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

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

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