Opportunity Archive

Become a Non Executive Director – Deadline 4 October 2019

Transpire, the Director Network, is running a series of 6 events that will prepare attendees for adding Non Executive Directorships to their portfolio of skills and activity.

  1. 10th Oct – Finance for Non-Finance Leaders
  2. 24th Oct – Protecting against Cyber Fraud
  3. 7th Nov – Board Assurance, Risk Management Frameworks
  4. 21st Nov – The Role of the Chair as Mentor
  5. 28th Nov – The Pro-Bono Route into Board Roles
  6. 5th Dec – The Importance of Inclusion on Boards

These events will run in the evenings, starting at 17:30 and finishing around 20:30

Practical, actionable Board Level networking Events, Masterclasses, Workshops and One-to-One coaching ensure senior Directors can increase Board expertise and supercharge growth in their companies and organisations.

Transpire answers the question “how do I deploy my valuable business knowledge, experince and skills to find a new Non-Exec (NED) or Trustee role?” There are just under 250,000 UK businesses employing between 10 and 250 people ands 185,000 registered charities. Many of them are in urgent need of senior level strategic and governance support. Despite this, the NED market is fiercely competitive and good NED roles can be difficult to find.

We help you work-out your “offer” as a potential NED or Trustee, articulating your value clearly and succinctly. We create opportunity by running networking events and masterclasses attended by would-be NEDs and growing companies alike.

A special discounted price has been negotiated for members of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem – £300 plus VAT instead of £450 plus VAT for the 6 sessions, which includes a Classic Membership (£300 plus VAT per annum)

For more information contact Cluster member Chris Roberts chris@cybata.co.uk

BIND 4.0 Start-up Initiative Launch – Event: 23 July 2019

Representatives from the Basque Region of Spain are visiting Wales next week to launch their annual Basque Start-up initiative Bind 4.0. Last year’s edition took place in the Digital Catapult in London.

The aim of Bind 4.0 is to connect Basque manufacturing companies (both indigenous and Basque based multi-nationals) to tech start-ups from around the world who are at minimum viable product level or beyond with a view to co-developing a product or solving a problem.

This year marks the third edition of the initiative and the focus will be on the four sectors: health, advanced manufacturing, energy and food.

If successful, the programme would offer tech start-ups: a major potential future customer, finance (minimum EUR 25,000-EUR 150,000), travel and subsistence expenses as well as training and mentoring. There is no expectation that the start-up will relocate to the Basque Country.

The programme launches in July with applications from tech companies to be submitted by end September.

Please feel free to pop in to the Tramshed in Cardiff for more information:-

17.30 Welcome address. Representative from the Welsh Government
Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language
17.45 The Welsh tech start up scene. Representative from Tramshed Tech
18.00 Bind 4.0 Accelerator Programme Presentation
18.30 Roundtable discussion with Bind 4.0 participants
– Chair: Amaia Martínez, Bind 4.0 Coordinator, SPRI-Basque Country Development Agency
– Jokin Lopetegui, CAF – Partner Company
– David Greenberg, CEO EAVE – Startup
– Niammh Brannelly, Product Manager OSASEN – Startup
– Mikel Irizar, CEO of Hydromodel Host and board member of BigML
19.00 Questions & Answers
19.15 Networking & Basque tapas

Cyberwatching GDPS Compliance Webinar – Event: 18 July 2019

GDPR Compliance in the age of Emerging Technologies”. – Webinar – 18/7/2019, 9:30 am BST

Emerging technologies can boost performance and productivity for organisations across Europe. The development and application of technologies such as AI, blockchain and cloud computing are key competitive factors for businesses boosting performance, productivity and the European Digital Single Market.

At the same time, Europeans have set high standards for digital privacy. The GDPR now enforces stricter regulations on data handling and processing. But this may make it more difficult for organisations reap the benefits that these technologies deliver through massive data and high-quality algorithms and at the same time be GDPR compliant.

From privacy by design and compliance tool kits, European research is leading the way in ensuring organisations from both the public and private sector can respect the GDPR and still benefit from the opportunities that emerging technologies offer.

Europe recognizes these challenges and in this webinar, you can hear how 6 EC-funded projects (BPR4GDPRDEFENDPAPAYAPDP4EPOSEIDONSMOOTHare upgrading Europe’s technological ability to address these issues and ensure that Europe continues to innovate in this space.

European Space Agency Cyber Initiative Webinar – Event 21 August 2019


The European Space Agency’s Business Applications Department, is launching an initiative related to space based services for Cyber Security (

This initiative will offer 100% zero-equity funding up to € 200.000 per activity to businesses who intend to use space (satellite navigation, earth observation, satellite telecommunication, space weather, space technologies) to develop innovative cyber-security services and solutions.

