Latest Opportunities

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

Published on: 10 Dec, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Goldby
mark.goldby@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8362
Assistant Head Americas

Laurence Goodwin
laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8185
USA Desk Officer

Dominic McNeice
dominic.mcneice@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8195
Team Leader Events & Exhibitions

Antony Fletcher
Antony.Fletcher104@mod.gov.uk
01 202-802-4999
US Embassy Washington DC

Capt James Pugh
UK British Army Adviser
Adam Thomas
adam.thomas@trade.gov.uk
0207 215 8467
Media/Press

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.

CyberUK 2020 Sponsorship Packages Available

Published on: 8 Dec, 2019

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 cyberuk-sponsorship@brayleino.co.uk or call 0117 906 4554.

The deadline for registering for our main content sponsorship packages is Wednesday 11 December.

CYBERUK Sponsorship and Exhibition Team

SANS Institute Training in Manchester – Events: 24 – 29 Feb 2020

Published on: 7 Dec, 2019

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.

Courses:

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

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.

Best Regards
Felipe Galoro | Technology & Smart Cities
British Consulate General | Av. Agamenon Magalhães, 4775 | CEP 50070-160 | Recife – PE | Brazil
E-mail: felipe.galoro@fco.gov.uk

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: dominic.mcneice@trade.gov.uk
SMI – Ava Catton: T: 020 7448 7021 / E: events@maritimeindustries.org

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.

Best Regards,
Dave Guite | Innovation & Funding Specialist
Enterprise Europe Network (Swansea University), Research, Innovation and Engagement Services (REIS), Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP
E: d.r.guite@swansea.ac.uk

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.

To Register
https://bit.ly/2qHBE5j

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

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

Digital Health mission to South Korea – Deadline: 6 December 2019

Published on: 15 Nov, 2019

KEY OPPORTUNITIES
*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) d.r.guite@swansea.ac.uk

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
Huw.Roberts@gov.wales

UK Cyber Forum Update – 1 November 2019

Published on: 1 Nov, 2019

Good morning

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

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

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

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

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

Please find attached the official website:-
https://www.rsaconference.com/usa/passes-and-rates?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImqHQ1Oad5QIVmKztCh3r9QAuEAAYASAAEgJzI_D_BwE

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.goodwin@trade.gov.uk 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) – peter.thompson@trade.gov.uk
Beth Vaccarezza (Acting Head of Space, USA | Vice Consul – Aerospace, Defence & Cyber Security) -beth.vaccarezza@mobile.trade.gov.uk

LORCA
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.

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

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

Find out more about what’s on at 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 info@iaac.org.uk. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. The specific venue details will be released nearer the event.

UKSec summit
Next week 5th & 6th November

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

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

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:

Gisela Gonzalez
DIT Mexico Head of the Security, Defence and Aerospace Sectors
Gisela.Gonzalez@fco.gov.uk

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

Published on: 18 Oct, 2019

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

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

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

Collaborating with Industry

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

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

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

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

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

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

Degree Apprenticeship Framework Workshop, Cyber & AI – Event: 25 November 2019

Published on: 18 Oct, 2019

Cyber Security and Data Science/Artificial Intelligence | 25 November 2019

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

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

In addition to the Degree Apprenticeships currently running/approved at USW, we are now consulting with employers in relation to further opportunities for Degree Apprenticeship delivery in Wales. These include the theme of Digital Degree Apprenticeships, in specialist fields such as Cyber Security and Data Science/Artificial Intelligence.

Collaborating with Industry

We would like to invite you to attend an event to help us shape our Degree Apprenticeship provision in two key areas – Cyber Security and Data Science/Artificial Intelligence. There will be an opportunity to find out more about Degree Apprenticeships and other related work-based learning programmes, to influence the development of our Degree Apprenticeship programmes, and discover how our experience provides tested pathways to take advantage of this future opportunity.

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

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

Date and Time
Mon, 25 November 2019
14:00 – 16:30 GMT

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

NCSC CyberThreat 2019, London – Event: 25-26 Nov 2019

Published on: 17 Oct, 2019

CyberThreat 2019 brings together the UK and Europe’s cyber security community. Designed for security practitioners and spanning the full spectrum of offensive and defensive disciplines, the summit has a strong technical emphasis, including case studies from the field, new security tools and encouraging collaboration on bleeding edge techniques.

The two-day conference is hosted by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and SANS Institute and takes place at Riverbank Park Plaza, London. CyberThreat 2019 evidences the UK Government’s commitment to equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge required to defend against cyber threats and also addresses the cyber skills gap, by developing and growing talent. CyberThreat aims to deliver the best technical conference in Europe for cyber security practitioners.

In addition to presentations from world-renowned cyber security experts and rising industry stars, CyberThreat 2019 features many hands-on opportunities for delegates in the form of CTF events, team problem solving and “Hackathon” challenges against some of the latest devices and products.

FIC (the International Cybersecurity Forum), Lille – 28-30 January 2020

Published on: 16 Oct, 2019

Welsh Government International Trade Team will have a stand at this major cyber event in France and are inviting Cyber Wales members to join them for the 3 day event.

The International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) is the leading European event on Cybersecurity. The event relies on: a TRADE SHOW for buyers and suppliers of cybersecurity solutions to meet and network and a FORUM to foster reflection and exchanges among the European cybersecurity ecosystem.

10,000 visitors from 80 different countries will be attending the event which is a terrific opportunity to explore potential opportunities in the European Market with support from Welsh Government.

The International Cybersecurity Forum will take place at Lille Grand Palais the 28th, 29th and 30th of January 2020 at the Lille Grand Palais, 1 boulevard des Cités Unies, Lille. This is in Northern France and only a 70 mile drive from the Eurotunnel so there are plenty of options for getting there.

More information will follow but if anyone is interested then please contact Neil Sandford on Neil.Sandford@gov.wales

Secure Development Research by University of Bristol

Published on: 9 Oct, 2019

We are a team of researchers in the Bristol Cyber Security Group, led by Professor Awais Rashid.

We are engaging with business to understand how software development practice and security operate on a day-to-day basis. We are doing this to understand best practice and also where developers face challenges with regards to implementing security in software systems so that the design of tools and techniques at their disposal can be improved.

Today we have an incomplete understanding of such best practices and challenges. We would like to engage with developers at your organisation to develop these insights.

In the first instance, this requires semi-structured interviews (no longer than 1 hour) with developers. There is an *optional* follow-up observational study where we would like to shadow some developers with their and your permission.

In the interviews or any observation (if permitted) we will not collect any commercially sensitive information and our questions will be about software development rather than specific products that they are developing.

We will share the synthesised findings with you and provide actionable guidelines about best practice across the sector and ways to support developers in overcoming the challenges they face.

We would welcome the opportunity to work with you on this. Please contact Andrew Dwyer at andrew.dwyer@bristol.ac.uk.

Thanks and best wishes,

Awais Rashid
Professor of Cyber Security, University of Bristol
Director, EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Trust, Identity,
Privacy and Security in Large-Scale Infrastructures
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/people/awais-a-rashid/
https://cybersecurity-cdt.ac.uk
awais.rashid@bristol.ac.uk