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Pakistan Agency call for Investigations and Forensics Solutions

Published: 19 November 2021

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Pakistan have asked if any members of the Cyber Wales ecosystem have any software or hardware tools available to resolve issues around Cyber Crime Investigations and Digital Forensics.

The Federal Investigation Agency, being Pakistan's premier investigation agency, deals with multifaceted serious and organized crimes like Immigration, Anti-human Trafficking, Anti-corruption, Protection of Intellectual Property Rights, Cyber Crime, Money Laundering etc.

At the same time, it is the lead agency for investigation of important cases of terrorism and terrorist financing and is also the headquarters of Interpol Pakistan.

This vast array of investigative work and diverse responsibilities make FIA an important organization not only for Pakistan but also an essential partner for the international community in dealing with transnational crime.

The FIA as an organization is striving hard to deliver the best services possible to the national and international community through a team of dedicated, professional and competent officers.

Fully aware of the critical role of the international organizations, the NGOs and media, in making FIA a responsive, accountable and service oriented organization and their motto is “Commitment to combating organized crime” in an efficient, skilled and impartial manner.

If you think you can help please contact [email protected]

TechNation Opportunities Newsletter - 21 October 2021

Published: 21 October 2021

Some opportunities and resources that may be of interest. Bit of a long one this month as it's been a while!

Investment and Fundraising

  • Applications for Playfair Capital's Europe-wide remote Female Founder Office Hours are now open! Designed to create an opportunity for women founders to connect with VCs, they have 110 VCs from across Europe signed up. It's your chance to pitch or get feedback from leading investors.
  • OpenVC - An open list of VCs filterable by thesis, stage of investment, first cheque, etc
  • BBB and PwC are doing a series of 3 events for Fundraising - Investor Readiness, Valuations and Term Sheet Explained
  • Huckletree is co-hosting VC Connect office hours with Lakestar, the VC firm investing in technology companies led by exceptional entrepreneurs. Early investments included Skype, Spotify, Facebook, and Airbnb. Since raising the first fund in 2013, Lakestar manages an aggregated volume of over EUR 1bn across three early-stage funds, and more recently a growth fund.Open to founders who are looking to raise in the near future, VC Connect offers a chance to get 30 minutes of informal, personalised virtual advice, insight and feedback, completely free. Founders can apply for a 30 minute slot below: All Founders: 15th December - Lakestar, the VC firm investing in technology companies led by exceptional entrepreneurs. Early investments included Skype, Spotify, Facebook, and Airbnb. Since raising the first fund in 2013, Lakestar manages an aggregated volume of over EUR 1bn across three early-stage funds, and more recently a growth fund.Open to founders who are looking to raise in the near future, VC Connect offers a chance to get 30 minutes of informal, personalised virtual advice, insight and feedback, completely free. Founders can apply for a 30 minute slot below: All Founders: 15th December - Lakestar, the VC firm investing in technology companies led by exceptional entrepreneurs. Early investments included Skype, Spotify, Facebook, and Airbnb. Since raising the first fund in 2013, Lakestar manages an aggregated volume of over EUR 1bn across three early-stage funds, and more recently a growth fund.Open to founders who are looking to raise in the near future, VC Connect offers a chance to get 30 minutes of informal, personalised virtual advice, insight and feedback, completely free. Founders can apply for a 30 minute slot below: All Founders: 15th December - Black Founders: 24th November
  • Impact X Capital VC - Venture Capital firm, founded to support underrepresented entrepreneurs across Europe.
  • Founders Factory Launch Sustainability Seed Programme with 150k Euro equity investment for Pre-Seed/Seed climate tech companies with a North Star of reducing GHG
  • Tom Blomfield's Guide to Investing - Tom, co-founder of Monzo and GoCardless posted this guide on Twitter and it looks most relevant for founders who are raising a Seed or Series A round, with some amount of product development and early customer traction.
  • Funding and Grant Support with DRIAD - Grant support often comes up in my conversations with scaleups and this week this company was highly recommended by my fellow EEMS.
  • Current Dynamics in HealthTech by ScaleUp Group - ScaleUp Group helps entrepreneurs with Series A investment and are particularly good at helping you become investment ready and what metrics you need. This event is relevant for anyone seeking funding and investors participating in delivering technology to the UK Health & Care sectors.
Pricing
Jenny Millar (formerly of eBay) from Untapped Pricing has a playlist of useful insights into how to price your product and services

