Secure by Design for Smart Devices Upcoming Call for View – Deadline: 11 June 2020
Published on: 9 Jun, 2020
I hope you’re doing ok given the circumstances. I wanted to share an update that the Secure by Design team in DCMS are now fully back after a period working on Covid-related priorities, and are working on our mission to protect consumers and the wider economy from the range of harms that can arise from vulnerable smart devices.
As announced in our response to our 2019 consultation on regulation (Jan 27), we know that, given the vast majority of smart products still do not embed good security practices, we propose to develop legislation to mandate a baseline level of cybersecurity for Consumer IoT devices sold in the UK.
Given Ministerial appetite to rapidly develop legislation and the growing threat posed by vulnerable devices at a time with an increased attack surface and reduced social resilience, we recognise the need to keep momentum going in an increasingly competitive international landscape.
We intend to publish a Call for Views on our approach in w/c 13 July to allow industry and other stakeholders to feed back on our approach. This document will follow on from our 2019 consultation and will add further detail to the security requirements we intend to mandate, the scope of the regulation, the obligations the regulation will place on the manufacturers and retailers of consumer smart devices, and the approach that will be used to enforce the regulation.
Ahead of this, we intend to share the Call for Views doc for formal Write Round with other government departments in w/c 22 June.
I recognise that teams are stretched and wish to reiterate that we do value input, but also accompany this with a need to be pragmatic with our own crash deadlines.
In advance of the formal Write Round, we would be more than happy to engage with you, your teams, or relevant stakeholders in your department to further elaborate on our plans, and answer any questions you may have. Could you please share any thoughts by EOD Thursday 11th of June?
If you would like to discuss the proposals and to feed into our ongoing work ahead of the upcoming write-round, please do get in touch with my colleague email@example.com.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact Jonathan with any other queries you may have on the above.
BSI Policy Briefing webinar on supporting SME businesses impacted by coronavirus
Published on: 14 May, 2020
How to ensure business continuity in the face of coronavirus: your weekly update on the latest guidance and intelligence around the employment, tax, and financial implications of operating during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This week you’ll get access to the latest guidance and information on the cyber security landscape, including:
- Current COVID-19 cyber threats
- Latest guidance issued by NCSC
- Update on the government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme
You will also get an update on the government’s furlough scheme, which has now been extended until the end of October. We will explore what the modified version of the scheme may look like, and what other options may be open to employers in structuring their workforce after the scheme changes at the end of July.
You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the live session. If you have some questions in mind, please send them over email ahead of the webinar.
- Fiona Geskes, Principal Policy Advisor, Tax and Fiscal Policy, CBI
- Stefan Martin, Partner, Hogan Lovells (guest speaker)
- Representative from the National Cyber Security Centre (guest speaker)
- Deborah Fraser, Director – Regions, CBI (chair)
event – 18 May 2020, 15:30 – 16:15
signup – https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2238353192894384912
DIT COVID-19 Webinars for SMEs
Published on: 13 May, 2020
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 .
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.
Risk management when considering new markets
Thursday 21 May 2020, 10:00 – 11:00
Delivered by Lee Hibbert, an International Trade Advisor at DIT.
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.
You can find all of DIT’s upcoming webinars here.
LSH and NHS Wales Webinar – Event: 7 May 2020
Published on: 5 May, 2020
Life Sciences Hub Wales and NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership would like to invite you to an online event which may be of interest to you and your colleagues.
During this online event, talking place at 10:30 – 11:30 on 7 May 2020, a guest panel of contributors will:
* Explain how PPE is used in different health environments.
* Provide up-to-date information on the current requirements for PPE in Wales for the health and social care sectors.
* Outline what manufacturers need to do, and consider, in order to effectively produce and supply PPE products.
* Provide an overview of Life Sciences Hub Wales’ innovation portal and how it’s being used to receive offers of support from industry.
‘Providing PPE and getting it right’ is chaired by Chris Martin, Deputy Chair of Life Sciences Hub Wales. Attendees are invited to submit a question to the panel on registration – to enable the panel to respond to key queries and concerns of participants.
Keep well and kind regards
Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government
TechNation ‘Lockdown Unlocked’ – Event: 5 May 2020
Published on: 30 Apr, 2020
Tech Nation is running an event next Tuesday about scaling a tech company through this crisis. You can see the full listing here but below is the agenda so you can decide if any part of it would be useful to you
10:00 – Tech Nation Welcome
Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech Nation
10:10 – Government Keynote
Caroline Dineage, Minister of State for Digital and Culture
10:20 – Futurist Keynote – How will covid-19 affect global economies in the future?
Azeem Azhar, Founder, Exponential View
10:30 – Investor Panel with Q&A – How will the funding landscape change post covid-19?
11:00 – Debate – What is the role of the state vs the role of the ecosystem/VC during this crisis?
11:20 – Government Panel with Q&A – Moving past the pandemic – How can government support the tech sector?
12:00 – Leadership during Lockdown
Jill Palmer, CEO, Clicktravel
Asi Sharabi, Founder, Wonderbly
Moderated by Parveen Dhanda, Head of Programmes Tech Nation
12:30 – Scenario Planning – Unlocking opportunities and Containing the Risks
13:00 – Cash is King
Dave Blacher, Partner, Head of Media and Technology, RSM
You’ll also have the opportunity to network (virtually) with the wider UK tech community, offer support and connect with those facing similar challenges.
IntaPeople Digital Round Table – Event: 13 May 2020
Published on: 29 Apr, 2020
Each industry has its own set of unique challenges, none more so than those which we are faced with today brought on by the global Covid-19 pandemic. During these unprecedented times we believe it will be useful to bring together tech leaders such as yourself, to create an environment for you to chat with others that may be facing similar challenges, discuss ideas, and to learn from each other.
As such we’d like to invite you to a digital round table event that we are chairing @ 10am on Wednesday 13th May 2020.
This free online session will be about 30 mins in duration, and will include open discussions centered around topics of your choice, such as:
* How has your business been affected by COVID-19?
* What are the biggest challenges that you/your department/your business is facing at the moment?
* How are you managing and motivating remote teams/workers?
* How are you planning for post lockdown? social distancing measures?, etc.
* Has this situation changed how you view remote working? Will it become the norm for your business moving forward if it wasn’t already?
