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A huge THANK YOU from NHS Wales to the Cyber Wales community


Last Wednesday at 4pm Cyber Wales received a request for help from NHS Wales.

We immediately sent out a CALL TO ACTION to the 2,000+ members of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem, this is what it said…

As you can imagine, the medical staff have really got their hands full at the moment but they are not the only ones. The IT staff, short-handed as they are, are up to their ears in work as well.  Many of the hospitals and medical centres around Wales have just received new Desktops and Laptops which will be a massive help as they tackle the increasing demand.  However, may of the contractors that they use to handle much of the basic workload, such as imaging, configuration and securing new end points have downed tools, either through being short-staffed or through unwillingness to travel.

Just to give you an idea of the scale of the problem, one hospital just took delivery of 1,000 machines and they have no-one to set them up. That is just one hospital and this situation obviously exists all over Wales (in an NHS building near you!)

So…  Are any of you able and willing to lend a hand?

This could be visiting sites to set up machines or dialling into sites to set up by RDP or it could be receiving machines, setting them up and sending them back again – or any possible solutions you can think of that will achieve the same result.  It could also be any bright ideas or best practice you may have been involved with (such as clever ways to set up mass PXE builds) that would help the onsite teams to do this job faster.

All hands to the pumps folks, your NHS needs you at this most trying of times.  Please respond directly to Nick Lewis.  I’m sure most of you know Nick from the Cluster meetings and the amazing talk he gave about cyber challenges in NHS Wales last year – well, things are even more challenging right now and he’d love to hear from you.

Within an hour Nick had received over 200 emails with offers of support from IT SysAdmins and Cyber folks from right across Wales – from Bangor to Wrexham and from Pembroke to Chepstow and all over Mid Wales.  Word continued to spread and through Thursday and Friday there was a steady stream of volunteers including people from outside of Wales such as the MoD in Bristol.  Other networks also picked up the call such as the DevOpsGroup and DCMS which was a huge help taking the total number of volunteers to over 400!

The Alacrity Foundation, who have a long-standing relationship with the Cyber Clusters, stepped up to the plate and helped to communicate the challenge to the NCSC i100 Network – proving the strength in depth of the collaborative networks in Wales and beyond.

This morning NHS Wales released a special Thank You message to Cyber Wales – let’s keep the momentum up folks and help the people who are trying to help us!


MSPO 2020 DIT UK Pavilion – Event: 8-11 September 2020


The Department for International Trade Defence & Security Organisation (DIT DSO), with Intec Export Intelligence, is organising the UK Group and Pavilion at the forthcoming International Defence Industry Exhibition – MSPO 2020 – in Poland from 8th – 11th September 2020.

Further details for this event are available. If you have any questions please direct them to:

For stand bookings and invoicing details contact:
James McInnes – Intec Export Intelligence, The Old Candlemakers, West Street, Lewes BN7 2NZ
E: jmcinnes@intecuk.com

For country information please note the following:
Latha Arun is currently out of office until mid April, please contact Afolake Johnson, E: Afolake.johnson@trade.gov.uk

Regards
Alexandra Clarke | Business Support Officer | Defence & Security Organisation |
Department for International Trade


JSaRC Call for COVID-19 Products & Solutions – Deadline: Open


Please find below a communication that has been issued to the security industry and academia by the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC).

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been many offers of products and solutions from industry and academia received across Government. These are many and varied. However, considering the complexity of the virus and its broad impact, many of these offers are possibly not being received by the relevant departments. It is important that there is centralised co-ordination of these ideas, so they are considered and reviewed appropriately.

As such, JSaRC is co-ordinating the receipt and detail capture of innovative and practical ideas from the security industry and academia regarding solutions and products that could be utilised, further developed or re-purposed in order to help the Government’s response to COVID-19.

This exercise is an ‘information capture’ activity and responses will be collated and shared across Government and the public sector. Responses and content considered workable and useful will be followed up as necessary. Relevant government teams are obviously under pressure and our country’s response is evolving fast. You should not necessarily expect a direct response to your ideas but JSaRC is committed to collating and distributing responses to the relevant government teams.
Ideas can be submitted by email to JSaRC@homeoffice.gov.uk. Title your email ‘COVID-19 Products and Solutions Response’. Include the following:

* Name of organisation, name and role of main contact, email address and telephone numbers.
* Details on your idea and product maturity level (using 250 words or less).
* How your idea can be used in relation to COVID-19 (using 250 words or less).

Please note:
* All responses must be submitted as detailed above.
* Please do not include attachments or web links.
* This is not a formal competition or call, so there will be no follow-up communications unless there is a requirement for further detail.
* All information received as part of this activity will be treated in confidence.

New technology challenge to support people who are isolating
Funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of COVID-19. Full details are available here.

COVID-19 supply of ventilators and ventilator components
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the United Kingdom as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19. They are seeking suppliers with the ability to design, manufacture in addition to those who have or could provide medical training or logistics capabilities. Further details, including how suppliers can respond is available here.

Hugo​ Rosemont
Director ‑ Security and Resilience Sector
ADS
Hugo.Rosemont@adsgroup.org.uk


ECSO Cyber Matchmaking Virtual Event – Deadline: 6 April 2020


Firstly, I would like to thank you for your kind help in supporting the communication of our Cyber Investor Days.

Taking into account the current situation in Europe, we have decided to make Cyber Investor Days an entirely VIRTUAL event. We do not want to cancel or postpone the event, because we believe that by keeping the event we could demonstrate our support to the entire community of startups and SMEs, as well as to send a strong message to the wider business community.

Given the societal changes we all have had to adapt to these past weeks, we have extended the deadline for startups and SMEs application until Monday, 6 April, midnight CET. Therefore, I would like to ask you share this message with your network, as there might have been companies which hesitated to apply because of uncertainty of the current situation in Europe.

I am also sharing with you the updated application form and application guidelines (attached), as well as announcements on social media to be used for communication:

LinkedIn announcement: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6648241566722990080
Twitter announcement: https://twitter.com/ecso_eu/status/1242470599890534400

I thank you in advance for sharing this important update with your network. Should you have any questions or remarks about the event, do not hesitate to contact me.

With my best regards and good health wishes,

Milda Kaklauskaitė
Policy and Communications Manager
European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
E-mail: milda.kaklauskaite@ecs-org.eu


COVID Advice from TechNation Wales – 23 March 2020


I’m reaching out because we find ourselves in world-changing times and it’s clear from the conversations I’ve been having with people in the last few weeks that everyone has been deeply affected in one way or another.
If anyone wants to have a quick call for a chat, please just let me know. It doesn’t have to be about work, happy to just talk about anything if you just want a distraction for a few minutes and could do with someone to talk to.
While we’re all adjusting to the situation, there are a number of ways that organisations are trying to help so I’ve put together some links in this email that may be helpful to you.
Also, there are links to two short surveys. One from the Wales Covid-19 Tech Taskforce and one from Tech Nation. It is vital that we hear from you about your concerns and struggle as a business at this time. Please take less than 10 minutes of your day to fill these out as your responses will help shape the support that will be provided in the coming months
Latest Information:
Wales:
The Wales Covid-19 Tech Taskforce has formed and brings together organisations from across different sectors and industries to share resources on best practice of dealing with Coronavirus pandemic. 
 
Take a look at the Resources page to find National and Wales-focused updates and information from people like British Business Bank, Dev Bank Wales, Welsh Gov, HM Treasury, Bank of England and more.
 
National:

Tech Nation will be blogging regularly about policy interventions the Government is making to support businesses. The blog is updated regularly so please continue to check it for the latest information.

However, for the details of individual policies from Government, we recommend you regularly visit the Government’s Coronavirus webpage

For details of specific financial support – with the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme eligibility and details due next week – visit the dedicated pages of the British Business Bank

The Chancellor has made an announcement last week regarding paying a percentage of people’s wages, capped to a certain amount. For more information, check the Government’s GOV.uk’s page for employers. 

If you are in the middle of a fundraise, we put this blog together, following a webinar session with over 100 founders and CEOs last week, who are doing precisely that. 

In the meantime, if you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated tax helpline on 0800 0159 559. The UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy also has a business support helpline: 0300 456 3565.

Have Your Say:

Understanding how your business is being affected is hugely important to us – we are working with the Government to inform further actions and interventions. It would be hugely valuable to us if you could spare some time to complete two very short surveys for us. 

Wales:

To aid the Wales Covid-19 Taskforce please fill out this survey (2 mins) – this is our best indication for the Tech Task Force for Wales, the UK Tech Cluster Groups, Welsh and UK Government and Public Sector organisations, to report on the situation on the ground.

National:

For Tech Nation please fill out this survey (5 mins) – The data we collect through this survey is also being used to inform the Government of the specific challenges the tech sector is facing so every contribution is vital – thank you for your time.
How you can support
If you feel that you can help the Government in dealing with the spread of this virus, there are a number of contacts we’re able to share with you.

If you think you can offer something in other areas, then please email info@technation.io and we will seek to try and match you up to the right team.

 
I wish you the best in these times, and please feel free to reach out for a phone call or just reply to this email to let me know how things are going.
 
Thanks,
 
Gino

TARIAN shares advice from the NCSC and NCA – 19 March 2020


I have been asked to disseminate the below to all interested parties following communication from the National Cyber Security Centre, National Crime Agency and City of London Police.

‘We are already aware, as a result of this crisis increasing, targeted threats from Hostile State Actors and OCGs against a variety of targets, not least the Critical National Infrastructure and health sector with a number of significant incidents currently being responded to by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and NCA. We have all seen previously the impact such an attack can have, particularly on the NHS, so you will recognise the impact a major cyber incident would have at this critical time of national crisis and legitimate public concern.’