GDPR
Cybata are offering to run a free webinar on "Leadership in GDPR for Tech Companies" please respond to let me know if you are interested. The session would cover:
* GDPR compliance means adequate cyber-security, why? * Business valuation and GDPR, how can we maximise the valuation on sale? * What goes wrong? Examples from Retail, Construction and Health sectors * The 2 first steps every startup needs to take

Hiring & Talent
Tech Nation are hosting three webinars about talent acquisition in the APAC region

International / Exporting
Tech Nation's Australia Fintech Playbook is live on the website. Handy for any UK fintechs wishing to capitalise on Australia's burgeoning financial services sector. This report gives a clear overview of the opportunities in the market, with helpful insight into policies and incentives across Australian states and growing key sub-sectors.
DIT are launching the Export Support Service, a new helpline and online service where all UK businesses can get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe.

Diversity and Inclusion
Tech Talent Charter Toolkit - there's a whole host of resources here. I particularly like the Inclusion and Diversity Directory which I recommend signing up to. It's in airtable format that you can filter by location, type, age etc. for all the D&I initiatives across the UK.

Opportunities and Innovation Challenges
The West Midlands Health and Wellbeing Innovation Network is looking for companies that can solve a range of challenges around healthcare Leading Resolutions are looking for solutions to get them on the right path towards their carbon negative journey.
Deutsche Telekom is looking for innovators/experts who can assist in creating a seamless virtual personalised assistant to help with daily life.
OMD are seeking new innovations within the AdTech and MarTech sector, this could include Alternative means for media measurement or Software as a Service (SaaS)

Thanks, Gino Brancazio, Entrepreneur Engagement Manager - Wales ([email protected])

Call for placements from Cyber Coleg Cymru

Published: 26 September 2021

New for academic year 2021/22, Bridgend College is delivering an Enhanced programme of study which looks to place students in the cyber security industry for up to 25 days during their course.

As part of the wider Cyber College Cymru initiative, the goal of this programme is to produce work-ready learners who will leave their Level 3 qualification with the skills and knowledge required to enter the workplace. Alongside these placement opportunities, students study for two Microsoft professional certifications, undertake weekly technical workshops and participate in challenge days organised by our industry partners.

We are asking for any offers of work placement, anytime before July 2022. You don’t have to commit to the full 25 days and it could be as little as one week! Anything and everything you could offer would be extremely helpful for us to achieve our goal.

If you would be interested in working with us to provide these meaningful placement opportunities, please contact Scott Morgan in the first instance.

Women in Cyber Wales Update - 10th September 2021

Published: 10th September 2021

Happy Friday Everyone!

Women in Cyber Wales Meeting - 7th October 2021
We've just published details of our next event, which will be held online on 7th October, 3.30-5pm. We've got some truly brilliant speakers lined up for you, Lorraine Dryland (Global CISO, First Sentier Investors), Dr Hoda Alkhzaimi (Director, Centre of Cyber Security, New York University in Abu Dhabi), Anna-Lisa Miller (CISO, Spectris) and Chani Simms (Managing Director, Meta Defence Labs). All the details and booking form are here: https://bit.ly/wicwoct21. Please come along and listen to some great women talk about their work and experiences in the sector. You'll have a chance to ask them your burning questions too!

