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.
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 email@example.com so we can include your capability in the offer.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 – email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (UK) email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com and we will update our records accordingly.
Other information of interest
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.