This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, air views, and to chat with other like-minded leaders in your industry, in order to share thoughts, strategies, methods and ideas. You are not alone, what is a challenge in your business is likely to be affecting others in a similar way.
If you would like a seat at the digital round table for tech leaders please let Jon Stock know on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can’t make it, but would still like to have a chat then let me know and we’ll arrange a call shortly after the event to share a summary of what was discussed.
Government Support for the Cyber Security Sector
Published on: 17 Apr, 2020
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
“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.
A new look Cyber Essentials scheme is now in operation, delivered by the IASME consortium.
The NCSC Cyber Accelerator is now open for applications from start-up businesses to help create new security solutions. Companies can apply to be part of the fifth cohort.
LORCA have opened a call for cyber security innovators to be part of the next cohort of their scale-up programme. Companies can apply here by 4 May.
Our early stage incubator programme, HutZero, run by CyLon and CSIT, is recruiting for its sixth cohort. The application deadline is 17 May.
Innovate UK currently have funding opportunities open for projects tackling cyber security IoT challenges (applications by 20 May) and grants of up to £50,000 available for innovation projects to help deal with Covid-19 related issues (applications by 17 April.)
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.
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 email@example.com. 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
Tender Notice from National Grid UK
Published on: 8 Apr, 2020
Periodic indicative notice – utilities
Directive 2014/25/EU – Utility Directive
Section I: Contracting entity
I.1) Name and addresses
National Grid UK Limited/National Grid USA Service Company, Inc
Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill
Contact person: Faye Osborn
Telephone: +44 7808094949
Main address: www.nationalgrid.com
I.3) Communication – Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.6) Main activity – Other: Electricity and Gas
Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title – Cyber Security Products and Services
II.1.2) Main CPV code – 48000000
II.1.3) Type of contract – Supplies
II.1.4) Short description – Over the next 12 months, National Grid expects to be conducting various sourcing events
for cyber security related products and services.
II.1.6) Information about lots – This contract is divided into lots: No
II.2.3) Place of performance – UK
II.2.4) Description of the procurement
National Grid uses the Achilles — Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) — to identify and qualify potential suppliers for our goods and services requirements. For the majority of our purchases, it is a condition of supplying to National Grid that suppliers are registered on the UVDB. Over the next 12 months, National Grid expects to be conducting various sourcing events for cyber security related products and services using the following Achilles codes:
1.5.1. computer hardware and accessories – workstations/servers,
1.5.7. general business software,
1.5.8. specialist business software,
1.5.9. technical software,
1.5.12. computer systems.
Should you wish to tender for the provision of cyber security related products and services you will need to be registered on Achilles — UVDB for all codes listed above that are relevant to the products and services you provide.
Please contact Desta Wheeler at Achilles on: firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any assistance.
II.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice: 06/04/2020
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice – 03/04/2020
COVID Advice from TechNation Wales
Published on: 3 Apr, 2020
Innovate UK Fund
New Innovate UK fund: Business-led innovation in response to global disruption
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Update to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
From the BBB:
“…the recently launched Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has now been significantly expanded along with changes to the scheme’s features and eligibility criteria. The changes mean even more smaller businesses across the UK impacted by the Coronavirus crisis can access the funding they need.
Importantly, access to the scheme has been opened up to those smaller businesses who would have previously met the requirements for a commercial facility but would not have been eligible for CBILS. This significantly increases the number of businesses eligible for the scheme. The expanded scheme will be operational with lenders from Monday 6th April 2020.
New scheme features
No personal guarantees for facilities under £250k: Personal guarantees of any form cannot be taken under the scheme for any facilities below £250k.
Personal guarantees for facilities above £250k: Personal guarantees may still be required, at a lender’s discretion, but recoveries under these are capped at a maximum of 20% of the outstanding balance of the CBILS facility after the proceeds of business assets have been applied.
A Principal Private Residence (PPR) cannot be taken as security to support a personal guarantee or as security for a CBIL backed facility.
Security: For all facilities, including those over £250,000, CBILS can now support lending to smaller businesses even where a lender considers there to be sufficient security, making more smaller businesses eligible to receive the business interruption payment.”
Here is a fact sheet from the BBB.
Support & Mentorship
We are working on a research project with Cambridge Judge Business School and the Behavioural Insights Team to determine the impact of mentoring on digital tech businesses.
As part of this project, we are able to offer the opportunity for free mentoring to any digital tech SME with more than five employees.
For more information and to apply go here.
Statistics and Interesting Reads
A fascinating dive by Google into UK mobility changes city-by-city since the lockdown began.
Good article on building a virtual community across speed networking, webinars, shared experiences, virtual conferences etc – Don’t Just Throw Together a Webinar – The Virtual Events Crash Course You Need
A 24-tweet thread on how VCs are thinking about the pandemic. Not all VCs of course, but worth a read to get one perspective – https://twitter.com/fdestin/status/1243674766155943937?s=20
A solid post on managing layoffs, should founders unfortunately have to use it – Planning and Managing Layoffs
An interesting ready from Beauhurst on The effect of coronavirus on UK investment: Q1 2020
A nice story: members of the Cyber Wales network have been helping the NHS to receive and set up new IT equipment being sent to help fight the increased demand on the health service.
LORCA Cohort 5 Open Call – Deadline: 4 May 2020
Published on: 2 Apr, 2020
This week, London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA), have launched the call for our fifth cohort of technology and cyber innovators. After speaking to industry experts about their cybersecurity needs and in response to the challenges of COVID-19, We are now recruiting cybersecurity scaleups throughout the UK and abroad with solutions that create a more robust and resilient digital economy.
We know that participation in accelerator programmes is positively correlated with higher survival rates, increased growth in employee numbers and higher amounts of funds raised (Source: Nesta here). Of the 55 companies we have supported so far, LORCA members have brought in 600 new contracts and raised over £86m in investment since joining our programme.
We’d be very grateful if you could share the opportunity with your networks and companies you think should apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, 4 May at 5pm UK time via LORCA.co.uk/apply.
More information about the programme can be found here, below and in the attached brochure.
What are the benefits of joining?
