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UK Cyber Forum Update – 23 June 2019


Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

Report from IAAC Cyber Leadership Forum April 2019

The report from our Cyber Leadership Forum held on 4 April 2019, on the topic of the National Research Strategy in Cyber Security Science and Technology can be found at http://www.iaac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IAAC-Cyber-Leadership-Forum-4-4-19-report-FINAL.pdf.

The report makes several recommendations and discusses why:

  • The strategy must identify a user or sponsor who has the authority in the wider community to define business benefits and research scope.
  • The strategy must understand the vital contribution of blue-skies, corporate and applied research in the ‘triangle’ of government, industry and academia.
  • To strategy must recognise and build on the strengths inherent in the UK cyber security sector such as technical excellence and academic collaboration in socio-technical issues.
  • HMG must ensure that priority risks are identified and addressed.
  • The strategy must support the wider community, nationally, regionally and locally, regarding the outcomes of research and empirically-based approaches in their application in practice.

The report from the IAAC North West Cyber Leadership Forum is also now available
http://www.iaac.org.uk/cyber-leadership-forum-report-4-april-2019/.  The evening discussed cyber resilience in the face of major cyber attack.  It helped us confirm a series of points for our agenda:

  • Continue to promote cyber resilience in terms of people, technological and governance factors.
  • Find ways to support rehearsal and exercising of cyber incidents that are easy to deploy and learn from, at organisational and regional levels.
  • Establish a stronger narrative about career paths and skills for cyber security, that encompasses all levels of education, into employment.
  • Develop better intelligence sharing and cyber-crime reporting mechanisms that work at a local level.
  • Build on the idea that the North West community is prepared to help each other.
  • Establish networks of support which can be resilient in a crisis.
  • Find ways of being clear about ‘where help is.’

 

Dstl shares new open-source framework initiative 

A new open-source software framework designed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is now available to help improve tracking technology. Full details on the framework can be found here.

Free Event to showcase Cyber Security Innovation to secure SMEs

10th October  in Malvern

This day-long event is called “Cyber Security Solutions for SMEs” and is part of the week long Malvern Festival of Innovation. It will be held in Malvern Theatres which is in Malvern.

This will be the 8th year the Malvern Festival of Innovation has been held. There is always a day within the Festival which focuses on Cyber Security but with a different theme each year. This year we will focus on innovation and technology which could help small organisations increase their cyber security.

The aim of the Festival as a whole is to encourage discussion and awareness of innovation which, in turn, encourages further innovation.  Other days include a large event for school students to discover innovation, a “business of innovation” day and a “start-up” event. The events are free to attend and free for small organisations to exhibit so it gives the smallest of innovator an opportunity to exhibit.  We aim to attract some great early-stage innovators. The event is funded by sponsorship

The event is open to the public and attracts attendees from across the UK. It includes companies of all sizes, members of the public, university students, many of IASME Certification Bodies, managed service providers and police. We usually have between 300 and 400 attendees on the cyber security day.

We aim to encourage attendance from as wide and diverse an audience as possible. All the trainees from the UK Cyber Security Forum neurodiverse cyber security training will be encouraged and supported to attend. One of the neurodiverse team will also present on behalf of the innovative Community SOC project.

The programme of speakers will be published later in the year.

There is also a popular black tie dinner for the Festival on the evening of 10th October.  Dinner tickets are £69 each (including vat).

Become a Sponsor
https://www.festival-innovation.com/home/sponsor

Register to attend (free)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-54289558531

Register to exhibit (free for innovative SMEs)
https://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/

Book to attend the dinner
https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/formal-dinner

We usually have to close attendance and exhibition spaces booking before the event as we get over-subscribed.  So do book early if you want to attend.

Department for International Trade – Online Platform

DIT has launched an online platform which contains a live directory of exporting opportunities. HMG is putting potential business directly in touch with potential customers overseas. Since its launch, nearly 150,000 exporting opportunities have been advertised on this platform. Full details can be found here

CyBOK project: Public consultation now open – HUMAN FACTORS knowledge area

We are very pleased to announce that the next Knowledge Area (KA) – Human Factors – is now open for public review.  This will be for a period of 4 weeks from 11 June 2019 to 12 July 2019 inclusive.

The Knowledge Area can be accessed at www.cybok.org and your feedback is welcomed via contact@cybok.org.  All feedback, big or small, is valued so please do take this opportunity to provide us with your thoughts.

Please continue to visit the CyBOK website for project updates and KA releases.

