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UK Cyber Forum Update – 18 August 2019


Good morning,

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in.

AFCEA UK West Meeting Programme

All meetings will continue to be held at Brickhampton Golf Club unless otherwise notified.

·         19th September 2019  (Note; this date deviates from our usual 2nd Thursday of the month)
John (JW) Warriner; a recent RAF 1* and former President of AFCEA London and now Director Consulting Services at CGI:
Defence innovation has acquired the same pejorative contradiction of terms as military intelligence/precision. Discuss!

·         10th October 2019
AVM Chris Moore; 2* Director of Operations at ISS Corsham:
A view from the Front Line of Warfare in the Information Age

·         14th November 2019
Brigadier Richard Spencer; Head of Portfolio Delivery, Weapons Operating Centre at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S):
The MORPHEUS Journey and what we have learnt from the Bowman experience

Meeting details and future events can be accessed from www.afcea.org.uk

SSCS 2019: International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security

21 – 22 October 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place
www.theiet.org/sscs

UK Cyber Security Forum members can register at the IET Member rate.

This is the only conference in the UK focusing on functional safety and cyber security together. Sessions at SSCS 2019 will focus on integrating safety and cyber security, implementing and adopting security approaches and system/software safety.

Speakers include

  • Security Manager, Yorkshire Water Operational Technology (OT)
  • Head of Cyber Security and Resilience, Ofgem
  • Head of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
  • Executive Security Architect, IBM
  • Principal National Investigator, HSIB
  • Principal Engineer, BAE Systems Submarines
  • General Manager, Technical Excellence, PETRONAS Malaysia
  • Deputy Technical Director, National Cyber Security Centre
  • Professional Head of Discipline – System Safety and Asset Management, Atkins
  • Principal Consultant, ESC

SANS Institute Training in Cardiff (for the first time) – Events: 30 Sep – 5 Oct 2019


SANS Institute supports the thriving Welsh cyber ecosystem by bringing world-leading cyber security training to Cardiff for the first time at the end of September.

They will be running a week-long Cardiff event to increase accessibility of SANS cyber security training for businesses and organisations that are part of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

The move recognises what has been a well-kept secret for several years – Wales has a thriving cyber ecosystem, with large companies like Airbus, Thales, BT, AML, and General Dynamics, and indeed SANS itself, choosing to locate either their European headquarters or significant cyber operations in and around South Wales. A number of cyber focused military units are also based in Wales, and the area around Newport is home to large government organisations such as Companies House, the Passport office, and the Office for National Statistics, with the DVLA further West in Swansea, all of which process vast quantities of UK citizens’ data and have a high level of responsibility to keep that data safe. These huge consumers of cyber have supported, and are being supported, by a vast network of cyber specialist SMEs.

Stephen Jones, SANS MD for the UK and Nordics, says: ‘All of this cyber activity in South Wales means that there is a significant need to develop cyber talent in the region and keep current the skills of those already working in the cyber industry in Wales. It’s a perfect time for us to launch SANS Cardiff, which will enable security professionals in the region to further develop their skills and knowledge, extending South Wales’ cyber threat capabilities.”

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, sums it up: “The world is changing rapidly and skills in cyber security will be vital for any organisation to consider itself fit for the future. Public bodies in Wales now have duties under the Future Generations Act to ensure that they are planning for the long term. Ensuring their own workforce is well equipped with the right skills for the future will be a key part of this, as well as recognising the opportunities to the wider economy that could be achieved by developing the capacity of Wales as a nation to meet the demand for these skills.”

SANS Cardiff will be running three courses:

SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style – Ross Bergman
SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking – Adrien de Beaupre
FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis – Mike Pilkington

For more information on the courses, please visit https://www.sans.org/event/cardiff-september-2019

UK Pavilion at Dubai Airshow 2019 – Deadline: 15th August 2019


DIT DSO is delighted to offer UK industry the opportunity to take part in this prestigious event. Participation on the DIT DSO stand within the UK Pavilion at Dubai Airshow 2019 offers a unique and cost-effective platform from which UK companies, whether new to the defence sector or more established, you can take advantage of the significant opportunities available.

Based on an assessment of regional requirements DIT DSO is seeking company participation within the following areas, but not exclusive to:

UAS and Counter-UAS
Ground-Based Air Defence (GBAD)
Aircraft protection & countermeasures/Electronic Warfare (EW)
Aircrew systems and training
Maritime aircraft and associated equipment (weapons/sonar etc.)
C4ISR capability

Attached is the Letter of Interest (LOI) for the Dubai Airshow 2019. WO2 Nick Booth will be on the stand and available to represent your company products within the UK Pavilion. If you are interested in taking advantage of the services the Export Support Team can provide, please return the completed LOl directly to WO2 Nick Booth at the latest 15th August 2019 . (PLEASE NOTE: WO2 Nick Booth will be on Annual Leave 1st – 20th August 2019, but will periodically have access to emails).

