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.