CyberUK 2020 Sponsorship Packages Available

As has been previously announced, the NCSC is hosting its annual flagship event, CYBERUK, in Wales in 2020.

The event will take place at the International Convention Centre, Wales on 19-20 May 2020. This event would not be the success it is without genuine collaboration and the support of our industry partners.

As a previous sponsor or exhibitor you will be aware of the range of opportunities available to suit every budget. Sponsoring CYBERUK puts you front of mind of the most senior and valuable leaders and professionals in cyber security; and you will position your company as a thought leader on the issues that delegates are discussing. Many sponsorship packages also include exhibition space, allowing you to continue the conversation with delegates during formal breaks and between sessions.

We are currently unable to release the full sponsorship and exhibitor brochure for CYBERUK 2020 due to the pre-election period, which limits announcements made by government departments.

To discuss available packages in more detail, please contact the Sponsorship and Exhibition Team on cyberuk-sponsorship@brayleino.co.uk or call 0117 906 4554.

The deadline for registering for our main content sponsorship packages is Wednesday 11 December.

CYBERUK Sponsorship and Exhibition Team

SANS Institute Training in Manchester – Events: 24 – 29 Feb 2020

Following the success of the SANS Training in Cardiff in September, the Institute is following up with 5 Cyber Security Training courses in Manchester, easily accessible for members of the North Wales Cyber Security Clusters.

SANS is recognised around the world as the best place to develop the deep, hands-on cyber security skills most needed right now. Join us for SANS Manchester February 2020 for immersion training that will provide you with the skills to defend your organisation against security breaches and prevent future attacks.

Courses:

SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style
SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling
SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations
SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics
SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Our mission at SANS is to deliver cutting-edge information security knowledge and skills to all students in order to protect people and assets At the heart of everything we do is the SANS Promise: Students will be able to use the new skills they have learned as soon as they return to work. See that promise in action at SANS Manchester February 2020.

To book on one of these courses go to https://www.sans.org/event/manchester-february-2020

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

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

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

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

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

UK Cyber Forum Update – 22 December 2019

Good afternoon

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

Survey to scope an accreditation scheme for SME cyber security consultancy

Short Notice – needed by 8th January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

________Start of Message________

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

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

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

All information will be treated as confidential.

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

Many thanks in advance for your help with this.

<Your name>

________End of Message________

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

ISACA building business resilience briefing paper

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

GISEC 2020 – DIT Pavilion

Expressions of interest by 10 January 2020

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

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

Companies exhibiting on the UK pavilion will benefit from:

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

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

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

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

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

Representation on Cyber Growth Partnership

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

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

Deadline: 6th January 2020 

https://cybersecurity-cdt.ac.uk/ 

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

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

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

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

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

DEFEXPO India with DIT – Event: 5-8 February 2020

DEFEXPO India will take place at Lucknow (Uttea pradesh state, Northern India) from February 5 – 8, 2020. This will be the 11th instalment of the biennial exhibition and associated conferences. In keeping with the themes for DEFEXPO 2018 in Chennai, DEFEXPO will again cover the complete spectrum of the country’s aerospace, defence and security interests.

DEFEXPO 2020 is sure to bring the leading technologies in the defence sector under one roof and provide a myriad of opportunities for government, private manufacturers, startups and the entire space. If you have long term goals in India or the wider Asia region, this edition of the show will be an invaluable source of ground level intelligence and insight that you are not going to pick up from a distance.

DIT DSO Services:

1. Equipment/Product on Stand. Have your equipment on the DSO Stand and be represented by a member of EST. In addition 250 brochures and a marketing video to complement our military advisors briefing to international delegations.

2. Brochure Service. An opportunity to place 250 of your company brochures on the DSO Stand.

3. Soldier on Stand. Have serving EST military staff join your stand for the week, to provide an objective ‘end user’ perspective on your product and services and provide a seamless link back to the DSO focus for international delegation management.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity, in any form, please do not hesitate to contact me. To aid planning, and at no obligation, it would be appreciated if you could express your interest by close of business 15 December 2019 by contacting:

WO2 Dave Chappell
Export Support Team,
Horne Barracks,
Larkhill,
SALISBURY,
Wiltshire,
SP4 8QE.
david.chappell544@mod.gov.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exhibit in the Welsh Government Stand at FIC – Event: 28-30 January 2020

For the International Cyber Forum in Lille (FIC) next January (28-30th) the Welsh Government will have a booth.

As part of the deal, we managed to get places for four partners to co-exhibit with us and I’d be keen to know if any cluster members would like to join us.

