Cyber Wales St David’s Day Event – Brussels – 28 February 2018

Cyber Wales St David’s Day Event – Brussels – 28 February 2018

On the eve of St David’s Day, the feast day for the patron saint of Wales, Cyber Wales and the Welsh Government, with support from the Department of International Trade at the British Embassy to Belgium, organised a Trade Mission to Brussels.

Throughout the day, a diverse group of Cyber Wales Cluster members, including 10 companies and 3 universities, were able to make short presentations to potential clients and private partners in Belgium and enjoy several networking opportunities to mingle with the attendees.

Participating companies included; Acuity DataGuardCardiff University Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security AnalyticsAstrix Integrated Systems, Awen Collective LtdCapital Network Solution LtdCrypto QuantiqueMorgan & MorganPervade Software, Safonda LimitedSwansea University – CHERISH Digital Economy Research Centre, University of South WalesWolfberry, and Xcina.

The event was also attended by representatives of other Global Cyber Ecosystems including L-SEC from Belgium, The Kosciuszko Institute from Poland, both fellow founding member of the GlobalEPIC (the Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnerships and Innovation in Cybersecurity), and the Bretagne Cyber Valley from Brittany, France.

Keynote speeches were given by:-

  • Sir Julian King, EU Security Commissioner
  • Prof Mark Drakeford AM, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance
  • Alison Rose, British Ambassador to Belgium
  • John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster
  • Ulrich Seldeslachts, Belgian Cyber Security Cluster (L-SEC)
  • Fabian Vandenreydt, Executive Chairman B-Hive European Collaborative Platform (B-Hive)
  • Luigi Rebuffi, Secretary General & Founder European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
  • Alain Courtois, Chief of Contracting, NATO NCI Agency

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.

The day’s programme culminated in a fantastic networking reception at the Residence of the British Ambassador, HMA Alison Rose, jointly hosted by The Cabinet Secretary for Finance for Welsh Government, Mr Mark Drakeford AM.  More than 300 business people from Belgium, France, Brittany & Poland attended the event which featured specially imported Welsh cuisine like Welsh Cakes, Bara Brith and drinks from the Penderyn Distillery including seaweed flavoured gin!

A massive THANK YOU to Huw Roberts huw.roberts@gov.wales and Ruth Stockley ruth.stockley@gov.wales for all the hard work that went in to organising this wonderful event.

CyberTech 2018 – Tel Aviv – 30 January 2018

CyberTech 2018 – Tel Aviv – 30 January 2018

Cybertech Tel Aviv 2018 Conference & Exhibition, drew more than 15,000 visitors from around the globe, and over 200 companies exhibited their innovative technologies and solutions in the cyber domain.

This is the flagship event for CyberSpark, the Israeli Cyber Innovation Arena in Beer-Sheva. A joint venture of the Israeli National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office, Beer Sheva Municipality, Ben Gurion University of the Negev and leading companies in the cybersecurity industry.  CyberSpark are also a Founder Member of GlobalEPIC (the Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnership and Innovation in Cybersecurity) alongside Cyber Wales.

Cyber Wales representative, Dr Kevin Jones, Head of Cyber Security Architecture, Innovation and Scouting at Airbus attended the event and joined representatives from other GlobalEPIC ecosystems on a panel discussion on the need for global collaboration on cyber challenges.

Kevin also spoke at the event on ICS/SCADA security, a particular area of specialty for the Airbus team in Newport, Wales and for Kevin himself.

Launch of IP Wales Cluster – Swansea – 17 December 2017

Launch of IP Wales Cluster – Swansea – 17 December 2017

Dr Kerry Beynon, representing Cyber Wales was at the launch of the new IP Wales Cluster in the Great Hall of the amazing new Swansea University campus.

In October, Hillary Clinton visited the Campus to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of her commitment to promoting the rights of families and children around the world and to unveil a commemorative stone to mark the renaming of Swansea University’s College of Law & Criminology to the “Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law”. Hillary Clinton’s family originates in Wales with Great Grandparents from Abergavenny, Llangynidr and Pembrokeshire who emigrated to the USA to start the famous Pennsylvania family.

The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law sponsored the launch of a new member of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem – the IP Wales Cluster – being run in conjunction with IP Wales, an award winning business support initiative operating out of the School. IP Wales recognises that cybercriminals are increasingly coming to recognise the value of confidential data held by Welsh SMEs, be it sensitive information about the business operation or customer information.

The aim of both IP Wales and the new IP Wales Cluster is to help Welsh SMEs in their use of the Intellectual Property system with close working relationships with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the UK Intellectual Property Office. Andrew Beale, Associate Professor at Swansea University gave a presentation on the IP Wales Cybercrime initiative (2017-2020).

Dr Kerry Beynon of Acuity Legal, is a Trustee of the University and works hard to protect the IP of organisations large and small.

Cyber Threat Summit – Dublin – 24 October 2017

Cyber Threat Summit – Dublin – 24 October 2017

Now in its seventh year, this year’s Cyber Threat Summit had a very European focus.

