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European Cyber Week - 16-18 November 2021

19 November 2021 | 2 days

Online Event

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The sanitary conditions at the end of 2020 led us to make special arrangements for the 5th edition of European Cyber ​​Week, without the possibility of meeting face-to-face. We are counting on great meetings for the 6th edition in 2021!

Our teams are galvanized in this perspective, even more determined to strengthen the growing dynamics of the congress, with enthusiasm and motivation. The excellent level of the participants, the diversity of the trades represented, the quality of the conferences on strategic topics of cyber defense, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence ensure the greatest satisfaction of the many listeners.

It is therefore with great pleasure that the Pole d’excellence cyber, its public and private partners, invite you to the 6th edition of European Cyber ​​Week, from November 16 to 18, 2021. In strict compliance with sanitary conditions, the Europe of cybersecurity and cyber defense will meet in Rennes, to discuss around fifteen events promoting training, research and innovation, economic and industrial development and recruitment activities.

https://en.european-cyber-week.eu/

Previous Events

What exactly is a Soft Landing Programme? Find out at the October Cluster meeting!

Exploring business opportunities in another country is hard work. Combine communication challenges and cultural differences then add a wide variety of stumbling blocks such as visas, free trade zones, financial climates, business legal & regulatory dictates, immigration, accommodation, travel etc. and this process can be overwhelming.

Businesses support organisations and networking groups all over the world recognise the importance of exporting and/or inward investment to their members, their sectors, their industry and ultimately their national economy. When the subject matter is cyber security, the stakes are even higher because the adversary respects no borders and it is only through people and organisations from all over the world working together that we can hope to keep up with and gain the upper hand over malicious actors and the technologies they exploit.

This is where the concept of Soft Landing comes into it's own!

It is very disappointing therefore to find so few tailored soft landing programmes that are openly available to the people and organisations who need them.

Cyber Wales was not alone in forming its own version of a soft landing programme when we began back in 2014. As we got to know other cyber ecosystems around the world, we found that many had also created their own programmes but the disparities between the formats and offerings, as well as the difficulties in communicating the offerings from country to country made it very difficult to maximise the benefits of these programmes.

This is one of the key challenges that GlobalEPIC focused on after its formation in 2017 and today there exists a global network of cyber ecosystems who have aligned their soft landing programmes around a common framework making it as easy as possbile for people and organisations to find, explore, work, conduct research and collaborate with like-minded cyber professionals all over the world.

14 cyber security ecosystems stood together on stage at the 3rd European Cybersecurity Forum held in Krakow, Poland and became the founding members of the Global Ecosystem of ecosystems Partnership in Innovation and Cybersecurity (GlobalEPIC).

The organisation was founded to build a global community of innovation ecosystems who collaborate on projects and share expertise through an ever expanding network of diverse organizations all committed to "Network Globally, Benefit Locally".

Cyber Wales took pride of place at the launch, standing alongside a friend and colleague from Invest Surrey, committed to the development of cyber capability and resilience from its HQ in the City of Surrey in British Columbia, just across the Fraser River from Vancouver and sharing a border with the US State of Washington..

The City of Surrey is able to function as a "living Lab" for cyber innovation and its location makes it an ideal launchpad for business opportunities and/or research collaboration with the major North American cyber epicentres.

We are absolutely delighted to be joining with this amazing team from Canada to provide more information about the GlobalEPIC Soft Landing Programme that we have each been running in our ecosystems since 2018.

Join the All Wales Cyber Security Cluster October meeting for this very special session, to:-

  • Meet our friends from Canada;
  • Learn more about the opportunities the ecosystem of ecosystem brings; and
  • Find out what the Soft Landing programme offers to people and/or organisations
See you all there!

Register to join the event remotely

Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - 7 October 2021

7th October 2021 | 15:30 - 17:30

Online Event

Our October 2021 networking meeting for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry.

Women in Cyber Wales is part of the Cyber Wales Group. The meetings provide a valuable way for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry to meet and support each other.

We have some amazingly talented women lined up for our October meeting, all highly accomplished senior leaders in their field - you won't want to miss it!

We'll hear presentations from:

  • Lorraine Dryland, Global Chief Information Security Officer, First Sentier Investors
  • Dr Hoda A. Alkhzaimi, Director, Center of Cyber Security, New York University, Abu Dhabi
  • Anna-Lisa Miller, Chief Information Security Officer for Spectris
  • Chani Simms, Managing Director, Meta Defence Labs
Lorraine is responsible for Information and Cyber Security at First Sentier, focusing on security strategy and business capability in this area. With more than 20 years of experience protecting UK Critical National Infrastructure in the public and private sector, she has previously worked for the Department for Work and Pensions, Vodafone, Bank of England and the UK's National Crime Agency.

Hoda is the Director of Center of Cyber Security in New York University AD and a research assistant professor in New York University and has played a specific role in developing Cyber Security and Cryptology research and development ecosystems. With a PhD in Cryptanalysis from Denmark Technical University, Hoda has a specific expertise in cryptology; cryptanalysis, constructing and validating security hardware and software components, constructing trusted security architectures for different environments in different products. Hoda leads on a number of initiatives relating to diversity, including as President of Emirates Digital Association for Women, Strategic Director for Women In Artificial Intelligence research international community, Lead of Women In Engineering Chapter in Abu Dhabi and the UAE Lead for INWES MENA.

Anna-Lisa has been working in security for her whole career spanning more than two decades. She's been really fortunate to work with amazing people all around the world through consulting with PwC and EY and working with some of the world's best loved brands including Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Unilever, Xerox, Shell, British Airways Engineering, the BBC and Merlin Entertainments. Now, Anna-Lisa is the CISO for Spectris and has been for the last four years.

Chani is a passionate entrepreneur, C-level advisor, vCISO, ISO27001 and IASME auditor, Cyber Essentials assessor and specialist in helping organisations to implement and manage information security and data protection programs. She has been an information technology professional for over 17 years. She is the founder of SHe CISO Exec, a give back platform in cybersecurity, leadership and empowerment (www.shecisoexec.org) as part of her mission to bridge the gaps in the cybersecurity industry by empowering a diverse talent pool of emotionally intelligent cybersecurity leaders.

And to give you a flavour of just one of the presentations, here's a message from Anna-Lisa Miller:

"Throughout my life I've always been a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none. Competing and performing at a decent level in sport and music. Good academically with decent grades and a degree from a good university. I was always able to apply myself and get good at stuff, but I've never been amazing at anything. And, to be honest, the same is true in my career. I'm kind of good at IT, I know some stuff about security, I like building relationships with people at work and I'm pretty good at stakeholder management, but I'm not really a superstar at any of those things. And in a weird kind of way, that blend of mediocrity, my journey across many industries and around the world, has kind of landed me in the CISO role of a truly awesome company.

I'd like to share the good, the bad and the ugly of the journey I've taken so far in cyber security and answer any questions you might have about entering into or progressing your career in cyber security".


The presentations will be followed by an informal panel discussion and Q&A where we anticipate some excellent conversion and networking opportunities.

Please reserve your ticket now using the page indicated above, and a link for the event, being held on Microsoft Teams, will be available once you have signed up.

We look forward to welcoming you to what will be a really exciting and informative afternoon.

By signing up for this event you consent to your details being added to our database in order to receive information about future meetings.

This event is hosted by Clare Johnson, USW Partnerships and Outreach Manager (Digital and STEM), and is supported by USW Exchange. To find out more about accessing the talent, expertise and facilities of the University of South Wales, as well as our latest funding opportunities, join the university's business network here.

Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - 3 October 2021

3rd October 2021 | 12:00 - 13:30

Virtual Event

The Theme of this Webinar is to bring together experts from Cyber Industry and Academia to discuss current and emerging Cyber Security Challenges including Continuity of Learning and Skill Development in Virtual Environments

Schedule

  • Date: 3rd Oct 2021, Sunday
  • Starts: 12:00 pm UK Local Time (i.e. 3 pm UAE Local Time)
  • Ends: 1:30 pm UK Local Time (i.e. 4:30 pm UAE Local Time)
Program

The Cyber Wales is dedicating this Webinar to UAE with the aim to bring together businesses, Academic Institutions, Public and Private Sectors to discuss how collectively we can ensure that we meet the present and future needs in terms of skills, education, and training for the Cyber Security Industry

As one of the UK Largest Cyber Ecosystem, our network of cyber professionals spans far and wide with the objective to bring our connections, alongside the experts, closer to you. Join in as we link Academics and industry experts to discuss the most prominent cyber security challenges currently being faced by businesses, governments and the everyday individuals coving topics including business resilience, IoT, child safety & security, and diversity and talent within the profession. Our webinar provides the opportunity to engage in real-time with our guest speakers to play a part in the conversation, prepare to be fully immersed in discussion bursting with informed perspectives and eye-opening insights. The future of the security of cyberspace is dependent on future generations who can operate safely and securely in online environments and young people who are inspired to contribute to cybersecurity as a lifelong career.

Synopsis

This webinar will focus on:
  • How cybersecurity awareness or digital literacy campaigns can both increase online safety and attract students to technology and cybersecurity-related careers
  • Approaches for introducing cybersecurity into educational curriculum, as focused courses, or as programs of study in Career Technical Education
  • Supporting “Opportunity Youth” to explore cybersecurity as an area of study or careers
  • The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
  • Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
  • Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
  • Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture These sessions are designed for people leading projects to transition back to business as usual and are particularly suitable for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers
  • Why Cyber Security Career Path matters
  • Cyber Security Financial Crimes
Examine the rationale for past and present education, training, and workforce approaches and apply critical analysis to future solutions. Many organizations are rethinking past practices and seeking to “stimulate innovation” as they transition to online learning and improvised work arrangements. This webinar will explore how to turn the lessons learned into systemic changes to improve cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development for the future. Join one of these webinar sessions presented by Cyber Wales aimed at schools and educational organizations and discover how cyber-attacks and ransomware are being used to target them

Our Guest Speakers & their topics will be
  • Dr Ahmad Qaisar Al Badawi, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Resilience, Homeland Security (HLS) Department, Rabdan Academy, Abu Dhabi - UAE - Topic: Privacy-Preserving Computing
  • Dr Hoda A Al Khzaimi, Director of the Centre of Cyber Security at The New York University & President of Emirates Digital Association for Women, Abu Dhabi - UAE - Topic: Monetizing Cyber Security Assets
  • Dr Saada Khadragy, Distance Learning Unit Joint Hear & Assistant Professor at City University College of Ajman (CUCA), Ajman - UAE - Topic: How Cyber Security Awareness or digital literacy campaigns can both increase online safety and attract to technology and cybersecurity-related careers
  • Hon Col Mr John Davies, Co-Founder & Chairman of Cyber Wales, United Kingdom - Topic: Cyber Security Minimum Standards i.e. Cyber Essentials
We will aim to do Q&A Session at the end of all the Speaker i.e. 1:05/1:10 pm UK Local Time or 4:05/4:10 pm UAE Local Time and we request all our audience to actively involved and participate and feel free to ask the relevant questions

Microsoft Team Invite Link to the Virtual Event: Click Here

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 21 September 2021

21st September 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00

Online

Could this be the birth of a new Welsh Cyber Cluster?

Join us for the next cluster meeting to explore the formation of a new partnership cluster to help tackle skills shortages in cyber in Wales.

We have had many discussions in previous cluster meetings about the skills shortages we experience as employers within the cyber industry, so in response to this, Cyber Wales is teaming up with Careers Wales and the National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC) to create a sustainable model for cyber cluster members to engage with schools and start working towards closing the skills gap.

The partnership, which will pair organisations with schools from their local area, will mean that your business will benefit from the support of a Careers Wales Business Engagement Advisor (BEA) to manage the relationship, and be able to utilise a tried and tested engagement framework provided by the NDEC, so that all you have to do is show up!

We know cluster members are passionate about engaging with education to help support the cyber industry here in Wales and so we want to make this as easy as possible for you to do, whilst having the greatest impact on pupils.

Come along on the 21st to hear about The Partnership, the engagement framework, and the benefits from getting involved. You will also be introduced to your local Careers Wales Business Engagement Advisor to kick-start the pairing process!

If the response is good and you all see value in this critical skills growth programme then this could be a brand new cyber security cluster in Wales - perhaps it will make a huge difference to the future of our Ecosystem.

ITINERARY

14:00 Introduction to the Cluster
- Cyber in Wales - our 'Field of Diamonds'
- The Cyber Industry - Knowledge Areas, Topics, TTPs, Roles and Skills

14:20 Introduction to The Partnership
- Purpose & benefits
- Format
- Best practise

14:35 Careers Wales School Valued Partner Initiative & Business Exchange

14:45 Cyber First Schools & Industry Membership

14:55 Breakout sessions introduction and comfort break

15:05 Meet your BEA breakout sessions
- Businesses assigned to different groups in different rooms
- Introductions & swapping contact details

15:30 Sample a Training Session
- Engagement framework
- Progression pathways into cyber
- Promoting cyber in schools (curriculum links, resources & initiatives)

16:00 Close

Come along on the 21st to hear about The Partnership, the engagement framework, and the benefits from getting involved. You will also be introduced to your local Careers Wales Business Engagement Advisor to kick-start the pairing process!

If the response is good and you all see value in this critical skills growth programme then this could be a brand new cyber security cluster in Wales - perhaps it will make a huge difference to the future of our Ecosystem.

See you all there!

Link to join the event remotely - Teams Invitation

Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - 5 September 2021

5th September 2021 | 12:00 - 13:30

Virtual Event

This webinar forms part of a series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

We look forward to being joined by some special guests at this session, including:-

  • City University College of Ajman
  • E M I Gate Holding
  • Cyber Wales
  • Q&A session with the speakers


The aim of these monthly meetings is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the Middle East to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.

Link to the event: Teams Session Link

Cyber Wales MESA Cluster - 1 August 2021

1st August 2021 | 12:00 - 13:30

Virtual Event

Cyber Wales Middle East Webinar Dedicated to UAE in Partnership with City University College of Ajman (CUCA)

Schedule

  • Date: 1st Aug 2021, Sunday
  • Starts: 12:00 pm UK Local Time (i.e. 3 pm UAE Local Time)
  • Ends: 1:30 pm UK Local Time (i.e. 4:30 pm UAE Local Time)
Program

The Theme of this Webinar is to bring together experts from Cyber Industry and Academia to discuss current and emerging Cyber Security Challenges including Continuity of Learning and Skill Development in Virtual Environments

The Cyber Wales is dedicating this Webinar to UAE in partnership with City University College of Ajman (CUCA) with the aim to bring together businesses, Academic Institutions, Public and Private Sectors to discuss how collectively we can ensure that we meet the present and future needs in terms of skills, education, and training for the Cyber Security Industry

As one of the UK Largest Cyber Ecosystem, our network of cyber professionals spans far and wide with the objective to bring our connections, alongside the experts, closer to you. Join in as we link Academics and industry experts to discuss the most prominent cyber security challenges currently being faced by businesses, governments and the everyday individuals coving topics including business resilience, IoT, child safety & security, and diversity and talent within the profession. Our webinar provides the opportunity to engage in real-time with our guest speakers to play a part in the conversation, prepare to be fully immersed in discussion bursting with informed perspectives and eye-opening insights. The future of the security of cyberspace is dependent on future generations who can operate safely and securely in online environments and young people who are inspired to contribute to cybersecurity as a lifelong career.

Synopsis

This webinar will focus on:

  • How cybersecurity awareness or digital literacy campaigns can both increase online safety and attract students to technology and cybersecurity-related careers
  • Approaches for introducing cybersecurity into educational curriculum, as focused courses, or as programs of study in Career Technical Education
  • Supporting “Opportunity Youth” to explore cybersecurity as an area of study or careers
  • The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
  • Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
  • Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
  • Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture These sessions are designed for people leading projects to transition back to business as usual and are particularly suitable for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers
  • Why Cyber Security Career Path matters
  • Cyber Security Financial Crimes
Examine the rationale for past and present education, training, and workforce approaches and apply critical analysis to future solutions. Many organizations are rethinking past practices and seeking to “stimulate innovation” as they transition to online learning and improvised work arrangements. This webinar will explore how to turn the lessons learned into systemic changes to improve cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development for the future. Join one of these webinar sessions presented by Cyber Wales aimed at schools and educational organisations and discover how cyber-attacks and ransomware are being used to target them

Our Guest Speakers will be
  • His Excellency Mr Masood Azizi, Consul General, Afghanistan Consulate Dubai and Northern Emirates
  • Mr Imran Khan, President of City University College of Ajman
  • Ms Fatima Al Kaabi (Chairperson EMI Gate Holding, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • Mr John Davies (Co-Founder and Chairman of Cyber Wales)
  • Mr Jason Davies (Co-Founder and Board Director of Cyber Wales)

Link to the event: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MjE0ZGEyZTktYzkzZi00OTgwLWI3NjctZTExYjhlNWViYzk2%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%226e731093-56aa-4563-95f3-c51895079c2f%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%221e60f196-c181-462c-9742-9fab0d4ef198%22%7d

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 20 July 2021

20th July 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

The first ever Cyber Wales event was the newly formed South Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting which ran in July 2014.

The meeting was officially opened by Dr Emma Philpott from the UK Cyber Security Forum who formally welcomed the new Cluster, the first open cluster to follow in the footsteps of the original Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, and spoke about some success stories of collaborative working in the Malvern Group.

The inaugural guest speaker was Professor Andrew Blyth from the University of South Wales who gave a very entertaining in-depth briefing on some of the forensics and vulnerability projects he has run for the police, GCHQ, government and private bodies in the university's multi-million pound security lab environment.

The meeting was hosted by Urquhart-Dykes & Lord and was attended by three prominent cyber companies namely Pervade Software, Westgate Cyber Security and Skybrid as well as representatives of the South Wales Police Cyber Crime Unit and Welsh Government's ICT Sector Team. Independent cyber security specialist consultants Meirion Morgan and Jeremy Creasey were also there as well as an organisation associated with the cyber community Thomas Carroll Group Plc who were creating cyber insurance cover. Yes, these were the 'Grand Originals' and anyone else who claims they were there is a liar :-).

From these small beginnings our amazing Cyber Wales Ecosystem has grown to become a globally recognised brand with almost 1,000 organisations collaborating and sharing best practice.

This morning, exactly 7 years after we started this journey, we had some fantastic news which is going to be a real game-changer for all of us!!!

At the risk of being a total tease, we - your 9 Cluster Managers - would like to share this news with you at the All Wales Cluster meeting on Tuesday.

We will take some time to reminisce about the highs and lows from last 7 years, let you know what has changed as of this morning, then turn our attention to a very bright future full of new possibilities.

Please come and join us next week and all will be revealed.

See you all there!

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/908950261

Cyber Wales MoU signing with City University College Ajman - July 2021

15th July 2021 | 11:00 - 12:00

Virtual Event

The agenda for the session includes:-

Guest Speaker(s)
Mr Imran Khan (President of CUCA) - Brief introduction of himself and the importance of Partnership (Maximum 3 to 5 minutes)
Mr John Davies (Co-Founder and Chairman of Cyber Wales) - Brief introduction of yourself and the importance of Partnership (Maximum 3 to 5 minutes

Virtual Signing
Both Mr Imran Khan and Homn Col Mr John Davies will signing the document in presence of all attendees and show virtually the signing document to everyone

After Virtual Signing Guest Speaker, Mr Jason Davies introduction about the Cyber Wales Ecosystem and the important of Education & Training and skills growth in cyber

Closing remarks - Faheem Azhar

Please note the below given Microsoft Team Invite link to join the virtual Ceremonial Event. This will be a recorded session

This webinar forms part of a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

The aim of sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the Middle East to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.

Link to the event: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZDM1Y2NjMDktMDM0Zi00MDIzLTlmMjMtMzRiZmM3OTg0YTMz%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%226e731093-56aa-4563-95f3-c51895079c2f%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%221e60f196-c181-462c-9742-9fab0d4ef198%22%7d

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 14 July 2021

14th July 2021 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

The CTF Cluster is honoured to welcome Jim Manico, a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation, to join our July meeting.