In addition, the existing wider, high volume of sophisticated ransomware attacks, which as you know can cripple an organisation and put it out of business, is also a real concern. The current business as usual level of attacks will have more damaging impact in this period as the businesses themselves, their IT companies and wider cyber security industry have less capacity to respond quickly to mitigate the damage with high levels of staff abstracted through sickness and self-isolation. We can therefore expect the economic and real world impact potentially to be significantly greater than usual and this will increase the number of incidents, victims and investigations.’

In order to combat these potential issues, the following threat and risk areas are being prioritised and advice is attached:

Ransomware
Phishing
Home working
Wider online fraud

Areas 2, 3, and 4 are of equal priority. In addition the below link highlights an app that claims to provide updates on the spread of coronavirus, but then encrypts the phone – https://en-cryptonomist-ch.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/en.cryptonomist.ch/2020/03/16/covidlock-ransomware-coronavirus/amp/

Also attached is the US alert pdf around Coronavirus_map_Azorult.

If you have any questions or issues about any of the above please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss further, but please share widely certainly with the members of Cyber Wales..

Many thanks,

Symon Kendall | Cyber Officer
CEH/CISMP/CIRM-F/Comptia Sec+
Ditectif Gwnstabl | Detective Constable 3385
Uned Troseddau Seibr Rhanbarthol | Regional Cyber Crime Unit
Uned Troseddau Cyfundrefnol Rhanbarthol | TARIAN ROCU
01656 310146 | Ext: 62095


NCSC’s CyberFirst Girl’s Competition Final – Cardiff – 16 March 2020


Congratulations to ‘CSL Rush’, a team from The Cathedral School in Llandaff, for coming 3rd in the National Finals of the NCSC’s CyberFirst Girl’s Competition 2020.

The event was hosted at Cornerstone, one of Cardiff’s newest conference centres which is also Cardiff’s oldest neo-gothic church. It was first opened in 1855 but when its Welsh-speaking Presbyterian congregation moved to join forces with another church the Heritage Lottery Fund helped the building to be re-born as a vibrant and exciting mixed-use community hub and corporate venue. The perfect backdrop for this cutting-edge technical event.

Janvi, Agnes, Iris and Bethan from Year 8 of the independent school took part in the online qualifying round against 12,000 participants and then showed stellar skills in the semi-finals and accumulated enough points to beat off nine other Welsh schools to secure themselves a place in the final.

The NCSC are working hard to get more girls interested in a career in cyber security. The CyberFirst Girls Competition provides a fun but challenging environment to inspire the next generation of young women. The competition is a team event, with each one made up of 4 female students from Year 8 in England and Wales, Year 9 in Northern Ireland and S2 in Scotland. The Grand Final was where the top ten teams from the regions gathered to compete for the title of CyberFirst Girls Competition Winners 2020.

It was a very close competition involving multiple streams of activities ranging from Capture the Flag hacking to robotics programming and good old-fashioned problem solving.

The proud winners were from King Edward’s School in Bath and all of the girls who took part on the day had a terrific time.

Well done to all the participants and llongyfarchiadau mawr iawn to the girls from Cathedral School for demonstrating the depth of cyber talent here in Wales.


Cyber Wales meets Cyber Ireland – Dublin – 11 March 2020


Since 2017, Cyber Ireland have been bringing together Industry, Academia and Government to represent the needs of the Cyber Security Ecosystem in Ireland.

Their stated aims are a very close match for those of Cyber Wales, aiming to enhance the Innovation, Growth and Competitiveness of the companies and organisations which are part of their cluster.

At a Breakfast Briefing held in Welsh Government’s Dome Cymru, erected outside the iconic Customs House Quay building in Dublin, members of Cyber Wales – Dr Kerry Beynon of RDP Law and Damon Rands of Wolfberry – engaged in a series of presentations and a panel discussion with Cyber Ireland members on the importance of building a strong and collaborative Cyber Community.

The event, which formed part of Wales Week Dublin, was hosted by the Welsh Government Office in Dublin & UK Department of International Trade.

Great relationships were forged and we are all looking forward to welcoming Cyber Ireland to a Cyber Wales Cluster meeting very soon.


Welsh Veterans Awards, Cardiff – Deadline: 1 May 2020


The Welsh Veterans Awards are NOW Open for applications and nominations!
If you are or you know a British Armed Forces veteran that’s done some great things since transition to civilian life or your a business/organisation/charity that gone above and beyond to support our former military and your based or operate in Wales then we would love to hear from you!
Rewarding Veterans in Sport, Fitness, Business and the wider Community!
In support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Wales and Sponsored by Bridgend Audi – Sinclair Audi
The Awards will take place at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club Cardiff on July 1st. Hosted by Polly James, opened by Brigadier Jock Frasier and supported by the Corps of Drums from the Royal Welsh, Shenkin the goat and the amazing Goat Major!
Our categories for 2020 are:
  • Role Model of the Year
  • The Community Award
  • Contribution to the Welsh Fitness Industry and Society
  • Health & Well-being Award  – Company /Organisation Award 
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Inspiration of the year
  • Employer of the Year – Company /Organisation Award 
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Leavers to Leaders Award
  • Reservist of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Veterans Business of the Year Award
Our overall Veterans Awards Champion will be chosen from the Finalists in each of the above categories and receive our one off commissioned hand made shield. (Crafted by a Military Veteran)
There will be a shortlisted filming day for all our fantastic finalists on May 27th that will take place in the amazing Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier
Good luck its you that acts as role models for our future service leavers!
Dates for your Diaries:
Application Process Opens – 1st March 2020
Application Process Closes – 1st May 2020
Shortlisted Filming day         – 27th May 2020 (Cardiff Castle)
Welsh Veterans Awards       – 1st July 2020 (Village Hotel Cardiff)
Many thanks
The Veterans Awards CIC Team
Tel – 07891 402 326
Twitter – @AwardsVeterans
Facebook – Veterans Awards

Welsh Government stand at InfoSec, London – Deadline: 20 Mar 2020


The Welsh Government intend to exhibit at InfoSec at Olympia, London 2-4 June 2020.

InfoSecurity Europe is the sourcing and knowledge hub for Europe’s information and cyber security community. Featuring an interactive exhibition floor with over 400 cutting-edge suppliers, a far-reaching conference programme and a host of networking opportunities. This is Europe’s largest cyber tradeshow at Olympia, with the opportunity to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with more than 15,000 visitors. Celebrating 25yrs in 2020, the event is free to attend.

We are offering Wales based companies the opportunity to participate in the show on a Wales stand to maximise the opportunities that such a global event can offer.

Anyone interested in utilising the Welsh Government stand during InfoSecurity Europe 2020 should contact myself to register their initial interest, by 20th March 2020.

My thanks in advance for your assistance.

Kelley Howlett-Booth
Event Planner, Thematic Division, Welsh Government
Tel: 03000 250156
Kelley.Howlett@gov.wales


CyberWatching Update – 2 March 2020


In relation to cyberwatching, we have totally renewed the website, following EC suggestions. Now registered users can have a personalised view, according to their interests, where they can see “Market-ready products” and “Prototype products”, both from projects and companies, that can register their project/company to provide a personalised mini-site for all visitors.

If anyone from your cluster joins the marketplace or the project hub, we could promote in the news, linking it to your cluster.

We have also launched two attractive tools:

The project radar: The Radar allows the user to answer the question whether and where to invest themselves in the outputs of a project or not. It provides a birdseye view of the complete collection of EU funded projects in the cybersecurity space by using a cool visualization software. The interactive online radar process uses:

o   the project’s classification within the Cyberwatching.eu cybersecurity research taxonomy,
o   well known IT project lifecycle maturity patterns, and
o   project readiness self-assessment against Technology Readiness Levels and Market Readiness Levels (MTRL)

The GDPR Temperature Tool, an awareness tool which helps SMEs, though a practical self-assessment, to understand their exposure to risk of sanctions due to GDPR violations and act accordingly in order to improve their compliance posture. It also provides a complete and downloadable report that can be a guide for SMEs to minimize their risk to be sanctioned.

Our next webinar is about how to improve the market readiness levels for the R&D projects, and it will be held on next 11 March at 11 AM CET. Register is open.

We would be glad to organize a webinar around a topic of your interest – you can see here the webinars organized so far).

Hope to hear from you soon.

Marina Ramírez Jiménez
cluster@cyberwatching.eu


Stelar Seeking 3 researchers to work in Hamburg – Deadline: ASAP


Stelar Security Technology Law Research” is a start-up established in Hamburg (Germany) that aims to promote education and research through the implementation of scientific courses and research projects and the award of research contracts. We are specialised in research on

* legal assessment methods for “Privacy by Design” of new security technologies and
* privacy management systems for manufacturers of ICT products and related service providers.

Stelar was founded as a spin-off of an integrating project with seven main partners funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF) within its Framework Programme “Research for Civil Security.

They are seeking a colleague specialised in research on privacy in health ICT (see job post below).

It does not matter if his or her background is technical, economic or legal, only has to be privacy specialist and coming from research or ICT development. Some background in EU projects and standardisation would be nice. S/he needs to be willing to move for work but hopefully the location is attractive (Europe’s largest new inner city).

