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.

 

Byte Night is coming...

Byte Night is Action for Children's biggest annual fundraiser; a national ‘sleep-out’ event. Each year, hundreds of like minded people from the technology and business arena give up their beds for one night to help change the lives of vulnerable young people.

For the 2nd year, there will be a Byte Night held in Wales outside the Principality Stadium on 6th October.

For more details check out the website at https://www.bytenight.org.uk/event-locations/wales/.

 

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

Cluster meetings are normally held monthly, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 2pm to 4pm, at a convenient location in South Wales.

The next meeting will be:-

  • Date: Tuesday 15th August 2017
  • Time: 14:00 to 16:00
  • Venue: Wahacas, St David's, 7 Bridge Street, Cardiff, CF10 2EF

The Cluster celebrated it's first year anniversary in Wahacas back in 2015 and in July we will be gathering there again to mark three years of Cluster success and enjoy a Summer social gathering.

Please feel free to join us in the cocktail bar in the upstairs mezzanine of the restaurant for drinks, conversation and maybe some food.

 

 

September Meeting

  • Date: Tuesday 19th September 2017
  • Time: 14:00 to 16:00
  • Venue: Venue to be confirmed

In September, the Cluster will be hosting a director from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC, a part of GCHQ).

For some time now, the various cyber teams at GCHQ have been becoming more and more open, forging relationships with the business community and academia to drive the UK's National Cyber Security Strategy forward as quickly and effectively as possible. We have seen many programmes and initiatives, such as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) with the Police, Cyber Security Centres for Excellence in Universities and the Cyber Essentials Scheme for SMEs etc.

The merging of many of these departments and teams into a single co-ordinated entity - the National Cyber Security Centre - has seen even more openness and some really exciting new initiatives which would not have seemed possible only a short time ago.

A director of the NCSC, who's identity will be revealed on the day, is going to describe the evolution of the NCSC and share some of the recent activities and successes such as the Cyber First programme to encourage secondary school children to take a healthy interest in cyber security and the incredible Cyber Incubator which opens the doors of GCHQ in Cheltenham to cyber security start-ups.

This meeting will be a rare opportunity to learn more about the NCSC and venue for this very special meeting will be selected closer to the time so watch this space!

 

 

Next GDPR Sub-Cluster Meeting - (full details are on the CyberCollaborate Portal)

The next meeting will be:-

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