When you have completed the Expression of Interest from the above website, it will be used to determine whether Embassies, in the participating countries, will be able to select the right contacts for you to meet with. It is important and helpful if you can give consideration to the types of people/organisations you wish to meet. Please also complete a short description of your business – this will be used in the brochure prepared for the event and sent to 4000 contacts – it needs to be succinct and easily understandable by people who do not have English as a mother tongue.  (You will be able to return to the interest form to amend things until you press the final submit option). We will, as previously, be selecting UK exhibitors on the basis of whether or not suitable international delegates can be recruited from the majority of markets. This may mean that some companies may not be selected to attend – this is not a comment on the products or services offered but reflects the fact that without a body of companies, exhibiting in a particular sub sector or market – we do not feel that an international delegate will pay to travel to this event.
The closing date for registering your interest in this event is 31st October 2018. I do hope that you will consider taking part in this event, as we have had very good feedback from exhibitors in the past, with £22 million worth of business generated by the 2016 event and we look forward to another successful event in 2019.
 

AI Trade Mision to New York - Deadline 26th September 2018

Published: 13 September 2018

Welsh Government are pleased to announce that the application for the AI Trade Mission to New York is now open!
Please see the front page of the Eventbrite for full details, but this will be an excellent opportunity for UK clients to explore the New York market and meet some major US companies whilst here. 
 
Key details:
Dates: 3 – 7 December 2018
Conference: AI Summit New York
DIT activity: AI Summit VIP reception (co-hosted by DIT), market entry breakfast, buyer dinner, 1-2-1 meetings, group visits
Cohort size: 10 UK HQ’d AI companies (1 representative per company)
 
Mission OMIS fee: £935 - includes AI Summit pass (worth $1,999), GREAT branded exhibition space, and all related DIT activity. Does not include flight, hotel, or other transit/travel costs.
 
Applications are due via Eventbrite by 26 September 2018. Successful companies will be informed by 1 October and will need to confirm their place by 5 October.
 
For the cohort, we are aiming for gender balanced representatives so please encourage your clients to elect female representatives where appropriate, and feel free to distribute to any appropriate female founder/women in tech organizations. We are also aiming for at least 2 companies HQ’d outside of London.
 

SIN2018 - Cardiff - 12 September 2018

Published: 12 September 2018

The 11th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks (SIN-2018) organized by Cardiff University, School of Computer Science and Informatics, provides an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in theory, methodology and applications of Security in information and networks.

The conference invites significant contributions from researchers and industrial working on the development of cryptographic algorithms, security schemes, cryptanalysis, application security, system security, cloud security and network security. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform to the researchers and practitioners from both academia as well as industry to meet and share cutting-edge advancements in the field of information and network security.

The event was attended by Universities and Institutes from around the world including the USA, Turkey, Australia, Russia and India and, in recognition of the role Cyber Wales now plays on the Global stage members of the Ecosystem were asked to participate.

Representatives from Cyber Wales contributed by staging a discussion panel. Moderated by John Davies Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, and attended by Jason Davies Founder and Chair of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster and Cyber Wales members Anthony Matthews of Charmwood Risk Management, Marie Caruso of Arcanum Cyber Security, Corporal Mark Howells of 53 Squadron of the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army.

After a brief presentation on the background and scope of Cyber Wales the discussion was very much audience driven in what turned out to be a very interactive and engaging session.

USW 70 Hour Internships - Deadline: 15th October 2018

Published: 12 September 2018

UoSW Careers & Employability team, working with faculty of Computing and Mathematics are looking for businesses who can provide work experience opportunities for its ICT and Computing students.
 
Internships really make a difference to students and they can also make a difference to business.
The internship takes place January-March (70 hours), 1 day a week for 10 weeks. As these internships are embedded into the curriculum they can be paid or unpaid opportunities. If unpaid, we would ask that any travel expenses are covered.
If this is of interest, we are currently sourcing internship/project briefs by Monday, 15th October relating to work experience in the areas of ICT, web, databases, networks or similar.
Should you wish to have a chat or require further information, please contact Karin Rees on 01443 482580 or Karin.rees@southwales.ac.uk
 

European Cyber Week C&ESAR Conference - Watch this space...

Published: 10 September 2018

In partnership with Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) at Swansea University Welsh Government are planning a mission to the C&ESAR Conference (Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security) & Cyber Valley programme during European Cyber Week, the 19-22 November 2018.  https://www.european-cyber-week.eu/
An event we (Welsh Government) promised to support as part of the MoU we have in place with Région Bretagne / Regional Council of Brittany.
 
We propose to take an exhibition stand at the event for the Welsh SMEs to call home (similar to InfoSec) and we’ll be booking a room at the conference venue to host a series of B2B meetings for the Welsh delegation to meet with French companies.  EEN are in contact with their colleagues in France to help identify the French companies for our Welsh companies to meet. 
 
We’ll produce a printed brochure with company profiles – similar to the brochure we prepared for the Brussels mission earlier this year and EEN have website tool for the French and the Welsh companies to upload their profiles, match make and book B2B sessions.
 
Following the B2B meetings we propose to host a reception in the meeting room and invite Région Bretagne / Regional Council of Brittany representatives etc. 
 
Welsh Government will start ‘recruiting’ the SMEs and University Expertise from 1st October via the usual Expression of Interest (EOI) process – we’re hoping to attract 10 or 12.  If you can push the message out to the Clusters that would be great.
 
The cost of the above will be covered but the companies will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs but they maybe eligible for Welsh Government SCoRE Cymru funding towards their costs.  There are daily flights to Renne from Heathrow (approx. £200 return) and hotels are in the region of £125 per night.
 

Transport Cyber Trade Mission to Denmark - Deadline: 21 September 2018

Published: 06 September 2018

Transport sector focused cyber event in Copenhagen on 20th November.
 
On behalf of the Department for International Trade at the British Embassy in Copenhagen, you are invited to express your interest in exhibiting at a cyber security trade mission, focusing specifically on solutions for the transport sector – autonomous vehicles and highways; metro systems; airports; ports, ships and ferries; rail; tunnels; bridges; toll booths etc.
Danish delegates will includes CISOs, Heads of IT, and Heads of Procurement from the public and private sector in Denmark, with the possibility of delegates also attending from the other Nordic and Baltic markets.
There will be an OMIS (Overseas Market Introduction Service) fee* (in the region of £400) for attending this mission.
For further information and to register your interest, please email Susannah at the British Embassy Copenhagen on Susannah.fairbairn@mobile.trade.gov.uk by 21st September 2018.
There is a space for 20 companies to attend the mission on a first come, first served basis.
 
Many thanks to those companies who have already expressed an interest in attending – we have logged your reply and you will hear from us shortly with next steps.
 
*Fee does not include flights, accommodation, insurance and transfers.
 

Defence Matchmaking Event, Vienna - Deadline 20th September 2018

Published: 05 September 2018

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK Industry aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to an Industry Matchmaking Workshop on the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) in Vienna on 3rd October 2018.
 
EDIDP is an EU-funded programme with a budget of €500 million, aimed at fostering the competitiveness and innovation of the European defence industry. It is intended to leverage cross-border cooperation, particularly for SMEs, in the development of defence technologies and products, as well as encourage a better exploitation of the results of research. The Industry Matchmaking Workshop is a B2B networking event with the objective to help companies from across Europe to establish consortia willing to undertake an action under the EDIDP.
 
You may wonder if UK Industry are still eligible for this event post Brexit. Assuming there is an implementation period agreement, UK Industry is eligible for EU funding for the 2019/2020 financial year which covers the EDIDP and thus the workshop objectives.
 
The deadline to register is 20th September 2018
 
More information is available at this link: https://www.edf-vienna2018.at/edidp-workshop/ 
 
Please forward any questions you may have to: Aimee Spriggs, Northern Europe Desk Officer E: aimee.spriggs@trade.gov.uk  T: 020 7215 8134
 

IP Wales Update

Published: 01 September 2018

Update from IP Wales:-

IP WALES REIMBURSEMENT GRANTS 
(£300 towards Cyber Essentials, £700 Cyber Essentials+, £1000 cyber breach planning)
Our grants are fully operational and also now available to any Welsh SME undertaking basic training on Trade Secrets (either via in-house events or by watching the training video at www.ipcybersecurity.co.uk). Thus far a number of clients from Morgan&Morgan, Xcina (previously Crystal IT) and the 888 Group have all benefited from making successful applications (with a few SMEs yet to identify their cybersecurity providers).

FREE GUIDES
(available for download at www.ipcybersecurity.co.uk)
 
  • SME Guide to IP Cybersecurity
  • SMEs Outsourcing Cybersecurity Incident Response & Data Recovery Activities

  • SMEs Reporting IP Cybercrime 
  • Who is threatening SME Clients & Why?   

Two further Guides will be launched this coming Autumn:
 
 
  • IP Community Guide to Cyber Defence - working with the War Studies Dept., Kings College London & kindly supported By Jason Davies (Chair:North Wales Cybersecurity Cluster & Hashtag Marketing Ltd.) - thanks again Jason for your support with this
  • IP Community Guide to Protecting Trade Secret Data using Employment Law - authored by Alex Christen (Associate, Capital Law) & kindly assisted by Geo Lang
 

ARTICLES
 
  • The Protection of Data in our Digital Age [2017] Journal of Business Law, Volume 6, page 461 - underpins our SME Guide to IP Cybersecurity
  • Cybercrime: Welsh Initiative should be a wake up call across the UK [2018] Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Journal, Volume 47, Number 1, page 14 -their title for our article not ours!


For more information contact:
Associate Professor Andrew Beale OBE
Director IP Wales
a.j.beale@swansea.ac.uk


Freebies for Cyber First event - Event: 22nd September 2018

Published: 31 August 2018

Cardiff University are planning to organise a one day cyber security engagement event for kids aged 11-14 and their parents at the School of Computer Science at Cardiff University.
It will take place on the 22nd September 2018. It is supported by the NCSC and it is a part of the Cyber First Adventurers program.
We would like to give out goodie bags to the participants during the event to thank them for participation. Any chance the cluster could help us by providing some small presents for the kids, something out of a standards marketing range that companies use at exhibitions, like markers, pens/pencils, T-shirts, USB sticks (should be age appropriate). It would be much appreciated.
All the presents should be sent to School of Computer Science and InformaticsQueens Building, Cardiff University, 5 The Parade, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3AA c/o Dr Y. Cherdantseva. Ideally, we need it before or on the 18th September to allow time to sort it all out. 
 

DIT Trade Mission Programme to June 2019

Published: 30 August 2018

Department for International Trade 
2018-2019 Confirmed TAP Programme
On behalf of techUK and in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), Tradefair are pleased to confirm the TAP programme for 2018-2019. With proposed UK Pavilions at each event, enquire now about the premium locations on offer!











































































ShowDatesLocationGrant Amount
GITEX Technology week14th - 18th Oct 18 Dubai£2,500
CES8th - 11th Jan 19Las Vegas£2,000
ISE5th - 8th Feb 19Amsterdam£1,500
4YFN25th - 27th Feb 19Barcelona£1,500
MWC Barcelona25th - 28th Feb 19Barcelona£1,500
CABSAT
12th - 14th Mar 19
Dubai£2,500
NAB8th - 11th Apr 19 Las VegasTBC
ConnecTechAsia18th - 20th June 19SingaporeTBC
BroadcastAsia18th - 20th June 19SingaporeTBC
CommunicAsia18th - 20th June 19SingaporeTBC
NXTAsia18th - 20th June 19SingaporeTBC
How the service works
The grants are based around the Tradeshow Access Programme calendar of supported events, with an accredited Trade Challenge Partner leading the UK’s involvement at each event. Businesses usually take part as a group, led by the trade challenge partner for that trade show. If the Trade Challenge Partner is a membership based organisation, there’s no need for participants to become a member to take part in the Tradeshow Access Programme.
Eligibility
From 1 October 2017, the maximum number of grants available to individual companies will be limited to 6. Click here to find out if you are eligible for a grant.
About Tradefair
Tradefair is an event management company who specialises in promoting the British tech sector at major international events in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and TechUK. We provide a service for UK start-ups and internationally respected companies to develop their business through overseas exhibitions.
During our 29 years, we have built a massive in-house knowledge of local conditions, operating requirements. Through our relationships with event organisers we are able to buy premium space and offer full logistical support including freight and travel. Our purpose is to make things as simple as possible for our clients with no unnecessary hassle, this way you get the best event and exhibition team in the business working for you. 















 

Trade Mission to Washington - Deadline: 3rd August 2018

Published: 21 August 2018

Subject: Join the 4th Annual UK Cyber Trade Mission to Washington DC, 5-6 September, 2018
Date: 5-6 September, 2018
Location: Washington DC
 
For the last 3 years, DIT has supported a successful UK cyber trade mission to Washington DC for UK companies interested in tapping into the $15bn US federal government cyber security market.
 
For 2018, there are a few remaining places to join this year’s mission to DC where participating companies will have the opportunity to:
  • Attend and exhibit in the dedicated UK Cyber Innovation Zone on 6th September at the 9th annual Billington Cyber Security Summit - the largest annual summit in DC focused on cybersecurity for the US federal government.
  • Network with senior US government cyber officials and industry professionals at an exclusive reception on the evening of 6th at the British Ambassador’s residence where General Paul Nakasone, the newly appointed Director of the NSA and Head of US Cyber Command, will speak.
  • Attend an exclusive pre-summit dinner on the evening of the 5th September at the Canadian Embassy for Billington Summit speakers and sponsors.
  • Take part in a planned day of additional pre-summit activities at the British Embassyon 5th September. Subject to demand,  DIT will arrange a full day of sessions to engage UK cyber companies with senior leaders from US federal government, including for example US Cyber Command, the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Defence, as well as leading DC-based tech investors and industry experts on strategic selling to the US public and private sectors.  
 
For further details of the opportunity and costs to exhibit at the Billington CybersecuritySummit on 6th September, see this flyer. Enquiries about exhibiting at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit should be addressed to Peggy Holland at Billington:peggy@billingtoncybersecurity.com
 
For further details of the opportunity and costs to participate in a separate day of meetings and introductions at the British Embassy arranged by DIT on 5th September, see this flyerExpressions of interest to attend the additional day of activities at the British Embassy should be addressed to Matt Malarkey at DIT by no later than 3rd August, 2018:matt.malarkey@mobile.trade.gov.uk.

