DIT UN Procurement Webinar – Event: 29 June 2020

Please see below an opportunity to register for an event hosted by DIT New York regarding UN procurement for the cybersecurity sector.

Monday, 29 June 2020

9:00-10:00 EDT /

14:00-15:00 BST

Contact: Chika McGary

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) UN Procurement Webinar

DIT New York invites you to join us for an informational session with the UN Procurement Division (UNPD) to discuss procurement opportunities in the Cybersecurity sector. Mr. Isaam White, Team Leader, Communications & Technology Team, UN Procurement Division and Mr. Thomas Braun, Chief, Cybersecurity Section, UN Office of Information and Communications Technology, will discuss doing business with the United Nations as well as specific opportunities for UK companies in the Cybersecurity sector. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Register online


All of our work is carried out in line with the UK Government’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We ask that you treat all speakers, participants, and staff with courtesy and respect during our virtual events.

DIT COVID-19 Webinars for SMEs

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has launched a COVID-19 Webinar series to help UK SMEs.

Our experts will provide guidance and practical advice to help support your business and respond to the challenges and potential disruption caused by COVID-19. There will also be an opportunity for Q&As where you can put your questions directly to our experts.

All webinars are free to UK companies – register now to attend.
How long are the webinars?

  • Our experts usually present for 25 minutes and allow 35 minutes to answer your questions and help you find solutions to any barriers you may be facing.

Each link below will connect you to a webinar registration form where you can find out more about each webinar and receive your unique link to join the upcoming webinar.


Routes to market

Thursday 14 May 2020, 10:00 – 11:00

Delivered by Rob Lewtas, DIT South East and Tom Dixon from DIT’s E-Exporting Programme Team .

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Logistics and movement of goods during COVID-19

Wednesday 20 May 2020, 10:00 – 11:00

Delivered by Veronica Dawson, an International Trade Advisor at DIT and Alex Veitch from the British Freight Transport Association.

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Risk management when considering new markets

Thursday 21 May 2020, 10:00 – 11:00

Delivered by Lee Hibbert, an International Trade Advisor at DIT.

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Managing disruption of supply chains during COVID-19

Friday 22 May 2020, 14:30 – 15:30

Delivered by Terser Adamu, an International Trade Advisor at DIT and Chris Walker from the Federation of Small Businesses.

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You can find all of DIT’s upcoming webinars here.

DIT Benelux Defence Security Updates – Events

September 2020 – Online
Webinar for SMEs and newcomers on how to do business with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
Organised by DIT and UK MoD, date to be announced. For more information, please contact Thomas Flammant to register your interest (Desk +352 22 98 64 2216).

17 September 2020, The Hague
Public Security Exhibition The Netherlands
After the annual PSE in Belgium, there will also be a Dutch edition in 2020, organised by DIT The Netherlands in partnership with ADS. For more information, please contact Christian van der Woude (Tel +31 6 5541 4210).

13 October 2020, Mons
NATO Information Assurance Symposium
This is NATO’s largest cyber conference with an exhibition space. For an idea of last year’s edition, take a look at https://nias19.com/ For more information about 2020, please contact David Walker (Desk: +32 2 287 6234).

19 November 2020, Rotterdam
NIDV Exhibition
The NEDS exhibition is the flagship Defence Security event in The Netherlands, well attended annually by Dutch government officials. For more information, please contact Christian van der Woude (Tel +31 6 5541 4210).

2-3 December 2020, London
International Security Expo
Attended by DIT with official delegations, more info at https://www.internationalsecurityexpo.com/

8-10 December 2020, Rotterdam
Defence Technology (The annual submarine industry event from Clarion events, UDT, brings together researchers, military end users and professionals spanning the entire supply chain The 2020 edition will take place in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. For more information, please contact Christian van der Woude (Tel +31 6 5541 4210).

20- 21 January 202 1 (date tbc) Capellen
UK Industry Day at NATO Support and Procurement Agency (Organised by DIT Luxembourg and Belgium. For more information, please contact Thomas Flammant (Desk +352 22 98 64 2216).

Government Support for the Cyber Security Sector

The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest public health emergency in decades. It calls for decisive action, at home and abroad, of the kind not normally seen in peacetime. 

We’re writing to our colleagues in the cyber security sector to tell you what the Government is doing to help the sector and provide the opportunity to feed your comments back to us. Many of you have already been in touch and we thank you for your engagement. 

We aim to:

  • Provide information on the support the Government is offering to help businesses through this difficult period;

  • Outline what we are doing to continue our work on cyber security; 

  • Provide details of how you may be able to contribute to the effort to help the public, and

  • Give you the chance to provide your views to the Government.

A Message from the Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman

Portrait photo of Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure.

