UK Cyber Forum Update – 1 November 2019

Good morning

You may have noticed that the frequency of these bulletins has dropped significantly over the last few months. I’m sorry about that! Many of you will know that I also run IASME who has won the tender to be the sole Cyber Essentials Partner from April 2020. While this is really great news and very exciting for us, it means I currently have very little time to send out the news letters. I will still aim to do this when I can or if there is a particular news or offer which might be of interest to you.

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

RSA Conference – San Francisco (24th to 28th February 2020)
Short Notice deadline

I would like to make you aware of an upcoming DIT cyber security trade mission to Moscone Center San Francisco in February 2020

RSA conference 2020 is one of the worlds largest Cyber Security conference and exhibition. For almost 30 years, RSA has been leading within the Cyber sector attracting over 700 exhibitors and 43,000 visitors. Good exposure to this event will enable UK businesses to develop an understanding of the US market with interaction with buyers and leading US organisations. This will be a great opportunity to pitch your products, network, building relationships and engage with key decision makers.

Please find attached the official website:-

Please could you let me know if you would be interested in this event? If so, please could you express your interest via email before Thursday 31st October.

For further practical details on the event, please contact either of the two DIT contacts below:
Peter Thompson ( Assistant Head Cyber Security Americas & Europe) –
Beth Vaccarezza (Acting Head of Space, USA | Vice Consul – Aerospace, Defence & Cyber Security)

The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) has launched an open call for its fourth cohort of technology and cyber innovators. LORCA are inviting high potential innovators to apply if their solutions align to one of their three innovation themes: Connected Economy, Connected Everyone and Connected Everything.

Information about LORCA’s challenge areas and a link to the application portal can be found at or by reading this news story.

Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2019
Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy

Cyber Zone at International Security Expo 2019
3-4 December, Olympia London

The dedicated exhibition space features a techUK pavilion providing visitors an area to source solutions, products and resources that will enhance the digital security of your business.

Speakers include:
2x Senior Representatives, NCSC
Dr Henry Pearson, UK Cyber Security Ambassador to the US, DIT
Jenny Radcliffe, The People Hacker

UK Cyber Security Forum have exclusive free passes for all their members

Find out more about what’s on at
Register your free visitor pass at –

Cyber Resilience Workshop 11th November
IAAC is holding its third workshop in the cyber resilience series on 11th November 2019 at Aston University. This event will be held jointly with ISACA with the kind support of Aston University.

The workshop will apply elements of systems thinking and soft systems methodology to cyber resilience. It will draw on the previous workshops, though there is no requirement to have attended them to fully participate in this one. The first looked at culture and cyber resilience. The second looked at a ‘compliance eco-system’ – its elements and how it might function. Both reports from these workshops are available at:

The programme for the third workshop will be:

0930 – registration and coffee
1000 – introduction
1010 – split into groups – exercise one. Confirm problem issue using Laddering Technique.
1100 – Coffee
1120 – Exercise two – draw a rich picture representing the factors influencing the adoption of cyber resilient behaviours
1220 – brief back
1315 – Lunch
1400 – Exercise three – implication for interventions – ‘what if we did this’ scenarios using Cognitive Map.
1500 – tea and brief back
1600 – close.

The outcome of this workshop will be to understand the relationships between the elements in the system, so we can make effective interventions in shaping cyber resilience behaviours.

If you would like to attend, please contact Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. The specific venue details will be released nearer the event.

UKSec summit
Next week 5th & 6th November

The UKSec summit dedicates itself to the service sector, crafted by our peers and senior security experts from across some of the UK’s largest services sectors including; Finance & Banking, Healthcare, Insurance, Wholesale & Retail, Transport and Logistics, together with cyber security innovators and regulators to safeguard the future of our industry.

Over two days you will have the unparalleled opportunity to build information sharing partnerships with solution providers and senior security executives from service giants across the UK. This means you will access a valuable range of perspectives – investigating new ideas whilst learning from success cases and leaving with a set of viable, actionable insights. For more information or to register, visit

UK Cyber Forum Update – 11 September 2019

Good morning,

Here are some Cyber Security Opportunities or events you might be interested in…

Cyber Security – Securing SMEs
Free Event
10th October, Malvern

Cut-down versions of enterprise security solutions are a bad fit for most small and micro organisations. However, the high volume, low margin business of securing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is a relatively new one and needs new innovation. Not only are the majority of business in the UK SMEs but this has a direct effect on the supply chain security of large organisations which are increasingly seen as one of the most vulnerable areas.

Join us at this free event to hear about the latest innovation and services for keeping micro and small organisations secure.

Speakers include the NCSC, Global Cyber Alliance, Avast, and AXA. The neurodiverse team running the Community SOC project within IASME will also speak about their work to protect small organisations and vulnerable individuals. See more about the speakers, exhibition and talks here.

