Cyber Exchange May Newsletter

Welcome to the May edition of the Cyber Exchange newsletter. While COVID-19 continues to disrupt organisations across the UK, the need for strong security practices continues to be at the top of the agenda.

Over the last month, DCMS have provided information and support for the cyber security sector and DCMS and techUK have compiled a Cyber Security Training and Skills Repositoryto help organisations upskill their workforce while we are all working from home. There are also a number of competitions with funding deadlines looming including, HutZero 6, Cyber 101, and Innovate UK funding for projects tackling cyber security IoT challenges. The deadline for each of these funding competitions is before the end of May.

As ever, if you have an opportunity or event you would like to publish on the website, please get in touch with Sam Wyatt, Programme Manager for Defence and Cyber at techUK atSam.Wyatt@techuk.org. We can also be contacted on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Opportunities

Hut Zero 6

HutZero kicks off with an intensive five-day bootcamp jam-packed with workshops on technical development, business fundamentals and team building. After the London bootcamp, participants will be able to receive guidance and mentoring from HutZero staff and sponsors over a 3 month period. Participants will be encouraged to continue to work on their ideas in their newly-formed teams, and will be invited to reunite for an alumni event at the end of the 3 months to share their successes.

Cyber 101

The Cyber 101 programme offers intensive one day Bootcamps followed by deep dive sessions highlighting key business challenges and an annual demo day where selected startups will pitch their Cyber Security solution to potential customers, partners and investors.

Demonstrators addressing cyber security challenges in the IoT

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4m for collaborative R&D projects addressing major cyber security challenges in the IoT. The aim of this competition is to solve industry-focused major cyber security-related challenges in the IoT.

Events

Cyber Security for Connected Autonomous Vehicles

On Wednesday 20 May, techUK will host a briefing looking at Cyber Security for Connected Autonomous Vehicles. At this panel, there will be discussion of legacy systems and interference with other cars, cyber security mitigation measures and the security of non-personal data.

Cyber Security and Edge Computing Roundtable

On Thursday 28 May, techUK will host a workshop and roundtable for members involved with emerging and transformative technologies to explore building a security first approach to edge adoption and to create recommendations for this transition.

Infosecurity Europe Virtual Conference

From Tuesday 2 June to Thursday 4 June, Infosecurity Europe has put together a three day webinar programme to keep attendees informed and engaged about pressing issues in cyber security. There will be three primary themes throughout the conference; Resilience, the human factor and strategic planning, with each day focusing on a different theme.

15th e-Crime & Cybersecurity DACH: Virtual edition

On Wednesday 17 June, AKJ Associates will host the 15th e-Crime & Cybersecurity DACH. As the entire business goes off-premise, how should CISOs react? What are the key priorities? How do CISOs ensure that they and their teams are secure as well as key employees and business processes? What is the initial response versus the longer-term? The 15th e-Crime and Cybersecurity DACH will take place online and look at how cybersecurity teams are tackling this dramatically different threatscape. The event will have real-life case studies and in-depth technical sessions from the security and privacy teams behind some of the worlds most admired brands.

19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security

On Thursday 25 June, the University of Chester will host the 19th European conference on cyber warfare and security. This conference attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, military personnel, practitioners and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of the cyber security community. ECCWS is generally attended by participants from more than 30 countries. The Journal of Information Warfare regularly publishes a number of the papers presented at this conference.

Cyber Security Expo – Bristol

The Cyber Security EXPO will be hosted at the Aerospace Bristol on Thursday 3 September. The EXPO gives attendees the opportunity to meet with hiring managers and recruitment agencies. If you already work in Cyber Security or are looking to work within the Cyber Security industry, the event gives you the opportunity to meet with employers face-to-face.

Richmond Cyber Security Forum

The Richmond Cyber Security Forum on 15th September will include a first class, CPD accredited conference programme of keynotes, interactive workshops, think tanks and personal development sessions. The opportunity to connect and engage with industry peers in a relaxed informal setting and the chance to discover what’s available in the market place in pre-scheduled meetings of your choice.

