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:-

Back in September 2016 the Cluster was hosted by 53 Squadron of the Royal Corps of Signals at their barracks in Cardiff.

Since then, the relationship between the Cyber Wales community and Armed Forces has grown and matured. For example:-

  • Cluster members have donated networking equipment and software to build a Cyber Training Suite at the Barracks
  • Cluster members have run training sessions for the soldiers of the Squadron
  • A number of Cluster members have joined the Army Reserve and now serve with the Squadron
  • A number of the soldiers of the Squadron have moved jobs to work for Cluster member companies
  • A number of Cluster members have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and now benefit from their association with the Armed Forces Community
  • A number of Cluster members have joined the Regional Employer Engagement Group for the Armed Forces in Wales and help build strong relationships between employers and Reserve Units
  • Cyber Wales has sponsored the Squadron Cycling Team (and Cluster member Chris Roberts wore a Squadron cycling top when he cycled around Wales for charity)

The Armed Forces have a long-standing relationship with Wales, with Army, RAF and Navy bases in the North and the South and infantry training locations around the Brecon Beacons that almost every soldier has visited at some point during their service. It's not surprising then that, as so many military units grapple with the rise of the cyber threat, the Armed Forces and the Cyber Wales communities have found each other.

In this meeting, we will revisit the Squadron and find out how their plans to develop, train and deploy Tactical Cyber Protection Teams have evolved. We will hear from some serving soldiers about how the cyber challenge is tackled in the Army and explore ways that more Cluster members can benefit from this important relationship.

We will also hear from Nick Crew of Airbus, one of the biggest Defense Industry Primes based in Wales, who will talk about the work being done by Airbus EndeavR Wales, a foundation co-sponsored by Welsh Government, and discuss the opportunities for SMEs to receive funding and potential partnerships for research and development projects in the Defense and Space Industries.

Nick Crew's ethos is “If SMEs can produce products of the future which Airbus are probably going to buy, then it helps the SME, helps Airbus and helps the Welsh economy if Airbus proactively support that SME to bring their ideas and products to market”.

So, come along to this month's Cluster meeting, get to know the budding cyberists of the Army Reserve, find out how that relationship could benefit you and your business and learn about the funding opportunities from Airbus.

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:-

  • Date: July 2019
  • Time: 14:00 to 16:00
  • Venue: Newport
  • Registration: 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.

CNI, OT & ICS CYBER CLUSTER MEETING

The next meeting will be:-

  • Date: July 2019
  • Time: 14:00 to 16:00
  • Venue: TBC
  • Registration:

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: August 2019
  • Time: 14:00 to 16:00
  • Venue: Bridgend College, Cowbridge Road, Bridgend, CF31 3DF
  • Registration: 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.