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MSPO 2020 DIT UK Pavilion – Event: 8-11 September 2020

Published on: 26 Mar, 2020

The Department for International Trade Defence & Security Organisation (DIT DSO), with Intec Export Intelligence, is organising the UK Group and Pavilion at the forthcoming International Defence Industry Exhibition – MSPO 2020 – in Poland from 8th – 11th September 2020.

Further details for this event are available. If you have any questions please direct them to:

For stand bookings and invoicing details contact:
James McInnes – Intec Export Intelligence, The Old Candlemakers, West Street, Lewes BN7 2NZ
E: jmcinnes@intecuk.com

For country information please note the following:
Latha Arun is currently out of office until mid April, please contact Afolake Johnson, E: Afolake.johnson@trade.gov.uk

Regards
Alexandra Clarke | Business Support Officer | Defence & Security Organisation |
Department for International Trade

JSaRC Call for COVID-19 Products & Solutions – Deadline: Open

Published on: 26 Mar, 2020

Please find below a communication that has been issued to the security industry and academia by the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC).

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been many offers of products and solutions from industry and academia received across Government. These are many and varied. However, considering the complexity of the virus and its broad impact, many of these offers are possibly not being received by the relevant departments. It is important that there is centralised co-ordination of these ideas, so they are considered and reviewed appropriately.

As such, JSaRC is co-ordinating the receipt and detail capture of innovative and practical ideas from the security industry and academia regarding solutions and products that could be utilised, further developed or re-purposed in order to help the Government’s response to COVID-19.

This exercise is an ‘information capture’ activity and responses will be collated and shared across Government and the public sector. Responses and content considered workable and useful will be followed up as necessary. Relevant government teams are obviously under pressure and our country’s response is evolving fast. You should not necessarily expect a direct response to your ideas but JSaRC is committed to collating and distributing responses to the relevant government teams.
Ideas can be submitted by email to JSaRC@homeoffice.gov.uk. Title your email ‘COVID-19 Products and Solutions Response’. Include the following:

* Name of organisation, name and role of main contact, email address and telephone numbers.
* Details on your idea and product maturity level (using 250 words or less).
* How your idea can be used in relation to COVID-19 (using 250 words or less).

Please note:
* All responses must be submitted as detailed above.
* Please do not include attachments or web links.
* This is not a formal competition or call, so there will be no follow-up communications unless there is a requirement for further detail.
* All information received as part of this activity will be treated in confidence.

New technology challenge to support people who are isolating
Funding is available for technology companies who come up with digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of COVID-19. Full details are available here.

COVID-19 supply of ventilators and ventilator components
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the United Kingdom as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19. They are seeking suppliers with the ability to design, manufacture in addition to those who have or could provide medical training or logistics capabilities. Further details, including how suppliers can respond is available here.

Hugo​ Rosemont
Director ‑ Security and Resilience Sector
ADS
Hugo.Rosemont@adsgroup.org.uk

ECSO Cyber Matchmaking Virtual Event – Deadline: 6 April 2020

Published on: 26 Mar, 2020

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your kind help in supporting the communication of our Cyber Investor Days.

Taking into account the current situation in Europe, we have decided to make Cyber Investor Days an entirely VIRTUAL event. We do not want to cancel or postpone the event, because we believe that by keeping the event we could demonstrate our support to the entire community of startups and SMEs, as well as to send a strong message to the wider business community.

Given the societal changes we all have had to adapt to these past weeks, we have extended the deadline for startups and SMEs application until Monday, 6 April, midnight CET. Therefore, I would like to ask you share this message with your network, as there might have been companies which hesitated to apply because of uncertainty of the current situation in Europe.

I am also sharing with you the updated application form and application guidelines (attached), as well as announcements on social media to be used for communication:

LinkedIn announcement: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6648241566722990080
Twitter announcement: https://twitter.com/ecso_eu/status/1242470599890534400

I thank you in advance for sharing this important update with your network. Should you have any questions or remarks about the event, do not hesitate to contact me.