For further information and to submit KA feedback, contact the team directly via contact@cybok.org.  Please also use this email if you no longer want us to hold your details.

DSEI Japan call for papers extended – submit your speaking proposal before 28 June

The first ever DSEI Japan Conference will provide an opportunity to deep dive into the key issues shaping Asia-Pacific defence and security capabilities.

If you would like to be considered as a speaker please complete your submission before 28 June. 

>>Submit your paper here

The DSEI Japan conference will feature two streams organised around the four core themes of:

  • Combating the threats of the new era: measures against space, cyber, and electronic warfare
  • Responding to airborne threats: strengthening air and missile defence capability
  • The freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region: maintaining and enhancing free and open maritime order
  • Technologies and overseas transfer of defence equipment

DSEI Japan is a peer reviewed conference. Technical, policy and concept development papers from across the research and development community are welcomed, along with those from the defence and security military and other communities. Presentations or papers that are focused solely on the promotion of a product or service are considered inappropriate; papers that promote the unique technical or conceptual aspects of new products, products in development, or services are considered appropriate.

More information about the conference, including how to submit your paper, can be found here.

Neuro-diverse Training Course needs speakers – Deadline: 18 July 2019


The UK Cyber Security Forum (UKCSF) provides a free training and support service for unemployed neuro-diverse adults looking for careers in cyber security.

People considered to be neuro-diverse often have skills that are well suited to cyber security. They can often outperform neuro-typicals in focused, detailed work and at recognising unusual patterns of data.

UKCSF provides a 12-week pre-employment training package directly relevant to the demands of the modern-day profession. The course, held in Worcester, is led by an industry expert, a specialist teacher and a neuro-diverse IT professional, along with guest lecturers from the wider industry. UKCSF provides a conducive learning environment for neuro-diverse individuals looking to train and work in cyber security. Currently there is little support to develop these skills which means many talented individuals are out of work.

The training course provides:-
• An online training platform in collaboration with Immersive Labs
• Hands on course content delivered by industry expert trainers
• Workplace training and help with communication skills
• Visits to companies and organisations
• Personal mentor scheme
• Support with creating an industry specific CV
• Provisional support in finding and applying for suitable vacancies

A new cohort starts on 18th July and here is a list of upcoming training days that the Forum have volunteer speaking slots for:-

August
1st – Network Foundation
8th – Linux
15th – Automation (Bash, Python, PowerShell)
22nd – Blue Team (Planning)
29th – Blue Team (Defending)

September
19th – Red Team (OSINT)
26th – Red Team (Attack Frameworks)

October
3rd – Risk
10th – Compliance
17th – Ethics
24th – CV interview skills and catch up

If you know anyone who is interested in speaking on any of these topics please let the UK Cyber Security Forum know by contacting Tim Charrot on +44 (0)3300 882 752 or tim.charrot@iasme.co.uk

RAK SME Fair, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – Event: 14- 16 November 2019


Companies within Cyber Wales are being offered a subsidized price by the Government of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE for their upcoming event.

RAK-SME Fair 2019 is devoted to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, providing a precious platform for small businesses to market their businesses and interact with prominent business leaders and representatives from a number of local and international companies. Stimulate business growth and allowing both exhibitors and visitors alike to forge new business opportunities.

It is not a part of the public news but the first one to come will get subsidized rate as exhibitor (3 x 3 meter) for a price of 750 USD.

As this is not yet part of a public news but soon it will be with a validity until 15th July maximum and then the rates will increase.

Upon your interest you will deal with the Government and/or Government-approved entities directly and the fees will be paid to the Government directly.

http://www.raksmefair.ae/

For more information please contact Faheem Azhar

Security BSides Cymru – Event 28th September 2019


Security BSides is a community-driven framework for building events, by and for, information security community members.

These events are already happening in major cities all over the world and the BSides Cymru team are responsible for organising an independent BSides-Approved event for Cymru/Wales. As all Security BSides events around the world, Security BSides Cymru is an open event organized by the community, for the community.

Want to Volunteer?
The organizers are all volunteers who believed that such an international event should also come to the heart of Wales and they are looking for volunteers who would like to help with the event, especially on the day of the conference. If you believe you could give a hand on the day, do not hesitate to contact the volunteers’ email (volunteers|@|bsides|.|cymru)

Want to Sponsor?
Support the initiative to bring the event to Wales by being a sponsor. Companies offering their services in Wales and worldwide can be recognised further not only as a brand but most importantly for their role in supporting the Welsh Information Security community.