Next Tech Girls
We've been talking to Marie-Clare from Next Tech Girls (https://twitter.com/NextTechGirls) about a future work experience event (online) providing girls an opportunity to talk to industry about the exciting careers that technology can offer. This will include workshops and presentations on things like recruitment processes, appropriate educational pathways and hints and tips to improve their tech skills. If you'd like more information and might be interested in your company being involved, please contact Marie-Clare on [email protected]

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is hosting an SME workshop in collaboration with the Crown Commercial Service on Tuesday 21st September at 11am. This workshop will aim to outline and clarify the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for SMEs, identifying common issues experienced when using the framework, highlighting routes to market, and making the framework easier for businesses to use. DCMS will also be providing a high-level overview of their work, setting out the strategic context of cyber - particularly how the department can support SMEs going forward. Click here to register.

Developing Entrepreneurial Women Programme
USW are running a series of expert-led masterclasses and networking sessions for female founders in the early stages of mobilising start-up ideas. There are an excellent range of sessions available, fully-funded, including Virtual Networking, DIY Website Design, Canva, Developing Your Online Brand and much more. For full details and to book your place please visit: https://www.southwales.ac.uk/business-services/usw-exchange-events-membership/developing-entrepreneurial-women/

And if that doesn't quite work for you, how about the Google Startup Academy at Tramshed? This is a 12-week programme starting 30th September designed to teach early stage business owners and entrepreneurs everything they need to know about building a successful business. As well as peer-to-peer sessions, progress support and a large range of on-demand video & written support content, the cohort will also have access to a range of our partners to include Barclays Eagle Labs, Geovation and Fintech Wales. The final week will involve pitching to a panel of investors whereby one lucky startup will receive £10,000 in equity-free cash and mentoring support from Google for Startups. More info at https://bit.ly/3j9JflE.

Jobs
Tramshed also have a couple of jobs going that may be of interest: Innovation Project Co-ordinator and Enterprise and Innovation Assistant. More details here: https://www.tramshedtech.co.uk/post/enterprise-and-innovation-hiring.

Finally, I don't know what's happened to the fonts in this mailing! I've tried to get them all the same but to no avail, so I've opted for variety as they say that's the spice of life 😉

Kind regards
Clare Johnson, Founder Women in Cyber Wales
Clare [email protected]

Cyber Exchange Newsletter - May 2021

Published: 28th May 2021

Welcome to the May edition of the Cyber Exchange Newsletter. It's been an absolute whirlwind of a month, packed full of news and developments for the cyber sector, so it's safe to say there’s been no trouble finding material for this edition!

News and Opportunities
Perhaps the biggest generator of this month's news was the first ever virtual CYBERUK, which was streamed across the world on 11 and 12 May. It offered a host of interesting keynotes, including those from NCSC CEO Lindy Cameron and Director of GCHQ Jeremy Fleming; the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab; and the Home Secretary Priti Patel, as well as insightful panel discussions with cyber experts exploring the key issue that COVID-19 has not just changed the way we work, it's changed the cyber threat we face. You can read the summary of the Professionalising cyber security discussion on our website, or you can catch up on any of the sessions on the CYBERUK 2021 YouTube channel.

It was also good news for two CyberASAP projects at CYBERUK, with MaCRA winning the CyberDen and Seclea receiving one of three Notable Mentions – find out more here.

The NCSC has had a busy month, publishing its 14 Cyber Security Principles for secure smart cities of the future, as well as guidance with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) to help UK start-ups working on world-leading emerging technology to secure their innovations from a range of security risks. Furthermore, the NCSC and KPMG UK launched their second Diversity and Inclusion survey and we’d encourage anyone who works, or has worked, in a cyber role to share their views. You can take the survey here.

And, it might be the last week in May, but it\’s by no means the least on the news front with DCMS announcing the 14 winning SMEs of its competition to find the UK’s Most Innovative Cyber Security SME 2021; and the launch of the UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration (UKC3) to support economic growth in the cyber industry and encourage greater collaboration across regions and nations of the UK.

Get involved!

There are plenty of areas for industry to get involved in helping to shape and inform Government\’s thinking with various Calls for Views being launched in May, including that from DCMS which seeks input from organisations on how they manage supply chain cyber risk; and the Home Office\’s open consultation of the Computer Misuse Act.