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 19th August 2018

Published: 19 August 2018

Good evening! Here are some opportunities you might be interested in  

JSaRC News
EOI Released for HMPPS Prison Visitor Verification Challenge! After last month’s event to brief industry on the complicated and time consuming challenges facing visitor identification and verification within Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Services (HMPPS) JSaRC would like to draw your attention to the timeline below:
Step Date
Release EOI to Industry 10 August 2018
Deadline for Questions 17 August 2018
Deadline for Responses 24 August 2018
Notifications to Responses 3 September 2018
Shortlisted Company Presentations 17 September 2018
Award Trial 24 September 2018
Trial Starts 22 October 2018
You can view the Expression of Interest (EOI) here. Building Links to Academia The academic community has much expertise to offer national security issues and yet specific knowledge of where this can be sourced is not always readily available. In order to improve access, JSaRC is inviting universities to indicate their relevant security research and innovation capabilities and establish key contact points for further interaction. To enable this, we have developed a brief survey on line which takes about 5 minutes to fill in. See here Following on from our first Academic Engagement Forum, held in June, we are really pleased to announce that we have booked a second Academic Forum on 16 October 2018. This will be hosted at a venue in the Manchester area.  Full details, including specific themes, will be sent out shortly. Security and Policing Home Office Event 2019  We are delighted to announce that JSaRC will be delivering Security and Policing Home Office Event 2019.  It is the premier platform for relevant UK suppliers to showcase the very latest equipment, training and support to police services, Government departments, organisations and agencies from the UK and overseas. A key focus is to demonstrate the opportunities presented by innovative cutting edge technology. We’ll be in touch in the coming months with further updates and insights into how your organisation might get involved in this exciting event. For more information please click here New Competition Document Available: Airport Vehicle Checkpoint Screening? The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a new competition on behalf of the Future Aviation Security Solutions programme (FASS) focusing on vehicle checkpoint (VCP) screening at airports. To view the full competition document, use the link here Be Aware! Changes to Home Office Email  We’ve begun the process of removing the ‘gsi’ from our email addresses, so @homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk will become @homeoffice.gov.uk, in line with other government departments. The change is part of a wider government initiative to remove the gsi domain, which has become an unnecessary addition.  
Cyber Security Apprenticeship - Risk Analyst pathway on-programme modules - consultation
City & Guilds are developing the on-programme regulated knowledge qualifications that form part of the Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship (risk analyst pathway). The outline content has been provided by the Tech Partnership to Awarding Organisations – they have expanded on these where necessary into three single-unit qualifications. They are asking for people to review the three units and complete a brief questionnaire as part of our consultation on these.  If you would like to do this then please email us (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and we will email the documents to you. They would like the questionnaire returned to them by Friday 31 August.  
Singapore & Malaysia Tech Mission, October 2018
22 - 25 October 2018, Singapore & Kuala Lumpur This mission will focus on cyber & tech companies, and will be built around arranging key meetings for companies with potential buyers. The link to sign up for the mission is here. Please direct any specific queries about the mission to the Tech team; alternatively the DIT Cyber Security Industry Representative to Singapore & SE Asia, Reuben Sinclair. From 22 – 23 October up to 50 UK companies will take part in a mission to Singapore with a series of events aimed at promoting the UK’s capabilities within Cyber Security, Smart Cities and Health Tech sectors. The mission itinerary will take place at PwC Offices Marina One in Singapore with a series of activities including business matchmaking and themed lunch talks taking place over the course of the two days. There will also be a Tech Mission Evening Networking Reception on the Monday, offering companies the opportunity to network with local companies, commercial officers and potential partners. A bespoke mission to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will take place from 24 (PM) to 25 October. This will be focused on cross industry solutions in the following areas: • Healthcare • Education • Banking • Oil&Gas/Energy • F&B • Smart Homes • Retail • Smart cities The first day will include a market briefing on technology opportunities in Malaysia in partnership with Telekom Malaysia, the national telecommunications company. Day two will consist o bove industries, seeking integrated solutions, incorporating IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Cyber Security and Fintech. Applicant companies will be screened by Telekom Malaysia prior to acceptance on the mission. Participation Fee:  22 – 23 Oct Singapore Mission - £600* 24 - 25 Oct Malaysia Mission - £880* *Fee does not include delegate pass, flights, accommodation, insurance, transfers, food. Contact Us:  E: dittechnology@brayleino.co.uk T: +44 (0)117 906 4574 REGISTER HERE  
The Hague Cyber Security Week  
2nd - 5th October 2018 Here is an opportunity to join the UK delegation to the Hague Cyber Security Week.  Joining instructions are below.  If you require additional information you can contact Christian.Woude@mobile.trade.gov.uk Mission programme 2 October 13.00 Welcome lunch at the Johan de Witt-huis (official residence of the NL MFA in The Hague). 13.30 Exclusive Q&A with senior British and Dutch government (NCSC) officials and Peter Wilson (HM Ambassador to the Netherlands). 14.30 Succeeding in the Dutch Cyber Security Market, with Bridgehead (a NL Public Affairs firm) and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency. 16.30 Presentation and Q&A with the Cyber officers of DIT The Netherlands. 17.30 Transfer to the Gemeentemuseum for a networking reception with the Ministry of Justice and Security. Road show programme 3 October 09.00 Free time, to either visit the One Conference (cybercrime / policy) or CIPRE Conference (critical infrastructure)* going on in The Hague or 1-2-1 meetings at the Embassy. 15.00 Roadshow through the Cyber Security cluster in The Hague at The Hague Security Delta and The Hague Tech; engaging with SMEs and potential partners. 17.00 Transfer to City Hall for central Cyber Security Week network reception. Expo programme 4 October

Full Department for International Trade presence at a UK pavilion at the CSW Expo, bespoke 
 Day matchmaking for British companies, pitching opportunities & the ‘Access to Capital’ event. Expo programme 5 October

Full Department for International Trade presence at a UK pavilion at the CSW Expo, bespoke 
 Day matchmaking for British companies, pitching opportunities, introductions to the Dutch commercial service in London and Manchester & the ‘Access to Talent’ event. *For more information on the CSW program: http://www.cybersecurityweek.nl
 *For more information on the One Conference: https://www.one-conference.nl 
 *For more information on the CIPRE Conference: http://www.cipre-expo.com You can chose which elements you would like to attend, by signing up for one of these packages
: 1) The full package; the mission, roadshow, expo and a table-top at the UK pavilion. 2) The mission, roadshow and expo programme, but with your independent / no stand. 3) The mission & roadshow only. 1) The full package; the mission, roadshow, expo and a table-top at the UK pavilion.
 Includes: the full programme from 2-5 October, a tabletop stand at the Department for International Trade UK pavilion, priority for 1-2-1 meetings at the embassy and a guaranteed pitching slot in the UK breakout sessions of the expo programme. Costs: £500, ex VAT 2) The mission, roadshow and expo programme, but where you independently arrange your own expo presence directly with the CSW organisation (or just visit without a stand at all). 
 Includes: the full programme from 2-5 October and a pitching slot in the UK breakout sessions of the expo programme (subject to availability). You can find the brochure of the CSW organization here; you will need to contact them directly to organise your own expo presence. Costs: £100, ex VAT 3) The mission & roadshow only.

Includes: the full programme from 2 and 3 October. Costs: £100, ex VAT Please sign up here before 30 August 2018. The packages above do not cover any kind of expenses for travel or accommodation, which you would need to book yourself. Please refrain from making permanent arrangements before receiving final confirmation from us. Registration for any of the packages above is only final after receiving confirmation and having paid the costs in full to the Department for International Trade. While we will aim to give you the best experience possible, programs with high level officials are always subject to possible last minute changes. The program therefore remains an indication and can never be fully guaranteed.  
5th Annual Financial Services Cyber Security Summit
Thursday 13th September 2018, London 50% Discount This year’s conference will be opened by Lyndon Nelson, Deputy CEO & Executive Director, Regulatory Operations and Supervisory Risk Specialists, Prudential Regulation Authority. His keynote speech, “Setting the right expectations for operational resilience”, will focus on the joint discussion paper on this topic that has just been published by the Bank of England, PRA and FCA. Standard Delegate Fee: £595 + VAT UK Cyber Security Forum Member Rate: £297.50 + VAT (use discount code: BREX10CSF) https://www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/CyberSecurityFS2018

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 5th August 2018

Published: 05 August 2018

Good afternoon Here are some opportunities you might be interested in...  

5th Annual Financial Services Cyber Security Summit
Thursday 13th September 2018, London – 50% UKCSF member discount This year’s conference will be opened by Lyndon Nelson, Deputy CEO & Executive Director, Regulatory Operations and Supervisory Risk Specialists, Prudential Regulation Authority. His keynote speech, “Setting the right expectations for operational resilience”, will focus on the joint discussion paper on this topic that has just been published by the Bank of England, PRA and FCA. Standard Delegate Fee: £595 + VAT UK Cyber Security Forum Member Rate: £297.50 + VAT (use discount code: BREX10CSF) https://www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/CyberSecurityFS2018  
Malvern Festival of Innovation
The festival of Innovation comprises a full week of events from 8th October.  The speaker programmes will be published in a few weeks but here are three events you may find of interest: Cyber Security Day 11th October will be a day of "Cyber Security and Quantum Computing" https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security It is free to exhibit for small cyber security companies – apply here https://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/ Or just register to attend (free of charge) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-42197596146 Blockchain event 12th October is a "Blockchain and Bitcoins" event – https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/blockchains-bitcoins Space is very limited so book to attend if you are interested https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-42197596146 Next Generation Innovators schools’ day We are looking for companies to exhibit or run a workshop to enthuse the visiting school-aged students.  The event will be on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern and usualy has bwteen 500 – 900 secondary school aged visitors. You can see the days programme coming together here: https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/next-generation-innovators A simple exhibitor registration form is here:  https://www.festival-innovation.com/apply-to-exhibit-at-next-generation-innovators  
Cyber 101 Bootcamps – free of charge
Applications are being taken for the next Cyber 101 bootcamp on the 13th September - link is: https://www.digicatapult.org.uk/activities/event/cyber-101-business-skills-bootcamps-london-13-sept/  
Your views on Innovate UK
Here is a short survey about your views about Innovate UK – do participate if you can so they know how to improve. https://surveys.echoresearch.com/s.asp?k=153243526116&h1=1  
Department for International Trade: Singapore Tech Mission
22-23 October 2018 You are invited to join this tech mission on 22-23 October 2018. The mission will focus on 1-2-1 business matchmaking for technology companies covering the following verticals;
  • Cyber security
  • Smart cities  AI, IoT, Blockchain
  • Health tech
50 UK companies will be invited across the 3 verticals to Singapore where the UK companies will inform us who they wish to meet and we will go out to our stakeholders in Singapore to facilitate those meetings. DIT will aim to introduce the UK companies to a number of the stakeholders before the mission so you can maximise the face to face time. This mission is in partnership with PwC, Singapore Government’s IMDA and SGTech. For our UK cyber security companies DIT will look to arrange roundtable sessions, discussion panels and 1-2-1 meetings with key Singapore stakeholders – subject to availability. The event will be a great opportunity to follow up on the contacts made during the Singapore International Cyber Week in September. Please find below the recruitment website and registration. https://www.events.trade.gov.uk/technology-mega-missions/page/index/#  
4th Annual UK Cyber Trade Mission to Washington DC
5-6 September, 2018 For the last 3 years, DIT has supported a successful UK cyber trade mission to Washington DC for UK companies interested in tapping into the $15bn US federal government cyber security market. For 2018, there are a few remaining places to join this year’s mission to DC where participating companies will have the opportunity to:
  • Attend and exhibit in the dedicated UK Cyber Innovation Zone on 6th September at the 9th annual Billington Cyber Security Summit - the largest annual summit in DC focused on cybersecurity for the US federal government.
  • Network with senior US government cyber officials and industry professionals at an exclusive reception on the evening of 6th at the British Ambassador’s residence where General Paul Nakasone, the newly appointed Director of the NSA and Head of US Cyber Command, will speak.
  • Attend an exclusive pre-summit dinner on the evening of the 5th September at the Canadian Embassy for Billington Summit speakers and sponsors.
  • Take part in a planned day of additional pre-summit activities at the British Embassy on 5th September. Subject to demand,  DIT will arrange a full day of sessions to engage UK cyber companies with senior leaders from US federal government, including for example US Cyber Command, the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Defence, as well as leading DC-based tech investors and industry experts on strategic selling to the US public and private sectors.
For further details of the opportunity and costs to exhibit at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit on 6th September, see this flyer. Enquiries about exhibiting at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit should be addressed to Peggy Holland at Billington:peggy@billingtoncybersecurity.com For further details of the opportunity and costs to participate in a separate day of meetings and introductions at the British Embassy arranged by DIT on 5th September, see this flyer. Expressions of interest to attend the additional day of activities at the British Embassy should be addressed to Matt Malarkey at DIT by no later than 3rd August, 2018:matt.malarkey@mobile.trade.gov.uk.  
CyberTech Europe
26th and 27th September 2018 The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Science & Innovation Network (SIN) in Italy would like to strengthen the presence of UK companies during the 3rd edition of Cybertech Europe that will take place in Rome at La Nuvola Convention Centre on the 26th and 27th September 2018. UK companies attending will have the opportunity to access and network, amongst others, with Leonardo, the largest Italian Defence & Security system integrator with a major Cyber Security division also present in the UK, its clients and supply-chain, as well as with the wider European Industry, leading international technology vendors, institutions and Governments. The exhibition will host an entire area dedicated to innovative and cutting-edge start-ups which will display the latest technological and cyber security advancements. The exhibition cost for start-ups, which includes a 10% discount for companies that will sign up through DIT, is € 720 plus VAT (to be paid to the event organisers). DIT support In its role to support trade and export, DIT is pleased to provide UK companies with tailored assistance during the conference to maximise their presence at the show by:
  • Creating a DIT Cybertech Europe catalogue to be published on the event website and for wider distribution.
  • Facilitating meetings with interested parties following marketing activity.
These services will be provided under the Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) system at a cost of £ 330 plus VAT. Moreover, companies interested in speaking slots during panel discussions are invited to inform DIT who will coordinate with the organisers to accommodate requests (subject to approval). A networking reception with high-level contacts from business and institutions will also be offered to all participating UK companies. For more information, please email us at: DSOeventsItaly@mobile.trade.gov.uk Telephone: +39 02 72300 237 / 217 / 232

DIT at CyberTech Europe, Rome - Event: 26-27 September 2018

Published: 31 July 2018

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Science & Innovation Network (SIN) in Italy would like to strengthen the presence of UK companies during the 3rd edition of Cybertech Europe that will take place in Rome at La Nuvola Convention Centre on the 26th and 27th September 2018.
 
