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About the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster

The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster has been formed, under the umbrella of the UK Cyber Security Forum, by Pervade Software Ltd and Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP.

The aims of the Cluster are two-fold:-

  • To support the members of the cluster by communicating National and International initiatives and trade opportunities, providing a networking platform to share ideas and best practice, encouraging collaboration and identifying partnership opportunities so that small cyber security specialist businesses in Wales can find new ways to grow.

  • To support the UK Government's Cyber Security Strategy by building cyber security knowledge, skills and capabilities in Wales, to make businesses more resilient to cyber attacks and Wales one of the most secure places in the world to do business.

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All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 16 November 2021

16th November 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00


Two companies needed for the Final of the European Cybersecurity STARtup Award.

At this month's Cyber Cluster meeting we are going to be exploring the dark art of the “Dragons Den”.

There are a number of "Pitch Events" being run at the moment:-

  • In Wales – Global Welsh are running Den y Dreigiau a seed funding event on the 11 November
  • In the UK – The TechNation Rising Stars scale up programme just started across the UK
  • In Europe – One of a series of Investor Days is running at the European Cyber Week in Rennes on the 17 November
Cyber is officially the No.1 target market for funding and investment firms but why are they so interested and what are they looking for?

As you can see in the title of this month's meeting, we will be focussing on one particular series of events for the next few months. This is because Cyber Wales will be hosting the UK event in this ECSO (European Cyber Security Organisation) series in January.

We will be hosting it but not judging it - so our plan is to help any Welsh companies who are interested in dipping their toe into the seemingly dark waters of investment, starting with a virtual session at our meeting on the 16th.

First of all, don't be put off by the word “startup”…

A startup is typically a company that has been trading for less than 5 years. However, there are some exceptions such as where a major pivot has taken place leading to a change in product or business model especially where a new product has been launched. Some well established companies are considered startups if they are still carving out a place for themselves in the market or experimenting to find an offering or model that will provide stable growth. In short, it could be you!

Also, don't be put off by the word “European”…

ECSO, the European Cyber Security Organisation, is a privileged partner of the European Commission for the implementation of the Cybersecurity Public-Private Partnership with a remit to coordinate the development of the European Cybersecurity Ecosystem which includes the UK! So, Brexit notwithstanding, you are eligible to enter and win this Award.

So what's it all about…

ECSO ran the first STARtup Awards in 2020 with the grand final in February 2021. It was a great success and it led to amazing visibility and promotion for all the companies who took part.

In this year's Awards, there are 5 events across Europe and 2 companies from each event will go through to the grand final in February 2022.

The events are:-
  • 1. 14th October 2021 - A virtual event run by Eurobits, the European Competence Center for Security in Information Technology based in Germany. 8 companies battled it out, each giving a 5 minute pitch and then handling 5 minutes of questions. You can watch the recording of this event here ( The winners who will go forward to the grand final are NECT, a digital identity company ( and ZignSys, a smart transaction firm (
  • 2. 19th October 2021 – an online event run by Cyber4Growth, a business growth programme based in Luxembourg. A limited number of entrants competed and the 2 winners were Passbolt, a password manager solution ( and Devseis, an MSSP (
  • 3. 17th November 2021 – a live pitching event will be run as part of an Investor's day at the European Cyber Week (, a 5-day festival of cyber events run in Renne, France. 22 companies are lined up to pitch.
  • 4. 1st December 2021 – a live event will be run as part of an Investor's Day at Slush 2021 (, a two-day startup festival at Helsinki in Finland. 16 companies will have a chance to pitch to a largest gathering of investors on stage at the event.
  • 5. 18th January 2022 – a live event will be staged at the All Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting run by Cyber Wales. Members of the investor networks of TechNation and Global Welsh will judge the 5-minute pitches of a maximum of 8 cyber companies.
So, two of those companies will definitely become the last 2 of 10 Finalists in the ECSO Grand Final. They will join companies from all over Europe who will have taken part in the events in Germany, Luxembourg, France and Finland at the high profile event that will take place on 1-2 February 2022 in The Hague (The Netherlands).

However, although only two companies will go to the final, all 8 will have the opportunity to pitch their capabilities to investors who are active in the cyber security market.

This is an amazing opportunity to get some genuine feedback, raise the profile of your company or product and maybe even get some funding to catapult your organisation into new growth.

Come along to this month's Cluster to find out more.

In the meantime, feel free to drop an email to [email protected] for more information.

What exactly is a Soft Landing Programme? Find out at the October Cluster meeting!

Exploring business opportunities in another country is hard work. Combine communication challenges and cultural differences then add a wide variety of stumbling blocks such as visas, free trade zones, financial climates, business legal & regulatory dictates, immigration, accommodation, travel etc. and this process can be overwhelming.

