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.