GOVSEC – Government IT Security Conference

On Wednesday 23 September, the annual GovSec conference will take place. The conference aims to enable the government to function effectively, safely and securely through improved IT and information security to protect the vital services provided by the central government, local councils and the NHS.

BSI Policy Briefing webinar on supporting SME businesses impacted by coronavirus

How to ensure business continuity in the face of coronavirus: your weekly update on the latest guidance and intelligence around the employment, tax, and financial implications of operating during the COVID-19 outbreak.

This week you’ll get access to the latest guidance and information on the cyber security landscape, including:

  • Current COVID-19 cyber threats
  • Latest guidance issued by NCSC
  • Update on the government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme

You will also get an update on the government’s furlough scheme, which has now been extended until the end of October. We will explore what the modified version of the scheme may look like, and what other options may be open to employers in structuring their workforce after the scheme changes at the end of July.

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the live session. If you have some questions in mind, please send them over email ahead of the webinar.

Speakers:

  • Fiona Geskes, Principal Policy Advisor, Tax and Fiscal Policy, CBI
  • Stefan Martin, Partner, Hogan Lovells (guest speaker)
  • Representative from the National Cyber Security Centre (guest speaker)
  • Deborah Fraser, Director – Regions, CBI (chair)

 

event – 18 May 2020, 15:30 – 16:15

signup – https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2238353192894384912

DIT COVID-19 Webinars for SMEs

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has launched a COVID-19 Webinar series to help UK SMEs.

Our experts will provide guidance and practical advice to help support your business and respond to the challenges and potential disruption caused by COVID-19. There will also be an opportunity for Q&As where you can put your questions directly to our experts.

All webinars are free to UK companies – register now to attend.
How long are the webinars?

  • Our experts usually present for 25 minutes and allow 35 minutes to answer your questions and help you find solutions to any barriers you may be facing.

Each link below will connect you to a webinar registration form where you can find out more about each webinar and receive your unique link to join the upcoming webinar.

 

Routes to market

Thursday 14 May 2020, 10:00 – 11:00

Delivered by Rob Lewtas, DIT South East and Tom Dixon from DIT’s E-Exporting Programme Team .

Register now

 

Logistics and movement of goods during COVID-19

Wednesday 20 May 2020, 10:00 – 11:00

Delivered by Veronica Dawson, an International Trade Advisor at DIT and Alex Veitch from the British Freight Transport Association.

Register now

 

Risk management when considering new markets

Thursday 21 May 2020, 10:00 – 11:00

Delivered by Lee Hibbert, an International Trade Advisor at DIT.

Register now

 

Managing disruption of supply chains during COVID-19

Friday 22 May 2020, 14:30 – 15:30

Delivered by Terser Adamu, an International Trade Advisor at DIT and Chris Walker from the Federation of Small Businesses.

Register now

 

You can find all of DIT’s upcoming webinars here.

Intapeople COVID-19 Survey Results

The results of Intapeople’s recent COVID-19 business survey are in…
Last week we asked our clients and employers within our network about the impacts of coronavirus on their business, productivity and recruitment plans to find out how things have changed.
The results confirm that most businesses are taking a cautious approach to business activity, with over 60% furloughing staff and putting a hold on recruitment for the time being, while optimistically preparing for the future.
We have collated the feedback and compiled a report of our findings.
If you’re facing any of the challenges highlighted or any others we’re happy to have a chat and provide insight on the market so you’re better informed to prepare for the future.

LSH and NHS Wales Webinar – Event: 7 May 2020

Life Sciences Hub Wales and NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership would like to invite you to an online event which may be of interest to you and your colleagues.

https://lshubwales.com/events/providing-ppe-and-getting-it-right

During this online event, talking place at 10:30 – 11:30 on 7 May 2020, a guest panel of contributors will:

* Explain how PPE is used in different health environments.
* Provide up-to-date information on the current requirements for PPE in Wales for the health and social care sectors.
* Outline what manufacturers need to do, and consider, in order to effectively produce and supply PPE products.
* Provide an overview of Life Sciences Hub Wales’ innovation portal and how it’s being used to receive offers of support from industry.

‘Providing PPE and getting it right’ is chaired by Chris Martin, Deputy Chair of Life Sciences Hub Wales. Attendees are invited to submit a question to the panel on registration – to enable the panel to respond to key queries and concerns of participants.