The agreement includes for each company :
* Logo and description of the company on our website, mobile app and in our programme brochure
* 5 partner badges: a partner badge includes the possibility to see, contact and arrange appointments with all the registered visitors to the FIC (13,000 to 14,000 registered visitors in January). And during the exhibition, by connecting to your account with the mobile app, to directly scan visitors with your mobile and generate qualified leads for your CRM.

In terms of hospitality, we could fund a single member of the cluster to come to the event however other companies would need to pay their own travel and accommodation fees.

I think FIC could be a great opportunity to promote Wales ecosystem and for our companies to show themselves on the international stage.

For information, the booth is not enormous but would provide us with a great base and since the companies that join can arrange meetings around FIC, we won’t all want to be at the stand for the entire event anyway.

Anyone who is interested can contact me directly on:-

Jordan James
Welsh Government | Business Development Executive | British Embassy
Tel: +33 1 44 51 31 55 | Email: jordan.james008@gov.wales

DIT Physical Security at Public Areas Seminar – Deadline: 12 January 2020

Physical security event at the British Embassy Helsinki

The Department for International Trade (DIT), in association with the British Embassy Helsinki invites you to a seminar and showcase on physical security and critical national infrastructure protection.

In response to the increased local needs for physical security products, DIT Finland is organising a one-day event at the British Embassy Helsinki to highlight British experience in this area.

You will have the opportunity to showcase your products to a wide range of Finnish stakeholders, including buyers, distributors and end-customers. There will also be networking opportunities with Finnish participants, UK specialists and peers throughout the day. The programme includes presentations from UK and Finnish experts who will discuss challenges of public area safety in today’s world.

Programme outline:
* Light lunch and table-top exhibition
* Welcome words
* Presentation by Speaker from Counter Terrorism Command, Heathrow Airport (TBC)
* Company presentations (5 min each)
* Briefing by Finnish Ministry of Interior
* Company presentations (5 min each)
* Coffee break and table-top exhibition
* Presentation of UK CNPI by Robert Barnes DSO
* Company presentations (5 min each)
* Buffet dinner and networking

Date & Time: Wednesday, 12th February 2020 12.00 – 17.30
Venue: British Ambassador’s Residence, Itäinen Puistotie 15, Helsinki
Sign-up deadline: 12th January 2020
Costs: £600 including VAT per company (max 2 delegates)
Contact: Venla Vainio-Puhju, Senior Trade Adviser T: +358 50 566 7580 E: venla.vainio-puhju@mobile.trade.gov.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardiff University’s TechFest 2020 – Event: 19 February 2020

Join us at the newly refurbished Turing Suite in the heart of Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science on Wednesday 19 February 2020, 11:00 – 15:00, for our annual TechFest!

TechFest, now in its second year, is a recruitment event aimed at Cardiff University students interested in pursuing a career in the technology sector.
This innovative employability event recognises the demand and growth of the digital technology sector in the UK and South Wales and, following last year’s success, is firmly established as a key event in our Spring events calendar.

Is TechFest for you?

TechFest is a MUST ATTEND event for employer who want to raise their profile and promote technology/digital based graduate roles, internships and placement opportunities to our talented, diverse and work-ready students. You do not need to have an established graduate recruitment scheme to attend this event, our students also want to find out about graduate level opportunities within local employers, SMEs and start-up businesses.

Benefits of attending:

Future-proof your recruitment strategy: Identify talent and meet over 400 students studying Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science, Data Analytics and a range of STEM, Business and Humanities degrees with a genuine passion for working in the Tech sector.
Develop your talent pipeline and add value to your business by engaging with students who are motivated to develop their skills through internships, placements and work experience.
Showcase your company or organisation as a key technology employer in the Welsh capital or South Wales region.
100% of employers who attended TechFest in Spring 2019 found the event worthwhile.
Facilitate early engagement with second and penultimate year students and build up early brand awareness.
Network with over 30 other organisations, ranging from large multi-national consultancies, Fintech companies, public sector organisations and technology start-ups.
What’s in it for you?

A cost-effective promotional opportunity; stands are just £350 + VAT for private and public companies and £150 + VAT for organisations with a registered charity number.

This year’s fair will include a Start-Up Zone and a Fintech Zone which will showcase a range of start-up businesses, microbusinesses and Fintech companies. If your organisation falls into this category, please email Ffion Thomas (ThomasF6@cardiff.ac.uk) to discuss booking your stand.

All exhibitors receive a stand area, table, tablecloth, 2 chairs and Wi-Fi access, plus an online web link and listing online and in the ‘Event Guide’. Refreshments and lunch will also be provided.

Bookings are now open. You can book your place at the fair by creating or logging into your existing account and completing our online booking form here.