With my best regards and good health wishes,

Milda Kaklauskaitė
Policy and Communications Manager
European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
E-mail: milda.kaklauskaite@ecs-org.eu

COVID Advice from TechNation Wales – 23 March 2020

Published on: 23 Mar, 2020

I’m reaching out because we find ourselves in world-changing times and it’s clear from the conversations I’ve been having with people in the last few weeks that everyone has been deeply affected in one way or another.
If anyone wants to have a quick call for a chat, please just let me know. It doesn’t have to be about work, happy to just talk about anything if you just want a distraction for a few minutes and could do with someone to talk to.
While we’re all adjusting to the situation, there are a number of ways that organisations are trying to help so I’ve put together some links in this email that may be helpful to you.
Also, there are links to two short surveys. One from the Wales Covid-19 Tech Taskforce and one from Tech Nation. It is vital that we hear from you about your concerns and struggle as a business at this time. Please take less than 10 minutes of your day to fill these out as your responses will help shape the support that will be provided in the coming months
Latest Information:
Wales:
The Wales Covid-19 Tech Taskforce has formed and brings together organisations from across different sectors and industries to share resources on best practice of dealing with Coronavirus pandemic. 
 
Take a look at the Resources page to find National and Wales-focused updates and information from people like British Business Bank, Dev Bank Wales, Welsh Gov, HM Treasury, Bank of England and more.
 
National:

Tech Nation will be blogging regularly about policy interventions the Government is making to support businesses. The blog is updated regularly so please continue to check it for the latest information.

However, for the details of individual policies from Government, we recommend you regularly visit the Government’s Coronavirus webpage

For details of specific financial support – with the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme eligibility and details due next week – visit the dedicated pages of the British Business Bank

The Chancellor has made an announcement last week regarding paying a percentage of people’s wages, capped to a certain amount. For more information, check the Government’s GOV.uk’s page for employers. 

If you are in the middle of a fundraise, we put this blog together, following a webinar session with over 100 founders and CEOs last week, who are doing precisely that. 

In the meantime, if you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated tax helpline on 0800 0159 559. The UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy also has a business support helpline: 0300 456 3565.

Have Your Say:

Understanding how your business is being affected is hugely important to us – we are working with the Government to inform further actions and interventions. It would be hugely valuable to us if you could spare some time to complete two very short surveys for us. 

Wales:

To aid the Wales Covid-19 Taskforce please fill out this survey (2 mins) – this is our best indication for the Tech Task Force for Wales, the UK Tech Cluster Groups, Welsh and UK Government and Public Sector organisations, to report on the situation on the ground.

National:

For Tech Nation please fill out this survey (5 mins) – The data we collect through this survey is also being used to inform the Government of the specific challenges the tech sector is facing so every contribution is vital – thank you for your time.
How you can support
If you feel that you can help the Government in dealing with the spread of this virus, there are a number of contacts we’re able to share with you.

If you think you can offer something in other areas, then please email info@technation.io and we will seek to try and match you up to the right team.

 
I wish you the best in these times, and please feel free to reach out for a phone call or just reply to this email to let me know how things are going.
 
Thanks,
 
Gino

TARIAN shares advice from the NCSC and NCA – 19 March 2020

Published on: 19 Mar, 2020

I have been asked to disseminate the below to all interested parties following communication from the National Cyber Security Centre, National Crime Agency and City of London Police.

‘We are already aware, as a result of this crisis increasing, targeted threats from Hostile State Actors and OCGs against a variety of targets, not least the Critical National Infrastructure and health sector with a number of significant incidents currently being responded to by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and NCA. We have all seen previously the impact such an attack can have, particularly on the NHS, so you will recognise the impact a major cyber incident would have at this critical time of national crisis and legitimate public concern.’

In addition, the existing wider, high volume of sophisticated ransomware attacks, which as you know can cripple an organisation and put it out of business, is also a real concern. The current business as usual level of attacks will have more damaging impact in this period as the businesses themselves, their IT companies and wider cyber security industry have less capacity to respond quickly to mitigate the damage with high levels of staff abstracted through sickness and self-isolation. We can therefore expect the economic and real world impact potentially to be significantly greater than usual and this will increase the number of incidents, victims and investigations.’

In order to combat these potential issues, the following threat and risk areas are being prioritised and advice is attached:

Ransomware
Phishing
Home working
Wider online fraud

Areas 2, 3, and 4 are of equal priority. In addition the below link highlights an app that claims to provide updates on the spread of coronavirus, but then encrypts the phone – https://en-cryptonomist-ch.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/en.cryptonomist.ch/2020/03/16/covidlock-ransomware-coronavirus/amp/

Also attached is the US alert pdf around Coronavirus_map_Azorult.

If you have any questions or issues about any of the above please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss further, but please share widely certainly with the members of Cyber Wales..

