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:-

We will be returning to the inspiring collaboration space at Tec Marina in Penarth for our October meeting.

Our keynote speaker will be Lydia Ragoonanan, the Programme Director for the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) .

This new accelerator is a joint collaboration between Plexal, CSIT and Deloitte. It’s funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy. Their mission is to support the most promising cybersecurity innovators in scaling and growing solutions to meet industry’s biggest challenges, while building the UK’s international cybersecurity profile. They’re convening organisations small and large, including investors, academics, sister programmes and the international community, to:

  • Maximise the commercial potential of great cyber solutions
  • Minimise the barriers to scale
  • Get solutions to market more quickly

By 2021, they aim to have stimulated the growth of at least 72 high-potential companies, grown up to 2,000 jobs, and secured £40m in investment.

Having launched their first cohort of companies on their 12 month journey in June this year, LORCA are now on the hunt for the businesses that will form the second cohort and Lydia will be explaining what is involved and how to apply.

We will also be hearing from Damon Rands who has been helping companies and authorities in Dubai to form a Cyber Security Cluster of their own in the United Arab Emirates based on the Cyber Wales model. He will describe some of the amazing opportunities that can be found in the UAE, where demand for cyber security expertise is high, and will unveil plans for a joint Wales-Dubai Cluster meeting we are planning for December.

See you all there!

 

WOMEN IN CYBER CLUSTER MEETING

The next meeting will be:-

  • Date: Winter 2018
  • Time: 16:00 to 18:00
  • Venue: National Cyber Security Academy, USW Campus, Usk Way, Newport, NP20 2BP
  • Register Soon

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.

NEXT DATA PRIVACY CLUSTER MEETING

The next meeting will be:-

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

NEXT IP WALES CLUSTER MEETING

The next meeting will be:-

  • Date: Winter 2018
  • Time: 14:00 to 16:00
  • Venue: TBA
  • Register Soon

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.

CLUSTER MEMBERS CYCLE AROUND WALES

Cluster members Chris Roberts of BD Research, who runs the GDPR Alliance and Rob Blacker set out on an intrepid journey to cycle around Wales to raise money for the Wales Air Ambulance (who provides emergency air cover for everyone in Wales, 365 days a year and can reach anywhere in the country within 20 minutes) and Blood Bikes Wales (who transport blood, plasma, platelets, vaccines, and any other urgently required items to hospitals at night, weekends and bank holidays).

The 700 mile journey, which started on Saturday 1st September, is set to take 12 days with cycling every day.  Although the route may vary a little the itinerary looks like this:-

  • Day 1 - Cardiff to Llanelli
  • Day 2 - Llanelli to Johnston
  • Day 3 - Johnston to Aberteifi
  • Day 4 - Aberteifi to Aberystwyth
  • Day 5 - Aberystwyth to Porthmadog
  • Day 6 - Porthmadog to Bangor
  • Day 7 - Bangor to Anglesey
  • Day 8 - Anglesey to Queensferry
  • Day 9 - Queensferry to Welshpool
  • Day 10 - Welshpool to Hay-on-Wye
  • Day 11 - Hay-on-Wye to Monmouth
  • Day 12 - Monmouth to Cardiff

If you would like to join Chris and Rob on any legs of their journey, they would be delighted to have some company and if you like to support their worthy charities then here are the links to the JustGiving pages:-

http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Chris-Rob-AroundWales-AirAmbulance

http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Chris-Rob-AroundWales-Blood

Also, to help fly the flag for Cyber Wales, Chris will be riding some of the way in the cycling top of the 53 Signal Squadron, which were sponsored by Cyber Wales and the Wales Cyber Clusters.

Best of luck guys!