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European Cyber Week – Rennes – 19 November 2018


As a territory at the cutting edge of cyber defense and cyber security, Brittany welcomed the 3rd edition of the European Cyber Week, from November 19th to 22th 2018.

At this European event, organised in Rennes by the 'Pôle d’Excellence Cyber' and its partners, the programme included technical conferences, business meetings and high-level events, addressing civilian and military stakes, around the thematic of Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security, and its applications in the area of health, media and defense.  Members of Cyber Wales met with representatives of the Pôle d’Excellence Cyber at the St David's Day event in Brussels back in March and planning for this return visit began then.

Cyber Wales representative Dr Kerry Beynon, European data privacy expert, partner at RDP Law, joined an impressive group of panelists for a main stage discussion titled "From Silicon Valley to Start up Nation: which opportunities for European Valleys?".

Fellow panelists included Laurent de Mercey the Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy at the European Commission, Bertrand Piechaczyk the Engineering Unit Director from Bretagne Développement Innovation, José Calvo Territory Director for the Salamanca Institute in Castilla y León, Javier Barriocanal the Head of the Basque Cybersecurity Center and Jarno Salonen the Director of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Welsh Government Trade & Invest teams including Neil Sandford from Wales and Ruth Stockley from the EU office in Brussels worked hard to organise for a Trade Mission of Welsh businesses to attend the event and all the delegates were able to capitalise on how well Kerry positioned Cyber Wales and it's role on the Global stage.

 


CYBERSEC EU – Krakow – 8 October 2018


CYBERSEC EU is an annual public policy conference held at the ICE Congress Centre in Krakow, Poland dedicated to the strategic challenges of cybersecurity.

The conference is the flagship event of The Kosciuszko Institute a Founding Member of GlobalEPIC alongside Cyber Wales and this event was a perfect opportunity for representatives of the Ecosystems to meet and have a catch up.

One of the Institutional Patrons of the CYBERSEC Forum is the Cyberwatching Project, the European observatory of research and innovation in the field of cybersecurity and privacy, and this year the Project ran their inaugural Annual Workshop in the Auditorium in Krakow.

Cyber Wales representative John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, who proactively support the Cyberwatching Project, was invited to speak on stage at the Forum and as a Panelist in the Inaugural Workshop.

John joined: David Wallom, Associate Professor at Oxford University; Michel Drescher from the e-Research Centre at Oxford University; Raul Valera of AEI Ciberseguridad in Spain; Jose Ruiz, a senior cybersecurity expert at Atos; and Aitor Vieira from the CYBECO project, a collaboration between seven European institutions. The topic was assessing research outputs within the cybersecurity and privacy landscape.


Cyber Security Week – The Hague – 4 October 2018


On 4 & 5 October the Cyber Security Week Congress & Expo consisted of an exposition for national and international organisations to display their innovative cyber security solutions, a matchmaking programme with pre-arranged meetings, an Access to Capital event, an Access to Talent event and dozens of other cyber security related keynotes, sessions and workshops.

The CSW Congress and Expo was powered by The Hague Security Delta, a Founding Member of GlobalEPIC (the Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnership and Innovation in Cyber) and took place at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague.

John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, attended the event to represent Cyber Wales and the Welsh Cyber Security Clusters at the GlobalEPIC Annual Symposium which was one of the independent events at the Congress.

The symposium marked the anniversary of the launch of GlobalEPIC and it was a terrific opportunity for the original 14 Ecosystems to come together again and also to meet representatives from the new Ecosystems who have joined GlobalEPIC over the previous 12 months.

The Ecosystem of ecosystems has grown since it was launched to encompass no fewer than 26 Cyber Security Ecosystems from 22 countries spanning 5 continents.  New Ecosystems represented at the Symposium included the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Taiwan, Turkey and the Basque Region of Spain.


Launch of the Dubai Cyber Security Cluster – Dubai – 30 September 2018


Cyber Wales representative Damon Rands, CEO of Wolfberry Cyber Ltd was at the launch the new Dubai Cyber-Security Cluster in Emirates Towers in Dubai.