Want to Present?
Looking to present at BSidesCymru 2019? Look no further. We welcome applications from seasoned presenters, first timers, the highly technical and the broad areas of information security management. As this is the inaugural Security BSides Cymru, you are guaranteed to go down in the annals of history (for a number of reasons, some may be better than others). Fill in your details here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQyCPbRgfFNiHwu5CIRrw78-0tbvvms7PS8doabLSZJmYe0A/viewform

What is BSides?
Security BSides (commonly referred to as BSides) is a series of loosely affiliated information security conferences. It was created in 2009 when, due to an overwhelming number of presentation submissions to Black Hat USA, the rejected presentations were presented to a smaller group of individuals. Over time the conference format matured and was released to enable individuals to start their own BSides conferences.

We are all looking forward to the first ever BSides Cymru – let’s make it a great success!

Cyber Security Sector Research – Deadline: ASAP


Miller Research has been commissioned by Cardiff University to undertake research into the cyber security sector in Wales. The intention of research is to supply the cyber security research centre at Cardiff University, and the Wales cyber security industry with comprehensive sector information. The pan-Wales analysis aims to provide an understanding of regional strengths,
highlighting any areas of unique activity, to enable it to better support and help expand Wales’ growing and vibrant cyber security ecosystem.

The research includes an online survey of organisations working in cyber security in Wales. We are hoping that you would complete the survey. The survey is endorsed by Welsh Government and your feedback would be very much appreciated.

A copy of the final report from the research will be sent to all survey respondents and key findings will be shared widely with the Wales cyber security industry.

The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and can be accessed via the link below:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/cybersecuritystudy/

if you have any questions about the research, please feel free to contact Kerry KilBride from Miller Research on 01873 851 886 or kerry@miller-research.co.uk

DASA Call – Intelligent Ship, The Next Generation – Event: 19 June 2019


The Defence and Security Accelerator is delighted to invite you to the launch of Intelligent Ship – the Next Generation on 19 June 2019 in London.

Intelligent techniques and automation will have a significant impact across all aspects of Defence in the future and it is essential that Defence embraces the potential of intelligent systems, approaches and technology.

Intelligent ship will change the manufacture, design and operational capability of the UK Fleet. Exploiting Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Data Science to revolutionise not only how data and information is used, presented and interacted with, but also in how ships are designed, work together, are operated and manned. New technologies and approaches will drive a future fleet, made up of fundamentally different platform types, sizes and roles than of those seen in today’s Royal Navy.

Future threats are becoming more challenging both in terms of detectability, capability, speed and numbers, especially in a future operating environment that will certainly be congested, may be degraded or even denied. The ever growing data and information flows, while potentially providing more knowledge about a situation, also create a problem with potential information overload, which can lead to confusion, uncertainty and less effective or delayed decision making. This increasing data input is already challenging crew communications and their interactions with information systems, a trend which will become even more prevalent in the coming years.

The competition is split into 6 challenges:

Mission planning and decision aides
Information fusion
Sensor and information management
Novel human-machine interfaces
Human-machine teaming (in challenges 1-4)
Integration

Up to £4m has been allocated to this multi-phase competition.

More details can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/join-dasa-to-launch-the-search-for-the-future-of-the-naval-operating-environment
The launch event can be booked here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-event-intelligent-ship-the-next-generation-tickets-62500944006

Data Innovation Accelerator Launch – Event: 18 June 2019


We are delighted to invite you to attend the launch of the Data Innovation Accelerator at Milk & Sugar, The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff on Tuesday 18 June 2019 from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Short speeches will begin at 6pm, followed by a light buffet and refreshments. Do you know of any SMEs who could benefit from our support? If so, contact us and we will send them an invitation too.

The Data Innovation Accelerator project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government with the aim of increasing the successful translation of data science research and innovation at Cardiff University into new and improved commercial products, processes and services.

Our data science team will work collaboratively with small and medium-sized enterprises in the ‘East Wales’ region to address specific short-term business challenges and to explore avenues for future integration of data science techniques into companies’ day-to-day operations.

Our vision is to contribute to business strength in Wales through data science, and to inspire small companies to integrate data modelling, engineering and analysis into their practices.

We hope that you are able to join us and look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Roger Whitaker & Professor Pete Burnap
Directors, Data Innovation Accelerator, Cardiff University

MoD ISS Innovation Challenge –


Please see below a call for responses from MOD regarding a innovation challenge.

The Ministry of Defence is modernising the way it works and has a strong desire to provide mobility and flexible ways of working for its entire workforce. To support this objective JHUB Digital are investigating how and where it would be possible for MOD to make greater use of a Bring Your Own Device concept.