- World-class innovation support to help member businesses scale
- Connections to investors and industry buyers through exclusive member events
- Deloitte strategic and technical cyber expertise
- Engineering support from Centre for Secure Information Technologies (Queens University Belfast)
- Connections to our industry partners, Dell Technologies, Lloyds Banking Group, Kudelski Security, SOSA, Kx and Global Cyber Alliance
- Professional workshops and individually designed one to one support on:
- Sales and business development
- Marketing and design
- Legal issues
- Lead generation
- Investment readiness, financial modelling and pricing strategy
- Business mentoring
- LORCA takes zero equity or IP from members
- Soft landing programmes and bespoke international trade missions
- Free desk space at Plexal innovation centre and coworking space in London
- Peer networking, learning and trading opportunities
If you would like to know more or ask any questions, contact the LORCA team on email@example.com
LORCA Innovation Associate
ECSO Cyber Matchmaking Virtual Event – Deadline: 6 April 2020
Published on: 26 Mar, 2020
Firstly, I would like to thank you for your kind help in supporting the communication of our Cyber Investor Days.
Taking into account the current situation in Europe, we have decided to make Cyber Investor Days an entirely VIRTUAL event. We do not want to cancel or postpone the event, because we believe that by keeping the event we could demonstrate our support to the entire community of startups and SMEs, as well as to send a strong message to the wider business community.
Given the societal changes we all have had to adapt to these past weeks, we have extended the deadline for startups and SMEs application until Monday, 6 April, midnight CET. Therefore, I would like to ask you share this message with your network, as there might have been companies which hesitated to apply because of uncertainty of the current situation in Europe.
I am also sharing with you the updated application form and application guidelines (attached), as well as announcements on social media to be used for communication:
LinkedIn announcement: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6648241566722990080
Twitter announcement: https://twitter.com/ecso_eu/status/1242470599890534400
I thank you in advance for sharing this important update with your network. Should you have any questions or remarks about the event, do not hesitate to contact me.
With my best regards and good health wishes,
Policy and Communications Manager
European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
Welsh Veterans Awards, Cardiff – Deadline: 1 May 2020
Published on: 9 Mar, 2020
- Role Model of the Year
- The Community Award
- Contribution to the Welsh Fitness Industry and Society
- Health & Well-being Award – Company /Organisation Award
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Inspiration of the year
- Employer of the Year – Company /Organisation Award
- Lifetime Achievement
- Leavers to Leaders Award
- Reservist of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Veterans Business of the Year Award
Welsh Government stand at InfoSec, London – Deadline: 20 Mar 2020
Published on: 6 Mar, 2020
The Welsh Government intend to exhibit at InfoSec at Olympia, London 2-4 June 2020.
InfoSecurity Europe is the sourcing and knowledge hub for Europe’s information and cyber security community. Featuring an interactive exhibition floor with over 400 cutting-edge suppliers, a far-reaching conference programme and a host of networking opportunities. This is Europe’s largest cyber tradeshow at Olympia, with the opportunity to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with more than 15,000 visitors. Celebrating 25yrs in 2020, the event is free to attend.
We are offering Wales based companies the opportunity to participate in the show on a Wales stand to maximise the opportunities that such a global event can offer.
Anyone interested in utilising the Welsh Government stand during InfoSecurity Europe 2020 should contact myself to register their initial interest, by 20th March 2020.
My thanks in advance for your assistance.
Event Planner, Thematic Division, Welsh Government
Tel: 03000 250156
CyberUK 2020 Registration is now open
Published on: 2 Mar, 2020
CYBERUK 2020, the UK government’s flagship cyber security event, takes place at ICC Wales, Newport on 19-20 May 2020.
Hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), CYBERUK 2020 will bring together technical and policy experts to look ahead to a new decade of cyber security. It will attract the major players in government, academia and industry and offer unrivalled networking opportunities. Key topics will include attribution and countering the adversary; advances in quantum technologies, AI and the cloud; securing our connected lives from the Internet of Things to Smart Cities; defending democracy; and strengthening cyber resilience across Government, CNI, businesses and citizens.
We are now accepting applications to attend.
Make your application here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyberuk-2020-application-to-attend-registration-93333237225
Please note: NCSC operate a pre-approval process for this event.
The initial application form will ask for some information relating to your job role, organisation and reasons for wanting to attend CYBERUK 2020. This information will help the NCSC to ensure that there is a good mix of delegates represented from across government, academia, the third sector and industry. Submitting your initial application to attend does not confirm a place at the event – all registrations are subject to approval by the NCSC.
Two ticket types are available for the event:
Public Sector (public services and public enterprises) which are free of charge.
Private Sector (companies for profit and not state controlled)
£849 + VAT – early bird rate available until Friday 3 April
£999 + VAT – standard delegate rate
Once you have submitted your application to attend, it will be reviewed by the NCSC team and you will receive an email within 10 working days informing you if your application has been successful. At this stage you will need to complete your application and make any required payment.
To be kept up to date with details about the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
CyberUK 2020 Sponsorship Packages Available
Published on: 2 Mar, 2020
As has been previously announced, the NCSC is hosting its annual flagship event, CYBERUK, in Wales in 2020.
The event will take place at the International Convention Centre, Wales on 19-20 May 2020. This event would not be the success it is without genuine collaboration and the support of our industry partners.
As a previous sponsor or exhibitor you will be aware of the range of opportunities available to suit every budget. Sponsoring CYBERUK puts you front of mind of the most senior and valuable leaders and professionals in cyber security; and you will position your company as a thought leader on the issues that delegates are discussing. Many sponsorship packages also include exhibition space, allowing you to continue the conversation with delegates during formal breaks and between sessions.
We are currently unable to release the full sponsorship and exhibitor brochure for CYBERUK 2020 due to the pre-election period, which limits announcements made by government departments.
To discuss available packages in more detail, please contact the Sponsorship and Exhibition Team on email@example.com or call 0117 906 4554.
The deadline for registering for our main content sponsorship packages is Wednesday 11 December.
CYBERUK Sponsorship and Exhibition Team
Cyber Wales – Cyber Ireland Breakfast Briefing – Event: 11 Mar 2020
Published on: 2 Mar, 2020
You are invited to attend a Breakfast Briefing to facilitate collaboration between Ireland’s & Wales’ Cyber Security Clusters, hosted by the Welsh Government Office in Dublin & UK Department of International Trade.