The exhibition and symposium are free for all to attend, but please register in advance as places are limited. There are still some free spaces for small innovative companies to exhibit too.

CYBERSEC EXPO 2019 – Poland

Some spaces have now become available on the DIT mission to Poland (details below) due to two companies having to withdraw from the final confirmed cohort. If you are interested in joining the UK pavilion please contact Cost is £500+VAT.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the British Embassy in Warsaw offers an opportunity to join the UK Group Pavilion and showcase your capabilities during CYBERSEC EXPO 2019 in Katowice, Poland.

Date: 29-30 October 2019

Where: International Congress Centre (MCK) Katowice, Poland


CYBERSEC EXPO 2019 is an international cyber security exhibition accompanying Cybersec CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) Forum which has been in existence since 2015 and has acquired the status of one of the most important events in the cyber security sector in Europe.

The expo accompanying the forum will be held for the first time and is expected to attract manufacturers, consultants, and distributors as well as government, local administration, law enforcement, military, state and private companies from Poland and abroad.

The advantages of joining the UK Group Pavilion:
UK Group exhibitors are co-located in a prime location in the exhibition hall, within the UK Group Pavilion attracting international visitors.
The UK Group Pavilion will include DIT stand with an open meeting area which can be used by exhibitors. DIT staff will be present at the stand providing support throughout the exhibition.
Invitation to cocktail reception during the exhibition; the reception will be organised by DIT Warsaw. Invitations to the reception will be sent by DIT Warsaw to local contacts from public and private cyber security sector.

BCS looking for assessors

The Chartered Institute for IT, BCS is committed to raising skills and professionalism through quality apprenticeships. We are recognised by government to undertake apprentices’ assessment at the end of their apprenticeship. Our role is to review examples of apprentices’ work and, through a one to one discussion, make a judgement on whether they have the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship.

Our role in apprenticeships is of critical importance to us. BCS research has highlighted not only existing IT and digital skills gaps, but the rate at which skills development must respond to keep pace with dynamic tech transformation.

Recent research with IT leaders tells us that business priorities include cloud, cyber security, automation, IT governance and agile methods – and 21% of respondents mentioned artificial intelligence, which is becoming more of a reality for business and not just a piece of horizon scanning. Apprenticeships play an important role in helping address these business priorities and prepare for new innovations as they are developed. To ensure that apprentices have a great apprenticeship experiences, requires great trainers and assessors – and that’s where we believe you can help.

BCS currently has a team of over 60 associate assessors, supported by our specialist full-time assessment experts. We are committed to delivering high quality, robust assessments and only individuals that have up to date occupational experience undertake end-point assessments for BCS. With an increasing demand to assess cyber apprentices, BCS is looking for experienced cyber practitioners who are experts in their field to undertake end-point assessments.

Many experienced professionals find being an associate assessor an incredibly rewarding experience and a chance to invest into the sector’s future talent pipeline. Associate assessors work from one day a month to a few times a week , in the comfort of their own home, and time commitment is totally flexible.

If you can take-part and invest in our future cyber professionals please send your CV to who will contact you and outline the next steps.”

Trade Mission – Best of UK Cyber in Munich

The UK’s Department for International Trade invites you to apply for a place on a cyber mission to Munich, Germany’s industrial and technology powerhouse. This is your chance to introduce your cyber solutions and have B2B meetings with decision makers from German corporates.

Date: 28th January 2020
Morning – B2B meetings
Afternoon – UK-German Cyber Security Forum
Tel. +49 89 21109-130
Tel. +49 89 21109-119
Rohde & Schwarz Munich

Click here to register for the Munich Network platform. After verifying your account select start application and then category Best of UK Cyber in Munich.

Submit your application by: 8th November 2019

Final participants will be chosen by a dedicated jury through a review process.
Participation is free; however, companies are responsible for paying for flights, accommodation, insurance and meals.

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

SSCS 2019: International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security

21 – 22 October 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place

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

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:

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:

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

Register to attend (free)

Register to exhibit (free for innovative SMEs)

Book to attend the 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!

UK Cyber Forum Update – 14 July 2019

Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

Level 3 Apprenticeship Cyber Technician survey

Short notice deadline 19th July – sorry!

Over the last few months a group of industry representatives have been working with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to develop a level 3 Apprenticeship for a Cyber Security Technician.  Our aim is to encourage people into the profession as early as possible.

The industry panel has now submitted the proposal to the IfA and the requirement level 3 Apprenticeship has been approved.  As part of the process there is now a two week wider industry consultation, which we would encourage you to be a part of.  By following the link below, you will be taken to a survey which details the proposed content of the Level 3 Apprenticeship.  We would like your views as to the relevance of it, the survey should not take too much of your time.  This consultation is important, the panel want to be sure we are providing a route into the profession that is both relevant to employers and Apprentices, we can only gain this assurance from you.

On behalf of the Level 3 Apprenticeship Cyber Technician panel, can I thank you in advance for your input.