To meet this goal we are issuing a challenge to industry for interested organisations to demonstrate how they would tackle our problem and address the issues that BYOD presents. The MOD is interested in hearing about mature and demonstrable solutions that either make best use of our current systems or present us with a new disruptive advantage.

Further details of the challenge can be found here
Responses requested by the 5 July 2019
Responses are to be no longer than 20 pages
Responses & questions to ISSDes-Innovation@mod.gov.uk

Kind regards, Charlie Wyatt
Programme Assistant | Cyber | Defence | Justice & Emergency Services | International Trade
techUK, 10 St Bride Street, EC4A 4AD
T | 0207 331 2009 E | charlie.wyatt@techuk.org

DASA Call – Innovation Focus Area – Deadline: 9 July 2019


A new Innovation Focus area (IFA) has gone up on the DASA website that might be useful to Cluster members.

It is titled “Delivering an open data sharing solution” and the challenge is to demonstrate the ability to analyse and share structured and unstructured multi-source data.

Full details can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-and-security-accelerator-dasa-open-call-for-innovation/open-call-innovation-focus-areas

An IFA is an ongoing call for innovation in a problem area of particular interest to a customer. As such, successful solutions will have an end-user lined up who has already set aside money to fund the potential innovations. They run over a number of Open Call cycles, but can be withdrawn at any point if the customer chooses. Consequently it is best to apply as early as possible rather than waiting.

The next Open Call cycle closes on 9th July, the following one on 2nd October.

I hope you find it interesting

Call for Partners from NW ROCU


Do you want to help us protect people from cyber crime?
We’re looking for like-minded individuals to spread the word as widely as they can about the latest scams, threats and advice. That way the region can become more clued up about cyber crime, and together we can make the North West safer online.

It could be that you work for an organisation and are able to persuade your communications team to support a marketing campaign either on your staff intranet or public facing website.

Maybe you are from an IT/Cyber company and you want to ensure the advice you are giving your customers and suppliers about new threats is up to date.

It might just be that you are able to share any messaging we give you on your social media platforms.

Perhaps you are part of a business networking group like a Chamber of Commerce and you are able to share information with your members.

Whatever it is, we’d like to know how you can help and we’re always open to ideas.

So what does it involve?

The first thing we want to do is share information with you about a forthcoming campaign taking place on the 7th June (eeek!) around Phishing e-mails. We have pre-written content which could be used within a newsletter, intranet or website. This is accompanied by social media posts and graphics with its own campaign hashtag. We’d like as many partners as possible to sign up and pledge to support the campaign. We’d need to know what you are able to do to show your support, for example, ‘shared the messages on twitter, our account has XXXX followers’ or ‘created a page on our staff intranet page which reaches XXX employees’. Sending us this feedback through is vital in order for us to show the reach of this work.

How often will I receive information?

How long is a piece of string? In the world of cyber, things move very fast and are always changing. One month we might only contact you once with a new marketing campaign theme around a specific issue. The next month there might be two or three new threats to tell you about. But we promise not to bombard you, and if you change your mind about receiving stuff from us you can always un-subscribe.

How to you get involved?

Simply click on the text below to show your support, then we’ll create a mailing list and add you onto it.

Yes please i’d like to support NW ROCU

Free Hotdesking for a week at Canolfan S4C Yr Egin – w/c 3rd June 2019


Cynnig arbennig am wythnos yn unig – 3/6/19 – 7/6/19
Special offer for one week only!

Wythnos gyfan yn cynnig cyfle i bobl weithio o’r gofod cydweithio am ddim er mwyn cael blas o’r cyfleusterau gwych a’r awyrgylch greadigol. Os yr ydych yn ymwybodol o rywun a fyddai â diddordeb i fanteisio ar y cynnnig, gadewch iddynt wybod!
Yn dilyn eich ymweliad yn ystod yr wythnos am ddim, fe gewch y tro nesaf am hanner pris – bargen! (os defnyddir cyn 31 Awst, 2019)
A week long opportunity to work from the hot desking facilities for free. Come and work from the Hub, or if you know of anyone that would be interested in taking advantage of the offer, let them know.
Following your visit during the week, your next visit will be half price – bargain! (if used before 31 August, 2019)

