NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

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The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster is run for the benefit of small companies specialising in cyber security in the South Wales Region. Here are details of the news, initiatives, opportunities and ideas that have been shared with the Cluster:-

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Cynnig arbennig am wythnos yn unig – 3/6/19 – 7/6/19
Special offer for one week only!

Wythnos gyfan yn cynnig cyfle i bobl weithio o’r gofod cydweithio am ddim er mwyn cael blas o’r cyfleusterau gwych a’r awyrgylch greadigol. Os yr ydych yn ymwybodol o rywun a fyddai â diddordeb i fanteisio ar y cynnnig, gadewch iddynt wybod!
Yn dilyn eich ymweliad yn ystod yr wythnos am ddim, fe gewch y tro nesaf am hanner pris – bargen! (os defnyddir cyn 31 Awst, 2019)
A week long opportunity to work from the hot desking facilities for free. Come and work from the Hub, or if you know of anyone that would be interested in taking advantage of the offer, let them know.
Following your visit during the week, your next visit will be half price – bargain! (if used before 31 August, 2019)

Beth yw’r Hwb?
Mae’r Hwb yn cynnig ardal cydweithio deinamig sydd â chyfleusterau modern a hynny mewn gofod agored, sydd â ffenestri llydan yn darparu golygfeydd gwych. Dyma gyfle i weithio a datblygu partneriaethau a syniadau, a rhwydweithio â phobl sy’n llawn brwdfrydedd. Gyda chysylltiad Wifi cyflym a chaffi bendigedig, Y Gegin yn cynnig coffi hyfryd, prydau iachus o fwyd lleol a chacennau blasus, pa le gwell i weithio ohono?
What’s the Hub?
The Hub offers a dynamic coworking space with modern facilities in an open plan office, with large windows providing fantastic views. This is an opportunity to work and develop ideas and partnerships with like minded individuals.
With superfast Wifi and a wonderful café, Y Gegin offering lovely coffee, healthy meals from local produce, and delicious cakes, what better place to work from?

Cyngor Busnes
Yn ogystal, mae ein partner, Busnes Mewn Ffocws yn cynnig cyngor, gweithdai a sesiynau cefnogi busnes yn yr Hwb. Maent yno i gynnig arweiniad i entrepreneuriaid sydd eisioes wedi dechrau busnes neu i’r rheiny sy’n cychwyn ar eu taith.
Business Advice
In addition, our partner, Business in Focus are offering advice, workshops and sessions to support businesses in the Hub. They’re there to provide guidance to entrepreneurs; those who have already started their own businesses and those embarking on their journey.

Am fwy o wybodaeth neu i archebu desg, ffoniwch 01267 611600 neu ebostiwch helo@yregin.cymru

For more information or to book a desk, phone 01267 611600 or email helo@yregin.cymru

Good afternoon

Here are some cyber security opportunities you might be interested in:

Consultation on CyBOK (sorry for the short notice!)

We are pleased to announce that the Adversarial Behaviours and Secure Software Lifecycle KAs are now live on the CyBOK website (www.cybok.org) ready for public review.  The public consultation period is due to end on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

Cyber VC Panel session at InfoSec

Andy Williams, CEO of Global Transatlantic, will be running a Cyber VC panel session each day at Infosec Europe (4th – 6th June) at which UK cyber start-ups can pitch their companies to a panel of high-profile cyber investors.

For more details or to apply for the opportunity to pitch please follow this link: https://www.infosecurityeurope.com/VCpanelpitch

Cyber 101 Business Skills Bootcamp

Free of Charge – apply before 15th May (sorry about the short notice!)

Location: Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA
Date: 29 May 2019
Time: 09:00 – 17:30
Cyber 101: Business skills Bootcamps for cyber security startups and scaleups.
Digital Catapult wants to hear from cyber security companies that are interested in receiving mentorship, raising capital and accessing a wider network of public and private customers.
Successful applicants will receive tailored advice on a diverse range of topics linked to establishing and growing a successful cyber security business.
Background Cyber 101 is a national programme running from January 2017 – March 2021 as part of DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security sector and the capability of cyber security startups and scaleups.
An intensive one-day Bootcamp: You’ll receive tutoring and tailored advice from industry experts on how to develop and scale up your cyber business.
Who should attend? Whether you are an established startup looking to refine your business proposition or a mature company seeking feedback and advice on your business, you are welcome to take a part in Cyber 101 Bootcamp.
We are interested in hearing from cyber security companies operating across all UK sectors with existing product or service offerings.
Why attend? Successful applicants will be invited to an intensive one-day workshop which is designed to help support cyber security enterprises hone their business skills in an open innovation environment. Topics will be followed by 1-to-1 mentoring sessions with the presenter, allowing startups and scaleups to build close connections with their peers as well as the mentors.
As an attendee, you will get a chance to:

  • Receive tutoring and tailored expert advice on different topics. Topics include; development of an effective value proposition, market validation, sales and marketing techniques, international expansion, finance and capital and business models.
  • Build new relationships with customers, partners and peers.