You can find the survey at: Please note that the deadline for completion of the survey is 19 July 2019.

Billington DIT event in New York – 4/5th September

Billington is a large Government cyber security summit, entering its 10th anniversary this year. The theme for this year is: “Reinventing Cybersecurity: Addressing Tomorrow’s Top Cyber Challenges”.

Pre-Billington DIT event in New York – Tuesday 4th September

Due to the increase in events put on by the Billington organiser, and the extended exhibiting period, DIT will run a one day program of events in New York on Tuesday 4th September before heading up to Washington.  We will still be involved in the extremely successful VIP reception at Billington.  If you are interested in the NY program please Peter Thompson –

Billington, Washington DC, 4/5th September

Below is some information around the Billington Cybersecurity event in Washington from the organisers.  There won’t be a DIT pavilion at the exhibition but there is a UK cyber zone where we will be present.  The cost of exhibiting is $5,000.  DIT will be supporting companies who attend/exhibit and have negotiated some relevant opportunities with the event organisers as outlined below.  DIT are not involved in the organisation of the exhibition so if you are interested in exhibiting or attending please contact the organiser directly –

[A message from the organiser] Dear Potential Exhibitor at the UK Cyber Innovation Zone:

To grow your cyber business in the U.S. public sector, the largest cyber marketplace in the world, you should seriously consider exhibiting at the 10th Annual Billington CyberSecurity Summit on 9/4-9/5.  This summit is the leading summit on cybersecurity in government and draws unprecedented decision-makers.

For the fifth year, the UK Cyber Innovation Zone will be held at this summit and we invite you to exhibit as part of this Zone and to attend this unique summit.

Here are five reasons why exhibiting would benefit you and your business:

1. The summit is where the cyber “who’s who” in the U.S. Federal cyber market convenes.  Senior leaders in government and at major systems integrators have gathered for 10 years.  Going on its fifth year, the British Embassy will host a reception at the conclusion of this summit allowing for unparalleled networking.

2. The summit is the most established event of its kind entering its milestone 10th year in the world’s largest cyber market in the region where the NSA, DOD, DHS, DOE are located at the epicenter of cybersecurity.

3. Billington will launch a Cyber Mindsharing Network consisting of one on ones from 9:00-11:30 am on September 4 before the launch of this summit.

3. The U.K.’s “special relationship” with the U.S. makes it the first, trusted area the U.S. government looks for partners.

4. The event includes an educational one hour breakout panel on 9/5 tailored to International businesses hoping to grow in the cyber US government market titled, “Building Your Cybersecurity Business in the U.S. Public Sector.”

5. Trusted relationships matter greatly in the US cyber market; and this is where relationships form.  The entire program will be in the same room as the 60K+ square foot exhibit hall so that exhibitors will hear the General Session dialogue.  Over 1000 attendees are expected, and over 40 media. Last year, nearly 800 attendees came to the event and nearly 40 media.

The full list of confirmed speakers are listed here.
The latest agenda is available here.

Benefits for Zone Sponsors and Exhibitors
* Exhibit table at the U.K. Cyber Innovation Zone (booth size depending on sponsor level)
* Registrant list for those who do not opt out
* One invitation to the VIP Reception/
* 3 complimentary guest passes to summit
* Logo/link on web site and marketing emails
* Dinner the evening before at a premier venue
* 15 minute one-on-one meeting with select speaker at the event will be scheduled by Billington CyberSecurity
* Bag insert

The contact information for the conference organiser is –

UK pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week

Following on from the success of previous years, DIT will be hosting a UK pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week this year. The flyer with further details is attached. There will also be a significant senior HMG delegation attending GovWare, the associated conference.

There will be space for 6-8 UK companies on the pavilion. If you would like to apply for one of these slots, please reply to this bulletin and request the application form. Then submit the application form to by Friday 26th July. We will select companies the following week, and inform all applicants as soon as possible.

Companies can also have their own stands at the exhibition. We have asked the organisers to give any UK companies with their own stands the option of being located near the UK pavilion. If this would be of interest, please mention this to the organisers as part of your discussions, and let us know that you intend to attend so that we can support. We may also be able to offer invitations to the HMG reception to UK companies attending but not on the UK pavilion.

IAAC – Recruitment of New CEO

IAAC CEO, Nigel Jones, has sadly resigned with effect from October 2019. We are therefore seeking to recruit a new CEO. IAAC is currently at the beginning of a process of updating its role in the UK cyber security world to ensure that it can continue to contribute to making the UK a successful digital society and economy. Nigel has launched this update and, with his coming departure, we need someone who has the same energy and skills to take it forward, particularly since IAAC will be an important member of the planned UK Cyber Security Council.

The CEO role is very much part-time, averaging 4-5 days a month. It is remunerated but not hugely so, at £1,000 nett of national insurance per month. IAAC does not have any premises so the CEO works from home, with occasional travel to London and Chester for meetings and events.