Businesses support organisations and networking groups all over the world recognise the importance of exporting and/or inward investment to their members, their sectors, their industry and ultimately their national economy. When the subject matter is cyber security, the stakes are even higher because the adversary respects no borders and it is only through people and organisations from all over the world working together that we can hope to keep up with and gain the upper hand over malicious actors and the technologies they exploit.

This is where the concept of Soft Landing comes into it's own!

It is very disappointing therefore to find so few tailored soft landing programmes that are openly available to the people and organisations who need them.

Cyber Wales was not alone in forming its own version of a soft landing programme when we began back in 2014. As we got to know other cyber ecosystems around the world, we found that many had also created their own programmes but the disparities between the formats and offerings, as well as the difficulties in communicating the offerings from country to country made it very difficult to maximise the benefits of these programmes.

This is one of the key challenges that GlobalEPIC focused on after its formation in 2017 and today there exists a global network of cyber ecosystems who have aligned their soft landing programmes around a common framework making it as easy as possbile for people and organisations to find, explore, work, conduct research and collaborate with like-minded cyber professionals all over the world.

14 cyber security ecosystems stood together on stage at the 3rd European Cybersecurity Forum held in Krakow, Poland and became the founding members of the Global Ecosystem of ecosystems Partnership in Innovation and Cybersecurity (GlobalEPIC).

The organisation was founded to build a global community of innovation ecosystems who collaborate on projects and share expertise through an ever expanding network of diverse organizations all committed to "Network Globally, Benefit Locally".

Cyber Wales took pride of place at the launch, standing alongside a friend and colleague from Invest Surrey, committed to the development of cyber capability and resilience from its HQ in the City of Surrey in British Columbia, just across the Fraser River from Vancouver and sharing a border with the US State of Washington..

The City of Surrey is able to function as a "living Lab" for cyber innovation and its location makes it an ideal launchpad for business opportunities and/or research collaboration with the major North American cyber epicentres.

We are absolutely delighted to be joining with this amazing team from Canada to provide more information about the GlobalEPIC Soft Landing Programme that we have each been running in our ecosystems since 2018.

Join the All Wales Cyber Security Cluster October meeting for this very special session, to:-

  • Meet our friends from Canada;
  • Learn more about the opportunities the ecosystem of ecosystem brings; and
  • Find out what the Soft Landing programme offers to people and/or organisations
See you all there!

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All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 21 September 2021

21st September 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00


Could this be the birth of a new Welsh Cyber Cluster?

Join us for the next cluster meeting to explore the formation of a new partnership cluster to help tackle skills shortages in cyber in Wales.

We have had many discussions in previous cluster meetings about the skills shortages we experience as employers within the cyber industry, so in response to this, Cyber Wales is teaming up with Careers Wales and the National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC) to create a sustainable model for cyber cluster members to engage with schools and start working towards closing the skills gap.

The partnership, which will pair organisations with schools from their local area, will mean that your business will benefit from the support of a Careers Wales Business Engagement Advisor (BEA) to manage the relationship, and be able to utilise a tried and tested engagement framework provided by the NDEC, so that all you have to do is show up!

We know cluster members are passionate about engaging with education to help support the cyber industry here in Wales and so we want to make this as easy as possible for you to do, whilst having the greatest impact on pupils.

Come along on the 21st to hear about The Partnership, the engagement framework, and the benefits from getting involved. You will also be introduced to your local Careers Wales Business Engagement Advisor to kick-start the pairing process!

If the response is good and you all see value in this critical skills growth programme then this could be a brand new cyber security cluster in Wales - perhaps it will make a huge difference to the future of our Ecosystem.


14:00 Introduction to the Cluster
- Cyber in Wales - our 'Field of Diamonds'
- The Cyber Industry - Knowledge Areas, Topics, TTPs, Roles and Skills

14:20 Introduction to The Partnership
- Purpose & benefits
- Format
- Best practise

14:35 Careers Wales School Valued Partner Initiative & Business Exchange

14:45 Cyber First Schools & Industry Membership

14:55 Breakout sessions introduction and comfort break

15:05 Meet your BEA breakout sessions
- Businesses assigned to different groups in different rooms
- Introductions & swapping contact details

15:30 Sample a Training Session
- Engagement framework
- Progression pathways into cyber
- Promoting cyber in schools (curriculum links, resources & initiatives)

16:00 Close

Come along on the 21st to hear about The Partnership, the engagement framework, and the benefits from getting involved. You will also be introduced to your local Careers Wales Business Engagement Advisor to kick-start the pairing process!

If the response is good and you all see value in this critical skills growth programme then this could be a brand new cyber security cluster in Wales - perhaps it will make a huge difference to the future of our Ecosystem.

See you all there!