Furthermore, selected companies that successfully complete the workshop will be shortlisted for an annual Demo Day, which will provide a direct opportunity to pitch to potential customers and investors. The Demo Day will be facilitated by Inogesis (formerly VTC), The Accelerator Network and White Horse Capital.
Dates, times and locations Submit your application to Cyber 101 via the form below. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 15th May.
Places will be allocated to those with the most appropriate needs, expertise, services and products in line with the Open Call.
We aim to respond to all applications within 7 days of the call closing. However we will review applications on receipt and may allocate places before the closing date.
Successful applicants will be invited to a brief telephone interview to judge suitability. Please be advised that experts from the Cyber 101 team will assess applications using 3 criteria: fit to Cyber 101 requirements, domain expertise, and maturity. Assessment is based on application content only.
The event will be facilitated by Inogesis (formerly VTC), The Accelerator Network and White Horse Capital.
https://salesforceadmin1.typeform.com/to/XcvOzq?type=Bootcamp&subtitle=Business%20Skills&date=29%20May%202019%20(09:00%20-%2017:30)

SSCS 2019: International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security

21 – 22 October 2019 | IET London: Savoy Place
Contributions deadline: 15 June 2019
www.theiet.org/sscs

Showcase your latest work at the only UK conference covering both system safety and cyber security. We welcome contributions of both presentations and workshop sessions by 15 June.

This year’s themes are related to the safety and security challenges of applying emergent and new technologies in critical systems. Core topics are:

  • AI/ML: how do you meet the safety and security challenges for critical systems?
  • Cloud, multi-core and novel technologies in critical systems
  • The challenges for Regulation, Certification and Accreditation of critical systems
  • Vulnerabilities, threats and solutions to cyber security in safety-critical systems
  • The human factors of cyber security and safety

Publication opportunity
Contributors who present their work at SSCS 2019 have the opportunity to be published in the IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications Journal (NB subject to peer review). All article processing charges ($2000 as standard) will be waived for the SSCS 2019 speakers.

IAAC Cyber Resilience Report and Workshop

The report of the first IAAC ‘Cyber Resilience’ workshop held at Shrivenham on 26th March has been published and available on the IAAC website.

The next workshop in the cyber resilience series will be held at the University of Manchester in central Manchester on 3rd June, 1100-1600.  The precise location will be confirmed after registration, which can be done through info@iaac.org.uk.

The workshop will follow on from a previous workshop held at the Defence Academy Shrivenham. There is no need to have attended the first workshop, to attend this event.

We will focus specifically on how businesses and communities can create and maintain an effective compliance eco-system for cyber resilience.  We will examine a range of hard and soft approaches to encouraging and sustaining cyber resilience, from social marketing approaches to regulation and law. The workshop will also seek to clarify issues around achieving accountability in the face of growing cyber risk.

A wide spectrum of people from across the community of business, government, academic and third sectors are welcome.  A series of panels will be run in which active participation through discussion and Q&A will be facilitated. We aim to write up a final report with actionable recommendations.

Discount to exhibit at the Festival of AI and Emerging Technology

CogX is offering UK Cyber Security Forum members a discount to exhibit at their festival in the Startup Village. CogX London Kings Cross 10th-12th June

Normally a place on the start up bench is £1,000 for the 3 day festival, but UK Cyber Security Forum members get a discount of 40%.  For £600 you will get

  • A Start Up Bench space
  • Access to the Festival Networking App
  • 2x tickets for your clients

To book please email Ray Clark <ray.clark@cognitionx.io> and mention the code cogx19MFOI75%

Call for Papers – International Security Expo 2019

We are now accepting speaker submissions for the Technology Workshop Theatre and Conference Theatres at International Security Expo 2019 which takes place on 3 – 4 December, Olympia London, UK. www.internationalsecurityexpo.com

We invite you to submit a proposal for speaking on:   

Workshops including:

  • Screening and Scanning
  • Cyber
  • Perimeter and Intrusion Detection
  • Communications
  • CCTV and Surveillance
  • CBRN
  • Tracking and Monitoring
  • Drone and Counter Drone Systems

Conferences including:
(limited to one commercial company per conference)