UK companies attending will have the opportunity to access and network, amongst others, with Leonardo, the largest Italian Defence & Security system integrator with a major Cyber Security division also present in the UK, its clients and supply-chain, as well as with the wider European Industry, leading international technology vendors, institutions and Governments.
The exhibition will host an entire area dedicated to innovative and cutting-edge start-ups which will display the latest technological and cyber security advancements.
The exhibition cost for start-ups, which includes a 10% discount for companies that will sign up through DIT, is € 720 plus VAT (to be paid to the event organisers).
The fee for larger companies will have to be agreed with the organisers. There are also sponsorship packages available.
DIT support
In its role to support trade and export, DIT is pleased to provide UK companies with tailored assistance during the conference to maximise their presence at the show by:
* Creating a DIT Cybertech Europe catalogue to be published on the event website and for wider distribution.
* Facilitating meetings with interested parties following marketing activity.
These services will be provided under the Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) system at a cost of £ 330 plus VAT.
Moreover, companies interested in speaking slots during panel discussions are invited to inform DIT who will coordinate with the organisers to accommodate requests (subject to approval).
networking reception with high-level contacts from business and institutions will also be offered to all participating UK companies.
Contact us
For more information, please email us at: DSOeventsItaly@mobile.trade.gov.uk
 
Telephone: +39 02 72300 237 / 217 / 232

Dubai Future Accelerators for 9 Weeks - Deadline: 6th August 2018

Published: 29 July 2018

Cluster member, Nad Al Shiba (based in Cardiff & Brecon) are offering support to organisations who want to take advantage of the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA). DFA facilitates partnerships between entrepreneurs, private sector organizations and government entities to co-create solutions.   Launched in 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Future Foundation under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai. Their mission is to imagine, design and co-create the future by pairing forward-thinking public and private sector organizations and start-ups using the city of Dubai as a living test-bed to co-create solutions for global and local challenges of tomorrow.   Dubai government partners issue challenges that address some of their most important opportunities, looking for companies that can use their technologies to co-create solutions to these challenges with each government partner.   The Challenges for the 5th Cohort of the Accelerator have just been announced by the following government entities:-

  • Dubai Police - Social Media Analysis and Emergency Response
  • The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) - Digitising residents visas
  • Dubai Municipality - Robotic lab-testing and marine waste management
  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) - Technologies to revolutionise the utilities industry
  • Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) - Asset maintenance and traffic congestion management
  • Dubai Health Authority - Early intervention, reduce waiting times and improve surgical accuracy
  • The Department of Economic Development - Retail industry research & prediction and construction productivity
  • Smart Dubai Office - Creation of a ‘Data Bazaar’ and ensuring data quality standards
  • The Knowledge and Human Development Authority - Build an eco-system that involves parents
  • Emirates Airlines - Enhancing customer journey through airports
  • Etisalat Digital - Video AI to reduce crimes rates, Blockchain for B2B solutions and currency exchanges
  • DU (Telecoms Provider) - Machine to machine data connectivity
  More details on the Accelerators and the current Challenges can be found at https://dubaifutureaccelerators.com/en/challenges-info   If you would like to learn more about how these Accelerators work and explore how Nad Al Shiba can help your company to take advantage of the opportunities, contact Faheem Azhar at fa@nadalshibaholding.com   There is a tight deadline on applications for this Cohort - they must be submitted by the 6th August - however Faheem has offered assist with this process.

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 22nd July 2018

Published: 22 July 2018

Good evening Here are some opportunities you may find of interest  

Working with Bristol and Bath - Young People in Cyber Security
The Bristol and Bath region has brought together a group of Cyber sector experts from industry, education, representative bodes and delivery partners In order to focus on how, as a region, we can work collectively to raise awareness of opportunities that exist for young people within Cyber. Our work will focus on the following areas:
  • How to engage with and excite young people to want to find out more about Cyber
  • Once engaged, how to continue to provide opportunities so that they can develop the necessary skills
  • How to raise awareness of opportunities within this sector in order to help meet future skills needs
For further information and to link up with this Cyber project contact Elaine Brown; elaine3.brown@uwe.ac.uk  
JSaRC Workplan
  • The work plan is an overview of the projects that JSaRC has taken on. For each ongoing project there is more detailed information available for review dependent on security classification. This includes a delivery document, a service level agreement between JSaRC and sponsoring department and resource allocation by JSaRC and budget forecast.
  • The pipeline is where there are ongoing discussions with sponsoring departments and we haven’t been able to move to qualified stage where we can identify that JSaRC will add value, funding is approved and there are key identifiable timescales and outcomes
  • Completed projects doesn’t necessarily mean the issue has disappeared, it may be that JSaRC can add no further value or the sponsoring department no longer need our support.
  • Each project will be categorised against our three main objectives.
If you would like a copy of the workplan please let me know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will email it over to you  
Proposals for developing the UK Cyber Profession
DCMS (the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) has published proposals for developing the UK Cyber Profession. They are also initiating a consultation period from today until 31 August and invite interested parties to provide their views. Heres the link to the DCMS announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/developing-the-uk-cyber-security-profession An alliance of organisations and which has been working on the proposals for some time has also published statements of support. The DCMS proposals draw substantially on IAACs research on the issue of professionalization.  Heres a link to the research report on IAACs website: http://www.iaac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2017-03-06-IAAC-cyber-profession-FINAL-Feb18-amend-1.pdf  
 Work with the USA in the defence space sector 
The Gallifrey Group  The Gallifrey Group is a group of UK Prime contractors and SMEs who are seeking export opportunities in the Space sector. They were brought together by the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) in the Department of International Trade (DIT), to offer tailored opportunities in the Defence Space sector in the USA. An industry consultant has recently taken over the management of the group, to ensure that the prospects of all companies within the group are catered for, as DSO can only provide guidance to doing business in the US, not make commercial decisions on behalf of industry. The Gallifrey Group want to promote themselves as a one-stop shop for all serious Space prospects to the USA. They are currently in discussion with Academia to progress their prospects up the Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) in order to provide more developed, cutting-edge technology, to tackle the various challenges in the Space sector, satellite technology or the prospect of future manned missions to the Moon and beyond. The University of Exeter was the first university to formally sign-up to the Gallifrey Group. They are already involved in the UK Space offer, via a proposed Space Port based in the South West, and look forward to creating student programmes, research and technology partnerships with the Gallifrey Group, including think tank sessions and hands-on engineering tasks. The Gallifrey Group will formally launch to journalists at the Farnborough International Air Show on the morning of 16th July, where they will announce their immediate strategy and to express the seriousness of the British Space offer. If you are interested in exporting to the USA and think that your cyber security offer could be applied to the space industry please contact Craig Cabell – craig.cabell@trade.gov.uk  
Hague Cyber Security week 2-5th October
Following the success of the last two years, DIT the Netherlands are organising a UK branded mission to the biggest cyber event in the Netherlands; the annual Cyber Security Week. The officer in post and the cyber team in DIT are putting together a package for industry.  At this stage we are still finalising the detail of what this will look like and to an extent it is dependent upon industry interest.  The package will run from 3rd to 5thOctober and is likely to include:
  • An ‘Invest in Holland’ Workshop
  • An overview of the Dutch Cyber Security Market
  • Presentations on how to succeed in the Dutch Cyber Security market
  • A Legal Workshop
  • Access to the embassy for 1-2-1 meetings
  • Opportunities to pitch as part of the UK track of the conference
  • A reception event
  • Access to the DIT officer in post who can provide connections to Dutch government and companies
  • Exhibiting at the UK pavilion – This will be offered as an additional package as we appreciate that some companies may want their own stand or may not want to exhibit at all.
Cost is likely to be around £500 for the whole package.  There will be a reduction of this cost for those who don’t need to exhibit as part of the UK pavilion. If you think you may be interested in this opportunity please contact christian.woude@mobile.trade.gov.uk  
Fintech trade mission to Mexico
September 11-14 Run by DIT, the mission is primarily focused on fintech companies, but there is scope for some cyber security companies with an interest in fintech to be included. This mission offers UK FinTechs a unique opportunity to meet key Mexican stakeholders -including influential entrepreneurs, innovators and investors in the financial services industry--gain insight into overcoming barriers to doing business overseas, and showcase their expertise at Finnosummit, one of the largest FinTech conferences in the region. The Mexican ecosystem is at the forefront of FinTech across all of Latin America, a standout for the region offering an environment supportive of entrepreneurship and e-commerce. With the introduction of the historic FinTech Law in March 2018, Mexico became part of a small group of countries with regulation for the industry. Overall, the rate of economic growth is placing Mexico to join Brazil in the world’s top 10 economies by 2030. The World Bank ranks Mexico as an easier place to do business than Brazil, Belgium, China, India, South Africa and Turkey, amongst others. DIT Mexico City is recruiting advanced UK FinTechs to join us for four days of workshops, networking events, 1:1 meetings and much more.  Particular local interest has been shown for companies with experience in:
  • Open Banking
  • Application Programming Interfaces (API’s)
  • Crowdfunding
  • Peer to Peer Lending
  • Mobile Payment Solutions
  • Identity verification and fraud prevention
What to expect on the 2018 FinTech Mission to Mexico City: Prior to mission
  • Pre-mission briefing in London in August/September TBC
Day 1
  • Mexico FinTech Immersion Day, with introduction to Mexican FinTech ecosystem and speed mentoring/meeting sessions with industry leaders, banks, entrepreneurs, and regulators.
  •  Networking cocktail organized by Finnovista
Days 2 and 3
  • Full access to the Finnosummit conference on September 12-13, 2018 and participation in one of two dedicated workshop sessions designed to help UK FinTechs showcase their expertise to a local audience.
  • Network with senior executives in banking, insurance, technology and finance throughout the 2-day conference.
  • Listen to presentations covering important issues on the main opportunities and challenges faced by the FinTech industry in Mexico.
Day 4
  • Learn from industry insiders about the main issues and considerations to take into account when doing business in Mexico.
  • Engage further with specific contacts of interest through bespoke one-to-one meetings.
Also
  • A company bio will be included in the digital and printed mission brochure.
About Finnosummit Latin America’s leading FinTech conference returns to Mexico City over two days aimed at promoting FinTech innovation and connecting entrepreneurs, investors and financial institutions in the Latin American region. Hear from the most influential entrepreneurs, innovators in financial services, financial entities, directors, and investors. In addition to attracting hundreds of FinTech entrepreneurs, this conference also plays host to the investors and service providers that help accelerate startups. The audience can also look forward to keynotes, panels and demo updates from some of the top FinTech startups in the Americas. For further detail about last FINNOSUMMIT Mexico in 2017, you can click HERE. 2018 Mexico FinTech Mission Costs and Deadlines  Aside from airfare and accommodation, which are the sole responsibility of the attendee, there are no costs to attend this mission which includes admission to Finnosummit, plus sponsorship benefits under the British Embassy/Prosperity Fund Programme banner. Please note preferential Hotel rates have been agreed exclusively for the accepted delegates.
  • Applications must be received no later than 23.59 GMT on 31 July 2018
  • Accepted delegates will be notified by 3 August 2018 and must secure their space in the delegation by 7 August 2018
Please note, acceptance is non-transferable. Please apply here.

Mission to The Hague Cyber Security Week - Deadline: 30 August 2018

Published: 18 July 2018

The Hague Cyber Security Week
2nd - 5th October 2018 Here is an opportunity to join the UK delegation to the Hague Cyber Security Week. Joining instructions are below. If you require additional information you can contact Christian.Woude@mobile.trade.gov.uk Mission programme 2 October 13.00 Welcome lunch at the Johan de Witt-huis (official residence of the NL MFA in The Hague). 13.30 Exclusive Q&A with senior British and Dutch government (NCSC) officials and Peter Wilson (HM Ambassador to the Netherlands). 14.30 Succeeding in the Dutch Cyber Security Market, with Bridgehead (a NL Public Affairs firm) and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency. 16.30 Presentation and Q&A with the Cyber officers of DIT The Netherlands. 17.30 Transfer to the Gemeentemuseum for a networking reception with the Ministry of Justice and Security. Road show programme 3 October 09.00 Free time, to either visit the One Conference (cybercrime / policy) or CIPRE Conference (critical infrastructure)* going on in The Hague or 1-2-1 meetings at the Embassy. 15.00 Roadshow through the Cyber Security cluster in The Hague at The Hague Security Delta and The Hague Tech; engaging with SMEs and potential partners. 17.00 Transfer to City Hall for central Cyber Security Week network reception. Expo programme 4 October

Full Department for International Trade presence at a UK pavilion at the CSW Expo, bespoke 
 Day matchmaking for British companies, pitching opportunities & the ‘Access to Capital’ event. Expo programme 5 October

Full Department for International Trade presence at a UK pavilion at the CSW Expo, bespoke 
 Day matchmaking for British companies, pitching opportunities, introductions to the Dutch commercial service in London and Manchester & the ‘Access to Talent’ event. *For more information on the CSW program: http://www.cybersecurityweek.nl
 *For more information on the One Conference: https://www.one-conference.nl 
 *For more information on the CIPRE Conference: http://www.cipre-expo.com You can chose which elements you would like to attend, by signing up for one of these packages
: 1) The full package; the mission, roadshow, expo and a table-top at the UK pavilion. 2) The mission, roadshow and expo programme, but with your independent / no stand. 3) The mission & roadshow only. 1) The full package; the mission, roadshow, expo and a table-top at the UK pavilion.
 Includes: the full programme from 2-5 October, a tabletop stand at the Department for International Trade UK pavilion, priority for 1-2-1 meetings at the embassy and a guaranteed pitching slot in the UK breakout sessions of the expo programme. Costs: £500, ex VAT 2) The mission, roadshow and expo programme, but where you independently arrange your own expo presence directly with the CSW organisation (or just visit without a stand at all). 
 Includes: the full programme from 2-5 October and a pitching slot in the UK breakout sessions of the expo programme (subject to availability). You can find the brochure of the CSW organization here; you will need to contact them directly to organise your own expo presence. Costs: £100, ex VAT 3) The mission & roadshow only.

Includes: the full programme from 2 and 3 October. Costs: £100, ex VAT Please sign up here before 30 August 2018. The packages above do not cover any kind of expenses for travel or accommodation, which you would need to book yourself. Please refrain from making permanent arrangements before receiving final confirmation from us. Registration for any of the packages above is only final after receiving confirmation and having paid the costs in full to the Department for International Trade. While we will aim to give you the best experience possible, programs with high level officials are always subject to possible last minute changes. The program therefore remains an indication and can never be fully guaranteed.

Cyber in the US Space Sector - Open

Published: 16 July 2018

If you are interested in exporting to the USA and think that your cyber security offer could be applied to the space industry please contact The Gallifrey Group.

The Gallifrey Group is a group of UK Prime contractors and SMEs who are seeking export opportunities in the Space sector. They were brought together by the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) in the Department of International Trade (DIT), to offer tailored opportunities in the Defence Space  sector in the USA.