Many thanks,

Symon Kendall | Cyber Officer
CEH/CISMP/CIRM-F/Comptia Sec+
Ditectif Gwnstabl | Detective Constable 3385
Uned Troseddau Seibr Rhanbarthol | Regional Cyber Crime Unit
Uned Troseddau Cyfundrefnol Rhanbarthol | TARIAN ROCU
01656 310146 | Ext: 62095

Welsh Veterans Awards, Cardiff – Deadline: 1 May 2020

Published on: 9 Mar, 2020

The Welsh Veterans Awards are NOW Open for applications and nominations!
If you are or you know a British Armed Forces veteran that’s done some great things since transition to civilian life or your a business/organisation/charity that gone above and beyond to support our former military and your based or operate in Wales then we would love to hear from you!
Rewarding Veterans in Sport, Fitness, Business and the wider Community!
In support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Wales and Sponsored by Bridgend Audi – Sinclair Audi
The Awards will take place at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club Cardiff on July 1st. Hosted by Polly James, opened by Brigadier Jock Frasier and supported by the Corps of Drums from the Royal Welsh, Shenkin the goat and the amazing Goat Major!
Our categories for 2020 are:
  • Role Model of the Year
  • The Community Award
  • Contribution to the Welsh Fitness Industry and Society
  • Health & Well-being Award  – Company /Organisation Award 
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Inspiration of the year
  • Employer of the Year – Company /Organisation Award 
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Leavers to Leaders Award
  • Reservist of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Veterans Business of the Year Award
Our overall Veterans Awards Champion will be chosen from the Finalists in each of the above categories and receive our one off commissioned hand made shield. (Crafted by a Military Veteran)
There will be a shortlisted filming day for all our fantastic finalists on May 27th that will take place in the amazing Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier
Good luck its you that acts as role models for our future service leavers!
Dates for your Diaries:
Application Process Opens – 1st March 2020
Application Process Closes – 1st May 2020
Shortlisted Filming day         – 27th May 2020 (Cardiff Castle)
Welsh Veterans Awards       – 1st July 2020 (Village Hotel Cardiff)
Many thanks
The Veterans Awards CIC Team
Tel – 07891 402 326
Twitter – @AwardsVeterans
Facebook – Veterans Awards

Welsh Government stand at InfoSec, London – Deadline: 20 Mar 2020

Published on: 6 Mar, 2020

The Welsh Government intend to exhibit at InfoSec at Olympia, London 2-4 June 2020.

InfoSecurity Europe is the sourcing and knowledge hub for Europe’s information and cyber security community. Featuring an interactive exhibition floor with over 400 cutting-edge suppliers, a far-reaching conference programme and a host of networking opportunities. This is Europe’s largest cyber tradeshow at Olympia, with the opportunity to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with more than 15,000 visitors. Celebrating 25yrs in 2020, the event is free to attend.

We are offering Wales based companies the opportunity to participate in the show on a Wales stand to maximise the opportunities that such a global event can offer.

Anyone interested in utilising the Welsh Government stand during InfoSecurity Europe 2020 should contact myself to register their initial interest, by 20th March 2020.

My thanks in advance for your assistance.

Kelley Howlett-Booth
Event Planner, Thematic Division, Welsh Government
Tel: 03000 250156
Kelley.Howlett@gov.wales

CyberWatching Update – 2 March 2020

Published on: 2 Mar, 2020

In relation to cyberwatching, we have totally renewed the website, following EC suggestions. Now registered users can have a personalised view, according to their interests, where they can see “Market-ready products” and “Prototype products”, both from projects and companies, that can register their project/company to provide a personalised mini-site for all visitors.

If anyone from your cluster joins the marketplace or the project hub, we could promote in the news, linking it to your cluster.

We have also launched two attractive tools:

The project radar: The Radar allows the user to answer the question whether and where to invest themselves in the outputs of a project or not. It provides a birdseye view of the complete collection of EU funded projects in the cybersecurity space by using a cool visualization software. The interactive online radar process uses:

o   the project’s classification within the Cyberwatching.eu cybersecurity research taxonomy,
o   well known IT project lifecycle maturity patterns, and
o   project readiness self-assessment against Technology Readiness Levels and Market Readiness Levels (MTRL)

The GDPR Temperature Tool, an awareness tool which helps SMEs, though a practical self-assessment, to understand their exposure to risk of sanctions due to GDPR violations and act accordingly in order to improve their compliance posture. It also provides a complete and downloadable report that can be a guide for SMEs to minimize their risk to be sanctioned.