Contact details are as follows:

WO2 Nick Booth,
Export Support Team,
Horne Barracks,
Larkhill,
Salisbury,
Wiltshire, SP4 8QE

E: Nick.Booth506@mod.gov.uk

T: +44 (0) 01980 84 5718
M: +44 (0) 07519614344

UK Cyber Forum Update – 28 July 2019


Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

Kent Cyber Security Forum 2019

Thursday 5 September 2019, 10.00 – 17.00, University of Kent

A survey by security firm Kaspersky Lab found that many SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) don’t believe they are at risk. The same report last year found over a third of SMEs fell victim to a cyber-attack, costing on average £75k – £311k. The government is urging organisations in the UK to take cyber security more seriously.

The University of Kent has brought together the expertise in one place, on one day, to help organisations prepare for, prevent and deal with cyber security threats. Please join us for the Kent Cyber Security Forum this September.

Click here to find out more and book a place:

https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/kienews/2019/06/11/kent-cyber-security-forum-2019/

Discount for UK Cyber Security Forum Members (£49 instead of £99). Members should choose the ‘Concession’ ticket option and then enter the code Cyber49 at the checkout

DIT Trade Mission to Germany

Currently, we are planning a November 2019 ‘match-making mission’ (similar to the one we ran in February this year) to introduce UK cybersecurity firms to German businesses.  For more information please contact Isabelle Dugdale, Technology Team in Germany
Tel: +49 (0)89 21109132 or E-mail: isabelle.dugdale@fco.gov.uk

Malvern Festival of Innovation

10th October  in Malvern

This year the day-long Cyber Security event as part of the Festival of Innovation will focus on Cyber Security Solutions for SMEs.  It is free for innovative SMEs to exhibit at the event and this is allocated on a first come first served basis.

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, managed service providers, members of both central and regional government and police. We usually have between 300 and 400 attendees.

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
https://www.festival-innovation.com/home/sponsor

Register to attend (free)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-54289558531

Register to exhibit (free for innovative SMEs)
https://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/

Book to attend the dinner
https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/formal-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!

Cyber Survey from South West and Wales Universities – Deadline: 9 August 2019


The Universities of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Gloucestershire, alongside commercial partners are wishing to understand the landscape for cyber and cyber security businesses across the region to better inform our approach to supporting regional organisations.

We would like to understand what you view as the main barriers to your growth aspirations and whether plans to develop a ‘Cyber West and Wales’ ecosystem will help meet your needs. The aim is to create a world leading cyber innovation ecosystem which will focus on:

  • Create unique large-scale research platforms aimed at the cybersecurity challenges of infrastructure systems
  • Support establishing new business growth and enterprise facilities
  • Support basic training and provision of specialist up-skilling activities
  • Grow capacity for world class research
  • Develop an industrial cyber super-cluster
  • Harness the diversity of experience, talent, insight and entrepreneurial skills from all parts of our community

You are invited to complete an online survey to provide your views of the specific requirements for your business and the cyber security sector as a whole. The link to the survey can be found below:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Cyber_West_and_Wales_BusinessSurvey/

We request that you complete the survey by Friday 9th August.

No individual comments or views will be disclosed in any analysis. Only aggregated and anonymised data from the survey will be used to inform how the project is developed.The survey should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete, please feel free to pass on to other colleagues and organisations.

Thank you very much for participating in advance.

Profs Awais Rashid, Peter Burnap, Adam Joinson and Stephen Marston

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Tech Newsletter – Date: July 2019


Overview of upcoming tech events and opportunities in the UAE

I hope you’re all having a good summer, whether baking in the Middle East or slightly cooler in the UK (just!), I wanted to share an update to include the various shows and conferences we are aware of taking place over the next few months, some of which might be of interest to you and also share an overview from our Queen’s Birthday Party earlier this year, where we had some UK tech companies showcasing their technology and innovation (and the Dubai Police Robot!)

If you have any content suggestions for future newsletters, e.g. legal updates on tech related regulation in the UAE or interesting updates on projects you are working on in the UAE or wider region which you would like to share, do let me know – drop me a line Alison.young@fco.gov.uk (and it would be great to catch up!)

GITEX
6-10 October 2019, Dubai, U.A.E.
GITEX is where the world’s technology leaders, enterprises and start-ups come together to show you the future of every business and every industry through technology and innovation

From top exhibitors and speakers to new product launches and live experiences, the most renowned names in technology have come alive here. GITEX hosts 24 technology shows in one, converging sectors and industries that will impact our lives, 365 days a year. It’s a celebration of technology possibilities for anyone who believes in the power of innovation to shape future business and society.
Exhibit at GITEX as part of the UK Pavilion and take part in activities organised by regional DIT representatives during the show. DIT tech leads from around the GCC and other Middle East Counties will also be present.

Click here for further information about exhibiting at GITEX as part of the UK pavilion

Further Activities
For further details on exhibition costs, or to register your interest in exhibiting, please email info@tradefair.co.uk who can guide you through the application process

 

DIT Saudi Arabia Smart Cities Trade Mission
14-16 October 2019, K.S.A.