Damon, one of a number of Cyber Wales members who have operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), runs his organisation from the Emirates Towers and has formed strong links with other cyber businesses in the area since opening his offices there. Having been a long-standing member of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster and pro-actively involved in the formation of Cyber Wales, Damon was able to share information and ideas about what makes a successful Cluster.

Working with the Dubai Police, the Dubai Futures Academy and other local cyber firms to help get this new Cluster off the ground, Damon is also continuing to foster close working relationships with Cyber Wales and promote the Region to other Welsh companies who could benefit from the businesses opportunities available in the UAE's fast growing economy.

The new Cluster aims to bring together law enforcement, Government, industry professionals and enthusiasts towards the goal of advancing Cyber-Security in the UAE and more broadly, the Middle East.

The Cluster looks to support the initiatives and direction of the UAE Government and to help make local business more secure and resilient to attack by fostering knowledge sharing and the development of new skills and capabilities in the region.


Launch of Women in Cyber Cluster – Newport – 18 September 2018


Another Cyber Security Cluster has been formed under the umbrella of Cyber Wales.

Clare Johnson, Head of Cyber Security in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Science at the University of South Wales launched the Women in Cyber Cluster at the University's City Campus in Newport on Tuesday afternoon.

Clare heads up the team who run the National Cyber Security Academy, a BSc (Hons) Applied Cyber Security degree course where students work directly on ‘live briefs’ from industry, so their training will stay relevant and address current issues and topics. This hands-on approach also enables students to gain industry contacts and understand what will be expected of them in the workplace when they graduate.

The Academy punches above its weight when it comes to female to male students as well as staff and Clare is keen to make this precedent the "norm" in an industry still predominantly populated by men.

The meetings provide a valuable way for women working, or hoping to work, in the cyber industry to meet and support each other.

Speakers are organised for each of the monthly meetings, but most importantly there is always plenty of opportunity to chat, share ideas and provide advice for each other in this dynamic industry.


SIN2018 – Cardiff – 12 September 2018


The 11th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks (SIN-2018) organized by Cardiff University, School of Computer Science and Informatics, provides an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in theory, methodology and applications of Security in information and networks.

The conference invites significant contributions from researchers and industrial working on the development of cryptographic algorithms, security schemes, cryptanalysis, application security, system security, cloud security and network security. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform to the researchers and practitioners from both academia as well as industry to meet and share cutting-edge advancements in the field of information and network security.

The event was attended by Universities and Institutes from around the world including the USA, Turkey, Australia, Russia and India and, in recognition of the role Cyber Wales now plays on the Global stage members of the Ecosystem were asked to participate.

Representatives from Cyber Wales contributed by staging a discussion panel. Moderated by John Davies Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, and attended by Jason Davies Founder and Chair of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster and Cyber Wales members Anthony Matthews of Charmwood Risk Management, Marie Caruso of Arcanum Cyber Security, Corporal Mark Howells of 53 Squadron of the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army.

After a brief presentation on the background and scope of Cyber Wales the discussion was very much audience driven in what turned out to be a very interactive and engaging session.


Welsh Cyber Summit – Newport – 19 April 2018


In September 2014 the NATO Summit was held in Newport in Wales. The agenda placed a major emphasis on cyber security and this event was closely followed by the first Welsh Industry Cyber Summit in early 2015 organised by CEMET (the Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies). The Summit was run again in April this year and this time it formed part of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

Cyber Wales Ecosystem includes cyber activities being carried out by Government, Business, Law Enforcement and Academia and this year's Summit included sessions from each of these allies in the battle against cyber crime.

In partnership with CEMET, Welsh Government, Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit (TARIAN), the University of South Wales and Cyber Wales, this event brought together experts in each field so that delegates could learn about the ever-changing threat of Cyber Crime and how to better protect their businesses.

John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster delivered a key note talk at the opening of this prestigious event, describing the growth of the cyber security ecosystem in Wales, which is now an internationally recognised brand that encapsulates all aspects of cyber security in Wales and acts as a mark of expertise, quality and clarity in a complex and rapidly changing area of life.


CyberUK – Manchester – 10 April 2018


CYBERUK is the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) flagship event on cyber security. Over three days, 2,000 people attended events covering both strategy (CYBERUK Leadership) and delivery (CYBERUK In Practice) – gaining up to date information and industry leading insights.