* Seeking 3 researchers on privacy in ICT development mainly in healthcare *

Our past work includes contributions to projects like www.operando.eu and www.project-shield.eu

mandatory qualification: Master degree (LL.M., M.B.A., M.Sc., etc.) with a focus on data protection and privacy or equivalent five-year degree and three years of relevant work experience in ICT (e.g. AI) research and technical development or digital transformation projects

optional expertise (ordered by relevance): standardisation on privacy, health informatics and medical software development, EU policies and regulation on data protection, eHealth and consumer protection, ICT law, cyber-/information security, data/AI ethics, corporate responsibility

optional experience (ordered by relevance): work experience in Europe-wide, healthcare and health ICT organisation or project as a legal/technical privacy researcher; leadership in international R&D projects; chairing/leading roles in technical bodies or policy groups; work experience as a DPO, ethics committee member, privacy specialist/engineer, CISO, software architect, CIO, or product manager

role: research in and management of EU-funded research and innovation projects related to data protection and privacy, autonomous collaboration within the projects, contribution to work packages, draft privacy specifications for ICT processes and manage and analyse implementation by project partners, literature review, drafting of reports, organisation of/participation in (virtual and physical) meetings, contributions to technical standardisation, work on privacy-related topics (e.g. data and IPR management), review of team members’ work; no teaching requirements; administering own travel and other tasks arising from the projects motivation and achievements in the support of the principle of data protection by design and by default such as effective pseudonymisation (e.g. by contribution to international standardisation) is expected

required skills: management of collaborative ICT research or development projects and trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder teams; timely and satisfactory reponse to emails, proactive raising of issues, alignment with the project’s key people, encouraging constructive partner contributions, organisation of virtual meetings); proficiency in MS Office suite, mastering collaboration tools (online repositories like SharePoint, online document editing, teleconference systems e.g. GTM and webex, scheduling tools e.g. Doodle, etc.); English during studies and work (3 years)

salary for FTE (gross) approx. in euro per month (in brackets: additional years of relevant work experience): 4.0k (0), 4.8k (3), 4.9k (4), 5.6k (4+2/3); first contract limited to two years, six months trial period; work linked to the projects; travel in Europe required; respectful athmosphere in a micro team, mid- to long-term leadership position within the organisation possible; all nationalities and genders welcome

procedure: apply by email to mp [at] stelar [dot] de; up-to-date CV (max. 2 pages), motivation letter (max. 1 page), contact details of at least 2 referees, recommendation letters possible, all documents as a single pdf of less than 2MB; remote interviews (e.g. Skype; physical meeting possible but no funds available) with our main researcher Matthias

start date: 1 March 2020 or as soon as possible

place of work: Hamburg city centre, office 1-minute walk from “HafenCity Universität” metro station

contact:  Matthias Pocs – mp@stelar.de


Cardiff Metropolitan University Saudi Arabian Projects – Deadline: Open


The Cardiff School of Technologies at Cardiff Met University are looking for industry partners who would be interested in collaborating on some projects.

Two Senior Lecturers in Computing and Information Systems at the university will be going out to Saudi Arabia soon and will be meeting up with the cyber security team at Aramco Oil with the aim of initiating some research.

They would like to invite a Cyber Wales Cluster member company to get involved with the aim of targeting a SMART Expertise funding stream.

SMART Expertise is a Business Wales scheme which offers financial support to innovative collaboration projects that require a range of expertise to solve industry problems (https://businesswales.gov.wales/expertisewales/support-and-funding-businesses/smart-expertise).

The aim is to support collaborative projects, between industry and Welsh research organisations (such as the Cardiff School of Technology), which address strategic industrial technical challenges with a clear focus on commercialisation and exploitation of new products, processes or services and growth in capacity and capability in key areas of Smart Specialisation.

There are no restrictions on size or location of industrial partners, however, the project must demonstration it is an effective collaboration and will deliver positive Welsh economic impacts.

Funding will support 100% of the research organisations eligible project costs which shall equate to a maximum of 50% of the total eligible project costs. The industrial partners shall provide the remaining balance of the total eligible projects costs. The funding will be awarded to the research organisation. Project activity must end no later than 1 August 2022

If you are interested in exploring the Saudi Arabian and Gulf marketplace and/or interested in getting involved with a SMART Expertise project then contact:-

Fiona Carroll, Programme Director at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
fcarroll@cardiffmet.ac.uk


Return on Security Investments (ROSI) Project – Deadline: 31 March 2020


There is one potential research project that I would like to make you aware of, and to see if the Cyber Security Cluster are potentially interested in getting involved. It is free to participate, but we are asking for your time.

The project is a collaboration between the School of Computer Science and Business School. It concerns the calculation of Return on Security Investments (ROSI), and justifying security spending. As an example, when you need to explain to managers or an executive board that a certain security solution is needed, how could you do it and present talking in financial terms.

I am currently writing an application for funding for this project, and looking for a provisional expression of interest from industry partners. We plan to use several companies as case studies. We will also run workshops with a wider range of experts. Based on the above and further research, we will develop a Best Practice Guide for ROSI calculation.

The commitment that we ask from an industry partner is to be willing to talk to researchers, give interviews and share experience on ROSI calculations (positive and negative), and if possible provide examples of calculations/justifications used in the past. This is flexible and depends on availability, and organisation specifics. If the project application is successful then at the end of the project, the best practice guide could be presented and made available to the Cluster. The output will appropriately acknowledge the involvement of the Cluster.

Could you please let me know if this would be of interest for the Cluster and its business members to participate in whatever form each one finds suitable. I feel that the involvement of the Cluster will make our funding application more successful, in return our output will be of benefit for the industry. It will also further strengthen the Cyber Wales Ecosystem providing another example of collaboration between academia and businesses.

Kind regards,
Dr Yulia Cherdantseva PhD MSc(Hons) FHEA
Lecturer at the National Software Academy and Admissions Officer for the School of Computer Science and Informatics
+44 (0)29 2251 0014
cherdantsevayv@cardiff.ac.uk


DCMS UK’s most innovative Cyber SME Competition – Deadline: 20 Mar 2020


DCMS have today launched a competition in collaboration with Infosecurity Magazine & Tech UK to find the the UK’s most innovative Cyber SME. The competition, in its 6th year now, offers the winner headline position at the DCMS Innovation Zone at Infosec Europe this coming June as well as industry press coverage at the event. A further 13 runners-up are invited to exhibit in the Innovation Zone as well as to speak at thought leadership slots within the event’s Cyber Innovation Showcase.
The competition previously took the form of a live pitching event but this year we have moved to an online-only application, shifting the resources we would normally focus on the pitching event to the exhibition itself, where we intend to have a networking event in the Innovation Zone.
Please encourage qualifying companies within your clusters and networks to apply at: https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/1102. Happy to answer any questions you may have.

Full Winners’ Benefits

  • The winner will be crowned The Most Innovative Cyber SME 2020 and be the flagship company at the 2020 Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe with a headline position in marketing materials and first choice of location within the zone.
  • The winner will be the subject of a feature piece by Infosecurity Magazine to be conducted at the exhibition.
  • The top three companies will receive individual coverage on Cyber Exchange announcing the winners of the competition.
  • The winner and 13 runners up will receive a 3m2 shell-scheme stand. This will include spotlights, power socket, table & stools, literature rack, access to one-to-one meeting space and a lead scanner. Additional stand dressing may be purchased.
  • The winner will receive 3x speaking slots of 15 minutes each at the Cyber Innovation Showcase during the event. The 13 runners up will receive 2x speaking slots of 15 minutes each at the Cyber Innovation Showcase during the event.
  • Pre-event support. This will include a dedicated logo and company description at infosecurityeurope.com as well as promotion of the 2x speaking slots, non-exclusive inclusion in pre-event marketing emails and inclusion in social media promotion. You’ll get a mention and logo in the event catalogue, within a full page advert for the Cyber Innovation Zone. You’ll also get a video interview at the show to be posted on Infosecurity Europe’s Website and YouTube channel.

USW Newport Campus hosts CyberFirst Girls Competition – 8 February 2020


Newport Campus hosted the Welsh semi-final of the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst Girls Competition 2020 last Saturday.

Teams of girls aged 12 and 13 from 10 schools worked on a series of online codebreaking challenges set by industry during the event, which was one of 18 that took place simultaneously across the UK and involved almost 12,000 girls.

It was the first time a Wales-only contest – hosted at the National Cyber Security Academy (NCSA) at Newport Campus – has been held, thanks to the competition’s new regional format. The top 10 teams – including the Welsh champions – will then face off in a Grand Final in Cardiff next month.

The CyberFirst Girls Competition was launched four years ago by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – with the aim of boosting interest in cyber security among females, who are currently under-represented in the industry.

“We were delighted to host this competition at our Newport campus,” said Clare Johnson, USW’s Head of Cyber. “The girls worked incredibly hard all day, and it was very close at the end.

“Encouraging greater diversity in the industry is vital to ensure we can provide the best defences against ever increasing cyber attacks and events like this help inspire and encourage girls to consider a career in this field”.


Doing Business with the US DoD – Event: 31 Mar 2020


As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business. I am pleased to draw your attention to the ‘Doing Business with the US Department of Defence’ event taking place on 31 March 2020.

Pre-registration is required for 31 March 2020.

Further details of this event are contained in the attached flyer. If you have any questions please do not reply to this email but direct them to:

Laurence Goodwin Laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk
Or
Taj Chhina tajinder.chhina@trade.gov.uk

Regards,

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Teresa Earl | SME Adviser | Defence & Security Organisation |
Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place | London SW1A 2AW
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IEEE International Conference on Cyber Warfare & Security (ICCWS) – Event: 31 Mar 2020


Allow me to share a conference event plan with you (31st March to 2nd April, Islamabad, Pakistan.

The three days conference titled IEEE International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS) will run from 31st March to 2nd April in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The event will include a focused Technical Program with paper presentations, keynotes and invited talks on its 1st day (Paper submission date extended to 15th February).
The 2nd day will feature an Industrial Exhibition where national/international companies and R&D Labs will showcase their cyber security related research/ products/ services.

Participation of many local as well as international cyber security companies is anticipated (more info available at www.nccs.pk/conference The event will provide healthy business networking, marketing and collaboration opportunities.

In addition, we are holding International Cyber Security Ideas Cup on 3rd day of ICCWS-2020 in which ambitious students and start-ups will participate and pitch their innovative ideas.