Wednesday 11th March, 7.45 – 9.30am at the Dome Cymru, CHQ Building Dublin
* Learn about Ireland’s & Wales’ Cyber Security Clusters
* Panel Discussion on initiatives to address the cyber security skills shortage in Ireland & Wales
* Networking & Opportunities for Business Development in Wales
Limited availability for 30 Guests, RSVP by Wednesday 4th March to Jarlath.Garvey@fco.gov.uk
Dr Eoin Byrne,
Return on Security Investments (ROSI) Project – Deadline: 31 March 2020
Published on: 24 Feb, 2020
There is one potential research project that I would like to make you aware of, and to see if the Cyber Security Cluster are potentially interested in getting involved. It is free to participate, but we are asking for your time.
The project is a collaboration between the School of Computer Science and Business School. It concerns the calculation of Return on Security Investments (ROSI), and justifying security spending. As an example, when you need to explain to managers or an executive board that a certain security solution is needed, how could you do it and present talking in financial terms.
I am currently writing an application for funding for this project, and looking for a provisional expression of interest from industry partners. We plan to use several companies as case studies. We will also run workshops with a wider range of experts. Based on the above and further research, we will develop a Best Practice Guide for ROSI calculation.
The commitment that we ask from an industry partner is to be willing to talk to researchers, give interviews and share experience on ROSI calculations (positive and negative), and if possible provide examples of calculations/justifications used in the past. This is flexible and depends on availability, and organisation specifics. If the project application is successful then at the end of the project, the best practice guide could be presented and made available to the Cluster. The output will appropriately acknowledge the involvement of the Cluster.
Could you please let me know if this would be of interest for the Cluster and its business members to participate in whatever form each one finds suitable. I feel that the involvement of the Cluster will make our funding application more successful, in return our output will be of benefit for the industry. It will also further strengthen the Cyber Wales Ecosystem providing another example of collaboration between academia and businesses.
Dr Yulia Cherdantseva PhD MSc(Hons) FHEA
Lecturer at the National Software Academy and Admissions Officer for the School of Computer Science and Informatics
+44 (0)29 2251 0014
NDEC Industry Showcase – Event: 25 Feb 2020
Published on: 19 Feb, 2020
We would be delighted if you could join us for the NDEC Showcase Event Industry Day which will be taking place on Tuesday February 25th in Ebbw Vale.
This event represents the opening of the initial National Digital Exploitation Centre capability, following the announcement made in January 2019.
The day will provide an opportunity for you to view and understand more about the unique and innovative cyber security capability that is currently being developed in Ebbw Vale.
In addition, progress to date and insights into the future vision of the NDEC will be provided. The Marketplace will play host to a number of key industry partners, SME’s and suppliers on the day.
To register and find out more please follow our Eventbrite link:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ndec-showcase-industry-tickets-89053817365
DCMS UK’s most innovative Cyber SME Competition – Deadline: 20 Mar 2020
Published on: 19 Feb, 2020
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.
SANS Institute Training in Manchester – Events: 24 – 29 Feb 2020
Published on: 14 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 https://www.sans.org/event/manchester-february-2020
Doing Business with the US DoD – Event: 31 Mar 2020
Published on: 13 Feb, 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Taj Chhina email@example.com
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
HutXero 6 Programme – Deadline: 15 Mar 2020
Published on: 12 Feb, 2020
What makes HutZero unique? The programme specialises in cybersecurity. It supports entrepreneurs in areas such as IoT, privacy, compliance, cyber training platforms and other products that secure our digital economy. To date, ten cybersecurity startups have been created by HutZero participants.
Programme: 27-April to 1-May 2020
Application Deadline: 15-March 2020
Application Link: https://www.f6s.com/hutzero6/apply
IEEE International Conference on Cyber Warfare & Security (ICCWS) – Event: 31 Mar 2020
Published on: 12 Feb, 2020
Allow me to share a conference event plan with you (31st March to 2nd April, Islamabad, Pakistan.
The three days conference titled IEEE International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS) will run from 31st March to 2nd April in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The event will include a focused Technical Program with paper presentations, keynotes and invited talks on its 1st day (Paper submission date extended to 15th February).
The 2nd day will feature an Industrial Exhibition where national/international companies and R&D Labs will showcase their cyber security related research/ products/ services.
Participation of many local as well as international cyber security companies is anticipated (more info available at www.nccs.pk/conference The event will provide healthy business networking, marketing and collaboration opportunities.
In addition, we are holding International Cyber Security Ideas Cup on 3rd day of ICCWS-2020 in which ambitious students and start-ups will participate and pitch their innovative ideas.
The competition is open to international participant and we would encourage ideas submissions from your partner HEIs/Institutions. (More details available at: http://www.nccs.pk/activities/ideas-cup)
Additional Links given below
NB: The call for papers date has been extended until 15th Feb
Serverless Days Cardiff 2020 – Event: 12 February 2020
Published on: 10 Feb, 2020
ServerlessDays is a community led single track, single day conference focusing on serverless technologies and platforms.
In this workshop we’ll deploy a simple Serverless application to Microsoft Azure, but there’s a problem, it has a few security gaps that need addressing. That’s our job to fix. We’ll implement security best practices, to improve our application’s security posture, and protect it from potential threats.
The 2020 edition of ServerlessDays Cardiff brings us a broad array of speakers and topics. The Serverless developer and engineer skillset needs to be wider than ever. We need to create and maintain secure, performant, observable, maintainable systems. We also need to be looking out for what is coming next, to keep providing value to our organisations.
With this in mind we have a fantastic lineup already confirmed, looking at the opportunities afforded by serverless, best practices in migrating to serverless, options for addressing the pain points and enterprises sharing what they’re doing today in production. We hope the 2020 edition of ServerlessDays Cardiff will have something for everyone.
After the 2019 event sold out, ServerlessDays Cardiff is moving to an even bigger venue in the DEPOT, Williams Way, Penarth Road, Cardiff, CF10 5DY
Welsh Government Stand at CyberUK 2020 – Deadline: 27 Feb 2020
Published on: 4 Feb, 2020
Due to limited availability, completion of this form does not guarantee an automatic allocation. All received applications will be considered based on the information that is provided. Please ensure that any relevant supplementary information is provided along with your submission.
If you are interested in attending please note that your allocated space has to be manned for the full duration on all days that the event is open to the public.