Beth yw’r Hwb?
Mae’r Hwb yn cynnig ardal cydweithio deinamig sydd â chyfleusterau modern a hynny mewn gofod agored, sydd â ffenestri llydan yn darparu golygfeydd gwych. Dyma gyfle i weithio a datblygu partneriaethau a syniadau, a rhwydweithio â phobl sy’n llawn brwdfrydedd. Gyda chysylltiad Wifi cyflym a chaffi bendigedig, Y Gegin yn cynnig coffi hyfryd, prydau iachus o fwyd lleol a chacennau blasus, pa le gwell i weithio ohono?
What’s the Hub?
The Hub offers a dynamic coworking space with modern facilities in an open plan office, with large windows providing fantastic views. This is an opportunity to work and develop ideas and partnerships with like minded individuals.
With superfast Wifi and a wonderful café, Y Gegin offering lovely coffee, healthy meals from local produce, and delicious cakes, what better place to work from?

Cyngor Busnes
Yn ogystal, mae ein partner, Busnes Mewn Ffocws yn cynnig cyngor, gweithdai a sesiynau cefnogi busnes yn yr Hwb. Maent yno i gynnig arweiniad i entrepreneuriaid sydd eisioes wedi dechrau busnes neu i’r rheiny sy’n cychwyn ar eu taith.
Business Advice
In addition, our partner, Business in Focus are offering advice, workshops and sessions to support businesses in the Hub. They’re there to provide guidance to entrepreneurs; those who have already started their own businesses and those embarking on their journey.

Am fwy o wybodaeth neu i archebu desg, ffoniwch 01267 611600 neu ebostiwch helo@yregin.cymru

For more information or to book a desk, phone 01267 611600 or email helo@yregin.cymru

DSEI Japan – Deadline: 27 June 2019


DSEI Japan will take place for the first time at Makuhari Messe from 18 – 20 November 2019.

The exhibition and associated conferences will run biennially thereafter, and in keeping with the themes of DSEI in London, DSEI Japan will cover all four domains of Land, Naval, Aviation and Security.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this excellent opportunity, in any form, please do not hesitate to contact WO2 James Collins who will send you a form to express your interest.

These expressions of interest must be submitted by close of business 27 June 2019 to:

WO2 (MPF) James Collins
Export Support Team,
Horne Barracks,
Larkhill,
SALISBURY,
Wiltshire,
SP4 8QE
E: james.collins826@mod.gov.uk / T: +44 (0) 1980 845747 / M: Mob: +44 (0) 7966 198301

Disrupt Summit Europe – Event: 10 September 2019


Disruption Summit Europe is the must attend event for senior executives looking to guide their organisations in the digital and post-digital eras.

Being Disruptive
This year’s Disruption Summit Europe looks set to be a dazzling showcase of just how much has changed in just 3 years since it began. From a starting point of uncovering emerging technologies and their disruptive potential, to exploring how to harness disruption, this year the focus is on how to be a truly disruptive and innovative organisation.

Beyond Digital Transformation
It has become clear that simply ‘doing digital transformation’ is missing the point. Businesses need to actually be transformative. They need to change not just the technologies and business models they are using, but also their culture, and the way in which they integrate the purpose which underlies all their activities and contributes enormously to their success.

Convergence and Collaboration
The themes of Disruption Summit Europe 2019 are – Technology, Innovation, and Purpose. We will examine each through the lens of convergence, and how together they change the business landscape and how we need to operate. As technologies, industry sectors, companies and ideas come together, innovation cannot come simply from inside an organisation. Therefore, the programme is designed to give even more opportunities for interaction and networking between delegates, making it a forum for in depth learning and inspiration.

DSE is organised by D/SRUPTION, a business intelligence service for individuals and organisations looking to deepen their understanding of emerging technologies, new business models and what it takes to scale innovation in the 21st century. Since 2015, we have provided business leaders the information, insights, connections and inspiration that have helped them navigate the rapidly changing business world. D/SRUPTION resources include a print magazine, website, and series of events including Disruption Summit Europe and DisruptionX, the premier business experience programme.

Full details can be found here: https://disruption-summit.com

Blockchain Summit – Event: 26-27 June 2019


Blockchain Summit London is the leading blockchain for business event in Europe.

Connecting industry leaders, business decision makers and tech innovators, Blockchain Summit London is a 2 day conference and exhibition dedicated to the business of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT).

Based on unrivalled content, visionary speakers and exceptional networking opportunities, Blockchain Summit London is a must-attend event to understand the challenges and opportunities of our blockchain future.
Event Highlights

Europe’s leading Blockchain for Business event – fact! Compare our programme with any of our competitors and we are supremely confident in the quality of speakers, agenda and partners contributing to it.

