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Welsh biometric innovators Connective Touch from Ebbw Vale are opening doors in Canada – 5 Sept 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.


UK Cyber Forum Update – 18 August 2019


Good morning,

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in.

AFCEA UK West Meeting Programme

All meetings will continue to be held at Brickhampton Golf Club unless otherwise notified.

·         19th September 2019  (Note; this date deviates from our usual 2nd Thursday of the month)
John (JW) Warriner; a recent RAF 1* and former President of AFCEA London and now Director Consulting Services at CGI:
Defence innovation has acquired the same pejorative contradiction of terms as military intelligence/precision. Discuss!

·         10th October 2019
AVM Chris Moore; 2* Director of Operations at ISS Corsham:
A view from the Front Line of Warfare in the Information Age

·         14th November 2019
Brigadier Richard Spencer; Head of Portfolio Delivery, Weapons Operating Centre at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S):
The MORPHEUS Journey and what we have learnt from the Bowman experience

Meeting details and future events can be accessed from www.afcea.org.uk

SSCS 2019: International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security

21 – 22 October 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place
www.theiet.org/sscs

UK Cyber Security Forum members can register at the IET Member rate.

This is the only conference in the UK focusing on functional safety and cyber security together. Sessions at SSCS 2019 will focus on integrating safety and cyber security, implementing and adopting security approaches and system/software safety.

Speakers include

  • Security Manager, Yorkshire Water Operational Technology (OT)
  • Head of Cyber Security and Resilience, Ofgem
  • Head of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
  • Executive Security Architect, IBM
  • Principal National Investigator, HSIB
  • Principal Engineer, BAE Systems Submarines
  • General Manager, Technical Excellence, PETRONAS Malaysia
  • Deputy Technical Director, National Cyber Security Centre
  • Professional Head of Discipline – System Safety and Asset Management, Atkins
  • Principal Consultant, ESC

SANS Institute Training in Cardiff (for the first time) – Events: 30 Sep – 5 Oct 2019


SANS Institute supports the thriving Welsh cyber ecosystem by bringing world-leading cyber security training to Cardiff for the first time at the end of September.

They will be running a week-long Cardiff event to increase accessibility of SANS cyber security training for businesses and organisations that are part of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

The move recognises what has been a well-kept secret for several years – Wales has a thriving cyber ecosystem, with large companies like Airbus, Thales, BT, AML, and General Dynamics, and indeed SANS itself, choosing to locate either their European headquarters or significant cyber operations in and around South Wales. A number of cyber focused military units are also based in Wales, and the area around Newport is home to large government organisations such as Companies House, the Passport office, and the Office for National Statistics, with the DVLA further West in Swansea, all of which process vast quantities of UK citizens’ data and have a high level of responsibility to keep that data safe. These huge consumers of cyber have supported, and are being supported, by a vast network of cyber specialist SMEs.

Stephen Jones, SANS MD for the UK and Nordics, says: ‘All of this cyber activity in South Wales means that there is a significant need to develop cyber talent in the region and keep current the skills of those already working in the cyber industry in Wales. It’s a perfect time for us to launch SANS Cardiff, which will enable security professionals in the region to further develop their skills and knowledge, extending South Wales’ cyber threat capabilities.”

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, sums it up: “The world is changing rapidly and skills in cyber security will be vital for any organisation to consider itself fit for the future. Public bodies in Wales now have duties under the Future Generations Act to ensure that they are planning for the long term. Ensuring their own workforce is well equipped with the right skills for the future will be a key part of this, as well as recognising the opportunities to the wider economy that could be achieved by developing the capacity of Wales as a nation to meet the demand for these skills.”

SANS Cardiff will be running three courses:

SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style – Ross Bergman
SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking – Adrien de Beaupre
FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis – Mike Pilkington

For more information on the courses, please visit https://www.sans.org/event/cardiff-september-2019


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


UK Pavilion at Dubai Airshow 2019 – Deadline: 15th August 2019


DIT DSO is delighted to offer UK industry the opportunity to take part in this prestigious event. Participation on the DIT DSO stand within the UK Pavilion at Dubai Airshow 2019 offers a unique and cost-effective platform from which UK companies, whether new to the defence sector or more established, you can take advantage of the significant opportunities available.

Based on an assessment of regional requirements DIT DSO is seeking company participation within the following areas, but not exclusive to:

UAS and Counter-UAS
Ground-Based Air Defence (GBAD)
Aircraft protection & countermeasures/Electronic Warfare (EW)
Aircrew systems and training
Maritime aircraft and associated equipment (weapons/sonar etc.)
C4ISR capability

Attached is the Letter of Interest (LOI) for the Dubai Airshow 2019. WO2 Nick Booth will be on the stand and available to represent your company products within the UK Pavilion. If you are interested in taking advantage of the services the Export Support Team can provide, please return the completed LOl directly to WO2 Nick Booth at the latest 15th August 2019 . (PLEASE NOTE: WO2 Nick Booth will be on Annual Leave 1st – 20th August 2019, but will periodically have access to emails).

Contact details are as follows:

WO2 Nick Booth,
Export Support Team,
Horne Barracks,
Larkhill,
Salisbury,
Wiltshire, SP4 8QE

E: Nick.Booth506@mod.gov.uk

T: +44 (0) 01980 84 5718
M: +44 (0) 07519614344


UK Cyber Forum Update – 28 July 2019


Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

Kent Cyber Security Forum 2019

Thursday 5 September 2019, 10.00 – 17.00, University of Kent

A survey by security firm Kaspersky Lab found that many SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) don’t believe they are at risk. The same report last year found over a third of SMEs fell victim to a cyber-attack, costing on average £75k – £311k. The government is urging organisations in the UK to take cyber security more seriously.

The University of Kent has brought together the expertise in one place, on one day, to help organisations prepare for, prevent and deal with cyber security threats. Please join us for the Kent Cyber Security Forum this September.