Thank you to everyone for continuing to help make the UK a safe place to be online. Your work is more important now than ever. My Department is committed to supporting the cyber security sector during this crisis and is keen to hear from you on where and how that help can be most effective. I encourage cyber security firms to keep giving the country the tools needed to securely work online so we can all stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Government response to coronavirus

On the public health issue, the Government is doing everything it can to tackle the pandemic and mitigate its impact. We are mobilising every bit of Government to defend our people and our country. Businesses, universities and communities across the country are coming together to help.

The Government is providing a range of support to help businesses, including loans, cash grants, tax relief and support for self-employed people. Please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support for further information.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is supporting the wider Government efforts and we particularly want to understand the needs and asks of our sectors – including where and how we can work together to help society and the economy during the crisis.

Our work on cyber security

DCMS is prioritising support for the cyber security sector to help address economic challenges and critical incidents. We are continuing the delivery of critical Government programmes supporting the cyber security sector, such as the LORCA cyber accelerator, the NCSC Accelerator and our Cyber Discovery skills programme. We are also working with the National Cyber Security Centre and others to distribute guidance and advice to the public and businesses on how to stay secure online. 

Cyber security guidance for the public 

As you know, cyber criminals are opportunistic and often look to exploit fears over current events. The public and organisations should continue to be alert to this threat. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued guidance for organisations on how to prepare for secure home working and guidance on how to spot and deal with suspicious emails. Please feel free to share this with your customers and contacts. 

With more interaction and work happening online, the Government is continuing its push to help the public and businesses live and work securely. DCMS is working with the National Cyber Security Centre and the Home Office to run a new phase of the Cyber Aware campaign. This will help the public and small businesses adopt secure online behaviours and protect themselves from current threats. This activity will start very soon. Please get in touch if your organisation is interested in partnering with us on this campaign. 

Information and support for cyber security businesses

The Government and its partners have made several recent announcements for the cyber security sector. Many of our growth programmes are currently open to applications.

In addition, DCMS has published a range of statistics and research over the past two months to help inform the cyber security sector, including:

  • The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2020, published on 25 March. The survey details the scale and impact of cyber attacks and data breaches on businesses, charities and educational institutions. We have also published a series of infographic summaries illustrating the results. 

  • Cyber Security Labour Market Research. This research provides details about the UK cyber security labour market. 

  • Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis This is an analysis of the UK’s cyber security industry, which includes figures on size, employment and revenue. 

Your feedback

Finally, please be aware DCMS will shortly be issuing a survey asking organisations across DCMS sectors for feedback on how coronavirus is affecting them. Please look out for this and respond if you can. Your feedback will be valuable in helping to shape future Government action. 

If you have any specific feedback on cyber security, any questions about this note or any suggestions of how you may be able to help, please contact us at cybersecurity@culture.gov.uk. You can also keep up to date on announcements through the newly updated Cyber Exchange portal. Please feel free to share with note with your colleagues. We intend to send further communications in due course.  

Erika Lewis, Director, Cyber Security & Digital Identity, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 

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

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

DCMS UK’s most innovative Cyber SME Competition – Deadline: 20 Mar 2020

DCMS have today launched a competition in collaboration with Infosecurity Magazine & Tech UK to find the the UK’s most innovative Cyber SME. The competition, in its 6th year now, offers the winner headline position at the DCMS Innovation Zone at Infosec Europe this coming June as well as industry press coverage at the event. A further 13 runners-up are invited to exhibit in the Innovation Zone as well as to speak at thought leadership slots within the event’s Cyber Innovation Showcase.
The competition previously took the form of a live pitching event but this year we have moved to an online-only application, shifting the resources we would normally focus on the pitching event to the exhibition itself, where we intend to have a networking event in the Innovation Zone.
Please encourage qualifying companies within your clusters and networks to apply at: https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/1102. Happy to answer any questions you may have.

Full Winners’ Benefits

  • The winner will be crowned The Most Innovative Cyber SME 2020 and be the flagship company at the 2020 Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe with a headline position in marketing materials and first choice of location within the zone.
  • The winner will be the subject of a feature piece by Infosecurity Magazine to be conducted at the exhibition.
  • The top three companies will receive individual coverage on Cyber Exchange announcing the winners of the competition.
  • The winner and 13 runners up will receive a 3m2 shell-scheme stand. This will include spotlights, power socket, table & stools, literature rack, access to one-to-one meeting space and a lead scanner. Additional stand dressing may be purchased.
  • The winner will receive 3x speaking slots of 15 minutes each at the Cyber Innovation Showcase during the event. The 13 runners up will receive 2x speaking slots of 15 minutes each at the Cyber Innovation Showcase during the event.
  • Pre-event support. This will include a dedicated logo and company description at infosecurityeurope.com as well as promotion of the 2x speaking slots, non-exclusive inclusion in pre-event marketing emails and inclusion in social media promotion. You’ll get a mention and logo in the event catalogue, within a full page advert for the Cyber Innovation Zone. You’ll also get a video interview at the show to be posted on Infosecurity Europe’s Website and YouTube channel.