Our next webinar is about how to improve the market readiness levels for the R&D projects, and it will be held on next 11 March at 11 AM CET. Register is open.

We would be glad to organize a webinar around a topic of your interest – you can see here the webinars organized so far).

Hope to hear from you soon.

Marina Ramírez Jiménez
cluster@cyberwatching.eu

Stelar Seeking 3 researchers to work in Hamburg – Deadline: ASAP

Published on: 1 Mar, 2020

Stelar Security Technology Law Research” is a start-up established in Hamburg (Germany) that aims to promote education and research through the implementation of scientific courses and research projects and the award of research contracts. We are specialised in research on

* legal assessment methods for “Privacy by Design” of new security technologies and
* privacy management systems for manufacturers of ICT products and related service providers.

Stelar was founded as a spin-off of an integrating project with seven main partners funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF) within its Framework Programme “Research for Civil Security.

They are seeking a colleague specialised in research on privacy in health ICT (see job post below).

It does not matter if his or her background is technical, economic or legal, only has to be privacy specialist and coming from research or ICT development. Some background in EU projects and standardisation would be nice. S/he needs to be willing to move for work but hopefully the location is attractive (Europe’s largest new inner city).

* Seeking 3 researchers on privacy in ICT development mainly in healthcare *

Our past work includes contributions to projects like www.operando.eu and www.project-shield.eu

mandatory qualification: Master degree (LL.M., M.B.A., M.Sc., etc.) with a focus on data protection and privacy or equivalent five-year degree and three years of relevant work experience in ICT (e.g. AI) research and technical development or digital transformation projects

optional expertise (ordered by relevance): standardisation on privacy, health informatics and medical software development, EU policies and regulation on data protection, eHealth and consumer protection, ICT law, cyber-/information security, data/AI ethics, corporate responsibility

optional experience (ordered by relevance): work experience in Europe-wide, healthcare and health ICT organisation or project as a legal/technical privacy researcher; leadership in international R&D projects; chairing/leading roles in technical bodies or policy groups; work experience as a DPO, ethics committee member, privacy specialist/engineer, CISO, software architect, CIO, or product manager

role: research in and management of EU-funded research and innovation projects related to data protection and privacy, autonomous collaboration within the projects, contribution to work packages, draft privacy specifications for ICT processes and manage and analyse implementation by project partners, literature review, drafting of reports, organisation of/participation in (virtual and physical) meetings, contributions to technical standardisation, work on privacy-related topics (e.g. data and IPR management), review of team members’ work; no teaching requirements; administering own travel and other tasks arising from the projects motivation and achievements in the support of the principle of data protection by design and by default such as effective pseudonymisation (e.g. by contribution to international standardisation) is expected

required skills: management of collaborative ICT research or development projects and trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder teams; timely and satisfactory reponse to emails, proactive raising of issues, alignment with the project’s key people, encouraging constructive partner contributions, organisation of virtual meetings); proficiency in MS Office suite, mastering collaboration tools (online repositories like SharePoint, online document editing, teleconference systems e.g. GTM and webex, scheduling tools e.g. Doodle, etc.); English during studies and work (3 years)

salary for FTE (gross) approx. in euro per month (in brackets: additional years of relevant work experience): 4.0k (0), 4.8k (3), 4.9k (4), 5.6k (4+2/3); first contract limited to two years, six months trial period; work linked to the projects; travel in Europe required; respectful athmosphere in a micro team, mid- to long-term leadership position within the organisation possible; all nationalities and genders welcome

procedure: apply by email to mp [at] stelar [dot] de; up-to-date CV (max. 2 pages), motivation letter (max. 1 page), contact details of at least 2 referees, recommendation letters possible, all documents as a single pdf of less than 2MB; remote interviews (e.g. Skype; physical meeting possible but no funds available) with our main researcher Matthias

start date: 1 March 2020 or as soon as possible

place of work: Hamburg city centre, office 1-minute walk from “HafenCity Universität” metro station

contact:  Matthias Pocs – mp@stelar.de

Cardiff Metropolitan University Saudi Arabian Projects – Deadline: Open

Published on: 27 Feb, 2020

The Cardiff School of Technologies at Cardiff Met University are looking for industry partners who would be interested in collaborating on some projects.

Two Senior Lecturers in Computing and Information Systems at the university will be going out to Saudi Arabia soon and will be meeting up with the cyber security team at Aramco Oil with the aim of initiating some research.

