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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ECSO Cyber Matchmaking Virtual Event – Deadline: 6 April 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

With my best regards and good health wishes,

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

COVID Advice from TechNation Wales – 23 March 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have Your Say:

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

Wales:

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

National:

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

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

 
I wish you the best in these times, and please feel free to reach out for a phone call or just reply to this email to let me know how things are going.
 
Thanks,
 
Gino
TARIAN shares advice from the NCSC and NCA – 19 March 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Ransomware
Phishing
Home working
Wider online fraud

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

Also attached is the US alert pdf around Coronavirus_map_Azorult.

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

Many thanks,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cyber Wales meets Cyber Ireland – Dublin – 11 March 2020

Cyber Wales meets Cyber Ireland – Dublin – 11 March 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Welsh Veterans Awards, Cardiff – Deadline: 1 May 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

My thanks in advance for your assistance.

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

CyberWatching Update – 2 March 2020

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

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

We have also launched two attractive tools:

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

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

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

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

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

Hope to hear from you soon.

Marina Ramírez Jiménez
cluster@cyberwatching.eu