An industry consultant has recently taken over the management of the group, to ensure that the prospects of all companies within the group are catered for, as DSO can only provide guidance to doing business in the US, not make commercial decisions on behalf of industry.

The Gallifrey Group want to promote themselves as a one-stop-shop for all serious Space prospects to the USA. They are currently in discussion with Academia to progress their prospects up the Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) in order to provide more developed, cutting-edge technology, to tackle the various challenges in the Space sector,
satellite technology or the prospect of future manned missions to the Moon and beyond. The University of Exeter was the first university to formally sign-up to the Gallifrey Group. They are already involved in the UK Space offer, via a proposed Space Port based in the South West, and look forward to creating student programmes, research and technology partnerships with the Gallifrey Group, including think tank sessions and hands-on engineering tasks.

The Gallifrey Group formally launched to journalists at the Farnborough International Air Show on the morning of 16th July, where they announced their immediate strategy and expressed the seriousness of the British Space offer.

For more details on how to get involved contact Craig Cabell, Senior US Desk Officer, RD1, Defence and Security Organisation, Department of International Trade, 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW, craig.cabell@trade.gov.uk, Tel: 0207 215 8159, Mob: 07880 453938

B-Hive Digital Week, Belgium - Event 23-30 September 2018

Published: 11 July 2018

We would like to invite you to participate in the B-Hive Digital Week in Belgium, September 23-30 and in particular join us for the Digital Finance Europe conference. B-Hive Welcome Days, Sept. 25 We invite over international Hubs, Corporates and Tech startups / scale-ups to explore business opportunities in Belgium through meetings and information sessions with key financial players, government stakeholders and tech organizations. Reach out to me if you would like to join, or if some of your members are interested! Hackathon, Sept. 24-25 This hackathon stands out for at least two reasons. First, it is a joint initiative of B-Hive and five of its partners - major financial institutions such as Ageas, Allianz, AXA, BNP Paribas Fortis, Ethias. Second, the goal of the hackathon is not only to produce code, but to come up with ingenious and well thought out business solutions. This is because the hackathon’s partners intend to fund the best of these solutions as Proof of Concept projects. There will be a company track about Fraud Detection and an Industry Wide Vendor Management Platform and an open track about Adoption of New Mobile Payment Systems for the mass consumer and the unbanked. Find more information and register here. Digital Finance Europe, Sept. 26 B- Hive and EBF (European Banking Federation) are organizing a conference at the National Bank of Belgium to connect with key players of European financial services, fintechs and regulators. http://www.digitalfinanceeurope.com/DFE2018/ Supernova, Sept. 27-30 Be inspired during this four-day tech summit featuring game-changing keynote speakers, 55 promising European scale-ups and cutting-edge tech companies. https://www.supernovafest.eu/ If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me or my colleagues. Kind regards Raf De Kimpe Business Development Pipeline & Partner Management +32 472 36 37 17 raf.dekimpe@b-hive.eu | www.b-hive.eu

Israel Cyber Security Research Session with Cyber Wales - Event: 30th July

Published: 04 July 2018

Registration at 9.30am for 10am start C2.11, Queens Building, The Parade, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF24 3AA Israel is considered one of the world leaders in cyber security research. This session will be an opportunity to hear from Dr Yossi Oren of Ben Gurion University, Israel, regarding his research into Side-Channel Attacks on Human Secrets. Dr. Yossi Oren is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and a member of BGUs Cyber Security Research Centre. Prior to joining BGU, Yossi was a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in the Network Security Lab at Columbia University in the City of New York and a member of the security lab at Samsung Research Israel. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science. His research interests include implementation security (power analysis and other hardware attacks and countermeasures; low-resource cryptographic constructions for lightweight computers) and cryptography in the real world (consumer and voter privacy in the digital era; web application security). The session will also be an opportunity to hear from researchers in Welsh Universities as part of Cyber Wales. Both Wales and Israel are founding members of Global EPIC, an initiative to recognise and bring together leading cyber security ecosystems around the globe to share learning, experiences and connect. Speakers:

  • Dr Pete Burnap, Reader in Data Science & Cyber Analytics, Cardiff University
  • Dr Yossi Oren, Senior Lecturer, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • Prof Andrew Blyth, Head of Information Security, University of South Wales
There will be an opportunity for Q&A and networking following the presentations and the Airbus Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Analytics will be open for tours and demonstrations. Booking : This session is open to all and attendance is free, but we kindly ask you to register beforehand. Register here

Give your support to a Swansea University bid to nurture 50 Cyber PhDs - Deadline: 18th July 2018

Published: 29 June 2018

The Computational Foundry at Swansea University are submitting a proposal to the EPSRC (the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), who provide government funding for grants to undertake research and postgraduate degrees in engineering and the physical sciences (including mathematics, artificial intelligence and computer sciences. The proposal is to build a Centre for Doctoral Training in Enhancing Human Interactions and Collaborations with Data and Intelligence Driven Systems at the new Bay Campus in Swansea. The vision is to train 50 PhD researchers (in cohorts of 10 per year) who will lead change in industry and academe by having deep technical skills and knowledge in core computational science that are honed throughout with a simple but profoundly important question.  That question is:

What breakthroughs in core computational science are needed to enable people to feel in control of, and central to, their futures rapidly being transformed by advances in data and intelligence driven technologies?

First and foremost, the University are seeking your feedback on this proposal to co-create the Centre. Secondly they are also ultimately seeking support from partners so that every PhD researcher will have opportunities to develop and test their ideas with advice and support from an industry sponsor. They would like to ask you three questions in response to their Proposal outlined over the three sections of that proposal (which can be accessed here): 1. The National Need for the Centre - we are seeking your feedback on the existing and forecasted demand from your organisation in, or related to, this context. 2. The Centre’s Vision - we are keen to talk to you about challenges, initiatives or projects that your organisation has in this or related R&D areas to help further shape our plans. 3. The Centre’s Approach - we would like to hear from you on how your organisation or one like yours could support and work with a research student in such a Centre. Enquiries contact Matt Roach, 01792 606662 or m.j.roach@swansea.ac.uk

DIT Technology Mission to Singapore & Kuala Lumpur - Event: 22-25 October 2018

Published: 29 June 2018

The UK’s Department for International Trade invites you to join the Technology Missions to Singapore and Malaysia from 22 – 25 October 2018. During the missions you will be able to meet and network with local companies and commercial officers within the Technology sector while also learning about upcoming opportunities to export your product. From 22 – 23 October up to 50 UK companies will take part in a mission to Singapore with a series of events aimed at promoting the UK’s capabilities within Cyber Security, Smart Cities and Health Tech sectors. The mission itinerary will take place at PwC Offices Marina One in Singapore with a series of activities including business matchmaking and themed lunch talks taking place over the course of the two days. There will also be a Tech Mission Evening Networking Reception on the Monday, offering companies the opportunity to network with local companies, commercial officers and potential partners. A bespoke mission to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will take place from 24 (PM) to 25 October. This will be focused on cross industry solutions in the following areas: • Healthcare • Education • Banking • Oil & Gas / Energy • Smart Homes • Smart cities • F & B • Retail The first day will include a market briefing on technology opportunities in Malaysia in partnership with Telekom Malaysia, the national telecommunications company. Day two will consist of a series of pitching sessions to selected key clients of Telekom Malaysia drawn from the above industries, seeking intergrated solutions, incorporating IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Cyber Security and Fintech. Applicant companies will be screened by Telekom Malaysia prior to acceptance on the mission. Event Details: Location: Singapore & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Date: 22 – 25 October 2018 Participation Fee: 22 – 23 Oct Singapore Mission - £600*, 24 - 25 Oct Malaysia Mission - £880* (*Fee does not include delegate pass, flights, accommodation, insurance, transfers, food). Contact dittechnology@brayleino.co.uk or +44 (0)117 906 4574

2nd round of the Cyber Resilience Revenue Grant - Deadline: 19th July 2018

Published: 22 June 2018

Funding has been made available by the UK Government to the Welsh Government to support the implementation of the UK National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021. The funding is designed to support the strategic outcomes and success measures outlined in the UK National Cyber Security Strategy. Welsh Government has also identified priorities for Wales.The primary purpose of the funding is to make Wales more cyber resilient. Applications can be made by individual organisations, or partnerships of several organisations, from the public, private or voluntary sectors. The organisation must be based in Wales, be undertaking the project in Wales and the project should directly support Welsh Government priorities in relation to cyber resilience as identified in Annex A below. Projects will need to have an exit strategy, or provide evidence of self-sustainability beyond the funding term if it is a long term project and will continue after the funding has been provided.Funding for redundancy payments is therefore not eligible. Funding There is a total of £200,000 funding available. The amount available to the successful applicants will be dictated by the number of applications received.This must be shared amongst a number of priority areas. Application process Applications can be madewhen the notification has been issued.The bidding process will be open for approx. 4 weeks from notification of the commencement of the process. The closing date for applications is 19 July 2018. Application Form Click here to download the Application Form

Welsh Automotive Forum, Autolink 2018 - Event: 20th June 2018

Published: 19 June 2018

In the year ahead, we face many challenges but also significant opportunities. Brexit will impact us all in one way or another and the pressures on competitiveness, productivity and innovation will only increase. For this years event we will focus on these very important areas and have organised an excellent line up of speakers including: Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport - Ministerial address Dickie Davis, Executive Chair - AM&M, Welsh Government - Economic Action Plan presentation James Davies, Executive Chair - Industry Wales - Industrial Strategy presentation Mike Dickinson, General Manager - Automotive, SMMT Industry Forum - Presentation on NPLX and NMCL Matthew Clarke, Head of Customs, Excise & International Trade - PwC - Brexit update Ian Henry, AutoAnalysis - Production Outlook update, Supply chain localisation is equally important and the exhibition will enable companies to present their products and services. With 45 exhibitor spaces available, early registration is advised: Register for free as a DELEGATE Register for free as an EXHIBITOR Please feel free to run up on the day

ECSO Event in Milan - Event

Published: 18 June 2018

We are excited to communicate you the 3rd edition of ECSO Event to support Cyber security Scaleups and SMEs, this time organised in cooperation with the European stakeholder EIT-Digital in Milan on 13th-14th of September 2018. Last 2017 and 2018 editions of ECSO Startups Event in Tallinn and Paris successfully gathered +50 European startups and 20 international investors with several deals closed. This time in Milan, scaleups representatives will have the opportunity to showcase their solutions and in parallel to meet individually integrators and potential customers to pitch their solutions. Besides, B2B meetings will also be organised. Therefore, we facilitate the meetings between the most influential Integrators & End-users with 25 innovative and promising cyber security scaleups looking for market opportunities. 25 scaleups will be selected by ECSO and EIT-Digital on the basis of the most innovative solutions they attempt to introduce to the integrators and end-users. Additionally, the 25 selected scaleups will receive a special training by EIT Digital dedicated team of experts. This will prepare them to be ready for the ‘Pitch Session’ with potential customers. We would be grateful if you could inform your members about our exclusive event in order to attract the most innovative candidates. For their information, please find attached the Invitation and details for registration to our Cyber security Scaleup Competition. Many thanks in advance for your cooperation, Best regards, Danilo D’Elia, Ph.D Tel : +32 (0) 2777 0255 Mob: +32 (0)492 25 23 08 E-mail : danilo.delia@ecs-org.eu Website : www.ecs-org.eu Download the Cyber Security Scaleup Competition Register Form here Send it to wg4_secretariat@ecs-org.eu Deadline 15th July 2018

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 16th June 2018

Published: 16 June 2018

Good afternoon! Here are some opportunities you might be interested in  

Malvern Festival of Innovation
The Cyber Security day at the Festival of Innovation this year will be on 11th October in Malvern and focused on Cyber Security and Quantum Computing. If you work in that area and would like to be involved then please let us know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com). It is free to exhibit and free to attend the festival but you do need to reserve a space. https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security  
UK Research and Innovation strength in places fund
A new competitive scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant regional economic growth.  This might be really good for Clusters. Find out more and apply  
New Cyber 101 Bootcamp dates
There are new dates for the Cyber 101 Bootcamp dates for the end of June – these are free of charge! https://www.digicatapult.org.uk/projects/cyber-101  
Disability Confident Campaign
Make some pledges about supporting disability (physical and mental) as a company and get a badge to be proud of https://disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk/ Disability Confident Guidance: how to sign up to the employer scheme https://www.gov.uk/guidance/disability-confident-how-to-sign-up-to-the-employer-scheme Link to Disability Confident Packs - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disability-confident-guidance-for-levels-1-2-and-3  
ECSEPA online survey
UCL’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy department is conducting a study into evidence-based policymaking for cybersecurity across UK civil service and agencies. The project is led by RISCS Director Dr Madeline Carr, Associate Professor at UCL STEaPP. As part of that a nationwide survey has been launched and the link is available through NCSC’s current weekly threat report (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/report/weekly-threat-report-8th-june-2018) under “The ECSEPA Cybersecurity Evidence Study”. Please feel free to take the survey yourself or circulate it amongst your colleagues. (Apologies to those who might already have received it via other routes) To learn more about the project, please visit http://ecsepa.coventry.ac.uk/  
UK pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week in September.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 29th June. Singapore International Cyber Week Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre 18-20 September 2018 The Departmental of International Trade is inviting expressions of interest from UK cyber security companies to exhibit on the UK Pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) 2018. SICW is the most established cyber security event in the South East Asia region. Last year, around 100 companies exhibited and over 7000 cyber security experts from the region and beyond attended. This year’s theme is “Forging a Trusted and Open Cyberspace”. In addition to the exhibition, there is a three-day conference, GovWare, with speakers addressing the importance of cross-border partnerships and solutions, and cyber security as a foundation for the digital economy. The conference and exhibition cover the full range of cyber security solutions including products and services. The UK Pavilion package will include: • A plinth exhibition stand on the UK Pavilion • Introductions from DIT staff to delegates and companies • An advance briefing from High Commission staff on doing business in Singapore • A networking event hosted by DIT during the Exhibition • Inclusion in UK marketing material, including a Pavilion brochure • Promotion to local and international media, including social media DIT will charge companies a fee of £3000 + VAT to exhibit on the pavilion and benefit from the other activities organised. This does not include travel, accommodation and visa costs. Expressions of interest should include:
  • A brief introduction to your company.
  • An indication of your key target sectors and 
markets.
  • An overview of recent activities in Singapore 
and the South East Asia region and any future 
plans.
  • An overview of the capability you plan to exhibit 
/ export to the region.
For further information and to submit your expression of interest please contact: Reuben Sinclair (Singapore-based) E reuben.sinclair@trade.gov.uk 
T +65 9155 3263 Claire Baillie (London-based) E claire.baillie@trade.gov.uk T +44 207 215 5028