The Department for International Trade, in partnership with the Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC) will be leading a UK technology trade mission to Saudi Arabia from 14-16 October 2019, immediately following the GITEX Technology Week in Dubai (6-10 October)

Click here for more information

 

Fintech AD
21-23 October 2019, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

MENA’s leading FinTech festival will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. FinTech Abu Dhabi will bring together 5,000 influencers and innovators who are pioneering the new wave of innovation across financial services

Building on the success of the previous two editions of FinTech Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM) has partnered with Unbound, an award-winning global innovation ecosystem builder with a successful track record of creating innovation events around the world, to deliver FinTech Abu Dhabi. This could be a great opportunity for UK fintech companies to take part in a great showcase for fintech and network with key UAE and regional contacts

Click here for full story or let me know if you would like further information about taking part

 

Abu Dhabi Smart Cities Summit
29-30 October 2019, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

This summit is to set out Abu Dhabi’s Roadmap for Smart Cities and will cover a multitude of Smart City related themes. It will also bring together over 16 Abu Dhabi government entities to look at new smart cities related technologies, knowledge sharing and opportunities for collaboration

If you are interested in finding out more, please Click here for further details on the Summit or email the organisers for further details

 

UK Technology Showcase at the Queen’s Birthday Parties in the UAE
We had some great UK companies showcasing at the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Queen’s Birthday parties in April, with technology being a key theme of both events – companies that took part were: Sublime and Soulis, Titan the Robot (Cyberstein), Pavegen, Ordnance Survey International,Engage Works, TCarta, Kingsbury Gulf, Imagination

Hague Security Delta, One Conference – Deadline: 16 August 2019


In the Netherlands, October 2019 will be all about Cyber Security.

As part of the European Cyber Security Month, many events will take place providing the opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas and innovations for a more secure future. There will not be a Cyber Security Week like previous years, but instead the Hague Security Delta supports and aligns with the existing initiatives during the Cyber Security Month.

The highlight of the month will be the One Conference from 1-3 October, including innovation showcases and network opportunities. It is organised by the Dutch government.

Amongst the other events are:
* The Europol-INTERPOL cybercrime conference
* The Unleashing Cyber Security Summit
* Alert Online
* Hardwear.io Security Conference & Training

Please know that we are also planning on organizing a ‘doing business in Holland’ session around the One Conference.

For an overview of the events visit: www.cybersecurityweek.nl

Tickets for International Delegations Attending the One Conference
We have the opportunity to invite international delegations to the One Conference (giving you definite access to the conference without having to go through the selection procedure). The number of tickets we have is limited, so let us know if you are interested in attending yourself and/or coming with a delegation.

If you reply to cybersecurity@thehague.com with the names of the people that wish to attend, you will receive the ‘GDH international delegation code’ to register at the One Conference website (https://www.eventure-online.com/eventure/participant/personalData.form).

The first closing of the registration is scheduled for 16 August, so please apply as soon as possible. If you won’t be able to meet this deadline but wish to attend, please get in touch with Bert Feskens (bert.feskens@thehaguesecuritydelta.com) at eh Hague Security Delta Foundation.

Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 Conference in Bilbao, Spain – Deadline: 7 September 2019


Next November 20th and 21st, the annual Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 Conference will take place in Bilbao.

Javier Diéguez Barriocanal, Director of the Basque Cybersecurity Centre is inviting 2 Welsh cyber companies to come and showcase their products at the event. Welsh Government has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the Basque Country with the aim of fostering closer links between our cyber ecosystems and this invitation is extended in the spirit of that MoU.

What profile they we looking for:
* European company.
* Cybersecurity technology vendor.
* Addressed to industrial control systems protection.
* Not a direct competitor of a Basque company (we’ll assess this point).

What we are offering:
* No cost for the booth, the company will only cover travel and Accommodation expenses.
* More than 100 highly digitalized industrial companies sharing the expo area with cyber companies.
* Introductions to specific kind of potential customers among our local industry.
* Introductions to potential local partners (integrators).
* Introductions to acceleration programmes and incentives for opening a branch in the region.
* Introductions to Academia and Research Institutes.

The conferences will take place over 3 days:
* Nov. 19th – Cybersecurity for Robotics international Conference. I’ll give you more info shortly, we are currently defining the contents in collaboration with several international bodies (attendance, around 100 people).
* Nov. 20th – Basque Industry 4.0 Meeting Point (attendance, around 2.500 people).
* Nov. 21st – Basque Cybersecurity Day (attendance, around 800 people).

Some side meetings are also planned during these days such as GlobalEPIC and FIRST.

Javier has asked kindly asked for details of 5-6 companies who would be interested in attending by September 7th so that they can select the most suitable and inform you by the end of September.

If they discover more than 2 acceptable companies, they will evaluate if they have room for all of them in the Expo area.

If you are interested in attending, please contact:
Neil Sandford
Business Development Manager – Cyber/Tech Inward Investment
International Relations and Trade
Welsh Government
Tel: +44 (0)7769 883253
E-mail: neil.sandford@gov.wales

4th International Cyber Warfare & Security Conference, Turkey – Event: 20 November 2019


The 4TH International Cyber Warfare & Security Conference will be running on the 20-21 November 2019 at the Congresium Conference Centre in Ankara, Turkey

2019 Theme: “How to become a global player in Cyber Security”

* Funding the Cyber Security Ecosystem
* Increasing Quality of Security Services
* International Collabrations
* How Cyber Security Clusters are important for the Ecosystems
* Extending the variety of products and perspectives
* A Rise of State – Sponsored Attacks
* Cyber – Physical Convergence

This event is organised by the Turkish Cyber Security Cluster, a fellow member of the GlobalEPIC (Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnerships and Innovation in Cyber) alongside Cyber Wales.