Link to join the event remotely - Teams Invitation

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 20 July 2021

20th July 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00


The first ever Cyber Wales event was the newly formed South Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting which ran in July 2014.

The meeting was officially opened by Dr Emma Philpott from the UK Cyber Security Forum who formally welcomed the new Cluster, the first open cluster to follow in the footsteps of the original Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, and spoke about some success stories of collaborative working in the Malvern Group.

The inaugural guest speaker was Professor Andrew Blyth from the University of South Wales who gave a very entertaining in-depth briefing on some of the forensics and vulnerability projects he has run for the police, GCHQ, government and private bodies in the university's multi-million pound security lab environment.

The meeting was hosted by Urquhart-Dykes & Lord and was attended by three prominent cyber companies namely Pervade Software, Westgate Cyber Security and Skybrid as well as representatives of the South Wales Police Cyber Crime Unit and Welsh Government's ICT Sector Team. Independent cyber security specialist consultants Meirion Morgan and Jeremy Creasey were also there as well as an organisation associated with the cyber community Thomas Carroll Group Plc who were creating cyber insurance cover. Yes, these were the 'Grand Originals' and anyone else who claims they were there is a liar :-).

From these small beginnings our amazing Cyber Wales Ecosystem has grown to become a globally recognised brand with almost 1,000 organisations collaborating and sharing best practice.

This morning, exactly 7 years after we started this journey, we had some fantastic news which is going to be a real game-changer for all of us!!!

At the risk of being a total tease, we - your 9 Cluster Managers - would like to share this news with you at the All Wales Cluster meeting on Tuesday.

We will take some time to reminisce about the highs and lows from last 7 years, let you know what has changed as of this morning, then turn our attention to a very bright future full of new possibilities.

Please come and join us next week and all will be revealed.

See you all there!

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EIC Cybersecurity Webinar - 6 July 2021

6th July 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00

Online Event

As the energy and utilities industries are digitalising their assets globally, coupled with the expanding reach of Big Data, the OT & IT infrastructure are becoming increasingly vulnerable and exposed to cybersecurity risks such as Phishing, Ransomware, Malware more than ever before.

The Middle East region has always been a strategic target for cyber attacks and 50% of these attacks are on the energy industry.

Hear more from EIC member companies on the typical cyber challenges & security threats they help companies to mitigate diligently in the energy industry using their services.

Benefits of attending:

  • Gain a better understanding of some of the common cyber security threats in the Middle East region, trends in the market.
  • Understand why cyber security is increasingly important to the energy industry and what steps are the companies taking to secure themselves and remain unaffected.
  • Understand the benefits of EIC Membership for companies in the space of cyber security
  • Hear business presentations from leading companies in the industry followed by a "Speedy Networking" session.
Event Sponsorship
Should you be interested in sponsoring this event please contact my colleague Baqhtawar Shaikh to find out about the packages available.

Webinar details & timings
Tuesday 6th July
13:00 - 14:00 UAE Time (10:00 - 11:00 UK BST time)
Free to attend for EIC Members
AED 100 +VAT for Non EIC Members

This cost-effective opportunity allows organisations to speak to their audience using our GoToWebinar and social media platforms, opening endless opportunities.
  • Company logo to feature on the holding slides during the webinar
  • Feature on EIC marketing emails which has the potential to reach over 40,000 energy contacts globally
  • Be addressed in the introduction opening and closing remarks
  • Company bio and contact details to be included in the e-vent
For full details of all benefits and for further information, contact Baqhtawar Shaikh

CyTReC Cybercrime Roundtable - 23 June 2021

23rd June 2021 | 11:30 - 13:00

Online Event

It is my pleasure to invite you to the upcoming virtual [Zoom] roundtable session on Wednesday June 23rd, entitled “Cybercrime: Improving Victim Support and Resilience” (11:30-13:00 BST). Join us virtually at the Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC), for a roundtable discussion with some fantastic national and international speakers to:

  • Identify and exchange knowledge on existing strategies, best practices and tools for supporting victims and building resilience against the impacts of cyber and ‘hybrid’ crimes.
  • Discuss creative ideas for new strategies, solutions and tools which may help practitioners to support victims, or victims to help themselves.
  • Further the policy and research agendas on responding to victimisation.
  • Prof. Cassandra Cross (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Claire Perrin (Cyber Protect Officer, South Wales Police)
  • Ricardo Estrela (Operational Manager at the Safer Internet Helpline, APAV - Victim Support Portugal)
  • Dr. Tarek Sharif (Executive Secretary, AFRIPOL)
  • Tom Edwards (Area Manager Wales, Victim Support)
  • Co-chairs: Sara Correia & Dr. Nnenna Ifeanyi-Ajufo (School of Law, Swansea University).
Panellists will provide unique insights on the strengths and limitations of current responses to cybercrime victimisation, as well as recommendations on how to improve the victim response. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to contribute their opening remarks, followed by a roundtable discussion, audience contributions and Q&A.