Doing Business with the US DoD – Event: 31 Mar 2020

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business. I am pleased to draw your attention to the ‘Doing Business with the US Department of Defence’ event taking place on 31 March 2020.

Pre-registration is required for 31 March 2020.

Further details of this event are contained in the attached flyer. If you have any questions please do not reply to this email but direct them to:

Laurence Goodwin Laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk
Taj Chhina tajinder.chhina@trade.gov.uk


Teresa Earl | SME Adviser | Defence & Security Organisation |
Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place | London SW1A 2AW
|T: +44 (0)20 7215 8247 (Tues & Weds) | M: +44 (0)7775826340 (Mon 0900-1500 & Thurs 0900-1400)
E- mail: Teresa.earl@trade.gov.uk

DEFEXPO India with DIT – Event: 5-8 February 2020

DEFEXPO India will take place at Lucknow (Uttea pradesh state, Northern India) from February 5 – 8, 2020. This will be the 11th instalment of the biennial exhibition and associated conferences. In keeping with the themes for DEFEXPO 2018 in Chennai, DEFEXPO will again cover the complete spectrum of the country’s aerospace, defence and security interests.

DEFEXPO 2020 is sure to bring the leading technologies in the defence sector under one roof and provide a myriad of opportunities for government, private manufacturers, startups and the entire space. If you have long term goals in India or the wider Asia region, this edition of the show will be an invaluable source of ground level intelligence and insight that you are not going to pick up from a distance.

DIT DSO Services:

1. Equipment/Product on Stand. Have your equipment on the DSO Stand and be represented by a member of EST. In addition 250 brochures and a marketing video to complement our military advisors briefing to international delegations.

2. Brochure Service. An opportunity to place 250 of your company brochures on the DSO Stand.

3. Soldier on Stand. Have serving EST military staff join your stand for the week, to provide an objective ‘end user’ perspective on your product and services and provide a seamless link back to the DSO focus for international delegation management.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity, in any form, please do not hesitate to contact me. To aid planning, and at no obligation, it would be appreciated if you could express your interest by close of business 15 December 2019 by contacting:

WO2 Dave Chappell
Export Support Team,
Horne Barracks,
SP4 8QE.

DIT Physical Security at Public Areas Seminar – Deadline: 12 January 2020

Physical security event at the British Embassy Helsinki

The Department for International Trade (DIT), in association with the British Embassy Helsinki invites you to a seminar and showcase on physical security and critical national infrastructure protection.

In response to the increased local needs for physical security products, DIT Finland is organising a one-day event at the British Embassy Helsinki to highlight British experience in this area.

You will have the opportunity to showcase your products to a wide range of Finnish stakeholders, including buyers, distributors and end-customers. There will also be networking opportunities with Finnish participants, UK specialists and peers throughout the day. The programme includes presentations from UK and Finnish experts who will discuss challenges of public area safety in today’s world.

Programme outline:
* Light lunch and table-top exhibition
* Welcome words
* Presentation by Speaker from Counter Terrorism Command, Heathrow Airport (TBC)
* Company presentations (5 min each)
* Briefing by Finnish Ministry of Interior
* Company presentations (5 min each)
* Coffee break and table-top exhibition
* Presentation of UK CNPI by Robert Barnes DSO
* Company presentations (5 min each)
* Buffet dinner and networking

Date & Time: Wednesday, 12th February 2020 12.00 – 17.30
Venue: British Ambassador’s Residence, Itäinen Puistotie 15, Helsinki
Sign-up deadline: 12th January 2020
Costs: £600 including VAT per company (max 2 delegates)
Contact: Venla Vainio-Puhju, Senior Trade Adviser T: +358 50 566 7580 E: venla.vainio-puhju@mobile.trade.gov.uk

Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), Florida – Event: 11-14 May 2020

SOFIC is a leading Industry Conference & Exhibition in the USA focusing Special Operations Forces (SOF) providing a unique platform to engage with the US and international SOF community on a vast range of capabilities and products.

This event gives unrivalled access to the complete range of US Special forces with links to the Department of Defense (DoD) within the US Market. In addition to this, SOFIC offers live demonstrations, networking and close engagement with exhibitors whilst also attracting a considerable number of international attendance

DIT DSO has successfully coordinated the UK Pavilion at the event for a number of years with positive feedback from attending UK companies.

We currently have 12 spaces available to exhibit (£3,500 + VAT)

For further information and to express an interest to be part of the UK pavilion for this show, please do not hesitate to contact me on my email address which is Laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk or speak with any of my colleagues below:-

Mark Goldby
0207 215 8362
Assistant Head Americas

Laurence Goodwin
0207 215 8185
USA Desk Officer

Dominic McNeice
0207 215 8195
Team Leader Events & Exhibitions

Antony Fletcher
01 202-802-4999
US Embassy Washington DC

Capt James Pugh
UK British Army Adviser
Adam Thomas
0207 215 8467