Jim is the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He is also an investor/advisor for Nucleus Security, BitDiscovery, Secure Circle and Inspectiv. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices, is a member of the Java Champion community, and is the author of "Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications" from Oracle Press.

Jim also volunteers for the OWASP foundation as the project lead for the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard and the OWASP Cheatsheet Series. For more information, see https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmanico.

Title: Request Forgery on the Web - SSRF, CSRF and Clickjacking
This technical talk on various forms of request forgery is meant for the software developer who needs to build secure software. Cross-Site Request Forgery, or CSRF, will allow an attacker to trick a user into submitting a transaction they never intended to submit. This attack-type requires very specialized defense.

We will discuss various historical CSRF attacks and investigate a wide range of defensive strategies such as nonce tokens, SameSite cookies, and the double-cookie submit pattern. SSFF is a direct attacker category meant to trick your servers into making additional requests than never intended to.

Clickjacking is a way to trick users into taking actions and entering data into one site while another is collecting those events. We will be helping developers stop forgery on the web in this talk!

If you'd like to learn more about this truly inspiring cyber leader then have a listen to this interview with Jim for The Secure Developer Podcast published on HeavyBit. He is described in this interview as "definitely one of the more noise-making well-known figures in the world of application security".

If you'd like a better idea of Jim's courageaous and outspoken approach to cyber security, then have a read of this amazing open letter that Jim wrote to President Obama in 2015!

We are obviously chuffed to bits that Jim is being so supportive of our efforts to provide a welcoming environment for all abilities to come and learn more about cyber. Rather than our usual high-level overviews, this meeting is an opportunity to learn more detailed techniques and approaches from one of our industry's top international educators.

See you all there!

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/935027925

EIC Cybersecurity Webinar - 6 July 2021

6th July 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00

Online Event

As the energy and utilities industries are digitalising their assets globally, coupled with the expanding reach of Big Data, the OT & IT infrastructure are becoming increasingly vulnerable and exposed to cybersecurity risks such as Phishing, Ransomware, Malware more than ever before.

The Middle East region has always been a strategic target for cyber attacks and 50% of these attacks are on the energy industry.

Hear more from EIC member companies on the typical cyber challenges & security threats they help companies to mitigate diligently in the energy industry using their services.

Benefits of attending:

  • Gain a better understanding of some of the common cyber security threats in the Middle East region, trends in the market.
  • Understand why cyber security is increasingly important to the energy industry and what steps are the companies taking to secure themselves and remain unaffected.
  • Understand the benefits of EIC Membership for companies in the space of cyber security
  • Hear business presentations from leading companies in the industry followed by a "Speedy Networking" session.
Event Sponsorship
Should you be interested in sponsoring this event please contact my colleague Baqhtawar Shaikh to find out about the packages available.

Webinar details & timings
Tuesday 6th July
13:00 - 14:00 UAE Time (10:00 - 11:00 UK BST time)
Free to attend for EIC Members
AED 100 +VAT for Non EIC Members

This cost-effective opportunity allows organisations to speak to their audience using our GoToWebinar and social media platforms, opening endless opportunities.
  • Company logo to feature on the holding slides during the webinar
  • Feature on EIC marketing emails which has the potential to reach over 40,000 energy contacts globally
  • Be addressed in the introduction opening and closing remarks
  • Company bio and contact details to be included in the e-vent
For full details of all benefits and for further information, contact Baqhtawar Shaikh

Data Privacy Cluster - 6 July 2019

6th July 2021 | 16:00 - 17:00

Webinar

Hi everyone,

The Data Privacy Cluster is resuming meetings and we are expanding our special interest areas to include Data Governance and Ethics.

The first meeting back will be held on Tuesday 6 July at 16:00 for an hour and will be run as a GoToMeeting session.

As Clusters Leads, we are looking forward to presenting our rationale for the evolution of the Cluster to include:

  • The Inclusion of governance frameworks such as Cyber Essentials, ISO2001 etc. which will help give context to how to implement security controls to protect data.
  • Understanding of risk and how it effects the organisation (i.e., Third party risk up and down the supply chain, remote working etc.)
  • Ethics of security and governance (i.e., dealing with the board and stakeholders, political impact internal and external)
  • Asking members to come forward with their stories of journeys into governance to support the DPA.
In addition, we will of course be continuing to give updates on industry news, advice and guidance on key topics and maybe even a shoulder to cry on, in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Gentle reminder… the cluster is not a spring-board for sales pitches or flag-waving about products or services so please help us to keep it vendor neutral.

As a cluster we want to continue to educate businesses, individuals and ourselves not only about data privacy but also about governance, risk and compliance.

We’d love to see you all there – https://businessbutleruk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tioowqlURh6QfLyo6gLIwg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Point in Time Notice for Cyber Wales invite
Given that members of Cyber Wales and participants at Cyber Wales events will have provided their personal data for the purpose of being informed about and possibly being involved in Cyber Wales' activities, we believe that we have the right to process the personal data previously provided to satisfy those purposes and will rely on this “legitimate interest” as the legal basis for processing personal data until you ask us to stop. We will not process the personal data for any other purpose and we further believe that members reasonably expect us to process their data and communicate with them in this way.


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By registering for this Cyber Wales event, you will be providing your personal details. You may be a member of Cyber Wales or a participant of this Cyber Wales event. These details will not be used for the purpose of providing the Webinar. Zoom's Privacy Notice is found here https://zoom.us/privacy . We will not process the personal data for any other purpose. The legal basis we use for this processing is “Legitimate Interest”.


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Explore export opportunities in key Southern European markets

The Department for International Trade are bringing together Commercial Officers from seven key Southern European markets to meet with Tech and Clean Growth companies based in the Devolved Administrations.

If you have a solution related to Fintech, Legaltech, Insurtech, Proptech, Medtech, Agritech, Edtech, Cyber, Sustainable Consumption, Waste Management, E-Vehicles or Renewable Energy, join this mission to learn about Southern European markets and explore business opportunities!

25 Commercial Officers will give an insight into the current export opportunities and offer guidance into their markets.

Southern European markets

  • Cyprus
  • France
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Spain
Why take part? This is a great opportunity for companies from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to showcase their products or services with Commercial Officers to forge ongoing relationships with Southern European markets.

How can you benefit from this event?

We have a dedicated booking portal for this roadshow to allow you to request and book 1-2-1 virtual meetings throughout the week with our Commercial Officers. The system will allow all participants, both companies and Commercial Officers, to request and receive meeting submissions.

Once your registration has been approved, we will send you some further guidance on how to use the platform and what to expect in the lead up to the event. However, we would encourage you to contact us if you have questions at any stage.

Please note: Only 1 representative from each company is eligible to register.

CyTReC Cybercrime Roundtable - 23 June 2021

23rd June 2021 | 11:30 - 13:00

Online Event

It is my pleasure to invite you to the upcoming virtual [Zoom] roundtable session on Wednesday June 23rd, entitled “Cybercrime: Improving Victim Support and Resilience” (11:30-13:00 BST). Join us virtually at the Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC), for a roundtable discussion with some fantastic national and international speakers to:

  • Identify and exchange knowledge on existing strategies, best practices and tools for supporting victims and building resilience against the impacts of cyber and ‘hybrid’ crimes.
  • Discuss creative ideas for new strategies, solutions and tools which may help practitioners to support victims, or victims to help themselves.
  • Further the policy and research agendas on responding to victimisation.
Speakers
  • Prof. Cassandra Cross (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Claire Perrin (Cyber Protect Officer, South Wales Police)
  • Ricardo Estrela (Operational Manager at the Safer Internet Helpline, APAV - Victim Support Portugal)
  • Dr. Tarek Sharif (Executive Secretary, AFRIPOL)
  • Tom Edwards (Area Manager Wales, Victim Support)
  • Co-chairs: Sara Correia & Dr. Nnenna Ifeanyi-Ajufo (School of Law, Swansea University).
Panellists will provide unique insights on the strengths and limitations of current responses to cybercrime victimisation, as well as recommendations on how to improve the victim response. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to contribute their opening remarks, followed by a roundtable discussion, audience contributions and Q&A.

Register for this free event, share with colleagues who may be interested in attending and join the conversation on Twitter at #cytrec! Registration link: https://bit.ly/3bODhm7

ADS Welsh Industry Briefing - 22 June 2021

22nd June 2021 | 10:00 - 11:45

Online Event

This briefing is for Welsh businesses of all sizes, who are interested in entering and growing their share of the defence market, here and overseas.

The session will highlight the current UK defence and overseas and export opportunities for Welsh industry including major MOD contracts. Learn more about the UK Government regulation reform for defence and security procurement and single source contracts, which will improve the speed of acquisition and ensure innovation and productivity is incentivised.

In March 2021, the Ministry of Defence’s Defence and Security Industrial Strategy was presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Defence. The strategy will see industry, government and academia working ever closer together to drive research, enhance investment and promote innovation.

In addition to Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Armed Forces personnel, defence alone already supports over 200,000 UK jobs directly and indirectly, and tens of thousands of apprentices.

The MOD will invest more than £85-billion over the next four years in defence equipment and support, and are determined to deliver not just for the Armed Forces but for the whole of the UK.

AGENDA

  • Welcome address from Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Economy
  • Welcome from Elaine Choules, Welsh Government and John Whalley, CEO, Aerospace Wales
  • Defence Overview – Caroline Donaghy, ADS Defence Director
  • UK defence opportunities – Simon Levy, ADS Head of UK Defence Business Development
  • Overseas and export opportunities – Brinley Salzmann, ADS Director of Overseas & Export
  • Q&A session
  • UKEF update – Andy Mannix, Export Finance Manager
  • UKDSC update – Samira Braund, Interim CEO
  • MOD update – John Kite, Def Comrcl Strategic Supplier Mgt – Supply Chain Dev TL
  • Q&A session
  • Closing Remarks


All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 15 June 2021

15th June 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

It's all about SKILLS at this month's All Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting.

Up-Skilling, Cross-Skilling, Re-Skilling, Skills Transfer, the Skills Gap, the Skills Shortage and Cyber Skills Frameworks.

We are going to explore this broad, deep and thorny area of cyber and discuss some of the key issues facing the people and organisations in the industry.

Our guest speaker is from NCSC's Cyber First Skills Team and will be giving us an update on how the various schemes and programmes are doing.

Wales now has a large contingent of Cyber First Ambassadors and we will also hear from one of those Ambassadors who will be able to share some the challenges and successes of our efforts to grow the cyber talent pool in Wales.

Also, "UKC3" the 'UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration' group is launching as we speak. We heard from Richard Yorke, Chair of UKC3, at our March meeting when he gave a presentation on the new Cluster Governance Framework and we will be sharing some very exciting news about this new group which will help all of the Cyber Clusters in Wales!

IN addition, this quarter we have seen the first new Knowledge Areas being 'released for consultation' for CyBOK. This is a comprehensive Cyber Body of Knowledge to inform and underpin education and professional training for the cyber security sector. The CyBOK project aims to bring cyber security into line with the more established sciences by distilling knowledge from major internationally-recognised experts to form a Cyber Security Body of Knowledge that will provide much-needed foundations for this emerging topic.

The CyBOK in Practice virtual showcase event took place on the 2nd of March and was a resounding success, with over 200 attendees. Delegates came from academia, government and other public sector organisations including the NHS and law enforcement, as well as a from a wide range of educational and training bodies, industry, IT firms, consultancies and financial institutions. Delegates enjoyed a variety of presentations, including several CyBOK use cases to highlight how CyBOK can be used in both the professional and academic community. For example: Using CyBOK in the NCSC Cyber Security Degree Certification Programme; and NCSC Certified Training and Government Cyber Security Roles.

So, with the applications of the CyBOK constantly growing, we will also be hearing from Yulia Cherdantseva, Cybersecurity Skills Lead at Cardiff University who is a member of the CyBOK Executive Board.

We will go through the Knowledge Areas and explore how this framework can help with the classification and development of cyber skills.

See you all there!

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/952488333

DASA Industry Awareness Event - 10 June 2021

10th June 2021 | 12:00 - 13:30

Online Event

Industry Awareness Event – Integrated Review Artificial Intelligence Overview.

Defence Science & Technology, Dstl and Crown Commercial Services are jointly holding an industry event on June 10th 2021 from 12pm – 1:30pm.

Following the Integrated Review earlier this year, there have been mandates for new research projects issued by DST across a number of technical areas, including Artificial Intelligence. Although planning against these mandates is at a very early stage, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the themes that are emerging. We hope that this event will provide you with some of the high level technical context.

In addition, we plan to highlight some of the commercial routes that may be used to place this work with the supplier community over the coming months, and years. We are keen to grow the Defence and Security AI supply base and will be driving this in a unified way, alongside our colleagues in Crown Commercial Services. To register for the event, please follow the link to the EventBrite page here.

Regards, Andrew Peaty CEng MIET
Innovation Partner
Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)
E: [email protected]

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 9 June 2021

9th June 2021 | Attend InfoSec instead!

Webinar

We cannot possibly compete with the virtual running of Europe's pre-eminent cyber security event - InfoSec - so we urge you all to attend their You Tube sessions and we will see you next month.

Cyber Wales MESA Cluster - 6 June 2021

6th June 2021 | 13:00 - 14:30

Virtual Event

The theme for our session this month is Cybersecurity in LegalTech and we will be joined by special guests from Wales and Afghanistan to discuss this important topic.

LegalTech is developing at pace and companies that harness it will have a distinct competitive advantage. During this webinar our Honourable and Respected Guest Speakers (Member of Governments, Cyber Security Industry Experts, Academic Institutions and LegalTech advisors) will be giving us an insider view on how the world is migrating from traditional legal System to utilising legal tech solutions, and what next steps in-house legal teams can take to reap benefits. With the global digitalization and transformation, the Digital and Technology is set up to change the way that people access and use justice services and to establish and achieve a Safe, Secure and Resilient cyber space for the government, businesses and citizens of Afghanistan

The mission is to protect and assure data, information and IT infrastructure security in Afghanistan’s cyberspace, enhance capacities to prevent and response to cyber threats, protect the children and youth of Afghanistan in cyberspace, mitigate the risk of vulnerability, damage from cyber threats and incidents through a variety of standardized institutional structures, policies, procedures, people, technologies and administrative process. Our goal to speak about the best practices that will make the justice system simpler and quicker while saving public money.

Our Guest Speakers are:-

  • His Excellency Mr Ahmad Masood Latif Rai, Deputy Minister of Policy and Program
  • His Excellency Mr Mukhtarullah Mukhtar, Deputy Ambassador and Minister Counsellor Afghanistan Embassy to the United Kingdom
  • Honoured Guest, Ministry of Justice Afghanistan
  • Mr Ahad Mirbacha, Trade and Investment Adviser, Department of International Trade, British Embassy in Afghanistan
  • Mr Stefano Barazza, Senior Lecturer - Law, Swansea University
  • Hon Col Mr John Davies, Co-Founder and Chairman of Cyber Wales
We will also hear an announcement about this year's Afghanistan Hackathon which will be an online event for the first time. This online model will provide innovators from all over the country the opportunity to participate in identifying innovative solutions for different technical challenges that emerged as a result of the pandemic, along with other challenges and tracks which will help shape the future of the Afghanistan in the next 10 years.

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing and are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers.

To join our Cyber Security Cluster, please click on the below given Microsoft Team Invite link:-
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All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 18 May 2021

18th May 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

An innovative partnership between the police, private sector and academia was launched on the 29th April in Wales to help businesses protect themselves against cybercrime.

The Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales has been funded by the National Police Chiefs’ Council National Cybercrime Programme, which secured £2million of government funding to establish a network on Cyber Resilience Centres (CRCs) across the UK to provide businesses and organisations with an affordable way to access cyber security services and consultancy to help protect themselves from attack.

The Centre will generate income through the supply of a broad mix of products and services. It is a not-for-profit organisation which means all revenue generated will be invested back into helping to keep businesses across Wales safe.

Core Membership is free and provides businesses with access to a range of resources and tools to help them identify risks and vulnerabilities, as well as providing guidance on the steps they can take to increase their levels of protection. The centre will have physical locations in both the north and the south of Wales to allow for easy access for local business.

The centre is headed up by Director Paul Peters, who is a Temporary Detective Superintendent seconded to the centre. Paul has worked closely with businesses across Wales to raise awareness of cyber threats and secure funding from Welsh Government to implement Cyber Protect initiatives across Wales.

Paul also attended the first ever Cyber Security Cluster meeting in Wales back in 2014 and has been a proactive member of the Cyber Wales ecosystem ever since.

At this month's meeting we will be joined by Paul and his colleague Mike Preston, a Detective Inspector who has seen firsthand the serious harm which can be caused by cybercrime and will be managing the WCRC with Paul.

We will hear about how the Centre is being run with input from an Advisory Board, a network of Trusted Partner cyber firms, a Cyber Expert Group of volunteers and selected up-and-coming Cyber Students.

This is a terrific opportunity to explore the ideas and aspirations of this innovative new Centre and find out how the cyber community in Wales can help the team to help support and protect businesses and third sector organisations in the country against cyber-crime.

See you all there!

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/690466301

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 12 May 2021

12th May 2021 | Attend CYBERUK instead!

Webinar

We cannot possibly compete with the NCSC's Flagship Event - CYBERUK - so we urge you all to attend their You Tube sessions and we will see you next month.

NCSC CYBERUK ONLINE - 11 May 2021

11 May 2021 | Two Full Days

Webinar

CYBERUK 2021 ONLINE is taking place on 11-12 May and will feature an inspiring mix of keynote and panel sessions run live across two days, as well as a selection of pre-recorded content from the NCSC and our sponsors for you to watch in your own time on our branded CYBERUK You Tube channel.

What is CYBERUK?

In its physical form, CYBERUK is attended by 2,500 delegates and is the authoritative event for the UK's cyber security community. It demonstrates what we can do together as teams, as departments and as organisations to deliver a digital United Kingdom that leads the world in cyber resilience.

CYBERUK is an opportunity for the cyber security community to meet, discuss business needs, review the changing threat landscape and clarify their responsibilities.

CYBERUK events have a reputation for their energy, informality and ability to break down barriers. In 2021, participants from different sectors have the chance to virtually interact and collaborate online to solve real world problems.

Who should attend?

Strategy & Leadership Community: This event is attended by those with overall responsibility for cyber security in government departments and across central and wider government. There will also be a strong industry presence from across the UK and worldwide.

Cyber Security Professionals: Attendees will also include technology and cyber security professionals at all levels from across the public sector, Critical National Infrastructure and industry. All those who work in technology, digital security, procurement and data will come together and share the cyber security challenges they all face.