Click here to find out more and book a place:

https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/kienews/2019/06/11/kent-cyber-security-forum-2019/

Discount for UK Cyber Security Forum Members (£49 instead of £99). Members should choose the ‘Concession’ ticket option and then enter the code Cyber49 at the checkout

DIT Trade Mission to Germany

Currently, we are planning a November 2019 ‘match-making mission’ (similar to the one we ran in February this year) to introduce UK cybersecurity firms to German businesses.  For more information please contact Isabelle Dugdale, Technology Team in Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 21109132 or E-mail: isabelle.dugdale@fco.gov.uk

Malvern Festival of Innovation

10th October  in Malvern

This year the day-long Cyber Security event as part of the Festival of Innovation will focus on Cyber Security Solutions for SMEs.  It is free for innovative SMEs to exhibit at the event and this is allocated on a first come first served basis.

The event is open to the public and attracts attendees from across the UK. It includes companies of all sizes, members of the public, university students, managed service providers, members of both central and regional government and police. We usually have between 300 and 400 attendees.

The programme of speakers will be published later in the year.

There is also a popular black tie dinner for the Festival on the evening of 10th October.  Dinner tickets are £69 each (including vat).

Become a Sponsor
https://www.festival-innovation.com/home/sponsor

Register to attend (free)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-54289558531

Register to exhibit (free for innovative SMEs)
https://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/

Book to attend the dinner
https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/formal-dinner

We usually have to close attendance and exhibition spaces booking before the event as we get over-subscribed.  So do book early if you want to attend!


Cyber Survey from South West and Wales Universities – Deadline: 9 August 2019


The Universities of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Gloucestershire, alongside commercial partners are wishing to understand the landscape for cyber and cyber security businesses across the region to better inform our approach to supporting regional organisations.

We would like to understand what you view as the main barriers to your growth aspirations and whether plans to develop a ‘Cyber West and Wales’ ecosystem will help meet your needs. The aim is to create a world leading cyber innovation ecosystem which will focus on:

  • Create unique large-scale research platforms aimed at the cybersecurity challenges of infrastructure systems
  • Support establishing new business growth and enterprise facilities
  • Support basic training and provision of specialist up-skilling activities
  • Grow capacity for world class research
  • Develop an industrial cyber super-cluster
  • Harness the diversity of experience, talent, insight and entrepreneurial skills from all parts of our community

You are invited to complete an online survey to provide your views of the specific requirements for your business and the cyber security sector as a whole. The link to the survey can be found below:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Cyber_West_and_Wales_BusinessSurvey/

We request that you complete the survey by Friday 9th August.

No individual comments or views will be disclosed in any analysis. Only aggregated and anonymised data from the survey will be used to inform how the project is developed.The survey should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete, please feel free to pass on to other colleagues and organisations.

Thank you very much for participating in advance.

Profs Awais Rashid, Peter Burnap, Adam Joinson and Stephen Marston


Foreign and Commonwealth Office Tech Newsletter – Date: July 2019


Overview of upcoming tech events and opportunities in the UAE

I hope you’re all having a good summer, whether baking in the Middle East or slightly cooler in the UK (just!), I wanted to share an update to include the various shows and conferences we are aware of taking place over the next few months, some of which might be of interest to you and also share an overview from our Queen’s Birthday Party earlier this year, where we had some UK tech companies showcasing their technology and innovation (and the Dubai Police Robot!)

If you have any content suggestions for future newsletters, e.g. legal updates on tech related regulation in the UAE or interesting updates on projects you are working on in the UAE or wider region which you would like to share, do let me know – drop me a line Alison.young@fco.gov.uk (and it would be great to catch up!)

GITEX
6-10 October 2019, Dubai, U.A.E.
GITEX is where the world’s technology leaders, enterprises and start-ups come together to show you the future of every business and every industry through technology and innovation

From top exhibitors and speakers to new product launches and live experiences, the most renowned names in technology have come alive here. GITEX hosts 24 technology shows in one, converging sectors and industries that will impact our lives, 365 days a year. It’s a celebration of technology possibilities for anyone who believes in the power of innovation to shape future business and society.
Exhibit at GITEX as part of the UK Pavilion and take part in activities organised by regional DIT representatives during the show. DIT tech leads from around the GCC and other Middle East Counties will also be present.

Click here for further information about exhibiting at GITEX as part of the UK pavilion

Further Activities
For further details on exhibition costs, or to register your interest in exhibiting, please email info@tradefair.co.uk who can guide you through the application process

 

DIT Saudi Arabia Smart Cities Trade Mission
14-16 October 2019, K.S.A.

The Department for International Trade, in partnership with the Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC) will be leading a UK technology trade mission to Saudi Arabia from 14-16 October 2019, immediately following the GITEX Technology Week in Dubai (6-10 October)

Click here for more information

 

Fintech AD
21-23 October 2019, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

MENA’s leading FinTech festival will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. FinTech Abu Dhabi will bring together 5,000 influencers and innovators who are pioneering the new wave of innovation across financial services

Building on the success of the previous two editions of FinTech Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) has partnered with Unbound, an award-winning global innovation ecosystem builder with a successful track record of creating innovation events around the world, to deliver FinTech Abu Dhabi. This could be a great opportunity for UK fintech companies to take part in a great showcase for fintech and network with key UAE and regional contacts

Click here for full story or let me know if you would like further information about taking part

 

Abu Dhabi Smart Cities Summit
29-30 October 2019, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

This summit is to set out Abu Dhabi’s Roadmap for Smart Cities and will cover a multitude of Smart City related themes. It will also bring together over 16 Abu Dhabi government entities to look at new smart cities related technologies, knowledge sharing and opportunities for collaboration

If you are interested in finding out more, please Click here for further details on the Summit or email the organisers for further details

 

UK Technology Showcase at the Queen’s Birthday Parties in the UAE
We had some great UK companies showcasing at the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Queen’s Birthday parties in April, with technology being a key theme of both events – companies that took part were: Sublime and Soulis, Titan the Robot (Cyberstein), Pavegen, Ordnance Survey International,Engage Works, TCarta, Kingsbury Gulf, Imagination


Hague Security Delta, One Conference – Deadline: 16 August 2019


In the Netherlands, October 2019 will be all about Cyber Security.

As part of the European Cyber Security Month, many events will take place providing the opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas and innovations for a more secure future. There will not be a Cyber Security Week like previous years, but instead the Hague Security Delta supports and aligns with the existing initiatives during the Cyber Security Month.

The highlight of the month will be the One Conference from 1-3 October, including innovation showcases and network opportunities. It is organised by the Dutch government.