Please note that all delegates will be subject to confirmation from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Please return your form to Derfel.Jones@gov.wales by Wednesday 19 February.
We are looking for companies who wish to co-exhibit on the Welsh Governments’ stand at a cost of £500 + VAT which will include:
* A company logo, narrative and graphic on the stand itself
* A small storage cupboard suitable for 1 A4 box of literature
* Power socket to run a laptop
* Placement of 1 piece of literature on the stand
* 1 x Exhibitor Pass
The actual space available for each co-exhibitor will be determined following the design of the stand.
Please note: if you are successful and you are represented on the Wales stand, you will be asked to provide ALL details of contacts made, ALL deals you are progressing and details of orders won from the event.
ECSO Cyber Matchmaking Event, Brussels – Deadline: 23 March 2020
Published on: 24 Jan, 2020
The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) and the EIT Digital Accelerator have the pleasure of inviting you to the Brussels edition of the Cyber Investor Days, taking place on 13-14 May 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.
During the 7th edition of the ECSO cybersecurity matchmaking event, the promising European cybersecurity startups and SMEs will have a chance to pitch their innovative cybersecurity solutions and hold B2B meetings with the leading investors and integrators from Europe and beyond.
For the European cybersecurity startups and SMEs
To be selected for the event and the pitch session, the Europe-based cybersecurity startups and SMEs are invited to complete the application (available here) and submit it to the ECSO Working Group 4 Secretariat (email@example.com).
Deadline: Monday, 23 March 2020, midnight CET. More information about the application process can be found here.
For investors and integrators
The registration platform for the investors and integrators will be soon available. Questions related to investors and integrators participation at the Cyber Investor Days in Brussels should be addressed to Danilo D’Elia (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Milda Kaklauskaitė (email@example.com).
If you would like to learn more about the previous editions of the ECSO cybersecurity matchmaking events, the report is available on the ECSO website, here.
ST David’s Day Reception, Brussells – Event: 4 March 2020
Published on: 22 Jan, 2020
In 2018, no less than 13 organisations from the Cyber Wales Ecosystem (10 companies and 3 universities) made the trip to Brussels to help the Welsh Government team celebrate St David’s Day.
Also during the day Cyber Wales signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with B-Hive, a European collaborative innovation fintech platform that brings together major banks, insurers and market infrastructure players.
Welsh Government team are organising another St David’s Day event and are inviting Welsh companies to come to Belgium and celebrate in style.
They can cover the costs of travel and accommodation for two people so, on a first come first served basis, they’d like to invite you and other representatives of Cyber Wales to come to Brussels for two days and they’ll put a programme together for you to meet with contacts such as Beehive, LSEC, ECSO, DIT, Wallonia Cyber Representatives commercial/infrastructure representatives etc to see if there are opportunities to work with them.
This will work around their annual St David’s Day reception in the British Residence on 4th March – so potential itinerary would look like:
Wednesday 4th March
AM travel to Brussels
PM – meetings
Evening – attend St David’s Day Reception
Thursday 5th March
AM – meetings
PM – travel back to Wales
Please could you let Ruth Stockley (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you would be interested and available to come out to Brussels for this trip as soon as possible.
SDTaP Demonstrators, Cyber Security Challenges in the IoT, Cardiff Briefing – Event: 25 Feb 2020
Published on: 20 Jan, 2020
Come along to a briefing event to hear more about the aims and objectives of the call, and more details on the scope, eligibility and how to apply.
This competition is part of the Programme ‘Securing Digital Technologies at the Periphery’ (SDTaP) funded by UKRI’s Strategic Priorities Fund. It aims to ensure that the Internet of Things systems are safe and secure, particularly as more critical applications emerge meaning there is increased vulnerability to broader, more sophisticated cyber-threats. Effective solutions need to combine cyber and physical safety and security with human behaviour, influence new regulatory response and validate and demonstrate novel approaches. The competition is expected to cover themes such as cyber-resilience in the context of critical infrastructures and secure capabilities in resource-constrained environments.
Note that this context is only indicative, NOT to be used for proposal preparation as it is subject to change pending the official publication of the competition here.
Cannot attend in Person?
The event in London on 4 February 2020 will be filmed, live streamed and recorded for those who are unable to attend. To register for the online webcast click here.
PwC Employment Opportunity – Starts: 1 July 2020
Published on: 15 Jan, 2020
PwC have an employment opportunity for one student to join their Ethical Hacking team on a fixed term 12 month contract from the 1st of July 2020.
They are looking for a student who is competent in networking, windows and linux technologies to assist with systems administration who is self starting and capable of independent working.
The role offers the opportunity for the student to gain a deeper understanding of enterprise networking, computer security, and the operation and tooling used within a real world penetration testing team. This will also give them an excellent insight into professional life within PwC and their working culture.
The role offers a competitive salary and will be based out of our Cardiff office.
International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS) – Event: 31 Mar 2020
Published on: 7 Jan, 2020
National Centre for Cyber Security (NCCS) is an R&D initiative of Government of Pakistan to promote research and human resource development in the fields of Cyber Security. NCCS in technical co-sponsorship and joint collaboration with IEEE Islamabad Section (R-10) is organizing a three days conference event, i.e. ICCWS-2020; to invite researchers and practitioners around the World to share their original research ideas and experiences related to the state-of-the-art as well as the emerging areas of Cyber Security.
ICCWS-2020 will include high-quality and focused technical program on Cyber Security with keynote talks from prominent industry and academia experts. The conference will also feature an attractive Lab-to-Market Event aimed at industry practitioners, vendors and local start-up companies.
Paper Submission Deadline: 31st January 2020
Notification of Acceptance: 29th February 2020
Camera Ready Submission: 22nd March 2020
HOW TO SUBMIT THE PAPER: Please submit your papers at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iccs2020
UK Cyber Forum Update – 22 December 2019
Published on: 22 Dec, 2019
Here are some opportunities which may be of interest to you:
Survey to scope an accreditation scheme for SME cyber security consultancy
Short Notice – needed by 8th January
IASME have been asked by NCSC to scope a proposal for accrediting independent cyber security consultants to provide advice to Sole Traders and SMEs. The advice would be associated with proactively protecting themselves against commodity-level cyber threats. The timeframe for this work is extremely tight and so we need responses to this short questionnaire by 8th January 2020.