We are seeking applications, in the form of a letter addressing the requirements of the role and a c.v., by 9 August. Applications should be sent by email to Emma Cowell ( and Roddy Hallifax ( We will shortlist the applications in August and expect to hold interviews in the first half of September. We plan to make the decision by 25 September and hope to be able to introduce the new CEO at the Cyber Leadership Forum in October.

If you are interested in this please reply to this bulletin and request the Job and Role Descriptions and application form. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nigel (ceo@IAAC.ORG.UK) if you have questions about the job or Roddy ( if you have questions about the application and selection process.

IAAC Cyber Resilience Workshop 2 Report

The report from the IAAC second workshop on cyber resilience compliance eco-system, hosted by the University of Manchester on 3rd June 2019, is now available at:

The workshop explored many of the fundamental elements at work in a potential cyber compliance eco-system.  These comprise ‘hard’ measures, such as law and regulations; ‘soft’ measures, such as norms and social pressure; and structural issues, such as usability and process design.   All of these are affected by environmental issues, such as corporate culture, which in turn sit in a wider network of relationships and dependencies. The workshop examined the nature of some of these relationships, for example in pushing and pulling forces toward cyber resilience goals, and how they affect the behaviours of people as individuals in organisations and communities.

Comments are always welcome to .

Next generation services Innovation Lab

Individuals can now apply to take part in a 3-day residential Innovation Lab on behalf of their organisation to develop responsible data access or sharing methods. Services including legal, accounting and insurance account for almost 80% of the UK economy. It is vital these services are future-proof, and technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics can help the sector become more efficient, productive and globally competitive.
Through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), government is supporting industry and researchers to develop next generation services that can transform the UK’s services industry. UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £3.5 million to develop responsible data access and sharing methods in the accountancy, insurance and legal services sectors through a 3-day residential Innovation Lab that will explore the use of AI to strengthen the UK services sector.
Find out more here

Japan FinTech & Cyber Trade Mission, 3-6 September

Applications for the FinTech/Cyber trade mission to Japan are now open. The mission will coincide with FIN/SUM, the Japanese FinTech Summit in Tokyo, and will include opportunities for cyber security companies. Please apply here by Friday 19th July, and contact with any queries.

QITCOM, 29 October – 1 November

QITCOM is an international conference and exhibition organised by the Qatari Ministry of Transport and Communications. This year’s event will feature a host of international speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 start-ups and many other ecosystem enablers. The British Embassy in Doha and DIT in London are working to secure a UK pavilion and attract UK representatives across tech, cyber and academia to exhibit and showcase at QITCOM this year.The theme for 2019 will be Safe Smart Cities. If your company has expertise relevant to this sector and you’re interested in finding out more, please email

CEBIT Australia, 29-31 October

DIT is seeking 10 highly innovative UK technology companies, including cyber security companies, to attend Australia’s largest tech festival. Full details and registration by Wednesday 31st July here; please contact (UK) or (Australia) for more information.

ANZ Airport Mission, w/c 11 November

Cyber security companies with an offer applicable to the airport sector are invited to join a mission to Australia and New Zealand, visiting key airport stakeholders in Auckland, Melbourne, and Sydney. Further information is in the attached flyer; please contact with any questions or to express interest by Monday 22nd July.

Cyber Insurance

The City of London Corporation have published a report on the UK cyber insurance sector, which was launched by the Lord Mayor of London last month. The report is available here.

National Cyber Security Strategy after 2021

HMG is in the process of developing the next National Cyber Security Strategy, to succeed the existing 2016-2021 programme. As part of this, RUSI are running a series of workshops to identify industry’s views, and have published a briefing paper summarising their early findings. The briefing paper is available here. If you have further views on the development of the next strategy that you would like to feed in, please contact

UK Cyber Forum Update – 23 June 2019

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

Report from IAAC Cyber Leadership Forum April 2019

The report from our Cyber Leadership Forum held on 4 April 2019, on the topic of the National Research Strategy in Cyber Security Science and Technology can be found at

The report makes several recommendations and discusses why:

  • The strategy must identify a user or sponsor who has the authority in the wider community to define business benefits and research scope.
  • The strategy must understand the vital contribution of blue-skies, corporate and applied research in the ‘triangle’ of government, industry and academia.
  • To strategy must recognise and build on the strengths inherent in the UK cyber security sector such as technical excellence and academic collaboration in socio-technical issues.
  • HMG must ensure that priority risks are identified and addressed.
  • The strategy must support the wider community, nationally, regionally and locally, regarding the outcomes of research and empirically-based approaches in their application in practice.