Amongst the other events are:
* The Europol-INTERPOL cybercrime conference
* The Unleashing Cyber Security Summit
* Alert Online
* Hardwear.io Security Conference & Training

Please know that we are also planning on organizing a ‘doing business in Holland’ session around the One Conference.

For an overview of the events visit: www.cybersecurityweek.nl

Tickets for International Delegations Attending the One Conference
We have the opportunity to invite international delegations to the One Conference (giving you definite access to the conference without having to go through the selection procedure). The number of tickets we have is limited, so let us know if you are interested in attending yourself and/or coming with a delegation.

If you reply to cybersecurity@thehague.com with the names of the people that wish to attend, you will receive the ‘GDH international delegation code’ to register at the One Conference website (https://www.eventure-online.com/eventure/participant/personalData.form).

The first closing of the registration is scheduled for 16 August, so please apply as soon as possible. If you won’t be able to meet this deadline but wish to attend, please get in touch with Bert Feskens (bert.feskens@thehaguesecuritydelta.com) at eh Hague Security Delta Foundation.


Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 Conference in Bilbao, Spain – Deadline: 7 September 2019


Next November 20th and 21st, the annual Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 Conference will take place in Bilbao.

Javier Diéguez Barriocanal, Director of the Basque Cybersecurity Centre is inviting 2 Welsh cyber companies to come and showcase their products at the event. Welsh Government has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the Basque Country with the aim of fostering closer links between our cyber ecosystems and this invitation is extended in the spirit of that MoU.

What profile they we looking for:
* European company.
* Cybersecurity technology vendor.
* Addressed to industrial control systems protection.
* Not a direct competitor of a Basque company (we’ll assess this point).

What we are offering:
* No cost for the booth, the company will only cover travel and Accommodation expenses.
* More than 100 highly digitalized industrial companies sharing the expo area with cyber companies.
* Introductions to specific kind of potential customers among our local industry.
* Introductions to potential local partners (integrators).
* Introductions to acceleration programmes and incentives for opening a branch in the region.
* Introductions to Academia and Research Institutes.

The conferences will take place over 3 days:
* Nov. 19th – Cybersecurity for Robotics international Conference. I’ll give you more info shortly, we are currently defining the contents in collaboration with several international bodies (attendance, around 100 people).
* Nov. 20th – Basque Industry 4.0 Meeting Point (attendance, around 2.500 people).
* Nov. 21st – Basque Cybersecurity Day (attendance, around 800 people).

Some side meetings are also planned during these days such as GlobalEPIC and FIRST.

Javier has asked kindly asked for details of 5-6 companies who would be interested in attending by September 7th so that they can select the most suitable and inform you by the end of September.

If they discover more than 2 acceptable companies, they will evaluate if they have room for all of them in the Expo area.

If you are interested in attending, please contact:
Neil Sandford
Business Development Manager – Cyber/Tech Inward Investment
International Relations and Trade
Welsh Government
Tel: +44 (0)7769 883253
E-mail: neil.sandford@gov.wales


4th International Cyber Warfare & Security Conference, Turkey – Event: 20 November 2019


The 4TH International Cyber Warfare & Security Conference will be running on the 20-21 November 2019 at the Congresium Conference Centre in Ankara, Turkey

2019 Theme: “How to become a global player in Cyber Security”

* Funding the Cyber Security Ecosystem
* Increasing Quality of Security Services
* International Collabrations
* How Cyber Security Clusters are important for the Ecosystems
* Extending the variety of products and perspectives
* A Rise of State – Sponsored Attacks
* Cyber – Physical Convergence

This event is organised by the Turkish Cyber Security Cluster, a fellow member of the GlobalEPIC (Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnerships and Innovation in Cyber) alongside Cyber Wales.

Burak Sondal who is on the Steering Group of the Turkish Cluster has extended an invitation to any Cyber Wales members who wish to attend this event so come and meet with members of the Turkish Cluster to explore opportunities to collaborate.

We are working with Welsh Government and DIT to see it some funding might available to assist with travel costs.

If you are interested in this opportunity please let John Davies know (johnd@cyberwales.net)


UK Cyber Forum Update – 14 July 2019


Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

Level 3 Apprenticeship Cyber Technician survey

Short notice deadline 19th July – sorry!

Over the last few months a group of industry representatives have been working with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to develop a level 3 Apprenticeship for a Cyber Security Technician.  Our aim is to encourage people into the profession as early as possible.

The industry panel has now submitted the proposal to the IfA and the requirement level 3 Apprenticeship has been approved.  As part of the process there is now a two week wider industry consultation, which we would encourage you to be a part of.  By following the link below, you will be taken to a survey which details the proposed content of the Level 3 Apprenticeship.  We would like your views as to the relevance of it, the survey should not take too much of your time.  This consultation is important, the panel want to be sure we are providing a route into the profession that is both relevant to employers and Apprentices, we can only gain this assurance from you.

On behalf of the Level 3 Apprenticeship Cyber Technician panel, can I thank you in advance for your input.

You can find the survey at:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XJMNY7J. Please note that the deadline for completion of the survey is 19 July 2019.

Billington DIT event in New York – 4/5th September

Billington is a large Government cyber security summit, entering its 10th anniversary this year. The theme for this year is: “Reinventing Cybersecurity: Addressing Tomorrow’s Top Cyber Challenges”.

Pre-Billington DIT event in New York – Tuesday 4th September

Due to the increase in events put on by the Billington organiser, and the extended exhibiting period, DIT will run a one day program of events in New York on Tuesday 4th September before heading up to Washington.  We will still be involved in the extremely successful VIP reception at Billington.  If you are interested in the NY program please Peter Thompson – peter.thompson@trade.gov.uk.

Billington, Washington DC, 4/5th September

Below is some information around the Billington Cybersecurity event in Washington from the organisers.  There won’t be a DIT pavilion at the exhibition but there is a UK cyber zone where we will be present.  The cost of exhibiting is $5,000.  DIT will be supporting companies who attend/exhibit and have negotiated some relevant opportunities with the event organisers as outlined below.  DIT are not involved in the organisation of the exhibition so if you are interested in exhibiting or attending please contact the organiser directly – tkb@billingtoncybersecurity.com

[A message from the organiser] Dear Potential Exhibitor at the UK Cyber Innovation Zone:

To grow your cyber business in the U.S. public sector, the largest cyber marketplace in the world, you should seriously consider exhibiting at the 10th Annual Billington CyberSecurity Summit on 9/4-9/5.  This summit is the leading summit on cybersecurity in government and draws unprecedented decision-makers.