Additionally, there are some interesting opportunities with Crossword Cybersecurity: the first is an invitation to participate in new product development, the second is researching problems of supplier assurance and supply-chain risk management. And, finally, a last call for innovative SMEs working in the UK cyber ecosystem: there’s still time to enter techUK\’s Cyber Innovation Den Pitching Competition But, hurry, entries must be in by 5pm on 4 June!

As ever, if you have an opportunity or event you would like to publish on the website, please get in touch with Jill Broom, Programme Manager for Cyber & Central Government at techUK at [email protected].

In the meantime, stay safe!

The Cyber Exchange team

Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales is Open - REGISTER TODAY

Published: 29 April 2021

The Centre exists to support and protect businesses and third sector organisations in the Wales against cyber-crime.

Defend against the latest online crime threats through our business memberships. The Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales partnership with local Police Forces, Universities, our Advisory Group, Cyber Expert Group and wider business network means our memberships offer the very best guidance and support for businesses of any size.

KNOWLEDGE
The first step to cyber resilience is knowledge. By staying updated on the latest cyber threats, you have a greater chance of preventing attacks on your business. To help you stay up to date, we provide you with regular e-news, resources and updates, relevant to SMEs.

PROTECTION
We provide a small range of affordable cyber resilience services with the very current knowledge and technical expertise from the UK's top university cyber talent. Our services help SMEs and the wider supply chain to prepare and improve cyber resilience.

COMMUNITY
Membership with us provides benefits through a range of packages which support you, or your supply chain, in your journey to becoming cyber resilient. From free resources for small businesses, to strategic CISO groups, membership options are designed to meet your needs.

Core Membership is FREE
It includes:

  • NCSC Guidance - How organisations can protect themselves in cyberspace, including the 10 steps to cyber security from the Government NCSC division.
  • NCSCs Exercise In A Box – a tool to give your organisation a ‘dummy’ run of a cyber attack. Similar to testing your fire drill. Tailored for different sized organisations.
  • NCSC Board Toolkit - Resources designed to encourage essential cyber security discussions between the Board and their technical experts.
  • E-news – regular digestible updates relevant to Welsh organisations about cyber resilience.
To sign up and/or check out the levels of paid Business Membership please CLICK HERE

Awen Collective awarded the ECSO "Cybersecurity Made in Europe" Label

Published: 11 March 2021

Awen Collective is one of the first companies in the UK to be awarded the coveted "Cybersecurity Made in Europe" label.

This new initiative from the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) was launched in 2020 and Cyber Wales are one of 11 Founding Partners and the only Qualified Issuer of the Label in the UK. The key purpose of the Label 'Cybersecurity Made in Europe' is to serve as an industry-driven marketing instrument to promote qualified European-based cybersecurity companies and increase their commercial exposure far beyond their traditional home markets.

Awen's "Dot" offering is a software system which performs Asset & Vulnerability Discovery on Operational Technology (OT), including ICS, SCADA and IIoT systems. Built using security-by-design and safety-critical scanning technology to support modern and legacy networks, using deep packet inspection and exclusive active scanning software to build a full picture of your network.

Awen's "Profile" is a web application which guides investigation by operators of essential services and their service providers, using the Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF) released by the NCSC, to ensure their industrial organisation is compliant with the NIS Directive.

It has been verified, using ENISA's Indispensable Baseline Security Requirements, that the Awen's solutions are:-

  • Secure by design, being conceived, designed and implemented to ensure the key security properties of confidentiality, integrity, availability and accountability are maintained;
  • Secure by default, being supplied with the confirmed capability to support these security properties at installation; and
  • Secure throughout their lifecycle, as maintained from initial deployment through maintenance to decommissioning.
European cybersecurity companies from the European Union Member States (EU27), the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries, as well as the United Kingdom (UK) are eligible to apply for the Label. More information about how cybersecurity companies in the UK can apply for this can be found here.