The report from the IAAC North West Cyber Leadership Forum is also now available  The evening discussed cyber resilience in the face of major cyber attack.  It helped us confirm a series of points for our agenda:

  • Continue to promote cyber resilience in terms of people, technological and governance factors.
  • Find ways to support rehearsal and exercising of cyber incidents that are easy to deploy and learn from, at organisational and regional levels.
  • Establish a stronger narrative about career paths and skills for cyber security, that encompasses all levels of education, into employment.
  • Develop better intelligence sharing and cyber-crime reporting mechanisms that work at a local level.
  • Build on the idea that the North West community is prepared to help each other.
  • Establish networks of support which can be resilient in a crisis.
  • Find ways of being clear about ‘where help is.’


Dstl shares new open-source framework initiative 

A new open-source software framework designed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is now available to help improve tracking technology. Full details on the framework can be found here.

Free Event to showcase Cyber Security Innovation to secure SMEs

10th October  in Malvern

This day-long event is called “Cyber Security Solutions for SMEs” and is part of the week long Malvern Festival of Innovation. It will be held in Malvern Theatres which is in Malvern.

This will be the 8th year the Malvern Festival of Innovation has been held. There is always a day within the Festival which focuses on Cyber Security but with a different theme each year. This year we will focus on innovation and technology which could help small organisations increase their cyber security.

The aim of the Festival as a whole is to encourage discussion and awareness of innovation which, in turn, encourages further innovation.  Other days include a large event for school students to discover innovation, a “business of innovation” day and a “start-up” event. The events are free to attend and free for small organisations to exhibit so it gives the smallest of innovator an opportunity to exhibit.  We aim to attract some great early-stage innovators. The event is funded by sponsorship

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, many of IASME Certification Bodies, managed service providers and police. We usually have between 300 and 400 attendees on the cyber security day.

We aim to encourage attendance from as wide and diverse an audience as possible. All the trainees from the UK Cyber Security Forum neurodiverse cyber security training will be encouraged and supported to attend. One of the neurodiverse team will also present on behalf of the innovative Community SOC project.

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

Register to attend (free)

Register to exhibit (free for innovative SMEs)

Book to attend the 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.

Department for International Trade – Online Platform

DIT has launched an online platform which contains a live directory of exporting opportunities. HMG is putting potential business directly in touch with potential customers overseas. Since its launch, nearly 150,000 exporting opportunities have been advertised on this platform. Full details can be found here

CyBOK project: Public consultation now open – HUMAN FACTORS knowledge area

We are very pleased to announce that the next Knowledge Area (KA) – Human Factors – is now open for public review.  This will be for a period of 4 weeks from 11 June 2019 to 12 July 2019 inclusive.

The Knowledge Area can be accessed at and your feedback is welcomed via  All feedback, big or small, is valued so please do take this opportunity to provide us with your thoughts.

Please continue to visit the CyBOK website for project updates and KA releases.

For further information and to submit KA feedback, contact the team directly via  Please also use this email if you no longer want us to hold your details.

DSEI Japan call for papers extended – submit your speaking proposal before 28 June

The first ever DSEI Japan Conference will provide an opportunity to deep dive into the key issues shaping Asia-Pacific defence and security capabilities.

If you would like to be considered as a speaker please complete your submission before 28 June. 

>>Submit your paper here

The DSEI Japan conference will feature two streams organised around the four core themes of:

  • Combating the threats of the new era: measures against space, cyber, and electronic warfare
  • Responding to airborne threats: strengthening air and missile defence capability
  • The freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region: maintaining and enhancing free and open maritime order
  • Technologies and overseas transfer of defence equipment

DSEI Japan is a peer reviewed conference. Technical, policy and concept development papers from across the research and development community are welcomed, along with those from the defence and security military and other communities. Presentations or papers that are focused solely on the promotion of a product or service are considered inappropriate; papers that promote the unique technical or conceptual aspects of new products, products in development, or services are considered appropriate.

More information about the conference, including how to submit your paper, can be found here.

Neuro-diverse Training Course needs speakers – Deadline: 18 July 2019

The UK Cyber Security Forum (UKCSF) provides a free training and support service for unemployed neuro-diverse adults looking for careers in cyber security.

People considered to be neuro-diverse often have skills that are well suited to cyber security. They can often outperform neuro-typicals in focused, detailed work and at recognising unusual patterns of data.

UKCSF provides a 12-week pre-employment training package directly relevant to the demands of the modern-day profession. The course, held in Worcester, is led by an industry expert, a specialist teacher and a neuro-diverse IT professional, along with guest lecturers from the wider industry. UKCSF provides a conducive learning environment for neuro-diverse individuals looking to train and work in cyber security. Currently there is little support to develop these skills which means many talented individuals are out of work.