  • Global Counter Terrorism Summit
  • Global Serious & Organised Crime Summit
  • Cyber Security Conference
  • Aviation and Transport Security Conference
  • Crisis Management and Business Continuity Conference
  • Protecting Crowded Places Conference
  • Forensics Conference
  • Serious & Organised Crime Conference

The proposals will be assessed on their suitability and content.
Submitting a proposal is no guarantee of having a slot allocated

Proposals should include:

  • Proposed title
  • Description outlining the proposed format and 3 – 4 bullet points (12 words max per point) of the key areas the session will address
  • Name of proposed speaker, job title and organisation
  • Speaker biography (max 50 words)

To submit a proposal, please go online to www.internationalsecurityexpo.com/whatson/conferences-workshops-briefings/commercial-speaker-enquiry-form-page
OR email us directly: info@internationalsecurityexpo.com

Please note the closing date is 24th May 2019

Online Harms White Paper

A new ‘Online Harms’ White Paper has been recently published. The paper sets out the government’s plans to improve online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy. This paper covers legislative and non-legislative measures and aims to make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups. You can view the Online Harms White Paper here.

Aerospace Wales are delighted to offer companies the opportunity to hear direct from Airbus Defence and Space about the future space supply chain, Airbus’ plans for future activity and learn more about the opportunities to engage in the Airbus space supply chain.

The event will be run at the OpTIC Centre in St Asaphs and will also include private one-to-one sessions with members of the Airbus Space Systems team.

This industry day hosted by Aerospace Wales and Airbus Defence and Space will provide the opportunity to hear from Airbus’s Space Systems and procurement teams on the changing space environment, future systems and programme requirements across the Telecom, Earth Observation, Navigation, Science and Geo-Intelligence segments.

We will also be discussing the support available to Wales based companies, whether you are already involved on this sector or see this as an opportunity to diversify your business.  Plus there will be plenty of networking opportunities.

To register for the event, please contact derfel.jones@gov.wales as soon as possible.  One to One meeting spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis, so please don’t delay.

In a new and exciting development at Infosecurity Europe 2019, cyber security product start-ups exhibiting at the event will have the opportunity to be selected to pitch to a panel of high profile cyber investors.

A different panel of cyber VCs will make themselves available each day to listen to company pitches and provide valuable feedback to cyber security entrepreneurs.

The daily VC panel sessions will be moderated by Andy Williams, CEO of Global Transatlantic and cyber advisor to the UK Department for International Trade.

For further details and to apply for a slot to pitch to a panel of cyber VCs at Infosecurity Europe, please click here

Date: 4th to 6th June, 2019
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm daily
Location: Infosecurity Europe, Olympia, London

The Welsh Government has once again got a stand at Infosec 2019. Our involvement has been a success over the last few years, in no small part thanks to the involvement of Cyber businesses and partners in Wales.

We’re at Infosec to promote the Welsh capability in Cyber security, built around the Cyber Wales ecosystem. For us, having that ecosystem represented on the stand has been a highly effective way to promote our capability.

The stand has also provided the platform for businesses, academic and law enforcement/defence partners to exhibit at Europe’s largest Cyber event, and a springboard for some Cluster members to invest in their own stands.

The space on the stand allows members to display their printed marketing literature, meet with potential customers, run laptop presentations etc. and have product information running on our screen.

Demand for space can be high, so if you are interested can you please contact megan.andrews@gov.wales before the 21st May.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line to Jonathan.Fortune@gov.wales.

From: June 13, 2019, 9 a.m.
To: June 13, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
Location: School of Management, Room 010, Bay Campus, Swansea University

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Emerging Challenges, Opportunities, and Agenda for Research and Practice
Artificial Intelligence (AI): the next step of an exciting technological phase with the potential to transform manufacturing, health, finance and education OR a threat to society, a job killer and a backward step for the human race?

Join the Emerging Markets Research Centre (EMaRC) and the i-Lab (Innovation Lab) supported by the Business Department at the School of Management for a workshop on ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI): Emerging Challenges, Opportunities, and Agenda for Research and Practice’ on Thursday 13 June 2019.

This workshop aims to bring together a variety of disciplines and a community for the advancement of knowledge regarding opportunities and challenges posed by fast emergence and applications of Artificial Intelligence in various domains. To achieve this goal, we are inviting researchers and practitioners from both private and public sectors to present their ideas and thoughts.

Registration to attend is £50 (+ booking fee).

Registration closes on 25th May 2019.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/artificial-intelligence-challenges-opportunities-agenda-for-research-tickets-60182673998

DSEI 2019- Tuesday 10th-Friday 13th September 2019
 
I am pleased to announce that the Welsh Government will once again be exhibiting at DSEI, at ExCel in London, 10-13 September 2019.  
 