Register for this free event, share with colleagues who may be interested in attending and join the conversation on Twitter at #cytrec! Registration link:

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 15 June 2021

15th June 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00


It's all about SKILLS at this month's All Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting.

Up-Skilling, Cross-Skilling, Re-Skilling, Skills Transfer, the Skills Gap, the Skills Shortage and Cyber Skills Frameworks.

We are going to explore this broad, deep and thorny area of cyber and discuss some of the key issues facing the people and organisations in the industry.

Our guest speaker is from NCSC's Cyber First Skills Team and will be giving us an update on how the various schemes and programmes are doing.

Wales now has a large contingent of Cyber First Ambassadors and we will also hear from one of those Ambassadors who will be able to share some the challenges and successes of our efforts to grow the cyber talent pool in Wales.

Also, "UKC3" the 'UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration' group is launching as we speak. We heard from Richard Yorke, Chair of UKC3, at our March meeting when he gave a presentation on the new Cluster Governance Framework and we will be sharing some very exciting news about this new group which will help all of the Cyber Clusters in Wales!

IN addition, this quarter we have seen the first new Knowledge Areas being 'released for consultation' for CyBOK. This is a comprehensive Cyber Body of Knowledge to inform and underpin education and professional training for the cyber security sector. The CyBOK project aims to bring cyber security into line with the more established sciences by distilling knowledge from major internationally-recognised experts to form a Cyber Security Body of Knowledge that will provide much-needed foundations for this emerging topic.

The CyBOK in Practice virtual showcase event took place on the 2nd of March and was a resounding success, with over 200 attendees. Delegates came from academia, government and other public sector organisations including the NHS and law enforcement, as well as a from a wide range of educational and training bodies, industry, IT firms, consultancies and financial institutions. Delegates enjoyed a variety of presentations, including several CyBOK use cases to highlight how CyBOK can be used in both the professional and academic community. For example: Using CyBOK in the NCSC Cyber Security Degree Certification Programme; and NCSC Certified Training and Government Cyber Security Roles.

So, with the applications of the CyBOK constantly growing, we will also be hearing from Yulia Cherdantseva, Cybersecurity Skills Lead at Cardiff University who is a member of the CyBOK Executive Board.

We will go through the Knowledge Areas and explore how this framework can help with the classification and development of cyber skills.

See you all there!

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All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 18 May 2021

18th May 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00


An innovative partnership between the police, private sector and academia was launched on the 29th April in Wales to help businesses protect themselves against cybercrime.

The Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales has been funded by the National Police Chiefs’ Council National Cybercrime Programme, which secured £2million of government funding to establish a network on Cyber Resilience Centres (CRCs) across the UK to provide businesses and organisations with an affordable way to access cyber security services and consultancy to help protect themselves from attack.

The Centre will generate income through the supply of a broad mix of products and services. It is a not-for-profit organisation which means all revenue generated will be invested back into helping to keep businesses across Wales safe.

Core Membership is free and provides businesses with access to a range of resources and tools to help them identify risks and vulnerabilities, as well as providing guidance on the steps they can take to increase their levels of protection. The centre will have physical locations in both the north and the south of Wales to allow for easy access for local business.

The centre is headed up by Director Paul Peters, who is a Temporary Detective Superintendent seconded to the centre. Paul has worked closely with businesses across Wales to raise awareness of cyber threats and secure funding from Welsh Government to implement Cyber Protect initiatives across Wales.

Paul also attended the first ever Cyber Security Cluster meeting in Wales back in 2014 and has been a proactive member of the Cyber Wales ecosystem ever since.

At this month's meeting we will be joined by Paul and his colleague Mike Preston, a Detective Inspector who has seen firsthand the serious harm which can be caused by cybercrime and will be managing the WCRC with Paul.

We will hear about how the Centre is being run with input from an Advisory Board, a network of Trusted Partner cyber firms, a Cyber Expert Group of volunteers and selected up-and-coming Cyber Students.

This is a terrific opportunity to explore the ideas and aspirations of this innovative new Centre and find out how the cyber community in Wales can help the team to help support and protect businesses and third sector organisations in the country against cyber-crime.

See you all there!

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11 May 2021 | Two Full Days


CYBERUK 2021 ONLINE is taking place on 11-12 May and will feature an inspiring mix of keynote and panel sessions run live across two days, as well as a selection of pre-recorded content from the NCSC and our sponsors for you to watch in your own time on our branded CYBERUK You Tube channel.

What is CYBERUK?

In its physical form, CYBERUK is attended by 2,500 delegates and is the authoritative event for the UK's cyber security community. It demonstrates what we can do together as teams, as departments and as organisations to deliver a digital United Kingdom that leads the world in cyber resilience.