The training course provides:-
• An online training platform in collaboration with Immersive Labs
• Hands on course content delivered by industry expert trainers
• Workplace training and help with communication skills
• Visits to companies and organisations
• Personal mentor scheme
• Support with creating an industry specific CV
• Provisional support in finding and applying for suitable vacancies

A new cohort starts on 18th July and here is a list of upcoming training days that the Forum have volunteer speaking slots for:-

1st – Network Foundation
8th – Linux
15th – Automation (Bash, Python, PowerShell)
22nd – Blue Team (Planning)
29th – Blue Team (Defending)

19th – Red Team (OSINT)
26th – Red Team (Attack Frameworks)

3rd – Risk
10th – Compliance
17th – Ethics
24th – CV interview skills and catch up

If you know anyone who is interested in speaking on any of these topics please let the UK Cyber Security Forum know by contacting Tim Charrot on +44 (0)3300 882 752 or

UK Cyber Forum Update – 12 May 2019

Good afternoon

Here are some cyber security opportunities you might be interested in:

Consultation on CyBOK (sorry for the short notice!)

We are pleased to announce that the Adversarial Behaviours and Secure Software Lifecycle KAs are now live on the CyBOK website ( ready for public review.  The public consultation period is due to end on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

Cyber VC Panel session at InfoSec

Andy Williams, CEO of Global Transatlantic, will be running a Cyber VC panel session each day at Infosec Europe (4th – 6th June) at which UK cyber start-ups can pitch their companies to a panel of high-profile cyber investors.

For more details or to apply for the opportunity to pitch please follow this link:

Cyber 101 Business Skills Bootcamp

Free of Charge – apply before 15th May (sorry about the short notice!)

Location: Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA
Date: 29 May 2019
Time: 09:00 – 17:30
Cyber 101: Business skills Bootcamps for cyber security startups and scaleups.
Digital Catapult wants to hear from cyber security companies that are interested in receiving mentorship, raising capital and accessing a wider network of public and private customers.
Successful applicants will receive tailored advice on a diverse range of topics linked to establishing and growing a successful cyber security business.
Background Cyber 101 is a national programme running from January 2017 – March 2021 as part of DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security sector and the capability of cyber security startups and scaleups.
An intensive one-day Bootcamp: You’ll receive tutoring and tailored advice from industry experts on how to develop and scale up your cyber business.
Who should attend? Whether you are an established startup looking to refine your business proposition or a mature company seeking feedback and advice on your business, you are welcome to take a part in Cyber 101 Bootcamp.
We are interested in hearing from cyber security companies operating across all UK sectors with existing product or service offerings.
Why attend? Successful applicants will be invited to an intensive one-day workshop which is designed to help support cyber security enterprises hone their business skills in an open innovation environment. Topics will be followed by 1-to-1 mentoring sessions with the presenter, allowing startups and scaleups to build close connections with their peers as well as the mentors.
As an attendee, you will get a chance to:

  • Receive tutoring and tailored expert advice on different topics. Topics include; development of an effective value proposition, market validation, sales and marketing techniques, international expansion, finance and capital and business models.
  • Build new relationships with customers, partners and peers.

Furthermore, selected companies that successfully complete the workshop will be shortlisted for an annual Demo Day, which will provide a direct opportunity to pitch to potential customers and investors. The Demo Day will be facilitated by Inogesis (formerly VTC), The Accelerator Network and White Horse Capital.
Dates, times and locations Submit your application to Cyber 101 via the form below. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 15th May.
Places will be allocated to those with the most appropriate needs, expertise, services and products in line with the Open Call.
We aim to respond to all applications within 7 days of the call closing. However we will review applications on receipt and may allocate places before the closing date.
Successful applicants will be invited to a brief telephone interview to judge suitability. Please be advised that experts from the Cyber 101 team will assess applications using 3 criteria: fit to Cyber 101 requirements, domain expertise, and maturity. Assessment is based on application content only.
The event will be facilitated by Inogesis (formerly VTC), The Accelerator Network and White Horse Capital.

SSCS 2019: International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security

21 – 22 October 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place
Contributions deadline: 15 June 2019

Showcase your latest work at the only UK conference covering both system safety and cyber security. We welcome contributions of both presentations and workshop sessions by 15 June.

This year’s themes are related to the safety and security challenges of applying emergent and new technologies in critical systems. Core topics are:

  • AI/ML: how do you meet the safety and security challenges for critical systems?
  • Cloud, multi-core and novel technologies in critical systems
  • The challenges for Regulation, Certification and Accreditation of critical systems
  • Vulnerabilities, threats and solutions to cyber security in safety-critical systems
  • The human factors of cyber security and safety

Publication opportunity
Contributors who present their work at SSCS 2019 have the opportunity to be published in the IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications Journal (NB subject to peer review). All article processing charges ($2000 as standard) will be waived for the SSCS 2019 speakers.

IAAC Cyber Resilience Report and Workshop

The report of the first IAAC ‘Cyber Resilience’ workshop held at Shrivenham on 26th March has been published and available on the IAAC website.

