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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 year’s 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.
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.
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.
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.