Keep well and kind regards

Kelley Howlett-Booth
Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government
Kelley.Howlett@gov.wales

NCSC launch the CyberFirst Schools Programme in Wales

Do you work in, or do you have connections with a local school?

NCSC would like your help to bring as many schools as we can into this crucial programme.

Discover what the CyberFirst Schools Programme is doing for young people interested in cyber security.

Since 2018, the NCSC has been piloting a Cyber Schools Hub (CSH) programme in Gloucestershire. The CSH has encouraged collaboration between local schools, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), national and local companies and organisations who share the aim of encouraging young people to engage with computer science and the application of cyber security in every day technology.

The CSH pilot has proved to be successful at a local level and the NCSC now wishes to increase the scale of ambition and formally recognise schools who are committed to providing a structured approach to excellence in cyber security education.

The CyberFirst Schools Programme will initially be limited to schools in Gloucestershire and Wales.

Find out more about becoming a CyberFirst School.

UK Government Bounce Back Loans Launch

The new loans aimed at smaller businesses launched today with a much quicker turnaround reported than for the larger Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.
The bounce-back loans have a much simpler application process and are for businesses that have been negatively affected by Coronavirus.
Loans are available for between £2k and £50k up to a maximum 25% to turnover, there is no interest in the first year and no repayments also in the first year.

NCSC Virtual Cyber School Launched – Open Now until 31st August

Young people are encouraged to join online classes to develop problem-solving and cyber skills
Published 1 May 2020
From: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, National Crime Agency, National Cyber Security Centre, and Matt Warman MP

Teens can learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails
Comes as National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launches CyberFirst summer courses online

Thousands of young people are being offered the chance to join a virtual cyber security school as part of plans to make sure the country develops the next generation of professional cyber defenders.

At a time when schools remain closed to most children, the online initiative aims to inspire future talent to work in the cyber security sector and give students a variety of extracurricular activities to do from the safety of their homes.

Teens can learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails while progressing through the game as a cyber agent. This will help them develop important skills needed for future jobs, particularly in cyber security.

The school provides free weekly webinars run by industry experts teaching fundamental security disciplines such as digital forensics, cryptography and operating systems.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:
This new initiative will give teenagers something fun and educational to do from home and provide them with a glimpse into the life of a cyber security professional.
We have a world-leading cyber sector which plays a crucial role protecting the country and our digital economy, so it is absolutely vital we continue to inspire the next generation of tech talent to help maintain the UK’s strong position.
The move comes as the government announces a number of other online training courses to give UK school pupils the opportunity to learn and develop cyber security skills, this includes the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) hugely popular CyberFirst summer courses. The courses are moving online this year to help more than a thousand 14 to 17-year-olds develop important cyber skills from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

NCSC Chief Executive Officer Ciaran Martin said:
Technology is helping us all cope with the coronavirus crisis and is playing an essential role in keeping our businesses moving and our society connected.
It has never been more important for our young people to keep engaged and learn how to protect our digital world – and I’m delighted to see our instructor led CyberFirst summer courses made available online.
Enrolled students will learn how to code and carry out cybersecurity operations in an instructor-led virtual classroom to help guide the students through the programme and build a sense of camaraderie within each cohort.
The National Crime Agency and Cyber Security Challenge UK will also this week announce teenagers can access their online cyber skills platform CyberLand for free during the coming months. In the game designed to teach teenagers the fundamentals of cyber security, players protect the virtual city ‘CyberLand’ from cyber attacks while learning key skills.

Deputy Director at the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit Jim Stokley said:
Many young people have a keen interest in technology and have developed impressive cyber skills.
The virtual cyber school and CyberFirst programmes are great initiatives which will support this next generation of cyber defenders in realising their potential.
We’ve also partnered with Cyber Security Challenge UK to offer free access to their online platform Cyberland where young people will find games that encourage them to improve cyber skills safely and legally.