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 27th May 2018

Published: 27 May 2018

Good afternoon! Here are some opportunities you may be interested in  

IFSEC and Korean Electronic Association
19th June EEN is launching a free business matchmaking event during IFSEC International in London on Tuesday 19th June 2018 in cooperation with the Korean Electronic Association. The event will take place at the Korean Electronic Association’s booth. You can register on the following link: https://ifsec-b2b-meetings.b2match.io If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mireille Owen-Hughes at m.owen-hughes@oxin.co.uk  
IAAC Annual Symposium 2018 
The IAAC Annual Symposium 2018 will be held on Friday, 14 September 2018 at the BT Centre, London , EC1A 7AJ. Registration will be from 0830 for a 0930 start. Drinks reception is from 1630. Digital Resilience - for individuals, communities, organisations and society. IAAC’s annual conference will look at security and information assurance, adding design, engineering, education, preparedness and learning, to explore digital resilience. At the heart of the event will be an examination of individual, community, organisational and societal digital resilience. Individual digital resilience is often framed in terms of young people and their ability to have fulfilling personal and professional lives on and off line. Much of the cyber security awareness work undertaken in schools is discussed as digital resilience. Community and organisational digital resilience situates cyber in a wider context of hazards that might affect a smart-city or business’s ability to continue to operate and adapt. We’ll assess the extent to which the balance of factors is changing with our increasingly connected and interdependent world. At the societal level, we look to government for strategy and to keep the country running. We’ll examine the resilience issues shaping thinking on cyber in government and critical infrastructure. They are running our usual poster competition for universities and businesses who wish to showcase their current research and projects. The symposium includes: • Opening and closing keynote speakers • Panel discussions • Government updates. • Poster competition. • Networking opportunities. With thanks to BT, this year’s symposium will once again be held in the excellent BT Centre in central London. Who can attend? This is conference is open to anyone who registers, subject to capacity. Conference rates: Conference rates are kept to a minimum thanks to our sponsors and aimed at covering basic costs. Rates are: Commercial rate £100, academic, government and voluntary sector rate £50. Concessions are available for students and IAAC Access members, with a free ticket allocated for accepted posters. To Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iaac-symposium-2018-digital-resilience-for-individuals-communities-organisations-and-society-tickets-37724289365 Applicants are sought for the Symposium’s poster competition.  Each successful entry receives one free seat at the Symposium, which is a great opportunity to have your work discussed, and to network amongst the academic and practitioner communities.  If you would like more details on this please email me (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will send you the relevant documents.  
TriCyCIS  Event
Bringing together defence, government, industry and academia, to discuss and debate the Cyber issues facing us, guided by an experienced facilitator and chairman, with the intent to generate concrete actions. Where: Royal Holloway, University of London When: 20th June 2018 For the latest information on speakers, programme & much more, visit our dedicated event website www.tricycis.uk  
Dutch Opportunity
A leading Dutch company in financial products and services wants to contribute proactively to the growth of their clients ‘the entrepreneurs’. Cybercrime is a real threat which could affect the growth and their business continuity. They are looking for innovative SME’s who have solutions to make sure that the entrepreneurs dont need to worry about cyber threats and can focus on their core business. The cooperation would be in the frame of a license agreement or a technical cooperation agreement. Definition of the request How can the Dutch company proactively lower the risk that entrepreneurs face from a cyber-threat? How do they put cyber risk on their map. The Dutch company wants to create awareness among the entrepreneurs and help and advise them; •                  How to lower the risks? •                  How to monitor the risks? •                  What kinds of the tools the entrepreneur can use? How can the Dutch company make sure that SMEs dont need to worry about cyber threats and can focus on their core business? The Dutch company is not looking for: •                  E-learning or other digital platforms  which provide information to create awareness within the organization; •                  Risk assessments or other scans (IT / organizational) •                  Prevention tools such as backups, firewall etc. •                  Insurances; •                  Response and repressive services (24/7 call service) to help an entrepreneur as soon as possible after the incident. What objectives do they want to achieve: •                  The solution delivers a proactive contribution to the growth of entrepreneurs who are insured but also the ones that are not insured by the Dutch company; •                  Create new business models that reduce the cost of cybercrime. In the end these savings/earnings must also be seen in the costs that entrepreneurs have to make; •                  The solution fulfils the needs of the entrepreneur and his growing expectations; •                  It fits within the new world of innovations and technology; •                  It  contributes to the company’s vision. If oyu are interested in this please follow up with Mireille Owen-Hughes m.owen-hughes@oxin.co.uk and say that you heard of this through the UK Cyber Security Forum.  
JFK Airport- US Cyber
So JFK airport is soon to go through a $10 billion dollar redevelopment and expansion project. DSO say that colleagues in New York have mentioned cyber in meetings on infrastructure projects, like the above, but they have not seen a huge amount of interest/request in regards to cyber to date.  This does not mean that there never will be, so they are seeking out examples (UK or overseas) of cyber in infrastructure projects, where your companies have been involved. This will  provide myself and colleagues a better steer on the detail of the UK offer in this sector and so help us engage on infrastructure in the US. If you have worked directly or around infrastructure/ a project, please email the following details to Philip Heald, Cyber Security Exports Advisor- Gulf Region philip.heald@trade.gov.uk
  • Company Name;
  • Sector(road, rail, maritime, avaiation)/Project (where appropriate);
  • Work done;
  • Other areas of interest in infrastructure and why;
If you have not worked directly or around an infrastructure/project, but would like to, please fill in the questions below; •             Company Name; •             Capability/product/service; •             Areas of interest in infrastructure (rail, maritime, aviation etc), why you want to focus on infrastructure and where your service fits;  
Qatar Central Bank - Cyber Security
The Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cyber security cooperation with the Qatar Central Bank. They hope to use this as a means to promote UK commercial cyber security solutions to the QCB and Qatari financial institutions, working in partnership with the QCB to boost mutual security and prosperity. More details will follow on this in due course. In the meantime they wanted to let you know about the Qatar Central Bank’s Information Security conference. This is an annual event held in Doha, this year taking place 18 – 19 November. The QCB are interested in having UK firms running technical workshops or speaking at the conference. This would be an opportunity to talk about some of the challenges for cyber security across the range of people, process and technology and to boost company profiles through the solutions you offer. There would also be an opportunity to meet with DIT/British Embassy staff while there. Please note that the costs of this opportunity would have to be borne by respective companies as there is no UK Government funding support for it. If this is of interest to you please email DIT by 8 June setting out what your offer would be in terms of a workshop or speech. DIT will then provide options to the QCB.
  Malvern Festival of Innovation
This event will be held in Malvern in early October again with “Cyber Security and Quantum Computing” on 11th October and “Blockchains and Bitcoins” in a smaller venue on 12th October. As with previous years it is free for SMEs to exhibit and attend but this is on a first come first served basis so please let us know if you would like to exhibit or book a ticket to attend.  
See you at InfoSec?
I (Emma Philpott) will be on the IASME stand R140 all day, everyday at InfoSecthis year – so do drop by and say hello if you are around. On the first day (5th June) I will be joined by Tim Charrot who is leading on the technical aspects of the Community Cyber Security Centre project.  Both of us will be happy to answer your questions about the project to train neurodiverse people in cyber security or the parallel project to develop innovative, lightweight, low cost techniques to enhance protection of vulnerable individual internet users. We are still looking for volunteers to do training and also funding of course.

Business Wales Seminar on Innovation - Event: 4th June 2018

Published: 25 May 2018

Business Wales is proud to host Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Management School Fellow Michael  Schrage who will deliver an exclusive seminar on Innovation, Technology and Human Capital, ‘Why Investing in Customers Is Key to New Value Creation’. Michael is one of the world’s most engaging thought leaders on innovation and his work has been published by the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal amongst others. He has been consulted by countless world renowned organisations on innovation including Prudential, Microsoft, Accenture,  Mars, BT, Google and Pfizer. This is your opportunity to join this group in learning how Michael’s thoughts in this field can have a positive impact upon your business. Monday 4 June 2018 17:30 – 19:00 Coleg y Cymoedd – Nantgarw Campus Spaces are limited so make sure you do not miss this rare opportunity. To register your place https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/business-wales-seminar-massachusetts-institute-of-technology-mit-sloan-management-school-fellow-michael-schrage/

Qatar Central Bank Cyber Security Conference, Doha - Deadline: 8th June 2018

Published: 25 May 2018

The Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cyber security cooperation with the Qatar Central Bank. We hope to use this as a means to promote UK commercial cyber security solutions to the QCB and Qatari financial institutions, working in partnership with the QCB to boost mutual security and prosperity. More details will follow on this in due course. In the meantime I wanted to let you know about the Qatar Central Bank’s Information Security conference. This is an annual event held in Doha, this year taking place 18 – 19 November. The QCB are interested in having UK firms running technical workshops or speaking at the conference. This would be an opportunity to talk about some of the challenges for cyber security across the range of people, process and technology and to boost company profiles through the solutions you offer. There would also be an opportunity to meet with DIT/British Embassy staff while there. Please note that the costs of this opportunity would have to be borne by respective companies as there is no UK Government funding support for it. If this is of interest to you please contact cyber@trade.gov.uk by 8 June setting out what your offer would be in terms of a workshop or speech. DIT will then provide options to the QCB. Kind regards, Paul Davison | Assistant Head, Cyber Security | Defence and Security Organisation | Department for International Trade

3rd UK Security Trade Mission to Baltic States - Deadline: 15 June 2018

Published: 22 May 2018

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to the 3rd UK Security Trade Mission to Baltic States on 16-18 October 2018. The Baltics Department for International Trade (DIT) together with Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) have organised the second specialised Security Trade Mission to the Baltics.
 
Please submit your Expression of Interest by following the Eventbrite Link in the attachment or by using the following link: Eventbrite link  by 15 June 2018
 
Further information is contained in the attachment or you can contact: Ms Ieva Binkauskaite, Baltic Defence and Security lead, DIT Lithuania via E: ieva.binkauskaite@mobile.trade.gov.uk or T: +3705 246 9216
 

Tour of HMS Victory with US Delegation - Deadline: 25th May 2018

Published: 21 May 2018

On 13 September, DSO is taking a group of US delegates down to Portsmouth for a tour of HMS Victory. Between 12:00 – 14:00 there will be a networking lunch opportunity where you can meet with the group.
 
The cost for attending will be £150 plus VAT per person. There will be a buffet lunch. 
 
US Delegates - The list of names we have been given is more extensive than anything we’ve done before with the US Embassy and RDECOM. There will be, of course, representation from the US Naval side in the US Embassy and we have also been promised the new head of the ODC and several attaches. Of course, one or more could drop out between now and then, but with nearly 20 already signed up across the services, including RDECOM and Commerce, we are sure you’ll find the lunch extremely useful and commensurate with the cost.
 
Please note your attendance at the lunch does not include you on the HMS Victory tour, which has been organised by the MoD specifically for the US delegates and their escort officers.
 
The US Desk Officer Craig Cabell and Tajinder Chhina will be available on the day to direct you to the right person.
 
There will be no opportunity to display items or pop ups. You can offer handouts/business cards and show your products and services via ipad.
 
If this appeals you, please register your interest with Tajinder Chhina E: Tajinder.Chhina@trade.gov.uk  and sign-up using the link and password below by the latest cop next Friday, 25 May 2018.
 
 
PASSWORD – DIT DSO
 

Webit Festival 2018 in Sofia - Event: 26-27 June 2018

Published: 16 May 2018

DIT Bulgaria are running a Trade Mission to Webit Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. For contacts in the E-mobility, Smart cities, Fin tech, E-healthcare sectors. Link to the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trade-mission-to-webit-festival-in-sofia-bulgaria-tickets-45760558061 Webit is a global phenomenon that has a ten-year track record taking place in various cities. Webit Sofia 2018 is part of the EU Digital and Innovation Week and is the flagship event of the Bulgarian EU Presidency. This year’s theme is re:Inventing Europes Future. The “EU Digital and Innovations Week” will welcome over 7000 attendees from 100+ countries including 1500 top policy makers from all around Europe and beyond (heads of states, EU commissioners, ministers, mayors, MEPs), 6000 of worlds enterprise leaders, global and European founders, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, scientists and digital economy shapers and a top selection of Europes 200 most promising start-ups. This Webit platform is an opportunity for the UK to project its leadership in the field of all things digital, tech and innovation. By having a stand at WEBIT, British Embassy in Sofia together withDepartment for International Trade are happy to welcome British companies from the E-mobility, Smart cities, Fin tech, E-healthcare sector to exhibit their products/ services at the British country stand in the Trade Expo area. If you want to be part of the Webit Platform, sell your business, be in the same room with some of the world’s brightest minds and in the same time contribute to an impactful UK presence which would be a timely reminder to European partners that the UK remains open for business, please contact us! *Entrance tickets are being covered after a short approval process by the Embassy’s Webit Committee. Desislava Taneva, Senior Trade Advisor, British Embassy Sofia Tel: +359 (2)

Multi Country Cyber Security Services Opportunity - Deadline: 10th May 2018

Published: 10 May 2018

Alert from the Department for International Trade:-

An international organisation is looking for an IT company to provide a managed threat detection and response software tool.

You should be able to provide a remotely managed threat detection and protection tool that: - can analyse and detect advanced threats and malware - has an incident validation and an immediate response capacity - can collect and retain event data from each incident - can produce reports and document response actions For more information on this tender, submit your company details to the Department for International Trade team in the USA. All submissions are reviewed and you will be notified of any potential next steps. You can only submit your company details if you are a UK registered company. You may need to be a registered supplier to apply for this aid funded business opportunity. For more information on registration, please visit the United Nations website.

Chance to exhibit at InfoSec 2018 in London - Register by: 16th May 2018

Published: 08 May 2018

At InfoSec 2018 Welsh Government will have spaces available on its stand for Welsh Cyber Cluster Members. Due to the level of interest we receive from companies wishing to participate in the Welsh Government’s offerings for exhibition space, and in the interests of fairness rather than on a first-come-first-served basis, all interested parties are asked to complete an Expression of Interest form which will be used to determine which companies participate on the Welsh Government stand. The allocated space will enable members to display their printed marketing literature, meet with potential customers, run laptop presentations etc. Details of the participating members will also be included in an A5 Welsh Government printed event brochure. Download the Expression of Interest Form Please return your form to neil.sandford@gov.wales by 16thMay 2018.

