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Cyber Exchange May Newsletter

Published on: 15 May, 2020

Welcome to the May edition of the Cyber Exchange newsletter. While COVID-19 continues to disrupt organisations across the UK, the need for strong security practices continues to be at the top of the agenda.

Over the last month, DCMS have provided information and support for the cyber security sector and DCMS and techUK have compiled a Cyber Security Training and Skills Repositoryto help organisations upskill their workforce while we are all working from home. There are also a number of competitions with funding deadlines looming including, HutZero 6, Cyber 101, and Innovate UK funding for projects tackling cyber security IoT challenges. The deadline for each of these funding competitions is before the end of May.

As ever, if you have an opportunity or event you would like to publish on the website, please get in touch with Sam Wyatt, Programme Manager for Defence and Cyber at techUK atSam.Wyatt@techuk.org. We can also be contacted on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Opportunities

Hut Zero 6

HutZero kicks off with an intensive five-day bootcamp jam-packed with workshops on technical development, business fundamentals and team building. After the London bootcamp, participants will be able to receive guidance and mentoring from HutZero staff and sponsors over a 3 month period. Participants will be encouraged to continue to work on their ideas in their newly-formed teams, and will be invited to reunite for an alumni event at the end of the 3 months to share their successes.

Cyber 101

The Cyber 101 programme offers intensive one day Bootcamps followed by deep dive sessions highlighting key business challenges and an annual demo day where selected startups will pitch their Cyber Security solution to potential customers, partners and investors.

Demonstrators addressing cyber security challenges in the IoT

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4m for collaborative R&D projects addressing major cyber security challenges in the IoT. The aim of this competition is to solve industry-focused major cyber security-related challenges in the IoT.

Events

Cyber Security for Connected Autonomous Vehicles

On Wednesday 20 May, techUK will host a briefing looking at Cyber Security for Connected Autonomous Vehicles. At this panel, there will be discussion of legacy systems and interference with other cars, cyber security mitigation measures and the security of non-personal data.

Cyber Security and Edge Computing Roundtable

On Thursday 28 May, techUK will host a workshop and roundtable for members involved with emerging and transformative technologies to explore building a security first approach to edge adoption and to create recommendations for this transition.

Infosecurity Europe Virtual Conference

From Tuesday 2 June to Thursday 4 June, Infosecurity Europe has put together a three day webinar programme to keep attendees informed and engaged about pressing issues in cyber security. There will be three primary themes throughout the conference; Resilience, the human factor and strategic planning, with each day focusing on a different theme.

15th e-Crime & Cybersecurity DACH: Virtual edition

On Wednesday 17 June, AKJ Associates will host the 15th e-Crime & Cybersecurity DACH. As the entire business goes off-premise, how should CISOs react? What are the key priorities? How do CISOs ensure that they and their teams are secure as well as key employees and business processes? What is the initial response versus the longer-term? The 15th e-Crime and Cybersecurity DACH will take place online and look at how cybersecurity teams are tackling this dramatically different threatscape. The event will have real-life case studies and in-depth technical sessions from the security and privacy teams behind some of the worlds most admired brands.

19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security

On Thursday 25 June, the University of Chester will host the 19th European conference on cyber warfare and security. This conference attracts an interesting combination of academic scholars, military personnel, practitioners and individuals who are engaged in various aspects of the cyber security community. ECCWS is generally attended by participants from more than 30 countries. The Journal of Information Warfare regularly publishes a number of the papers presented at this conference.

Cyber Security Expo – Bristol

The Cyber Security EXPO will be hosted at the Aerospace Bristol on Thursday 3 September. The EXPO gives attendees the opportunity to meet with hiring managers and recruitment agencies. If you already work in Cyber Security or are looking to work within the Cyber Security industry, the event gives you the opportunity to meet with employers face-to-face.

Richmond Cyber Security Forum

The Richmond Cyber Security Forum on 15th September will include a first class, CPD accredited conference programme of keynotes, interactive workshops, think tanks and personal development sessions. The opportunity to connect and engage with industry peers in a relaxed informal setting and the chance to discover what’s available in the market place in pre-scheduled meetings of your choice.

GOVSEC – Government IT Security Conference

On Wednesday 23 September, the annual GovSec conference will take place. The conference aims to enable the government to function effectively, safely and securely through improved IT and information security to protect the vital services provided by the central government, local councils and the NHS.

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.

Speakers:

  • 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 .

