UK Cyber Forum Update – 28 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!

UK Cyber Forum Update – 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.

UK Cyber Forum Update – 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.

Neuro-diverse Training Course needs speakers – Deadline: 18 July 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

UK Cyber Forum Update – 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.

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 13th 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, LORCA’s 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.

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 17th 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 IASME’s 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

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 1st 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 Majesty’s 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. 

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 9th 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 Majesty’s 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.

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 13th 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