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 Wales, to make businesses more resilient to cyber attacks and Wales 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:-

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda pawb - Happy New Year everyone!

We have a very special Cluster meeting lined up to kick off a new decade.

Andy Williams, Cyber Advisor for the Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation is coming back to Wales to give us a briefing on some of the fantastic programmes coming up this year.

I say "coming back" because Andy is a staunch Welshman who has been a proactive supporter of the Cyber Wales Clusters since they were first formed, even while he has been travelling the world as a Cyber Envoy.

From 2008 to 2012 he was the U.S. government’s international trade advisor on cyber security at the American Embassy in London and then, from 2015 to 2017, he served as the UK government’s first Cyber Envoy to the U.S. at the British Embassy in Washington DC, where he helped over 100 UK cyber companies with their U.S. business expansion activities. He also acts as a selector and mentor on various government-funded cyber incubator, accelerator and business support programmes.

Andy is also an independent management consultant who specialises in advising cybersecurity business leaders on transatlantic expansion so if you have aspirations in the US markets come along and chat with Andy.

The meeting is being held in the Cyber Village space at the National Cyber Security Academy in USW's City Campus in Newport. Which also gives us all an opportunity to catch up with how the Cyber Academy students are getting on in their quest to become tomorrow's cyber experts.

Let's get 2020 off to a great start and have an amazing first Cluster meeting of the year.

See you all there!