Register now

 

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.

Register now

 

Risk management when considering new markets

Thursday 21 May 2020, 10:00 – 11:00

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

Register now

 

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.

Register now

 

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

Intapeople COVID-19 Survey Results

Published on: 7 May, 2020

The results of Intapeople’s recent COVID-19 business survey are in…
Last week we asked our clients and employers within our network about the impacts of coronavirus on their business, productivity and recruitment plans to find out how things have changed.
The results confirm that most businesses are taking a cautious approach to business activity, with over 60% furloughing staff and putting a hold on recruitment for the time being, while optimistically preparing for the future.
We have collated the feedback and compiled a report of our findings.
If you’re facing any of the challenges highlighted or any others we’re happy to have a chat and provide insight on the market so you’re better informed to prepare for the future.

NCSC launch the CyberFirst Schools Programme in Wales

Published on: 4 May, 2020

Do you work in, or do you have connections with a local school?

NCSC would like your help to bring as many schools as we can into this crucial programme.

Discover what the CyberFirst Schools Programme is doing for young people interested in cyber security.

Since 2018, the NCSC has been piloting a Cyber Schools Hub (CSH) programme in Gloucestershire. The CSH has encouraged collaboration between local schools, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), national and local companies and organisations who share the aim of encouraging young people to engage with computer science and the application of cyber security in every day technology.

The CSH pilot has proved to be successful at a local level and the NCSC now wishes to increase the scale of ambition and formally recognise schools who are committed to providing a structured approach to excellence in cyber security education.

The CyberFirst Schools Programme will initially be limited to schools in Gloucestershire and Wales.

Find out more about becoming a CyberFirst School.

UK Government Bounce Back Loans Launch

Published on: 4 May, 2020

The new loans aimed at smaller businesses launched today with a much quicker turnaround reported than for the larger Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.
The bounce-back loans have a much simpler application process and are for businesses that have been negatively affected by Coronavirus.
Loans are available for between £2k and £50k up to a maximum 25% to turnover, there is no interest in the first year and no repayments also in the first year.

NCSC Virtual Cyber School Launched – Open Now until 31st August

Published on: 1 May, 2020

Young people are encouraged to join online classes to develop problem-solving and cyber skills
Published 1 May 2020
From: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, National Crime Agency, National Cyber Security Centre, and Matt Warman MP

Teens can learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails
Comes as National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launches CyberFirst summer courses online

Thousands of young people are being offered the chance to join a virtual cyber security school as part of plans to make sure the country develops the next generation of professional cyber defenders.

At a time when schools remain closed to most children, the online initiative aims to inspire future talent to work in the cyber security sector and give students a variety of extracurricular activities to do from the safety of their homes.

Teens can learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails while progressing through the game as a cyber agent. This will help them develop important skills needed for future jobs, particularly in cyber security.

The school provides free weekly webinars run by industry experts teaching fundamental security disciplines such as digital forensics, cryptography and operating systems.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:
This new initiative will give teenagers something fun and educational to do from home and provide them with a glimpse into the life of a cyber security professional.
We have a world-leading cyber sector which plays a crucial role protecting the country and our digital economy, so it is absolutely vital we continue to inspire the next generation of tech talent to help maintain the UK’s strong position.
The move comes as the government announces a number of other online training courses to give UK school pupils the opportunity to learn and develop cyber security skills, this includes the launch of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) hugely popular CyberFirst summer courses. The courses are moving online this year to help more than a thousand 14 to 17-year-olds develop important cyber skills from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

NCSC Chief Executive Officer Ciaran Martin said:
Technology is helping us all cope with the coronavirus crisis and is playing an essential role in keeping our businesses moving and our society connected.
It has never been more important for our young people to keep engaged and learn how to protect our digital world – and I’m delighted to see our instructor led CyberFirst summer courses made available online.
Enrolled students will learn how to code and carry out cybersecurity operations in an instructor-led virtual classroom to help guide the students through the programme and build a sense of camaraderie within each cohort.
The National Crime Agency and Cyber Security Challenge UK will also this week announce teenagers can access their online cyber skills platform CyberLand for free during the coming months. In the game designed to teach teenagers the fundamentals of cyber security, players protect the virtual city ‘CyberLand’ from cyber attacks while learning key skills.

