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 ( 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.

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.


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

Trade Mission to India – Deadline: 8 December 2019

This Future Cities visit to India next February organised by EEN and Innovate UK may be of interest to the Cluster – please see attached flyer for further details.

We are seeking innovative SMEs covering areas including, but not limited to City Management and Operations Systems (e.g. urban planning and city system integration solutions), Smart Infrastructure (such as water, waste, energy, and mobility for instance) and Enriched Urban Environments (recreation, community, education, green/blue resources rehabilitation and enhancement, urban health solutions, public safety and security, air quality and other pollution management).

I must apologise for the lateness in sending this invitation – the deadline for applications is 8th December. If any of the Cyber Cluster members are interested in going, please let me know and I will request an extension to the deadline as we have received such short notice.

Dave Guite | Innovation & Funding Specialist
Enterprise Europe Network (Swansea University), Research, Innovation and Engagement Services (REIS), Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP

AESIN Automotive Cyber Resilience Workshop – Event: 11 December 2019

USW are hosting an event at their Treforest campus on 11 December in conjunction with Thales on Automotive Cyber Resilience.

This event is free to attend and may be of interest to anyone working in the cyber resilience field – particularly the automotive industry.

The agenda is:
10.00 – 10.30 Registration (coffee)
10.30 – 10.40 Welcome (University of South Wales or nominee)
10.40 – 11.00 The Standards Landscape (Peter Davies – BSI Lead Researcher)
11.00 – 11.20 The Automotive Cyber Resilience Problem (TBC Automotive)
11.20 – 11.50 The CyRes methodology (Peter Davies AESIN Security Lead)
11.50 – 12.20 Examples of areas of research potentially applicable to CyRes; examples from Forensics (Gareth Davies – University of South Wales)
12.20 – 12.30 Questions
12.30 -13.00 Lunch and networking
13.00 – 13.50 Discussion and opportunity to present potential areas of research (all)
13.50 -14.00 Wrap up (University of South Wales or nominee / Peter Davies)

Supported by Queens University Belfast, University of South Wales, University of Edinburgh and the Turing Institute and with further support from BSI, this series of workshops is designed to:

* Present and discuss the limitations with existing standards in meeting the requirements of the Automotive and other mobility industries worldwide,, and
* Present the methodology proposed by AESIN, UK Automotive Council and Zenzic to achieve operationalizable and legally sustainable cyber resilience, and
* In the context of that methodology set out the research agenda and give examples of applying the outcomes of existing and potential research in support of the methodology

Eventbrite link:

Trade Mission to USA – Deadline: 11 December 2019

I thought this Audience of the Future mission to the USA next March organised by EEN and Innovate UK may be of interest to the Cluster.

The Mission is aimed at Small and Medium sized Enterprises who are working with Immersive Technology, such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Haptics, advanced Visualisations and other sensory interfaces. The programme is designed to showcase innovative UK businesses to the US market and help build relationships with partners in the region. The fully-funded programme consists of a preparation phase in the UK, a 6-day visit to San Francisco & SXSW in Austin, and subsequent follow-up support to help your business accelerate growth.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 11th December.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Best Regards,
Dave Guite | Innovation & Funding Specialist
Enterprise Europe Network (Swansea University), Research, Innovation and Engagement Services (REIS), Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP

Cyber Security Sandpit with Swansea University – Event: 23 January 2020

Swansea University are inviting Cluster members to submit ideas for collaborative projects.

The university has set aside some money to fund their participation in industry driven projects. If you have a challenge, idea or opportunity that could benefit from input from students, researchers and/or faculty then feel free to tap into this free resource.

The Team will be running an event to explore these projects on 23 January 2020 at the Swansea Bay Campus and they welcome your ideas between now and then.

For more information have a look at:

Send your proposals to:

In a nutshell:
• £15K funds available for 3-4 months projects
• 3–4 projects will be funded

• Industry driven: academics will collaborate with you and address your challenge!