Burak Sondal who is on the Steering Group of the Turkish Cluster has extended an invitation to any Cyber Wales members who wish to attend this event so come and meet with members of the Turkish Cluster to explore opportunities to collaborate.

We are working with Welsh Government and DIT to see it some funding might available to assist with travel costs.

If you are interested in this opportunity please let John Davies know (johnd@cyberwales.net)

UK Cyber Forum Update – 14 July 2019


Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

Level 3 Apprenticeship Cyber Technician survey

Short notice deadline 19th July – sorry!

Over the last few months a group of industry representatives have been working with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to develop a level 3 Apprenticeship for a Cyber Security Technician.  Our aim is to encourage people into the profession as early as possible.

The industry panel has now submitted the proposal to the IfA and the requirement level 3 Apprenticeship has been approved.  As part of the process there is now a two week wider industry consultation, which we would encourage you to be a part of.  By following the link below, you will be taken to a survey which details the proposed content of the Level 3 Apprenticeship.  We would like your views as to the relevance of it, the survey should not take too much of your time.  This consultation is important, the panel want to be sure we are providing a route into the profession that is both relevant to employers and Apprentices, we can only gain this assurance from you.

On behalf of the Level 3 Apprenticeship Cyber Technician panel, can I thank you in advance for your input.

You can find the survey at:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XJMNY7J. Please note that the deadline for completion of the survey is 19 July 2019.

Billington DIT event in New York – 4/5th September

Billington is a large Government cyber security summit, entering its 10th anniversary this year. The theme for this year is: “Reinventing Cybersecurity: Addressing Tomorrow’s Top Cyber Challenges”.

Pre-Billington DIT event in New York – Tuesday 4th September

Due to the increase in events put on by the Billington organiser, and the extended exhibiting period, DIT will run a one day program of events in New York on Tuesday 4th September before heading up to Washington.  We will still be involved in the extremely successful VIP reception at Billington.  If you are interested in the NY program please Peter Thompson – peter.thompson@trade.gov.uk.

Billington, Washington DC, 4/5th September

Below is some information around the Billington Cybersecurity event in Washington from the organisers.  There won’t be a DIT pavilion at the exhibition but there is a UK cyber zone where we will be present.  The cost of exhibiting is $5,000.  DIT will be supporting companies who attend/exhibit and have negotiated some relevant opportunities with the event organisers as outlined below.  DIT are not involved in the organisation of the exhibition so if you are interested in exhibiting or attending please contact the organiser directly – tkb@billingtoncybersecurity.com

[A message from the organiser] Dear Potential Exhibitor at the UK Cyber Innovation Zone:

To grow your cyber business in the U.S. public sector, the largest cyber marketplace in the world, you should seriously consider exhibiting at the 10th Annual Billington CyberSecurity Summit on 9/4-9/5.  This summit is the leading summit on cybersecurity in government and draws unprecedented decision-makers.

For the fifth year, the UK Cyber Innovation Zone will be held at this summit and we invite you to exhibit as part of this Zone and to attend this unique summit.

Here are five reasons why exhibiting would benefit you and your business:

1. The summit is where the cyber “who’s who” in the U.S. Federal cyber market convenes.  Senior leaders in government and at major systems integrators have gathered for 10 years.  Going on its fifth year, the British Embassy will host a reception at the conclusion of this summit allowing for unparalleled networking.

2. The summit is the most established event of its kind entering its milestone 10th year in the world’s largest cyber market in the region where the NSA, DOD, DHS, DOE are located at the epicenter of cybersecurity.

3. Billington will launch a Cyber Mindsharing Network consisting of one on ones from 9:00-11:30 am on September 4 before the launch of this summit.

3. The U.K.’s “special relationship” with the U.S. makes it the first, trusted area the U.S. government looks for partners.

4. The event includes an educational one hour breakout panel on 9/5 tailored to International businesses hoping to grow in the cyber US government market titled, “Building Your Cybersecurity Business in the U.S. Public Sector.”

5. Trusted relationships matter greatly in the US cyber market; and this is where relationships form.  The entire program will be in the same room as the 60K+ square foot exhibit hall so that exhibitors will hear the General Session dialogue.  Over 1000 attendees are expected, and over 40 media. Last year, nearly 800 attendees came to the event and nearly 40 media.

The full list of confirmed speakers are listed here.
The latest agenda is available here.

Benefits for Zone Sponsors and Exhibitors
* Exhibit table at the U.K. Cyber Innovation Zone (booth size depending on sponsor level)
* Registrant list for those who do not opt out
* One invitation to the VIP Reception/
* 3 complimentary guest passes to summit
* Logo/link on web site and marketing emails
* Dinner the evening before at a premier venue
* 15 minute one-on-one meeting with select speaker at the event will be scheduled by Billington CyberSecurity
* Bag insert

The contact information for the conference organiser is – tkb@billingtoncybersecurity.com

UK pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week

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 reply to this bulletin and request the application form. Then submit the 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.