Deputy Director at the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit Jim Stokley said:
Many young people have a keen interest in technology and have developed impressive cyber skills.
The virtual cyber school and CyberFirst programmes are great initiatives which will support this next generation of cyber defenders in realising their potential.
We’ve also partnered with Cyber Security Challenge UK to offer free access to their online platform Cyberland where young people will find games that encourage them to improve cyber skills safely and legally.

Computer science teacher & EdTech evangelist Mark Martin said:
This is a great initiative to encourage young people to consider future careers in cyber security and see that they can have a tech job keeping people safe online.
The virtual cyber school will help students learn valuable skills needed to work in the industry in a fun and entertaining way. I encourage teachers to share these programmes with their students as a productive activity to do in their spare time from home.

Cyber Discovery provider SANS Chief Technology Officer James Lyne said:
Cyber security is a fascinating field packed with opportunities for innovation and to make the online world more secure. It spans every part of society and has a huge role in our future security and technology prospects as a nation.
This is your chance to learn how to ‘forensicate’ like a digital Sherlock Holmes, close down vulnerabilities before the hackers find them, and break codes.
Teachers, parents, students – get online and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity amidst the unique and challenging situation our country faces right now.

CyberFirst provider QA Chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield said:
These initiatives from NCSC and DCMS are set to deliver a great summer of learning for young people across the UK. There is a shortage of digital skills in the UK and the CyberFirst programmes tackle this issue head on – and have the added benefit of keeping young minds active at this difficult time.
The road to the UK’s economic recovery from this pandemic will be built on the skills we learn at this time. That’s why it was critical that initiatives like CyberFirst were pivoted to virtual delivery, so they could go ahead as planned. We are proud to partner with the NCSC to deliver these fully virtual training programmes.

Update from TechNation

Published on: 30 Apr, 2020

I thought that you might be interested in some of the other events I’ve listed below that are not from Tech Nation but may be valuable to you or some of the people you’re connected with. 

Event: Office Hours for Female Founders with Playfair Capital

From Playfair Capital: Our third, remote edition of our collaborative Female Founder Investor Office Hours builds on the success of our events in February 2020 and November last year.

This time, we’re going fully remote to broaden access to female founders across the country, supported by Tech Nation and 30 investors from the UK’s leading VCs alongside the Playfair Capital team.

The primary aim of this initiative is mentorship & support, and secondary is fundraising. We hope that with time, the two will go hand-in-hand.

We welcome applications from any UK-based female founder whose business is tech and pre-Series A. We will do our best to accommodate as many founders as possible and provide support to all regardless. Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 24th May.

Register here

Event: Storytelling for Startups

I previously hosted Martyn for him to deliver his two-part workshop: Storytelling for Startups and Ideas to Say Yes to. The feedback from those workshops was exceptional and Martyn is running them again, this time online and with Barclays.

Part one is happening tomorrow: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storytelling-for-startups-tickets-102674000700

Event: Deloitte: Operational resilience in high growth companies: Practical considerations for senior leaders working within finance, compliance and risk

From the event page:
“As the UK continues its lockdown, we are pleased to invite you to join our next webinar for high growth, tech-enabled business leaders, exploring “operational resilience amongst firms in the high growth sector”.

A topic perhaps now more pertinent than ever, this 60 minute webinar will be hosted by Deloitte subject matter experts on how the UK high growth, tech-enabled sector can address and navigate operational risk, both now, and in the coming months.

We are also delighted to be joined by Richard Caven of Amazon Web Services (AWS), who will provide an overview on what operational resilience means at AWS and how high growth, tech-enabled businesses can achieve operational resilience when using AWS Cloud.”

Register here

 

Gino Brancazio
Entrepreneur Engagement Manager – Wales
ginobrancazio@technation.io 

CYBERUK – New Dates

Published on: 27 Apr, 2020

Thank you for your patience and goodwill during these challenging times. The NCSC has been working hard to establish a new date for the postponed CYBERUK 2020.

We are pleased to confirm that the postponed event will take place at ICC Wales on 11-12 May 2021.

If you have booked an Exhibition Stand
As a valued supporter of CYBERUK 2020 we are pleased to confirm that your package and contract can be directly transferred to the new date. To do this, please notify us that you are happy to continue, and we will issue you with a Contract Addendum that will need to be signed and returned to secure your position.
Thank you for paying your invoice prior to postponement, no further payment is required and this will be transferred to the event in May 2021.
If you are unable to transfer your package to the new date please get in contact as soon as possible and we will organise a credit note/ refund accordingly.