For the fifth year, the UK Cyber Innovation Zone will be held at this summit and we invite you to exhibit as part of this Zone and to attend this unique summit.

Here are five reasons why exhibiting would benefit you and your business:

1. The summit is where the cyber “who’s who” in the U.S. Federal cyber market convenes.  Senior leaders in government and at major systems integrators have gathered for 10 years.  Going on its fifth year, the British Embassy will host a reception at the conclusion of this summit allowing for unparalleled networking.

2. The summit is the most established event of its kind entering its milestone 10th year in the world’s largest cyber market in the region where the NSA, DOD, DHS, DOE are located at the epicenter of cybersecurity.

3. Billington will launch a Cyber Mindsharing Network consisting of one on ones from 9:00-11:30 am on September 4 before the launch of this summit.

3. The U.K.’s “special relationship” with the U.S. makes it the first, trusted area the U.S. government looks for partners.

4. The event includes an educational one hour breakout panel on 9/5 tailored to International businesses hoping to grow in the cyber US government market titled, “Building Your Cybersecurity Business in the U.S. Public Sector.”

5. Trusted relationships matter greatly in the US cyber market; and this is where relationships form.  The entire program will be in the same room as the 60K+ square foot exhibit hall so that exhibitors will hear the General Session dialogue.  Over 1000 attendees are expected, and over 40 media. Last year, nearly 800 attendees came to the event and nearly 40 media.

The full list of confirmed speakers are listed here.
The latest agenda is available here.

Benefits for Zone Sponsors and Exhibitors
* Exhibit table at the U.K. Cyber Innovation Zone (booth size depending on sponsor level)
* Registrant list for those who do not opt out
* One invitation to the VIP Reception/
* 3 complimentary guest passes to summit
* Logo/link on web site and marketing emails
* Dinner the evening before at a premier venue
* 15 minute one-on-one meeting with select speaker at the event will be scheduled by Billington CyberSecurity
* Bag insert

The contact information for the conference organiser is – tkb@billingtoncybersecurity.com

UK pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week

Following on from the success of previous years, DIT will be hosting a UK pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week this year. The flyer with further details is attached. There will also be a significant senior HMG delegation attending GovWare, the associated conference.

There will be space for 6-8 UK companies on the pavilion. If you would like to apply for one of these slots, please reply to this bulletin and request the application form. Then submit the application form to cyber@trade.gov.uk by Friday 26th July. We will select companies the following week, and inform all applicants as soon as possible.

Companies can also have their own stands at the exhibition. We have asked the organisers to give any UK companies with their own stands the option of being located near the UK pavilion. If this would be of interest, please mention this to the organisers as part of your discussions, and let us know that you intend to attend so that we can support. We may also be able to offer invitations to the HMG reception to UK companies attending but not on the UK pavilion.

IAAC – Recruitment of New CEO

IAAC CEO, Nigel Jones, has sadly resigned with effect from October 2019. We are therefore seeking to recruit a new CEO. IAAC is currently at the beginning of a process of updating its role in the UK cyber security world to ensure that it can continue to contribute to making the UK a successful digital society and economy. Nigel has launched this update and, with his coming departure, we need someone who has the same energy and skills to take it forward, particularly since IAAC will be an important member of the planned UK Cyber Security Council.

The CEO role is very much part-time, averaging 4-5 days a month. It is remunerated but not hugely so, at £1,000 nett of national insurance per month. IAAC does not have any premises so the CEO works from home, with occasional travel to London and Chester for meetings and events.

We are seeking applications, in the form of a letter addressing the requirements of the role and a c.v., by 9 August. Applications should be sent by email to Emma Cowell (info@iaac.org.uk) and Roddy Hallifax (companysecretary@iaac.org.uk). We will shortlist the applications in August and expect to hold interviews in the first half of September. We plan to make the decision by 25 September and hope to be able to introduce the new CEO at the Cyber Leadership Forum in October.

If you are interested in this please reply to this bulletin and request the Job and Role Descriptions and application form. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nigel (ceo@IAAC.ORG.UK) if you have questions about the job or Roddy (companysecretary@iaac.org.uk) if you have questions about the application and selection process.

IAAC Cyber Resilience Workshop 2 Report

The report from the IAAC second workshop on cyber resilience compliance eco-system, hosted by the University of Manchester on 3rd June 2019, is now available at: http://www.iaac.org.uk/cyber-resilience/

The workshop explored many of the fundamental elements at work in a potential cyber compliance eco-system.  These comprise ‘hard’ measures, such as law and regulations; ‘soft’ measures, such as norms and social pressure; and structural issues, such as usability and process design.   All of these are affected by environmental issues, such as corporate culture, which in turn sit in a wider network of relationships and dependencies. The workshop examined the nature of some of these relationships, for example in pushing and pulling forces toward cyber resilience goals, and how they affect the behaviours of people as individuals in organisations and communities.

Comments are always welcome to info@iaac.org.uk .

Next generation services Innovation Lab

Individuals can now apply to take part in a 3-day residential Innovation Lab on behalf of their organisation to develop responsible data access or sharing methods. Services including legal, accounting and insurance account for almost 80% of the UK economy. It is vital these services are future-proof, and technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics can help the sector become more efficient, productive and globally competitive.
Through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), government is supporting industry and researchers to develop next generation services that can transform the UK’s services industry. UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £3.5 million to develop responsible data access and sharing methods in the accountancy, insurance and legal services sectors through a 3-day residential Innovation Lab that will explore the use of AI to strengthen the UK services sector.
Find out more here

Japan FinTech & Cyber Trade Mission, 3-6 September

Applications for the FinTech/Cyber trade mission to Japan are now open. The mission will coincide with FIN/SUM, the Japanese FinTech Summit in Tokyo, and will include opportunities for cyber security companies. Please apply here by Friday 19th July, and contact techtradejapan@mobile.trade.gov.uk with any queries.

