SOUTH WALES CYBER SECURITY CLUSTER

Glyndwr University, Wrexham.  Home of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster

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 Pervade Software Ltd, Wolfberry IT Security and Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP.

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 MEETINGS - (full details are on the Cluster Meetings page)

The next meeting will be:-

This is a "CALL TO ARMS" to all Cyber Security Cluster members to help a brave young Welsh cyberist in his quest for once-in-a-lifetime glory!

We are going to have a very different kind of Cyber Security Cluster meeting this month, let me explain…

Those of you who attended last month’s meeting in Carmarthen will remember that we embarrassed Cluster member and National Cyber Security Academy student Kyle Woodward by making him stand up while we gave him a round of applause to congratulate him on winning the UK National round of a global cyber competition.

That competition forms part of WorldSkills 2019 which will take place in Kazan, Russia on 22-27 August 2019. The 45th WorldSkills Competition, which is run every two years hosted by different Nations each time, will bring together more than 1,600 young professionals representing more than 60 countries who will compete in 56 skills which are grouped into 6 Sectors including ICT. The event will be held at the KAZAN EXPO International Exhibition Centre where more than 1,500 Experts will evaluate the Competitors’ performance (see www.worldskills2019.com for more information).

Kyle and his team-mate Adrian (who is from Scotland, a fellow Celt!) battled their way through Local, Regional and National competition stages to gain their seat on the plane to Russia along with 30 other people of Team UK and they are now cramming in some serious training for this opportunity to shoot for Gold Medals in this event which has been dubbed the “Vocational Olympics“.

To quote Baldrick from Blackadder, “We have a cunning plan”!

The May Cluster meeting will be staged at the Cyber Village on the National Cyber Security Academy floor of the USW City Campus in Newport, where Kyle and Adrian will be receiving a series of training workshops during the week of the 20th May and the entire agenda will be given over to providing learning, advice and tips on a number of cyber related topics, including but not limited to:-

  • Cybersecurity Incident Response
  • Digital Forensic Investigations
  • Application Security

The format will be simple. Questions will be posed by the Team UK Cyber Training Manager, Suresh Kumar and the IT & Enterprise Sector Champion for Inspire Skills Excellence in Wales, Claire George and we, as a group, will offer opinions, experiences, healthy debate and handle any specific queries Kyle and Adrian may have. This will be done over the usual teas, coffees and hopefully Welsh cakes with the aim of steering the lads towards further research and learning of the points raised (that is a polite way of saying they will go and Google what people have said to sift the wheat from the chaff).

If an area of discussion can be reinforced by some additional experiential learning such as a visit to an office or SOC, a session with an expert etc., at a later date. then please feel free to volunteer this if you think it is appropriate.

In addition to this session at the Cluster meeting, we are hoping to fill the week with learning experiences for the lads so if any of you would like to become more involved then please contact Claire George on cgeorge@bridgend.ac.uk to discuss any ideas you have.

It is fantastic to have a Welsh competitor in the Cyber Security Team for this Global Competition and this is a chance for us all to help a fellow Cluster member to have the best possible chance of a medal.

This event is not aimed only at cyber “experts”, anyone who wants to give the lads some moral support and learn a thing or two about cyber security at the same time is free to come along as well - the more the merrier!

See you all there.

NEXT DATA PRIVACY CLUSTER MEETING

The next meeting will be:-

This Sub-Cluster is organised and run by Kathy Buckley of Bridewell Consulting

WOMEN IN CYBER CLUSTER MEETING

The next meeting will be:-

This Sub-Cluster is organised and run by Clare Johnson of the National Cyber Security Academy.

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

CNI, OT & ICS CYBER CLUSTER MEETING

The next meeting will be:-

This Sub-Cluster is organised and run by Richard Rees of C-STEM.

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

NEXT EDUCATION & TRAINING CLUSTER MEETING

The next meeting will be:-

  • Date: 25th June 2019
  • Time: 14:00 to 16:00
  • Venue: Bridgend College
  • Register Soon

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

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

NEXT IP WALES CLUSTER MEETING

The next meeting will be:-

  • Date: Spring 2019
  • Time: 14:00 to 16:00
  • Venue: TBA
  • Register Soon

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

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