They would like to invite a Cyber Wales Cluster member company to get involved with the aim of targeting a SMART Expertise funding stream.

SMART Expertise is a Business Wales scheme which offers financial support to innovative collaboration projects that require a range of expertise to solve industry problems (https://businesswales.gov.wales/expertisewales/support-and-funding-businesses/smart-expertise).

The aim is to support collaborative projects, between industry and Welsh research organisations (such as the Cardiff School of Technology), which address strategic industrial technical challenges with a clear focus on commercialisation and exploitation of new products, processes or services and growth in capacity and capability in key areas of Smart Specialisation.

There are no restrictions on size or location of industrial partners, however, the project must demonstration it is an effective collaboration and will deliver positive Welsh economic impacts.

Funding will support 100% of the research organisations eligible project costs which shall equate to a maximum of 50% of the total eligible project costs. The industrial partners shall provide the remaining balance of the total eligible projects costs. The funding will be awarded to the research organisation. Project activity must end no later than 1 August 2022

If you are interested in exploring the Saudi Arabian and Gulf marketplace and/or interested in getting involved with a SMART Expertise project then contact:-

Fiona Carroll, Programme Director at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
fcarroll@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Return on Security Investments (ROSI) Project – Deadline: 31 March 2020

Published on: 24 Feb, 2020

There is one potential research project that I would like to make you aware of, and to see if the Cyber Security Cluster are potentially interested in getting involved. It is free to participate, but we are asking for your time.

The project is a collaboration between the School of Computer Science and Business School. It concerns the calculation of Return on Security Investments (ROSI), and justifying security spending. As an example, when you need to explain to managers or an executive board that a certain security solution is needed, how could you do it and present talking in financial terms.

I am currently writing an application for funding for this project, and looking for a provisional expression of interest from industry partners. We plan to use several companies as case studies. We will also run workshops with a wider range of experts. Based on the above and further research, we will develop a Best Practice Guide for ROSI calculation.

The commitment that we ask from an industry partner is to be willing to talk to researchers, give interviews and share experience on ROSI calculations (positive and negative), and if possible provide examples of calculations/justifications used in the past. This is flexible and depends on availability, and organisation specifics. If the project application is successful then at the end of the project, the best practice guide could be presented and made available to the Cluster. The output will appropriately acknowledge the involvement of the Cluster.

Could you please let me know if this would be of interest for the Cluster and its business members to participate in whatever form each one finds suitable. I feel that the involvement of the Cluster will make our funding application more successful, in return our output will be of benefit for the industry. It will also further strengthen the Cyber Wales Ecosystem providing another example of collaboration between academia and businesses.

Kind regards,
Dr Yulia Cherdantseva PhD MSc(Hons) FHEA
Lecturer at the National Software Academy and Admissions Officer for the School of Computer Science and Informatics
+44 (0)29 2251 0014
cherdantsevayv@cardiff.ac.uk

DCMS UK’s most innovative Cyber SME Competition – Deadline: 20 Mar 2020

Published on: 19 Feb, 2020

DCMS have today launched a competition in collaboration with Infosecurity Magazine & Tech UK to find the the UK’s most innovative Cyber SME. The competition, in its 6th year now, offers the winner headline position at the DCMS Innovation Zone at Infosec Europe this coming June as well as industry press coverage at the event. A further 13 runners-up are invited to exhibit in the Innovation Zone as well as to speak at thought leadership slots within the event’s Cyber Innovation Showcase.
The competition previously took the form of a live pitching event but this year we have moved to an online-only application, shifting the resources we would normally focus on the pitching event to the exhibition itself, where we intend to have a networking event in the Innovation Zone.
Please encourage qualifying companies within your clusters and networks to apply at: https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/1102. Happy to answer any questions you may have.

Full Winners’ Benefits

  • The winner will be crowned The Most Innovative Cyber SME 2020 and be the flagship company at the 2020 Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe with a headline position in marketing materials and first choice of location within the zone.
  • The winner will be the subject of a feature piece by Infosecurity Magazine to be conducted at the exhibition.
  • The top three companies will receive individual coverage on Cyber Exchange announcing the winners of the competition.
  • The winner and 13 runners up will receive a 3m2 shell-scheme stand. This will include spotlights, power socket, table & stools, literature rack, access to one-to-one meeting space and a lead scanner. Additional stand dressing may be purchased.
  • The winner will receive 3x speaking slots of 15 minutes each at the Cyber Innovation Showcase during the event. The 13 runners up will receive 2x speaking slots of 15 minutes each at the Cyber Innovation Showcase during the event.
  • Pre-event support. This will include a dedicated logo and company description at infosecurityeurope.com as well as promotion of the 2x speaking slots, non-exclusive inclusion in pre-event marketing emails and inclusion in social media promotion. You’ll get a mention and logo in the event catalogue, within a full page advert for the Cyber Innovation Zone. You’ll also get a video interview at the show to be posted on Infosecurity Europe’s Website and YouTube channel.