IAAC – Recruitment of New CEO

IAAC CEO, Nigel Jones, has sadly resigned with effect from October 2019. We are therefore seeking to recruit a new CEO. IAAC is currently at the beginning of a process of updating its role in the UK cyber security world to ensure that it can continue to contribute to making the UK a successful digital society and economy. Nigel has launched this update and, with his coming departure, we need someone who has the same energy and skills to take it forward, particularly since IAAC will be an important member of the planned UK Cyber Security Council.

The CEO role is very much part-time, averaging 4-5 days a month. It is remunerated but not hugely so, at £1,000 nett of national insurance per month. IAAC does not have any premises so the CEO works from home, with occasional travel to London and Chester for meetings and events.

We are seeking applications, in the form of a letter addressing the requirements of the role and a c.v., by 9 August. Applications should be sent by email to Emma Cowell (info@iaac.org.uk) and Roddy Hallifax (companysecretary@iaac.org.uk). We will shortlist the applications in August and expect to hold interviews in the first half of September. We plan to make the decision by 25 September and hope to be able to introduce the new CEO at the Cyber Leadership Forum in October.

If you are interested in this please reply to this bulletin and request the Job and Role Descriptions and application form. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nigel (ceo@IAAC.ORG.UK) if you have questions about the job or Roddy (companysecretary@iaac.org.uk) if you have questions about the application and selection process.

IAAC Cyber Resilience Workshop 2 Report

The report from the IAAC second workshop on cyber resilience compliance eco-system, hosted by the University of Manchester on 3rd June 2019, is now available at: http://www.iaac.org.uk/cyber-resilience/

The workshop explored many of the fundamental elements at work in a potential cyber compliance eco-system.  These comprise ‘hard’ measures, such as law and regulations; ‘soft’ measures, such as norms and social pressure; and structural issues, such as usability and process design.   All of these are affected by environmental issues, such as corporate culture, which in turn sit in a wider network of relationships and dependencies. The workshop examined the nature of some of these relationships, for example in pushing and pulling forces toward cyber resilience goals, and how they affect the behaviours of people as individuals in organisations and communities.

Comments are always welcome to info@iaac.org.uk .

Next generation services Innovation Lab

Individuals can now apply to take part in a 3-day residential Innovation Lab on behalf of their organisation to develop responsible data access or sharing methods. Services including legal, accounting and insurance account for almost 80% of the UK economy. It is vital these services are future-proof, and technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics can help the sector become more efficient, productive and globally competitive.
Through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), government is supporting industry and researchers to develop next generation services that can transform the UK’s services industry. UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £3.5 million to develop responsible data access and sharing methods in the accountancy, insurance and legal services sectors through a 3-day residential Innovation Lab that will explore the use of AI to strengthen the UK services sector.
Find out more here

Japan FinTech & Cyber Trade Mission, 3-6 September

Applications for the FinTech/Cyber trade mission to Japan are now open. The mission will coincide with FIN/SUM, the Japanese FinTech Summit in Tokyo, and will include opportunities for cyber security companies. Please apply here by Friday 19th July, and contact techtradejapan@mobile.trade.gov.uk with any queries.

QITCOM, 29 October – 1 November

QITCOM is an international conference and exhibition organised by the Qatari Ministry of Transport and Communications. This year’s event will feature a host of international speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 start-ups and many other ecosystem enablers. The British Embassy in Doha and DIT in London are working to secure a UK pavilion and attract UK representatives across tech, cyber and academia to exhibit and showcase at QITCOM this year.The theme for 2019 will be Safe Smart Cities. If your company has expertise relevant to this sector and you’re interested in finding out more, please email mohamed.ali@trade.gov.uk.

CEBIT Australia, 29-31 October

DIT is seeking 10 highly innovative UK technology companies, including cyber security companies, to attend Australia’s largest tech festival. Full details and registration by Wednesday 31st July here; please contact james.ohern@trade.gov.uk (UK) or jim.thompson@mobile.trade.gov.uk (Australia) for more information.

ANZ Airport Mission, w/c 11 November

Cyber security companies with an offer applicable to the airport sector are invited to join a mission to Australia and New Zealand, visiting key airport stakeholders in Auckland, Melbourne, and Sydney. Further information is in the attached flyer; please contact amanda.lightbody@trade.gov.uk with any questions or to express interest by Monday 22nd July.

Cyber Insurance

The City of London Corporation have published a report on the UK cyber insurance sector, which was launched by the Lord Mayor of London last month. The report is available here.

National Cyber Security Strategy after 2021

HMG is in the process of developing the next National Cyber Security Strategy, to succeed the existing 2016-2021 programme. As part of this, RUSI are running a series of workshops to identify industry’s views, and have published a briefing paper summarising their early findings. The briefing paper is available here. If you have further views on the development of the next strategy that you would like to feed in, please contact jamess@rusi.org.

Cyber Investor Day, Luxembourg – Deadline: 25 August 2019


The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) is organising the CYBER INVESTOR DAY, scheduled to take place on 15 October 2019 in Luxembourg. Application process for the start-ups and SMEs has been launched today!

We would like to invite you to join our efforts in increasing the visibility of the European cyber security market players and to spread the message about the upcoming cybersecurity business matchmaking event within your network.