CYBERUK is an opportunity for the cyber security community to meet, discuss business needs, review the changing threat landscape and clarify their responsibilities.

CYBERUK events have a reputation for their energy, informality and ability to break down barriers. In 2021, participants from different sectors have the chance to virtually interact and collaborate online to solve real world problems.

Who should attend?

Strategy & Leadership Community: This event is attended by those with overall responsibility for cyber security in government departments and across central and wider government. There will also be a strong industry presence from across the UK and worldwide.

Cyber Security Professionals: Attendees will also include technology and cyber security professionals at all levels from across the public sector, Critical National Infrastructure and industry. All those who work in technology, digital security, procurement and data will come together and share the cyber security challenges they all face.

Day One Tuesday 11th May

  • 09:15-10:45 Opening Plenary - Day one
    * Welcome & introduction: Lindy Cameron, CEO, NCSC
    * Keynote: Jeremy Fleming, Director, GCHQ
    * Industry Keynote: Speaker Adam Palser, Ollie Whitehouse, NCC Group
    * Fireside Chat: Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO, SolarWinds and Paul Chichester, Director of Operations, NCSC
    * Panel Discussion: Lindy Cameron, Paul Chichester & Dr. Ian Levy, NCSC
  • 11:00-12:00 Supporting the development of secure connected places - a conversation
    Connected Places, often known as ‘Smart Cities’, can use data and interconnected systems to benefit the environment, increase efficiency and improve services. Gathering, processing and using this data can, however, create risks to privacy and, potentially, safety. This session, chaired by DCMS, will bring together those involved in the development, deployment and security of Connected Places for a discussion of the varied opportunities and risks presented by such environments.
  • 12:00-13:00 Professionalising cyber security: Building a firm foundation in education and skills
    The provision of education and skills development in the UK is extensive, with a variety of organisations and bodies providing courses and professional certifications that are relevant to cyber security. The Initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy document, outlined the need for a new, independent body to lay the structural foundations of the cyber security profession.
    Key to this ambition to professionalise the cyber security skills sector is the creation of the UK Cyber Security Council, a self-regulatory body for the industry that will serve as the voice for the profession and a focal point for education, training, skills and ethics in the sector.
    Bringing together speakers from the Council’s leadership, industry and government the panel will address key questions and issues affecting the sector today that will be focus areas for the Council.
    Moderator: Dr Ian Levy
    * Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure
    * Dr Claudia Natanson, Chair -Board of Trustees, UK Cyber Security Council
    * Andrew Elliot, DD Cyber Security Innovation and Skills, DCMS
    * Virginia Hodge, Director, Heron Associates
    * Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth, NCSC
  • 13:15-13:30 Ministerial address (tbc)
  • 13:45-14:30 Developments in Active Cyber Defence
    This session will focus on key ACD tools & services developed particularly in support of the UK COVID-19 response including:
    * Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS)
    * The NCSC Takedown Service
    * Early Warning
    * Logging Made Easy
    * Vulnerability Disclosure Toolkit
    * Exercise in a Box (EiaB)
    * MyNCSC
  • 14:30-15:30 Protecting consumer accounts: The role organisations play
    We will hear from industry representatives about the steps that are being taken to secure accounts – both behind the scenes to minimise the security burden on consumers and through the provision of empowering security advice communicated directly to consumers. This will be discussed against the backdrop of the evolving online threat to consumers as we explore the real world impact that cyber crime and cyber-enabled fraud is having on victims.
    Moderator: Nicola Hudson, Director Policy and Communications, NCSC
    * Kate Bevan, Editor, Which? Computing
    * Kevin Brown, Managing Director, BT Security
    * George Mudie, CISO, ASOS
    * Andrew Gould, Detective Chief Superintendent City of London Police
  • 15:45-16:30 Raising the bar across the UK – The economic and security impact of the Cyber Essentials scheme
    Focussing on Cyber Essentials and the impact it can have – both from a security and economic perspective. A case study of a women's refuge centre will be used to illustrate the importance of Cyber Essentials in the charity sector, where there may be a low technical understanding but high levels of threat. The growing ecosystem of local cyber security businesses across the UK driven by Cyber Essentials will also be explored.
  • 16:45-17:45 Protecting the NHS from ransomware during Covid-19
    We will close the first day of the event with a panel which takes a look back at the increased threat to health from ransomware during Covid 19. The panel will discuss the national collaboration between NCSC, NHSX, and NHS Digital as well as hear a local perspective on protecting the NHS and consider the local impact of national work.
    Paul Maddinson, Director Resilience and Strategy, NCSC
    * Ian McCormack, NCSC
    * Karen Dooley DD Cyber Security NHSX
    * Neil Bennett, NHS Digital
    * Steven Chilton, University Hospital Birmingham
Day Two Wednesday 12th May

