CyberUK – Glagow – 24 April 2019

CyberUK – Glagow – 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.

Cyber Wales at RSA, San Francisco – 6 March 2019

Cyber Wales at RSA, San Francisco – 6 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 Firm’s 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.

Japanese Cyber Summit, Tokyo – 27 February 2019

Japanese Cyber Summit, Tokyo – 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, CEO 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.

Cyber Wales members chosen for LORCA – 8 January 2019

Cyber Wales members chosen for LORCA – 8 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!

European Cyber Week – Rennes – 19 November 2018

European Cyber Week – Rennes – 19 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 David’s 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 it’s role on the Global stage.

 

CYBERSEC EU – Krakow – 8 October 2018

CYBERSEC EU – Krakow – 8 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.

Cyber Security Week – The Hague – 4 October 2018

Cyber Security Week – The Hague – 4 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.

Launch of the Dubai Cyber Security Cluster – Dubai – 30 September 2018

Launch of the Dubai Cyber Security Cluster – Dubai – 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 UAE’s 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.

Launch of Women in Cyber Cluster – Newport – 18 September 2018

Launch of Women in Cyber Cluster – Newport – 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 University’s 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.

SIN2018 – Cardiff – 12 September 2018

SIN2018 – Cardiff – 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.