The competition is open to international participant and we would encourage ideas submissions from your partner HEIs/Institutions. (More details available at: http://www.nccs.pk/activities/ideas-cup)

Additional Links given below

NB: The call for papers date has been extended until 15th Feb


French software company is looking for partners


A French software editor operating in the field of cybersecurity (application security) is looking for partners in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector.

The partners will help their clients who need support in mastering the cyber risk of the software applications they develop or outsource. The partnership will be a services agreement.

The company is a start-up established in 2017. The founders are specialists in cybersecurity and code auditing thanks several years of experience in this field.

The French company has developed an innovative software: a new generation source code scanner. This innovative tool is used for smart detection of vulnerabilities in the source code of software developments.

The French company would like to find partners such as services provider who can promote and install its innovative source code scanner for applications editors, integrators, services providers through a services agreement.

For more information go to https://een.ec.europa.eu/tools/services/PRO/Profile/Detail/751311fe-2f55-4ea0-902b-874c7a58c2f5


International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS) – Event: 31 Mar 2020


National Centre for Cyber Security (NCCS) is an R&D initiative of Government of Pakistan to promote research and human resource development in the fields of Cyber Security. NCCS in technical co-sponsorship and joint collaboration with IEEE Islamabad Section (R-10) is organizing a three days conference event, i.e. ICCWS-2020; to invite researchers and practitioners around the World to share their original research ideas and experiences related to the state-of-the-art as well as the emerging areas of Cyber Security.

ICCWS-2020 will include high-quality and focused technical program on Cyber Security with keynote talks from prominent industry and academia experts. The conference will also feature an attractive Lab-to-Market Event aimed at industry practitioners, vendors and local start-up companies.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Paper Submission Deadline: 31st January 2020
Notification of Acceptance: 29th February 2020
Camera Ready Submission: 22nd March 2020

HOW TO SUBMIT THE PAPER: Please submit your papers at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iccs2020


UK Cyber Forum Update – 22 December 2019


Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities which may be of interest to you:

Survey to scope an accreditation scheme for SME cyber security consultancy

Short Notice – needed by 8th January

IASME have been asked by NCSC to scope a proposal for accrediting independent cyber security consultants to provide advice to Sole Traders and SMEs.  The advice would be associated with proactively protecting themselves against commodity-level cyber threats.  The timeframe for this work is extremely tight and so we need responses to this short questionnaire by 8th January 2020.

Currently, the NCSC’s Certified Cyber Security Consultancy scheme focuses on providing services to large organisations that have complex IT systems which may be targeted by bespoke attacks, the impact of which would be significant. However, it does not provide an accredited service to protect SMEs and Sole Traders.

As you know, lots of SMEs need advice and guidance on the wider cyber security issues but at the moment there is no way they can differentiate between knowledgeable consultants and those who are just selling snake oil. The government has recognised that there needs to be a trusted, regulated set of advisors / consultants who know what they are talking about and who are suitable for SMEs.  This will then allow SMEs to find proper advice from organisations like you.

Our aim is to scope out a scheme which would be achievable and affordable for the smallest of cyber security consultancy to attain the NCSC certified consultant accreditation and be officially recognised as giving trusted advice.

If your customers include SMEs and/or Sole Traders, please could you help us better understand the needs of these groups by completing this survey: https://www.survio.com/survey/d/supplierssurvey

We would also value the opportunity to talk to you in more detail about this.  There is an opportunity to take part in a short interview, details are at the end of the survey.

We would also like to get the views of as many SME and Sole Trader businesses as possible.  If you deal with any SMEs, we would be most grateful if you could forward the following email to them by your normal channels:

________Start of Message________

We have been asked to contact you, to enquire if you would be prepared to take part in a national survey on the availability of cyber security advisory services.  The timeframe for this work is extremely tight and so we need responses to this short questionnaire by 8th January 2020.

The survey is being conducted by The IASME Consortium Ltd on behalf of the government department for cyber security, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).  Its aim is to understand if there is a need for a government accredited cyber security consultancy service for businesses like yours.

The survey should only take 5 – 10 minutes of your time.  If you are willing to take part, please complete the survey by following this link: https://www.survio.com/survey/d/userneedssurvey

All information will be treated as confidential.

If you have any questions, please contact IASME on 0330 882 752 or info@iasme.co.uk

Many thanks in advance for your help with this.

<Your name>

________End of Message________

Many thanks in advance for your help with this.  Please let IASME know if you have any questions or concerns (info@iasme.co.uk)

ISACA building business resilience briefing paper

If you would like a copy of the ISACA building business resilience briefing paper and ACCA’s survey results, in relation to the Cyber Resilience Workshop 3 that was held with the support of ISACA at Aston University on 11th November please let me know and I will email it over (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

GISEC 2020 – DIT Pavilion

Expressions of interest by 10 January 2020

The Department for International Trade will for a third year running take a stand at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) in Dubai from 6 – 8 April 2020. We are inviting expressions of interest from UK companies who would be interested in exhibiting on the DIT pavilion by 10 January 2020.

Companies are advised to submit expressions of interest as soon as possible as places are very limited.

Companies exhibiting on the UK pavilion will benefit from:

  • A ‘pod’ exhibition stand on the UK Pavilion
  • Introductions from DIT staff, to delegates visiting the exhibition.
  • An advance briefing from embassy staff on doing business in the UAE
  • Inclusion in UK marketing material, including a Pavilion brochure
  • Promotion to local and international media

How to sign up 
DIT will charge companies a fee of £3500 + VAT to exhibit on the pavilion and benefit from the other activities organised.
This does not include travel, accommodation and visa costs.
Expressions of interest should include:

  • A brief introduction to your company.
  • An indication of your key target sectors and markets.
  • An overview of recent activities in the Gulf region and any future plans.
  • An overview of the capability you plan to exhibit/ export to the region.

For further information and to register your interest please contact  Mohamed Ali
cyber@trade.gov.uk, +44 207 215 2870

The deadline for expressions of interest is 10 January 2020.  We will aim to respond to all applications by 7 February 2020

Representation on Cyber Growth Partnership

Melanie Oldham, CEO of Bobs Business, has been invited by DCMS to join the Cyber Growth Partnership to represent SMEs at that forum.  If you would like her to raise anything on your behalf then please do let her know via melanie@bobsbusiness.co.uk

Up to 15 Studentships available at: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (Cyber Security)

Deadline: 6th January 2020 

https://cybersecurity-cdt.ac.uk/ 

The Universities of Bath and Bristol offer a unique interdisciplinary EPSRC centre for doctoral training (CDT) in Cyber Security to tackle trust, identity, privacy and security (TIPS) issues in the large-scale, hyper-connected infrastructures of the present and the future.

Students gain hands-on experience of realistic large-scale infrastructures in our state-of-the-art critical infrastructure and Internet of Things test-bed – one of the few facilities of its kind internationally.  Industrial placements and masterclasses delivered by leading academic and industry figures are offered to students.

We are seeking to recruit students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including (but not limited to): computer science, psychology, management, electrical and electronics engineering, civil engineering, criminology and social sciences. The most critical requirement is a passion for cyber security and the desire to make our connected world secure and hence safe.

If you have or expect to gain at least a 2.1, are willing to work across disciplinary boundaries and inform your research from different perspectives, we offer fully funded studentships for 4 years  (£18,000 tax free stipend per year, fees and £2500 per year for related travel).

Happy Christmas from us all at UK Cyber Security Forum! We hope 2020 is a happy year for you and your families!


Welsh CNI Forensic specialist Awen win MoD contract through DASA – 13 December 2019


In September 2018, Andrew Peaty from the MoD’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) came along to our Cluster meeting in the Cyber Village and explained how their no-strings-attached funding worked for companies with appropriate cyber solutions. He gave some great examples of innovative small businesses who have sold solutions into the MoD and described how to apply.

A number of companies, including Awen Collective based in Caerphilly took the time to speak with DASA and after learning more about the MoD and working out how their innovative security software solution could add value, they were awarded innovation funding to undertake an industrial cyber security project entitled “Project DOMINO”.

The funding was awarded as part of the DASA Open Call that seeks to discover innovative technologies from non traditional defence suppliers.

“As a small start-up company, the funding and support from the Ministry of Defence will help us to rapidly gear-up and provide innovative, valuable and proven industrial cyber security software to the various parts of the MoD reducing the possible disruption to military capability caused by large scale or targeted cyber-attacks” said Daniel Lewis, CEO of Awen Collective. “In addition it will advance the reach of our solutions into other sectors of critical national infrastructure (CNI) and advanced manufacturing, all facing challenges in the face of rapidly increasing cyber threats”.

The project, based on Dot software by Awen Collective, has arisen from a need not just in the MoD, but across society, where cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure such as energy, water and transportation could have catastrophic effects on people’s day-to-day lives.

The project commenced on the 1st November 2019, and will run for 12 months, culminating in an MoD evaluation of the demonstrated concept. This will lead to further exploitation within the MoD, its supply chain and Industry providers involved with CNI.

Many congratulations to Awen It is great to see successes like this come from the Cluster meetings of Cyber Wales and we all wish Dan and his team the best of luck in this exciting venture.

Thanks also to Andrew Peaty from DASA who has taken the time to come to Cluster meetings and meet Welsh companies who want to reach other markets – keep up the good work Andrew!


Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), Florida – Event: 11-14 May 2020


SOFIC is a leading Industry Conference & Exhibition in the USA focusing Special Operations Forces (SOF) providing a unique platform to engage with the US and international SOF community on a vast range of capabilities and products.

This event gives unrivalled access to the complete range of US Special forces with links to the Department of Defense (DoD) within the US Market. In addition to this, SOFIC offers live demonstrations, networking and close engagement with exhibitors whilst also attracting a considerable number of international attendance

DIT DSO has successfully coordinated the UK Pavilion at the event for a number of years with positive feedback from attending UK companies.

