The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster has been formed, under the umbrella of the UK Cyber Security Forum, by a number of cyber security focused businesses in the Cardiff area including Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP, Wolfberry IT Security and Pervade Software Ltd.

The aims of the Cluster are two-fold:-

  • To support the members of the cluster by communicating National and International initiatives and trade opportunities, providing a networking platform to share ideas and best practice, encouraging collaboration and identifying partnership opportunities so that small cyber security specialist businesses in Wales can find new ways to grow.
  • To support the Welsh Government's commitment to Cyber Security (and UK Government's Cyber Security Strategy) by building cyber security knowledge, skills and capabilities in the Region, to make businesses more resilient to cyber attacks and the Region one of the most secure places in the world to do business.


Next Cluster Meeting - (full details are on the Cluster Meetings page)

The next meeting will be:-

Our November meeting is going to be hosted the newest and trendiest venue in the Capital - the Tramshed.

This renovated railway site has seen huge crowds enjoying music concerts and gigs, martial arts training and demonstrations, gatherings of business groups such as Digital Tuesdays and has even hosted inward trade delegations from European countries in conjunction with the Department for Internastional Trade.

Perhaps one of it's biggest events was this year's Digital Festival which saw vendors exhibiting in transport containers and keynote talks on boats on the river as well as a packed set of talks in the rabbit warren that is the Tramshed.

We are looking forward to sampling their facilities and hospitality for our upcoming Cluster meeting.

The guest speaker for the meeting is also a bit of an enigma - Thales.

One of the "Big 6" primes, Thales operate "from the bottom of the oceans to the depths of space and cyberspace".

There is a lot of talk and rumour about some major investments of time and people (and of course money) in Wales by this giant company but what is less known is the extent to which Thales are already here, working among us in some of the most critical sectors in the Welsh economy.

With a very collaborative working style, which includes working second-string to SMEs who become the "primes" in some of their engagements, Thales are a well kept secret in the cyber community and are very keen to get to know Cluster members and play a more active role in the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

Long-standing member of the Cluster, Chris Whitehead who has been working with Thales for some time, will be presenting on the wide range of activities Thales are engaged in and providing some insights into how SMEs can work with Thales in Wales and beyond.

Should be another great meeting, see you all there.



Christmas Meeting

The December meeting will be:-

Who has driven down Fabian Way, to or from Swansea, and slowed down to look at the progress of the impressive new Swansea University Bay Campus?

The 2017 Christmas meeting of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster is being hosted in the Great Hall of this amazing campus, which is now up and running and brimming over with students.

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 are sponsoring our meeting which will mark the launch of a new member of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem - the IP 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 IP 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 will give a presentation on the IP Wales Cybercrime initiative (2017-20) and explain how the IP Cluster will work moving forward.

There will also be a presentation on the new £32m Computational Foundry currently being built on the site which is fast becoming an impressive addition to the Swansea Bay skyline. This facility will act as a beacon for research collaborations and will look to attract leading researchers to Wales and make a solid contribution to computational cyber security.

In addition, there will be a tour of the Campus to showcase these brand new facilities that are now being used on a day-to-day basis.

Being the Christmas meeting, there will undoubtedly be an appetite for some mince pies and Cluster member, Dr Kerry Beynon of Acuity Legal, has very kindly offered to sponsor a Xmas Buffet

Please register early for what promises to be a very special Cluster Meeting.



Next GDPR Sub-Cluster Meeting

The next meeting will be:-

This Sub-Cluster is organised and run by Kathy Buckley of Atradius Group.



Next DevOps Sub-Cluster Meeting

The next meeting will be:-

This Sub-Cluster is organised and run by Kathy Buckley of Atradius Group.



Next IP Wales Sub-Cluster Meeting

The next meeting will be:-

  • Date: Tuesday 19th December 2017
  • Time: 14:00 to 16:00
  • Venue: Swansea University Bay Campus, Fabian Way, Swansea

This Sub-Cluster is organised and run by Kerry Beynon of Acuity Legal.

These meetings are free to attend for anyone with an interested in exploring Cyber Security.