Funding eligibility: Funded participation to ESA Business Applications is open to any company and/or organisation, be it as group of users, public body or non-governmental organisation, residing in any of those states that subscribe to the ARTES IAP programme. To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.

To learn more please attend our webinar on
21/08/2019 at 11:00 CEST or visit our website:https://business.esa.int/funding/invitation-to-tender/cyber-security-and-space-based-services.

You can also contact Laurence.Duquerroy@esa.int or Thomas.Crone@esa.int before the call opens on 22 August 2019.

Please feel free to share this message and flyer.

Donna Lyndsay
European Space Agency UK Business Applications Regional Ambassador (South West England and South Wales)
University of Exeter

DIT Pavilion at CYBERSEC EU 2019 in Katowice, Poland – Deadline: 22 July 2019

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

Date: 29-30 October 2019
Where: International Congress Centre (MCK) Katowice, Poland
Contact: artur.krasowski@fco.gov.uk
Application: 22nd July 2019 Deadline

CYBERSEC EXPO 2019 is an international cyber security exhibition accompanying Cybersec CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) Forum which has been in existence since 2015 and has acquired the status of one of the most important events in the cyber security sector in Europe.
The expo accompanying the forum will be held for the first time and is expected to attract manufacturers, consultants, and distributors as well as government, local administration, law enforcement, military, state and private companies from Poland and abroad.

UK cyber security companies are encouraged to apply for exhibition space in the UK Group Pavilion with the following package which includes:

➢ exhibition booth (up to 9sq. m depending on the number of exhibitors) complete with built shell scheme (including stand walls, flooring, lighting – 3 spotlights, power socket, a fascia board with company name).
➢ Entry fee, administration related to participation in the exhibition, exhibitor’s badges, catalogue entry
➢ Participation in cocktail reception organised by DIT Warsaw during the exhibition with guests from cyber security sector (both public and private) in Poland invited by DIT Warsaw.

DIT will work to ensure that all work related to inviting guests to the cocktail reception is met to the best of DIT team ability, but we are unable to guarantee the final number of attendees at the reception. Please also be aware acceptances of invitations do not always guarantee the final number of attendees at the event.

Cost: £500 plus VAT paid by 07 August 2019

The above service will be provided via Eventbrite and the above amount must be paid in full by 07 August 2019.
Additional charges not included in the above package:

1. Any additional costs incurred for the execution of Cybersec Expo like the hire of additional equipment and services
2. additional charges for speaking slots in the agenda accompanying the exhibition;
3. flights, accommodation, transport;
4. catering, interpretation and any other, additional costs and service charges billed by other parties.

Settlement of such costs will be the responsibility of a UK exhibitor.

Next steps:
Please note there is limited space in the UK Pavilion.
UK cyber security companies interested in exhibiting in the UK Group Pavilion during CYBERSEC EXPO 2019 should send their application to: artur.krasowski@fco.gov.uk (application form enclosed below)

The deadline for receiving applications is 22 July 2019.

DIT Mission to Mexico – Event: 29 July 2019

Apologies if this is not your area of expertise but as you can see the timescale is a short one.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is organising an Outward Mission to Mexico on 29-31 July 2019. UK companies with experience in Railway and Transport Security are being offered a unique opportunity to meet Mexican stakeholders and decision-makers involved in major projects.

If you are interested in the Mission, further information can be obtained from Gisela Gonzalez E:gisela.gonzalez@fco.gov.uk

DIT Pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week – Deadline: 26 July 2019

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

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

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

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any queries.

Claire Baillie
Assistant Director
Cyber Security
Defence & Security Organisation
Department for International Trade
020 7215 5028

UK Cyber Forum Update – 23 June 2019

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

Report from IAAC Cyber Leadership Forum April 2019

The report from our Cyber Leadership Forum held on 4 April 2019, on the topic of the National Research Strategy in Cyber Security Science and Technology can be found at http://www.iaac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IAAC-Cyber-Leadership-Forum-4-4-19-report-FINAL.pdf.

The report makes several recommendations and discusses why:

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

The report from the IAAC North West Cyber Leadership Forum is also now available
http://www.iaac.org.uk/cyber-leadership-forum-report-4-april-2019/.  The evening discussed cyber resilience in the face of major cyber attack.  It helped us confirm a series of points for our agenda:

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


Dstl shares new open-source framework initiative 

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

Free Event to showcase Cyber Security Innovation to secure SMEs

10th October  in Malvern

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

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

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

The event is open to the public and attracts attendees from across the UK. It includes companies of all sizes, members of the public, university students, many of IASME Certification Bodies, managed service providers and police. We usually have between 300 and 400 attendees on the cyber security day.