Cyber-Internship Team Finals Presentation, Job Fair and Networking Event - Event: May 9th

Published: 03 May 2018

Attention: Employers and Professionals seeking interview and workforce ready talent that are deeply aware of Cybersecurity risks. You are invited to join us for the “Finals” presentations and the graduation ceremony of the Cardiff University students who have taken part in the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA) virtual-internships scheme. Witness the outcomes of industry mentored virtual-internships designed to fast-track students into workforce readiness by taking them through team and role-based problem solving, applied learning, challenges involving “Insider Threats”. Employers report that being mentored by industry experts over just 14-weeks, part time, enables CWA-Alumni to cut 3-9-months out of hiring, on-boarding and training time to productivity. CWA-Alumni will be joining 700 peers who have graduated the course since it started in July 2015. Cardiff University is planning to scale the programme from September 2018 so this is a great chance to see how you can engage and benefit

DATE AND TIME

Wed 9 May 2018 16:30 – 18:45 BST

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LOCATION

Post Graduate Teaching Centre Cardiff University Colum Drive Cardiff CF10 3EU
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GISEC 2019, Dubai - 1 May 2018

Published: 01 May 2018

The Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC) is not just one of the most impactful cybersecurity shows in the Gulf Region, but it is also the largest, overshadowing other events in terms of aspiration, diversity and scope.

In its 7th edition, GISEC welcomed over 7,000 cyber-specific visitors, and was co-located with IoTX and Future Blockchain Summit, and collectively they delivered over 12,000 visitors.

Cyber Wales members visited the United Arab Emirates on an Trade Mission earlier in the year to establish relationships with key organisations, assess the market opportunity and meet the Welsh Government Representatives.  Having determined that there was a healthy business opportunity, Cyber Wales returned to attend this event and present a range of Welsh cyber solutions to attendees from all over the GCC Region.

A Cyber Wales stand was organised so that Wolfberry, Acuity Legal and Pervade Software could share the space which was opposite the UK DIT delegation stand on the exhibition floor.

The agenda was directed by a powerful Advisory Board of senior end-users from Dubai Electronic Security Centre, Dubai Police and Smart Dubai and Cyber Wales members were given speaking slots.  South Wales Cyber Security Cluster members Damon Rands, Dr Kerry Beynon and John Davies all spoke on the Spotlight Stage

The success of this event has prompted a number of Cyber Wales organisations to set up operations in the United Arab Emirates.

Test the Team Social Event - Event: 2nd May 2018

Published: 27 April 2018

The Barclays Bank Corporate Team are running a Charity Quiz Evening and are inviting Cluster members to field teams of 4 or 5 people for a fun evening and a worthy cause... Wednesday 2nd May 17:45 - Arrival 18:30 - Quiz commences 21:00 - Close Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff This "Test the Team" quiz debuts in Cardiff as part of the Barclays South West tour. Showcase your company at its competitive best and pit your wits against the rest of the guests, with this quick fire visual quiz.  There are great prizes to be won and a raffle on the night. Teams are made up of 4 or 5 people. £10 per head with all money raised being donated to Guide Dogs and £4 matched by Barclays The luxury hotel will be serving reception drinks, a hot fork buffet and dessert as part of the evening. If you are interested, please RSVP here

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 23rd April 2018

Published: 23 April 2018

Good evening Just a couple of news items for you this week but first..... Important - If you do not re-register to receive these bulletins then this will be the last one you get. Due to the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation we are asking you all to re-register to be a member of the Malvern Cluster or UK Cyber Security Forum and receive these regular bulletins.  If you do not re-register you will no longer receive these after the end of April. Your subscription data will be stored and processed by MailChimp outside the EU. By subscribing to the bulletin you are giving us permission to store the data you give us on the MailChimp servers.  You can view the UK Cyber Security Forum privacy statement here. If you would like to subscribe to the bulletin and join the UK Cyber Security Forum then you can do that here. If you would like to join to the Forum without subscribing to the MailChimp bulletin please contact us by replying to this email.

Call for IAAC COI Input to DCMS Research into UK Cyber Skills
DCMS (the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) has launched a project to produce a well-informed understanding of the current and projected gap in the availability of appropriately skilled cyber security practitioners across the UK and how it might best be filled. IAAC has been asked to participate in this project and we have offered to put DCMS (and their appointed researcher contractor, Ipsos Mori) in touch with a small number of our members who might have - from their own involvement in educating or training cyber security practitioners, seeking to recruit them or carrying out their own research into cyber security skills - have some information to inform this study. We would like to be helpful in this work because we believe that:
  • the considerable imprecision in the current view of the national cyber skills demand and supply is damaging to the UKs national cyber security interest and
  • a better understanding of the real demand for skills would significantly help to deliver the practitioners which organizations need and minimise the inefficiencies for individuals seeking to become practitioners.
The summary questions, which will be fleshed out in detail during the research interviews with Ipsos Mori, which DCMS have given to us are:
  • Where are the current skills gaps (including soft skills) in the market now and how large are these?
  • What sectors, industries and job roles are they in?
  • What roles are being badged as cyber security roles and what ones are not currently but have a similar skill set?
  • Are the skills and products available, meeting industry needs and what is the level and demand by sector, geography and organisational size? If not what skills or products would meet their needs?
  • To identify key lessons and recommendations on what Government and Industry can do to tackle the gap particularly around retraining and upskilling.
  • The type of products and services (e.g. training courses, resources and tools) for retraining/upskilling that are available, what are organisations and individuals accessing and how, and does this vary in terms of different organisational sectors and geographical locations.
If you think that you could help in this research please reply in an email to companysecretary@iaac.org.uk by 4 May, with a sentence or two saying which area of the study you would be able to comment on.
New Cyber 101 Bootcamp dates
Cyber 101: Helping cyber startups and scaleups to improve their business success and access customers and investors Digital Catapult and partners are pleased to announce new dates for the Cyber 101 programme, starting with their London bootcamps, open to applications from UK cyber security startups and SMEs. Join them as they coach the next generation of cyber security leaders in the critical business skills to give your position the competitive edge. Cyber 101 Bootcamps have supported over 80 cyber security SMEs in honing their go-to-market and access to finance strategies, enabled over 400 new sector-specific connections, and facilitated access to customers and investors. Cyber 101 is a DCMS-funded national programme aimed to grow the UK’s cyber security sector. The programme offers intensive one-day Bootcamps, Deep Dive sessions and Demo Days that will enable early stage cyber security businesses to grow and gain access to potential customers and investors. Cyber 101 is delivered by Digital Catapult in partnership with The Accelerator NetworkInogesis, and The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT). To attend Cyber 101 London bootcamps and receive mentoring and tailored advice from industry experts on how to develop and scale up your cyber business please apply here

Meet the NATO Primes Event - Deadline: 2nd May 2018

Published: 23 April 2018

On 9th July DIT DSO and ADS are hosting a ‘Meet the NATO Primes’ event in London focusing on opportunities coming out of the NCI Agency.  Attached is a flyer with further details on the event as well as some of the opportunities on which the event will focus.
 
Please let us know if you would be interested in attending by completing the attached template detailing your company’s capability and returning to Andy Johnston at ADS (andy.johnston@adsgroup.org.uk) no later than 1700hrs on Wednesday 2nd MAY.  ADS will then respond to you by mid-June with confirmation of the final delegate list
 
If you would like any further details please don’t hesitate to contact Andy Johnston.

Welsh Cyber Summit - Newport - 19 April 2018

Published: 19 April 2018

In September 2014 the NATO Summit was held in Newport in Wales. The agenda placed a major emphasis on cyber security and this event was closely followed by the first Welsh Industry Cyber Summit in early 2015 organised by CEMET (the Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies). The Summit was run again in April this year and this time it formed part of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.


Cyber Wales Ecosystem includes cyber activities being carried out by Government, Business, Law Enforcement and Academia and this years Summit included sessions from each of these allies in the battle against cyber crime.


In partnership with CEMET, Welsh Government, Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit (TARIAN), the University of South Wales and Cyber Wales, this event brought together experts in each field so that delegates could learn about the ever-changing threat of Cyber Crime and how to better protect their businesses.


John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster delivered a key note talk at the opening of this prestigious event, describing the growth of the cyber security ecosystem in Wales, which is now an internationally recognised brand that encapsulates all aspects of cyber security in Wales and acts as a mark of expertise, quality and clarity in a complex and rapidly changing area of life.

Product Brochure for US Marketing - Deadline: 24th April 2018

Published: 19 April 2018

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide you with the best possible support in winning overseas defence and security business, I am pleased to draw to your attention the following opportunity.
 
Following on from an event staged by us at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, we aim to publish a product brochure of UK companies. This brochure will be sent to the USA Acquisition Managers and in the USA Embassy.  
 
Should you have a product(s) which would benefit from having exposure in this brochure, please enter the requested information on the attached A4 Word Document for each product. There will be a charge of £240 (incl VAT) for each product
 
Below is a link for online payment. A password will be required for access:  DIT DSO
 
 
 
If you have any queries please contact Taj Chhina: E: tajinder.chhina@trade.gov.uk
 
Please note all submissions must reach us by cop Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Apologies, but we cannot accept any submissions after this date.

Australia Tech in Govt Event - Event: 7th August 2018

Published: 15 April 2018

The Department for International Trade (DIT) would like to invite you to take part in the upcoming Technology in Government conference, Australias largest IT event for the Government. Combining a high- level conference with a large-scale exhibition, Technology in Government brings together senior Public Sector Technologists and Communications Experts to learn, network and source ICT solutions for the ongoing transformation within Government. The conference will offer UK companies the chance to access a growing market that is pre-disposed to purchasing UK technologies, while also offering the chance to meet with the people who influence or decide on the purchase of Technology from Federal, State and Local Government agencies. The 2018 Technology in Government program has evolved to meet the current and emerging needs of Government policy makers and ICT leaders. For the very first time, the event program has been divided into three separate areas of focus; Future Services, Cyber Security and Digital Identity. DIT are offering UK companies the opportunity to exhibit on their stand at the conference or attend as part of the UK delegation. They will also help facilitate one to one meetings with relevant delegates during the conference. The price for attending will include your ticket Technology in Government Conference and the co-located conferences in Cyber Security & Digital Identity. If you have any queries or wish to find out more information, please contact us at DITTechnology@brayleino.co.uk or call us on 0117 906 4574.
Event Details: Venue: National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia Date: 7 – 8 August 2018Participation Fee: Pod & Delegation - £300 (inc VAT) Delegation only - £200 (inc VAT)

Invitation to a UK Industry Day at the NSPA – 13th Sept 2018

Published: 15 April 2018

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to the following opportunity. 
 
On 13th September 2018, the UK’s Department for International Trade and the Ministry of Defence are hosting the 4th edition of the UK Industry Day at the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) in Capellen, Luxembourg.
 
The day’s programme will demystify the Agency’s procurement processes and opportunities, alongside an opportunity for dialogue with NSPA project officials and representatives of the UK Government. Guests will also be invited to attend a Welcome Reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Luxembourg at his residence on the previous evening.
 
The registration fee includes coach travel on the day between the event hotels, NSPA HQ and Luxembourg Airport, as well as lunch and refreshments.
 
For those interested in attending the attachments will provide further information.
 
 
Accommodation
We have agreed a special discounted rate at two hotels in Luxembourg City Centre. Transport will be provided between both hotels and NSPA HQ on the day.
 
Park Inn by Radisson Luxembourg City
Standard Single room                  €209
Standard Double room                 €226
Breakfast included
 
Please click the following link and use discount code BRIEMB  https://www.parkinn.com/hotel-luxembourg
 
Hotel Parc Plaza
Standard Single room                  €219
Standard Double room                 €239
Breakfast included
 
Please complete the attached reservation form and return to reservation@goereshotels.com
For any questions, please contact the organisers Thomas Flammant and Ben Wilson at thomas.flammant@fco.gov.ukand ben.wilson@fco.gov.uk 

Infosecurity Europe 2018 competition

Published: 15 April 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is sponsoring the UK Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe from 5-7 June 2018.

The competition to select 13 innovative small cyber security companies to be part of the UK Cyber Innovation Zone has been announced. One firm will also be crowned the UKs Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company of the Year, sponsored by Atkins.  
Now in its fourth year, this exciting competition offers a unique opportunity to:
·         Win one of 13 stands to be part of the DCMS UK Cyber Innovation Zone, including a fantastic promotional package.
·         Be crowned the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company 2018.
The deadline for entries is the 5 April.

NCI Agency Defence Innovation Challenge

Published: 13 April 2018

Following on from your interest in the NATO Communications and Information Agency I wanted to bring their ‘Defence Innovation Challenge’ to your attention: http://www.nitec.nato.int/defence-innovation-challenge/
The challenge is aimed at accelerating transformational, state-of-the-art technology solutions from small businesses and academia in support of NATO C4ISR and cyber capabilities.
It is open to SMEs and academic institutions operating at the cutting edge of technology from all 29 NATO Nations. This year the challenge focuses on digital innovation and they are looking for submissions in the following areas:
-       Mobile apps for defence users.
-       Mobile apps for government organisations.
-       Data science: models for natural language processing and translation; speech to text.
-       Data science: application of open source analytic tools.
-       Data visualisation.
-       Internet of Things (IoT): Autonomous sensors for the battlefield.
-       IoT: Secure federation of IoT devices.
Those with the best submissions will be invited to showcase their tech solutions at this year’s NCI Agency Conference and AFCEA TechNet International (NITEC18), entitled ‘NATO’s Digital Endeavour: Expanding the Ecosystem’, taking place on 22-24 May in Berlin, Germany.
The top ten finishers will receive:
-       One full registration waiver.
-       Showcase space at NITEC18.
-       Participation in the award ceremony with NATO leadership.
-       Presentation slot during the plenary session.
-       Inclusion in the NITEC18 report.
-       Inclusion in the industry innovation report in the Communicator magazine.
-       Bilateral meeting with an NCI Agency expert.
-       Mentoring session with one of the SME mentors.
The deadline for submissions is 6th April and winners will be announced on 30th April.

GDPR Alliance event - April 20th

Published: 13 April 2018

The GDPR Alliance will be staging an event on April 20th at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The event is being pitched as a multi-disciplinary look at GDPR as we approach the legally enforceable date.
The lead sponsors for this event are Alliance members Watkins and Gunn Solicitors, Chris Roberts (B D Research) and Tony Dowling (Novo Consulting).
They would like to offer each of you the opportunity to support the event and promote your businesses.
There will be a limited number of speaking opportunities but there will be pre-event, coffee break and post event networking opportunities and an exhibition area where you will be able to display your company pop up banner and engage with prospects.
Please contact Chris Roberts for more information chris@bdresearch.co.uk

The Easter Edition (April 2018) of the Cyber Exchange Newsletter

Published: 13 April 2018

WELCOME TO THE CYBER EXCHANGE EASTER EDITION (APRIL 2018) NEWSLETTER The April Cyber Exchange newsletter is now available for you to view with plenty of news, views and features, including... DCMS Cyber Innovation Competition @Infosecurity Europe – Apply by 5th April (16:00 BST)... READ MORE The 12 Companies selected for the Innovation Zone at CYBERUK 2018... READ MORE HM Government launch the new Cyber Export Strategy... READ MORE Technology in Government:Australia conference - DIT invitation to UK companies... READ MORE Cyber Resilience 2035 - Dr Richard Piggin from Atkins, considers future city security... READ MORE Facebook privacy concerens? See 10 useful tips on privacy awareness... READ MORE Neurodiversity at work - raising awareness... READ MORE Plus more news on upcoming featured events, full members directory and list of new members... READ MORE Thank you for your ongoing support and interest... its greatly appreciated! Regards, Cyber Exchange Team

CyberUK - Manchester - 10 April 2018

Published: 10 April 2018

CYBERUK is the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) flagship event on cyber security. Over three days, 2,000 people attended events covering both strategy (CYBERUK Leadership) and delivery (CYBERUK In Practice) – gaining up to date information and industry leading insights.