The next workshop in the cyber resilience series will be held at the University of Manchester in central Manchester on 3rd June, 1100-1600.  The precise location will be confirmed after registration, which can be done through

The workshop will follow on from a previous workshop held at the Defence Academy Shrivenham. There is no need to have attended the first workshop, to attend this event.

We will focus specifically on how businesses and communities can create and maintain an effective compliance eco-system for cyber resilience.  We will examine a range of hard and soft approaches to encouraging and sustaining cyber resilience, from social marketing approaches to regulation and law. The workshop will also seek to clarify issues around achieving accountability in the face of growing cyber risk.

A wide spectrum of people from across the community of business, government, academic and third sectors are welcome.  A series of panels will be run in which active participation through discussion and Q&A will be facilitated. We aim to write up a final report with actionable recommendations.

Discount to exhibit at the Festival of AI and Emerging Technology

CogX is offering UK Cyber Security Forum members a discount to exhibit at their festival in the Startup Village. CogX London Kings Cross 10th-12th June

Normally a place on the start up bench is £1,000 for the 3 day festival, but UK Cyber Security Forum members get a discount of 40%.  For £600 you will get

  • A Start Up Bench space
  • Access to the Festival Networking App
  • 2x tickets for your clients

To book please email Ray Clark <> and mention the code cogx19MFOI75%

Call for Papers – International Security Expo 2019

We are now accepting speaker submissions for the Technology Workshop Theatre and Conference Theatres at International Security Expo 2019 which takes place on 3 – 4 December, Olympia London, UK.

We invite you to submit a proposal for speaking on:   

Workshops including:

  • Screening and Scanning
  • Cyber
  • Perimeter and Intrusion Detection
  • Communications
  • CCTV and Surveillance
  • CBRN
  • Tracking and Monitoring
  • Drone and Counter Drone Systems

Conferences including:
(limited to one commercial company per conference)

  • Global Counter Terrorism Summit
  • Global Serious & Organised Crime Summit
  • Cyber Security Conference
  • Aviation and Transport Security Conference
  • Crisis Management and Business Continuity Conference
  • Protecting Crowded Places Conference
  • Forensics Conference
  • Serious & Organised Crime Conference

The proposals will be assessed on their suitability and content.
Submitting a proposal is no guarantee of having a slot allocated

Proposals should include:

  • Proposed title
  • Description outlining the proposed format and 3 – 4 bullet points (12 words max per point) of the key areas the session will address
  • Name of proposed speaker, job title and organisation
  • Speaker biography (max 50 words)

To submit a proposal, please go online to
OR email us directly:

Please note the closing date is 24th May 2019

Online Harms White Paper

A new ‘Online Harms’ White Paper has been recently published. The paper sets out the government’s plans to improve online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy. This paper covers legislative and non-legislative measures and aims to make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups. You can view the Online Harms White Paper here.

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 13th April 2019

Good afternoon!
Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

LORCA Cohort 3 Open Call

Deadline 15th April
After speaking to industry about their cybersecurity needs, LORCA’s launched an open call for its third cohort of cyber innovators.  If you (or an organisation you know) address one of the challenges (by design, basics and beyond), apply by 15 April at    
Challenge areas

  1. By design.  Great leaps are being made to develop products that are increasingly secure by design.  More can be done, though, to make products easy to configure and implement securely, and we need cheaper or more efficient ways to secure a code base.  Blockchain, AI, autonomy and robotics companies all have a part to play in this regard.  Ultimately, markets need secure products rather than more security products.
  2. Basics.  In a market saturated with cybersecurity products and solutions, even the most mature sectors (like financial services, for example) are asking how they can get the basics right and establish a business-focused view of foundational cybersecurity.  This challenge area focusses on essential aspects of security including best-in-class patching and vulnerability management; more effective management of identity (people and assets); and, accurate and automated regulation and compliance metrics for the reporting of fundamental security controls.
  3. Beyond.  In addition to the basics, this challenge area seeks to support innovative and new approaches that go beyond current offerings.  These solutions should provide proactive, intelligence-led security and shouldn’t be constrained by traditional views of risk or security models.

Our 12-month programme is free and we take no equity or ownership over the IP of our members.
Cyber innovators accepted onto the LORCA programme will receive a year of bespoke, world-class support to engineer and iterate their solution and scale their businesses quickly – all within a dedicated space at LORCA’s base at innovation hub Plexal.  
Participating companies will receive support from leading experts, including one-to-one commercial and technical support from Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Service team and world-class academic and engineering support will be provided by the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast.  Plexal’s innovation services team, together with external experts brought in as part of the programme’s curriculum, will help the members develop their business, iterate products and scale in the UK or globally.
More information can be found at and

Defence and Security Accelerator Open Call

DASA are looking for security solutions in the following areas:

  • Finding suspected threats on passengers during airport screening
  • Matching passengers with their x-ray trays during airport screening
  • Improving aviation cargo screening speed
  • Assistive technology for rail staff
  • Screening train carriages

If you have any innovative ideas that match these areas or have any colleagues/friends that might be interested, please feel free to apply to the DASA Open Call. The next closing date for receipt of applications is 2 May.