If you were not able to book an Exhibition Stand
The event exhibition was fully booked at the time of postponement. However, if any of the existing exhibitors are not able to attend on the new dates, then a number of stands may become available.
Please let us know if you are interested in booking a stand if one becomes available.
Contact: cyberuk-sponsorship@brayleino.co.uk

Cyberwatching.eu has created a Marketplace

Published on: 27 Apr, 2020

Innovators are at the very heart of Europe’s new industrial strategy which charts a course for it transition towards digital leadership. Europe’s industrial strengths include high quality research, and a vibrant start-up ecosystem and a mature infrastructure, key elements of the cybersecurity landscape. Cybersecurity is a top priority in Europe with the EU investing in research and innovation since the early 1990s. A rich array of large and small businesses, universities and research organisations ensure a there is a constant flow of new results, services and skills emerging.

The EC-funded project cyberwatching.eu has created a marketplace which captures these diverse innovations and is home to the many results of R&I projects. By building and nurturing a community of dynamic innovators in cybersecurity & privacy areas, the project has created a grass roots environment for innovation exploitation and sustainability opportunities. This natural framework connects research results with both the demand and supply sides.

With many results from H2020 projects featured, EU SMEs have also taken advantage of the platform and published their own innovative solutions on the platform. Users can preview and validate new leading-edge services, showcase their own solutions to potential users or partners who can support them in the evolution from prototype to real market solutions. In addition, users can provide early validation and feedback, thus possibly steer the direction of future development and research.

The Marketplace is an excellent chance also for end-users, in particular SMEs, which can benefit from services and solutions supplied by R&I projects, having the opportunity to both test and implement beyond the state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions. This gives them a competitive advantage and the opportunity to attract more customers, create personalised services, sell premium cybersecurity- & privacy-enhanced services, and productise cybersecurity & privacy solutions.

The platform addresses end-users’ needs, enabling user-friendly discovery of the leading edge solutions which are present on it. The products can be filtered according to the five categories provided by the Network and Information Security (NIS).

We look forward to having your product in our marketplace catalogue.

Insert your product now by registering in Cyberwatching.eu and following the instructions.

NCSC CyberFirst Residential Summer Courses

Published on: 24 Apr, 2020

Normally at this time of year we would be looking to see how many students had signed up for the CyberFirst residential summer courses at venues all over the United Kingdom. As you would expect, we have had to have a rethink and I’m delighted to announce that we will be running the courses in online virtual classrooms.

This allows us to continue to provide instructor led sessions which guide the students through the course content and labs at every stage and enables us to retain both SQA and NCSC Certified course status.

Bookings will be available from 10:00am on Monday 27th April with a formal HMG press release going out on Wednesday 29th April. I would be grateful if you would help promote through your educational and outreach channels from 27th April.

A few summary points about the courses:

CyberFirst summer courses are moving online featuring;

  • Fun and interactive, instructor led sessions in virtual classrooms
  • 2 weeks FREE structured learning in either morning or afternoon sessions
  • Dates available from June – August
  • Live guest speakers from industry and government
  • SQA and NCSC Certified content

Visit https://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/cyberfirst for further information and booking

Applications for the National Cyber Security Centre’s hugely popular CyberFirst summer courses are now open. The courses, usually held all across the UK, are moving online this year to help more than a thousand 14–17 year-olds develop key cyber skills from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Enrolled students will learn how to code and carry out cybersecurity operations in an instructor-led virtual classroom to help guide the students through the programme and build a sense of camaraderie within each cohort.

The summer programme has more than 1000 places and three courses to choose from:

Thank you very much for your help and support.

DIT Benelux Defence Security Updates – Events

Published on: 22 Apr, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HMRC Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update

Published on: 22 Apr, 2020

More than 285,000 businesses have already applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme since it went live on Monday 20 April.

To be sure payment comes through to you before the end of the month, you will need to apply today (Wednesday 22‌‌ April).

Accessing the system

We have noticed that some people have had difficulty accessing the system because they do not have an active PAYE enrolment. In order to make claim you will need to:

  • have a Government Gateway (GG) ID and password – if you don’t already have a GG account, you can apply here, or by going to GOV.UK and searching for ‘HMRC services: sign in or register’
  • be enrolled for PAYE online – if you aren’t registered yet, you can do so now, or by going to GOV.UK and searching for ‘PAYE Online for employers’.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Calculator

We are updating the online calculator tool this afternoon, so that it covers more employment circumstances. The update will mean that you can use it to work out what you can claim for most employees who are paid variable amounts each pay period, as well as those who are paid fixed amounts.