Leadership: The Government’s leadership event for business and public sector decision makers and strategists saw key senior staff – policy makers, CEOs and thought leaders – learning about and contributing to the development of the latest thinking on how cyber security and business acumen come together to deliver successful business outcomes. Speakers were drawn from the same community as the 600+ vetted delegates – Government, Academia, the Third sector, Critical National Infrastructure and Industry. Minister-led, this event featured senior representatives from GCHQ and the NCSC.

In Practice: Brought together 1200+ information security professionals including specialists in the design and development of online services and systems, plus professionals in procurement and delivery. It was an opportunity to share best practice, learn about the latest security threats and solutions, and consider the growing challenges we all face.

Welsh Government had a stand at the event showcasing the Cyber Wales Ecosystem and the breadth and depth of cyber expertise in Wales.

Cyber Wales representatives Clare Johnson, Head of Cyber Security for the Faculty of Computing Engineering & Science at the University of South Wales and John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster helped to man the stand and answered questions about Welsh cyber capability.

This attracted attention from the Joint Cyber Unit, part of the Joint Forces Command, who volunteered to come to Wales and speak at a Cluster meeting about the exciting work of cyber in the Armed Forces as well as from various Government entities and cyber companies.


Cyber Wales in the Press – BBC – 28 March 2018


The prime minister Teresa May was in South Wales as part of her whistle-stop tour around the UK to mark one year to go until Brexit. BBC Wales political correspondent James Williams interviewed key industry leaders in various sectors to highlight the anticipated impact of Brexit.

In a news article which featured interviews with Rob Wainwright the Director of Europol, Alun Michael the Police Commissioner for South Wales Police and John Davies of Cyber Wales and Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, the BBC asked how efforts to fight cyber crime might be effected post-Brexit.

Speaking about the need for close collaborative links between law enforcement agencies and cyber experts around the world, John said "a hacker sitting at a laptop in Bulgaria can attack a specialist company in Blaengarw, so the effort we all need to put in to tackle cyber crime is going to rise above any political boundaries".

Rob Wainwright from Europol said "Wales plays its part in a very strong UK commitment in cyber and we are very pleased to have that association which we hope will continue in the future".

Mr Wainwright, who is stepping down as the Head of Europol later this year also said that he was "personally very proud of the Welsh cyber commitment" as he himself comes from Carmarthenshire.


Cyber Wales in the Press – Daily Telegraph – 23 March 2018


In a series of features on "Cybersecurity for small business", journalist Rob Waugh quoted Cyber Wales in his article titled "What skills do we need to fight cybercrime?".

The article states that most small businesses mistakenly think that hackers will not target them, according to research by analyst KPMG, with 51pc believing they won’t be targeted.

This is, however, a myth. In fact, hackers now target small businesses as a matter of choice, says John Davies, Co-founder & Chairman of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster.

Mr Davies says: “Recently we have seen a huge rise in extortion attacks being aimed at smaller companies. It is far easier to get a thousand small businesses to pay £100 than it is to get a large corporate to pay off a £100,000 blackmail threat".

"These attacks are indiscriminate. The best possible advice to small businesses is to prepare. Thankfully, this has been made easier through the availability of a best-practice framework, developed in the UK and readily available for all companies".

The Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme has been designed to prepare businesses for the most common cyber threats and serve as a first step, along with the Small Business Guide, to improving cybersecurity awareness”.

The article also quoted Ciaran Martin the CEO of NCSC, Kevin Chapman an SVP at Avast, Cath Goulding the Head of IT Security at Nominet and John Shaw a VP at Sophos.


Cyber Wales St David’s Day Event – Brussels – 28 February 2018


On the eve of St David's Day, the feast day for the patron saint of Wales, Cyber Wales and the Welsh Government, with support from the Department of International Trade at the British Embassy to Belgium, organised a Trade Mission to Brussels.

Throughout the day, a diverse group of Cyber Wales Cluster members, including 10 companies and 3 universities, were able to make short presentations to potential clients and private partners in Belgium and enjoy several networking opportunities to mingle with the attendees.