Cardiff Metropolitan University Forming a Curriculum Advisory Board for Cyber Courses

Published: 3 March 2021

Cardiff Metropolitan University has received funding from the Welsh Government to offer staff the opportunity to study for a fully funded digital degree in Cyber Security. The programme entitled BSc Applied Cyber Security is a brand new programme which will be launched in September 2021.

As such we are looking for interested companies to get in contact with us to join our advisory board which will be brought together in order to develop the content of the BSc Cyber Security programme to ensure our content is cutting edge and as industry relevant as possible.

Further information regarding the offering is below:

Who is the funding for?
The funding can be used for both new apprentices coming into the business or existing staff who are looking to upskill. Some may have already studied related qualifications at a lower level such as a Level 4 apprenticeship or a HNC/HND. Previous qualifications could be used to enter the degree at a later stage meaning their time spent studying at the University is shorter.

How much funding is available?
The Government will pay a contribution of up to £27,000 per employee. This is £9000 a year over 3 years which is the equivalent to the full time tuition fee for University students. This does not have to be repayed should employees not complete the course.

How long does the course last?
The courses each last 3 years for anyone who enters with no previous University qualifications. For those with pre-standing qualifications they may be able to enter at a later stage via the recognition of prior learning which would shorten the course duration.

What are the attendance requirements?
Apprentices will be required to attend University 1 day per week. Currently sessions are delivered online due to Covid-19 however we would like to return the sessions to the classroom as soon as possible. This would involve attendance at our Llandaff Campus generally in line with a normal working day.

What is the course content?
We are currently working on the content of BSc Cyber Security in preparation for launch in September and are looking to work with interested companies to ensure the content is industry relevant. If you are interested in becoming a member of this group please contact Tara Williams, Degree Apprenticeships Lead via [email protected].

We also have opportunities for funded degrees in Data Science and Software Engineering. Software Engineering is also under development for launch in September 2021 but BSc Applied Data Science has been running for two years and the information on this is attached.

Cardiff University call for MSc Dissertation Projects - March 2021

Published: 24 February 2021

I am reaching out today because here at Cardiff it is that time of year again when our students in the Cybersecurity MSc and in the Data Science Academy (DSA) are looking for dissertation projects.

We always try to provide them with industry projects, to give them experience and the opportunity to apply what they have learned. More importantly, though, these projects could be a great way for *you* to have a student investigate or solve a speculative research-type problem or prototype and evaluate some solution. Hosting a project might even help you identify potential candidates, in case you are hiring.

So, would you be interested in proposing a project (or two) in the areas of Cybersecurity or Data Science? If so, please fill in the following form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=MEu3vWiVVki9vwZ1l3j8vDT34Iv6DypKo0LF39hjIgpUNjhWUU8wOEpKWTZUWE9YWjhCU1NDWFROVi4u

We will then be in touch to see how we can take your project forward. Even if you only have the idea for now, please get in touch, and we will be happy to help refine it to a suitable project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an e-mail and I will do my best to clarify.

Thanks, Dr Philipp Reinecke, Lecturer, School of Computer Science & Informatics, Cardiff University

Cardiff and Vale College free Microsoft Technical Courses

Published: 20 November 2020

Cardiff and Vale College are running a set of fully funded Microsoft IT Technical courses.

The courses comprise:

  • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals.
  • Microsoft Technical Associate Security Fundamentals.
  • Microsoft Technical Associate HTML Application Development Fundamentals.
  • Managing Microsoft Teams (Microsoft Certified Associate.)
  • Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure (Microsoft Certified Associate.)
Also included in the attached document is the module content, suggested aligned job roles, and delivery dates.

These courses are open for enrolment as of today and are available, fully funded for organisations (in Cardiff and the Vale) provided they have not exceeded their DeMinimis State Aid funding threshold.

If you think the above might be of interest to any members of Cyber Wales, please do feel free to share this opportunity, along with my contact info.

Chris Duffy, Commercial Business Partnerships on [email protected]

Cyber Wales is an ECSO Qualified Issuer

Published: 01 November 2020

Cyber Wales is very proud to be the only Qualified Issuer of the coveted "Cybersecurity Made in Europe" label in the UK. This new initiative from the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) was launched in July 2020 and Cyber Wales are one of 11 founding Partners including cyber ecosystems from Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Finland and Bulgaria.