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

The programme of speakers will be published later in the year.

There is also a popular black tie dinner for the Festival on the evening of 10th October.  Dinner tickets are £69 each (including vat).

Become a Sponsor

Register to attend (free)

Register to exhibit (free for innovative SMEs)

Book to attend the dinner

We usually have to close attendance and exhibition spaces booking before the event as we get over-subscribed.  So do book early if you want to attend.

Department for International Trade – Online Platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>>Submit your paper here

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

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

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

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

Sell2Wales Contract Notice for Cyber Services to ONR – Deadline: 24 July 2019

The Provision of Cyber Security Regulatory Support Services to the Office for Nuclear Regulation
Reference No: JUN298803
Published By: Office for Nuclear Regulation
Deadline Date: 24-Jul-19
Notice Type: Contract Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DASA Call – Intelligent Ship, The Next Generation – Event: 19 June 2019

The Defence and Security Accelerator is delighted to invite you to the launch of Intelligent Ship – the Next Generation on 19 June 2019 in London.

Intelligent techniques and automation will have a significant impact across all aspects of Defence in the future and it is essential that Defence embraces the potential of intelligent systems, approaches and technology.

Intelligent ship will change the manufacture, design and operational capability of the UK Fleet. Exploiting Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Data Science to revolutionise not only how data and information is used, presented and interacted with, but also in how ships are designed, work together, are operated and manned. New technologies and approaches will drive a future fleet, made up of fundamentally different platform types, sizes and roles than of those seen in today’s Royal Navy.

Future threats are becoming more challenging both in terms of detectability, capability, speed and numbers, especially in a future operating environment that will certainly be congested, may be degraded or even denied. The ever growing data and information flows, while potentially providing more knowledge about a situation, also create a problem with potential information overload, which can lead to confusion, uncertainty and less effective or delayed decision making. This increasing data input is already challenging crew communications and their interactions with information systems, a trend which will become even more prevalent in the coming years.

The competition is split into 6 challenges:

Mission planning and decision aides
Information fusion
Sensor and information management
Novel human-machine interfaces
Human-machine teaming (in challenges 1-4)

Up to £4m has been allocated to this multi-phase competition.

More details can be found here:
The launch event can be booked here:

Data Innovation Accelerator Launch – Event: 18 June 2019

We are delighted to invite you to attend the launch of the Data Innovation Accelerator at Milk & Sugar, The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff on Tuesday 18 June 2019 from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Short speeches will begin at 6pm, followed by a light buffet and refreshments. Do you know of any SMEs who could benefit from our support? If so, contact us and we will send them an invitation too.

The Data Innovation Accelerator project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government with the aim of increasing the successful translation of data science research and innovation at Cardiff University into new and improved commercial products, processes and services.

Our data science team will work collaboratively with small and medium-sized enterprises in the ‘East Wales’ region to address specific short-term business challenges and to explore avenues for future integration of data science techniques into companies’ day-to-day operations.

Our vision is to contribute to business strength in Wales through data science, and to inspire small companies to integrate data modelling, engineering and analysis into their practices.

We hope that you are able to join us and look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Roger Whitaker & Professor Pete Burnap
Directors, Data Innovation Accelerator, Cardiff University

MoD ISS Innovation Challenge – Deadline: 5 July 2019

Please see below a call for responses from MOD regarding a innovation challenge.

The Ministry of Defence is modernising the way it works and has a strong desire to provide mobility and flexible ways of working for its entire workforce. To support this objective JHUB Digital are investigating how and where it would be possible for MOD to make greater use of a Bring Your Own Device concept.

To meet this goal we are issuing a challenge to industry for interested organisations to demonstrate how they would tackle our problem and address the issues that BYOD presents. The MOD is interested in hearing about mature and demonstrable solutions that either make best use of our current systems or present us with a new disruptive advantage.

Further details of the challenge can be found here
Responses requested by the 5 July 2019
Responses are to be no longer than 20 pages
Responses & questions to ISSDes-Innovation@mod.gov.uk

Kind regards, Charlie Wyatt
Programme Assistant | Cyber | Defence | Justice & Emergency Services | International Trade
techUK, 10 St Bride Street, EC4A 4AD
T | 0207 331 2009 E | charlie.wyatt@techuk.org

DASA Call – Innovation Focus Area – Deadline: 9 July 2019

A new Innovation Focus area (IFA) has gone up on the DASA website that might be useful to Cluster members.