Participating companies included; Acuity DataGuardCardiff University Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security AnalyticsAstrix Integrated Systems, Awen Collective LtdCapital Network Solution LtdCrypto QuantiqueMorgan & MorganPervade Software, Safonda LimitedSwansea University - CHERISH Digital Economy Research Centre, University of South WalesWolfberry, and Xcina.

The event was also attended by representatives of other Global Cyber Ecosystems including L-SEC from Belgium, The Kosciuszko Institute from Poland, both fellow founding member of the GlobalEPIC (the Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnerships and Innovation in Cybersecurity), and the Bretagne Cyber Valley from Brittany, France.

Keynote speeches were given by:-

  • Sir Julian King, EU Security Commissioner
  • Prof Mark Drakeford AM, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance
  • Alison Rose, British Ambassador to Belgium
  • John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster
  • Ulrich Seldeslachts, Belgian Cyber Security Cluster (L-SEC)
  • Fabian Vandenreydt, Executive Chairman B-Hive European Collaborative Platform (B-Hive)
  • Luigi Rebuffi, Secretary General & Founder European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
  • Alain Courtois, Chief of Contracting, NATO NCI Agency

Also during the day Cyber Wales signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with B-Hive, a European collaborative innovation fintech platform that brings together major banks, insurers and market infrastructure players.

The day’s programme culminated in a fantastic networking reception at the Residence of the British Ambassador, HMA Alison Rose, jointly hosted by The Cabinet Secretary for Finance for Welsh Government, Mr Mark Drakeford AM.  More than 300 business people from Belgium, France, Brittany & Poland attended the event which featured specially imported Welsh cuisine like Welsh Cakes, Bara Brith and drinks from the Penderyn Distillery including seaweed flavoured gin!

A massive THANK YOU to Huw Roberts huw.roberts@gov.wales and Ruth Stockley ruth.stockley@gov.wales for all the hard work that went in to organising this wonderful event.


CyberTech 2018 – Tel Aviv – 30 January 2018


Cybertech Tel Aviv 2018 Conference & Exhibition, drew more than 15,000 visitors from around the globe, and over 200 companies exhibited their innovative technologies and solutions in the cyber domain.

This is the flagship event for CyberSpark, the Israeli Cyber Innovation Arena in Beer-Sheva. A joint venture of the Israeli National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office, Beer Sheva Municipality, Ben Gurion University of the Negev and leading companies in the cybersecurity industry.  CyberSpark are also a Founder Member of GlobalEPIC (the Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnership and Innovation in Cybersecurity) alongside Cyber Wales.

Cyber Wales representative, Dr Kevin Jones, Head of Cyber Security Architecture, Innovation and Scouting at Airbus attended the event and joined representatives from other GlobalEPIC ecosystems on a panel discussion on the need for global collaboration on cyber challenges.

Kevin also spoke at the event on ICS/SCADA security, a particular area of specialty for the Airbus team in Newport, Wales and for Kevin himself.


Launch of IP Wales Cluster – Swansea – 17 December 2017


Dr Kerry Beynon, representing Cyber Wales was at the launch of the new IP Wales Cluster in the Great Hall of the amazing new Swansea University campus.

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 the launch of a new member of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem - the IP Wales 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 new IP Wales 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 (2017-2020).

Dr Kerry Beynon of Acuity Legal, is a Trustee of the University and works hard to protect the IP of organisations large and small.


Cyber Threat Summit – Dublin – 24 October 2017


Now in its seventh year, this year's Cyber Threat Summit had a very European focus.

The largest event of its kind, this year attracted cyber security experts from all over Europe to discuss all aspects of cyber security including issues such as GDPR and the NIS Directive. There were three distinct streams running concurrently; "Strategic", "Operational" and "Technical". Delegates also saw the introduction of a Cyber Startup Zone giving innovators a chance to shine and network with potential investors.

Cyber Wales representatives, Jason Davies Founder & Chair of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster and John Davies Co-founder and Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, attended the event to fly the flag for Cyber Wales.

John was a main stage speaker at the event as a Country Representative for Wales.

Representatives from each European Member State were invited to present on the state of cyber security in their countries, current cyber threats and examples of innovations in cyber security emerging from their cyber communities.  John described the flourishing ecosystem in Wales, shared the recent announcement about the launch of GlobalEpic and assured delegates that Wales was open to collaboration and partnerships across Europe and beyond regardless of BRexit.