Once again, the most promising European cybersecurity start-ups and SMEs will have an opportunity to pitch their innovative solutions and participate in the strategic business matchmaking sessions, where they will meet with the influential European and international investors.

To be selected and pitch their product, the European cybersecurity start-ups and SMEs are invited to apply by 25 August 2019. Application guidelines are available here.

The last edition of the ECSO Cyber Investor Day was held on 14 May in Madrid and proved to be a great success – more than 150 B2B meetings were held on that day!

The six edition of the ECSO cybersecurity business matchmaking events is jointly organised with SECURITYMADEIN.LU, the cybersecurity agency of the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg.

Department for International Trade: Cyber Security Export Team Newsletter: July 2019


Secretary of State appoints UK Cyber Security Ambassador
The Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox, has appointed Dr Henry Pearson as the new UK Cyber Security Ambassador. The post was originated by Conrad Prince in 2016, and focuses on working with UK cyber security companies who are looking to export their capabilities overseas, particularly to national Governments. In this role Dr Pearson will look to bridge the gap between UK companies and senior decision makers and help align international demand for cyber security solutions with an extensive UK supply chain to secure major contracts for UK companies. This work will mainly be focused in the Gulf and South-East Asia. Prior to his appointment, Dr Pearson worked for the National Cyber Security Centre as an HMG Cyber Advisor, providing support to governments abroad to develop their cyber security capability. His extensive career in cyber security has also included advising the Ministry of Defence and senior leadership roles in Detica Ltd, now BAE Applied Intelligence.
 
Cyber Security Industry Representatives
We are pleased to welcome Michael Powell to the role of Cyber Security Industry Representative for the North America region. Michael will be based in the Embassy in Washington DC but will be travelling throughout North America, using his cyber and commercial expertise to engage with buyers and identify opportunities for UK companies. Michael has over twelve years of experience defining, selling, delivering, and directing both managed and professional cyber security services to government and industry, most recently as an Account Director for New York-based company, MWR InfoSecurity.
 
We are also pleased to have nominated a Cyber Security Industry Representative for the Middle East region, who will be based in Dubai. We will formally announce the post holder in the coming weeks. We will shortly be recruiting for a Cyber Representative to South-East Asia, and are considering options for a Cyber Representative to India in the medium term. We will provide updates as this process continues.
 
Sector offers
We now have sector offers for most of our priority areas: government, finance, CNI, automotive, healthcare, and infrastructure. The offers look to provide a suggested framework of themes for an overseas event and a selection of relevant companies. The team is promoting the offers around our deployed network, and has delivered events around automotive, finance and CNI. We are also producing sector-specific marketing material for use with potential buyers abroad. If your company has expertise relevant to a particular sector of which the team may not be aware, please do contact us oncyber@trade.gov.uk so we can include your capability in the offer.
 
Recent Events
 
RSA Conference, San Francisco, USA
In March we took 22 companies to the RSA exhibition in San Francisco. This was the largest cyber mission to RSA so far with 8 companies/organisations on the UK pavilion and 14 on the second track, who did not have a stand but benefitted from the DIT programme of events and introductions to buyers.  DIT teamed up with LORCA and Invest Northern Ireland, who were represented on the pavilion, with the common goal to showcase the UK offer and help our companies to export.  Feedback indicated that the second track was a great success and it will be repeated in 2020.
 
GISEC, Dubai, UAE, 1-3 April
The Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) was a hugely successful three-day conference attended by six UK companies. Our commercial objective for the event was to support the exporting ambitions of these six UK cyber security firms in the UAE by facilitating introductions to buyers at the UK pavilion. We had a complete programme for the mission which included a breakfast briefing that was well attended by cyber primes. The breakfast briefing included presentations by industry experts as well as sessions led by UK Export Finance, the UAE Embassy and a UAE based business consultancy. The mission has shown early signs of promise with reports of quality business leads for the companies exhibiting. Our hope is to return next year and to take advantage of the healthy network of stakeholders accrued over the last few years.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Japan FinTech & Cyber Trade Mission, 3-6 September
Applications for the FinTech/Cyber trade mission to Japan are now open. The mission will coincide with FIN/SUM, the Japanese FinTech Summit in Tokyo, and will include opportunities for cyber security companies. Please apply here by Friday 19th July, and contact techtradejapan@mobile.trade.gov.uk with any queries.
 
Billington, Washington DC, 4/5 September
Billington is a large Government cyber security summit, entering its 10th anniversary this year. The theme for this year is: “Reinventing Cybersecurity: Addressing Tomorrow’s Top Cyber Challenges”. There won’t be a DIT pavilion at the exhibition but there is a UK cyber zone where we will be present.  The cost of exhibiting is $5,000.  DIT will be supporting companies who attend/exhibit and have negotiated some relevant opportunities with the event organisers.  We are not involved in the organisation of the exhibition so if you are interested in exhibiting or attending please contact the organiser directly – tkb@billingtoncybersecurity.com
 
Singapore International Cyber Week, 1-3 October
The call for applications for the UK Pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week 2019 was issued this week, with a deadline of Friday 26th July. Please do contact us on cyber@trade.gov.uk if you have not received this email or have further questions.
 