More info on what DASA is looking for and how to submit can be found here. 

National Cyber Security Centre – Assurance Survey

The NCSC is looking to better understand how we can support the cyber security landscape. To better understand the key services you need today and the foreseen future. We also want to look at how services are assured; and encourage use of our assurance schemes to better protect the cyber landscape as a whole.
To do this, we have created two quick surveys which will look to gather your perception on the assurance of cyber security services. By answering the most applicable survey you will allow us to focus on key elements in an assurance service, helping the NCSC shape its cyber assurance schemes to suit the markets need. 
If you consider yourself a buyer of cyber products – Buyer survey
If you consider yourself a supplier of cyber products – Supplier survey
Responses to the survey should be in by close of play on 26th April – thank you for your input which is greatly appreciated.

Export Licence Breakfast

30 April | 08:00-11:00 | Hereford Business Solutions Centre
Join this free of charge Business Breakfast is to see how UK Export Controls can help companies who are new to using export licensing or even yet aware of the controls.  Evidence has been found in non-compliance across a variety of business sectors so why not join this seminar to help understand how to use licences correctly.

The seminar will cover:

  • Background to Controls – explaining the controls, the legislation, goods and technology that are controlled, types of activities that are controlled, the key Control Lists, the main activities and end use controls
  • Types of licenses available to exporters, the differences between them, the problems ECO experience when handling license applications, the licensing process and the Criteria we have to follow
  • Compliance – why we visit companies who use open licenses, explain what to expect, the problems we come across on such visits and guidance on best practice
  • Open License Exercise’s – Attendees get opportunity to look at scenarios and consider whether a particular license could be used or not
  • Open Q&A, which concludes with the two compliance officers being present providing 1:1 surgery for attendee’s specific questions Click here to secure your free ticket.

UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 17th March 2019

Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

National Cyber Awards

Closing date for nominations 22nd March
Here is a link to information on the National Cyber Awards 2019 in Cheltenham in April.
This is dedicated to recognising individuals in our sector in particular The Cyber Citizen of the Year 2019.

GM Cyber Foundry

This is an opportunity for any company in the Greater Manchester region.

A business may have (1) an opportunity that they know about – or that the Cyber Foundry team can see in it – that can be developed to make their business activity safer on line. Some companies might even want to productise what we or they see as potential. Part (1) is called ‘Business Assist’ and (2) is called ‘Technical Assist’.

The GM Cyber Foundry is a consortium project combining the expertise of the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Lancaster University and the University of Salford to deliver innovative cyber security support to Greater Manchester SME businesses. Over three years, with the support of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Cyber Foundry project will support 150 SMEs by stimulating business innovation through the application of cyber security research.

Eligibility requirements for this free support:

  • Must be within Greater Manchester. Regional trading offices are eligible as long as they meet the criteria below.
  • Number of employees less than 250.
  • Annual turnover must be less than €50m or balance sheet less than €43m.
  • Business is not more than 25% owned by another company group (Unless owning group is also an SME). University owned subsidiaries must not be more than 50% owned by the university.
  • Almost all business sectors are welcome to participate with the exception of: Fisheries and Aquaculture; Processing and marketing of agricultural products; Shipbuilding; Schools/school age educational establishments; Insurance Companies; Primary productions, coal or steel, synthetic fibres; Banking or Nuclear industries.

You can find out more here

Disability Confident Scheme

The disability confident scheme is a good way to show support to the employment of people with a disability.  Also, Access to Work give grants to help employees overcome barriers caused by their disability, both physical and mental.  We have used this funding for things like help with transport to work, in-work mentoring, noise cancelling headphones and assistive software – worth a look!

Find out more about the Disability Confident scheme here
Find out about Access to Work

New Security Event in Birmingham

There is a new Security Event in Birmingham and it is free entry.  I will be there on IASME’s stand on the second and third day so do stop by and say hello if you go!
In addition to the security event you get access to The Health & Safety EventFire Safety Event and The Facilities Event.

Meet the Expert: Exporting to Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar

8 April – Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

In collaboration with Britain in South East Asia (BiSEA) and UK-Asian Business Council we are pleased to host an exciting meet the expert opportunity.

In a series of 25 minute 1:1 meetings you can meet with the in-country experts from the following markets:

You will also have the chance to meet with UK Export Finance to discuss financing your exports.

Why South East Asia?

South East Asia is a region where economic growth and development is expected to exceed the global average for the foreseeable future. With a wealth of natural resources, low-cost skilled labour, and a regional Free Trade Agreement, the great diversity of markets and opportunities are attractive across a wide range of sectors.


Click here to request your 1:1 meeting slots. Please note that they are limited and will be allocated between 11:00-16:00