Day One Tuesday 11th May

  • 09:15-10:45 Opening Plenary - Day one
    * Welcome & introduction: Lindy Cameron, CEO, NCSC
    * Keynote: Jeremy Fleming, Director, GCHQ
    * Industry Keynote: Speaker Adam Palser, Ollie Whitehouse, NCC Group
    * Fireside Chat: Sudhakar Ramakrishna, CEO, SolarWinds and Paul Chichester, Director of Operations, NCSC
    * Panel Discussion: Lindy Cameron, Paul Chichester & Dr. Ian Levy, NCSC
  • 11:00-12:00 Supporting the development of secure connected places - a conversation
    Connected Places, often known as ‘Smart Cities’, can use data and interconnected systems to benefit the environment, increase efficiency and improve services. Gathering, processing and using this data can, however, create risks to privacy and, potentially, safety. This session, chaired by DCMS, will bring together those involved in the development, deployment and security of Connected Places for a discussion of the varied opportunities and risks presented by such environments.
  • 12:00-13:00 Professionalising cyber security: Building a firm foundation in education and skills
    The provision of education and skills development in the UK is extensive, with a variety of organisations and bodies providing courses and professional certifications that are relevant to cyber security. The Initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy document, outlined the need for a new, independent body to lay the structural foundations of the cyber security profession.
    Key to this ambition to professionalise the cyber security skills sector is the creation of the UK Cyber Security Council, a self-regulatory body for the industry that will serve as the voice for the profession and a focal point for education, training, skills and ethics in the sector.
    Bringing together speakers from the Council’s leadership, industry and government the panel will address key questions and issues affecting the sector today that will be focus areas for the Council.
    Moderator: Dr Ian Levy
    * Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure
    * Dr Claudia Natanson, Chair -Board of Trustees, UK Cyber Security Council
    * Andrew Elliot, DD Cyber Security Innovation and Skills, DCMS
    * Virginia Hodge, Director, Heron Associates
    * Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Cyber Skills and Growth, NCSC
  • 13:15-13:30 Ministerial address (tbc)
  • 13:45-14:30 Developments in Active Cyber Defence
    This session will focus on key ACD tools & services developed particularly in support of the UK COVID-19 response including:
    * Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS)
    * The NCSC Takedown Service
    * Early Warning
    * Logging Made Easy
    * Vulnerability Disclosure Toolkit
    * Exercise in a Box (EiaB)
    * MyNCSC
  • 14:30-15:30 Protecting consumer accounts: The role organisations play
    We will hear from industry representatives about the steps that are being taken to secure accounts – both behind the scenes to minimise the security burden on consumers and through the provision of empowering security advice communicated directly to consumers. This will be discussed against the backdrop of the evolving online threat to consumers as we explore the real world impact that cyber crime and cyber-enabled fraud is having on victims.
    Moderator: Nicola Hudson, Director Policy and Communications, NCSC
    * Kate Bevan, Editor, Which? Computing
    * Kevin Brown, Managing Director, BT Security
    * George Mudie, CISO, ASOS
    * Andrew Gould, Detective Chief Superintendent City of London Police
  • 15:45-16:30 Raising the bar across the UK – The economic and security impact of the Cyber Essentials scheme
    Focussing on Cyber Essentials and the impact it can have – both from a security and economic perspective. A case study of a women's refuge centre will be used to illustrate the importance of Cyber Essentials in the charity sector, where there may be a low technical understanding but high levels of threat. The growing ecosystem of local cyber security businesses across the UK driven by Cyber Essentials will also be explored.
  • 16:45-17:45 Protecting the NHS from ransomware during Covid-19
    We will close the first day of the event with a panel which takes a look back at the increased threat to health from ransomware during Covid 19. The panel will discuss the national collaboration between NCSC, NHSX, and NHS Digital as well as hear a local perspective on protecting the NHS and consider the local impact of national work.
    Paul Maddinson, Director Resilience and Strategy, NCSC
    * Ian McCormack, NCSC
    * Karen Dooley DD Cyber Security NHSX
    * Neil Bennett, NHS Digital
    * Steven Chilton, University Hospital Birmingham
Day Two Wednesday 12th May

  • 10:00-10:45 Opening Plenary – Day two
    * Welcome & review of Day One: Lindy Cameron, CEO, NCSC
    * The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State
    * John Lambert - Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center
  • 11:15-12:00 How do you solve a problem like cyber security for consumer devices? 'Secure by Design'
    Securing the landscape of consumer internet-connected devices is complex. It involves a multifaceted and pragmatic approach that can iterate over time, bringing together governments, standard bodies, industry and the security research community. In this session, the UK government will provide an insight into its Secure by Design programme of work, including an update on the proposed regulatory approach, the new European Standard on IoT security and the role of assurance schemes in implementation and compliance.
    The consumer association Which? and a representative of both Arm and the IoT Security Foundation will provide an insight into what more could and is being done, beyond legislation, to secure the devices of the future. <\li>
  • 12:15-13:00 Oh that was clever! When even jaded incident responders are impressed
    Join the NCSC’s Tech Director for Incident Management for a tour of some of the interesting technical aspects that have exercised (and perhaps grudgingly impressed) our incident management team over the last year. Unsurprisingly, there will be a lot of discussion of UNC2452 this year!
  • 13:15-14:00 Accelerating and Securing Cyber Innovation and Growth
    Alumni companies from the NCSC’s Cyber Accelerator programme will share their experiences of being a start-up in the UK, talking about the ups and downs and the support they have received to give a deeper understanding of their personal journeys. Chaired by NCSC’s DD Cyber Skills & Growth, Chris Ensor, they will also be joined on the panel by Andrew Elliot, DD Cyber Security Innovation and Skills at DCMS, who will talk about what the UK Government is doing to ‘build back better’ and an NCSC representative who will talk about the new start-up guidance launched in May 2021 and how this ties to the National Security and Investment Bill.
  • 14:00-15:00 In conversation with…
    * Emily Taylor, Chatham House, faciliates a conversation between:
    * Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, White House
    * Beth Sizeland, Deputy National Security Advisor
    * Lindy Cameron, CEO, NCSC
  • 15:30-16:30 Ransomware, the risk to schools and ways to prevent it
    This session which is being run by NCSC and the Department for Education will focus on ransomware, following a recent spate of ransomware attacks against the education sector. There will be an overview of ransomware and an exploration of how to back-up school data, and the NCSC Incident Management team will talk about managing a ransomware incident in a school or trust, ending with a high-level panel discussion on cyber resilience in the education sector.
  • 16:30-17:35 Emerging cyber trends – the expert view
    This closing panel will reflect on the content shared over the two days at CYBERUK 2021 ONLINE. Panellists will take the opportunity to look back at recent cyber trends; consider what cyber challenges may face us in the coming years; and what we can do collectively to tackle these threats.
    Moderator: Eleanor Fairford, Deputy Director, NCSC
    * Paul Chichester, Director of Operations, NCSC
    * Dr. Ian Levy, Technical Director, NCSC
    * Graeme Biggar, Director General National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), National Crime Agency
On Demand content

The following content will be available to view on demand from 11 May onwards:
  • Refreshing the 10 Steps To Cyber Security
  • Understanding Cyber Crises - Sarah Backman
  • Cyber Security for Small Organisations
  • Securing the Future: Emerging Technology and Futures Literacy
  • Preparing the UK for a Secure Future in Quantum Technology
  • Industry discuss their experiences and benefits of being part of the NCSC’s CyberFirst programme
  • How to make a difference locally
*Please note this agenda is subject to change

See you all there!

Cyber Wales MESA Cluster - 2 May 2021

2nd May 2021 | 09:00 - 10:30

Virtual Event

This webinar forms part of a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the Middle East & South Asia Region.

The aim of our sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East & South Asia Region on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers and the agenda for the session will include:-

09:00 - Opening & Introductions from Mr Faheem Azhar, Cyber Wales Steering Group Member and International Strategic Advisor

09:10 – Honourable Guest Speaker, Mr SM Jakaria Huq, Commercial Counsellor to the Bangladesh High Commission to the United Kingdom

09:20 – Mr Md Imtiaz Hussain, Secretary General of Bangladesh Wales Chamber of Commerce

09:30 – Mr Ifty Islam, CEO Pathfinder

09:40 – Hon Col Mr John Davies, Co-Founder and Chairman of Cyber Wales

10:00 - The talks will be followed by Questions & Answers and an open discussion on the topics covered in this webinar.

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of Bangladesh and Broader Region to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cybercrime.

To join our Cyber Security Cluster, please click on the below given Microsoft Team Invite link:-
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Cardiff University Annual Cyber Lecture Series - 28 April 2021

28th April 2021 | 15:30 - 18:00

Online Event

On Wednesday 28th April, Cardiff University will be launching the Cardiff University Cyber Lecture Series, a joint event series organised by the Cardiff University Innovation Network and Cardiff University's Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

Hosted by Cardiff University Honorary Professor Kevin Jones, Airbus, Chief Information Security Officer, the inaugural event of this series will take place virtually. This free, open to all webinar will feature internationally renowned experts who are thought leaders in the field of cybersecurity. Through lectures and panel discussions, the series will stimulate collaborative thinking on new and emerging cyber threats, trends and technologies.

Featuring leading global figures, alongside University cyber leads, this event will take place in the lead up to the UK's foremost cyber conference, CyberUK, the NCSC's flagship event. The Cardiff University Cyber Lecture Series forms a major event of the Welsh cyber ecosystem calendar, highlighting the growing cyber strength of Cardiff University and the region.

Format

Date: Wednesday 28th April
Time: 3.30pm-5.30pm
Post Event Virtual Networking: 5:35pm – 6:05pm
Platform: Zoom
Chair: Dr Kevin Jones, Airbus CISO

Confirmed speakers; Paul Chichester, Director of Operations, NCSC, Fabien Lecoq, CTSO, Sopra Steria, Helen Rabe, Global CISO, Abcam, Vinny Hoxha, Deputy CISO, General Motors and Professor Pete Burnap Director of the Centre for Cybersecurity Research with an opening address delivered by Professor Colin Riordan, President and Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University.

ECSO Cyber Investor Days - Deadline: 26 April 2021

26th April 2021 | 09:00 - 17:00

Virtual Event

I am happy to share the news that the 9th edition of the ECSO’s Cyber Investor Days will take place on 15-16 June in Porto and is organised together with the National Cybersecurity Centre of Portugal (CNCS), ScaleUp Porto, Bright Pixel, Maxive and S21sec.

We joined our forces to support the growth of European cybersecurity start-ups and SMEs by providing them access-to-market and access-to-finance opportunities. I would also like to emphasise that this edition focuses on the growth stage companies and they are encouraged to apply.

Building on the success of the all-virtual events held in May and December last year, the 9th Cyber Investor Days will be organised as a virtual event too, allowing remote attendance. We believe that this is a great opportunity not-to-be-missed.

Key information:

The application process for start-ups and SMEs has been launched and is open until Monday, 26 April, midnight CET. More information is available on our website: https://www.ecs-org.eu/newsroom/9th-cyber-investor-days.

The official registration for corporates and investors is available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/9th-cyber-investor-days-tickets-147816155099.

We look forward to seeing as many applications as possible

With my best regards, Milda Kaklauskaitė
E-mail: [email protected]

Cyber Wales and UN World Food Programme Cyber in Aviation Workshop

This unique workshop will see the United Nations World Food Programme Security & Safety Team working with members of the Cyber Wales ecosystem to explore the cyber threats associated with the extensive aviation operations carried out every single day in more than 20 countries around the world.

  • 12:00 - Opening Speech: Faheem Azhar (Moderator Cyber Wales)
  • 12:05 - Honourable Guest: Captain Samir Sajet (Chief Regional Aviation Safety Officer, MENA & Asia Region, UN WFP
    Topic: Increase in Cyber related Challenges & to Fight Against Cyber Crime in a Connected World
  • 12:15 - GMT Special Guest: Hon Col Mr John Davies, Co-Founder and Chairman of Cyber Wales
    Topic: The "Must Do's" of Cyber Security a Best Practice Framework developed by Cyber Wales which helps identify exactly what threats an organisation is facing, explore systems and technologies required to mitigate those threats and suggest the training and governance that would create the best cyber secure culture
  • 12:45 - Special Guest Speaker : Mr Nick Lambe (Managing Director Carnet Systems
    Topic: Digital Bio Security in the Era of Pandemic
  • 13:15 - Questions & Answers Session
  • 13:45 - Closing Speech: Overview of Cyber Wales, UK by Hon Col Mr John Davies
  • 14:00 - Session ends


All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 20 April 2021

20th April 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

Swansea University has launched a new £5.6m initiative within the University’s Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law (where we have run a number of Cyber Wales Cluster meetings over the years) called the Legal Innovation Lab Wales

The operation is a transformative research and development facility that supports collaboration between law firms, technology companies and security organisations, encouraging innovation in LegalTech, access to justice, and counterterrorism.

The Lab seeks to:-

  • Drive the development of a vibrant LegalTech sector in Wales;
  • Support the development of toolkits that enhance the business of law and access to justice, and
  • Enable the development of technological platforms and frameworks to support counterterrorism and security.

Supported by researchers and an in-house software development team, Legal Innovation Lab Wales encourages collaboration between academia, law firms, technology companies and other organisations.

Ben Riseborough, Project Manager at Legal Innovation Lab, will open with a couple of slides detailing the Legal Innovation Lab Wales project as a whole.

Stefano Barazza, Senior Lecturer of Law who has provided IP training for the staff of the UK Intellectual Property Office, will follow up with more information on the LegalTech side of things.

Sara Correia, Lecturer in Cyber Threats with research interests in Cybercrime, Fraud, Victimisation and Fear of Crime (who has been part of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem since it first began) will talk about the Cyber threats research centre.

As well as giving an overview of their activities, the team will include information on actual collaborations that they have already entered into with external partners, in order to showcase some examples of the kind of projects they are looking for.

If you have an idea for a new product or service that might support access to justice, legal services or the cyber threats work, the team would love to hear from you so pop along and join the session to find out more.



Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 14 April 2021

14th April 2021 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

In an effort to put our CTF'ing skills to good use, we are currently on a bit of a journey through the treasure trove of skills and techniques that are required to gain the internationally recognised Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification.

The OCSP training and exam typically covers the below topics:

  • Kali Linux Intro (inc command line, common tools and bash scripting)
  • Passive and active recon methods
  • Finding and understanding vulnerabilities
  • Web application attacks (inc OWASP Top 10)
  • Buffer overflow attacks
  • Client-side attacks
  • Working with exploits
  • Defence evasion
  • Privilege escalation
  • Password attacks (inc cracking and brute forcing)
  • Port redirection and tunnelling
  • Exploitation frameworks
For more information on the OSCP certification and the type of content we will be covering visit this link: https://www.offensive-security.com/pwk-oscp/

In our March meeting we explored Injection Attacks. Explaining and demonstrating exactly what SQL Injection is, how it works and showing how easy it is to prevent, which raised some discussion about why so few web site developers actually take the time to protect sites from this critical weakness.

For our April meeting we will be deep-diving into the dark art of Cross Site Scripting, which is a branch of injection but definitely one worth exploring in detail.

So, if you are thinking of using your CTF skills and knowledge to gain some industry qualifications, such as OSCP, then feel free to join in with the next Cyber Wales CTF Cluster session.

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/696820405

Cyber Education & Training Cluster - 13 April 2021

13th April 2021 | 13:00 - 15:00

CYBER EDUCATION IN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC – REFLECTION AND LOOKING AHEAD

Over the last 12 months the world has had to quickly adapt to a changing and challenging environment. As people were encouraged to work from home, so the cyber threat increased and cyber security took on an increased prominence.

But what has lockdown meant for cyber education? What were the challenges in delivering cyber education in an online environment and what does the future hold?

Join us at our next event on Tuesday the 13th to hear from a great panel of speakers including:

  • University of South Wales – hear first hand how USW delivered its cyber security program during the pandemic
  • Glyndwr University - who converted all of their cyber courses into a wide range of digital media to deliver a blended learning experience for students
  • Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - who have extended their regular sessions to schools, colleges and universities and have developed a learning platform called the Cyber Wales Interactive Range (CyWIR) to provide organisations in Wales a platform where they can run their own learning content to their own audiences. This platform was also used to run the Inspire Skills Wales CTF Competition in which college students from all over Wales showed off their skills in a bid to be selected for Team GB at the upcoming WorldSkills Competition in Singapore.
  • Shri Mr Ramachandru Tejavath, IIT, IIM-A, Rtd IAS and Special Representative, Government of Telangana State India (Cabinet Minister Rank), and Member of Governing Body of Global Cyber Security Forum, India
  • Ms Nomvuyiso Batyi, Head of Presidential Commission Strategic Implementation Plan - 4IR Project Management Office in the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, South Africa

See you all there.

Link to the event: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/376428949

Cyber Wales Cluster in the Middle East - 6 April 2021

6th April 2021 | 14:00 - 15:30

Virtual Event

This webinar forms part of a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE, the Middle East & Broader Region.

We are proud to mark the 50th Anniversary of Bangladesh Independence Day 2021 on 26 March with a formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Cyber Wales and the Bangladesh eGovernment CIRT.

The aim of our sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East & Broader Region on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers and the agenda for the session will include:-

*Recorded session
**GMT/UTC (Time Zone)

14:00 - Opening & Introductions from Mr Faheem Azhar, Cyber Wales Steering Group Member and Strategic Advisor for the UAE & the Middle East Region, and Mr John Davies, Co-Founder & Chair of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

14:10 – Bangladesh High Commission, United Kingdom Short Speech

14:20 – Bangladesh eGovernment CIRT, Mr Tarique Barkatullah (Project Director) Short Speech

14:25 – Cyber Wales, Mr John Davies (Co-Founder and Chairman) Short Speech

14:30 – Witnessing of the Virtual Signing of the MoU between Cyber Wales and Bangladesh eGovernment CIRT

14:35 – Ms Hoda A Alkhzaimi, President at the Emirates Digital Association for Women, Director of Centre for Cyber Security and interdisciplinary Studies (New York University Abu Dhabi) and Director of Research and Development in Science and Defence (UAE Government Entity.
Topic: The Importance of Emerging Cryptographic Technology in Reinstating the Global Security

14:45 – Captain Samir Sajet, Chief Region Aviation Safety Officer, MENA and Asia Region, United Nations - World Food Program
Topic: The Aviation Cyber Threat Landscape

14:55 – Mr Abhishek Dalal, Project Manager, GISEC - Dubai World Trade Centre
Topic: Importance of Cyber Security & Cyber Wales and GISEC Partnership

15:05 – Ms Shahnaj Begum, Senior Officer ICT at Bangladesh Center of Communication Programs (BCCP)
Topic: Women and Children related Cyber Security Challenges

15:15 – Mr Md Imtiaz Hussain, Secretary General, Wales Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Building bridges between Wales and Bangladesh Digital Economies and Importance of Cyber Trade

15:25 - Mr John Davies, Co-founder of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem
Topic: The "Must Do's" of Cyber Security a Best Practice Framework developed by Cyber Wales which helps identify exactly what threats an organisation is facing, explore systems and technologies required to mitigate those threats and suggest the training and governance that would createthe best cyber secure culture

15:30 - The talks will be followed by Questions & Answers and an open discussion on the topics covered in this webinar.

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the Middle East to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cybercrime.



Cyberwatching.eu Webinar on Cyber Training - 25 March 2021

25th March 2021 | 09:00 - 15:00

Online Event

I hope this message finds you well and in good health.

* Do you depend on ICT for your business?
* Do you have a problem with competence resources in cybersecurity in your organisation?
* Are you evaluating training your staff but you have a limited budget to do so?

If the answer is yes to one or more of the above questions, we would like to encourage you to attend (with no cost to you) the event titled “Effective training in cybersecurity in the new era of staff remotisation: Practical solutions, tools & opportunities” which will take place on the 25 March 2021 in a virtual environment from just 10:00AM to 4:30PM. Here the full agenda and speakers.

You can register for the event here: https://www.cyberwiser.eu/content/effective-training-cybersecurity-new-era-staff-remotisation

By participating in this event you will hear from internationally-renowned cybersecurity experts about the possible solutions for improving the cybersecurity posture of your organisation. As an event take-away, you will also have the possibility to enrol yourself and/or some of your teammates in the CYBERWISER.eu training programme, an innovative online training platform newly launched. As early users, you will have the unique opportunity to use the platform for free, with a 6-month window for you to complete the courses!

The event is divided in two parts, with the morning dedicated to describing, in a comprehensive way, the current needs and options available for organisations when it comes to training their resources in cybersecurity. This is an even more pressing need, now that remotisation of work is playing such a relevant role for organisations of all sizes, including SMEs and micro-businesses. In this dynamically moderated event you will hear international experts present existing solutions and opportunities to increase cybersecurity competences in a practical way. Two panel discussions will highlight the main challenges of the global cybersecurity skills gap SMEs and organisations are facing today, while showcasing practical solutions to support their businesses.