QITCOM, 29 October – 1 November
QITCOM is an international conference and exhibition organised by the Qatari Ministry of Transport and Communications. This year’s event will feature a host of international speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 start-ups and many other ecosystem enablers.The British Embassy in Doha and DIT in London are working to secure a UK pavilion and attract UK representatives across tech, cyber and academia to exhibit and showcase at QITCOM this year. The theme for 2019 will be Safe Smart Cities. If your company has expertise relevant to this sector and you’re interested in finding out more, please emailmohamed.ali@trade.gov.uk
 
CEBIT Australia, 29-31 October
DIT is seeking 10 highly innovative UK technology companies, including cyber security companies, to attend Australia’s largest tech festival. Full details and registration by Wednesday 31st July here; please contact james.ohern@trade.gov.uk (UK) orjim.thompson@mobile.trade.gov.uk (Australia) for more information.
 
ANZ Airport Mission, w/c 11 November
Cyber security companies with an offer applicable to the airport sector are invited to join a mission to Australia and New Zealand, visiting key airport stakeholders in Auckland, Melbourne, and Sydney. Further information is in the attached flyer; please contactamanda.lightbody@trade.gov.uk with any questions or to express interest by Monday 22nd July.
 
Request for company information
The normal cycle of business is for companies to grow and expand and even shift their regional focus to explore more business opportunities. Our records need to be kept up to date so it’s important that this pertinent information is shared with us. If there are any changes in company structures, objectives, scope of work or regional shift/expansion it is vital we are made aware. Please email the team at cyber@trade.gov.uk and we will update our records accordingly.
 
Other information of interest
 
Cyber Insurance
The City of London Corporation have published a report on the UK cyber insurance sector, which was launched by the Lord Mayor of London last month. The report is available here.
 
National Cyber Security Strategy after 2021
HMG is in the process of developing the next National Cyber Security Strategy, to succeed the existing 2016-2021 programme. As part of this, RUSI are running a series of workshops to identify industry’s views, and have published a briefing paper summarising their early findings. The briefing paper is available here. If you have further views on the development of the next strategy that you would like to feed in, please contact jamess@rusi.org.

Horizon 2020 IoT Call from a French SME – July 2019


H2020 – SU-ICT-02-2020 Cyber security : a French SME expert in the IoT sector is searching for a consortium

TOFR20190627002| FRANCE
https://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/opportunities/TOFR20190627002?utm_source=podalert
The SME delivers turnkey connected solutions to smart and connected product manufacturers.
The SME has strong expertise in secure IoT device design from electronics, embedded software development, RF protocols (Bluetooth Low Energy, Cellula…)

Please send enquiries to:-

Lawson J Coombes
Innovation Specialist
Enterprise Europe Network
Swansea University
T: 01792 606683
E: l.j.coombes@swansea.ac.uk

DIT Pavilion at IACP in Chicago – Event: 26 October 2019


The Department for International Trade Defence & Security Organisation (DIT DSO) extend an invitation for you to participate on the UK Pavilion at IACP 2019 in Chicago 26 – 29 October 2019.

IACP is one of the largest integrated law enforcement events in the world. It offers unrivalled access to US law enforcement and visiting international delegates from across the globe and allows for the development of international relationships and the generation of new business opportunities.

Space on the UK Pavilion is limited, therefore please direct your expressions of interest to Laurence Goodwin (E: laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk / T: 020 7215 8185) at your earliest convenience.

NCSC Blog on Parked Domains


NCSC have published a blog reminding organisations that they should apply DMARC on any domains they own but no longer use, as those “parked” domains can still be spoofed.

The blog can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/protecting-parked-domains

RAK SME Fair, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – Event: 14- 16 November 2019


Companies within Cyber Wales are being offered a subsidized price by the Government of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE for their upcoming event.

RAK-SME Fair 2019 is devoted to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, providing a precious platform for small businesses to market their businesses and interact with prominent business leaders and representatives from a number of local and international companies. Stimulate business growth and allowing both exhibitors and visitors alike to forge new business opportunities.

It is not a part of the public news but the first one to come will get subsidized rate as exhibitor (3 x 3 meter) for a price of 750 USD.

As this is not yet part of a public news but soon it will be with a validity until 15th July maximum and then the rates will increase.

Upon your interest you will deal with the Government and/or Government-approved entities directly and the fees will be paid to the Government directly.

http://www.raksmefair.ae/

For more information please contact Faheem Azhar

Security BSides Cymru – Event 28 September 2019


Security BSides is a community-driven framework for building events, by and for, information security community members.

These events are already happening in major cities all over the world and the BSides Cymru team are responsible for organising an independent BSides-Approved event for Cymru/Wales. As all Security BSides events around the world, Security BSides Cymru is an open event organized by the community, for the community.

Want to Volunteer?
The organizers are all volunteers who believed that such an international event should also come to the heart of Wales and they are looking for volunteers who would like to help with the event, especially on the day of the conference. If you believe you could give a hand on the day, do not hesitate to contact the volunteers’ email (volunteers|@|bsides|.|cymru)

Want to Sponsor?
Support the initiative to bring the event to Wales by being a sponsor. Companies offering their services in Wales and worldwide can be recognised further not only as a brand but most importantly for their role in supporting the Welsh Information Security community.