We currently have 12 spaces available to exhibit (£3,500 + VAT)

For further information and to express an interest to be part of the UK pavilion for this show, please do not hesitate to contact me on my email address which is Laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk or speak with any of my colleagues below:-

Mark Goldby
mark.goldby@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8362
Assistant Head Americas

Laurence Goodwin
laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8185
USA Desk Officer

Dominic McNeice
dominic.mcneice@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8195
Team Leader Events & Exhibitions

Antony Fletcher
Antony.Fletcher104@mod.gov.uk
01 202-802-4999
US Embassy Washington DC

Capt James Pugh
UK British Army Adviser
Adam Thomas
adam.thomas@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8467
Media/Press


LORCA Cohort 4 Open Call – Deadline: Has been extended


After speaking to industry about their cybersecurity needs, the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) has launched an open call for its 4th cohort of cyber innovators. We’re recruiting for innovation technology and cybersecurity scaleups throughout the UK that address one or more of the challenge areas below.

I’d be very grateful if you could share the opportunity with your contacts and networks and encourage them to spread the word. The deadline for applications has been extended.

Benefits of joining

12 months of world-class innovation support to help member businesses scale
Connections to investors and industry buyers through showcases and exclusive member events and roundtables
Connections to our industry partners, Dell Technologies, Lloyds Banking Group, Deloitte, Kudelski Security and Global Cyber Alliance
LORCA takes zero equity or IP from members
Soft landing programmes and bespoke international trade missions
Business mentoring
Free desk space at the Plexal innovation centre and coworking space in London where over 700 tech entrepreneurs are based, and all the benefits of being a member
Engineering support from the Centre for Secure Information Technologies and access to its testing facilities
Remote access to Deloitte’s testing facilities and technical cyber expertise
Workshops and education sessions on sales and business development, marketing and design, legal issues, lead generation and more designed around our members’ needs
Peer networking, learning and trading opportunities

Challenge areas

1. Connected Economy
In a post-breach world where technology is disrupting business models and our economy is more connected than ever, cybersecurity isn’t just about protecting data: it’s key to enabling sustainable growth.
How can we enable organisations to stay resilient in the face of security threats across their supply chains and networks? And how can they futureproof themselves by building security into everything they do?

Supply chains: Mitigating the growing and dynamic cyber risks across increasingly complex enterprise supply chains
IT and OT: Helping organisations to better navigate the growing challenges brought about by the convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT)
Resilience: Emerging approaches that increase the resilience of critical national infrastructure and key economic functions across industries

2. Connected Everyone
Our homes, workspaces, cities and personal space have never been so connected, yet the movement to secure them is in its infancy.
How can we empower people to feel in control of their digital presence, build trust in technology – and make sure nobody is left out?

Digital identities: Help individuals to better understand, trust and own their digital identities
Cybercrime: Novel solutions that better protect consumers from cyber-crime
Misinformation: Combatting the growing challenges posed by deep fakes, misinformation and disinformation

3. Connected Everything
From our transport infrastructure to the National Grid, our digital and physical worlds are converging as they become connected to the internet at lightning pace.
With so much to win and lose for society, how can we solve the multi-dimensional security challenges which are emerging through hyper connectivity? And how can we collaborate with a broader spectrum of fields to build cyber principles into every access point for the internet?

IoT: Enabling and embedding Secure by Design principles within the Internet of Things
Mobility: Enhancing the cyber-physical resilience of emerging mobility solutions
5G and edge computing: Solutions that help protect future networks, including 5G and edge computing
Smart cities and industry 4.0: Approaches to strengthening the security and resilience of smart cities and Industry 4.0

Further information about our challenge areas and a link to the application portal can be found at lorca.co.uk/apply

In addition, social media links can be found on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LORCACyber/status/1176418402547752960

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6582181648367005696

Thanks for your support!

Best regards,

Jason Mollring
LORCA Programme Lead

Direct line: +44 (0)20 3909 7790
Mobile: +44 (0)77 1776 1725
Web: https://www.lorca.co.uk/


Slovak Police visit the Cyber Crime Unit of TARIAN – 21 September 2019


Tomas Lazor, a Podpraporcik, which means Warrant Officer/Investigator, from the Police Force of the Slovak Republic, came to Wales to meet with Mike Yeo, Detective Inspector of the Cyber Crime team of the Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit (TARIAN).

The Slovak Police Force is growing and developing its cyber resources and whilst not being a dedicated cyber investigator himself Tomas, along with many others in the Force, is keen to learn, collaborate and do more to help cyber victims in his District of Strážske, Michalovce in the Region of Košice in Eastern Slovakia.

On a trip to the UK, which included visits to the Northampton Police, EMSOU (the East Midlands ROCU) and the London-based Police ICT Company who promote UK Police practices and technology worldwide, Tomas discussed approaches to cyber investigation and shared ideas and best practice on a range of cyber-related topics.

With a population of 5 million, Slovakia is closer to Wales in size and dynamics than to the UK as a whole and Tomas jumped at the opportunity to come to Wales and meet with the TARIAN Regional Cyber Crime Unit who have been proactive members of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem since attending the first ever South Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting back in 2014.

He also brought with him an age-old police tradition, practiced by representatives when visiting their international counterparts.  The ‘exchanging of hats‘ is widely practiced between visiting police forces and in return for the Slovakian forage cap he was given an iconic UK Police helmet complete with the cap badge of the South Wales Police.


Welsh biometric innovators Connective Touch from Ebbw Vale are opening doors in Canada – 5 September 2019


In July 2018, Mike Thususka, the Director of Economic Development for the City of Summerside in Eastern Canada came to visit Cyber Wales looking for innovative technologies that could add value to their ambitious Smart Cities programme.

Cluster member Steve Gallagher from 888 Group introduced Mike to the Cyber Wales Ecosystem through Bill Fraser, the Cardiff-based International Business Development expert from Fraser International.

8 Cluster members including Priszm & Interceptor Solutions from South Wales, TarianTech from Mid Wales and SI Risk from North Wales met with Mike to discuss the potential for their technologies in the North American markets.

6 of the Welsh companies were subsequently invited to visit Canada in November to demonstrate their ideas to the various Departments of the Summerside Government.

The “Living Lab” that Summerside have created across their city provides an amazing testbed for new technologies and the offer to use it was complimented by a soft landing programme for new companies, mentoring on the markets and proactive promotion of the vendors in Canada and the US through Summerside’s own business development networks.

One company, Connective Touch, were so warmly received that they incorporated a company in Canada in February and are running a full scale pilot installation of their unique biometric systems across the city with plans to tackle the giant market opportunity using Summerside as their launch pad.

Many congratulations to Devi Sohanta, founder of Connective Touch.  It is great to see successes like this come from global reach of Cyber Wales and we all wish Devi and her team the best of luck in this exciting venture.

Thanks also to Bill Fraser who continues to work his magic for Welsh companies who want to reach other markets around the world – keep up the good work Bill.


Cyber Wales Ecosystem answers call-to-arms as Welsh Student set to compete at WorldSkills 2019 Competition – 4 August 2019


Kyle Woodward, a student at the National Cyber Security Academy in Newport, has successfully battled his way through Local, Regional (Wales) and then National competition stages to gain a seat on the plane to represent Team UK at WorldSkills 2019 in Russia along with 30 other people. Team UK are now training hard in their respective areas of expertise for this opportunity to shoot for Gold Medals in this event which has been dubbed the “Vocational Olympics“.

WorldSkills 2019 will take place in Kazan, Russia on 22-27 August 2019. The WorldSkills Competition, which is run every two years hosted by different Nations each time, will bring together more than 1,600 young professionals representing more than 60 countries who will compete in 56 skills which are grouped into 6 Sectors including ICT. The event will be held at the KAZAN EXPO International Exhibition Centre where more than 1,500 Experts will evaluate the Competitors’ performance (see www.worldskills2019.com for more information).

7 competitors from Wales will represent Team UK at this competition, the highest ever number of Welsh competitors representing Team UK. The competitors from Wales include:

  • Kyle Woodward in Cyber Security from Cardiff and Vale College
  • Phoebe McLavy in Hairdressing from Coleg Sir Gar and Morgan Edward Salon
  • Collette Gorvett in Restaurant Service from Gower College Swansea
  • Chris Caine in Joinery from Pembrokeshire College and DH Carpentry
  • Sam Everton in Cooking from Pembrokeshire College and Crwst
  • Thomas Lewis in Electrical Installation from Cardiff and Vale College and Blues Electrical
  • Thomas Thomas in Plumbing from Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor

Kyle attended a Welsh Language school and is a fluent Welsh speaker, he then went to college (Cardiff & Vale) and then onto an apprenticeship degree course at the ground-breaking National Cyber Security Academy in the University of South Wales. He joined the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster when he started his degree and has been a very proactive member.

When we discovered that Kyle had been selected to represent Team UK at WorldSkills, the Cyber Wales Ecosystem put out a “Call to Arms” to the entire membership asking if anyone could help Kyle get some additional experience and knowledge training ahead of his trip to Russia and the response has been amazing (a real Welsh “Dunkirk” story!). We had lots of responses including: –

  • NHS Wales
  • SANS Institute in Swansea
  • Royal Signals Cyber Troop
  • TARIAN Regional Cyber Crime Unit
  • North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team
  • Glyndwr University
  • DVLA
  • Thales
  • Airbus

We also reached out to GlobalEPIC, the Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems in Cyber of which Cyber Wales is a Founding Member, which includes 27 Cyber Clusters in 18 countries across 6 continents and received invitations from The Hague Security Delta in the Netherlands and the iCyber Techhub in Maryland USA offering to host Kyle for some special training sessions and considering exchange visits for their Cyber Champions to come to Wales.