QITCOM, 29 October – 1 November

QITCOM is an international conference and exhibition organised by the Qatari Ministry of Transport and Communications. This year’s event will feature a host of international speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 start-ups and many other ecosystem enablers. The British Embassy in Doha and DIT in London are working to secure a UK pavilion and attract UK representatives across tech, cyber and academia to exhibit and showcase at QITCOM this year.The theme for 2019 will be Safe Smart Cities. If your company has expertise relevant to this sector and you’re interested in finding out more, please email mohamed.ali@trade.gov.uk.

CEBIT Australia, 29-31 October

DIT is seeking 10 highly innovative UK technology companies, including cyber security companies, to attend Australia’s largest tech festival. Full details and registration by Wednesday 31st July here; please contact james.ohern@trade.gov.uk (UK) or jim.thompson@mobile.trade.gov.uk (Australia) for more information.

ANZ Airport Mission, w/c 11 November

Cyber security companies with an offer applicable to the airport sector are invited to join a mission to Australia and New Zealand, visiting key airport stakeholders in Auckland, Melbourne, and Sydney. Further information is in the attached flyer; please contact amanda.lightbody@trade.gov.uk with any questions or to express interest by Monday 22nd July.

Cyber Insurance

The City of London Corporation have published a report on the UK cyber insurance sector, which was launched by the Lord Mayor of London last month. The report is available here.

National Cyber Security Strategy after 2021

HMG is in the process of developing the next National Cyber Security Strategy, to succeed the existing 2016-2021 programme. As part of this, RUSI are running a series of workshops to identify industry’s views, and have published a briefing paper summarising their early findings. The briefing paper is available here. If you have further views on the development of the next strategy that you would like to feed in, please contact jamess@rusi.org.


Cyber Investor Day, Luxembourg – Deadline: 25 August 2019


The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) is organising the CYBER INVESTOR DAY, scheduled to take place on 15 October 2019 in Luxembourg. Application process for the start-ups and SMEs has been launched today!

We would like to invite you to join our efforts in increasing the visibility of the European cyber security market players and to spread the message about the upcoming cybersecurity business matchmaking event within your network.

Once again, the most promising European cybersecurity start-ups and SMEs will have an opportunity to pitch their innovative solutions and participate in the strategic business matchmaking sessions, where they will meet with the influential European and international investors.

To be selected and pitch their product, the European cybersecurity start-ups and SMEs are invited to apply by 25 August 2019. Application guidelines are available here.

The last edition of the ECSO Cyber Investor Day was held on 14 May in Madrid and proved to be a great success – more than 150 B2B meetings were held on that day!

The six edition of the ECSO cybersecurity business matchmaking events is jointly organised with SECURITYMADEIN.LU, the cybersecurity agency of the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg.


Department for International Trade: Cyber Security Export Team Newsletter: July 2019


Secretary of State appoints UK Cyber Security Ambassador
The Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox, has appointed Dr Henry Pearson as the new UK Cyber Security Ambassador. The post was originated by Conrad Prince in 2016, and focuses on working with UK cyber security companies who are looking to export their capabilities overseas, particularly to national Governments. In this role Dr Pearson will look to bridge the gap between UK companies and senior decision makers and help align international demand for cyber security solutions with an extensive UK supply chain to secure major contracts for UK companies. This work will mainly be focused in the Gulf and South-East Asia. Prior to his appointment, Dr Pearson worked for the National Cyber Security Centre as an HMG Cyber Advisor, providing support to governments abroad to develop their cyber security capability. His extensive career in cyber security has also included advising the Ministry of Defence and senior leadership roles in Detica Ltd, now BAE Applied Intelligence.
 
Cyber Security Industry Representatives
We are pleased to welcome Michael Powell to the role of Cyber Security Industry Representative for the North America region. Michael will be based in the Embassy in Washington DC but will be travelling throughout North America, using his cyber and commercial expertise to engage with buyers and identify opportunities for UK companies. Michael has over twelve years of experience defining, selling, delivering, and directing both managed and professional cyber security services to government and industry, most recently as an Account Director for New York-based company, MWR InfoSecurity.
 
We are also pleased to have nominated a Cyber Security Industry Representative for the Middle East region, who will be based in Dubai. We will formally announce the post holder in the coming weeks. We will shortly be recruiting for a Cyber Representative to South-East Asia, and are considering options for a Cyber Representative to India in the medium term. We will provide updates as this process continues.
 
Sector offers
We now have sector offers for most of our priority areas: government, finance, CNI, automotive, healthcare, and infrastructure. The offers look to provide a suggested framework of themes for an overseas event and a selection of relevant companies. The team is promoting the offers around our deployed network, and has delivered events around automotive, finance and CNI. We are also producing sector-specific marketing material for use with potential buyers abroad. If your company has expertise relevant to a particular sector of which the team may not be aware, please do contact us oncyber@trade.gov.uk so we can include your capability in the offer.
 
Recent Events
 
RSA Conference, San Francisco, USA
In March we took 22 companies to the RSA exhibition in San Francisco. This was the largest cyber mission to RSA so far with 8 companies/organisations on the UK pavilion and 14 on the second track, who did not have a stand but benefitted from the DIT programme of events and introductions to buyers.  DIT teamed up with LORCA and Invest Northern Ireland, who were represented on the pavilion, with the common goal to showcase the UK offer and help our companies to export.  Feedback indicated that the second track was a great success and it will be repeated in 2020.
 
GISEC, Dubai, UAE, 1-3 April
The Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) was a hugely successful three-day conference attended by six UK companies. Our commercial objective for the event was to support the exporting ambitions of these six UK cyber security firms in the UAE by facilitating introductions to buyers at the UK pavilion. We had a complete programme for the mission which included a breakfast briefing that was well attended by cyber primes. The breakfast briefing included presentations by industry experts as well as sessions led by UK Export Finance, the UAE Embassy and a UAE based business consultancy. The mission has shown early signs of promise with reports of quality business leads for the companies exhibiting. Our hope is to return next year and to take advantage of the healthy network of stakeholders accrued over the last few years.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Japan FinTech & Cyber Trade Mission, 3-6 September
Applications for the FinTech/Cyber trade mission to Japan are now open. The mission will coincide with FIN/SUM, the Japanese FinTech Summit in Tokyo, and will include opportunities for cyber security companies. Please apply here by Friday 19th July, and contact techtradejapan@mobile.trade.gov.uk with any queries.
 