  • 10:00-10:45 Opening Plenary – Day two
    * Welcome & review of Day One: Lindy Cameron, CEO, NCSC
    * The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State
    * John Lambert - Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center
  • 11:15-12:00 How do you solve a problem like cyber security for consumer devices? 'Secure by Design'
    Securing the landscape of consumer internet-connected devices is complex. It involves a multifaceted and pragmatic approach that can iterate over time, bringing together governments, standard bodies, industry and the security research community. In this session, the UK government will provide an insight into its Secure by Design programme of work, including an update on the proposed regulatory approach, the new European Standard on IoT security and the role of assurance schemes in implementation and compliance.
    The consumer association Which? and a representative of both Arm and the IoT Security Foundation will provide an insight into what more could and is being done, beyond legislation, to secure the devices of the future. <\li>
  • 12:15-13:00 Oh that was clever! When even jaded incident responders are impressed
    Join the NCSC’s Tech Director for Incident Management for a tour of some of the interesting technical aspects that have exercised (and perhaps grudgingly impressed) our incident management team over the last year. Unsurprisingly, there will be a lot of discussion of UNC2452 this year!
  • 13:15-14:00 Accelerating and Securing Cyber Innovation and Growth
    Alumni companies from the NCSC’s Cyber Accelerator programme will share their experiences of being a start-up in the UK, talking about the ups and downs and the support they have received to give a deeper understanding of their personal journeys. Chaired by NCSC’s DD Cyber Skills & Growth, Chris Ensor, they will also be joined on the panel by Andrew Elliot, DD Cyber Security Innovation and Skills at DCMS, who will talk about what the UK Government is doing to ‘build back better’ and an NCSC representative who will talk about the new start-up guidance launched in May 2021 and how this ties to the National Security and Investment Bill.
  • 14:00-15:00 In conversation with…
    * Emily Taylor, Chatham House, faciliates a conversation between:
    * Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, White House
    * Beth Sizeland, Deputy National Security Advisor
    * Lindy Cameron, CEO, NCSC
  • 15:30-16:30 Ransomware, the risk to schools and ways to prevent it
    This session which is being run by NCSC and the Department for Education will focus on ransomware, following a recent spate of ransomware attacks against the education sector. There will be an overview of ransomware and an exploration of how to back-up school data, and the NCSC Incident Management team will talk about managing a ransomware incident in a school or trust, ending with a high-level panel discussion on cyber resilience in the education sector.
  • 16:30-17:35 Emerging cyber trends – the expert view
    This closing panel will reflect on the content shared over the two days at CYBERUK 2021 ONLINE. Panellists will take the opportunity to look back at recent cyber trends; consider what cyber challenges may face us in the coming years; and what we can do collectively to tackle these threats.
    Moderator: Eleanor Fairford, Deputy Director, NCSC
    * Paul Chichester, Director of Operations, NCSC
    * Dr. Ian Levy, Technical Director, NCSC
    * Graeme Biggar, Director General National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), National Crime Agency
On Demand content

The following content will be available to view on demand from 11 May onwards:
  • Refreshing the 10 Steps To Cyber Security
  • Understanding Cyber Crises - Sarah Backman
  • Cyber Security for Small Organisations
  • Securing the Future: Emerging Technology and Futures Literacy
  • Preparing the UK for a Secure Future in Quantum Technology
  • Industry discuss their experiences and benefits of being part of the NCSC’s CyberFirst programme
  • How to make a difference locally
*Please note this agenda is subject to change

See you all there!

Cardiff University Annual Cyber Lecture Series - 28 April 2021

28th April 2021 | 15:30 - 18:00

Online Event

On Wednesday 28th April, Cardiff University will be launching the Cardiff University Cyber Lecture Series, a joint event series organised by the Cardiff University Innovation Network and Cardiff University's Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

Hosted by Cardiff University Honorary Professor Kevin Jones, Airbus, Chief Information Security Officer, the inaugural event of this series will take place virtually. This free, open to all webinar will feature internationally renowned experts who are thought leaders in the field of cybersecurity. Through lectures and panel discussions, the series will stimulate collaborative thinking on new and emerging cyber threats, trends and technologies.

Featuring leading global figures, alongside University cyber leads, this event will take place in the lead up to the UK's foremost cyber conference, CyberUK, the NCSC's flagship event. The Cardiff University Cyber Lecture Series forms a major event of the Welsh cyber ecosystem calendar, highlighting the growing cyber strength of Cardiff University and the region.