A hands-on-session will follow from 2:30PM CET where the CYBERWISER.eu advanced training platform and its cyber range environment will be presented. You will have the opportunity to enrol yourself and/or your team in a free online training course (for you and your colleagues, to be enjoyed within the next 6 months) by speaking with a CYBERWISER.eu Tutor, who will support you in creating a specific cybersecurity training path customised to suit the needs of your organisation.

Interested? You can register for the event for free at this link: https://www.cyberwiser.eu/content/effective-training-cybersecurity-new-era-staff-remotisation

We do hope you are free on 25 March Kind Regards The CYBERWISER.eu Team

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 16 March 2021

16th March 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

The Cyber Security Clusters in the UK are evolving and the UK Government wants to help!

Cyber crime is still growing and cyber professionals from all over the world are constantly thinking of new ways to enlighten people and organisations to the threat whilst trying to keep up with bigger and more damaging cyber attacks. Cyber Security Clusters have proved their value time and again as a way to spread information and intelligence, share best practice and help cyber companies to form, join the fight and grow. Some of these Clusters pay a heavy price however if they fail to lay solid foundations, don't do the best for their members, don't manage themselves properly or become self-serving and we have seen Clusters form, flounder and die-off on the front lines of this battle.

Over the last year or so a number of the UK Cyber Clusters have been working behind the scenes with DCMS to explore ways to help Clusters to be more stable and help them to provide better services to their members with support from the UK Government. The Cluster Working Group has been developing an Operating Framework which will provide a foundation for new Clusters to adopt and to standardise the way existing Clusters work.

Richard Yorke, a founder member and director of Cyber Cheltenham CIC (CyNam) who is recognised in the cyber industry for being the founder of Deep3, formed in 2014, which grew and thrived and was acquired by CACI Ltd in 2019. Richard has coordinated the Cluster Working Group to the point where the Framework has been accepted by the majority of Clusters and by DCMS who are working towards a Governance Model that will enable UK Government to provide formal funding for some cluster activities.

We are looking forward to hearing from Richard all about this important work that demonstrates that the Clusters of the UK are rallying around a common vision and mission and, through doing this, aligning themselves much more closely with UK Govt and the Depts that support the cyber community.

In addition...

Tracy Buckingham, Deputy Director Operations and Head of Security and Cyber Exports within DIT DSO who has also worked on MoD and Counter Terrorism projects will be joining us along with Peter Thompson, Assistant Director for Cyber Security Exports who has also served as a Home Office Policy Lead.

Together Tracy and Peter have carved out a dedicated place for Cyber Security within the Defense and Security Organisation in DIT which has paved the way for new and exciting opportunities for cyber companies interesting in exploring new markets.

So we can also look forward to a briefing and the first of many updates as this new era of cyber export possibilities.

See you all there.

Link to the Richard's Slides - Here

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 10 March 2021

10th March 2021 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

In an effort to put our CTF'ing skills to good use, we are currently on a bit of a journey through the treasure trove of skills and techniques that are required to gain the internationally recognised Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification.

The OCSP training and exam typically covers the below topics:

  • Kali Linux Intro (inc command line, common tools and bash scripting)
  • Passive and active recon methods
  • Finding and understanding vulnerabilities
  • Web application attacks (inc OWASP Top 10)
  • Buffer overflow attacks
  • Client-side attacks
  • Working with exploits
  • Defence evasion
  • Privilege escalation
  • Password attacks (inc cracking and brute forcing)
  • Port redirection and tunnelling
  • Exploitation frameworks
For more information on the OSCP certification and the type of content we will be covering visit this link: https://www.offensive-security.com/pwk-oscp/

In our February meeting we rattled through the OWASP Top 10 and had a lively discussion about Web Hacking. We all agreed that two of the Top 10 stand out above the others, not necessarily because of the criticality but because they are so common both in the real world and in CTF competitions.

For our March meeting we will be deep-diving into the all-encomapassing world of Injection Attacks. If there is time we will also cover the dark art of Cross Site Scripting, which is a branch of injection but definitely one worth exploring in detail. If we run out of time before covering XSS we will revisit it again in April. Exciting couple of meetings ahead!

So, if you are thinking of using your CTF skills and knowledge to gain some industry qualifications, such as OSCP, then feel free to join in with the next Cyber Wales CTF Cluster session.

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/830194253

Girls in Cyber International Women's Day - 8 March 2021

9th March 2021 | 10:00 - 14:00

Online Event

The National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC) is a joint initiative by the Welsh Government, tech company Thales, and the University of South Wales, to support digital growth across Wales. It does this by providing expertise in cyber security, project space and support, and research and development opportunities, along with education and training to help people into the industry, or to grow their personal cyber skills.

Currently, only 31% of the cyber security workforce in the UK are women, so for International Women's Day, the NDEC will virtually open its doors to show female students what it is like to work in the sector in an effort to inspire them to consider a future in cyber!

This experience is aimed at female students in Wales aged 14+ however, it is open to application to female students across the whole of the UK.

The day will include:

  • An introduction to cyber security and the NDEC
  • Hands on activities to give you a taste of what cyber involves
  • Inspiring talks from women working in a range of cyber organisations
  • Informative lectures about interesting cyber topics
  • Opportunities to network with other girls interested in cyber
  • Loads of information about employers and study opportunities in the sector
  • Further opportunities for building your skills and gaining work experience in cyber
For more information please contact (Holly Lidbury).

Women in Cyber Wales is a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber Cluster and part of Cyber Wales. The meetings provide a valuable way for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry to meet and support each other.

Our next event coincides with International Women's Day, and we are hosting an online meeting with an international flavour. This follows an event earlier in the day being hosted by the National Digital Exploitation Centre for female students aged 14+ who are interested in finding out more about Cyber Security careers (https://www.s4snextgen.org/Opportunities/View/id/1096).

There will be short presentations from the following women, all working in the cyber securitiy sector:

  • Ms Wafa Alshemeili, SME, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
  • Ms Birgit Lampl SLC iCable GmbH, Austria
  • Ms Eleonore Nantes, Thales, France
  • Ms Marwa Al Mansoori, Abu Dhabi, UAE

After the presentations, the following additional guests will join us for an informative Q&A: Ms Afrah Al Mansoori (Dubai Police); Ms Ndey Touray (Gambia Cyber Security Alliance), Suzanne Shanhan (Office of Information and Communication Technology, United Nations, USA); Christina Goodness, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (United Nations, USA).

Please reserve your ticket now using the page indicated above, and a link for the event, being held on Microsoft Teams, will be available once you have signed up.

We look forward to welcoming you to what will be a really exciting and informative afternoon.

This event will be recorded.

New members are always very welcome.

Meetings are held roughly once a month in South Wales and you don't have to be Welsh to join us! Dates are announced on our Twitter feed @WomenCyberWales or you can send us a message to be added to the contacts list.

This webinar forms part of a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

This month will be a very special meeting because we are proud to be entering into agreements with two organisations:-

The Saud Bin Saqr Establishment for Youth Enterprises Development (RAK SME), an initiative of the Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, works to provide small and medium enterprises with market entry resources to develop projects to enhance sustainable development in the Emirates and so strengthen the national economy. His Excellency Mr Yousef Mohammed Esmaeel, Chairman of the Supreme Committee RAK SME will sign two Memorandums of Understanding - one with Mr John Davies, Co-Founder and Chairman of Cyber Wales and the other with Ms Jo Price, Director International of Chambers Wales.

We also have some special guests at this auspicious occasion:-

  • His Excellency Mr Yousef Mohammed Esmaeel, Board Member of RAK Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chairman of the Supreme Committee RAK SME, and Vice Chairman of RAK Transport Authority
  • Ms Jo Price, Director International, Chambers Wales
  • Hon Col Mr John Davies, Co-Founder and Chairman of Cyber Wales
  • Mr Ahad Mirbacha, Trade and Investment Adviser, Department of International Trade, British Embassy Kabul
  • Dr Abdullah Faiz, Chancellor, Herat University, Afghanistan
  • Ms Somaia Zabihi, Dean of Faculty of Computer Science, Herat University, Afghanistan
  • Mr Ashiqullah Alizai, Director IT, Department of Communications and Information Technology, Herat Afghanistan
The aim of our sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the Middle East to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.

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PwC TechEnableWales event for Wales in London Week - 4 March 2021

4th March 2021 | 17:00 - 18:00

Online Event

Following the success of PwC Wales' Trade event last year, and as part of our continued sponsorship of Wales Week London we will be hosting a virtual #TechEnableWales Cyber event on Thursday 4 March from 5-6pm.

Wales Week London takes place from 20th February to 7th March, and is an annual showcase of activities and events that celebrate and promote everything great about Wales. We're really excited to be putting on this virtual event to champion and celebrate all things cyber in Wales.

Joining PwC Wales' Cyber Director's Rhodri Evans and Stuart Criddle will be John Davies and Jason Davies, Directors of CyberWales, and Pete Burnap, Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity at Cardiff University.

As well as hearing about PwC Wales' investment in cyber capability, you will hear about the latest trends, why Wales is the perfect home to set up a cyber company, and how companies and educational institutions are working in partnership to feed the growth of the cyber industry in Wales.

There will also be an opportunity to ask our panelists questions and share your own personal experiences of this burgeoning sector.

Dating apps and websites are great places to start when looking for love online.

Looking for love this Valentine's Month February? Dating apps and websites are great places to start, but it’s well known that people online aren’t always as they appear.

Tens of thousands of internet users fall victim to online romance scams each year. These scams can be incredibly convincing and are increasingly found across dating sites and social media platforms. By appealing to victims’ emotions and feigning personal connections, scammers will try to steal large sums of money and personal information.

Luckily, there are ways to identify a scam and protect yourself online. Join the Gambia Cyber Security Alliance on a webinar highlight what you can do protect your personal information, red flag warning signs of possible romance scam, and what to do if romance scam happens to you.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyber-kachaa-webinar-on-online-romance-scam-419-tickets-142437659875

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 16 February 2021

16th February 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

Here we are, knee deep in another Covid Lockdown we decided to talk about business growth opportunities.

Many small businesses, who managed to survive the first wave of Covid, are suffering more this time round. What we need now are ideas, encouragement and being pointed in the right direction to help find innovative new ways to market ourselves, identify and attract prospects and generate revenue in this strange new business environment.

We were joined by The Development Banc of Wales which was formed 20 years ago and are committed to helping.

The Banc's stated aim is to unlock potential in the economy of Wales by increasing the provision of sustainable, effective finance in the market. They achieve this by directing public funds to where they can have most impact - on a larger scale, at a faster speed, and in a sustainable way.

Simon Thelwall-Jones, Director of Technology Ventures and his colleague David Blake, Investment Executive gave a presentation about the Banc, the criteria used to decide which companies to help and the processes involved in an engagement.

Simon has worked in the venture capital/private equity industry since the early 1990s. During his career he has had both new investment and portfolio roles, and also been involved in corporate M&A, for both private and public companies, creating substantial value for SME/corporate stake holders.

David Blake is a fully qualified member and fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants who has worked in the power generation, ad-tech, medical device and defence industries. He has previously developed a block-chain based application as well as started a software as a service (SaaS) accountancy reporting business.

We also made time for an open chat and shared ideas and experiences to help your fellow Cluster members.

Link to the Slides used at the event - (DBW Slide Deck)

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 10 February 2021

10th February 2021 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

In an effort to put our CTF'ing skills to good use, we are currently on a bit of a journey through the treasure trove of skills and techniques that are required to gain the internationally recognised Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification.

The OCSP training and exam typically covers the below topics:

  • Kali Linux Intro (inc command line, common tools and bash scripting)
  • Passive and active recon methods
  • Finding and understanding vulnerabilities
  • Web application attacks (inc OWASP Top 10)
  • Buffer overflow attacks
  • Client-side attacks
  • Working with exploits
  • Defence evasion
  • Privilege escalation
  • Password attacks (inc cracking and brute forcing)
  • Port redirection and tunnelling
  • Exploitation frameworks
For more information on the OSCP certification and the type of content we will be covering visit this link: https://www.offensive-security.com/pwk-oscp/

In our December meeting we picked up where we left off exploring the active aspects of Reconnaisance and then continue into the next topic, which was finding and understanding vulnerabilities using scanners like NMAP NSE, Nessus and Nikto.

So, if you are thinking of using your CTF skills and knowledge to gain some industry qualifications, such as OSCP, then feel free to join in with the next Cyber Wales CTF Cluster session.

Here is the slide deck used on the event OWASP Top Ten

Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - 7 February 2021

7th February 2021 | 13:00 - 14:30

Virtual Event

This webinar forms part of a series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

This month will be a very special meeting because we are proud to be entering into agreements with two organisations:-

The Jehlum Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) is working for the development of business activities in the Jhelum District of Pakistan. In recognition of how critical it has become for organisations of all sizes to have effective cyber protection, Mr Irfan Latif Qureshi, President of JCCI will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr John Davies, Co-Founder and Chairman of Cyber Wales. This agreement confirms Cyber Wales' commitment to helping the members of JCCI Chamber to learn more about the cyber threat and explore ways to protect themselves and their companies.

The Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC) is the region’s largest information security platform. GISEC presents industry, government and thought leaders with the opportunity to come together to tackle the most impending threats, issues and countermeasures amongst a global taskforce of security professionals. Mr Thomas Loffler, Assistant Vice President of Exhibitions for GISEC will sign a Barter Agreement with Mr John Davies, Co-Founder and Chairman of Cyber Wales inviting Cyber Wales to become a Community/Association Partner at the GISEC event in 2021.

We also have some special guests at this auspicious occasion:-

  • His Excellency Mr Ali Ibrahim Mohamed Ismail, Deputy Director General for Planning & Development Affairs at Department of Economic Development, Dubai UAE
  • Mr Bradley Jones, Executive Director of the new UAE-UK Business Council will be joining us to tell us more about this exciting initiative. The Joint Secretariat serves the interests of both the UAE and UK members as well as stakeholders under the Chairmanship of HE Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Chair of Abu Dhabi Global Markets, and Sir Ed Lister, Chief Strategic Advisor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
  • Mr Shafiq A Shahzad, Trade & Investment Minister, Pakistan High Commission, London, UK
  • Mr Rashid Iqbal, CEO of Pakistan Britain Business Council, London, UK
  • Honourable Deputy Commissioner Rao Parvaiz Akhtar, District Jhelum, Punjab, Pakistan
The aim of these monthly meetings is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the Middle East to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.



International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) - 19-21 January 2021

21 January 2021 | 3 days

Online Event

The 2021 edition of the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC) will be held in Lille Grand Palais on Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st January 2021. This edition of the FIC will also welcome Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, and Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age.

The FIC 2021 theme will focus on “Collective and collaborative cybersecurity”, a theme which appears all the more essential in the crisis we are experiencing and which follows on from the previous edition, “Human centric cybersecurity”.

In order to make the best of both real and virtual worlds, the FIC 2021 will also be the one of hybridization. The digitalization of content, already undertaken in the last few years, will be reinforced through live streaming debates, the possibility of organizing and conducting your business meetings by videoconference via the FIC application, etc.

You can find the FIC pre-program here with all the topics that will be discussed over the 3 days.

UK Japan Free Trade Summit - 20 January 2021

20th January 2021 |

Online Event

The new opportunities for the manufacturing sector, financial and professional services industry, fintech and data services flowing from the recently signed UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement are a central theme at City & Financial Global's Summit on the FTA, which is being held on 20 January.

We are delighted that...

  • The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, President of the Board of Trade
  • Hiroshi Matsuura, Japan's Envoy Extraordinary, Minister Plenipotentiary in the UK & Chief Negotiator, UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement
  • His Excellency Paul Madden CMG, British Ambassador to Japan will be giving keynote addresses at this high profile conference


A network with other government officials, CEOs of leading industry associations and senior management of UK and Japanese companies of all sizes that are already investing in Japan or about to enter this exciting market

Those include:
Sir David Wright GCMG LVO, Chair, TheCityUK Japan Market Advisory Group, Global Advisor, SMFJ and Former UK Ambassador to Japan
Graham Zebedee, Chief Negotiator, UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement, Director, Continuity Negotiations and Development at UK Department for International Trade
Katharine Braddick, Director General for Financial Services, HM Treasury
David Bailey, Executive Director for International Banks Supervision, Bank of England
Keiichi Aritomo, Executive Director, FinCity.Tokyo
Andy Burwell, Director of International Trade and Investment, CBI
Steve Crane, Founder & CEO, Business Link Japan Ltd, CEO, Export to Japan, NPO
Mike Cherry OBE, National Chairman OBE, The Federation of Small Businesses
Jim Walker, Managing Director, Walkers Shortbread
Michelle Chivunga, Founder & CEO, Global Policy House
Dr Minako Morita-Jaeger, International Trade Policy Consultant and Fellow, The UK Trade Policy Observatory, The University of Sussex
Kevin Shakespeare FIEx, IOE&IT Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Institute of Export and International Trade
Ms Amanda Tickel, International Tax Partner, Deloitte
Junko Kubokawa, Representative Director, President, Croda Japan
Charlotte Crosswell, CEO, Innovate Finance
Julian David, CEO, TechUK
Ben Digby, Head of Global Trade Policy, Group Public Affairs, HSBC Holdings plc
Dominic Goudie, Head of International Trade, Food and Drink Federation
Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, The British Chambers of Commerce
Robert Sheasby, CEO, Agricultural Industries Confederation
Paul Alger MBE, Director, International Business, UK Fashion and Textiles Association
Nick von Westenholz, Director of EU Exit and International Trade, National Farmers’ Union

The full event programme and confirmed speakers can be viewed on the event website at www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/japantrade2021.

WHO WILL BE ATTENDING:
Senior management of UK and Japanese companies of all sizes that are interested in learning more about the opportunities arising from the FTA, especially those in the financial, digital trade, technology, manufacturing and food & drink sectors, as well as professional advisers, law and accountancy firms, embassies, trade organisations, chambers of commerce, government bodies and academia in the UK and Japan.

NETWORKING:
City & Financial Global's new virtual event technology platform will enable you to watch live keynote addresses and panel discussions on the main stage, visit sponsor booths in the exhibition room, and network with other delegates and speakers using the 1-to-one-1 live video meeting tool.

The interactive virtual format of this event will offer British and Japanese companies the opportunity to have a diverse and well-informed dialogue with senior officials from government agencies and industry leaders in both countries, as well as to network effectively using our new technology platform.

WHEN
20 January 2021

WHERE
Online

COST
Delegate Fee: £250 + VAT
Small Company Delegate Fee: £95 + VAT
*"Small Company" relates to organisation with less than 50 employees or a group with less than 50 employees.

REGISTRATION
Click the 'Website' link and then select the 'REGISTER' tab
or
Email [email protected], including your contact details and event name

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster Meeting - a look back at 2020

19th January 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

For our first meeting of this New Year we are going to merge the CTF Cluster meeting with the All Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting to run a really unusual joint session.

"That was the year that was" - those of you of a certain age will know what year Tom Lehrer was describing in his famous album but I'm sure he would agree that 2020 was a strange year for everyone. It has been a challenge for many people and a growth opportunity for others. There are some great examples of people pulling together during the year along with some heart-warming success stories in the Cyber Wales Ecosystem and indeed, Cyber Wales istelf has grown and developed in ways we could not have predicted.

We are going to have a positive and good-natured look back on 2020. We will canter through the year looking at it from the perspective of both the Oldest Cyber Cluster in Wales and the Newest Cyber Cluster in Wales and chat about the speakers, the venues and the things that were going on around us as the year progressed.