Billington, Washington DC, 4/5 September
Billington is a large Government cyber security summit, entering its 10th anniversary this year. The theme for this year is: “Reinventing Cybersecurity: Addressing Tomorrow’s Top Cyber Challenges”. There won’t be a DIT pavilion at the exhibition but there is a UK cyber zone where we will be present.  The cost of exhibiting is $5,000.  DIT will be supporting companies who attend/exhibit and have negotiated some relevant opportunities with the event organisers.  We are not involved in the organisation of the exhibition so if you are interested in exhibiting or attending please contact the organiser directly – tkb@billingtoncybersecurity.com
 
Singapore International Cyber Week, 1-3 October
The call for applications for the UK Pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week 2019 was issued this week, with a deadline of Friday 26th July. Please do contact us on cyber@trade.gov.uk if you have not received this email or have further questions.
 
QITCOM, 29 October – 1 November
QITCOM is an international conference and exhibition organised by the Qatari Ministry of Transport and Communications. This year’s event will feature a host of international speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 start-ups and many other ecosystem enablers.The British Embassy in Doha and DIT in London are working to secure a UK pavilion and attract UK representatives across tech, cyber and academia to exhibit and showcase at QITCOM this year. The theme for 2019 will be Safe Smart Cities. If your company has expertise relevant to this sector and you’re interested in finding out more, please emailmohamed.ali@trade.gov.uk
 
CEBIT Australia, 29-31 October
DIT is seeking 10 highly innovative UK technology companies, including cyber security companies, to attend Australia’s largest tech festival. Full details and registration by Wednesday 31st July here; please contact james.ohern@trade.gov.uk (UK) orjim.thompson@mobile.trade.gov.uk (Australia) for more information.
 
ANZ Airport Mission, w/c 11 November
Cyber security companies with an offer applicable to the airport sector are invited to join a mission to Australia and New Zealand, visiting key airport stakeholders in Auckland, Melbourne, and Sydney. Further information is in the attached flyer; please contactamanda.lightbody@trade.gov.uk with any questions or to express interest by Monday 22nd July.
 
Request for company information
The normal cycle of business is for companies to grow and expand and even shift their regional focus to explore more business opportunities. Our records need to be kept up to date so it’s important that this pertinent information is shared with us. If there are any changes in company structures, objectives, scope of work or regional shift/expansion it is vital we are made aware. Please email the team at cyber@trade.gov.uk and we will update our records accordingly.
 
Other information of interest
 
Cyber Insurance
The City of London Corporation have published a report on the UK cyber insurance sector, which was launched by the Lord Mayor of London last month. The report is available here.
 
National Cyber Security Strategy after 2021
HMG is in the process of developing the next National Cyber Security Strategy, to succeed the existing 2016-2021 programme. As part of this, RUSI are running a series of workshops to identify industry’s views, and have published a briefing paper summarising their early findings. The briefing paper is available here. If you have further views on the development of the next strategy that you would like to feed in, please contact jamess@rusi.org.

Horizon 2020 IoT Call from a French SME – July 2019


H2020 – SU-ICT-02-2020 Cyber security : a French SME expert in the IoT sector is searching for a consortium

TOFR20190627002| FRANCE
https://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/opportunities/TOFR20190627002?utm_source=podalert
The SME delivers turnkey connected solutions to smart and connected product manufacturers.
The SME has strong expertise in secure IoT device design from electronics, embedded software development, RF protocols (Bluetooth Low Energy, Cellula…)

Please send enquiries to:-

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Innovation Specialist
Enterprise Europe Network
Swansea University
T: 01792 606683
E: l.j.coombes@swansea.ac.uk


DIT Pavilion at IACP in Chicago – Event: 26 October 2019


The Department for International Trade Defence & Security Organisation (DIT DSO) extend an invitation for you to participate on the UK Pavilion at IACP 2019 in Chicago 26 – 29 October 2019.

IACP is one of the largest integrated law enforcement events in the world. It offers unrivalled access to US law enforcement and visiting international delegates from across the globe and allows for the development of international relationships and the generation of new business opportunities.

Space on the UK Pavilion is limited, therefore please direct your expressions of interest to Laurence Goodwin (E: laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk / T: 020 7215 8185) at your earliest convenience.


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.”


RAK SME Fair, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – Event: 14- 16 November 2019


Companies within Cyber Wales are being offered a subsidized price by the Government of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE for their upcoming event.

RAK-SME Fair 2019 is devoted to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, providing a precious platform for small businesses to market their businesses and interact with prominent business leaders and representatives from a number of local and international companies. Stimulate business growth and allowing both exhibitors and visitors alike to forge new business opportunities.

It is not a part of the public news but the first one to come will get subsidized rate as exhibitor (3 x 3 meter) for a price of 750 USD.

As this is not yet part of a public news but soon it will be with a validity until 15th July maximum and then the rates will increase.

Upon your interest you will deal with the Government and/or Government-approved entities directly and the fees will be paid to the Government directly.

http://www.raksmefair.ae/

For more information please contact Faheem Azhar


Security BSides Cymru – Event 28 September 2019


Security BSides is a community-driven framework for building events, by and for, information security community members.

These events are already happening in major cities all over the world and the BSides Cymru team are responsible for organising an independent BSides-Approved event for Cymru/Wales. As all Security BSides events around the world, Security BSides Cymru is an open event organized by the community, for the community.

Want to Volunteer?
The organizers are all volunteers who believed that such an international event should also come to the heart of Wales and they are looking for volunteers who would like to help with the event, especially on the day of the conference. If you believe you could give a hand on the day, do not hesitate to contact the volunteers’ email (volunteers|@|bsides|.|cymru)

Want to Sponsor?
Support the initiative to bring the event to Wales by being a sponsor. Companies offering their services in Wales and worldwide can be recognised further not only as a brand but most importantly for their role in supporting the Welsh Information Security community.