It is titled “Delivering an open data sharing solution” and the challenge is to demonstrate the ability to analyse and share structured and unstructured multi-source data.

Full details can be found here:

An IFA is an ongoing call for innovation in a problem area of particular interest to a customer. As such, successful solutions will have an end-user lined up who has already set aside money to fund the potential innovations. They run over a number of Open Call cycles, but can be withdrawn at any point if the customer chooses. Consequently it is best to apply as early as possible rather than waiting.

The next Open Call cycle closes on 9th July, the following one on 2nd October.

I hope you find it interesting

Free Hotdesking for a week at Canolfan S4C Yr Egin – w/c 3 June 2019

Cynnig arbennig am wythnos yn unig – 3/6/19 – 7/6/19
Special offer for one week only!

Wythnos gyfan yn cynnig cyfle i bobl weithio o’r gofod cydweithio am ddim er mwyn cael blas o’r cyfleusterau gwych a’r awyrgylch greadigol. Os yr ydych yn ymwybodol o rywun a fyddai â diddordeb i fanteisio ar y cynnnig, gadewch iddynt wybod!
Yn dilyn eich ymweliad yn ystod yr wythnos am ddim, fe gewch y tro nesaf am hanner pris – bargen! (os defnyddir cyn 31 Awst, 2019)
A week long opportunity to work from the hot desking facilities for free. Come and work from the Hub, or if you know of anyone that would be interested in taking advantage of the offer, let them know.
Following your visit during the week, your next visit will be half price – bargain! (if used before 31 August, 2019)

Beth yw’r Hwb?
Mae’r Hwb yn cynnig ardal cydweithio deinamig sydd â chyfleusterau modern a hynny mewn gofod agored, sydd â ffenestri llydan yn darparu golygfeydd gwych. Dyma gyfle i weithio a datblygu partneriaethau a syniadau, a rhwydweithio â phobl sy’n llawn brwdfrydedd. Gyda chysylltiad Wifi cyflym a chaffi bendigedig, Y Gegin yn cynnig coffi hyfryd, prydau iachus o fwyd lleol a chacennau blasus, pa le gwell i weithio ohono?
What’s the Hub?
The Hub offers a dynamic coworking space with modern facilities in an open plan office, with large windows providing fantastic views. This is an opportunity to work and develop ideas and partnerships with like minded individuals.
With superfast Wifi and a wonderful café, Y Gegin offering lovely coffee, healthy meals from local produce, and delicious cakes, what better place to work from?

Cyngor Busnes
Yn ogystal, mae ein partner, Busnes Mewn Ffocws yn cynnig cyngor, gweithdai a sesiynau cefnogi busnes yn yr Hwb. Maent yno i gynnig arweiniad i entrepreneuriaid sydd eisioes wedi dechrau busnes neu i’r rheiny sy’n cychwyn ar eu taith.
Business Advice
In addition, our partner, Business in Focus are offering advice, workshops and sessions to support businesses in the Hub. They’re there to provide guidance to entrepreneurs; those who have already started their own businesses and those embarking on their journey.

Am fwy o wybodaeth neu i archebu desg, ffoniwch 01267 611600 neu ebostiwch helo@yregin.cymru

For more information or to book a desk, phone 01267 611600 or email helo@yregin.cymru

DSEI Japan – Deadline: 27 June 2019

DSEI Japan will take place for the first time at Makuhari Messe from 18 – 20 November 2019.

The exhibition and associated conferences will run biennially thereafter, and in keeping with the themes of DSEI in London, DSEI Japan will cover all four domains of Land, Naval, Aviation and Security.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity, in any form, please do not hesitate to contact WO2 James Collins who will send you a form to express your interest.

These expressions of interest must be submitted by close of business 27 June 2019 to:

WO2 (MPF) James Collins
Export Support Team,
Horne Barracks,
E: james.collins826@mod.gov.uk / T: +44 (0) 1980 845747 / M: Mob: +44 (0) 7966 198301

Blockchain Summit – Event: 26-27 June 2019

Blockchain Summit London is the leading blockchain for business event in Europe.

Connecting industry leaders, business decision makers and tech innovators, Blockchain Summit London is a 2 day conference and exhibition dedicated to the business of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT).

Based on unrivalled content, visionary speakers and exceptional networking opportunities, Blockchain Summit London is a must-attend event to understand the challenges and opportunities of our blockchain future.
Event Highlights

Europe’s leading Blockchain for Business event – fact! Compare our programme with any of our competitors and we are supremely confident in the quality of speakers, agenda and partners contributing to it.