For example:-

  • British Cyber Ambassador to the USA
  • CIISEC and the doomed 6 Nations
  • NHS Call to Arms
  • Cyber in the British Armed Forces
  • HackTheBox, VulnHub & Immersive Labs
  • HARMA Virus and SMBGhost
  • GlobalWelsh
  • Germany, the Middle East and Japan
  • Launch of Cyber Coleg Cymru
  • Wrexham and Cardiff and USW CTFs
  • Digital Wales, NDEC
  • UK National Police Cyber
  • Digital Leaders
  • Cyber Innovation Showcase
  • Finding missing persons in the USA
  • Learning to pass OCSP from OWASP
  • and of course the NCSC who saved us all 100 times over and we didn't event know it!

For those of you who were at the meetings, this will be a wonderful reminder of the fun we had.

For those of you who didn't manage to get to all the meetings, this will be a chance to see all of the amazing things that have happened to the people and the organisations that make up the Cyber Wales Ecosystem in all our crazy diversity.

So, if you are wondering what to do next Tuesday afternoon that will make you smile, then feel free to join in this open and interactive homage to the year that never was at the next Cyber Wales Cluster session.

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/332102381

Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - 3 January 2021

3rd January 2021 | 13:00 - 14:30

Virtual Event

This webinar forms part of a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

The aim of our sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers and the agenda for the session will include:-

17:00 - Opening & Introductions from Mr Faheem Azhar, Cyber Wales Steering Group Member and Strategic Advisor for the UAE & the Middle East Region, and Mr John Davies, Co-Founder & Chair of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

17:10 - Our special guest speakers from the Middle East this month are:-

  • Dr Govind Rao, Vice President SMB, Indirect Acquisition Sales, Etisalat, will be delivering a speech “The Cyber Threat Landscape”
  • Mr Hariprasad Chede, Head of Information Security Risk, Risk Management, National Bank of Fujairah PJSC, will be delivering a speech “Cyber Resiliency – How to React, Respond, & Manage Post Cyber Incident”
  • Ms Ndey Touray, Data Privacy Officer, The Gambia Cyber Security Alliance, will be delivering a speech “Building Cyber Awareness”
  • Ms Sharihan A Mashary, Former General Manager of Emaar Hospitality Group, will be delivering a speech “Cyber Security in Hospitality Industry”
18:00 - Mr John Davies, Co-founder of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem will describe the "Must Do's" of Cyber Security a Best Practice Framework developed by Cyber Wales which helps identify exactly what threats an organisation is facing, explore systems and technologies required to mitigate those threats and suggest the training and governance that would create the best cyber secure culture.

18:15 - The talks will be followed by Questions & Answers and an open discussion on the topics covered in this webinar.

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the Middle East to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/945620045

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 15 December 2020

15th December 2020 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

At the end of the strangest of years we will be rounding off 2020 with a jam-packed cyber session and we'll be expecting to see you all in Xmas jumpers munching mince pies (or Welsh Cakes!).

We will be welcoming the SANS Institute back to the Cluster this month. Steve Armstrong will be joining us, he is a SANS Principle Instructor on Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, which he learnt while serving in the RAF, securing wireless networks under attack while in a warzone with full body armour, loaded weapons, and hacking gear in 50+ degree centigrade heat. As you can imagine, Steve is a truly fascinating speaker.

As most of you probably already know, SANS is the most trusted and by far the largest source for information security training and security certification in the world, each year, SANS programs educate more than 30,000 people. When they made the decision to expand into Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and the Baltics they chose to locate their HQ right here in Wales and they have been a proactive member of the Cluster since we formed.

They qualify to GIAC, the gold standard of certifications in the cyber industry which does make their courses reassuringly expensive. But they also develop, maintain, and make available at no cost, the largest collection of research documents about various aspects of information security, and they operates the Internet's early warning system - the Internet Storm Center.

When COVID struck and so many people found themselves forced into lockdown, furlough or even out of work entirely, they converting many of their programmes, such as their SANS Foundations programmes, into self-study and pushing more re-skilling advice and guidance out to people who need it.

In addition, we will hear from long-standing Cluster member Simon Renault.

Back in 2014, when the first Cluster formed, Simon was in Welsh Government responsible for the portfolio management of the cross-cutting Digital Wales agenda. We continued to work closely when he helped form Innovation Point and led on Digital Skills projects helping Wales to address the digital skills gap as Head of Special Projects. Since going back into Welsh Government last year, SImon has been driving the establishment of the new Centre for Digital Public Services supporting the Welsh public sector.

After giving us a taster of what the Centre is all about at the Cluster meeting in October, Simon will provide a proper briefing on the latest of his ground-breaking initiatives and let us know how we can all get involved.

We also have lots of news and updates to share so we are looking forward to a jam-packed session to round off a really grotty year!

See you all there!

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/872888773

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 9 December 2020

9th December 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

Last month, we resumed our journey through the treasure trove of skills and techniques that are required to gain the internationally recognised Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification.

The OCSP training and exam typically covers the below topics:

  • Kali Linux Intro (inc command line, common tools and bash scripting)
  • Passive and active recon methods
  • Finding and understanding vulnerabilities
  • Web application attacks (inc OWASP Top 10)
  • Buffer overflow attacks
  • Client-side attacks
  • Working with exploits
  • Defence evasion
  • Privilege escalation
  • Password attacks (inc cracking and brute forcing)
  • Port redirection and tunnelling
  • Exploitation frameworks
For more information on the OSCP certification and the type of content we will be covering visit this link: https://www.offensive-security.com/pwk-oscp/

In our November meeting we explored Reconnaisance in all its forms and looked at some typical vunerabilities that can be easily identified. Our cunning plan was to cover both the Passive forms of recon and the more Active forms. However, we were having so much fun and the group was so interactive that we didn't really have a chance to do as much as we wanted.

This month, we will pick up where we left off with active recon and continue into the next topic, which is finding and understanding vulnerabilities.

So, if you are thinking of using your CTF skills and knowledge to gain some industry qualifications, such as OSCP, then feel free to join in with the next Cyber Wales CTF Cluster session.

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/361623893

Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - 6 December 2020

6th December 2020 | 13:00 - 14:30

Virtual Event

This webinar forms part of a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

We were proud to join with our Partners in the UAE celebrating their National Day, the 49th anniversary of the Emirates' unification. National Day is celebrated on December 2, the anniversary of the federal unification of the seven emirates in 1971.

The aim of our sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers and the agenda for the session will include:-

17:00 - Opening & Introductions from Mr Faheem Azhar, Cyber Wales Steering Group Member and Strategic Advisor for the UAE & the Middle East Region, and Mr John Davies, Co-Founder & Chair of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

17:10 - Our special guest speakers from the Middle East this month were:-

  • Mr Ramachandru Tejavath, IAS Rtd, Cabinet Minister Rank, Special Representative of Government of Telangana, New Delhi, India, who agreed to deliver a talk on Cyber Digital Risk & Safety
  • Mr Shajahan K Kakkattil, IT Quality Assurance Manager, Information Technology, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, who agreed to deliver a talk on Cyber Threat Landscape, Primarily orienting on Business Email Compromise related Threats
  • Mr Ahad Mirbacha, Trade and Investment Adviser - Department for International Trade - British Embassy Kabul, who agreed to deliver a talk on Encouraging & Promoting Cyber Trade – Afghanistan & UK
  • Mr Tareq Arian, Spokesperson to Ministry of Interior Afghanistan, who agreed to deliver a talk on Encouraging the Importance of General Public Cyber Security Awareness & Cyber Preparedness of Afghanistan
  • Mr Mehzad Sahar, Group Head Information Security Engro Group Pakistan: An information Security C Level Executive, Keynote Speaker, Mentor, Author, Visionary and FinTech Security Leader to speak regarding Cyber Security related topic on ‘Know & Respect Your Pilot i.e. Privileged Administrators
  • Mr Amadou A Bah, President, Gambia Cyber Security Alliance, who agreed to deliver a speech on Cyber Awareness
  • Mr Ahsan Qamar, Director of Business Solutions, Wateen Telecom Pakistan, who agreed to share his views on the security and regulatory challenges customers are facing while migrating to public cloud, Pakistan. There are a couple of use cases that I would like to put in front of the other panelists and attendees and seek input from them on how they are addressing these challenges
  • Mr Ahad Mirbacha Trade and Investment Adviser to Afghanistan, Department for International Trade, British Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan. His Topic was 'Encouraging Cyber Trade between Afghanistan and United Kingdom'
  • Mr Mehzad Sahar Group Head of Information Security, Engro Group, Pakistan: An information Security C Level Executive, Keynote Speaker, Mentor, Author, Visionary and FinTech Security Leader who spoke regarding Cyber Security related topic on 'Know & Respect Your Pilot i.e. Privileged Administrators'.
17:45 - Mr John Davies, Co-founder of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem described the "Missing link of Incident Response".

18:15 - The talks were followed by Questions & Answers and an open discussion on the topics covered in this webinar.

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the Middle East to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.



GISEC Dubai - 6-10 December 2020

6th December 2020 | 09:00 - 16:00

Online Event

GISEC 2020 is co-located with GITEX 2020 (Middle East, North Africa & South Asia's biggest tech event) from 6 - 10 December 2020. Together, celebrating one spectacular week of cybersecurity technologies, cross-sector innovations, elite business networking and industry-defining conversations.

The event will be run at the enormous Dubai World Trade Centre and will be spread across 18 exhibition halls. This floorspace makes it possible to spread larger trade show stands with extra wide 4m aisles to enforce safe social separation.

There are over 30,000 people registered to attend this event and as an Association Partner, Cyber Wales has secured a discounted rate for any members who would like to travel out and take a stand.

The agenda of GISEC is steered by a powerful Advisory Board senior end-users from Dubai Electronic Security Centre, Dubai Police, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Smart Dubai, Investment Corporation of Dubai, ADNOC Refining, aeCERT and Spire Solutions.

From multinational distributors to the world's most promising cybersecurity companies and startups, GISEC hosts the game-changers of the cybersecurity arena across Enterprise, AI, Blockchain, 5G, IoT, Cloud and more. SPIRE Solutions, Etisalat Digital, emt Technologies, Fortinet, Ingram Micro, Qualys, Huawei are amongst the few of the exhibitors at GISEC 2020.

The attendee profile is the most powerful in the Middle East and, we think, in terms of buyers, one of the most attractive in the world. Decision makers, CIOs, CISOs, CTOs and security professionals prioritise GISEC as their key solution sourcing platform.

Cyberwatching.eu Webinar - 23 November 2020

23rd November 2020 | 09:00 - 11:40

Online Event

Cybersecurity risk management has become a priority for companies and organisations. Staying ahead of threats and regulatory compliance is no joke, let alone how to identify risks, prioritise and take action? So, what steps can you take to ensure resilience and build trust in your services?

This half day webinar covers the practical aspects, while at the same time shares tools and references that can give your organisation an edge in Cybersecurity Risk Management. The speakers featured in the webinar are considered as foremost experts in Europe, but despite this, the Webinar is free of charge and only requires you to register.

  • The AON Risk Assessment Tool (developed within Cyberwatching.eu)
  • The Digital SME Alliance SME Guide for the Implementation of ISO/IEC 27001
  • Cybersecurity Certification SGS/AEI (being developed within Cyberwatching.eu)
  • ECSO Working Group 1 Standardisation / Certification / Supply Chain as well as additional special guests from ongoing cybersecurity related projects
Who is it for?
This webinar targets small and medium enterprises that are looking for risk management guidance and tools.

Why attend?
  • Preparing your company to respond to risks with simple tips and best practices;
  • Discovering digital tools and solutions that can help to increase your preparedness;
  • Plus, it's free!
Agenda:

10:00 - 11:30 Managing risk in 2021
10:00 – 10:10 Managing risk in 2021 - Mark Miller, Vice Chairman, ECSO & EOS; Conceptivity & Cyberwatching.eu
10:10 – 10: 30 Cybersecurity certification, standardisation and supply chains - Roberto Cascella, European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
10:30 – 10:45 Why a Light Cybersecurity label is the way forward for SMEs - Lucio Gonzalez Jimenez, Digital Trust Services, SGS
10:45 – 11:00 The SME Guide for the Implementation of ISO/IEC 27001 - Fabio Guasconi, Bl4ckSwan
11:00 – 11:15 Understanding your organisation's risks - Paolo Modica, AON
11:15 – 11:30 Question time
11:30 - 11.40 Comfort break
11:40 - 12:40 New directons addressing risk management challenges. Lightning talks and interactive discussion with European Research and Innovation projects
  • SECONDO Project - Prof. Christos Xenakis and Aristeidis Farao
  • CUREX Project- Prof. Christos Xenakis and Eleni Veroni
  • RESISTO Project - Mirjam Fehling-Kaschek and Natalie Miller
  • GEIGER Project - Max Van Haastrecht
12:40 - Webinar end

European Cyber Week - 17-19 November 2020

19 November 2020 | 2 days

Online Event

Now in its 5th edition, the European Cyber Week has been going from strength to strength – sponsorship has doubled, satisfaction stands at 85% and the number of delegates is up 70%, reflecting the event's high-impact content and exciting agenda.

Building on this success, the Pôle d'Excellence Cyber, Hopscotch Congrès and their partners will hold this year's edition from 17 to 19 November in Rennes, Brittany. The event will address the cyber industry's three pillars: research & innovation, training & recruitment, and industrial development.

The French Ministry of the Armed Forces, the Regional Council of Brittany and Rennes Metropole will remain major institutional partners with a view to breaking down silos and reaching out to a wide range of stakeholders across Europe.

The European Cyber Week thus constitutes a leading industry conference designed to deliver valuable insights into the strategic areas of cybersecurity, cyberdefence and artificial intelligence. In addition, it offers qualified and effective networking opportunities for delegates, partners, thought leaders, and businesses alike.

https://en.european-cyber-week.eu/

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 17 November 2020

17th November 2020 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

This month's All Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting welcomed NCSC's Cyber First Schools team to tell about this amazing programme.

The NCSC has recognised the importance of equipping our young people with the skills and knowledge to exploit technology safely and securely. As part of this, the NCSC runs the CyberFirst Programme, which offers a range of activities helping young people explore their passion for technology and computing by introducing them to the world of Cyber Security.

The CyberFirst Schools initiative is open to schools and colleges in Wales. It recognises schools and colleges who are taking the lead in encouraging their students to undertake Computer Science and computing related qualifications, providing learning on Cyber Security concepts and encouraging them to pursue career paths into the Cyber Security profession. Schools and Colleges apply for recognition and can be awarded by the NCSC either at Bronze, Silver or Gold level, depending upon their level of attainment.

To support these striving schools, the CyberFirst programme has a wide range of organisations drawn from industry, academia and government that provide support to its activities. The Team gave us an overview of the programme and discussed how individuals and businesses can get involved.

We were also joined by Diana Spehar, Programme Manager for the NCSC's Cyber Accelerator who told us all about the Accelerator's Cohort 7.

Wayra's  acceleration programme run in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre and Telefonica currently has an Open Call with an exciting theme of "Security in Smart Cities". We also partner with Microsoft and our 5G accelerator, 5prinG, to bring extra value and support to the founders.

Open call and detailed challenges link: https://www.wayra.uk/programs/ncsc-cyber-accelerator

NCSC Accelerator Benefits:

  • 10-week equity-free acceleration programme starting end of January 2021
  • Part-time commitment
  • Access to NCSC Cyber Security experts
  • Access to Telefonica’s and 11Paths Cyber Security and Smart City experts
  • Access to Microsoft experts and 5prinG programme
  • Business development opportunities with Telefonica and O2 if right fit
  • Potential Scaling Stipend from NCSC
  • Free!
Throw in the usual updates, news and opportunities for Cluster members and this was a cracking Cluster meeting - here is the video of the meeting...



Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 11 November 2020

11th November 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

Last month, our meeting formed part of the UK National Digital Leaders Week of events and so we reverted back to the content of our inaugural meeting to explain all about CTFs, why the Cluster exists and show some examples of the challenges, labs and 'flags' that are used in CTF competitions.

We also discussed that whilst this wonderful 'gamification' of cyber can be fun and rewarding it is also the most effective form of accelerated learning and a great way for Blue Team people (cyber security teams) in organisations to learn more about the mindset and capabilities of the Red Team (hackers) which helps them to grow and develop better defences against cyber threats.

With this in mind, in our meeting this month, we resuming our journey through the treasure trove of skills and techniques that are required to gain the internationally recognised Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification.

The OCSP training and exam typically covers the below topics:

  • Kali Linux Intro (inc command line, common tools and bash scripting)
  • Passive and active recon methods
  • Finding and understanding vulnerabilities
  • Web application attacks (inc OWASP Top 10)
  • Buffer overflow attacks
  • Client-side attacks
  • Working with exploits
  • Defence evasion
  • Privilege escalation
  • Password attacks (inc cracking and brute forcing)
  • Port redirection and tunnelling
  • Exploitation frameworks
For more information on the OSCP certification and the type of content we will be covering visit this link: https://www.offensive-security.com/pwk-oscp/

In our September meeting we ran through an introduction to Kali Linux which included discussions about the plethora of tools and a quick demonstration of the power of bash scripting.

This time we explored Reconnaisance in all its forms and looked at some typical Vunerabilities that can be easily identified. The slides we used can be downloaded here

So, if you are thinking of using your CTF skills and knowledge to gain some industry qualifications, such as OSCP, then feel free to join in with the next Cyber Wales CTF Cluster session.



South Asia Virtual Roadshow - 2-12 November 2020

2 November 2020 | 10 days

Online Event

About the roadshow
The Department for International Trade is delighted to launch the UK-South Asia Virtual Roadshow – a virtual programme of free webinars designed to support businesses from across the United Kingdom to understand the range of opportunities and support available to you to grow your business in South Asia.

This is a fantastic opportunity for any business or organisation seeking opportunities in this growing region. India and South Asia matter to the UK more than ever – and this event gives participants the opportunity to hear from the Government of India as well as partners and thought leaders in the field. The programme will also include sessions on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Companies will be able to book bespoke 1-2-1 sessions with DIT market experts, as well as hear practical advice from businesses who are already working in the UK-South Asia corridor during sector and country-specific webinars. Topics covered during the fortnight will include macro-economy and accessing the South Asia opportunity, advanced engineering, financial and professional services, healthcare, energy, creative, sports, infrastructure, education, defence and more.

How do I register?
Each webinar will be no longer than an hour and a half – you get to choose how much you would like to participate! This website will be updated regularly with more details about the programme and specific sessions.

Places are free but please register your interest early to avoid disappointment and to book exclusive B2B meetings. You will receive deatails when specific sessions are live.

India
India, the world's largest democracy, dominates the region and has contributed more to the global GDP from 2005-2018 than any country outside China and the US in addition to improving Ease of Doing Business. Despite economic slow-downs, in large part due to Covid-19, the IMF predicts that India will continue to be a significant contributor to global growth.

Beyond the strong economic fundamentals, our nations share a 'Living Bridge' of countless personal and professional ties. This has resulted in multiple trade, research and innovation partnerships – in particular between India and the UK’s young, tech-savvy populations. It is exactly these sort of partnerships that have led to bilateral trade increasing by almost 10% to £24bn in 2019. The UK and Indian governments are invested in this relationship. At the UK-India Joint Economic Trade Committee this year, the UK and India agreed to deliver an Enhanced Trade Partnership as a roadmap towards a potential free trade agreement in future.

Bangladesh
Bangladesh is expected to be one of just a handful of countries with positive economic growth this year which reflects the underlying strength of the economy. Once the worst effects of Covid are over we anticipate a strong bounce-back, underpinned by rapidly expanding domestic demand.This growth opens up commercial opportunities in finance, healthcare, education,technology and defence procurement.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka aims to be the gateway to the whole of Asia given its strategic location. Sri Lanka's Colombo port is already the busiest in South Asia with two thirds of all global container shipments passing within 10 nautical miles. Sri Lanka is seeking to capitalise on its geography by promoting opportunities in sectors such as infrastructure, financial and professional services, technology and manufacturing, plus strategic development projects including Colombo Port City and the Hambantota International Port Group.

Nepal
Nepal has the potential for economic growth through the development of hydro-electric power. Sectors like education, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism present significant opportunities for business that already trade with India and China.

Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - 1 November 2020

1st November 2020 | 13:00 - 14:30

Virtual Event

This webinar forms part of a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

We were proud to be joining with our Partners in the UAE celebrating their Flag day, a national campaign to honour the country’s past, present and future. Flag Day is celebrated on November 3, the anniversary of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan becoming the president of the UAE in 2004.

The aim of sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers and the agenda for the session included:-

17:00 - Opening & Introductions from Mr Faheem Azhar, Cyber Wales Steering Group Member and Strategic Advisor for the UAE & the Middle East Region, and Mr John Davies, Co-Founder & Chair of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

17:10 - Our special guest speakers from the Middle East this month were:-

  • Dr. Bushra AlBelooshi Research and Innovation Manager in Dubai Electronic Security Center(DESC) who spoke about Dubai’s effort in cyber innovation.
  • Mr Md Rezaul Karim Director General, Digital Security Agency, Bangladesh.
  • Mr Tarique M Barkatullah Project Director, BGD e-Gov Cyber Incident Response Team & Director of National Data Centre at Bangladesh Computer Council who agreed to deliver a talk about Cyber Workforce Development and Challenges.
  • Ms Ndey Touray Data Privacy Officer from The Gambia Cyber Security Alliance; who talked about advocating on encouraging more women into Cyber Security.
  • Safraz Malik Jhelum Chamber of Commerce from Pakistan who spoke about the importance of building cyber awareness and skills and providing guidelines.
17:45 - Mr John Davies, Co-founder of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem described the Cyber Essentials Scheme, a national scheme launched by the UK Government to help all organisations in the UK raise their cyber security to a minimum level. This scheme, which was built to reflect the cyber threat landscape provides a best practice framework to help organisations raise their awareness of their cyber posture and identify cyber protection that may need implementing. John described how this scheme is now being made available to organisations across the Middle East.

18:15 - The talks were followed by Questions & Answers and an open discussion on the topics covered in this webinar.

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the Middle East to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.



Cyber Wales Innovation Showcase - 15 October 2020

15th October 2020 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

This event is being run as part of Digital Leaders Week 2020
With the title "Cyber Wales Innovation Showcase".



Cyber Wales is a representative body with the aim of being the Heart and the Voice of the cyber Communities in Wales.

The Management Team and Cluster Managers all strive to provide a platform for Members to find Guidance, share News, ideas and best practice, to encourage collaboration through Clusters, Events and Competitions and to identify Opportunities for the cyber Communities in Wales to thrive and grow.

In line with these aims, submissions are now open for the Cyber Wales competition to find the Most Innovative Cyber Security Company in Wales.

This competition is open to any SME (less than 50 employees and less than £10million turnover), headquartered in Wales with an innovative PRODUCT or SERVICE that contributes to the battle against the rising cyber threat.

We are looking to find Welsh businesses that are innovating in the cyber security space and this web-session will be an opportunity for early entrants to present their ideas and pitch their products and/or services.

Any other organisations who watch these innovators present, who then think that their innovation is worth submitting will also have a chance to make a submission during the last Quarter of the year before judging takes place in early 2021.

Cyber Wales is working in partnership with DCMS, NCSC and ECSO to offer the winner:-

  • The Award for Most Innovative Cyber Company in Wales 2020.

  • A stall in the Cyber Innovation Zone at CyberUK 2021 in Newport where the winner will join 11 other

  • companies selected by DCMS as part of the CyberDen Competition.

  • The opportunity to pitch at the CyberDen Competition taking place at CyberUK 2021.

  • The opportunity to spend a week at the NCSC Cyber Accelerator in Cheltenham.

  • An opportunity to go on to compete in the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) Innovation

  • Competition being held across Europe early next year.
If you think what you are doing is innovative and/or you'd just like to see some of the cyber solutions being innovated in Wales then come along to this relaxed and open showcase event and judge for yourself.

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 14 October 2020

14th October 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

This event is being run as part of Digital Leaders Week 2020
With the title "Capture the Flag - just a game or genuine accelerated learning for all".



“Hackathon”, “Cyber Challenge”, “Code Fest”, “Red Team vs Blue Team”, “Black-hatting” and “Capture the Flag”

These are all words that are very familiar to people who have been involved in competitive computer gaming or hacking but they are relatively new to the 'main stream' and have really come to the fore along with the rise of the cyber threat and need for everyone to become more cyber-savvy.

For the un-initiated, these words may also conjure up some scary images of rooms full of very knowledgeable computer geeks with lots of experience of hacking who could undoubtedly run rings around anyone who would not be considered an “expert”.

But... are you curious? Have you ever wondered:- • What it's all about? • What actually happens at one of these events? • Just how much knowledge and/or experience do you need in order to take part? • Is it just fun or are there hidden benefits to the 'gamification' of the hacker vs the SOC contest? • Can this 'game' really help to accelerate learning in cyber for anyone? • Does being a skilled hacker also make you a much better defender?

If so, then welcome to The Cyber Wales Capture the Flag Cluster This cluster is designed to provide a welcoming environment for all abilities to come and learn about the techniques required for participating in CTFs, whether you are looking to actually join in or you just want to know more about how it all works.

Members of the Cluster will be walking through a selection of 'typical' capture the flag challenges, exactly the kind of things that appear on real competitions and explaining what is needed to tackle them, what a 'flag' is and showing how to find it.

You won't need a laptop to just sit and watch the action but the information will be available if you want to follow-along and/or have a crack at the flags yourself. It will also be available after the event if you want have a go in your own time.

If we have peaked your curiosity, then we look forward to welcoming you to this relaxed and chatty web-session where we will shine some spotlights in this dark art.

Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - 13 October 2020

13th October 2020 | 10:00 - 12:00

Online Event

The Women in Cyber cluster provides a valuable way for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry to meet and support each other. Due to social distancing measures, we will be hosting our next meeting as an online webinar and we already have three fantastic speakers lined up.

Thank you to those of us that joined us last month for our online Women in Cyber Wales webinar. It was a really informative meeting with some excellent speakers and an encouraging opening address from the Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan.

Our next event will be a round table, taking place on Ada Lovelace Day, 10am, 13th October.

We are joining forces with Women in Cyber Scotland to explore opportunities for extended networking, differences and similarities in the challenges and opportunities for women in the industry and more.

There are a limited number of spaces for this meeting so please contact [email protected] if you would be interested in joining us.

Please reserve your ticket now, and a link for the webinar will be sent to you shortly before the event.

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 13 October 2020

13th October 2020 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

This event was run as part of Digital Leaders Week 2020
With the title "Innovative new National Police Cyber Crime Initiatives".



Cyber Wales were delighted to host a very special guest speaker at the All Wales Cyber Security Cluster Webinar.

Andrew Gould, Detective Superintendent and National Cybercrime Programme Lead is working with a Welsh cyber security vendor to roll out a far-reaching new programme called 'Police Cyber Alarm'. This free tool is being rolled out by Police Forces and Regional Organised Crime Units to help organisationa who volunteer for the scheme to understand and monitor malicious cyber activity. Working in conjunction with the new Police Cyber Resilience Centres, this platform is launching with two services: monitoring and vulnerability scanning. However, work is already underway to develop innovative new capability to help organisations protect themselves.

Rhi Buckler, Cyber Crime Prevent & Protect Officer at TARIAN Regional Cyber Crime Unit opened the meeting and set the scene for this talk by giving an update on the recent changes in the TARIAN Team and an overview of some of the projects and initiatives that are going on in Wales.



Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - October 2020

4th October 2020 | 14:00 - 15:30

Virtual Event

This webinar forms part of a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

The aim of sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers and the agenda for the first session included:-

17:00 - Opening & Introductions from Mr Faheem Azhar, Cyber Wales Steering Group Member and Strategic Advisor for the UAE & the Middle East Region, and Mr John Davies, Co-Founder & Chair of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

17:10 - Our special guest speakers from the Middle East this month will be Ms. Hoda Al Khzaimi a Research Assistant Professor at New York University in Abu Dhabi and the Director of the Center of Cyber Security in the University. Ms. Al Khzaimi has served in various roles in different national initiatives in the United Arab Emirates along with associations to different security initiatives nationally and internationally.
We are also honoured to welcome Eng. Ali Abuzinjal, from the Business Development team for Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park. The STRI Park was established in 2016 by royal decree of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi and it aims to develop and manage an innovation ecosystem within a free zone that promotes Research and Development and supports enterprise activities and the triple helix collaboration of industry, government, and academia.

17:30 - Mr John Davies, Co-founder of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem will describe a key component of the Threat Landscape - the Dark Web - explaining the architecture and nature of the largest Dark Net in the Dark Web, the TOR Network and why it is simply not possible to instantly search this network regardless of how many organisations claim that the do exactly that.

18:15 - The talks will be followed by Questions & Answers and an open discussion on the topics covered in this webinar.

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the Middle East to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.

Link to the event: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/462216765

CYBERSEC Global Webinar - 28 September 2020

28 September 2020 | 2 days

Online Event

Launched in 2015, CYBERSEC is a successful and well-established annual public policy conference dedicated to strategic security aspects of the global technology revolution. Having responded to the need for trust-based, multilateral and cross-sectoral cooperation, CYBERSEC has quickly gone beyond a typical conference format, giving rise to a thriving international community experts and professionals.

CYBERSEC Global 2020 will rally under the banner Together Against Adversarial Internet because the Internet, one of the greatest inventions of the last century that completely transformed our lives, is rapidly moving us to a new, fully digital world. From the very beginning of the humankind history, each innovation was always accompanied by new threats. New technology enabled both the well-being of societies and the adversarial, malicious activities.

The main topics of CYBERSEC Global 2020 will follow the four traditional CYBERSEC thematic streams - Business, Defence, State & Future.

Just like the Cyber Wales Ecosystem, The Kościuszko Institute, the organisers of CYBERSEC are founding members of the Global Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnerships and Innovation in Cyber (GlobalEPIC). Cyber Wales have supported this event as attendees, speakers, panelists and exhibitors since it was first run and we are delighted to be taking part again this year.

Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - 18 September 2020

18th September 2020 | 12:00 - 13:00

Online Event

The Women in Cyber cluster provides a valuable way for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry to meet and support each other. Due to social distancing measures, we will be hosting our next meeting as an online webinar and we already have three fantastic speakers lined up.

Following the recent publication of the NCSC / KPMG report 'Decrypting Diversity: Diversity and Inclusion in Cyber Security', our speakers will focus on the impact and importance of diversity in the industry from a variety of view points.

From Chwarae Teg we have Eleanor Leyshon, who will talk about the role women play in developing and driving the economy, and will discuss some of the initiatives Chwarae Teg have in place to support and encourage diversity. Emma Tamplin will highlight the 'Not Just For Boys' initiative, which targets girls just before they choose their GCSEs giving them the chance to meet role models from different industries and to try their hands at engineering, digital and other skills that they might never have tried before.

Leanne Davies, Lecturer in Cyber Security at Glyndwr University will walk us through her experience of the industry, including widening the diversity issues through the cyber clusters both here and abroad.

And Holly Lidbury, Education Lead at the National Digital Exploitation Centre in Ebbw Vale will explain the importance of working with girls to encourage them into cyber security and digital subjects from an early age, in order to inspire a diverse and inclusive next generation of specialists.

We plan to have time for a panel discussion / Q&A at the end of the presentations so there will plenty of time for networking and questions. We hope you will be able to join us in this exciting online event.

Please reserve your ticket now, and a link for the webinar will be sent to you shortly before the event. .

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 17 September 2020

17th September 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

This month marks the beginning of a new series of sessions for the Cyber Wales CTF Cluster basing the themes of the Cluster meetings around the requirements for the internationally recognised Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certificate.

The OSCP Certification is designed for those who want to take a serious and meaningful step into the world of professional penetration testing but is a great framework for those looking to enhance their offensive skills for both red teaming and capture the flag (CTF) competitions. As has been said so many times before, better understanding of offensive tactics (red teamers) also make for better defenders (blue teamers).

The OCSP training and exam typically covers the below topics:

  • Kali Linux Intro (inc command line, common tools and bash scripting)
  • Passive and active recon methods
  • Finding and understanding vulnerabilities
  • Web application attacks (inc OWASP Top 10)
  • Buffer overflow attacks
  • Client-side attacks
  • Working with exploits
  • Defence evasion
  • Privilege escalation
  • Password attacks (inc cracking and brute forcing)
  • Port redirection and tunnelling
  • Exploitation frameworks
For more information on the OSCP certification and the type of content we will be covering visit this link: https://www.offensive-security.com/pwk-oscp/

During this series of CTF Cluster meetings we will be delivering a combination of learning, challenges, walk-through sessions and discussions to provide an overview of the topics required to achieve the OSCP certification.

So, if you are thinking of using your CTF skills and knowledge to gain some industry qualifications, such as OSCP, then feel free to join in with the next batch of Cyber Wales CTF Cluster sessions.

Here is a link to the first of these sessions which will cover an introduction to Kali Linux including the command line, common tools and bash scripting – woo hoo!

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/676731741

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 15 September 2020

15th September 2020 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

Cyber Wales are delighted to welcome the NDEC Team and TechNation to give us some updates at our September All Wales Cluster meeting.

"Just when you thought it was safe to back in the water..." or should that read "safe to go out and about meeting people", we start to see signs of the much predicted second wave!

This doesn't bother us jolly cyber folks though because our All Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting this month will once again be a web-session.

The National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC) in Ebbw Vale haven't been resting during the lockdown either and they will be providing us with an update of what they have been doing. Including:

  • Opening the Centre by Ken Skates the Ecomony Minister in February;
  • Joining the Ventilator Challenge UK in March;
  • Providing their threat analysis service free to NHS Wales in April;
  • Involvement in the launch of Cyber Coleg Cymru in May;
  • Running the cyber security industry in Wales 'Videothon' in June;
  • Running demos of their Cyber Lab in July; and
  • Forging partnerships with Cluster members such as Awen in August
We can't wait to find out what they are planning for the rest of the year.

We will also be hearing from Gino Brancazio at TechNation about 3 brand new Programme they are launching.

Along with a bucketload of News & Opportunities there will be something for everyone at this Summertime Cluster meeting.

See you all there!

Link to the event - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/196538685

Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - 6 September 2020

6th September 2020 | 14:00 - 15:30

Virtual Event

This webinar forms part of a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

The aim of sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers and the agenda for the first session included:-

17:00 - Opening & Introductions from Mr Faheem Azhar, Cyber Wales Steering Group Member and Strategic Advisor for the UAE & the Middle East Region, and Mr John Davies, Co-Founder & Chair of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

17:05 - Our special guests from the Middle East at this meeting will be HE Faisal Abdullah Al Tunaiji, Business Entrepreneur from the Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Previously, He held the position as Chairman of Youth Parliamentarian Forum, an affiliate of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and prior to that he was Member of UAE Federal National Council (FNC) from Ras Al Khaimah. And, Deputy Commissioner of District Chakwal, Pakistan Police Mr Abdul Sattar Isani will join us to speak about the battle against cyber crime.

17:15 - Mrs Leanne Davies, Cyber Security Lecturer at Glyndwr University and architect of the Skills Wales Cyber Security Competition for the WorldSkills Tournament will provide an overview of the Cyber Threat Landscape and describe some of the most common forms of cyber attacks.

17:30 - Mr Mostyn Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Astrix Cyber Security Operations Centre will discuss the importance of measuring cyber risk and describe the famous Best Practice Framework run by the National Cyber Security Centre in the UK, the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

17:45 - Mr John Davies, Chief Executive Officer of Pervade Software will describe some of the next generation Systems and Technologies being implemented by corporations, the Police, the Health Industry and the Military to increase protection against cyber threats and provide early warning of cyber threats.

18:00 - Mr Chris Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Cybata and Chairman of the GDPR Data Privacy Cluster will discuss the Blended Approach to Building Cyber Awareness and providing ongoing training to keep people at all levels in an organisation up-to-date with the signs and indicators of cyber attacks.

18:15 - The talks will be followed by Questions & Answers and an open discussion on the topics covered in this webinar.

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the UAE to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.

Bonn Security Tech Summit - 20 August 2020

20th August 2020 |

Online Event

How can we immunize society against cyber-attacks?

Under the headline "How can we immunize society against cyber attacks?" we will present the latest developments for improving cyber security in business and society at the Cyber Security Tech Summit Europe 2020. This is an ideal platform for networking regional, national, and international organizations.

After the cancellation of the conference originally planned for 11 March in Bonn due to the Covid-19 situation, the Summit will now take place as an online conference. Now we are preparing the virtual stage for top-class speakers from politics, industry, and research. A program of keynotes and breakout sessions as well as a virtual exhibition area with digital booths for personal exchange is waiting for you.

Have we aroused your interest? Then save this date in your calendar now. The registration is now open!

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For questions and suggestions please contact [email protected]

The Cyber Security Cluster Bonn is looking forward to your participation.

CIISec Branch Webinar - 19 August 2020

19th August 2020 | 16:30 - 17:30

Online Event

Cyber Wales are proud to be hosting a Branch Meeting of the Chartered Institute of Information Security Professionals once again in August.

CIISec Branch meetings are "members only" events but, like the last meeting we held with CIISec in February, Cyber Wales members are welcome to attend - please contact Sophie Baker to arrange registration.

SPEAKERS

Carwyn Edwards, Systems Architect and Software Engineer at Bangor University, Co-Founder of North Wales Tech

Carwyn Edwards is a Software and Systems Architect specialising in the design and deployment of complex IT systems and infrastructure. He has over 15 years of experience building and running large scale IT systems.

Carwyn is one of the founders of “North Wales Tech” an initiative to create “A Technology and Developer Community for North Wales”. The core aims are to foster a culture and community spanning all forms of technology interests in North Wales and show that such communities are not limited to the big cities. The group run “Tech Talks” events, workshops and social activities in North Wales to bring the community together and promote North Wales as a location for the technology industry.

In 2019, Carwyn headed up the "Year of IoT (Internet of Things)" project through North Wales Tech working with individuals and organisations across multiple industries including agriculture, tourism, social care, local authority and buildings management to explore the possibilities of IoT uses in new applications.

Carwyn will be discussing this project and the potential impacts of the emerging 5G technologies on projects of this nature in the coming years.

Chris Powell, Research Director at CODA Labs

CODA Labs and CODA Security are a group of companies providing cybersecurity services to businesses worldwide. Chris is Research Director and Principal Consultant specialising in telecommunications hacking, automotive security and IoT testing.

He previously worked as a vulnerability researcher exploiting biometrics and smart cards for the UK government. Chris then moved on to hacking Huawei devices running the cellular and fixed-line networks at Huawei Cyber Security Evaluations Center (HCSEC).

If you want to find 0-days in 5G networks, reverse engineer autonomous cars or assure your favourite IoT toy. Then Chris is the one to help.

Emerging Technologies Government Digi-Conference - 19 August 2020

19th August 2020 | 07:00 - 10:00

Virtual Event

John Davies, Co-founder and Chair of Cyber Wales and CEO of Pervade Software will be joining Regional government officials and technology experts from different entities in the Middle East & Africa region involved in technology innovation and digital transformation on a Panel Discussion at this year's Emerging Technologies Government Conference.

This event, normally run in Dubai, will this year be a virtual conference and will bring together senior government officials leading the digital transformation, business continuity, and advanced technology implementation to explore latest solutions and technology developments and their implementation challenges.

As restrictions are globally easing and the world is learning to live with the Covid-19 pandemic and adapt itself to the new norm, GCC countries are resorting to digitalisation to ensure business continuity and effective delivery of public services. In fact, in The United Arab Emirates has recently announced an ambitious plan to convert 50% of its government centers into virtual platforms.

Hence, it is critical for government officials to identify the essential approaches and technologies to remain steadfast in their strategies and provide their services in an efficient and uninterrupted manner. Public entities now more than ever are urgently adopting best practices and innovative solutions to efficiently execute their digital transformation journey.