Doing Business with the US DoD – Event: 31 Mar 2020

Published on: 13 Feb, 2020

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business. I am pleased to draw your attention to the ‘Doing Business with the US Department of Defence’ event taking place on 31 March 2020.

Pre-registration is required for 31 March 2020.

Further details of this event are contained in the attached flyer. If you have any questions please do not reply to this email but direct them to:

Laurence Goodwin Laurence.goodwin@trade.gov.uk
Or
Taj Chhina tajinder.chhina@trade.gov.uk

Regards,

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Teresa Earl | SME Adviser | Defence & Security Organisation |
Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place | London SW1A 2AW
|T: +44 (0)20 7215 8247 (Tues & Weds) | M: +44 (0)7775826340 (Mon 0900-1500 & Thurs 0900-1400)
E- mail: Teresa.earl@trade.gov.uk

IEEE International Conference on Cyber Warfare & Security (ICCWS) – Event: 31 Mar 2020

Published on: 12 Feb, 2020

Allow me to share a conference event plan with you (31st March to 2nd April, Islamabad, Pakistan.

The three days conference titled IEEE International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS) will run from 31st March to 2nd April in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The event will include a focused Technical Program with paper presentations, keynotes and invited talks on its 1st day (Paper submission date extended to 15th February).
The 2nd day will feature an Industrial Exhibition where national/international companies and R&D Labs will showcase their cyber security related research/ products/ services.

Participation of many local as well as international cyber security companies is anticipated (more info available at www.nccs.pk/conference The event will provide healthy business networking, marketing and collaboration opportunities.

In addition, we are holding International Cyber Security Ideas Cup on 3rd day of ICCWS-2020 in which ambitious students and start-ups will participate and pitch their innovative ideas.

The competition is open to international participant and we would encourage ideas submissions from your partner HEIs/Institutions. (More details available at: http://www.nccs.pk/activities/ideas-cup)

Additional Links given below

NB: The call for papers date has been extended until 15th Feb

French software company is looking for partners

Published on: 6 Feb, 2020

A French software editor operating in the field of cybersecurity (application security) is looking for partners in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector.

The partners will help their clients who need support in mastering the cyber risk of the software applications they develop or outsource. The partnership will be a services agreement.

The company is a start-up established in 2017. The founders are specialists in cybersecurity and code auditing thanks several years of experience in this field.

The French company has developed an innovative software: a new generation source code scanner. This innovative tool is used for smart detection of vulnerabilities in the source code of software developments.

The French company would like to find partners such as services provider who can promote and install its innovative source code scanner for applications editors, integrators, services providers through a services agreement.

For more information go to https://een.ec.europa.eu/tools/services/PRO/Profile/Detail/751311fe-2f55-4ea0-902b-874c7a58c2f5

International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS) – Event: 31 Mar 2020

Published on: 7 Jan, 2020

National Centre for Cyber Security (NCCS) is an R&D initiative of Government of Pakistan to promote research and human resource development in the fields of Cyber Security. NCCS in technical co-sponsorship and joint collaboration with IEEE Islamabad Section (R-10) is organizing a three days conference event, i.e. ICCWS-2020; to invite researchers and practitioners around the World to share their original research ideas and experiences related to the state-of-the-art as well as the emerging areas of Cyber Security.

ICCWS-2020 will include high-quality and focused technical program on Cyber Security with keynote talks from prominent industry and academia experts. The conference will also feature an attractive Lab-to-Market Event aimed at industry practitioners, vendors and local start-up companies.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Paper Submission Deadline: 31st January 2020
Notification of Acceptance: 29th February 2020
Camera Ready Submission: 22nd March 2020

HOW TO SUBMIT THE PAPER: Please submit your papers at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iccs2020

UK Cyber Forum Update – 22 December 2019

Published on: 22 Dec, 2019

Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities which may be of interest to you:

Survey to scope an accreditation scheme for SME cyber security consultancy

Short Notice – needed by 8th January

IASME have been asked by NCSC to scope a proposal for accrediting independent cyber security consultants to provide advice to Sole Traders and SMEs.  The advice would be associated with proactively protecting themselves against commodity-level cyber threats.  The timeframe for this work is extremely tight and so we need responses to this short questionnaire by 8th January 2020.