May’s South Wales Cluster Meeting was staged at the Cyber Village on the National Cyber Security Academy floor of the USW City Campus in Newport and the entire agenda was given over to providing learning, advice and tips on a number of cyber related topics from the experts in the Cyber Cluster. Questions were posed to prompt discussion and the group, offered opinions, experiences, healthy debate and handled any specific queries Kyle had around target learning areas in preparation for the competition.

After the meeting, Kyle was taken over to the Cardiff Barracks of the Royal Corps of Signals Cyber Protection Troop at 53 Signal Squadron where he joined members of British Army Cyberists from Cardiff, North Wales, London and Army HQ Wales for an interactive session on Cyber in the Armed Forces including the Cyber Kill Chain, Indicators of Compromise and the Army’s Cyber Incident Response Process.

Kyle was also welcomed by the NHS Informatics team and shown how incident response and secure programming are handled as well as being given the chance to quiz the team and get further guidance for study.

Following his adventures with the South Wales Cluster, Kyle travelled up to North Wales two days later for a session with the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster which included time in the new Cyber Labs at Glyndwr University, input from the North Wales Police Cyber Unit and a session with Cyber Experts in forensics and secure development.

SANS Institute, the biggest provider of Cyber Training in the World, who have their EMEA HQ in Swansea, also hosted Kyle, offering him £7,500 worth of certified training free of charge – which took place in Germany.

John Davies, CEO at Pervade Software and Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, said: “Being part of Team UK at WorldSkills is a massive achievement for Kyle, and shows the strength and sense of community of the Cyber Ecosystem in Wales, with a number of cluster members offering experience and knowledge training as Kyle prepares to go to Russia. We’ve even set up exchanges for cyber champions with other eco system members across the world.”

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Kyle the best of luck in the competition and whatever the result, he will remain a winner in the eyes of all in Cyber Wales.

Pob Lwc Kyle a Team UK!


NCSC Blog on Parked Domains


NCSC have published a blog reminding organisations that they should apply DMARC on any domains they own but no longer use, as those “parked” domains can still be spoofed.

The blog can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/protecting-parked-domains


Cyber Innovation Hub opens in the Airbus facility in – Newport – 24 June 2019


Airbus Cyber Innovation celebrates the opening of its Cyber Innovation Hub located in the Airbus facility in Newport, Wales. The Hub hosts leading cyber security research initiatives, incubators and accelerators, and academic research partnerships. Key areas of research include the protection of industrial control and safety critical systems, understanding the human factors of cyber security, and artificial intelligence and data analytics.

The Newport Hub helps promote Wales’ reputation for cyber excellence by developing cyber talent in the region and engaging with Welsh industry and academia.

An ambitious cyber security initiative jointly funded by the Welsh Government and Airbus called CyberLab is hosted at the Airbus Cyber Innovation Hub. The dedicated up to £8 million programme of activity and research in a laboratory environment develops fundamental cyber security research for key industrial requirements in advanced manufacturing organisations.

Partnerships with academia are key to Airbus Cyber Innovation’s goal of identifying and developing emerging research and technology. The Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics is a partnership with Cardiff University launched in 2017. A leading UK academic research unit for cyber security analytics, the team is developing new ways of protecting corporate IT networks, intellectual property and critical national infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Attending the opening, Ken Skates AM, Minister for Economy and Transport, said: “I am delighted to be working in partnership with Airbus on this exciting and absolutely vital new facility. This Cyber Innovation Hub will give front line leadership in cyber security to companies and enterprises across Wales and indeed the UK for this and future generations. I view Cyber as a building block for every commercial enterprise in Wales. It is not only larger businesses that should be concerned about cyber security, it is every size of business across the entire Country who needs to take action now to safeguard our national infrastructure and strong supply chain.”

Dr Kevin Jones, Head of Airbus Cyber Innovation, said: “The launch of the Cyber Innovation Hub is further recognition of the strategic importance of the cybersecurity research and innovation programme for Airbus. It demonstrates the company’s commitment to cybersecurity and research into the protection of business and critical systems and recognises the value of the cyber security ecosystem in Wales. The flagship cyber innovation laboratory and CyberLab programme enables transformation of the cyber security horizon, and further enhances the “Cyber Wales” brand on a global scale.”


Dr Emma Philpot is awarded an MBE – 9 June 2019


Today, there are 23 Cyber Security Clusters operating in the UK under the umbrella of the UK Cyber Security Forum.

These Clusters are helping cyber security professionals to meet regularly and share best practice all over the country from Scotland to Cornwall, from Wales to Norfolk and everywhere in between. The Forum was founded as a Community Interest Company in 2014 by Dr Emma Philpott who also formed the very first Cyber Security Cluster in Malvern in 2011.

Cyber Wales began life as one of these Cyber Security Clusters, the second open Cluster to form after Malvern, and since 2014 we have grown into 7 Clusters with 1,200+ members from over 750 organisations enjoying partnerships with 30 international Clusters from 25 countries across all 5 continents.

All of this began thanks to the vision and hard work of Dr Emma Philpott and we are delighted to offer our CONGRATULATIONS to Emma for being awarded an MBE for contributions to cyber security.

It all began when Emma earned her PhD for her work in the UK MoD in CMCs (ceramic matrix composites) used today right across the Defense and Space industries and beyond. This highly technical background was the foundation that enabled a shift into the world of Cyber Security and when the UK Government announced it’s first public release National Cyber Security Strategy in 2011 Emma was right there in the thick of things.

Determined to fly the flag for SME’s and minority groups in a cyber security world dominated by Government and Enterprises, Emma set about redressing the balance and we are all enjoying the results of her ideas and hard work.

In addition to running the Malvern Cluster and the Forum, Emma runs a company, The IASME Consortium, which was selected as one of the first Accreditation Bodies for the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme and IASME have completed more than the lion share of the certifications issued to organisations all over the UK.

More recently, Emma has pioneered another visionary project. The UK Cyber Security Forum runs cyber security training courses for unemployed neuro-diverse adults and the graduates from this revolutionary training programme are working in a SOC (Security Operations Centre) aimed at running services for micro-businesses and charities.

It is ideas, vision, hard work and dedication to causes such as these that has made Emma stand out within the industry and whenever a panel of experts is assembled or whenever the BBC needs a comment from an industry expert, it is Dr Emma Philpott who is first on the list.

Dr Emma Philpott MBE… Cyber Wales would just like to say “Llongyfarchiadau mawr iawn i chi Emma, a diolch yn fawr iawn i chi am eich waith galed


Call for Partners from NW ROCU


Do you want to help us protect people from cyber crime?
We’re looking for like-minded individuals to spread the word as widely as they can about the latest scams, threats and advice. That way the region can become more clued up about cyber crime, and together we can make the North West safer online.

It could be that you work for an organisation and are able to persuade your communications team to support a marketing campaign either on your staff intranet or public facing website.

Maybe you are from an IT/Cyber company and you want to ensure the advice you are giving your customers and suppliers about new threats is up to date.

It might just be that you are able to share any messaging we give you on your social media platforms.

Perhaps you are part of a business networking group like a Chamber of Commerce and you are able to share information with your members.

Whatever it is, we’d like to know how you can help and we’re always open to ideas.

So what does it involve?

The first thing we want to do is share information with you about a forthcoming campaign taking place on the 7th June (eeek!) around Phishing e-mails. We have pre-written content which could be used within a newsletter, intranet or website. This is accompanied by social media posts and graphics with its own campaign hashtag. We’d like as many partners as possible to sign up and pledge to support the campaign. We’d need to know what you are able to do to show your support, for example, ‘shared the messages on twitter, our account has XXXX followers’ or ‘created a page on our staff intranet page which reaches XXX employees’. Sending us this feedback through is vital in order for us to show the reach of this work.

How often will I receive information?

How long is a piece of string? In the world of cyber, things move very fast and are always changing. One month we might only contact you once with a new marketing campaign theme around a specific issue. The next month there might be two or three new threats to tell you about. But we promise not to bombard you, and if you change your mind about receiving stuff from us you can always un-subscribe.

How to you get involved?

Simply click on the text below to show your support, then we’ll create a mailing list and add you onto it.

Yes please i’d like to support NW ROCU


CyberUK – Glagow – 24 April 2019


CYBERUK is the UK government’s flagship cyber security event. Hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), it features world-class speakers, solutions and opportunities for interaction between the public and private sectors.

CYBERUK is the authoritative event for the UK’s cyber security community. It demonstrates what businesses, government, law enforcement and academia can do together as teams and as organisations to deliver a digital Britain that leads the world in cyber resilience.

As in previous years, Welsh Government had a stand at the event and Neil Sandford was showcasing the Cyber Wales Ecosystem with the help of a number of members of the Welsh Cyber Clusters.

Cyber Wales representatives Clare Johnson, Head of Cyber Security for the Faculty of Computing Engineering & Science at the University of South Wales and Pete Burnap, Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity at Cardiff University School of Computer Science along with John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster who wer on-hand to answer questions about Welsh cyber capability.

This year, delegates were offered seven content-rich Streams, encouraging active audience participation in the key areas of Collaborating Securely, AI, Countering the Adversary, Resilience and Resisting Attack, Safety and Cyber Security, Growing Cyber and a Stream of Interactive Workshops.

Cyber Wales also demonstrated proactive support for the MoD Army 2020 Strategy and in particular the strategy to develop tactical Cyber Protection Teams in the Army Reserve.  South Wales Cyber Security Cluster Member Mark Howells, himself a Reservist with 53 Signal Squadron of the Royal Corps of Signals and a Cyber Troop Commander was given permission to man the stand in uniform to raise the profile of this important national initiative.