Date: Wednesday 28th April
Time: 3.30pm-5.30pm
Post Event Virtual Networking: 5:35pm – 6:05pm
Platform: Zoom
Chair: Dr Kevin Jones, Airbus CISO

Confirmed speakers; Paul Chichester, Director of Operations, NCSC, Fabien Lecoq, CTSO, Sopra Steria, Helen Rabe, Global CISO, Abcam, Vinny Hoxha, Deputy CISO, General Motors and Professor Pete Burnap Director of the Centre for Cybersecurity Research with an opening address delivered by Professor Colin Riordan, President and Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University.

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 20 April 2021

20th April 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00


Swansea University has launched a new £5.6m initiative within the University’s Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law (where we have run a number of Cyber Wales Cluster meetings over the years) called the Legal Innovation Lab Wales

The operation is a transformative research and development facility that supports collaboration between law firms, technology companies and security organisations, encouraging innovation in LegalTech, access to justice, and counterterrorism.

The Lab seeks to:-

  • Drive the development of a vibrant LegalTech sector in Wales;
  • Support the development of toolkits that enhance the business of law and access to justice, and
  • Enable the development of technological platforms and frameworks to support counterterrorism and security.

Supported by researchers and an in-house software development team, Legal Innovation Lab Wales encourages collaboration between academia, law firms, technology companies and other organisations.

Ben Riseborough, Project Manager at Legal Innovation Lab, will open with a couple of slides detailing the Legal Innovation Lab Wales project as a whole.

Stefano Barazza, Senior Lecturer of Law who has provided IP training for the staff of the UK Intellectual Property Office, will follow up with more information on the LegalTech side of things.

Sara Correia, Lecturer in Cyber Threats with research interests in Cybercrime, Fraud, Victimisation and Fear of Crime (who has been part of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem since it first began) will talk about the Cyber threats research centre.

As well as giving an overview of their activities, the team will include information on actual collaborations that they have already entered into with external partners, in order to showcase some examples of the kind of projects they are looking for.

If you have an idea for a new product or service that might support access to justice, legal services or the cyber threats work, the team would love to hear from you so pop along and join the session to find out more. Webinar on Cyber Training - 25 March 2021

25th March 2021 | 09:00 - 15:00

Online Event

I hope this message finds you well and in good health.

* Do you depend on ICT for your business?
* Do you have a problem with competence resources in cybersecurity in your organisation?
* Are you evaluating training your staff but you have a limited budget to do so?

If the answer is yes to one or more of the above questions, we would like to encourage you to attend (with no cost to you) the event titled “Effective training in cybersecurity in the new era of staff remotisation: Practical solutions, tools & opportunities” which will take place on the 25 March 2021 in a virtual environment from just 10:00AM to 4:30PM. Here the full agenda and speakers.

You can register for the event here:

By participating in this event you will hear from internationally-renowned cybersecurity experts about the possible solutions for improving the cybersecurity posture of your organisation. As an event take-away, you will also have the possibility to enrol yourself and/or some of your teammates in the training programme, an innovative online training platform newly launched. As early users, you will have the unique opportunity to use the platform for free, with a 6-month window for you to complete the courses!

The event is divided in two parts, with the morning dedicated to describing, in a comprehensive way, the current needs and options available for organisations when it comes to training their resources in cybersecurity. This is an even more pressing need, now that remotisation of work is playing such a relevant role for organisations of all sizes, including SMEs and micro-businesses. In this dynamically moderated event you will hear international experts present existing solutions and opportunities to increase cybersecurity competences in a practical way. Two panel discussions will highlight the main challenges of the global cybersecurity skills gap SMEs and organisations are facing today, while showcasing practical solutions to support their businesses.

A hands-on-session will follow from 2:30PM CET where the advanced training platform and its cyber range environment will be presented. You will have the opportunity to enrol yourself and/or your team in a free online training course (for you and your colleagues, to be enjoyed within the next 6 months) by speaking with a Tutor, who will support you in creating a specific cybersecurity training path customised to suit the needs of your organisation.

Interested? You can register for the event for free at this link:

We do hope you are free on 25 March Kind Regards The Team

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 16 March 2021

16th March 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00


The Cyber Security Clusters in the UK are evolving and the UK Government wants to help!

Cyber crime is still growing and cyber professionals from all over the world are constantly thinking of new ways to enlighten people and organisations to the threat whilst trying to keep up with bigger and more damaging cyber attacks. Cyber Security Clusters have proved their value time and again as a way to spread information and intelligence, share best practice and help cyber companies to form, join the fight and grow. Some of these Clusters pay a heavy price however if they fail to lay solid foundations, don't do the best for their members, don't manage themselves properly or become self-serving and we have seen Clusters form, flounder and die-off on the front lines of this battle.

Over the last year or so a number of the UK Cyber Clusters have been working behind the scenes with DCMS to explore ways to help Clusters to be more stable and help them to provide better services to their members with support from the UK Government. The Cluster Working Group has been developing an Operating Framework which will provide a foundation for new Clusters to adopt and to standardise the way existing Clusters work.