Hear from 100 industry leading speakers with keynote presentations and panel debates

More “real-world” case studies from companies who have started their Blockchain journeys.

A conference programme designed to offer learning and insight as well as discussion with some of the industry’s leading minds.

Meet more of the industries leading tech visionaries with previous partners including Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, Cognizant, Cisco, EY, ConsenSys, KPMG, Accenture, Dell Technologies and many more.

An interactive programme with meet the speaker, roundtable discussions and exhibitor demo talks

Full details can be found here: https://blockchainsummitlondon.com/

Midlands Cyber USA Delegation – Event: 7 June 2019


We would like to invite you to a Maryland USA Midlands Cyber UK networking event. We are excited to host a delegation of cyber businesses and representatives from Maryland, USA, on Friday 7 June from 11.45 am noon. The event will include lunch and will take place at Malvern Hills Science Park, Geraldine Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3SZ.

This event will include a talk from Dan Turner, CEO of Deep Secure and networking with Midlands Cyber colleagues and 7 Maryland cyber companies.

We will be promoting the region as the UK’s leading location for cyber and security technologies, together with our developing partnership with the State of Maryland. We have grown Midlands Cyber over the past 2 years, with great help from our supporting businesses and organisations, but we have much bigger aspirations for the future and we plan to continue this development over the next year.

By way of background, in June 2017 Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine and Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on behalf of Midlands Engine Cyber and the state of Maryland Department of Commerce which was led by Worcestershire LEP. This MOU recognised the Midland’s regional excellence and international reputation for cyber security. This history began in the 1940s when Winston Churchill selected Malvern in Worcestershire as a safe place away from the London bombings to test radar technology to support our WW2 efforts. This led to the establishment of the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE) from which the global security and technology company, QinetiQ grew. The area is now home to 20% of the UK’s top cyber companies and known nationally as ‘Cyber Valley’, due to this cluster and proximity to GCHQ, QinetiQ and the Special Services in Hereford. Equally, Maryland has a similar cluster due to its proximity to the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Defence headquarters. This shared expertise provided the platform for what has been to date a very successful MOU, spearheaded by Worcestershire LEP on behalf of the Midlands Engine, promoting both trade and investment opportunities.

We would be delighted if you could attend this networking event to learn more about commercial opportunities in the Midlands and in Maryland.

See the Eventbrite registration here.

NB. Places are limited.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm wishes from The Midlands Cyber Team.

UK Cyber Forum Update – 12th May 2019


Good afternoon

Here are some cyber security opportunities you might be interested in:

Consultation on CyBOK (sorry for the short notice!)

We are pleased to announce that the Adversarial Behaviours and Secure Software Lifecycle KAs are now live on the CyBOK website (www.cybok.org) ready for public review.  The public consultation period is due to end on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

Cyber VC Panel session at InfoSec

Andy Williams, CEO of Global Transatlantic, will be running a Cyber VC panel session each day at Infosec Europe (4th – 6th June) at which UK cyber start-ups can pitch their companies to a panel of high-profile cyber investors.

For more details or to apply for the opportunity to pitch please follow this link: https://www.infosecurityeurope.com/VCpanelpitch

Cyber 101 Business Skills Bootcamp

Free of Charge – apply before 15th May (sorry about the short notice!)

Location: Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA
Date: 29 May 2019
Time: 09:00 – 17:30
Cyber 101: Business skills Bootcamps for cyber security startups and scaleups.
Digital Catapult wants to hear from cyber security companies that are interested in receiving mentorship, raising capital and accessing a wider network of public and private customers.
Successful applicants will receive tailored advice on a diverse range of topics linked to establishing and growing a successful cyber security business.
Background Cyber 101 is a national programme running from January 2017 – March 2021 as part of DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security sector and the capability of cyber security startups and scaleups.
An intensive one-day Bootcamp: You’ll receive tutoring and tailored advice from industry experts on how to develop and scale up your cyber business.
Who should attend? Whether you are an established startup looking to refine your business proposition or a mature company seeking feedback and advice on your business, you are welcome to take a part in Cyber 101 Bootcamp.
We are interested in hearing from cyber security companies operating across all UK sectors with existing product or service offerings.
Why attend? Successful applicants will be invited to an intensive one-day workshop which is designed to help support cyber security enterprises hone their business skills in an open innovation environment. Topics will be followed by 1-to-1 mentoring sessions with the presenter, allowing startups and scaleups to build close connections with their peers as well as the mentors.
As an attendee, you will get a chance to:

  • Receive tutoring and tailored expert advice on different topics. Topics include; development of an effective value proposition, market validation, sales and marketing techniques, international expansion, finance and capital and business models.
  • Build new relationships with customers, partners and peers.