Currently, the NCSC’s Certified Cyber Security Consultancy scheme focuses on providing services to large organisations that have complex IT systems which may be targeted by bespoke attacks, the impact of which would be significant. However, it does not provide an accredited service to protect SMEs and Sole Traders.

As you know, lots of SMEs need advice and guidance on the wider cyber security issues but at the moment there is no way they can differentiate between knowledgeable consultants and those who are just selling snake oil. The government has recognised that there needs to be a trusted, regulated set of advisors / consultants who know what they are talking about and who are suitable for SMEs.  This will then allow SMEs to find proper advice from organisations like you.

Our aim is to scope out a scheme which would be achievable and affordable for the smallest of cyber security consultancy to attain the NCSC certified consultant accreditation and be officially recognised as giving trusted advice.

If your customers include SMEs and/or Sole Traders, please could you help us better understand the needs of these groups by completing this survey: https://www.survio.com/survey/d/supplierssurvey

We would also value the opportunity to talk to you in more detail about this.  There is an opportunity to take part in a short interview, details are at the end of the survey.

We would also like to get the views of as many SME and Sole Trader businesses as possible.  If you deal with any SMEs, we would be most grateful if you could forward the following email to them by your normal channels:

________Start of Message________

We have been asked to contact you, to enquire if you would be prepared to take part in a national survey on the availability of cyber security advisory services.  The timeframe for this work is extremely tight and so we need responses to this short questionnaire by 8th January 2020.

The survey is being conducted by The IASME Consortium Ltd on behalf of the government department for cyber security, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).  Its aim is to understand if there is a need for a government accredited cyber security consultancy service for businesses like yours.

The survey should only take 5 – 10 minutes of your time.  If you are willing to take part, please complete the survey by following this link: https://www.survio.com/survey/d/userneedssurvey

All information will be treated as confidential.

If you have any questions, please contact IASME on 0330 882 752 or info@iasme.co.uk

Many thanks in advance for your help with this.

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Many thanks in advance for your help with this.  Please let IASME know if you have any questions or concerns (info@iasme.co.uk)

ISACA building business resilience briefing paper

If you would like a copy of the ISACA building business resilience briefing paper and ACCA’s survey results, in relation to the Cyber Resilience Workshop 3 that was held with the support of ISACA at Aston University on 11th November please let me know and I will email it over (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

GISEC 2020 – DIT Pavilion

Expressions of interest by 10 January 2020

The Department for International Trade will for a third year running take a stand at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) in Dubai from 6 – 8 April 2020. We are inviting expressions of interest from UK companies who would be interested in exhibiting on the DIT pavilion by 10 January 2020.

Companies are advised to submit expressions of interest as soon as possible as places are very limited.

Companies exhibiting on the UK pavilion will benefit from:

  • A ‘pod’ exhibition stand on the UK Pavilion
  • Introductions from DIT staff, to delegates visiting the exhibition.
  • An advance briefing from embassy staff on doing business in the UAE
  • Inclusion in UK marketing material, including a Pavilion brochure
  • Promotion to local and international media

How to sign up 
DIT will charge companies a fee of £3500 + VAT to exhibit on the pavilion and benefit from the other activities organised.
This does not include travel, accommodation and visa costs.
Expressions of interest should include:

  • A brief introduction to your company.
  • An indication of your key target sectors and markets.
  • An overview of recent activities in the Gulf region and any future plans.
  • An overview of the capability you plan to exhibit/ export to the region.

For further information and to register your interest please contact  Mohamed Ali
cyber@trade.gov.uk, +44 207 215 2870

The deadline for expressions of interest is 10 January 2020.  We will aim to respond to all applications by 7 February 2020

Representation on Cyber Growth Partnership

Melanie Oldham, CEO of Bobs Business, has been invited by DCMS to join the Cyber Growth Partnership to represent SMEs at that forum.  If you would like her to raise anything on your behalf then please do let her know via melanie@bobsbusiness.co.uk

Up to 15 Studentships available at: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (Cyber Security)

Deadline: 6th January 2020 

https://cybersecurity-cdt.ac.uk/ 

The Universities of Bath and Bristol offer a unique interdisciplinary EPSRC centre for doctoral training (CDT) in Cyber Security to tackle trust, identity, privacy and security (TIPS) issues in the large-scale, hyper-connected infrastructures of the present and the future.