Currently, the NCSC’s Certified Cyber Security Consultancy scheme focuses on providing services to large organisations that have complex IT systems which may be targeted by bespoke attacks, the impact of which would be significant. However, it does not provide an accredited service to protect SMEs and Sole Traders.
As you know, lots of SMEs need advice and guidance on the wider cyber security issues but at the moment there is no way they can differentiate between knowledgeable consultants and those who are just selling snake oil. The government has recognised that there needs to be a trusted, regulated set of advisors / consultants who know what they are talking about and who are suitable for SMEs. This will then allow SMEs to find proper advice from organisations like you.
Our aim is to scope out a scheme which would be achievable and affordable for the smallest of cyber security consultancy to attain the NCSC certified consultant accreditation and be officially recognised as giving trusted advice.
If your customers include SMEs and/or Sole Traders, please could you help us better understand the needs of these groups by completing this survey: https://www.survio.com/survey/d/supplierssurvey
We would also value the opportunity to talk to you in more detail about this. There is an opportunity to take part in a short interview, details are at the end of the survey.
We would also like to get the views of as many SME and Sole Trader businesses as possible. If you deal with any SMEs, we would be most grateful if you could forward the following email to them by your normal channels:
________Start of Message________
We have been asked to contact you, to enquire if you would be prepared to take part in a national survey on the availability of cyber security advisory services. The timeframe for this work is extremely tight and so we need responses to this short questionnaire by 8th January 2020.
The survey is being conducted by The IASME Consortium Ltd on behalf of the government department for cyber security, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Its aim is to understand if there is a need for a government accredited cyber security consultancy service for businesses like yours.
The survey should only take 5 – 10 minutes of your time. If you are willing to take part, please complete the survey by following this link: https://www.survio.com/survey/d/userneedssurvey
All information will be treated as confidential.
If you have any questions, please contact IASME on 0330 882 752 or email@example.com
Many thanks in advance for your help with this.
________End of Message________
Many thanks in advance for your help with this. Please let IASME know if you have any questions or concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ISACA building business resilience briefing paper
If you would like a copy of the ISACA building business resilience briefing paper and ACCA’s survey results, in relation to the Cyber Resilience Workshop 3 that was held with the support of ISACA at Aston University on 11th November please let me know and I will email it over (email@example.com)
GISEC 2020 – DIT Pavilion
Expressions of interest by 10 January 2020
The Department for International Trade will for a third year running take a stand at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) in Dubai from 6 – 8 April 2020. We are inviting expressions of interest from UK companies who would be interested in exhibiting on the DIT pavilion by 10 January 2020.
Companies are advised to submit expressions of interest as soon as possible as places are very limited.
Companies exhibiting on the UK pavilion will benefit from:
- A ‘pod’ exhibition stand on the UK Pavilion
- Introductions from DIT staff, to delegates visiting the exhibition.
- An advance briefing from embassy staff on doing business in the UAE
- Inclusion in UK marketing material, including a Pavilion brochure
- Promotion to local and international media
How to sign up
DIT will charge companies a fee of £3500 + VAT to exhibit on the pavilion and benefit from the other activities organised.
This does not include travel, accommodation and visa costs.
Expressions of interest should include:
- A brief introduction to your company.
- An indication of your key target sectors and markets.
- An overview of recent activities in the Gulf region and any future plans.
- An overview of the capability you plan to exhibit/ export to the region.
For further information and to register your interest please contact Mohamed Ali
firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 207 215 2870
The deadline for expressions of interest is 10 January 2020. We will aim to respond to all applications by 7 February 2020
Representation on Cyber Growth Partnership
Melanie Oldham, CEO of Bobs Business, has been invited by DCMS to join the Cyber Growth Partnership to represent SMEs at that forum. If you would like her to raise anything on your behalf then please do let her know via email@example.com
Up to 15 Studentships available at: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (Cyber Security)
Deadline: 6th January 2020
The Universities of Bath and Bristol offer a unique interdisciplinary EPSRC centre for doctoral training (CDT) in Cyber Security to tackle trust, identity, privacy and security (TIPS) issues in the large-scale, hyper-connected infrastructures of the present and the future.
Students gain hands-on experience of realistic large-scale infrastructures in our state-of-the-art critical infrastructure and Internet of Things test-bed – one of the few facilities of its kind internationally. Industrial placements and masterclasses delivered by leading academic and industry figures are offered to students.
We are seeking to recruit students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including (but not limited to): computer science, psychology, management, electrical and electronics engineering, civil engineering, criminology and social sciences. The most critical requirement is a passion for cyber security and the desire to make our connected world secure and hence safe.
If you have or expect to gain at least a 2.1, are willing to work across disciplinary boundaries and inform your research from different perspectives, we offer fully funded studentships for 4 years (£18,000 tax free stipend per year, fees and £2500 per year for related travel).
Happy Christmas from us all at UK Cyber Security Forum! We hope 2020 is a happy year for you and your families!
DEFEXPO India with DIT – Event: 5-8 February 2020
Published on: 20 Dec, 2019
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,
Exhibit in the Welsh Government Stand at FIC – Event: 28-30 January 2020
Published on: 11 Dec, 2019
For the International Cyber Forum in Lille (FIC) next January (28-30th) the Welsh Government will have a booth.
As part of the deal, we managed to get places for four partners to co-exhibit with us and I’d be keen to know if any cluster members would like to join us.
The agreement includes for each company :
* Logo and description of the company on our website, mobile app and in our programme brochure
* 5 partner badges: a partner badge includes the possibility to see, contact and arrange appointments with all the registered visitors to the FIC (13,000 to 14,000 registered visitors in January). And during the exhibition, by connecting to your account with the mobile app, to directly scan visitors with your mobile and generate qualified leads for your CRM.
In terms of hospitality, we could fund a single member of the cluster to come to the event however other companies would need to pay their own travel and accommodation fees.
I think FIC could be a great opportunity to promote Wales ecosystem and for our companies to show themselves on the international stage.
For information, the booth is not enormous but would provide us with a great base and since the companies that join can arrange meetings around FIC, we won’t all want to be at the stand for the entire event anyway.