Richard Yorke, a founder member and director of Cyber Cheltenham CIC (CyNam) who is recognised in the cyber industry for being the founder of Deep3, formed in 2014, which grew and thrived and was acquired by CACI Ltd in 2019. Richard has coordinated the Cluster Working Group to the point where the Framework has been accepted by the majority of Clusters and by DCMS who are working towards a Governance Model that will enable UK Government to provide formal funding for some cluster activities.

We are looking forward to hearing from Richard all about this important work that demonstrates that the Clusters of the UK are rallying around a common vision and mission and, through doing this, aligning themselves much more closely with UK Govt and the Depts that support the cyber community.

In addition...

Tracy Buckingham, Deputy Director Operations and Head of Security and Cyber Exports within DIT DSO who has also worked on MoD and Counter Terrorism projects will be joining us along with Peter Thompson, Assistant Director for Cyber Security Exports who has also served as a Home Office Policy Lead.

Together Tracy and Peter have carved out a dedicated place for Cyber Security within the Defense and Security Organisation in DIT which has paved the way for new and exciting opportunities for cyber companies interesting in exploring new markets.

So we can also look forward to a briefing and the first of many updates as this new era of cyber export possibilities.

See you all there.

Link to the Richard's Slides - Here

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 16 February 2021

16th February 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00


Here we are, knee deep in another Covid Lockdown we decided to talk about business growth opportunities.

Many small businesses, who managed to survive the first wave of Covid, are suffering more this time round. What we need now are ideas, encouragement and being pointed in the right direction to help find innovative new ways to market ourselves, identify and attract prospects and generate revenue in this strange new business environment.

We were joined by The Development Banc of Wales which was formed 20 years ago and are committed to helping.

The Banc's stated aim is to unlock potential in the economy of Wales by increasing the provision of sustainable, effective finance in the market. They achieve this by directing public funds to where they can have most impact - on a larger scale, at a faster speed, and in a sustainable way.

Simon Thelwall-Jones, Director of Technology Ventures and his colleague David Blake, Investment Executive gave a presentation about the Banc, the criteria used to decide which companies to help and the processes involved in an engagement.

Simon has worked in the venture capital/private equity industry since the early 1990s. During his career he has had both new investment and portfolio roles, and also been involved in corporate M&A, for both private and public companies, creating substantial value for SME/corporate stake holders.

David Blake is a fully qualified member and fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants who has worked in the power generation, ad-tech, medical device and defence industries. He has previously developed a block-chain based application as well as started a software as a service (SaaS) accountancy reporting business.

We also made time for an open chat and shared ideas and experiences to help your fellow Cluster members.

Link to the Slides used at the event - (DBW Slide Deck)

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster Meeting - a look back at 2020

19th January 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00


For our first meeting of this New Year we are going to merge the CTF Cluster meeting with the All Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting to run a really unusual joint session.

"That was the year that was" - those of you of a certain age will know what year Tom Lehrer was describing in his famous album but I'm sure he would agree that 2020 was a strange year for everyone. It has been a challenge for many people and a growth opportunity for others. There are some great examples of people pulling together during the year along with some heart-warming success stories in the Cyber Wales Ecosystem and indeed, Cyber Wales istelf has grown and developed in ways we could not have predicted.

We are going to have a positive and good-natured look back on 2020. We will canter through the year looking at it from the perspective of both the Oldest Cyber Cluster in Wales and the Newest Cyber Cluster in Wales and chat about the speakers, the venues and the things that were going on around us as the year progressed.

For example:-

  • British Cyber Ambassador to the USA
  • CIISEC and the doomed 6 Nations
  • NHS Call to Arms
  • Cyber in the British Armed Forces
  • HackTheBox, VulnHub & Immersive Labs
  • HARMA Virus and SMBGhost
  • GlobalWelsh
  • Germany, the Middle East and Japan
  • Launch of Cyber Coleg Cymru
  • Wrexham and Cardiff and USW CTFs
  • Digital Wales, NDEC
  • UK National Police Cyber
  • Digital Leaders
  • Cyber Innovation Showcase
  • Finding missing persons in the USA
  • Learning to pass OCSP from OWASP
  • and of course the NCSC who saved us all 100 times over and we didn't event know it!

For those of you who were at the meetings, this will be a wonderful reminder of the fun we had.

For those of you who didn't manage to get to all the meetings, this will be a chance to see all of the amazing things that have happened to the people and the organisations that make up the Cyber Wales Ecosystem in all our crazy diversity.

So, if you are wondering what to do next Tuesday afternoon that will make you smile, then feel free to join in this open and interactive homage to the year that never was at the next Cyber Wales Cluster session.

Link to the event -

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