If you have already made a claim

Please retain all records and calculations for your claims, in case we need to contact you about them. Provided your claim is made in accordance with HMRC’s published guidance, you can expect to receive the funds six working days after your application. Please do not contact us before this time.

HMRC will check claims made through the scheme and will act to protect public money against anyone who makes a claim using dishonest or fraudulent information.

We continue to be busy supporting customers at this time, so we would ask that you only call us if you can’t find what you need on GOV‌.UK or through our webchat service – this will leave our lines open for those who need our help most.

We’d encourage you to also protect your own credentials from potential scammers and opportunist criminal activity.

I wish you all the best at this challenging time.

First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive – HMRC

HMRC Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Webinars

Published on: 21 Apr, 2020

As part of the government’s commitment to provide support to businesses and employers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HMRC have been offering live webinars on the Job Retention Scheme.

The following live webinar provides an overview of the support available to help employers and your employees deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Places are extremely limited so please save your place now.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme

During this webinar we’ll be taking a look at:

  • furloughed workers
  • who can apply for the scheme
  • following the rules of the scheme
  • how much may be claimed
  • how to claim and what you’ll need to claim.

Choose a date and time

If you’ve missed any of our other recent webinars, or have been unable to join, you can now view a recording on HMRC’s YouTube channel.

We will endeavour to bring you the most up-to-date information to keep you fully informed of changes as they develop.

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive – HMRC

Business Wales Economic Resilience Fund – Now Live

Published on: 17 Apr, 2020

A further and final £100 million of the £300 million phase 1 COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund has been released, this is a grant to provide financial assistance for eligible businesses and organisations who are facing operational and financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The purpose of the Fund is to support businesses and organisations with immediate cash flow support to help them through the economic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. The fund seeks to compliment other COVID-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales.

Business Wales have released a tool to check your eligibility for the COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund that is available to businesses and organisations in Wales and other support.

Here is a link to the tool: https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales

If there are any accessibility issues for you that might prevent you from completing an online application form please call the helpline on 03000 6 03000 otherwise start the tool and follow the simple step by step guide.

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

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

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

Government response to coronavirus

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

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

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

Our work on cyber security

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

Cyber security guidance for the public 

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

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

Information and support for cyber security businesses

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

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

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

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

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

Your feedback

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

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

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

Welsh Government Covid-19 Economic Resilience Fund

Published on: 10 Apr, 2020

Please find enclosed for your information and further dissemination:

  1. Welsh Government Covid-19 Economic Resilience Fund Press Notice issued today
  2. Welsh Government Covid-19 Economic Resilience Fund Q&A Brief
  3. Welsh Government Covid-19 Economic Resilience Fund Process Slides

Phase 1 online triage and eligibility for the Fund is now live and can be found at the links below:

English  –https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/

Welsh –https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/cy

If you have any questions regarding this information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Emma Watkins (Deputy Director Economic Policy, Emma.Watkins@gov.wales / 07870 241616), Duncan Hamer (Deputy Director Business Duncan.Hamer@gov.wales / 07789 371391) or Gerwyn Evans (Deputy Director Creative Wales  Gerwyn.Evans@gov.wales  / 07795 122165) who are available to explain and help you further.

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
Warwick
CV34 6DA
Contact person: Faye Osborn
Telephone: +44 7808094949
E-mail: faye.osborn@nationalgrid.com
NUTS: UKG13
Internet address(es)
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) Description
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: desta.wheeler@achilles.com if you require any assistance.
II.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice: 06/04/2020

Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Description
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

List of Free Online Cybersecurity Learning from NIST

Published on: 8 Apr, 2020

During this unusual time in our lives, many of us find we want to improve our knowledge, skills or even prepare for new career opportunities. If you are interested in cybersecurity careers, there are numerous online education providers to choose from. Many online courses are available from your local community college, four-year universities, even the prestigious Centers of Academic Excellence programs – please review all options.

The links on this webpage are for free and low-cost online educational content on topics such as information technology and cybersecurity. Some, not all, may contribute towards professional learning objectives or lead to industry certifications and online degrees.

https://www.nist.gov/itl/applied-cybersecurity/nice/resources/online-learning-content

Please note that this site will continue to be updated as new information is gathered and edited for clarity and accuracy.

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.