Company Name:
Contact Name:
Contact Email:
Contact Telephone Number:
Project Title:
Project Description:

Cyberwatching Workshop, Italy – Event: 5 November 2019

As a member of the Cyberwatching Clusters Catalogue we’re happy to invite you to upcoming events which target SMEs.

Pitch your needs & we’ll train you! 1st Open Pilot Workshop

Date: 05.11.2019 – 11:30 to 16:30 CEST
Location: Domus Comeliana, Pisa, Italy

The workshop will showcase, an integrated online platform where organisations can train their staff in a simulated environment of cyber incidents and attacks, allowing both IT professionals and non-technical staff to hone and evolve their skills, continuously evaluating their performance as they prepare for future real attack episodes.

The workshop will also introduce the recently launched cybersecurity Competence Centre Pilot Projects. These projects will develop a wide range of tools and services to support the cybersecurity needs of SMEs across Europe.

By participating you can:

– Reserve your place in the first batch of Pilot users of the solution
– Present your organisation to the workshop attendees in a dedicated session
– Discuss the specific needs of your cybersecurity training pilot with the team
– Test the platform in a live session
– Meet cybersecurity experts from all over Europe and build your network

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Registration for the workshop is mandatory and we have limited availabilities, given the nature of the daily programme, so please register here to confirm your attendance [].

Hope you find these events useful and look forward to hear from you.
Best regards,


Niccolò Zazzeri
Communication & web Marketing Specialist
Trust-IT Services Ltd. Trust-IT Srl
Chase Green House via Nino Bixio, 25
42 Chase Side, Enfield 56125 Pisa – ITALY
Middlesex EN2 6NF – UK
Tel: +39-050-28359
Fax: +39-050-503325

Cyberwatching Webinar – Event: 22 October 2019

As a member of the Cyberwatching Clusters Catalogue we’re happy to invite you to upcoming events which target SMEs.

This week the project is providing a free webinar and event aimed at training IT professionals and students with advanced cyber security skills for effective and rapid response in a fast-evolving and complex cyber risk landscape.

Free Online Webinar – Strenghtening European efforts in Cyber Capacity Building

Date: 22.10.2019 – 11:00 AM CEST
Location: Online

Enhancing cybersecurity capacity building is quickly becoming a priority for governments, international organisations and private sector.
While the demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals continues to accelerate, organizations are struggling to find the right talent to fill jobs.

In this webinar you will:
– Learn about tools and services in Europe today that are helping organisations to improve their cyber security capacity building.
– Hear from experts who are directly working on cybersecurity training in multiple sectors.
– Find out how companies and research institutions can use cyber range to run simulated attacks that prepare their teams for the real-world scenarios.
– Find out concrete opportunities to train your staff with and join our community.

Hope you find these events useful and look forward to hear from you.
Best regards,


Niccolò Zazzeri
Communication & web Marketing Specialist
Trust-IT Services Ltd. Trust-IT Srl
Chase Green House via Nino Bixio, 25
42 Chase Side, Enfield 56125 Pisa – ITALY
Middlesex EN2 6NF – UK
Tel: +39-050-28359
Fax: +39-050-503325

LORCA Cohort 4 Open Call – Deadline: 4 November 2019

After speaking to industry about their cybersecurity needs, the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) has launched an open call for its 4th cohort of cyber innovators. We’re recruiting for innovation technology and cybersecurity scaleups throughout the UK that address one or more of the challenge areas below.

I’d be very grateful if you could share the opportunity with your contacts and networks and encourage them to spread the word. The deadline for applications is Monday 4 November at 5pm UK time.