Want to Present?
Looking to present at BSidesCymru 2019? Look no further. We welcome applications from seasoned presenters, first timers, the highly technical and the broad areas of information security management. As this is the inaugural Security BSides Cymru, you are guaranteed to go down in the annals of history (for a number of reasons, some may be better than others). Fill in your details here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQyCPbRgfFNiHwu5CIRrw78-0tbvvms7PS8doabLSZJmYe0A/viewform

What is BSides?
Security BSides (commonly referred to as BSides) is a series of loosely affiliated information security conferences. It was created in 2009 when, due to an overwhelming number of presentation submissions to Black Hat USA, the rejected presentations were presented to a smaller group of individuals. Over time the conference format matured and was released to enable individuals to start their own BSides conferences.

We are all looking forward to the first ever BSides Cymru – let’s make it a great success!

Cyber Security Sector Research – Deadline: ASAP


Miller Research has been commissioned by Cardiff University to undertake research into the cyber security sector in Wales. The intention of research is to supply the cyber security research centre at Cardiff University, and the Wales cyber security industry with comprehensive sector information. The pan-Wales analysis aims to provide an understanding of regional strengths,
highlighting any areas of unique activity, to enable it to better support and help expand Wales’ growing and vibrant cyber security ecosystem.

The research includes an online survey of organisations working in cyber security in Wales. We are hoping that you would complete the survey. The survey is endorsed by Welsh Government and your feedback would be very much appreciated.

A copy of the final report from the research will be sent to all survey respondents and key findings will be shared widely with the Wales cyber security industry.

The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and can be accessed via the link below:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/cybersecuritystudy/

if you have any questions about the research, please feel free to contact Kerry KilBride from Miller Research on 01873 851 886 or kerry@miller-research.co.uk

Call for Partners from NW ROCU


Do you want to help us protect people from cyber crime?
We’re looking for like-minded individuals to spread the word as widely as they can about the latest scams, threats and advice. That way the region can become more clued up about cyber crime, and together we can make the North West safer online.

It could be that you work for an organisation and are able to persuade your communications team to support a marketing campaign either on your staff intranet or public facing website.

Maybe you are from an IT/Cyber company and you want to ensure the advice you are giving your customers and suppliers about new threats is up to date.

It might just be that you are able to share any messaging we give you on your social media platforms.

Perhaps you are part of a business networking group like a Chamber of Commerce and you are able to share information with your members.

Whatever it is, we’d like to know how you can help and we’re always open to ideas.

So what does it involve?

The first thing we want to do is share information with you about a forthcoming campaign taking place on the 7th June (eeek!) around Phishing e-mails. We have pre-written content which could be used within a newsletter, intranet or website. This is accompanied by social media posts and graphics with its own campaign hashtag. We’d like as many partners as possible to sign up and pledge to support the campaign. We’d need to know what you are able to do to show your support, for example, ‘shared the messages on twitter, our account has XXXX followers’ or ‘created a page on our staff intranet page which reaches XXX employees’. Sending us this feedback through is vital in order for us to show the reach of this work.

How often will I receive information?

How long is a piece of string? In the world of cyber, things move very fast and are always changing. One month we might only contact you once with a new marketing campaign theme around a specific issue. The next month there might be two or three new threats to tell you about. But we promise not to bombard you, and if you change your mind about receiving stuff from us you can always un-subscribe.

How to you get involved?

Simply click on the text below to show your support, then we’ll create a mailing list and add you onto it.

Yes please i’d like to support NW ROCU

Disrupt Summit Europe – Event: 10 September 2019


Disruption Summit Europe is the must attend event for senior executives looking to guide their organisations in the digital and post-digital eras.

Being Disruptive
This year’s Disruption Summit Europe looks set to be a dazzling showcase of just how much has changed in just 3 years since it began. From a starting point of uncovering emerging technologies and their disruptive potential, to exploring how to harness disruption, this year the focus is on how to be a truly disruptive and innovative organisation.

Beyond Digital Transformation
It has become clear that simply ‘doing digital transformation’ is missing the point. Businesses need to actually be transformative. They need to change not just the technologies and business models they are using, but also their culture, and the way in which they integrate the purpose which underlies all their activities and contributes enormously to their success.

Convergence and Collaboration
The themes of Disruption Summit Europe 2019 are – Technology, Innovation, and Purpose. We will examine each through the lens of convergence, and how together they change the business landscape and how we need to operate. As technologies, industry sectors, companies and ideas come together, innovation cannot come simply from inside an organisation. Therefore, the programme is designed to give even more opportunities for interaction and networking between delegates, making it a forum for in depth learning and inspiration.

DSE is organised by D/SRUPTION, a business intelligence service for individuals and organisations looking to deepen their understanding of emerging technologies, new business models and what it takes to scale innovation in the 21st century. Since 2015, we have provided business leaders the information, insights, connections and inspiration that have helped them navigate the rapidly changing business world. D/SRUPTION resources include a print magazine, website, and series of events including Disruption Summit Europe and DisruptionX, the premier business experience programme.

Full details can be found here: https://disruption-summit.com