Leadership: The Government’s leadership event for business and public sector decision makers and strategists saw key senior staff – policy makers, CEOs and thought leaders – learning about and contributing to the development of the latest thinking on how cyber security and business acumen come together to deliver successful business outcomes. Speakers were drawn from the same community as the 600+ vetted delegates – Government, Academia, the Third sector, Critical National Infrastructure and Industry. Minister-led, this event featured senior representatives from GCHQ and the NCSC.


In Practice: Brought together 1200+ information security professionals including specialists in the design and development of online services and systems, plus professionals in procurement and delivery. It was an opportunity to share best practice, learn about the latest security threats and solutions, and consider the growing challenges we all face.


Welsh Government had a stand at the event showcasing the Cyber Wales Ecosystem and the breadth and depth of cyber expertise in Wales.


Cyber Wales representatives Clare Johnson, Head of Cyber Security for the Faculty of Computing Engineering & Science at the University of South Wales and John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster helped to man the stand and answered questions about Welsh cyber capability.


This attracted attention from the Joint Cyber Unit, part of the Joint Forces Command, who volunteered to come to Wales and speak at a Cluster meeting about the exciting work of cyber in the Armed Forces as well as from various Government entities and cyber companies.

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 8th April 2018

Published: 08 April 2018

Good afternoon Due to the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation we are asking you all to re-register to be a member of the UK Cyber Security Forum and receive these regular bulletins.  If you do not re-register you will no longer receive these after the end of April. Your subscription data will be stored and processed by MailChimp outside the EU. By subscribing to the bulletin you are giving us permission to store the data you give us on the MailChimp servers.  You can view the UK Cyber Security Forum privacy statement here. If you would like to subscribe to the bulletin and join the UK Cyber Security Forum then you can do that here. If you would like to join to the Forum without subscribing to the MailChimp bulletin please contact us by replying to this email.

Community SOC Project
We are hoping to get out Community SOC project going at the start of June.  It will train neurodiverse people in Cyber Security and also develop a way to shield the internet of large numbers of vulnerable individuals. You can see more about the project here https://www.ukcybersecurityforum.com/community-soc Many thanks to those of you who have already offered your support – we are in the process of adding your logos to the webpage as a supporter. If anyone else would like to support us through money, training, equipment, mentorship or commercial SOC visits then we would love to hear from you.
CRESTCon & IISP Congress
3rd May, Royal College of Physicians  – 10% off Now in its sixth year, CRESTCon and IISP Congress brings together leading technical and business information security professionals, attracting an impressive line-up of speakers and senior delegates.  This year we also welcome the BCS Security Conference in the third stream. They are delighted to offer Cyber Security Forum members 10% off a ticket to the event using the discount code: 2018sforum10off  http://www.crestandiisp.com/ UK Cyber Security Forum members will also receive a discount on an exhibition stand – please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out more. marc@crestandiisp.com
Foundations of IoT security
The IoT Security Foundations course ‘Foundations of IoT security’ is running on 22-23 May in Barcelona, Spain and 9-10 October in Windsor, UK. More course details and booking information can be found at: https://www.iotsecurityfoundation.org/iot-security-training/ Created and delivered by world-renowned security experts the course includes both practical and theoretical elements. It enables attendees to understand the real-world threats to IoT, how to address them and how to deploy secure IoT services. The cost of the course includes accommodation and the opportunity to network with peers in the industry who are facing the same challenges. There is a 5% discount for any UK Cyber Security Forum members – please contact the organisers to get the discount
DCMS consultation on security by design and IoT devices.
You are invited to an IAAC workshop aimed at input to the DCMS consultation on security by design, details of which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/secure-by-design The workshop will be held at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London, 1000-1300 on Wednesday 18th April 2018.  Coffee will be available from 0930. It is intended to review IAAC’s recent work on security by design, with a view to submitting it to the DCMS consultation. If you would like to attend, please register here or for further information contact info@iaac.org.uk
DIT CEE Cyber Security Showcase
Cyber security solutions for public and private sector The Cyber Security Showcase on 15th May in Sofia.  There is also an “Early bird” offer of 750 GBP for this event.  This price is valid until 12 April. Department for International Trade team in Bulgaria would like to invite you as an exhibitor to a one day Cyber Security Showcase on 15th May 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, who is currently hosting the EU Presidency. The objective of the event is for UK companies offering cyber security solutions and exploit opportunities within CEE - Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Romanian and Slovakian - markets.
 This event aims to bring together stakeholders from both public and private sectors in the domain of government and CNI to introduce them to UK cyber security companies which are recognised as having world-class knowledge and solutions. Date: Tuesday 15 May 2018 Time: 09.00 am – 16.00 am Where:  Central Military Club Sofia Tzar Osvoboditel Str. 7 RSVP By 15 April To register, please contact: anelia.todorova@fco.gov.uk +359 2933 9227 Which UK firms should consider taking part?  This offer is open to all UK-based companies in the cyber security field providing cyber security solutions in area of encryption, data protection, crisis management, network monitoring/analysis, forensics, defence issues, mobile applications, training, etc. Registration fee: £825 ex-VAT collected via DIT DSO in London. The costs of travel, hotel and accommodation and any additional items are to be covered by UK companies - exhibitors. Due to the limited venue space, places for UK exhibitors will be based on first come first served basis. Therefore, we recommend that you register early to avoid disappointment. Any questions related to this event should be sent to: Anelia Todorova, Deputy Head of Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Sofia anelia.todorova@fco.gov.uk tel: +359 (0) 2 933 9227 To book please log on to the link to make your payment, using your unique Password. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dit-cee-cyber-security-showcase-tickets-44837044808 Your Unique Password : CEECyber Should your participation lead to a successful business win, they would seek your commitment to sign an Export Win Form

Cyber Wales in the Press - BBC - 28 March 2018

Published: 28 March 2018

The prime minister Teresa May was in South Wales as part of her whistle-stop tour around the UK to mark one year to go until Brexit. BBC Wales political correspondent James Williams interviewed key industry leaders in various sectors to highlight the anticipated impact of Brexit.


In a news article which featured interviews with Rob Wainwright the Director of Europol, Alun Michael the Police Commissioner for South Wales Police and John Davies of Cyber Wales and Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, the BBC asked how efforts to fight cyber crime might be effected post-Brexit.


Speaking about the need for close collaborative links between law enforcement agencies and cyber experts around the world, John said "a hacker sitting at a laptop in Bulgaria can attack a specialist company in Blaengarw, so the effort we all need to put in to tackle cyber crime is going to rise above any political boundaries".


Rob Wainwright from Europol said "Wales plays its part in a very strong UK commitment in cyber and we are very pleased to have that association which we hope will continue in the future".


Mr Wainwright, who is stepping down as the Head of Europol later this year also said that he was "personally very proud of the Welsh cyber commitment" as he himself comes from Carmarthenshire.

Second Nigerian Army Research & Innovation Summit Abuja - 17-20 April 2018

Published: 27 March 2018

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to the following opportunity. 
 
The Nigerian Chief of Staff invites United Kingdom Defence industries/companies to participate in the Second Nigerian Army Research and Innovation Summit to be held at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Asokoro, Abuja from 17-20 April 2018. For those interested in attending the attachment will provide further information.
 
If you have any questions please contact the Defence Section at the Nigerian High Commission in London E:defencehclondon@yahoo.co.uk / defence@nigerianhc.org.uk  / T: 020 7839 1244 ext 250.

Invitation from TITAN ROCU and NCSC at CyberUK

Published: 27 March 2018

TITAN and NCSC are running an awareness event for SMEs alongside the upcoming CyberUK 2018 event in Manchester. This is a fantastic opportunity to access expert advice and guidance on how to protect yourselves against cyber attacks as well as practical sessions to help attendees understand how cyber attacks are executed. Should you wish to attend this exclusive event FREE OF CHARGE then please contact Cyber.safe@titan.police.uk to get an invitation to join this event.

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 25th March 2018

Published: 25 March 2018

Good evening, Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

DCMS survey
GCHQ is assisting the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in the development and growth of cyber security companies in the UK. The goal is to understand the barriers to entry for companies in their early stages. To help with this work we are asking if you could fill in DCMS’ short survey (you can ignore the given-deadline!): https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/earlystagebarriers/ The intention is that this will then lead to a stronger cyber security ecosystem in the UK. There are further details available here: https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/725.  If you have any questions, please email:   richard.b2@gchq.gov.uk
Free Stand at InfoSec
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is sponsoring the UK Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe from 5-7 June 2018.  The competition to select 13 innovative small cyber security companies to be part of the UK Cyber Innovation Zone has been announced. One firm will also be crowned the UKs Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company of the Year, sponsored by Atkins.   Now in its fourth year, this exciting competition offers a unique opportunity to:
  • Win one of 13 stands to be part of the DCMS UK Cyber Innovation Zone, including a fantastic promotional package.
  • Be crowned the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company 2018.
The deadline for entries is the 5 April. For full details
Joint roundtable - IAAC /Cranfield /UK Chevening Cyber Security Fellowship Programme
IAAC is pleased to announce a joint roundtable with Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and the UK Chevening Cyber Security Fellowship Programme.  The roundtable will be held on 30th April at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham near Swindon, exploring international cyber security issues, from 1100-1500. This will be an opportunity to meet six Chevening Fellows from India who will make opening statements, before inviting questions and discussion from the floor in a broad range of topics.  The Chevening India Fellows are: Anish Prasad  - Deputy Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation, Indian Police Service. Sanjay Kumar - Commandant of the Kerala Armed Police, also working in child protection and cyber security awareness. Munish Sharma – Researcher and consultant at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Co-Editor, ‘Securing Cyberspace: International and Asian Perspectives,’ Munish Chadha - Commander Indian Navy, working at the Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence, India. Kanishk Gaur, Operations Manager Cyber Intelligence Centre, Deloitte India Amit Kumar (Dubey) – Author of ‘Return of The Trojan Horse, Tales of Criminal Investigation’, National Security Expert and Cyber Crime Investigator. This promises to be a fascinating roundtable on the issues that affect us all and shed some light on those that are particularly Indian or British in character.  Places are strictly limited. To register your interest please contact info@iaac.org.uk no later than the morning of Friday 20th April 2018.
 IAAC Diversity Workshop Notes
Workshop Aim to develop practical steps for making diversity a natural part of our cyber security profession.  The ultimate aim is to bake diversity into the way we work and organise ourselves, as if it were diversity by design.  The notes of the workshop have been produced and are available here. The notes reflect on key considerations for approaching diversity from a design perspective.  It particularly examines user stories and workplace dynamics.   A date and time for a follow-up workshop will be announced shortly with a view to producing actionable guidance. The next following on Diversity is on 16 May 2018 at 10am in BCS London - register here.
3CDSE Three Counties Defence and Security Expo - 31.05.18
UK Cyber Security Members are offered a 20% discount on these tickets. Currently, delegate tickets are available to purchase at the early bird discount rate of £36.00 +VAT - with the discount each ticket will cost £34.56. www.3CDSE.co.uk/discounted-tickets Enter password: VIP203CDSE
DASA Recruiting
The MoD are currently recruiting for three key roles in DASA, based in London (co-located at Imperial White City) and Porton Down. Closing date is 3 April 2018. DASA Operations Leads (x2) https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi?SID=c2VhcmNoX3NsaWNlX2N1cnJlbnQ9MiZwYWdlYWN0aW9uPXZpZXd2YWNieWpvYmxpc3QmdXNlcnNlYXJjaGNvbnRleHQ9NTMzNTExNzUmY3NvdXJjZT1jc3FzZWFyY2gmb3duZXJ0eXBlPWZhaXImcGFnZWNsYXNzPUpvYnMmam9ibGlzdF92aWV3X3ZhYz0xNTc2NjI4Jm93bmVyPTUwNzAwMDAmcmVxc2lnPTE1MjA4NzE4NDUtOWUxNjUxZGY4MjRlY2JhYmM2ZDBlMDBkYmM0NjkyOTlhOTJlOTg4YQ== DASA London Innovation Partner (x1) https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi?SID=cGFnZWNsYXNzPUpvYnMmam9ibGlzdF92aWV3X3ZhYz0xNTc2Nzg2JnVzZXJzZWFyY2hjb250ZXh0PTUzMzUxMTc1JnNlYXJjaF9zbGljZV9jdXJyZW50PTImcGFnZWFjdGlvbj12aWV3dmFjYnlqb2JsaXN0Jm93bmVydHlwZT1mYWlyJm93bmVyPTUwNzAwMDAmY3NvdXJjZT1jc3FzZWFyY2gmcmVxc2lnPTE1MjA4NzE2ODAtZmRkMzhiMDQ3Y2E0NzNmNmIxOGUwNzIyZjIwNGUzYjVjZjQ2N2ZkYQ==
Free Online Network 
You might be interested in joining this free network run by one of our members.  It is the UK Cyber Network at www.ukcyber.net
DMARC and Quad 9
The Global Cyber Alliance (details of who they are below) are keen that you all know about their two schemes which are free to use and will help protect you and your clients.  They cannot understand why everyone is not using these and would appreciate any feedback from you on them about why they are not more widely used. I dont think they have had a lot of feedback from small companies – so any feedback you can give them would be much appreciated.  You can email Terry Wilson at twilson@globalcyberalliance.org Quad9 Quad9 is a free-to-use cyber protection platform which protects you from criminal web sites. Quad9 is a collaboration of the Global Cyber Alliance, Packet Clearing House and IBM.  To use it you need to change your DNS settings to 9.9.9.9.  If you are not familiar with DNS, go to www.quad9.net where there are simple to use videos and guides. Typically, this takes one minute to configure your PC or mobile device.  In just one day in 2017, Quad9 blocked people in 150 countries from accessing 1.4 million malicious web sites. DMARC DMARC is the simple, trusted solution that brings together email authentication protocols, and adds reporting and compliance. In just a few easy steps, you can set up DMARC today to protect your organization from email fraud. DMARC stands for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance It’s like an identity check for your organisation’s domain name. A DMARC policy allows a sender to indicate that their messages are protected and tells a receiver what to do if one of the authentication methods passes or fails – either send the message or reject the message to junk. DMARC also helps prevent accounts on your organisation’s website domain. There are monthly DMARC webinars which get good feedback 11 April 12:00 GMT 7:00EDT https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1175782938962669313 11 April 17:00 GMT 12:00EDT https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6279002332052475905 About the GLOBAL CYBER ALLIANCE  You are probably boarded with hearing constant news stories of Global cyber crime and how there are loads of sources of advise which you should be taking. The Global Cyber Alliance is a not for profit NGO who’s task is to combat the systemic causes of cyber crime rather than simply talking about it. Our philosophy is “do something and measure it” which implicitly is a way of saying “we don’t just talk about cyber”. As a not for profit we give all our solutions away as we are a genuinely altruistic organisation to combat  cyber criminals. Unlike law enforcement and other organisations our mission is solely prevention of cyber crime. We aim to remove the objections that most people have to adopting cyber solutions, these are often :
  • Prohibitive cost, hence our solutions are free to use
  • Complexity, hence we have ensured that our solutions can be understood by anyone and published in 13 languages
  • Privacy, hence we do not keep or sell personal information which included IP addresses
  • Transparency, as an NGO and not for profit we adhere to external scrutiny and make all of our solutions available to the share ware community
  • We believe that in the war against cyber crime security should not be a competitive advantage and that collaboration between “defenders” is key
77% of businesses can have their email spoofed such that a criminal can pretend to be them on line. In fact it’s is reported that 1 in 5 emails are a “spoof” email. 90% of cyber crime starts form a phishing link or email. This is where we started our mission. Our recent launch of www.quad9.net allows users to make a simple configuration per device (or per site) and gain protection from over 1million criminal sites. We do this by allowing users to point their DNS to our unique IP address at 9.9.9.9. Untechnical users can do this within 30 seconds once they have watched our easy to understand videos. DNS is like the “phone book” of the internet, it translates addresses like www.anydomain.com to an IP address which often looks like 192.168.0.1. All browsers and anything which uses a web name always uses DNS. All we have done is taken some of the existing DNS infrastructure within the internet and “inoculated’ it against web sites which contain viruses, malware or are cyber crime sires. This is not censorship or filtering as the user is free to browse content of their choosing or inclination but they are assured that the users are seeing what they intend, no users choose to contract a virus or to be tricked out of money. We combine 19 sources of intelligence on cyber crime sites, one of which is the IBM X-force platform. By running this through a complex algorithm we determine a constantly evolving list of over 1million crime ware sites Our unique business model means we are funded by altruistic donors. Many people say “it’s free there must be a catch”. We were initially funded by the New York District Attorney and founded by NY-DA and the City of London Police. Both of the world premier financial centres determined that fighting cyber crime using conventional techniques of prosecution within national borders was loosing ground against an international stateless force of mobile cyber criminals. Hence high scale prevention became the best option. The internet was formed in happier times by academics and cyber defence was not at it’s core, hence it’s often possible to pretend to be some one else on the internet. DMARC was a standard available to the internet since 2010. By using DMARC organisations can use DNS to confirm that they are who they say they are. DMARC and Quad9 combined is an incredibly powerful force. DMARC alone simply means that other people can not email pretending to be you or your business. Clearly victims are more likely to click on a link if it actually comes from the email of their actual bank not something similar to their bank. Also you are less likely to fall victim to a conventional fraud by email if you can trust the source. However, now combined with quad9 if you were to fall victim to a phishing scam we have massively reduced the chance of you being able to access the criminals site. Lets not forget that viruses are out there and everywhere and their main mission is to propagate before causing damage. Viruses almost always try and communicate with their creator’s control web site. Again this is where quad9 comes into play to prevent the virus accessing the control site. Where people have deployed quad9 we have seen reports of a 70% reduction in the number of times virus defences have detected an active virus. Of users who have deployed DMARC we have seen massive reduction in people pretending to be the legitimate business. HMRC as an example watched the number of spoof emails decrease from 500million per annum to 100million. It’s time to clean up the internet. We expect our water to be clean and drinkable, we expect our power to be reliable we want our phone and mobile signal to be there to call for the emergency services when we need them. We have become used to faster and faster internet and we become stressed when our internet connection is off air. However we tolerate an internet connection rife with viruses scammers and criminals. So to defend our selves we buy firewalls, virus protectors and much more, then  we still fall victim to cyber crime, is this right. We don’t tolerate our water supplier giving us dirty water and then expecting us to clean it ourselves then still get diseases as a result. Isn’t it time for the internet companies to adopt services such as quad9 so that we don’t have to have this conversation with the 150million businesses on the planet, the 4billion internet connected users and (next year) the 50billion IOT