Benefits of joining

12 months of world-class innovation support to help member businesses scale
Connections to investors and industry buyers through showcases and exclusive member events and roundtables
Connections to our industry partners, Dell Technologies, Lloyds Banking Group, Deloitte, Kudelski Security and Global Cyber Alliance
LORCA takes zero equity or IP from members
Soft landing programmes and bespoke international trade missions
Business mentoring
Free desk space at the Plexal innovation centre and coworking space in London where over 700 tech entrepreneurs are based, and all the benefits of being a member
Engineering support from the Centre for Secure Information Technologies and access to its testing facilities
Remote access to Deloitte’s testing facilities and technical cyber expertise
Workshops and education sessions on sales and business development, marketing and design, legal issues, lead generation and more designed around our members’ needs
Peer networking, learning and trading opportunities

Challenge areas

1. Connected Economy
In a post-breach world where technology is disrupting business models and our economy is more connected than ever, cybersecurity isn’t just about protecting data: it’s key to enabling sustainable growth.
How can we enable organisations to stay resilient in the face of security threats across their supply chains and networks? And how can they futureproof themselves by building security into everything they do?

Supply chains: Mitigating the growing and dynamic cyber risks across increasingly complex enterprise supply chains
IT and OT: Helping organisations to better navigate the growing challenges brought about by the convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT)
Resilience: Emerging approaches that increase the resilience of critical national infrastructure and key economic functions across industries

2. Connected Everyone
Our homes, workspaces, cities and personal space have never been so connected, yet the movement to secure them is in its infancy.
How can we empower people to feel in control of their digital presence, build trust in technology – and make sure nobody is left out?

Digital identities: Help individuals to better understand, trust and own their digital identities
Cybercrime: Novel solutions that better protect consumers from cyber-crime
Misinformation: Combatting the growing challenges posed by deep fakes, misinformation and disinformation

3. Connected Everything
From our transport infrastructure to the National Grid, our digital and physical worlds are converging as they become connected to the internet at lightning pace.
With so much to win and lose for society, how can we solve the multi-dimensional security challenges which are emerging through hyper connectivity? And how can we collaborate with a broader spectrum of fields to build cyber principles into every access point for the internet?

IoT: Enabling and embedding Secure by Design principles within the Internet of Things
Mobility: Enhancing the cyber-physical resilience of emerging mobility solutions
5G and edge computing: Solutions that help protect future networks, including 5G and edge computing
Smart cities and industry 4.0: Approaches to strengthening the security and resilience of smart cities and Industry 4.0

Further information about our challenge areas and a link to the application portal can be found at

In addition, social media links can be found on:



Thanks for your support!

Best regards,

Jason Mollring
LORCA Programme Lead

Direct line: +44 (0)20 3909 7790
Mobile: +44 (0)77 1776 1725

Degree Apprenticeship Framework Workshop, Rail & Automotive – Event: 20 November 2019

The University of South Wales has a strong background in working with employers to deliver a wide range of flexible, higher level programmes that integrate real-world experience with work-based, classroom and online learning.

In an evolving business landscape, employers are now exploring innovative approaches for identifying and addressing challenges across their workforce in relation to talent succession, upskilling of staff and future business needs.

In addition to the Degree Apprenticeships currently running/approved at USW, we are now consulting with employers in relation to further opportunities for Degree Apprenticeship delivery in Wales. These include the theme of Digital Degree Apprenticeships, in specialist fields such as Rail & Automotive Engineering.

Collaborating with Industry

We would like to invite you to attend an event to help us shape our Degree Apprenticeship provision in relation to Rail and Automotive.

There will be an opportunity to find out more about Degree Apprenticeships and other related work-based learning programmes, to influence the development of our Degree Apprenticeship programmes, and discover how our experience provides tested pathways to take advantage of this future opportunity.

The event will cover:
*Overview and Introduction to the Degree Apprenticeship Framework (Wales)
*Welcome and Introduction to the Policy / Funding Landscape in Wales
*Overview of current subject provision and expertise
*Case study: This will look at how the University worked with industry to develop flexible employer-focussed provision in the Software Engineering field, which resulted in USW’s first Degree Apprenticeship – BSc Digital and Technology Solutions
*Workshops focussing on demand and priorities in relation to the fields Rail and Automotive.

This event will be followed up by a task and finish group to take forward specific strands with interested employers and to build provision in key areas to deliver these opportunities.

Date and Time
Mon, 20 November 2019
14:00 – 16:30 GMT

USW Conference Centre
University of South Wales
Llantwit Road
CF37 1DL