Cyber Wales at RSA, San Francisco – 6 March 2019


RSA Conference conducts information security events around the globe that connect attendees to industry leaders and highly relevant information.  Their conferences draw over 50,000 attendees per year, more than any other conference in the world.  Events offer valuable content presented by some of the industry’s most forward-thinking leaders, the chance to network with thousands of peers and the inspiration to protect organizations now and in the future by finding new ways of approaching security.

GlobalEPIC chose this conference to hold a Members Meeting and representatives from Cyber Security Ecosystems around the world gathered at the Venable Law Firm’s offices in North Beach.

This was a great opportunity for all members to take a break from the conference, get together informally and discuss some of the projects and initiatives that have emerged from GlobalEPIC recently, such as the Soft Landing Programme and the sharing of information about Cyber Ranges.

Caroline Thomas from ObjectTech Group, a proactive member of Cyber Wales and the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, attended the meeting and provided a briefing on the Welsh Soft Landing offering.  Caroline was at RSA as part of a delegation from the NCSC Cyber Accelerator LORCA and a number of others from the cohort joined the meeting to learn more about the Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems of which Cyber Wales is a Founding Member.


Japanese Cyber Summit, Tokyo – 27 February 2019


Cyber Wales members formed a Delegation of cyber security companies who were invited to present to a range of industry representatives from all over Japan at an event held in the British Embassy in Tokyo.

Presentations were given by Dr Kerry Beynon, European data privacy expert, partner at RDP Law, Damon Rands, CEO of Wolfberry Cyber and John Davies, Managing Director of Pervade Software and they were later joined by Japanese experts for a Discussion Panel.

The Delegation was hosted by the Japan Cluster of Security Professionals and their Founder & CEO, Sam Matsumoto, commented “It is a pleasure to host specialist Welsh cyber companies and we would like to encourage cooperation and collaboration in the fight against the growing global threat of cyber attacks“.

The event was supported by the new Welsh Government Representative for Japan, Robin Walker and his Inward Investment staff including Goro Okada who worked with the British Embassy to help make the event a success.

In addition to the event, the trip involved a series of meetings between Cyber Wales companies and major companies in Japan including Telecoms, Energy and Security Service Providers which provided the opportunity to explore collaboration in more detail.

Some Cyber Wales members were also lucky enough to have been among delegates who were interviewed for Japanese Television when they arrived at Tokyo Airport.


Cyber Wales members chosen for LORCA – 8 January 2019


The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) is a joint collaboration between Plexal, CSIT and Deloitte. It’s funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy.

LORCA’s facility at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is a place for innovators, corporates, investors, academics, and engineers to come together and grow the most promising cybersecurity solutions of our time with tailored support to help them scale and meet the needs of industry. The first cohort of 9 companies joined in June 2018, and 6 months later, the second cohort of 10 businesses have just been announced.

ObjectTech Group Ltd, who work out of Falcon Drive in Cardiff, are proactive members of Cyber Wales and the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster and we are all delighted that they were selected to be in the 2nd LORCA Cohort.

Caroline Thomas from ObjectTech said “A huge thank you to the CyberWales team for introducing us to Lydia and the LORCA opportunity at the November Cluster meeting.  Our selection announced today as 1 of 10 UK cybersecurity companies chosen for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement, illustrates the power and impact of the ecosystem that has been created in Wales“.

CyNation, a Satellite Member of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster who are based in London, have also been selected for this Cohort and we wish Shadi Razak and Daniela Menzky, who have been involved in collaborations with Cyber Wales members, all the very best in the growth of their unique cyber solution.

Another organisation to be selected is Bob’s Business. Melenie Oldham from the Barnsley based Cyber Awareness firm is the Founder and Chair of the very successful Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster, which is yet more proof that the Cyber Clusters can, and do, provide an environment and opportunities for cyber companies to help each other to grow and be successful.

Well done to the Cluster members and to all 10 of the selected organisations – Cyber Wales wishes you all the very best in your year of Cyber Advancement!


European Cyber Week – Rennes – 19 November 2018


As a territory at the cutting edge of cyber defense and cyber security, Brittany welcomed the 3rd edition of the European Cyber Week, from November 19th to 22th 2018.

At this European event, organised in Rennes by the ‘Pôle d’Excellence Cyber‘ and its partners, the programme included technical conferences, business meetings and high-level events, addressing civilian and military stakes, around the thematic of Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security, and its applications in the area of health, media and defense.  Members of Cyber Wales met with representatives of the Pôle d’Excellence Cyber at the St David’s Day event in Brussels back in March and planning for this return visit began then.

Cyber Wales representative Dr Kerry Beynon, European data privacy expert, partner at RDP Law, joined an impressive group of panelists for a main stage discussion titled “From Silicon Valley to Start up Nation: which opportunities for European Valleys?”.

Fellow panelists included Laurent de Mercey the Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy at the European Commission, Bertrand Piechaczyk the Engineering Unit Director from Bretagne Développement Innovation, José Calvo Territory Director for the Salamanca Institute in Castilla y León, Javier Barriocanal the Head of the Basque Cybersecurity Center and Jarno Salonen the Director of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Welsh Government Trade & Invest teams including Neil Sandford from Wales and Ruth Stockley from the EU office in Brussels worked hard to organise for a Trade Mission of Welsh businesses to attend the event and all the delegates were able to capitalise on how well Kerry positioned Cyber Wales and it’s role on the Global stage.

 


CYBERSEC EU – Krakow – 8 October 2018


CYBERSEC EU is an annual public policy conference held at the ICE Congress Centre in Krakow, Poland dedicated to the strategic challenges of cybersecurity.

The conference is the flagship event of The Kosciuszko Institute a Founding Member of GlobalEPIC alongside Cyber Wales and this event was a perfect opportunity for representatives of the Ecosystems to meet and have a catch up.

One of the Institutional Patrons of the CYBERSEC Forum is the Cyberwatching Project, the European observatory of research and innovation in the field of cybersecurity and privacy, and this year the Project ran their inaugural Annual Workshop in the Auditorium in Krakow.

Cyber Wales representative John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, who proactively support the Cyberwatching Project, was invited to speak on stage at the Forum and as a Panelist in the Inaugural Workshop.

John joined: David Wallom, Associate Professor at Oxford University; Michel Drescher from the e-Research Centre at Oxford University; Raul Valera of AEI Ciberseguridad in Spain; Jose Ruiz, a senior cybersecurity expert at Atos; and Aitor Vieira from the CYBECO project, a collaboration between seven European institutions. The topic was assessing research outputs within the cybersecurity and privacy landscape.


Cyber Security Week – The Hague – 4 October 2018


On 4 & 5 October the Cyber Security Week Congress & Expo consisted of an exposition for national and international organisations to display their innovative cyber security solutions, a matchmaking programme with pre-arranged meetings, an Access to Capital event, an Access to Talent event and dozens of other cyber security related keynotes, sessions and workshops.

The CSW Congress and Expo was powered by The Hague Security Delta, a Founding Member of GlobalEPIC (the Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnership and Innovation in Cyber) and took place at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague.

John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, attended the event to represent Cyber Wales and the Welsh Cyber Security Clusters at the GlobalEPIC Annual Symposium which was one of the independent events at the Congress.

The symposium marked the anniversary of the launch of GlobalEPIC and it was a terrific opportunity for the original 14 Ecosystems to come together again and also to meet representatives from the new Ecosystems who have joined GlobalEPIC over the previous 12 months.

The Ecosystem of ecosystems has grown since it was launched to encompass no fewer than 26 Cyber Security Ecosystems from 22 countries spanning 5 continents.  New Ecosystems represented at the Symposium included the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Taiwan, Turkey and the Basque Region of Spain.


Launch of the Dubai Cyber Security Cluster – Dubai – 30 September 2018


Cyber Wales representative Damon Rands, CEO of Wolfberry Cyber Ltd was at the launch the new Dubai Cyber-Security Cluster in Emirates Towers in Dubai.

Damon, one of a number of Cyber Wales members who have operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), runs his organisation from the Emirates Towers and has formed strong links with other cyber businesses in the area since opening his offices there. Having been a long-standing member of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster and pro-actively involved in the formation of Cyber Wales, Damon was able to share information and ideas about what makes a successful Cluster.

Working with the Dubai Police, the Dubai Futures Academy and other local cyber firms to help get this new Cluster off the ground, Damon is also continuing to foster close working relationships with Cyber Wales and promote the Region to other Welsh companies who could benefit from the businesses opportunities available in the UAE’s fast growing economy.

The new Cluster aims to bring together law enforcement, Government, industry professionals and enthusiasts towards the goal of advancing Cyber-Security in the UAE and more broadly, the Middle East.

The Cluster looks to support the initiatives and direction of the UAE Government and to help make local business more secure and resilient to attack by fostering knowledge sharing and the development of new skills and capabilities in the region.


Launch of Women in Cyber Cluster – Newport – 18 September 2018


Another Cyber Security Cluster has been formed under the umbrella of Cyber Wales.

Clare Johnson, Head of Cyber Security in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Science at the University of South Wales launched the Women in Cyber Cluster at the University’s City Campus in Newport on Tuesday afternoon.

Clare heads up the team who run the National Cyber Security Academy, a BSc (Hons) Applied Cyber Security degree course where students work directly on ‘live briefs’ from industry, so their training will stay relevant and address current issues and topics. This hands-on approach also enables students to gain industry contacts and understand what will be expected of them in the workplace when they graduate.

The Academy punches above its weight when it comes to female to male students as well as staff and Clare is keen to make this precedent the “norm” in an industry still predominantly populated by men.

The meetings provide a valuable way for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry to meet and support each other.

Speakers are organised for each of the monthly meetings, but most importantly there is always plenty of opportunity to chat, share ideas and provide advice for each other in this dynamic industry.


SIN2018 – Cardiff – 12 September 2018


The 11th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks (SIN-2018) organized by Cardiff University, School of Computer Science and Informatics, provides an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in theory, methodology and applications of Security in information and networks.