GlobalEPIC Launch – Krakow – 8 October 2017


Cyber Wales took pride of place at the launch of the new GlobalEPIC initiative at the 3rd European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC 2017 in Krakow, Poland as one of the 14 founding members bringing together the world's foremost cyber security communities from 10 countries spanning 3 continents.

Representing Cyber Wales at the launch were John Davies Co-founder & Chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, Jason Davies Founder & Chair of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster and Nadine Payne Business Development Office at Cardiff University Research & Innovation Services.

The Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems Partnership in Innovation and Cybersecurity (Global EPIC) has been founded to enable the future securely through the development and sharing of new knowledge in the field of cyber security – leading to societal, economic and technological impact in a timely fashion. It will do this by building a global community of innovation ecosystems who will collaborate on projects and share expertise through an expanding network of diverse organizations.  This initiative will see 14 global ecosystems co-creating and adopting world-changing solutions to high-impact cybersecurity challenges, both current and emergent. The ecosystems involved come from 10 different countries spanning three continents, reflecting the truly global nature of the partnership.

Cybersecurity threats are a global challenge disrupting local modern living. That hardly a day goes by without news of yet another harmful attack, suggests our current approaches to cybersecurity are failing. Isolating cybersecurity as its own ‘special domain’ misreads its inherent embodiment in all sectors and levels of society. Consequently, new approaches need development if we are to achieve the global and local benefits offered by cyber and cyber-enabled technologies.

14 leading global cybersecurity ecosystems

Across the globe, ecosystems that bring together academia, industry and government operate to respond to cybersecurity threats and enable economic development opportunities. The 14 involved ecosystems have largely developed independently, driven by local and national objectives. The leaders of these keystones have become aware that the challenges of cybersecurity require global paradigm-shifting partnerships and cooperation that reflect regional and local imperatives. Underpinning this perspective is a conscious attempt to ‘glocalise’ – localise the global and globalise the local.

Dr Godfrey Gaston, director of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), one of the co-founding organizations, said “The formal launch of Global EPIC represents an escalation of global cybersecurity innovation ecosystem collaboration to tackle head on the challenges citizens, businesses and governments face in supporting the shift to an interconnected digital economy.  It is a win/win for organizations and regions involved and we at CSIT are proud to be a founding keystone organisation.”

Izabela Albrycht, chairperson of the Kosciuszko Institute and chair of the CYBERSEC Organizing Committee said, “Building a global knowledge sharing community with cross-sectoral stakeholders is a must, in the face of rapidly expanding cyberthreats. Today, here in Krakow, we are laying the foundations of the partnership which, as we hope, will bring innovators at the forefront of the fight against emerging cyber-challenges.”

“I expect important economic benefits, such as job creation, revenue enhancement and investment,’’ noted Dan Craigen, director of Carleton University, Canada’s Global Cybersecurity Resource (GCR), which equips high growth companies with the skills, resources and linkages required to develop novel cyber products and services, with the explicit intent that companies must scale globally and securely to succeed.

CyberSpark, Israel CEO Roni Zehavi said the organization ‘commences a new era, on which the being and doing at the local level would turn into a sustainable and well-orchestrated operation at the global one’.

Global EPIC has set a target of 50 member cyber security ecosystems by October 2020. The 14 ecosystems in the group at present are:

  • bwtech@UMBC (Baltimore, U.S.A.)
  • Centre for Secure Information Technologies – CSIT (Belfast, U.K.)
  • Cyberspark (Be’er-Sheva, Israel)
  • CyberTech Network (San Diego, U.S.A.)
  • Cyber Wales (Cardiff, U.K.)
  • Global Cybersecurity Resource – Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)
  • Innovation Boulevard (Surrey, Canada)
  • INCYDE (Madrid, Spain)
  • LSEC (Heverlee, Belgium)
  • Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy)
  • Procomer (Heredia, Costa Rica)
  • The Hague Security Delta (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • The Kosciuszko Institute (Krakow, Poland)
  • The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC), University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Canada).

Content from an article posted on October 16, 2017 by Nitin Dahad in The Next Silicon Valley online magazine