The key purpose of the Label 'Cybersecurity Made in Europe' is to serve as an industry-driven marketing instrument to promote qualified European-based cybersecurity companies and increase their commercial exposure far beyond their traditional home markets. European cybersecurity companies from the European Union Member States (EU27), the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries, as well as the United Kingdom (UK) will be eligible to apply for the Label.

More information about how cybersecurity companies in the UK can apply for this can be found here.

Maryland Welcomes Cyber Delegations

Published: 13 August 2020

We represent Maryland's Department of Commerce office in the UK/Ireland and we want to invite Cyber Wales Cluster and your members to Maryland. Of course, we understand international travel and delegations are not at the front of everyone's minds at the moment, however having organised many delegations in the past, we know they take months of planning, hence why we are approaching you now.

We would like to arrange a time to discuss a possible partnership with you to add value to your next US delegation and invite Cyber Wales to visit the State of Maryland, which is uniquely positioned next to Washington DC.

We can offer a complimentary, fully curated and bespoke 1-2 day schedule for your cohort, with relevant site visits and sessions with high-level speakers from the ecosystem.

Maryland has developed into the U.S. headquarters of cybersecurity: The home of Fort Meade, housing among others the NSA and Cyber Command, which has resulted in one of the most sophisticated and skilled cyber security environments in the world.

Please do let us know if such an opportunity is of interest.

Angela Macias, FDI/Trade Specialist, Maryland Office of International Investment and Trade, [email protected]

NCSC Staff Training Online Guidance

Published: 6 August 2020

The NCSC's new e-learning package 'Top Tips For Staff' can be completed online, or built into your own training platform.

For these reasons, the NCSC has produced a new e-learning training package:'Stay Safe Online: Top Tips for Staff'.

Originally released in June 2019, it’s totally free, easy-to-use and takes lessthan 30 minutes to complete. The training introduces why cyber security is important and how attacks happen, and then covers four key areas:

  • Defending yourself against phishing
  • Using strong passwords
  • Securing your devices
  • Reporting incidents ('if in doubt, call it out')

The training is primarily aimed at SMEs, charities and the voluntary sector, but canbe applied to any organisation, regardless of size or sector.

It's been deliberatelydesigned for a non-technical audience (who may have little or no knowledge ofcyber security), with tips that complement any existing policies and procedures.

Cyber Wales runs Cluster Webinars for the UAE and Middle East Region

Published: 24th June 2020

The Cyber Wales Ecosystem brings together Government, Business, Academia, Law Enforcement and the Military in a unique collaborative venture aimed at tackling cyber crime and helping people and organisations to better protect themselves from the cyber threat.

Over the years, Cyber Wales has become internationally recognised as a centre for excellence in Cyber and is one of the Founding Members of the Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems for Partnership & Innovation in Cyber. As more international cyber communities learn about the breadth and depth of cyber expertise in Wales there are more and more requests for advice, guidance and collaboration.

One such collaboration has resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding with partners in the United Arab Emirates and the development of channels to market across the wider Middle East Region.

To help grow this partnership, Cyber Wales will be running a series of Cyber Cluster meetings, being run as webinars, especially for partners and colleagues in the UAE to provide guidance and advice 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 people leading projects to transition back to business as usual and are particularly suitable for change managers, heads of operations, heads of HR, chief information security officers, legal counsels and data protection officers.

The webinars will start at 2pm UK time which will be 5pm UAE time, so as not to disrupt the working day in the Middle East, and they will be run on the 1st Sunday of each month. Sunday is a weekend in Wales but it is the first day of the working week in the Middle East where weekends are on Friday and Saturday.

If you'd like to find out more, feel free to attend these sessions which are being run on the first Sunday of each month.

Please contact us for more information on being a speaker at this unique example of international collaboration and information sharing as Cyber Wales joins with the cyber community of the UAE to deliver world class advice and guidance.

