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:
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks in advance for your help with this.
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Many thanks in advance for your help with this. Please let IASME know if you have any questions or concerns (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
email@example.com, +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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Up to 15 Studentships available at: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (Cyber Security)
Deadline: 6th January 2020
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!