Furthermore, selected companies that successfully complete the workshop will be shortlisted for an annual Demo Day, which will provide a direct opportunity to pitch to potential customers and investors. The Demo Day will be facilitated by Inogesis (formerly VTC), The Accelerator Network and White Horse Capital.
Dates, times and locations Submit your application to Cyber 101 via the form below. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 15th May.
Places will be allocated to those with the most appropriate needs, expertise, services and products in line with the Open Call.
We aim to respond to all applications within 7 days of the call closing. However we will review applications on receipt and may allocate places before the closing date.
Successful applicants will be invited to a brief telephone interview to judge suitability. Please be advised that experts from the Cyber 101 team will assess applications using 3 criteria: fit to Cyber 101 requirements, domain expertise, and maturity. Assessment is based on application content only.
The event will be facilitated by Inogesis (formerly VTC), The Accelerator Network and White Horse Capital.
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SSCS 2019: International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security

21 – 22 October 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place
Contributions deadline: 15 June 2019
www.theiet.org/sscs

Showcase your latest work at the only UK conference covering both system safety and cyber security. We welcome contributions of both presentations and workshop sessions by 15 June.

This year’s themes are related to the safety and security challenges of applying emergent and new technologies in critical systems. Core topics are:

  • AI/ML: how do you meet the safety and security challenges for critical systems?
  • Cloud, multi-core and novel technologies in critical systems
  • The challenges for Regulation, Certification and Accreditation of critical systems
  • Vulnerabilities, threats and solutions to cyber security in safety-critical systems
  • The human factors of cyber security and safety

Publication opportunity
Contributors who present their work at SSCS 2019 have the opportunity to be published in the IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications Journal (NB subject to peer review). All article processing charges ($2000 as standard) will be waived for the SSCS 2019 speakers.

IAAC Cyber Resilience Report and Workshop

The report of the first IAAC ‘Cyber Resilience’ workshop held at Shrivenham on 26th March has been published and available on the IAAC website.

The next workshop in the cyber resilience series will be held at the University of Manchester in central Manchester on 3rd June, 1100-1600.  The precise location will be confirmed after registration, which can be done through info@iaac.org.uk.

The workshop will follow on from a previous workshop held at the Defence Academy Shrivenham. There is no need to have attended the first workshop, to attend this event.

We will focus specifically on how businesses and communities can create and maintain an effective compliance eco-system for cyber resilience.  We will examine a range of hard and soft approaches to encouraging and sustaining cyber resilience, from social marketing approaches to regulation and law. The workshop will also seek to clarify issues around achieving accountability in the face of growing cyber risk.

A wide spectrum of people from across the community of business, government, academic and third sectors are welcome.  A series of panels will be run in which active participation through discussion and Q&A will be facilitated. We aim to write up a final report with actionable recommendations.

Discount to exhibit at the Festival of AI and Emerging Technology

CogX is offering UK Cyber Security Forum members a discount to exhibit at their festival in the Startup Village. CogX London Kings Cross 10th-12th June

Normally a place on the start up bench is £1,000 for the 3 day festival, but UK Cyber Security Forum members get a discount of 40%.  For £600 you will get

  • A Start Up Bench space
  • Access to the Festival Networking App
  • 2x tickets for your clients

To book please email Ray Clark <ray.clark@cognitionx.io> and mention the code cogx19MFOI75%

Call for Papers – International Security Expo 2019

We are now accepting speaker submissions for the Technology Workshop Theatre and Conference Theatres at International Security Expo 2019 which takes place on 3 – 4 December, Olympia London, UK. www.internationalsecurityexpo.com

We invite you to submit a proposal for speaking on:   

Workshops including:

  • Screening and Scanning
  • Cyber
  • Perimeter and Intrusion Detection
  • Communications
  • CCTV and Surveillance
  • CBRN
  • Tracking and Monitoring
  • Drone and Counter Drone Systems

Conferences including:
(limited to one commercial company per conference)

  • Global Counter Terrorism Summit
  • Global Serious & Organised Crime Summit
  • Cyber Security Conference
  • Aviation and Transport Security Conference
  • Crisis Management and Business Continuity Conference
  • Protecting Crowded Places Conference
  • Forensics Conference
  • Serious & Organised Crime Conference

