Cyber Wales Events

Upcoming Events

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.

Previous Events

Women in Cyber Wales Cluster - 18 September 2020

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

Online Event

The Women in Cyber cluster is a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber Cluster. The meetings provide 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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The Cyber Security Cluster Bonn is looking forward to your participation.

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.

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.

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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