The event participants will have the opportunity to discuss the lessons learnt and share knowledge on how to implement effective strategies and innovative technologies enabling digital transformation and public service delivery during and beyond Covid-19 pandemic.

All Wales & Education Cyber Security Cluster - 18 August 2020

18th August 2020 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

Four Cyber Security Clusters came together for a WUNDERBAR Summer meeting this month

The Cyber Wales Ecosystem were delighted to be hosting the Cyber Security Cluster Bonn, who are based in the North Rhine-Westphalia Region of Germany.

This most Western area of Germany, which includes major industrial centres such as Dortmund, Dusseldorf and Cologne as well as Bonn is the same distance from London as Holyhead - less than 300 miles and just over an hour on a plane. We heard from Andrew Harfoot, the London-based representative of NRW.INVEST, the state-owned economic development agency who conduct international marketing for the Region. Andrew's slides can be downloaded here

We also had a talk from Christian Schmickler of the Cyber Security Cluster Bonn which was founded in October 2018. It is an innovative IT security cluster which aims to increase implementation focus of Cyber Security, especially for SMEs, through conferences and events including their flagship "Cyber Security Tech Summit Europe" which was running as a virtual-conference two days after our meeting. The Cluster also bundles cooperations of research, industry, and public authorities in the field of cyber security, focusing on initiation of targeted research projects and active transformation of the latest research results into practice. Christian's slides can be downloaded here

This academic research focus was of particular interest to the members of our very own Education & Training Cluster who joining us to hear about the activities in Bonn and present some of the intitiatives in our own Welsh Universities.

It was fantastic to combine the Education & Training Cluster with the North Wales Cluster and the South Wales Cluster for the first time for what turned out to be an exciting mix of business and academic opportunities between Wales and Germany.

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 12 August 2020

12th August 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

This month, we had a crack at a CTF that has been built by the USWCTF gang at the University of South Wales.

Our Master of Ceremonies for this very active playtime session was Mat Rollings.

Mat (stealthcopter) has been an Android developer for about 10 years and has played and organised lots of CTFs in his time. He is just finishing a part time Master in Cyber Security at USW and will be ramping up his work at Immersive Labs at the end of the Summer.

Mat started the session by exploring how to exploit and escape from container environments such as Docker - followed by a very brief demonstration of this using tools developed for his masters thesis. A virtual machine was made available to download and try online at tryhackme.com to walk-through some of the exploits seen and also some of the metasploit modules that he's developed.

Then we shifted over to the USW CTF. Originally this CTF ran internally at USW for 2 weeks in March, and was well received. It was designed by Mat and Will Roberts (willpr) and has 75 challenges across a range of categories including Web, Crypto, Forensic, Stego, Priv Esc, Reverse Engineering, PWN, Programming and there are even a few "Lecturers' Specials".

The team had taken a selection of the best challenges to throw at us at our CTF Cluster meeting and after introducing the platform they ran through some of the easier and more interesting challenges. Then they opened it up and make things more interactive - answering questions we had and demonstrating requested challenges and sharing a few stories about some cool challenges from the metasploit CTFs they've done.

More than this... following the meeting the Challenges will stay online on uswctf.net for 1 week allowing people to complete them at their own pace and the source code is also available for specific challenges upon request.

A fantastic Cluster meeting I'm sure you will agree.

Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - 2 August 2020

2nd August 2020 | 14:00 - 15:30

Virtual Event

This webinar forms part of a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

The aim of sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers and the agenda for the first session included:-

17:00 - Opening & Introductions from Mr Faheem Azhar, Cyber Wales Steering Group Member and Strategic Advisor for the UAE & the Middle East Region, and Mr John Davies, Co-Founder & Chair of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

17:05 - A special guest speaker from the UAE, Her Excellency Dr Khawla Al Mulla. Currently the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Family Affairs (SCFA), Sharjah. Former Chairperson of the Ninth Legislative Term of the Sharjah Consultative Council, Former Executive Director of Family Development Centres, Former Member of Board of Directors of the Marriage Fund and Former Member of Board of Directors of the Women’s Committee of the Sharjah Charity International.

17:15 - Mrs Leanne Davies, Cyber Security Lecturer at Glyndwr University and architect of the Skills Wales Cyber Security Competition for the WorldSkills Tournement will provide an overview of the Cyber Threat Landscape and describe some of the most common forms of cyber attacks.

17:30 - Mr Mostyn Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Astrix Cyber Security Operations Centre will discuss the importance of measuring cyber risk and describe the famous Best Practice Framework run by the National Cyber Security Centre in the UK, the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

17:45 - Mr John Davies, Chief Executive Officer of Pervade Software will describe some of the next generation Systems and Technologies being implemented by corporations, the Police, the Health Industry and the Military to increase protection against cyber threats and provide early warning of cyber threats.

18:00 - Mr Chris Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Cybata and Chairman of the GDPR Data Privacy Cluster will discuss the Blended Approach to Building Cyber Awareness and providing ongoing training to keep people at all levels in an organisation up-to-date with the signs and indicators of cyber attacks.

18:15 - The talks will be followed by Questions & Answers and an open discussion on the topics covered in this webinar.

These sessions are a great example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the UAE to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.

Cyberwatching.eu Webinar - 23 July 2020

23rd July 2020 | 10:00 - 11:00

Online Event

In COVID-19 times, working from home allows to assure the safety and well-being of a company’s workforce and clients. Telework will go on for an indefinite period and could even become the new standard for companies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many SMEs to implement a quick transition to a more digitalised workflow. This rapid and, in many cases, involuntary modernisation of small and medium companies obviously carries with it also many cybersecurity risks.

It is therefore fundamental for SMEs to increase their knowledge of the cybersecurity area, as their unpreparedness can easily lead to the exposure of sensitive information on the internet and the loss of critical assets, also causing brand damage.

The webinar will be held by European experts in digital security coming from SME associations, Cybersecurity Clusters and EC funded projects.

Who is it for?

This webinar is targeting small and medium enterprises that are looking for general telework guidance and cybersecurity best practices.

Why attend?

  • Knowing the risk situations and the techniques of cyber attacks
  • Prepare your company to respond to risks with simple tips and best practices
  • Discover digital solutions that can help to increase your preparedness
Draft Agenda:

11:00 – 11:10 – Introduction to Cyberwatching..eu and its key assets - Nicholas Ferguson, Cyberwatching.eu
11:10 – 11: 20 – Teleworking and cybersecurity in times of Covid-19: challenges and risks for SMEs - Andrei Kelemen, ClujIT
11:20 – 11:30 – Digital Solutions in times of Covid-19 - Moritz Zimmerman, DSME
11:30 – 11:40 – Tips and Must Do's of cybersecurity - John Davies, CyberWales
11:40 – 11:50 – Round Table Q&A
11:50 – 12:00 – Closing remarks

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 21 July 2020

21st July 2020 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

Cyber Wales are delighted to welcome the Founder of GlobalWelsh, Walter May to join us at our July all Wales Cluster meeting.

Some of you may remember the last time Cyber Wales joined forces with GlobalWelsh to host an Academy Masterclass for ten top Welsh cyber-security companies last year. The event was run by Welsh-born Clearswift CEO Heath Davies, who invited 18 business leaders from ten Welsh cyber-security companies to join him and members of his executive management team for an intensive interactive masterclass to explore ideas and solutions to their specific growth challenges.

This is a great example of the work of GlobalWelsh, a grassroots not-for-profit organisation dedicated to connecting Wales to its global diaspora to bring about new connections, opportunities and ideas that will enrich the lives of Welsh people all over the world (GlobalWelsh now has members in 45 countries).

Despite being home to some of the UK's most innovative start-ups and promising entrepreneurs, Wales falls far behind the rest of the UK when it comes to raising capital (Equity deals completed in Wales represented just 3% of the number of UK equity investments according to Economic Intelligence Wales, April 2019). Keeping up to date with the Welsh investment landscape is hard. Talent is scattered, information is fragmented and opportunities are lost. GlobalWelsh want to change this by bringing together investors and business founders in Wales and offer entrepreneurs and investors the opportunities they deserve.

Walter May, Founder of GlobalWelsh, will join us and give an overview of GlobalWelsh, an update on GlobalWelsh activities and some specific information about the funding opportunities available.

We will also be joined by the NCSC Lead for CyberFirst who will be providing a briefing on the new CyberFirst Schools Programme.

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

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

We will also have updates on the business opportunities emerging from the UAE and Germany as Cyber Wales international collaboration continues to expand.

See you all there!

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - 15 July 2020

15th July 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

We were delighted to have an opportunity to learn more about the Cyber Detective CTF in this meeting.

This amazing CTF is a set of OSINT-focussed challenges created by the Cyber Society at Cardiff University, cunningly called the CyberSoc (I see what they did there - very clever!).

There are 40 challenges across 3 streams:-
* General Knowledge
* Life Online
* Evidence Investigation

We learnt more about the CyberSoc and the Cyber Detective CTF from the President of the Society, Jack Tilson.

This is what the University Societies pages says about them - "Join CyberSoc today, and you'll be rubbing shoulders with tremendously passionate students and industry players who are serious about cyber and want to make a difference. Employers frequently cite demonstration of passion for your field and a willingness to learn as top factors in the recruitment decision-making process. This could be a way for you to strengthen in these areas, and learn lots along the way too, helping to create a solid position for yourself in the job market!

In addition, this meeting included an open frame discussion on two voracious new threats which emerged in the previous few weeks. One a re-engineered ransomware and the other a fiendish stringing together of two exploits to create something more dangerous.

Both of these threats had been targeted at the NHS during these trying times and this warranted a similar (not-so-technical) discussion at the All Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting and we will be taking this oportunity to dive a bit deeper into these dastardly attacks.

Cyber Wales Cluster Webinar in the Middle East - July 2020

5th July 2020 | 14:00 - 15:30

Virtual Event

This was the first in a new series of Virtual Cyber Security Cluster meetings being run in collaboration with our strategic partners in the UAE and the Middle East Region.

The aim of sessions is for Cyber Wales members to share guidance and expertise with people and organisations in the Middle East on the following critical topics:-

* The Cyber Threat Landscape - to better understand what we are up against
* Measuring Cyber Risk Posture - using Best Practice Frameworks
* Implementing Cyber Protection - with leading edge Systems & Technologies
* Building Cyber Awareness - by developing a cyber secure culture

These sessions are designed for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers and the agenda for the first session included:-

17:00 - Opening & Introductions from Mr Faheem Azhar, Cyber Wales Steering Group Member and Strategic Advisor for the UAE & the Middle East Region, and Mr John Davies, Co-Founder & Chair of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

17:05 - A special guest speaker from the UAE, His Excellency Mr Youssef Mohamed Ismail, Vice Chairman of Department of Transportation of Ras Al Khaimah, Board Member of RAK Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Chairman of the Supreme Committee of Saud Bin Saqr Foundation for Youth Project Development.

17:15 - Mrs Leanne Davies, Cyber Security Lecturer at Glyndwr University and architect of the Skills Wales Cyber Security Competition for the WorldSkills Tournement provided an overview of the Cyber Threat Landscape and described some of the most common forms of cyber attacks.

17:30 - Mr Mostyn Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Astrix Cyber Security Operations Centre discussed the importance of measuring cyber risk and described the famous Best Practice Framework run by the National Cyber Security Centre in the UK, the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

17:45 - Mr John Davies, Chief Executive Officer of Pervade Software described some of the next generation Systems and Technologies being implemented by corporations, the Police, the Health Industry and the Military to increase protection against cyber threats and provide early warning of cyber threats.

18:00 - Mr Chris Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Cybata and Chairman of the GDPR Data Privacy Cluster discussed the Blended Approach to Building Cyber Awareness and providing ongoing training to keep people at all levels in an organisation up-to-date with the signs and indicators of cyber attacks.

18:15 - The talks were followed by Questions & Answers and an open discussion on the topics covered in this webinar.

More than 40 people attended this first session and it was unique example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joined with the cyber community of the UAE to share ideas and knowledge in the fight against cyber crime.

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - June 2020

16th June 2020 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

It had been a busy time for Cyber Security Professionals trying to run businesses during a lockdown, amid upheaval in our working practices and the ever-present threat of a debilitating illness.

So we thought we'd give everyone a chance to pause for a few moments to look at some of the latest threats to see what is hitting our companies and clients businesses and explore how we can help them.

Two weeks ago and NHS Trust in England was hit by the HARMA Virus, a derivative of the infamous Dharma Virus (which the FBI ranked as being the second highest earning ransomware of all time) but the code had been changed to better exploit RDP in response to the massive increase in home workers and remote sites.

This week the NHS were hit again by the SMBleed Virus, a sister to the SMBGhost Virus (also called CoronaBlue) a nasty Remote Code Execution hack. A PoC for SMBGhost was recently released which prompted heated debate about the advisability of sharing working code for such dangerous hacks when organisations are stretched so thin, with staff and resource issues and, in the case of the NHS with other things on their minds!

The session this month was an informal presentation of some background information to these attacks and an opportunity to ask technical questions about them and explore ways to mitigate against them, monitor and identify them and recover from them.

The meeting was run as a webinar and more than 70 attendees from the Cyber Wales Ecosystem, including overseas partners, joined in to help make this a relaxed and chatty session.

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - June 2020

10th June 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

We had a very special guest speaker this month! Richard Bloxam-Rose is a skilled cyber security specialist having worked with the US DoD in Iraq as well as in cyber teams of global organisations like Commerzbank and Merrill Lynch and is currently in a Threat & Vulnerability operation. He has also served 10 years in the British Army as a Communications Systems & Cyber Operator in the Royal Corps of Signals on deployments with 32 Signal Regiment in the North and with 39 Signal Regiment in the South and currently with the Specialist Group Information Services Squadron (SGIS) based in the Corps HQ in Blandford.

The co-founder of a new learning group in the Armed Forces called "TriHacking" which is aimed at Army, Navy & Air Force cyberists, Richard spends his spare time teaching & coaching cyber security to Regulars and Reservists alike and at our CTF Cluster meeting this week, he gave a walk-through of a "Boot-to-Root Challenge" from the hacking platform VulnHub. Below is a recording of the walk-through session for those of you that missed it.

Over the years, people have been creating cyber learning resources and a lot of time has been put into them, creating 'hidden gems' of training material. However, unless you know of them, its hard to discover them. So, VulnHub was born to capture and share as many of these as possible, creating a catalogue of 'stuff' that is (legally) 'breakable, hackable & exploitable' - allowing you to learn in a safe environment and practise 'stuff' out.

Up to this point, at CTF Cluster meetings, we had explored home-grown Flags, HackTheBox and Immersive Labs Challenges but this is the first time we delved into the treasure-trove that is VulnHub - and Richard ("Bloxy" to his friends) was our guide.

This meeting also had a very international flavour with special guests joining, including the head of the Ras Al Khaimah Cyber Cluster in the UAE, a Colonel from the Dubai Police Cyber Team, the head of the Austrian Cyber Cluster and two guys from a Cyber Cluster and Hackathon Club in Kenya and we are speaking with all of them about future collaborations.

All Wales Cyber Security Cluster - May 2020

19th May 2020 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

The Coronavirus had successfully scuppered the last two Cyber Security Cluster meetings in both the North and the South but life went on and so much had been happening we thought it was time to get together, albeit virtually, for a catch-up.

Although North & South Wales members gather together over video link every month for the Capture the Flag Cluster meetings, this is not something we had done much of at the main Regional meetings. I fact, the last time the Cluster combined for an All Wales Cluster meeting was back in June 2017 in the glorious sunshine and seaside atmosphere of Aberystwyth.

This time, from the glorious sunshine of our own back gardens and in true "catch-up" style, we had a series of updates from various cyber powerhouses including:-

Faheem Azhar, the Cyber Wales Representative in the United Arab Emirates provided an update on how the relationship between the Cyber Wales Ecosystem and the Emirates has progressed and described the basis of the new Memorandum of Understanding and some of the opportunities for Cluster members in the coming year.

Ben Shaps, the Head of Cyber Growth in the Cyber Security & Digital Identity Directorate at the Department for Digital Culture, Media & Sport summarised all of the great work that has been going on over the last year or so to bring the Government closer to the Cyber Security Clusters in the UK and detailed some new initiatives to help cyber companies to grow.

Andrew Roughan, the MD of Plexal who run the LORCA Accelerator gave an overview of what the next batch of companies in Cohort 5 will be doing as part of the Accelerator programme. This highly successful cyber accelerator funded by DCMS and delivered by Plexal, Deloitte and CSIT has seen 4 previous cohorts of companies crystalise their cyber offerings and make rapid growth gains, including Cyber Wales clusters members so it was great to get a closer look at exactly what companies go through.

Dr Scott Morgan, the Digital Lead at Bridgend College and Project Lead for Cyber College Cymru gave an overview of this brand new partnered initiative that creates pathways into a digital career in cyber. Working closely with Cyber Wales (that means you!), students will meet industry leaders and professionals in cyber (yes, you again!) and tackle challenges you may have. (this initiative was subsequently launched the following Wednesday in a web-session run jointly with the Cyber Wales CTF Cluster meeting)

Nick Lambe, the MD of Gordalex told us about his efforts to lobby UK Government back at the start of the COVID outbreak about the lack of a coherent technology to call for volunteers including location services & security of private data and how this led to a proposal to start a new tech security company, Certifr Ltd, during the COVID lockdown rather than wait until after the crisis.

And, if that wasn't enough, we had updates on how the NHS Wales Call to Action went, how Cyber Wales has been helping the Armed Forces and Welsh Colleges as well as a run through of some of the opportunities on the website.

Well, I did say that we had a lot of catching up to do!

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - May 2020

13th May 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

This meeting was run as a Webinar which was combined with the official launch of the amazing new Cyber College Cymru initiative.

Bridgend College, in partnership with Coleg Gwent and the University of South Wales, were launching a scheme which will start in September 2020 that will form a new qualification in cyber security. The initiative will offer learners hundreds of hours of industry input with big-name industry partners and members of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem(that means you!).

The Cyber College Cymru launch started at 17:30 and there were introductory talks by Admiral, Thales and Fujitsu and, to provide an example of cyber learning in action, there was a follow-along walk-through of the infamous WannaCry Randsomware by Leanne Davies from Cyber Wales, Cyber Security Lecturer at Glyndwr University (using Immersive Labs).

After a Q&A the Launch event closed and the web-session flowed seamlessly into the CTF Cluster meeting where we continued the WannaCry theme with a walk-through of another Immersive Lab on how to find and trip the Kill Switch in the WannaCry source code delivered by Jason from Cyber Wales and the North Wales CYber Cyber Securoty Cluster.

We were also treated to a session from Cyber Wales member Nick Lambe from Gordalex, who is ex-military intelligence who talked about how getting the basics of OSINT right can be a lot more powerful that you might think - especially around associations and the wider OSINT environment - and he used a real live example to illustrate his points.

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - April 2020

8th April 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00

Webinar

This meeting was run over Webinar an online 'follow-along hack' walk-through and we walked through the steps required to register for an account on HackTheBox.

Hack The Box was formed in 2017 by James Hooker and Haris Pylarinos and the UK-based platform has become a very popular online platform for individuals, universities & colleges and corporate organisations all over the world.

It is described as "A massive playground for you to learn and improve your pen-testing skills" and there are plenty of labs to get stuck into as well as forums and competitions.

However there is a catch! In order to register you will need a Token and to get that token you will need to actually "hack the box" - yes, you need to hack the platform in order to get an account on the platform (absolute genius!)

In this month's Cyber Wales CTF Cluster meeting we walked through some of the aspects of this mulit-part hack in a webinar and all of the attendees were able to follow along. Those who paid attention and were good enough ended up with an account on the platform.

Here is a slide deck showing the HackTheBox Entry Flag Run-through

One of our members, Neil from Gower College was on the Webinar and streamed it over his Twitch channel to over 40 of this students. Here is a link to the recording of that stream - https://www.twitch.tv/videos/586557422 - Thank you Neil!