The largest event of its kind, this year attracted cyber security experts from all over Europe to discuss all aspects of cyber security including issues such as GDPR and the NIS Directive. There were three distinct streams running concurrently; “Strategic”, “Operational” and “Technical”. Delegates also saw the introduction of a Cyber Startup Zone giving innovators a chance to shine and network with potential investors.

Cyber Wales representatives, Jason Davies Founder & Chair of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster and John Davies Co-founder and Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, attended the event to fly the flag for Cyber Wales.

John was a main stage speaker at the event as a Country Representative for Wales.

Representatives from each European Member State were invited to present on the state of cyber security in their countries, current cyber threats and examples of innovations in cyber security emerging from their cyber communities.  John described the flourishing ecosystem in Wales, shared the recent announcement about the launch of GlobalEpic and assured delegates that Wales was open to collaboration and partnerships across Europe and beyond regardless of BRexit.

GlobalEPIC Launch – Krakow – 8 October 2017

GlobalEPIC Launch – Krakow – 8 October 2017

Cyber Wales took pride of place at the launch of the new GlobalEPIC initiative at the 3rd European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC 2017 in Krakow, Poland as one of the 14 founding members bringing together the world’s foremost cyber security communities from 10 countries spanning 3 continents.

Representing Cyber Wales at the launch were John Davies Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, Jason Davies Founder & Chair of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster and Nadine Payne Business Development Office at Cardiff University Research & Innovation Services.

The Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems Partnership in Innovation and Cybersecurity (Global EPIC) has been founded to enable the future securely through the development and sharing of new knowledge in the field of cyber security – leading to societal, economic and technological impact in a timely fashion. It will do this by building a global community of innovation ecosystems who will collaborate on projects and share expertise through an expanding network of diverse organizations.  This initiative will see 14 global ecosystems co-creating and adopting world-changing solutions to high-impact cybersecurity challenges, both current and emergent. The ecosystems involved come from 10 different countries spanning three continents, reflecting the truly global nature of the partnership.

Cybersecurity threats are a global challenge disrupting local modern living. That hardly a day goes by without news of yet another harmful attack, suggests our current approaches to cybersecurity are failing. Isolating cybersecurity as its own ‘special domain’ misreads its inherent embodiment in all sectors and levels of society. Consequently, new approaches need development if we are to achieve the global and local benefits offered by cyber and cyber-enabled technologies.

14 leading global cybersecurity ecosystems

Across the globe, ecosystems that bring together academia, industry and government operate to respond to cybersecurity threats and enable economic development opportunities. The 14 involved ecosystems have largely developed independently, driven by local and national objectives. The leaders of these keystones have become aware that the challenges of cybersecurity require global paradigm-shifting partnerships and cooperation that reflect regional and local imperatives. Underpinning this perspective is a conscious attempt to ‘glocalise’ – localise the global and globalise the local.

Dr Godfrey Gaston, director of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), one of the co-founding organizations, said “The formal launch of Global EPIC represents an escalation of global cybersecurity innovation ecosystem collaboration to tackle head on the challenges citizens, businesses and governments face in supporting the shift to an interconnected digital economy.  It is a win/win for organizations and regions involved and we at CSIT are proud to be a founding keystone organisation.”

Izabela Albrycht, chairperson of the Kosciuszko Institute and chair of the CYBERSEC Organizing Committee said, “Building a global knowledge sharing community with cross-sectoral stakeholders is a must, in the face of rapidly expanding cyberthreats. Today, here in Krakow, we are laying the foundations of the partnership which, as we hope, will bring innovators at the forefront of the fight against emerging cyber-challenges.”

“I expect important economic benefits, such as job creation, revenue enhancement and investment,’’ noted Dan Craigen, director of Carleton University, Canada’s Global Cybersecurity Resource (GCR), which equips high growth companies with the skills, resources and linkages required to develop novel cyber products and services, with the explicit intent that companies must scale globally and securely to succeed.

CyberSpark, Israel CEO Roni Zehavi said the organization ‘commences a new era, on which the being and doing at the local level would turn into a sustainable and well-orchestrated operation at the global one’.

Global EPIC has set a target of 50 member cyber security ecosystems by October 2020. The 14 ecosystems in the group at present are:

  • bwtech@UMBC (Baltimore, U.S.A.)
  • Centre for Secure Information Technologies – CSIT (Belfast, U.K.)
  • Cyberspark (Be’er-Sheva, Israel)
  • CyberTech Network (San Diego, U.S.A.)
  • Cyber Wales (Cardiff, U.K.)
  • Global Cybersecurity Resource – Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)
  • Innovation Boulevard (Surrey, Canada)
  • INCYDE (Madrid, Spain)
  • LSEC (Heverlee, Belgium)
  • Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy)
  • Procomer (Heredia, Costa Rica)
  • The Hague Security Delta (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • The Kosciuszko Institute (Krakow, Poland)
  • The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC), University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Canada).

Content from an article posted on October 16, 2017 by Nitin Dahad in The Next Silicon Valley online magazine