The proposals will be assessed on their suitability and content.
Submitting a proposal is no guarantee of having a slot allocated

Proposals should include:

  • Proposed title
  • Description outlining the proposed format and 3 – 4 bullet points (12 words max per point) of the key areas the session will address
  • Name of proposed speaker, job title and organisation
  • Speaker biography (max 50 words)

To submit a proposal, please go online to www.internationalsecurityexpo.com/whatson/conferences-workshops-briefings/commercial-speaker-enquiry-form-page
OR email us directly: info@internationalsecurityexpo.com

Please note the closing date is 24th May 2019

Online Harms White Paper

A new ‘Online Harms’ White Paper has been recently published. The paper sets out the government’s plans to improve online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy. This paper covers legislative and non-legislative measures and aims to make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups. You can view the Online Harms White Paper here.

The Future Space Supply Chain – Event: 21st May 2019


Aerospace Wales are delighted to offer companies the opportunity to hear direct from Airbus Defence and Space about the future space supply chain, Airbus’ plans for future activity and learn more about the opportunities to engage in the Airbus space supply chain.

The event will be run at the OpTIC Centre in St Asaphs and will also include private one-to-one sessions with members of the Airbus Space Systems team.

This industry day hosted by Aerospace Wales and Airbus Defence and Space will provide the opportunity to hear from Airbus’s Space Systems and procurement teams on the changing space environment, future systems and programme requirements across the Telecom, Earth Observation, Navigation, Science and Geo-Intelligence segments.

We will also be discussing the support available to Wales based companies, whether you are already involved on this sector or see this as an opportunity to diversify your business.  Plus there will be plenty of networking opportunities.

To register for the event, please contact derfel.jones@gov.wales as soon as possible.  One to One meeting spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis, so please don’t delay.

Cyber VC Pitch Panel Sessions at InfoSec 2019 – Event: 4-6 June 2019


In a new and exciting development at Infosecurity Europe 2019, cyber security product start-ups exhibiting at the event will have the opportunity to be selected to pitch to a panel of high profile cyber investors.

A different panel of cyber VCs will make themselves available each day to listen to company pitches and provide valuable feedback to cyber security entrepreneurs.

The daily VC panel sessions will be moderated by Andy Williams, CEO of Global Transatlantic and cyber advisor to the UK Department for International Trade.

For further details and to apply for a slot to pitch to a panel of cyber VCs at Infosecurity Europe, please click here

Date: 4th to 6th June, 2019
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm daily
Location: Infosecurity Europe, Olympia, London

Exhibit at InfoSec 2019 with Welsh Government – Deadline: 21st May 2019


The Welsh Government has once again got a stand at Infosec 2019. Our involvement has been a success over the last few years, in no small part thanks to the involvement of Cyber businesses and partners in Wales.

We’re at Infosec to promote the Welsh capability in Cyber security, built around the Cyber Wales ecosystem. For us, having that ecosystem represented on the stand has been a highly effective way to promote our capability.

The stand has also provided the platform for businesses, academic and law enforcement/defence partners to exhibit at Europe’s largest Cyber event, and a springboard for some Cluster members to invest in their own stands.

The space on the stand allows members to display their printed marketing literature, meet with potential customers, run laptop presentations etc. and have product information running on our screen.

Demand for space can be high, so if you are interested can you please contact megan.andrews@gov.wales before the 21st May.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line to Jonathan.Fortune@gov.wales.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Workshop – Deadline: 25th May 2019


From: June 13, 2019, 9 a.m.
To: June 13, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
Location: School of Management, Room 010, Bay Campus, Swansea University

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Emerging Challenges, Opportunities, and Agenda for Research and Practice
Artificial Intelligence (AI): the next step of an exciting technological phase with the potential to transform manufacturing, health, finance and education OR a threat to society, a job killer and a backward step for the human race?

Join the Emerging Markets Research Centre (EMaRC) and the i-Lab (Innovation Lab) supported by the Business Department at the School of Management for a workshop on ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI): Emerging Challenges, Opportunities, and Agenda for Research and Practice’ on Thursday 13 June 2019.

This workshop aims to bring together a variety of disciplines and a community for the advancement of knowledge regarding opportunities and challenges posed by fast emergence and applications of Artificial Intelligence in various domains. To achieve this goal, we are inviting researchers and practitioners from both private and public sectors to present their ideas and thoughts.

Registration to attend is £50 (+ booking fee).

Registration closes on 25th May 2019.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/artificial-intelligence-challenges-opportunities-agenda-for-research-tickets-60182673998