The conference invites significant contributions from researchers and industrial working on the development of cryptographic algorithms, security schemes, cryptanalysis, application security, system security, cloud security and network security. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform to the researchers and practitioners from both academia as well as industry to meet and share cutting-edge advancements in the field of information and network security.

The event was attended by Universities and Institutes from around the world including the USA, Turkey, Australia, Russia and India and, in recognition of the role Cyber Wales now plays on the Global stage members of the Ecosystem were asked to participate.

Representatives from Cyber Wales contributed by staging a discussion panel. Moderated by John Davies Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, and attended by Jason Davies Founder and Chair of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster and Cyber Wales members Anthony Matthews of Charmwood Risk Management, Marie Caruso of Arcanum Cyber Security, Corporal Mark Howells of 53 Squadron of the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army.

After a brief presentation on the background and scope of Cyber Wales the discussion was very much audience driven in what turned out to be a very interactive and engaging session.


Free CNR Reporting Service from NCSC – Open


Please note the information below from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) about the CERT-UK Network Reporting (CNR) Service which, in case you are not aware, is another free NCSC tool.

This is available for any organisation on Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP), so unlike the Active Cyber Defence tools (which are only available for public sector bodies), the CNR service is for public & private sector bodies. NCSC promotes use of the service to CiSP members as another tool in an organisation’s defence armoury.

The CNR service scans for network abuse events on an organisation’s network, as well as vulnerable network services on an organisation’s Internet-facing services.

No infrastructure changes are required. An organisation just needs to be a member of CiSP to use the service, and then to provide its IP addresses/registered domain names, plus an up-to-date contact, which NCSC will send reports to, if we see any network abuse events or vulnerable network services on the organisation’s network.

An organisation can cease using the service at any time; however, we encourage CiSP members to use the service to help strengthen the overall cyber resilience of UK networks.

Information provided by Anna Lewis, Cyber Resilience Manager, Welsh Government, 0300 025 1948


NCSC GDPR Guidance


Two pieces of GDPR guidance for cyber security professionals that have been published on the NCSC website:

1. Information page: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it means for cyber security. www.ncsc.gov.uk/GDPR

2. Guidance: A set of technical security outcomes considered to represent appropriate measures under the GDPR. Developed jointly by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and NCSC. www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/gdpr-security-outcomes

Many thanks and kind regards,

Eva Ignatuschtschenko
Policy Lead – Behaviour Change
Cyber Security Incentives & Regulation, DCMS


GISEC 2019, Dubai – 1 May 2018


The Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC) is not just one of the most impactful cybersecurity shows in the Gulf Region, but it is also the largest, overshadowing other events in terms of aspiration, diversity and scope.

In its 7th edition, GISEC welcomed over 7,000 cyber-specific visitors, and was co-located with IoTX and Future Blockchain Summit, and collectively they delivered over 12,000 visitors.

Cyber Wales members visited the United Arab Emirates on an Trade Mission earlier in the year to establish relationships with key organisations, assess the market opportunity and meet the Welsh Government Representatives.  Having determined that there was a healthy business opportunity, Cyber Wales returned to attend this event and present a range of Welsh cyber solutions to attendees from all over the GCC Region.

A Cyber Wales stand was organised so that Wolfberry, Acuity Legal and Pervade Software could share the space which was opposite the UK DIT delegation stand on the exhibition floor.

The agenda was directed by a powerful Advisory Board of senior end-users from Dubai Electronic Security Centre, Dubai Police and Smart Dubai and Cyber Wales members were given speaking slots.  South Wales Cyber Security Cluster members Damon Rands, Dr Kerry Beynon and John Davies all spoke on the Spotlight Stage

The success of this event has prompted a number of Cyber Wales organisations to set up operations in the United Arab Emirates.


Welsh Cyber Summit – Newport – 19 April 2018


In September 2014 the NATO Summit was held in Newport in Wales. The agenda placed a major emphasis on cyber security and this event was closely followed by the first Welsh Industry Cyber Summit in early 2015 organised by CEMET (the Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies). The Summit was run again in April this year and this time it formed part of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

Cyber Wales Ecosystem includes cyber activities being carried out by Government, Business, Law Enforcement and Academia and this year’s Summit included sessions from each of these allies in the battle against cyber crime.

In partnership with CEMET, Welsh Government, Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit (TARIAN), the University of South Wales and Cyber Wales, this event brought together experts in each field so that delegates could learn about the ever-changing threat of Cyber Crime and how to better protect their businesses.

John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster delivered a key note talk at the opening of this prestigious event, describing the growth of the cyber security ecosystem in Wales, which is now an internationally recognised brand that encapsulates all aspects of cyber security in Wales and acts as a mark of expertise, quality and clarity in a complex and rapidly changing area of life.


CyberUK – Manchester – 10 April 2018


CYBERUK is the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) flagship event on cyber security. Over three days, 2,000 people attended events covering both strategy (CYBERUK Leadership) and delivery (CYBERUK In Practice) – gaining up to date information and industry leading insights.

Leadership: The Government’s leadership event for business and public sector decision makers and strategists saw key senior staff – policy makers, CEOs and thought leaders – learning about and contributing to the development of the latest thinking on how cyber security and business acumen come together to deliver successful business outcomes. Speakers were drawn from the same community as the 600+ vetted delegates – Government, Academia, the Third sector, Critical National Infrastructure and Industry. Minister-led, this event featured senior representatives from GCHQ and the NCSC.

In Practice: Brought together 1200+ information security professionals including specialists in the design and development of online services and systems, plus professionals in procurement and delivery. It was an opportunity to share best practice, learn about the latest security threats and solutions, and consider the growing challenges we all face.

Welsh Government had a stand at the event showcasing the Cyber Wales Ecosystem and the breadth and depth of cyber expertise in Wales.

Cyber Wales representatives Clare Johnson, Head of Cyber Security for the Faculty of Computing Engineering & Science at the University of South Wales and John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster helped to man the stand and answered questions about Welsh cyber capability.

This attracted attention from the Joint Cyber Unit, part of the Joint Forces Command, who volunteered to come to Wales and speak at a Cluster meeting about the exciting work of cyber in the Armed Forces as well as from various Government entities and cyber companies.


Cyber Wales in the Press – BBC – 28 March 2018


The prime minister Teresa May was in South Wales as part of her whistle-stop tour around the UK to mark one year to go until Brexit. BBC Wales political correspondent James Williams interviewed key industry leaders in various sectors to highlight the anticipated impact of Brexit.

In a news article which featured interviews with Rob Wainwright the Director of Europol, Alun Michael the Police Commissioner for South Wales Police and John Davies of Cyber Wales and Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, the BBC asked how efforts to fight cyber crime might be effected post-Brexit.

Speaking about the need for close collaborative links between law enforcement agencies and cyber experts around the world, John said “a hacker sitting at a laptop in Bulgaria can attack a specialist company in Blaengarw, so the effort we all need to put in to tackle cyber crime is going to rise above any political boundaries”.

Rob Wainwright from Europol said “Wales plays its part in a very strong UK commitment in cyber and we are very pleased to have that association which we hope will continue in the future”.

Mr Wainwright, who is stepping down as the Head of Europol later this year also said that he was “personally very proud of the Welsh cyber commitment” as he himself comes from Carmarthenshire.


Cyber Wales in the Press – Daily Telegraph – 23 March 2018


In a series of features on “Cybersecurity for small business”, journalist Rob Waugh quoted Cyber Wales in his article titled “What skills do we need to fight cybercrime?”.

The article states that most small businesses mistakenly think that hackers will not target them, according to research by analyst KPMG, with 51pc believing they won’t be targeted.

This is, however, a myth. In fact, hackers now target small businesses as a matter of choice, says John Davies, Co-founder & Chairman of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster.

Mr Davies says: “Recently we have seen a huge rise in extortion attacks being aimed at smaller companies. It is far easier to get a thousand small businesses to pay £100 than it is to get a large corporate to pay off a £100,000 blackmail threat”.

“These attacks are indiscriminate. The best possible advice to small businesses is to prepare. Thankfully, this has been made easier through the availability of a best-practice framework, developed in the UK and readily available for all companies”.

The Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme has been designed to prepare businesses for the most common cyber threats and serve as a first step, along with the Small Business Guide, to improving cybersecurity awareness”.

The article also quoted Ciaran Martin the CEO of NCSC, Kevin Chapman an SVP at Avast, Cath Goulding the Head of IT Security at Nominet and John Shaw a VP at Sophos.


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


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

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

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

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

Keynote speeches were given by:-

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

Also during the day Cyber Wales signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with B-Hive, a European collaborative innovation fintech platform that brings together major banks, insurers and market infrastructure players.

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

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


New Anti-Phishing Guidance Published (Defending Your Organisation)


The NCSC has published new “Phishing Attacks: Defending Your Organisation” guidance today help organisations consider their approach to email phishing attacks.
You can read the full guidance here and our public blog from Emma W here​
It’s worth taking a look, as it’s a stepchange in our guidance on tackling phishing.  As part of this we’re suggesting that training staff in your organisation isn’t enough – there needs to be a multi-layered defence built in beyond relying on end user awareness and behaviour.
In particular, you’ll spot that we’re stepping back from recommending some of the off-the-shelf phishing click training packages. They’re expensive and not always effective. The new guidance has details on what to suggest to customers instead.

CyberTech 2018 – Tel Aviv – 30 January 2018


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

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

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

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


Launch of IP Wales Cluster – Swansea – 17 December 2017


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

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

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

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

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


Cyber Threat Summit – Dublin – 24 October 2017


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

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

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

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

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


GlobalEPIC Launch – Krakow – 8 October 2017


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

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

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

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

14 leading global cybersecurity ecosystems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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