About the Cyber Wales Clusters
Cyber security clusters are informal networking groups of people and organisations who work in, or have an interest in, cyber security. The aims of the Clusters are two-fold:-
Cluster meetings are held monthly, in both South Wales and North Wales, at a variety of locations and they are free to attend.
Cyber Wales Clusters
Education & Training
Representatives from HE, FE, Schools and training companies explore the challenges cyber education.
Women in Cyber
Networking and support for women working (or hoping to work) in the cyber industry in Wales.
Capture the Flag
Demystifying the gamification of cyber security and accelerating the development of key cyber skills.
Critical National Infrastructure
Exploring the threats to Information and Operational Technology in Critical National Infrastructure.
Examining the details and latest updates in data privacy regulations in the UK and around the world.
South Wales Cluster
A cyber networking group to share initiatives, best practice and opportunities across South Wales.
North Wales Cluster
A cyber networking group to share initiatives, best practice and opportunities across North Wales.
Background to the formation of Cyber Security Clusters
In response to this classification, the Government published the UK Cyber Security Strategy in November 2011. It sets out how the UK will support economic prosperity and protect national security by building a more trusted and resilient digital environment.
Four Strategy Objectives were published in the UK Cyber Security Strategy: Each year, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, has provided a Progress Report explaining what has been implemented to prevent cyber crime and make the UK a safer place to do business. For example: In addition to these Government initiatives, indirect support is also provided for individuals, organisations and groups who want to make a contribution to the combined effort of achieving the UK Cyber Security Strategy Objectives.
A good example of this is the formation of Cyber Security Clusters.
A number of Clusters have been formed that are centred around universities. There are 12 centres for excellence in academic research in this field, where the body of knowledge on cyber crime and cyber security is being expanded by students and faculties. These Clusters increasingly involve input from specialist cyber security companies and organisations who’s “real-world” experience helps to accelerate the learning process and act as a catalyst for ideas and a proving ground for innovation.
More recently, Clusters have started forming comprised entirely of small businesses. This approach was pioneered by the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster - a group of more than 50 small cyber security companies, centred in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, who cooperate on a range of initiatives to grow their cyber security businesses, improve the cyber security of local enterprises, and also raise awareness of cyber security in their combined customer base.
The success of the Malvern Cluster has led to the formation of a UK Cyber Security Forum under which a number of new Clusters are being formed. These include the North West, North East, Cambridge, London, South Wales and more are springing up all the time.