Anyone who is interested can contact me directly on:-
Welsh Government | Business Development Executive | British Embassy
Tel: +33 1 44 51 31 55 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DIT Physical Security at Public Areas Seminar – Deadline: 12 January 2020
Published on: 11 Dec, 2019
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.
* 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: email@example.com
Cardiff University’s TechFest 2020 – Event: 19 February 2020
Published on: 10 Dec, 2019
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 (ThomasF6@cardiff.ac.uk) 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.
Cyber Defence School Tender, Brazil – Deadline: 7 January 2019
Published on: 6 Dec, 2019
I would like to share with you that Foreign and Commonwealth Office have just published the tender process for a project with the Cyber Defence School in Brazil.
Suppliers should be able to access the tender on Bravo platform through the link https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk.
You can find the European Union tender notice with more details here https://ted.europa.eu/TED/notice/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:576065-2019:TEXT:EN:HTML#id1-II
The chosen company will work with the Military School to provide training and certification to the instructors and the students at the school.
Hope this is an opportunity that you can share with your network in the UK.
Felipe Galoro | Technology & Smart Cities
British Consulate General | Av. Agamenon Magalhães, 4775 | CEP 50070-160 | Recife – PE | Brazil
Trade Mission to India – Deadline: 8 December 2019
Published on: 5 Dec, 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
DIMDEX 2020 DIT Pavilion – Deadline: 13 December 2019
Published on: 3 Dec, 2019
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. The Department for International Trade, Defence & Security Organisation (DIT DSO) and the Society for Maritime Industries (SMI) are organising the UK Group of exhibitors on a Group Pavilion.
Flyer 1: Opportunities in the Middle East & North Africa
The Society of Maritime Industries will be hosting a briefing by DIT DSO Naval & Defence staff and UK Defence staff in country. It will cover the regional background and context, specific opportunities and arrangements for the exhibition itself. This event will take place at the SMI, London on Tuesday 10th December 2019. Further details are contained in the flyer. The Deadline for registration is Friday 6th December 2019.
Flyer 2: Dimdex 2020
DIT DSO in partnership with the SMI are organising UK Group of exhibitors in a dedicated UK Group Pavilion at the Dimdex 2020. This event will be taking place at the Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar from 16th – 18th March 2020. Further details are contained in the flyer. The Deadline for registration is Friday 13th December 2019.
If you have any queries please direct them to:
DIT DSO – Dominic Mcneice: T: 020 7215 8195 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org
SMI – Ava Catton: T: 020 7448 7021 / E: email@example.com
AESIN Automotive Cyber Resilience Workshop – Event: 11 December 2019
Published on: 29 Nov, 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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/automotive-cyber-resilience-operationalizing-standards-and-research-tickets-82785853717
Trade Mission to USA – Deadline: 11 December 2019
Published on: 28 Nov, 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.
Dave Guite | Innovation & Funding Specialist
Enterprise Europe Network (Swansea University), Research, Innovation and Engagement Services (REIS), Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP
Reforming the Computer Misuse Act Roundtable – Event: 13 January 2020
Published on: 28 Nov, 2019
techUK is supporting the cross-industry campaign ‘Making the Computer Misuse Act 1990 fit for the 21st century’. At 30 years old this key component of UK cyber-crime law has not kept pace with technological advances and is now outdated. Its legal ambiguity creates barriers for the UK’s cyber security industry. The campaign, led by NCC Group, is urging the UK Government to reform the legislation and ensuring UK companies are able to compete on a level international playing field and foster better collaboration between industry and Government.
This session will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the challenges posed by the current legislation and what the campaign hopes to achieve.
For more details and to book a place, see more.
Global Cybersecurity Innovation Summit, the British Museum – Event: 30 January 2020
Published on: 28 Nov, 2019
Join us at The Global Cybersecurity Innovation Summit on January 30, 2020 at the British Museum
The Global Cybersecurity Innovation Summit focuses on providing thought leadership and building international public-private partnerships that will improve the protection of our respective homeland’s critical infrastructures, national security and economic interests.
Our Objective is to build and maintain international communities of interest and trust that foster vital information sharing, broad awareness and the application of our nation’s most innovative technologies to enable a prosperous safer and more secure homeland for the United States, United Kingdom and our trusted allies. The US Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate supports this event along with Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) as the UK representative.
Cyber Security Sandpit with Swansea University – Event: 23 January 2020
Published on: 19 Nov, 2019
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: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/compsci/research-and-impact/security/
Send your proposals to: M.Roggenbach@swansea.ac.uk
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!
Contact Telephone Number:
Digital Health mission to South Korea – Deadline: 6 December 2019
Published on: 15 Nov, 2019
*Diagnostics: image recognition, symptoms checkers, risk stratification
*Knowledge generation: drug discovery, pattern recognition, increased understanding of causality
*System efficiency: optimisation of care pathways, prediction of ‘Do Not Attends’, identification of staffing requirements
*P4 medicine: prediction of deterioration, personalised treatments, preventative advice
South Korea is the 11th largest global economy and one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Its digital health market is rapidly growing: valued at GBP 2.4bn in 2015, it is expected to almost double by 2020 with a forecast market value of GBP 4.4bn.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
*Explore the digital health and innovation landscape in South Korea
*Get a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of doing business in South Korea
*Attend the Korea International Medical & Hospital Equipment Show (KIMES)
*Find potential innovation partners in the UK and overseas
*Improve your company pitch to international partners and investors
Please contact Dave Guite, Innovation & Funding Specialist, Enterprise Europe Network (Swansea University) firstname.lastname@example.org
UK-NL Cyber & Fintech Summit, The Hague – Event: 20 February 2020
Published on: 13 Nov, 2019
In partnership with the Welsh Government, the British Embassy The Hague is pleased to invite you to the UK-NL Cyber & Fintech Summit on 20 February 2020; the CFS2020.
CFS2020 will combine technological challenges in AI, Data Management and Security, Cybercrime and Regulation on the intersection of Cyber and Fintech. In the aftermath of our Cyber Security and Fintech events in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, we’re expecting around 1000 attendants for what promises to be an action packed summit that brings together business, government and academia from both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The summit will bring together the whole UK and NL Cyber Security and Fintech network to share new and upcoming technologies between the two countries, discuss best practice policy practices and – of course – do business. At previous editions, attendees and speakers featured senior UK and Dutch officials and thought leaders, including ministers of economic affairs and security, a former prime minister, board and C-level executives from large multinationals and institutions such as ING, BT, the NATO NCIA and many others.