Students gain hands-on experience of realistic large-scale infrastructures in our state-of-the-art critical infrastructure and Internet of Things test-bed – one of the few facilities of its kind internationally.  Industrial placements and masterclasses delivered by leading academic and industry figures are offered to students.

We are seeking to recruit students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including (but not limited to): computer science, psychology, management, electrical and electronics engineering, civil engineering, criminology and social sciences. The most critical requirement is a passion for cyber security and the desire to make our connected world secure and hence safe.

If you have or expect to gain at least a 2.1, are willing to work across disciplinary boundaries and inform your research from different perspectives, we offer fully funded studentships for 4 years  (£18,000 tax free stipend per year, fees and £2500 per year for related travel).

Happy Christmas from us all at UK Cyber Security Forum! We hope 2020 is a happy year for you and your families!

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

Published on: 10 Dec, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LORCA Cohort 4 Open Call – Deadline: Has been extended

Published on: 18 Oct, 2019

After speaking to industry about their cybersecurity needs, the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) has launched an open call for its 4th cohort of cyber innovators. We’re recruiting for innovation technology and cybersecurity scaleups throughout the UK that address one or more of the challenge areas below.

I’d be very grateful if you could share the opportunity with your contacts and networks and encourage them to spread the word. The deadline for applications has been extended.

Benefits of joining

12 months of world-class innovation support to help member businesses scale
Connections to investors and industry buyers through showcases and exclusive member events and roundtables
Connections to our industry partners, Dell Technologies, Lloyds Banking Group, Deloitte, Kudelski Security and Global Cyber Alliance
LORCA takes zero equity or IP from members
Soft landing programmes and bespoke international trade missions
Business mentoring
Free desk space at the Plexal innovation centre and coworking space in London where over 700 tech entrepreneurs are based, and all the benefits of being a member
Engineering support from the Centre for Secure Information Technologies and access to its testing facilities
Remote access to Deloitte’s testing facilities and technical cyber expertise
Workshops and education sessions on sales and business development, marketing and design, legal issues, lead generation and more designed around our members’ needs
Peer networking, learning and trading opportunities

Challenge areas

1. Connected Economy
In a post-breach world where technology is disrupting business models and our economy is more connected than ever, cybersecurity isn’t just about protecting data: it’s key to enabling sustainable growth.
How can we enable organisations to stay resilient in the face of security threats across their supply chains and networks? And how can they futureproof themselves by building security into everything they do?

Supply chains: Mitigating the growing and dynamic cyber risks across increasingly complex enterprise supply chains
IT and OT: Helping organisations to better navigate the growing challenges brought about by the convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT)
Resilience: Emerging approaches that increase the resilience of critical national infrastructure and key economic functions across industries

2. Connected Everyone
Our homes, workspaces, cities and personal space have never been so connected, yet the movement to secure them is in its infancy.
How can we empower people to feel in control of their digital presence, build trust in technology – and make sure nobody is left out?

Digital identities: Help individuals to better understand, trust and own their digital identities
Cybercrime: Novel solutions that better protect consumers from cyber-crime
Misinformation: Combatting the growing challenges posed by deep fakes, misinformation and disinformation

3. Connected Everything
From our transport infrastructure to the National Grid, our digital and physical worlds are converging as they become connected to the internet at lightning pace.
With so much to win and lose for society, how can we solve the multi-dimensional security challenges which are emerging through hyper connectivity? And how can we collaborate with a broader spectrum of fields to build cyber principles into every access point for the internet?

IoT: Enabling and embedding Secure by Design principles within the Internet of Things
Mobility: Enhancing the cyber-physical resilience of emerging mobility solutions
5G and edge computing: Solutions that help protect future networks, including 5G and edge computing
Smart cities and industry 4.0: Approaches to strengthening the security and resilience of smart cities and Industry 4.0

Further information about our challenge areas and a link to the application portal can be found at lorca.co.uk/apply

In addition, social media links can be found on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LORCACyber/status/1176418402547752960

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6582181648367005696

Thanks for your support!

Best regards,

Jason Mollring
LORCA Programme Lead

Direct line: +44 (0)20 3909 7790
Mobile: +44 (0)77 1776 1725
Web: https://www.lorca.co.uk/

NCSC Blog on Parked Domains

Published on: 26 Jun, 2019

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