Cyber Wales in the Press - Daily Telegraph - 23 March 2018

Published: 23 March 2018

In a series of features on "Cybersecurity for small business", journalist Rob Waugh quoted Cyber Wales in his article titled "What skills do we need to fight cybercrime?".


The article states that most small businesses mistakenly think that hackers will not target them, according to research by analyst KPMG, with 51pc believing they won’t be targeted.


This is, however, a myth. In fact, hackers now target small businesses as a matter of choice, says John Davies, Co-founder & Chairman of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster.


Mr Davies says: “Recently we have seen a huge rise in extortion attacks being aimed at smaller companies. It is far easier to get a thousand small businesses to pay £100 than it is to get a large corporate to pay off a £100,000 blackmail threat".


"These attacks are indiscriminate. The best possible advice to small businesses is to prepare. Thankfully, this has been made easier through the availability of a best-practice framework, developed in the UK and readily available for all companies".


The Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme has been designed to prepare businesses for the most common cyber threats and serve as a first step, along with the Small Business Guide, to improving cybersecurity awareness”.


The article also quoted Ciaran Martin the CEO of NCSC, Kevin Chapman an SVP at Avast, Cath Goulding the Head of IT Security at Nominet and John Shaw a VP at Sophos.

Digital Festival 2018

Published: 20 March 2018

Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May 2018 Wales Millennium Centre,  Cardiff, UK
6th Annual conference & Expo – 2,000+ delegates across two days Talk Tech, find funding and go global.  The international tech innovation event & expo.
Exploring megatrends like 5G, artificial intelligence, IoT - internet of things, Digital Festival attracts the young minds and start-ups turning concepts into reality.  The festival will have a start-ups and innovation zone, where emerging technologies and services are showcased to a global audience.  
It’s where the big players work with the business fledglings.  Major corps collaborating with smart start-ups, tackling challenges to growth.   Where companies head for inspiration, entertainment and new connections.
More on Digital Festival here: innovationpoint.uk/digital-festival
 
 
EXPO STANDS - DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD OFFER – valid until Friday 6 April. £1,200 – Expo Bench
£2,000 – 3 x 2m Shell Scheme
£500 – Expo plinth
 
Bespoke stand sizes available for those with a special sized stand. 

Digital Tuesday - 6th March

Published: 18 March 2018

Free the 5G and grow, grow, grow, grow, grow Yes, 2018 really is moving that fast.  Digital Tuesday is back on 6 March, this time we’re deep diving 5G Our thirst for data has reached insatiable levels.  Our lives depend on constant connectivity.  WhatsApp messages and Facetime have become our lifeblood.  WiFi is unreliable, and when on the move, unavailable.  4G networks, despite being relatively new, are already creaking under the pressure. 5G is the solution.  It’s set to be lightning-quick, operating up to 100 times faster than 4G, with the capacity to support the likes of augmented reality, autonomous transport networks, and millions of inter-connected IoT devices. It’s a growth enabler, for sure. But before we get to that point, there’s work to do... Innovation Point is putting together a proposal for The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport considering ‘Test Beds and Trials’ relating to 5G in Wales.  Digital Tuesday is your chance to get involved and share your thoughts on that bid. Hear from QinetiQ’s (global leader in defence tech consultancy) Anil Shukla & other 5G expert speakers. Also joining us will be Innovation Point’s chairman, Simon Gibson who’s worked in the networks and telephone communication industries for many years. Indulge in hot drinks courtesy of Celtic Manor, and take a moment to network with others at the heart of a 5G hot-hub. It’s the perfect after-work event for those of you creating emerging technologies of the future, too.  5G will open new realms for you to explore. Digital Tuesday will be jam-packed with like-minded explorers. Sign up here

Cyber Wales Trade Mission to Brussels – 28th February

Published: 18 March 2018

On the 28th of February 2018, Cyber Wales and the Welsh Government, with support from the Department of International Trade at the British Embassy to Belgium, is organising a Trade Mission to Brussels. This will be a focussed one-day trade mission programme for Welsh cyber security companies to meet potential clients and private partners in Belgium. Participation is free for Welsh companies but registration is required as we will work with the UK Department of International Trade and the Belgian L-Sec to specifically target clients and partners that match your profile. There will be an opportunity to pitch/demo your products to potential clients and partners as well as gaining valuable insight into opportunities within Belgium. Keynote speeches will be given by:-

  • Sir Julian King, EU Security Commissioner
  • Prof Mark Drakeford AM, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance
  • Alison Rose, British Ambassador to Belgium
  • Ulrich Seldeslachts, Belgian Cyber Security Cluster L-SEC
  • Fabian Vandenreydt, Executive Chairman B-Hive European Collaborative Platform
  • Luigi Rebuffi, Secretary General & Founder European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
  • Alain Courtois, Chief of Contracting, NATO NCI Agency
To register your interest to receive further details please contact Huw Roberts huw.roberts@gov.wales or Ruth Stockley ruth.stockley@gov.wales

Tech Nations: Towards the Next Generation of Franco-British Tech Trailblazers - Register by: 15th March

Published: 18 March 2018

To celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of our two countries and the huge strength of our regional cities, the British Embassy in Paris will be hosting a Franco-British workshop on 27th March 2018. 
 
This event will showcase the emerging hotbeds of tech innovation in both our nations and demonstrate what our tech cities have to offer. Through facilitating exchanges between British and French tech businesses, government officials, tech city representatives and the wider ecosystems, we will build on the global digital revolution and establish together inclusive tech strategies.
 
It will also offer an opportunity to proactively identify and accelerate city-to-city deals across regions in the UK and France, therefore reinforcing major city collaborations on three specific tech sub-sectors: Creative Industries, Cyber Security and Smart Cities.
 
A highly interactive format will be hosted by key thought leaders and will feature expert-led panels addressing today’s challenges and highlighting opportunities of a collaborative approach between the UK and France. These discussions will be followed by a series of thematic roundtable discussions, shaping the future of our trailblazing tech nations.
Click here to register

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 11th March 2018

Published: 11 March 2018

Good afternoon! Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

Close of CyberCollaborate Platform
Unfortunately it turns out that neither we (UK Cyber Security Forum) or Pervade Software have the bandwidth necessary to maintain and grow the CyberCollaborate platform. As you know, the UK Cyber Security Forum exists entirely with voluntary effort and this included all the work Pervade put into the development and maintenance of the CyberCollaborate platform. We are incredibly grateful for the work Pervade put into the creation of such a great platform but without us having the time to invest in it, we have decided it is not a viable project to continue.  Please take this as notice that the platform will be closed at the end of March.
City & Guilds development of Cyber Security Technologist qualifications and End Point Assessment
We are now in a position to develop both on-programme and end point assessment for the Cyber Security Technologist and would like to know whether you would be interested in assisting us in one of the following; 1.    Scoping content for the on-programme qualifications and reviewing final products 2.    Involved with scoping, but then assisting in the development of the on-programme qualifications and subsequent tests 3.    Scoping content for the end point assessment and reviewing final products 4.    Involved with scoping, but then assisting in the development of the end point assessment and subsequent assignments 5.    Register to become an Independent Assessor City & Guilds would happily welcome you to assist in more than one of the areas above and would ask that you email the Project Lead Harmohan (Harmohan.Pahuja@cityandguilds.com) to indicate how you or a colleague could like to be involved with the new development. Harmohan will be able to provide details on how much work is involved and the timetable we are working to in order to offer this Standard to the community.
CyberUK
A reminder that registration is now open for CYBERUK 2018 – the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) flagship event on cyber security, taking place in Manchester. From 10-12 April 2018, 1800+ delegates will attend events covering both strategy (CYBERUK Leadership) and delivery (CYBERUK In Practice) for a series of interactive sessions, talks and tailored workshops. A key goal for the event is to support a collaborative approach to cyber security across the UK. During CYBERUK 2018 we will aim to enhance existing and build new partnerships across Industry, Academia, Third Sector and Government. CYBERUK 2018 will facilitate a national conversation to help make the UK the safest place to live and work online. During the event we plan to use interactive walls, feedback stations, polling and social media to help us deliver a highly relevant and interactive event for all levels of cyber expertise. The call for papers to present on the Spotlight Stage is now open: don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard in an inspiring series of Lightning Talks. The aim of the NCSC is to deliver a truly diverse event where participants can share, challenge, learn and build new relationships in a relaxed and informal environment. Remember that, although not advertised, there is an SME rate (I think it is 50% of advertised price) but you will need to contact them to get this rate.  I (Emma Philpott) will be there on all three days (usually on the IASME stand) so I hope to see you if you go! ​More information available here.
Valuing the information Asset
The second workshop in the ‘Valuing the information Asset’ series will be run on 21st March 2018.  The event will be held at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street London, WC2E 7HA.  Coffee will be available from 0930 – workshop 1000-1300.  Please find attached notes from the first scoping workshop which outline the rationale for the research, discussion and findings. Our speaker will be Professor Chris Higson, Professor of Accounting Practice at the London Business School.  As noted in the attached, this workshop will explore the valuation of intangible assets from the perspective of the accountant and finance officer.  Our aim is to give security and finance professionals a mutual understanding of the issues at hand in valuing the assets we wish to exploit, grow and protect. The workshop is run in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering. If you would like to attend please register here. Any queries should be addressed to info@iaac.org.uk

ADS Japan Briefing - 20th March

Published: 09 March 2018

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to the following opportunity. 
 
ADS is planning to host a UK Pavilion at this year’s Japan Aerospace exhibition, which is due to take place on Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 November 2018 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center in Tokyo, Japan. To assist British companies to make an informed decision on whether to participate in this event, we are planning a half-day briefing on the Japanese market, both generally, and specifically in relation to the Japanese aerospace, defence and security sectors which is taking place on Tuesday 20 March
 
Provisional Agenda
 
09:30    Arrival and Coffee
10:00    Welcome (ADS)
10:05    The Role of JETRO (JETRO)
10:20    Overview of the Japanese Aerospace Market (Stuart Hatch, DIT)