South Wales Cyber Security Cluster - February 2020

18th February 2020 | 14:00 - 16:00

Principality Stadium, St David's Lounge, Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1NS

Yes, it was 6 Nations time again and as we have done for the last 5 years, we visited the hallowed ground of the Principality Stadium and ran our meeting in the South Stand Suite overlooking the sacred pitch. The game against Italy was a terrific start to this year's competition but then the Ireland game was a turn for the worst so we were all looking forward to an exciting (and successful?) Championship again this year.

The meeting itself was a special one as well - we were hosting our friends and colleagues from the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) for the first time.

Many of us are already members but for those who didn't know, the organisation used to be called the IISP (Institute of Information Security Professionals) and they changed their name last year when they were granted Royal Charter status which was a terrific achievement for this team who are dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in information security.

CIISec represents professionalism, integrity and excellence within information and cyber security their principal objectives are:- • To promote, for the public benefit, the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the field of information security • To develop high ethical standards for practitioners in information security and to promote professional standards in the UK and overseas • To act as an authoritative body for the purpose of consultation and research in matters of education or public interest concerning information security

As you can see, these objectives compliment the aims of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem and the Welsh Clusters and we were delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with them.

This collaboration was orchestrated by our own Steve John from Coast Consultants who has been a proactive member of our Steering Group for many years and continues to drive the West Wales agenda for Cyber Wales. Steve is also very active in CIISec and has been helping them to formulate a regular presence in Wales as they continue to expand and grow.

At the meeting we heard from Amanda Finch, CEO of CIISec who told us all about their journey to reach the chartered status, the services they provide for their members as well as their ideas and plans for the future.

We gave a big warm welcome to our colleagues from CIISec and had another cracking meeting, chatting about all things cyber while staring in awe at the Pitch where dreams are made [sigh!]

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - February 2020

12th February 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00

National Cyber Security Academy, University of South Wales, Newport, Wales, NP20 2AL

The inaugural meeting of the Cyber Wales Capture the Flag Cluster last month was a huge success and we were really keen to run the second instalment.

This new Cluster is designed to provide a welcoming and safe environment for folks of all abilities to come and learn about the techniques required for participating in CTFs and Hackathons.

Whether you just want to know more about the gamification of the cyber threat (and how gaining Red Team skills can enhance Blue Team capability), whether you want to try this fun way to accelerate knowledge and skill, or whether you want to get involved in CTF events, this new cluster and its members are here to help.

At each meeting, we work with samples of real CTF challenges and this month the discipline we focused on was Forensics and we once again turned to a PCAP File, a favourite at most CTFs.

Here is a copy of the PCAP File we used

One of our members, Toby Jackson (Cyber Security Student at USW), has provided a walk-through for the February PCAP Challenge - https://0xskunk.github.io/Cyber-Wales-CTF-Cluster-Forensics-Challenge/ - Thank you Toby!

And Neil Griffiths, IT Lecturer at Gower College Swansea, ran a Walk-through of the PCAP on the GCS Owl's Twitch Channel for his students in lockdown.

The challenges in this PCAP ranged from Straightforward to more Technical and Specialised levels of difficulty so there was something for everyone to try.

For those in the room who didn't fancy having go themselves we also did a complete walk-through of the sample challenges so everyone could see how they are done and had the chance to discuss them with other attendees.

The meeting ran in both North and South Wales simultaneously and was connected via video and audio, allowing attendees to gain the maximum benefit from speakers at both locations.

South Wales Cyber Security Cluster - January 2020

21st January 2020 | 14:00 - 16:00

National Cyber Security Academy, University of South Wales, Newport, Wales, NP20 2BP

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda pawb - Happy New Year everyone!

We had a very special Cluster meeting lined up to kick off the new decade.

Andy Williams, Cyber Advisor for the Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation came back to Wales to give us a briefing on some of the fantastic programmes coming up this year.

I say "coming back" because Andy is a staunch Welshman who has been a proactive supporter of the Cyber Wales Clusters since they were first formed, even while he has been travelled the world as a Cyber Envoy.

From 2008 to 2012 he was the U.S. government's international trade advisor on cyber security at the American Embassy in London and then, from 2015 to 2017, he served as the UK government's first Cyber Envoy to the U.S. at the British Embassy in Washington DC, where he helped over 100 UK cyber companies with their U.S. business expansion activities. He also acts as a selector and mentor on various government-funded cyber incubator, accelerator and business support programmes.

Andy is also an independent management consultant who specialises in advising cybersecurity business leaders on transatlantic expansion so members who have aspirations in the US markets took the opportunity to chat with Andy.

The meeting was held in the Cyber Village space at the National Cyber Security Academy in USW's City Campus in Newport. Which also gave us all an opportunty to catch up with how the Cyber Academy students have beenn getting on in their quest to become tomorrow's cyber experts.

We really got 2020 off to a great start and had an amazing first Cluster meeting of the year.

Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - January 2020

16th January 2020 | 16:00 - 18:00

University of South Wales Newport City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP

Our next Women in Cyber Wales meeting will be a Capture the Flag event!

Held at the University of South Wales Newport City Campus on Thursday 16th January 4pm-6pm.

You are welcome to organise your own team for the event or we can help place you in a team closer to the competition.

So bring along your friends or colleagues and let us welcome in the new year together with this fantastic event!

What is Capture the Flag?

Capture the Flag is a competition event which consists of a series of challenges that require participants to exercise their different skills to solve, which may be vital in a cyber security environment. Once a challenge is solved, a “flag” is given to the player and they submit this flag to the CTF server to earn points. Players can participate by themselves or as part of a team to attempt to score the highest number of points. Types of challenges can include programming, cryptography, exploitation and reverse engineering.

Women in Cyber Wales

Women in Cyber Wales is a networking event for women working (or hoping to work) in the cyber industry in Wales. Women in Cyber Wales is a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber cluster and grew out of a visible lack of gender diversity in the Cyber Security industry. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity for networking and support, where women aren't in the minority, and to provide a platform for women to share the amazing work they are doing in the field.

New members are always very welcome.

Meetings are held roughly once a month in South Wales and you don't have to be Welsh to join us! Dates are announced on our Twitter feed @WomenCyberWales or you can send us a message to be added to the contacts list.

Cyber Wales CTF Cluster - January 2020

15th January 2020 | 18:00 - 20:00

National Cyber Security Academy, University of South Wales, Newport, NP20 2AL

Prior to this event, we sent out the following description of what the CTF Cluster is all about...

“Hackathon”, “Cyber Challenge”, “Code Fest”, “Red Team vs Blue Team”, “Black-hatting”, “Capture the Flag”

These are all words that are very familiar to people who have been involved in competitive computer gaming, coding and hacking but they are relatively new to the 'main stream' and have really come to the fore along with the rise of the cyber threat and need for everyone to become more cyber-savvy.

For the un-initiated, these words may also conjure up some scary images of rooms full of very knowledgeable computer geeks with lots of experience of hacking, able to use their computers with as much ease as kids seem to use computer game controllers, who could undoubtedly run rings around anyone who would not be considered an “expert”.

But... are you curious? Have you ever wondered:-
* What it's all about?
* What actually happens at one of these events?
* Just how much knowledge and/or experience do you need in order to take part?
* How much do you need to know to not look like a muppet? (after all, the gaming community are pretty famous for being brutal in their verbal haranguing of new people in their midst - ”nubes”).
* What is the point of doing a hackathon?
* Is it just a game or is there a hidden benefit to the 'gamification' of the hacker vs the SOC contest (or Red Team vs Blue Team)?

Or... have you been to these events and now you are looking for additional places where you can learn more about the tools and techniques, gain more knowledge and build your experience to be better at it?

If so, then welcome to The Cyber Wales Capture the Flag Cluster

This new cluster is designed to provide a welcoming environment for all abilities to come and learn about the techniques required for participating in CTFs, whether you are looking to just know more about how these competitions work, looking to enter your first event or are and experienced CTF participant, this new cluster is here to help.

Each month, attendees will experience samples of real CTF challenges including complete walk-throughs for the sample challenges and the ability to network and discuss topics of interest with other attendees.

The Cluster will also be 'Ground Zero' for a brand new Cyber Wales National Capture the Flag Competition which will run every year (starting now!) and the meetings will provide coaching and advice for members who want to take part.


This description piqued the interest of more than 80 people from all walks of life including CISOs, IT staff, Red Team Operators, Risk Consultants, Students and Faculty members from universities and colleges who all turned up to the launch of this new cluster.

The meeting ran in both North and South Wales simultaneously and people at Glyndwr University were connected via video and audio to people in the University of South Wales, allowing attendees to gain the maximum benefit from speakers at both locations.

After an introductory presentation there were demonstrations given of 4 key types of CTF challenge:-

* OSINT - a typical Level 1 social engineering challenge
* Forensics - a typical Level 1-2 PCAP analysis challenge (PCAP File)
* Offensive - a typical Level 1 web-site penetration challenge
* Knowledge - a typical Level 1 technical knowledge challenge


These were not interactive challenges, they were walk-throughs from a slide deck which can be downloaded here.

North Wales Cyber Security Cluster - August 2019

17th October 2019 | 14:00 - 16:00

Webinar

North Wales Cyber Security Cluster was pleased to once again welcome NCSC to discuss the latest initiatives & plans for CyberUK 2020 in Wales.

This presentation included discussing some of the current guidance and initiatives from NCSC along with plans for bringing the UK Government's Flagship Cyber Security Event (CyberUK) to Wales in 2020.

In addition to hearing from NCSC, we also heard from Nigel Houlden and Leanne Davies from Glyhndwr University about the opportunities for experts and students to get involved in both the Cyber First Competition as well as Skills Competition Wales and World Skills 2023.

There was plenty of opportunity for attendees to ask questions of our speakers and as usual there was lots of time for networking.

Below is more detail about the NCSC and what they do.

The NCSC was set up to help protect our critical services from cyber attacks, managing major incidents and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations. Their vision is to help make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

Who we are

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is the UK’s authority on cyber security. We are a part of GCHQ. The NCSC brings together and replaces CESG (the information security arm of GCHQ), the Centre for Cyber Assessment (CCA), Computer Emergency Response Team UK (CERT UK) and the cyber-related responsibilities of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI).

The NCSC has access to some of the most sophisticated capabilities available to government. We acknowledge the sensitivity of these resources, whilst working to make the benefits of our expertise as widely available as possible. Further information is available by downloading and reading the NCSC overview.

How we work

The NCSC is open and accessible. We work collaboratively with other government agencies and departments, law enforcement, defence, the UK’s intelligence and security agencies and our international partners. We recognise the value of diversity and different perspectives and bring together a unique range of talents, skills and experience to tackle the hardest cyber security challenges that we face.

We are expert and look to the future. We exchange talent with other organisations through secondments and interchanges; this allows us to foster the technical innovation needed to succeed in an ever changing landscape.

Cyber Education & Training Cluster - September 2019

24th September 2019 | 14:00 - 16:00

Campus Boardroom, Bridgend College, Cowbridge Rd, Bridgend, CF31 3DF

The next meeting of the Education & Training Cluster will be jam-packed with news and information about Cyber Education in Wales and it will be held at Bridgend College once again.

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott OBE, winner of the STEM 'Pioneer' Award 2017 will share thoughts on encouraging people into STEM subjects.

Careers Wales will be discussing how they engage with schools and the work being carried out by a particular Cardiff school on encouraging pupils into cyber security;

VMWare will also be at the meeting to share information with us on their numerous training and education initatives;

Wydean School will also provide an update on exciting opportunities for schools and young people in cyber.

And our wonderful hostess, Claire George will give us an update on how our Welsh entrants got on at the World Skills 2019 competition in Kazan, Russia.

There will be an opportunity for attendees to feedback on work they are doing on the education and training front in cybersecurity and highlight any issues they want to discuss.

If you cannot attend in person please contact me straight away because arrangements can be made for you to join us remotely by video link, just as our colleagues at Glyndwr University in North Wales will be doing.

Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - September 2019

10th September 2019 | 10:00 - 12:00

University of South Wales Newport City Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP

Speakers:

Sangeet Bhullar – Explore the changing digital landscape, and the digital literacy everyday citizens need to benefit from online technologies, whilst managing online challenges

Rosie Nash – Cyber Security: A Teenagers Perspective

There will be tea, coffee and welsh cakes!

Women in Cyber Wales is a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber cluster and grew out of a visible lack of gender diversity in the Cyber Security industry. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity for networking and support, where women aren't in the minority, and to provide a platform for women to share the amazing work they are doing in the field.

New members are always very welcome.

Meetings are held roughly once a month in South Wales and you don't have to be Welsh to join us! Dates are announced on our Twitter feed @WomenCyberWales or you can send us a message to be added to the contacts list.

If you are interested in speaking at one of our events please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Data Privacy Cluster - August 2019

6th August 2019 | 16:30 - 18:00

Atradius, Cardiff, CF10 4WZ

This Cluster is an informal networking group for all those with a responsibility for ensuring an organisation's compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.

With regular speakers and updates, the Cluster aims to help people to stay abreast of the constantly changing requirements and controls as countries around the worls update their individual data protection laws.

Data Privacy Cluster - July 2019

4th July 2019 | 16:30 - 18:00

CPS Recruitment, 1st Floor, Golate House, St Mary Street, Cardiff, CF10 1DX

This Cluster is an informal networking group for all those with a responsibility for ensuring an organisation's compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.

With regular speakers and updates, the Cluster aims to help people to stay abreast of the constantly changing requirements and controls as countries around the worls update their individual data protection laws.

Cyber Education & Training Cluster - June 2019

25th June 2019 | 14:00 - 16:00

Bridgend College, Pencoed Campus, Pencoed, CF35 5LG

The Education & Training Cluster of Cyber Wales is pleased to welcome you to its inaugural meeting which will take place on Tuesday 25 June 2019 2-4pm and is kindly hosted by Bridgend College at the Fairwood Trust Success Centre located at Pencoed Campus.

If you are not able to attend in person, you may be able to join us by video link. Please contact Kerry Beynon at [email protected] for more information.

What is the Education & Training Cluster?

The Education and Training Cluster aims to bring together businesses, schools, colleges, academia and the public sector to discuss how Wales can ensure that it meets its present and future needs in terms of skills, education and training for the cyber security industry.

If you have an interest in education and training and work in or have an interest in cyber security, then please join us at this FREE event.

You can follow us on Twitter @ETCyberWales for updates.

The Cyber Wales privacy notice can be found on the Cyber Wales website.

CNI, OT & ICS Cluster - May 2019

15th May 2019 | 14:00 - 16:00

School of Computer Science and Informatics (COMSC), Queen’s Buildings, Cardiff University, The Parade, CF24 3AA, Cardiff

This will be the inaugural meeting of the new CNI, OT & ICS Cyber Cluster.

The aim of this new Cluster is to provide a platform to share intelligence and explore ideas on the specific cyber security challenges being faced by organisations working in Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), Operational Technology (OT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

This first meeting will be held at Cardiff University and the guest speaker is Charith Perera (MBA, PhD), a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in computing science at Cardiff University. He received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Currently, he is also a Researcher-in-Residence (part-time) at Digital Catapult, London.

The School of Computer Sciences and Informatics has been very successful in attracting external cybersecurity research funding amounting to more than £7.5m which has been awarded from a number of the 7 Research Councils that make up UK Research & Innovation (used to be called Research Councils UK).

One such project is the PETRAS (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Acceptability, and Security) Research Hub, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. Charith is a Co-Investigator at the PETRAS 2 National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity and he will describe the work of this project and it's importance to those working in OT.

If you work in, or have an interest in, cyber security in the industrial sectors then please feel free to come along to these meetings. They are free to attend and will provide a relaxed forum for networking, sharing best practice and collaborating.

IP Wales Cluster - December 2017

19th December 2017 | 14:00 - 16:00

The Great Hall, Swansea University, Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Swansea, SA1 8EN

The 2017 Christmas meeting of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster saw the launch of the IP Wales Cluster and was hosted in the Great Hall of the amazing new Swansea University campus, which is now up and running and brimming over with students.

In October, Hillary Clinton visited the Campus to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of her commitment to promoting the rights of families and children around the world and to unveil a commemorative stone to mark the renaming of Swansea University’s College of Law & Criminology to the "Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law". Hillary Clinton's family originates in Wales with Great Grandparents from Abergavenny, Llangynidr and Pembrokeshire who emigrated to the USA to start the famous Pennsylvania family.

The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law sponsored our meeting which also marked the launch of a new member of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem - the IP Cluster - being run in conjunction with IP Wales, an award winning business support initiative operating out of the School. IP Wales recognises that cybercriminals are increasingly coming to recognise the value of confidential data held by Welsh SMEs, be it sensitive information about the business operation or customer information. The aim of both IP Wales and the IP Cluster is to help Welsh SMEs in their use of the Intellectual Property system with close working relationships with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the UK Intellectual Property Office. Andrew Beale, Associate Professor at Swansea University gave a presentation on the IP Wales Cybercrime initiative (2017-20) and explained how the IP Cluster will work moving forward.

There was also a presentation on the new £32m Computational Foundry currently being built on the site which is fast becoming an impressive addition to the Swansea Bay skyline. This facility will act as a beacon for research collaborations and will look to attract leading researchers to Wales and make a solid contribution to computational cyber security.

There would have been be a tour of the Campus to showcase these brand new facilities but ubfortunately, the weather got in the way.

Being the Christmas meeting, there was an appetite for some mince pies and Cluster member, Dr Kerry Beynon of Acuity Legal, had very kindly sponsored a wonderful Xmas Buffet which provided the ideal gathering place to chat and network before and after the meeting itself.

A great way to end 2017 - Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd!

GDPR Sub-Cluster - July 2016

28th July 2016 | 14:00 - 16:00

Atradius, Cardiff, CF10 4WZ

On 4th May 2016 a new General Data Protection Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the EU along with notice that it will come into effect on the 25th May 2018. It takes the form of a “Regulation” as opposed to the old “Directive” which means it has the power to impose fines and it applies to…

“Data controllers and processors outside the EU whose processing activities relate to the offering of goods or services (even if for free) to, or monitoring the behaviour (within the EU) of, EU data subjects”

So, if you hold or process information about any EU citizen then you will need to be compliant with these new regulations regardless of whether you are a European company or the outcomes of BRexit – any company in the world can be fined. It is very different to many existing data protection laws and contains many onerous obligations that will take time to prepare for.

This Sub-cluster of the Wales Cyber Security Clusters is open to those with a responsibility for ensuring an organisation's compliance with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation who want to share ideas, challenges and best practice in the run-up to the 2018 deadline.

South Wales Cyber Security Cluster - July 2014

16th July 2014 | 14:00 - 16:00

Urquhart-Dykes & Lord,
Churchill House,
Churchill Way,
Cardiff,
CF10 2HH

The first ever Cyber Wales event was the newly formed South Wales Cyber Security Cluster meeting which ran in July 2014.

The meeting was officially opened by Dr Emma Philpott from the UK Cyber Security Forum who formally welcomed the new Cluster, the first open cluster to follow in the footsteps of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster and spoke about some success stories of collaborative working in the original Malvern Group.

The inaugural guest speaker was Professor Andrew Blyth from the University of South Wales who gave a very entertaining in-depth briefing on some of the forensics and vulnerability projects he has run for the police, GCHQ, government and private bodies in the university's multi-million pound security lab environment.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Welsh Government's ICT Sector Team and the South Wales Police Cyber Crime Unit.

A number of prominent security companies attended such as Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP who hosted the meeting, Pervade Software, Westgate Cyber Security and Skybrid.

Some independent cyber security specialist consultants were also there, including Meirion Morgan and Jeremy Creasey as well as an organisation associated with the cyber community Thomas Carroll Group Plc who are creating cyber insurance cover.

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