NCSC CyberTV connecting Schools to Industry in Wales

Published: 16th June 2020

I would like to see if we can use the Welsh Cyber Clusters to facilitate more companies to support Schools/Computer Science teachers.

We have welsh schools now applying for the new CyberFirst School standard, but not the number I hoped for, and I am thinking one of the stumbling blocks may well be that we are looking for industry/school partnerships, so I am keen to see how we can foster interest in Cyber related companies (both big and small), to support schools.

Obviously currently with COVID19 measures, we are limited in the school as a whole to engage with a company, but I have been working on a virtual offering looking to put together Video logs on the CyberTV channel (https://www.cyberhub.uk/cybertv) where we are asking staff from companies to share details about their roles, companies, career route/choices and what they like about working in the Cyber Security environment. The aim of this is to increase student inspirations and aspirations to want to get into the Cyber Industry.

We have had some great vlogs from the likes of CACI/Deep3, SANS, PWC, and BAE Systems to date which have been well received by the students of schools in Gloucestershire.

What would be good I think would be to get some staff from companies in Wales that schools/students can connect with (perhaps even a bit of Welsh language as well)

Obviously this site offers companies marketing reach as their logo's can go up on the site, and from there we encourage them to become members of the CyberFirst industry scheme also to get formal NCSC/Govt recognition.

Find out more about becoming a CyberFirst School.

TARIAN shares advice from the NCSC and NCA

Published: 19 March 2020

I have been asked to disseminate the below to all interested parties following communication from the National Cyber Security Centre, National Crime Agency and City of London Police.

‘We are already aware, as a result of this crisis increasing, targeted threats from Hostile State Actors and OCGs against a variety of targets, not least the Critical National Infrastructure and health sector with a number of significant incidents currently being responded to by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and NCA. We have all seen previously the impact such an attack can have, particularly on the NHS, so you will recognise the impact a major cyber incident would have at this critical time of national crisis and legitimate public concern.’

In addition, the existing wider, high volume of sophisticated ransomware attacks, which as you know can cripple an organisation and put it out of business, is also a real concern. The current business as usual level of attacks will have more damaging impact in this period as the businesses themselves, their IT companies and wider cyber security industry have less capacity to respond quickly to mitigate the damage with high levels of staff abstracted through sickness and self-isolation. We can therefore expect the economic and real world impact potentially to be significantly greater than usual and this will increase the number of incidents, victims and investigations.’

In order to combat these potential issues, the following threat and risk areas are being prioritised and advice is attached:

Ransomware
Phishing
Home working
Wider online fraud

Areas 2, 3, and 4 are of equal priority. In addition the below link highlights an app that claims to provide updates on the spread of coronavirus, but then encrypts the phone - https://en-cryptonomist-ch.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/en.cryptonomist.ch/2020/03/16/covidlock-ransomware-coronavirus/amp/

Also attached is the US alert pdf around Coronavirus_map_Azorult.

If you have any questions or issues about any of the above please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss further, but please share widely certainly with the members of Cyber Wales..

Many thanks,

Symon Kendall | Cyber Officer
CEH/CISMP/CIRM-F/Comptia Sec+
Ditectif Gwnstabl | Detective Constable 3385
Uned Troseddau Seibr Rhanbarthol | Regional Cyber Crime Unit
Uned Troseddau Cyfundrefnol Rhanbarthol | TARIAN ROCU
01656 310146 | Ext: 62095

NCSC Blog on Parked Domains

Published: 26 June 2019

NCSC have published a blog reminding organisations that they should apply DMARC on any domains they own but no longer use, as those “parked” domains can still be spoofed.

The blog can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/protecting-parked-domains

Call for Partners from NW ROCU

Published: 02 June 2019

Do you want to help us protect people from cyber crime?
Were 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, wed like to know how you can help and were 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. Wed like as many partners as possible to sign up and pledge to support the campaign. Wed 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 well create a mailing list and add you onto it.

Yes please id like to support NW ROCU

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