For more information, please take a look at our website: https://uktech.nl/cyber. In case you’re interested, we’ve also got a couple of slides for sponsorship opportunities at https://uktech.nl/cfs2020/sponsorship.pdf.
CFS2020 will take place in the wonderful high-rise New Babylon building in The Hague, next to the central station and at 29 minutes from Schiphol airport by train.
We are looking forward to hear from you!
For more information please contact Huw Roberts, Regional Manager Trade & Investment, Europe, Welsh Government EU Office, Rond-Point Schuman 11, B-1040 Brussels
UK Cyber Forum Update – 1 November 2019
Published on: 1 Nov, 2019
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 toLaurence.email@example.com 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) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Vaccarezza (Acting Head of Space, USA | Vice Consul – Aerospace, Defence & Cyber Security) -email@example.com
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 www.lorca.co.uk/apply 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 https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/446/overview
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.
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 www.internationalsecurityexpo.com/whats-on
Register your free visitor pass at – https://ise-2019.reg.buzz/iasme
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: http://www.iaac.org.uk/cyber-resilience/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. The specific venue details will be released nearer the event.
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.cyberseries.io.
Costa Rica Security Opportunity call for Quad Charts – Deadline: 8 November 2019
Published on: 30 Oct, 2019
Costa Rica have a number of Security Prospects across the Sector and we are interested in preparing a general Security Quad Brochure in which we can showcase UK Security capability to the Costa Rican Government as well as other Costa Rican institutes which may be interested.
For those of you unfamiliar with Quad Charts:
They are basically an elevator pitch in paper form.
They are an A4 document, split into 4 quadrants (hence the name), with a box for the description of the product/service and its USP, another for some pictures, another for the objective for the products, and the last for contact details.
They were developed by the DOD as a quick and easy way to understand a company’s capability.
They are designed for a non-technical audience and if there is interest generated further, more detailed, conversations can follow.
Attached is a template for ease. Please feel free to populate the background with your own branding.
If you would be interested in contributing a Quad Chart for the brochure please can you let me have a copy by C.O.P. Friday 8 November.
For further information, and any queries, about the Security Sector in Costa Rica please contact my colleague at post, Alejandra Trejos, Officer Trade and Investment DIT Costa Rica.
Aviation Security Outward Mission to Mexico – Deadline: 20 November 2019
Published on: 29 Oct, 2019
Airports/Aviation Security & Critical National Infrastructure Protection Outward Mission to Mexico, taking place 25-28 November 2019 in Mexico City.
The core programme participation fee is £755 (there is no VAT charge).
The Department for International Trade (DIT) in collaboration with HMG’s Prosperity Fund (NON ODA) offers a unique opportunity for UK companies with experience in airports and aviation security, and CNIP for oil and gas to meet key Mexican stakeholders and decision-makers, and showcase their expertise at the UK-CANAERO Day, and the VIP CNIP for Oil and Gas Day, all focused on sharing UK knowledge and finding synergies between both markets. CANAERO is the National Air Transport Chamber in Mexico, an autonomous institution composed of more than 60 members, grouping national and international airlines, freight companies, air taxis, and service providers in Mexico, among others.
About UK-CANAERO Day
UK-CANAERO day is a half-day seminar to exchange technical experiences and best practices with a view of supporting the needs of CANAERO members, as well as the growth of the national airport network and the new Government strategy. This is an event coordinated between CANAERO and the British Embassy in Mexico City.
The participation fee includes translation, transportation to and from meetings, and four nights’ accommodation in Mexico City (for one person per company, Wi-Fi and continental breakfast). Delegates will cover return air travel, and subsistence costs (dinners and incidentals, transport airport-hotel-airport).
The VIP CNIP for Oil and Gas Day is arranged in partnership with the Federal Protection Service, the Public Security Ministry and the State owned Oil and Gas company Pemex. All these entities, plus the DGs of public security of the states with oil and gas facilities and operations will attend. The event will take place at “Los Pinos” which is the former Presidential Offices and Residence complex, now a Museum.
For more information, or to apply to attend, please contact Gisela Gonzalez at the British Embassy Mexico City:
DIT Mexico Head of the Security, Defence and Aerospace Sectors
NATO Industry Forum, Washington DC – Event: 13-14 November 2019
Published on: 28 Oct, 2019
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 NATO Industry Forum taking place on 13-14 Nov 2019 in Washington DC.
Further details of this event are available via the following links:
NOTE: If you interested in attending, please send an email BEFORE REGISTRATION to email@example.com to get a facilitated access the NATO-Industry Forum 2019.
If you have any questions please contact: David J. Walker: E: firstname.lastname@example.org / T : +32 (0)2 287 6234
DIT Cyber Mission to Munich, Germany – Deadline: 8 November 2019
Published on: 22 Oct, 2019
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.
The Department for International Trade in Germany along with the innovation catalyst “Munich Network” will host a UK pitching session followed by B2B meetings with cyber experts from leading German corporates.
A jury of high calibre corporate representatives will assess your solution and if your application is successful, will be keen to meet up with you in January. Jury members include big corporates such as: Infineon, Fujitsu, MAN, Knorr Bremse, Rohde & Schwarz, TRUMPF, UNISCON, Munich Re, MTU. Many more companies will take part in the “invite only” event. The meetings will be followed by our “UK-German Cyber Security Forum” a high-level UK-German dialogue covering cyber policy, R&D and industry themes.
Priority areas for the jury are:
Automotive security / biometric security solutions / blockchain in cyber security / forecasting cyber attacks with machine learning solutions / OT (Operation Technology) cyber security /protecting against inside attacks / secure coding practises and tools / secure development lifecycle / security testing / secure integration of Enterprise IT with public clouds / solutions for cyber-attacks on APIs & enterprise software (e.g. Microsoft Apps, SAP, CRMS…) If your solution doesn’t cover any of the above, you can still apply.
28th January 2020
Morning – B2B meetings
Afternoon – UK-German Cyber Security Forum
Tel. +49 89 21109-130
Tel. +49 89 21109-119
Rohde & Schwarz