Hear from 100 industry leading speakers with keynote presentations and panel debates

More “real-world” case studies from companies who have started their Blockchain journeys.

A conference programme designed to offer learning and insight as well as discussion with some of the industry’s leading minds.

Meet more of the industries leading tech visionaries with previous partners including Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, Cognizant, Cisco, EY, ConsenSys, KPMG, Accenture, Dell Technologies and many more.

An interactive programme with meet the speaker, roundtable discussions and exhibitor demo talks

Full details can be found here: https://blockchainsummitlondon.com/

Midlands Cyber USA Delegation – Event: 7 June 2019

We would like to invite you to a Maryland USA Midlands Cyber UK networking event. We are excited to host a delegation of cyber businesses and representatives from Maryland, USA, on Friday 7 June from 11.45 am noon. The event will include lunch and will take place at Malvern Hills Science Park, Geraldine Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3SZ.

This event will include a talk from Dan Turner, CEO of Deep Secure and networking with Midlands Cyber colleagues and 7 Maryland cyber companies.

We will be promoting the region as the UK’s leading location for cyber and security technologies, together with our developing partnership with the State of Maryland. We have grown Midlands Cyber over the past 2 years, with great help from our supporting businesses and organisations, but we have much bigger aspirations for the future and we plan to continue this development over the next year.

By way of background, in June 2017 Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine and Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on behalf of Midlands Engine Cyber and the state of Maryland Department of Commerce which was led by Worcestershire LEP. This MOU recognised the Midland’s regional excellence and international reputation for cyber security. This history began in the 1940s when Winston Churchill selected Malvern in Worcestershire as a safe place away from the London bombings to test radar technology to support our WW2 efforts. This led to the establishment of the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE) from which the global security and technology company, QinetiQ grew. The area is now home to 20% of the UK’s top cyber companies and known nationally as ‘Cyber Valley’, due to this cluster and proximity to GCHQ, QinetiQ and the Special Services in Hereford. Equally, Maryland has a similar cluster due to its proximity to the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Defence headquarters. This shared expertise provided the platform for what has been to date a very successful MOU, spearheaded by Worcestershire LEP on behalf of the Midlands Engine, promoting both trade and investment opportunities.

We would be delighted if you could attend this networking event to learn more about commercial opportunities in the Midlands and in Maryland.

See the Eventbrite registration here.

NB. Places are limited.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm wishes from The Midlands Cyber Team.

UK Cyber Forum Update – 12 May 2019

Good afternoon

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

Consultation on CyBOK (sorry for the short notice!)

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

Cyber VC Panel session at InfoSec

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

For more details or to apply for the opportunity to pitch please follow this link: https://www.infosecurityeurope.com/VCpanelpitch

Cyber 101 Business Skills Bootcamp

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

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

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

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

SSCS 2019: International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security

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

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

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

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

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

IAAC Cyber Resilience Report and Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

Discount to exhibit at the Festival of AI and Emerging Technology

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

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

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

To book please email Ray Clark <ray.clark@cognitionx.io> and mention the code cogx19MFOI75%

Call for Papers – International Security Expo 2019

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

We invite you to submit a proposal for speaking on:   

Workshops including:

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

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

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

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

Proposals should include:

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

To submit a proposal, please go online to www.internationalsecurityexpo.com/whatson/conferences-workshops-briefings/commercial-speaker-enquiry-form-page
OR email us directly: info@internationalsecurityexpo.com

Please note the closing date is 24th May 2019

Online Harms White Paper

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

The Future Space Supply Chain – Event: 21st May 2019

Aerospace Wales are delighted to offer companies the opportunity to hear direct from Airbus Defence and Space about the future space supply chain, Airbus’ plans for future activity and learn more about the opportunities to engage in the Airbus space supply chain.

The event will be run at the OpTIC Centre in St Asaphs and will also include private one-to-one sessions with members of the Airbus Space Systems team.

This industry day hosted by Aerospace Wales and Airbus Defence and Space will provide the opportunity to hear from Airbus’s Space Systems and procurement teams on the changing space environment, future systems and programme requirements across the Telecom, Earth Observation, Navigation, Science and Geo-Intelligence segments.

We will also be discussing the support available to Wales based companies, whether you are already involved on this sector or see this as an opportunity to diversify your business.  Plus there will be plenty of networking opportunities.

To register for the event, please contact derfel.jones@gov.wales as soon as possible.  One to One meeting spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis, so please don’t delay.