Want to Present?
Looking to present at BSidesCymru 2019? Look no further. We welcome applications from seasoned presenters, first timers, the highly technical and the broad areas of information security management. As this is the inaugural Security BSides Cymru, you are guaranteed to go down in the annals of history (for a number of reasons, some may be better than others). Fill in your details here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQyCPbRgfFNiHwu5CIRrw78-0tbvvms7PS8doabLSZJmYe0A/viewform

What is BSides?
Security BSides (commonly referred to as BSides) is a series of loosely affiliated information security conferences. It was created in 2009 when, due to an overwhelming number of presentation submissions to Black Hat USA, the rejected presentations were presented to a smaller group of individuals. Over time the conference format matured and was released to enable individuals to start their own BSides conferences.

We are all looking forward to the first ever BSides Cymru – let’s make it a great success!


Cyber Security Sector Research – Deadline: ASAP


Miller Research has been commissioned by Cardiff University to undertake research into the cyber security sector in Wales. The intention of research is to supply the cyber security research centre at Cardiff University, and the Wales cyber security industry with comprehensive sector information. The pan-Wales analysis aims to provide an understanding of regional strengths,
highlighting any areas of unique activity, to enable it to better support and help expand Wales’ growing and vibrant cyber security ecosystem.

The research includes an online survey of organisations working in cyber security in Wales. We are hoping that you would complete the survey. The survey is endorsed by Welsh Government and your feedback would be very much appreciated.

A copy of the final report from the research will be sent to all survey respondents and key findings will be shared widely with the Wales cyber security industry.

The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and can be accessed via the link below:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/cybersecuritystudy/

if you have any questions about the research, please feel free to contact Kerry KilBride from Miller Research on 01873 851 886 or kerry@miller-research.co.uk


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


Disrupt Summit Europe – Event: 10 September 2019


Disruption Summit Europe is the must attend event for senior executives looking to guide their organisations in the digital and post-digital eras.

Being Disruptive
This year’s Disruption Summit Europe looks set to be a dazzling showcase of just how much has changed in just 3 years since it began. From a starting point of uncovering emerging technologies and their disruptive potential, to exploring how to harness disruption, this year the focus is on how to be a truly disruptive and innovative organisation.

Beyond Digital Transformation
It has become clear that simply ‘doing digital transformation’ is missing the point. Businesses need to actually be transformative. They need to change not just the technologies and business models they are using, but also their culture, and the way in which they integrate the purpose which underlies all their activities and contributes enormously to their success.

Convergence and Collaboration
The themes of Disruption Summit Europe 2019 are – Technology, Innovation, and Purpose. We will examine each through the lens of convergence, and how together they change the business landscape and how we need to operate. As technologies, industry sectors, companies and ideas come together, innovation cannot come simply from inside an organisation. Therefore, the programme is designed to give even more opportunities for interaction and networking between delegates, making it a forum for in depth learning and inspiration.

DSE is organised by D/SRUPTION, a business intelligence service for individuals and organisations looking to deepen their understanding of emerging technologies, new business models and what it takes to scale innovation in the 21st century. Since 2015, we have provided business leaders the information, insights, connections and inspiration that have helped them navigate the rapidly changing business world. D/SRUPTION resources include a print magazine, website, and series of events including Disruption Summit Europe and DisruptionX, the premier business experience programme.

Full details can be found here: https://disruption-summit.com


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.


G-Cloud 11 open for applications – Starts: 25 March 2019


G-Cloud 11 will open for applications on 25 March 2019.

View the provisional timetable for the framework:http://www.gov.uk/guidance/what-to-do-and-when-for-g-cloud-11

If you’re a supplier on G-Cloud 10 you must reapply to G-Cloud 11 to continue selling your services on the Digital Marketplace. Log in to your account to reapply:https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/user/login

You’ll need to create a supplier account if you have never applied to sell on the Digital Marketplace and want to apply to G-Cloud 11. Create an account here:https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/suppliers/create/start

Thanks,
The Digital Marketplace team


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.


UK Cyber Consultation Outcome


The outcome of the UK cyber security consultation was published on 31st January, 2019. I have appended a link to the UK Government’s response ‘developing the UK cyber security profession’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/developing-the-uk-cyber-security-profession

DIT are providing funding of up to £2,500 for SMEs to attend/exhibit at selected trade shows outside the EU. More events are being added so see here fr details:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/grants-available-for-smes-looking-to-export

To find the events you need to click on the Trade Access Programme, scroll down and you will see a URL to the selected events.

Lawson J Coombes | Innovation Specialist | Arbenigwr Arloesi | Enterprise Europe Network (Swansea University)
Research, Innovation and Engagement Services (REIS), Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales. SA2 8PP
Gwasanaethau Ymchwil, Ymgysylltu ac Arloesi, Prifysgol Abertawe, Parc Singleton, Abertawe, Cymru, SA2 8PP
T: 01792 606683 | E:l.j.coombes@swansea.ac.uk


5th CYBERSEC European Cybersecurity Forum, Krakow – Event: 29-30 October 2019


CYBERSEC is an annual public policy conference dedicated to the strategic challenges of cybersecurity, launched in 2015, a unique in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the top five
cybersecurity events in Europe. Our mission is to build the foundations of mutual trust and translate challenges into n new opportunities for a better tomorrow.

With cyber disruption on the rise, the world is inevitably facing the emergence of new security challenges. They require responsible leadership to advance strategic actions and collaborative efforts of all stakeholders. A further development of our societies and economies will largely depend on whether we can make cyberspace truly secure. Strong confidence in digital public and commercial services is instrumental to build a trustworthy cyberspace. Meanwhile, current trends are alarming.

More and more state actors are developing their offensive capabilities to disrupt information systems of their adversaries, as well as using digital media to wage information warfare, which increasingly puts the foundations of democracy in jeopardy. Furthermore, the likelihood of terrorist activities in cyberspace and increasing cybercrime which generates enormous losses for the global economy complement this rather grim picture.

The EU is strengthening its strategic autonomy. However, to build cybersecurity in Europe it is necessary to maintain close transatlantic relations and enhance regional cooperation. Governments create strategies, policies, standards and rules for cybersecurity, but they cannot forget that their implementation hinges upon close and trust-based cooperation with private sector. And finally, all actors must act with the welfare of every citizen in mind

To register go to: https://cybersecforum.eu/en/krakow/about-cybersec/


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.