Computer science teacher & EdTech evangelist Mark Martin said:
This is a great initiative to encourage young people to consider future careers in cyber security and see that they can have a tech job keeping people safe online.
The virtual cyber school will help students learn valuable skills needed to work in the industry in a fun and entertaining way. I encourage teachers to share these programmes with their students as a productive activity to do in their spare time from home.

Cyber Discovery provider SANS Chief Technology Officer James Lyne said:
Cyber security is a fascinating field packed with opportunities for innovation and to make the online world more secure. It spans every part of society and has a huge role in our future security and technology prospects as a nation.
This is your chance to learn how to ‘forensicate’ like a digital Sherlock Holmes, close down vulnerabilities before the hackers find them, and break codes.
Teachers, parents, students – get online and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity amidst the unique and challenging situation our country faces right now.

CyberFirst provider QA Chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield said:
These initiatives from NCSC and DCMS are set to deliver a great summer of learning for young people across the UK. There is a shortage of digital skills in the UK and the CyberFirst programmes tackle this issue head on – and have the added benefit of keeping young minds active at this difficult time.
The road to the UK’s economic recovery from this pandemic will be built on the skills we learn at this time. That’s why it was critical that initiatives like CyberFirst were pivoted to virtual delivery, so they could go ahead as planned. We are proud to partner with the NCSC to deliver these fully virtual training programmes.

TechNation ‘Lockdown Unlocked’ – Event: 5 May 2020

Tech Nation is running an event next Tuesday about scaling a tech company through this crisis. You can see the full listing here but below is the agenda so you can decide if any part of it would be useful to you

KEYNOTES

  • 10:00 – Tech Nation Welcome

  • 10:10 – Government Keynote

  • 10:20 – Futurist Keynote – How will covid-19 affect global economies in the future?

PANELS

  • 10:30 – Investor Panel with Q&A – How will the funding landscape change post covid-19?

  • 11:00 – Debate – What is the role of the state vs the role of the ecosystem/VC during this crisis?

  • 11:20 – Government Panel with Q&A – Moving past the pandemic – How can government support the tech sector?

SESSIONS

12:00 – Leadership during Lockdown

12:30 – Scenario Planning – Unlocking opportunities and Containing the Risks

13:00 – Cash is King

 

You’ll also have the opportunity to network (virtually) with the wider UK tech community, offer support and connect with those facing similar challenges.

Update from TechNation

I thought that you might be interested in some of the other events I’ve listed below that are not from Tech Nation but may be valuable to you or some of the people you’re connected with. 

Event: Office Hours for Female Founders with Playfair Capital

From Playfair Capital: Our third, remote edition of our collaborative Female Founder Investor Office Hours builds on the success of our events in February 2020 and November last year.

This time, we’re going fully remote to broaden access to female founders across the country, supported by Tech Nation and 30 investors from the UK’s leading VCs alongside the Playfair Capital team.

The primary aim of this initiative is mentorship & support, and secondary is fundraising. We hope that with time, the two will go hand-in-hand.

We welcome applications from any UK-based female founder whose business is tech and pre-Series A. We will do our best to accommodate as many founders as possible and provide support to all regardless. Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 24th May.

Register here

Event: Storytelling for Startups

I previously hosted Martyn for him to deliver his two-part workshop: Storytelling for Startups and Ideas to Say Yes to. The feedback from those workshops was exceptional and Martyn is running them again, this time online and with Barclays.

Part one is happening tomorrow: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storytelling-for-startups-tickets-102674000700

Event: Deloitte: Operational resilience in high growth companies: Practical considerations for senior leaders working within finance, compliance and risk

From the event page:
“As the UK continues its lockdown, we are pleased to invite you to join our next webinar for high growth, tech-enabled business leaders, exploring “operational resilience amongst firms in the high growth sector”.

A topic perhaps now more pertinent than ever, this 60 minute webinar will be hosted by Deloitte subject matter experts on how the UK high growth, tech-enabled sector can address and navigate operational risk, both now, and in the coming months.

We are also delighted to be joined by Richard Caven of Amazon Web Services (AWS), who will provide an overview on what operational resilience means at AWS and how high growth, tech-enabled businesses can achieve operational resilience when using AWS Cloud.”

Register here

 

Gino Brancazio
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager – Wales
ginobrancazio@technation.io