 


Cardiff Met PhD students want to work with Cluster Members


Cardiff Metropolitan University have asked whether anyone on the Clusters would like to be involved in an R&D project supported by KESS2 EAST funding (funded through EU Social Fund).
KESS 2 East is the sister project of KESS 2, a major pan-Wales operation supported by European Social Funds (ESF) through the Welsh Government. KESS 2 links companies and organisations with academic expertise in the Higher Education sector in Wales to undertake collaborative research projects. A range of companies and organisations can participate, including
Micro companies, SMEs, Large companies, Third Sector and Social Enterprises.
This project is specifically designed to meet the company’s needs.
The project is then carried out by a dedicated student at MRes, MPhil or PhD level, who is supported by both the company and CardiffMET.
They are currently involved in 2 such projects (with Companies house and Ultranyx Ltd). There should be a contribution from the company (about 5K per year for 3 years). The school has offered 4 projects in this round.
They are happy to work on an exciting cyber research and development project or any related topic with partners from the cluster.
For more information contact Chami Hewage chewage@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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.


IP Wales Update


Update from IP Wales:-

IP WALES REIMBURSEMENT GRANTS 
(£300 towards Cyber Essentials, £700 Cyber Essentials+, £1000 cyber breach planning)
Our grants are fully operational and also now available to any Welsh SME undertaking basic training on ‘Trade Secrets’ (either via in-house events or by watching the training video at www.ipcybersecurity.co.uk). Thus far a number of clients from Morgan&Morgan, Xcina (previously Crystal IT) and the 888 Group have all benefited from making successful applications (with a few SMEs yet to identify their cybersecurity providers).

FREE GUIDES
(available for download at www.ipcybersecurity.co.uk)
 
  • SME Guide to IP Cybersecurity
  • SMEs Outsourcing Cybersecurity Incident Response & Data Recovery Activities
  • SMEs Reporting IP Cybercrime 
  • Who is threatening SME Clients & Why?   

Two further Guides will be launched this coming Autumn:

 
 
  • IP Community Guide to Cyber Defence – working with the War Studies Dept., Kings College London & kindly supported By Jason Davies (Chair:North Wales Cybersecurity Cluster & Hashtag Marketing Ltd.) – thanks again Jason for your support with this
  • IP Community Guide to Protecting Trade Secret Data using Employment Law – authored by Alex Christen (Associate, Capital Law) & kindly assisted by Geo Lang
 

ARTICLES
 
  • The Protection of Data in our Digital Age [2017] Journal of Business Law, Volume 6, page 461 – underpins our SME Guide to IP Cybersecurity
  • Cybercrime: Welsh Initiative should be a wake up call across the UK [2018] Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Journal, Volume 47, Number 1, page 14 –their title for our article not ours!


For more information contact:

Associate Professor Andrew Beale OBE
Director IP Wales

a.j.beale@swansea.ac.uk


Cyber in the US Space Sector – Open


If you are interested in exporting to the USA and think that your cyber security offer could be applied to the space industry please contact The Gallifrey Group.

The Gallifrey Group is a group of UK Prime contractors and SMEs who are seeking export opportunities in the Space sector. They were brought together by the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) in the Department of International Trade (DIT), to offer tailored opportunities in the Defence Space  sector in the USA.

An industry consultant has recently taken over the management of the group, to ensure that the prospects of all companies within the group are catered for, as DSO can only provide guidance to doing business in the US, not make commercial decisions on behalf of industry.

The Gallifrey Group want to promote themselves as a one-stop-shop for all serious Space prospects to the USA. They are currently in discussion with Academia to progress their prospects up the Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) in order to provide more developed, cutting-edge technology, to tackle the various challenges in the Space sector,
satellite technology or the prospect of future manned missions to the Moon and beyond. The University of Exeter was the first university to formally sign-up to the Gallifrey Group. They are already involved in the UK Space offer, via a proposed Space Port based in the South West, and look forward to creating student programmes, research and technology partnerships with the Gallifrey Group, including think tank sessions and hands-on engineering tasks.

The Gallifrey Group formally launched to journalists at the Farnborough International Air Show on the morning of 16th July, where they announced their immediate strategy and expressed the seriousness of the British Space offer.

For more details on how to get involved contact Craig Cabell, Senior US Desk Officer, RD1, Defence and Security Organisation, Department of International Trade, 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW, craig.cabell@trade.gov.uk, Tel: 0207 215 8159, Mob: 07880 453938


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.


Canadian Armed Forces Cyber Opportunities


There are a few opportunities that have been expected in 2018 from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in the cyber domain.
The CAF are in the process of looking into and upgrading its cyber posture.
There are RFIs, these are to  inform industry and to seek input on the possible procurement and costing for the Defensive Cyber Operations – Decision Support Project (DCO-DS) and the Cyber Security Awareness Project (CSA). As the projects are closely linked, until further notice, they are under this single RFI and solicitation number.
The following 2 Request for Information have been released:
1.      Cyber Defensive Operations Project
2.      Cyber Security Awareness Project.
There are four more proposed RFI’s to come (tbc).
DIT Canada have very good links into the Cyber Force Development team, if you have any queries that we could help on please do get in contact with philip.heald@trade.gsi.gov.uk and Debbie.Goodleff@fco.gov.uk.
DIT Cyber Exports Team.

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 Security Technologist & Risk Management Opportunities with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT


BCS are searching for a number of subject matter experts with a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to assist us in the development of Exam Banks and End-Point-Assessment model for the following Digital Industry Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards over the forthcoming months.

Your role as a subject matter expert on the development panel would include the following:

  • Cyber Security Technologist and Risk Analyst pathways
  • Providing industry expertise and knowledge
  • Creating a bank of questions (items) for each knowledge module
  • Tailoring our end-point-assessment model to the Standard, including developing a Grading Framework
  • Building a bank of synoptic projects for the end-point-assessment
  • Creating or reviewing courseware

Our aim is to develop a valid, fair and reliable assessment that meets the knowledge, skills and behaviours defined in the standard which are documented in the Occupational Briefs located here: https://www.thetechpartnership.com/standards-and-quality/trailblazer-apprenticeships/available-now/

If you are interested in being involved in this opportunity, helping people embark on their career in IT, please contact us.

Please email product.development@bcs.uk with an expression of interest and a copy of your current CV.

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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