DSEI provides access to key, high quality exhibitors and decision makers across the Air, Naval, Land and Security supply chain, alongside networking opportunities and the ability to see new technologies first hand on the show floor. 
 
We are offering Wales based companies the opportunity to participate in the show on a Wales stand to maximise the opportunities that such a global event can offer. The cost of a stand package on the Wales stand is £1,500 plus VAT, details of the package are outlined in the attached application form. 
  
If you would like to join us please complete the attached application form and return to gareth.thomas5@gov.wales by Monday 13th May 2019.
 
There is likely to be high demand for this event and applications will be judged on the strength of the business case presented, including evidence that the event fits with the business strategy, market research and the potential return on our investment.  All applicants will be notified by Friday 24th May 2019.
  
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact neil.sandford@gov.wales to discuss further.
NXTAsia 2019 
18th – 20th June 2019 – Marina Bay Sands

NXTAsia is Asia’s definitive event that showcases emerging technologies and enterprise solutions. A comprehensive global showcase awaits at NXTAsia – including AI, VR/AR, Blockchain, Big Data, Cloud, 5G, Cybersecurity, IoT and Smart Cities. The show also features the dedicated Disrupt+ zone where start-ups put forth their innovations. NXTAsia is the must-attend event for conglomerates, enterprises and start-ups plus government representatives.

Tradefair are organising the UK Pavilion at NXTAsia 2019, on behalf of techUK and in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Only 1 grant of £2,500 remaining for eligible UK companies!

Pod package available from £365* + UK VAT, include:

UK Pavilion Stand 
  • Superior stand design
  • Construction
  • Overhead branding
  • Furniture package
  • Stand cleaning
  • Access to group hospitality/meeting area
  • Group internet
  • Access to refreshments area
  • Power and lighting
  • Carpeting
  • Stand cleaning

Event Management 

  • PR & social media
  • Management of stand contractor
  • Onsite management throughout build-up, event and breakdown
  • Post event grant claim and reimbursement support

Register your interest – info@tradefair.co.uk

Welsh Government are looking for potential projects to submit as part of UKRI Summer spending review. 
Unfortunately they are very limited guidelines available on amounts etc. It would have to be a one-off intervention/single research project.
 
Has anyone in the cluster got anything cyber security focused that might fit the criteria below.
 
UKRI have issued some guidance
 
•             Maximising the return on their investment through co-funding
•             Contributing to the target of increasing industrial R+D to 2.4% of GDP
•             A 1 off intervention  as opposed to ongoing commitment.
•             Place based
•             Aligns with the 4 grand challenge areas and align with Welsh Gov and UK Gov priorities for funding
•             We would ned to prove the case for need for funding, probably ultimately 5 case business case
•             This is not purely business funding, its more likely combination of research council type funding with some IUK .
 
If you would like to discuss this, please contact adam.wadding@gov.wales /adam.wadding@gov.cymru

This IET event is running on 21-22 October 2019 at the Savoy Place, London

This year, we welcome proposals for both presentations and workshops, making it the ideal opportunity to place your ideas in front of a specialist audience and establish yourself as someone who is influencing the future of safety and security engineering.

This year’s themes are related to the safety and security challenges of applying emergent and new technologies in critical systems. Core topics are:

*AI/ML: how do you meet the safety and security challenges for critical systems?
*Cloud, multi-core and novel technologies in critical systems
*The challenges for Regulation, Certification and Accreditation of critical systems
*Vulnerabilities, threats and solutions to cyber security in safety-critical systems
*The human factors of cyber security and safety

Contributions deadline: 15 June 2019

Please send your abstract (up to 500 words) to the Event Producer – Olexander Hryb by 15 June 2019.

Your abstract will be reviewed by the conference committee and your place will be confirmed by 30 June (workshops could be confirmed as soon as submitted).

Tutorial fee (Workshop day on 21 October 2018)
Member – £209
Non-member – £229

Conference early bird fee (on or before 1 September 2018)
Member – £545
Non-member – £645

Conference standard registration fees (from 2 September 2018)
IET/supporting organisation member – £595
Non-member – £695
Student – £459

G-Cloud 11 will open for applications on 25 March 2019.

View the provisional timetable for the framework:http://www.gov.uk/guidance/what-to-do-and-when-for-g-cloud-11

If you’re a supplier on G-Cloud 10 you must reapply to G-Cloud 11 to continue selling your services on the Digital Marketplace. Log in to your account to reapply:https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/user/login

You’ll need to create a supplier account if you have never applied to sell on the Digital Marketplace and want to apply to G-Cloud 11. Create an account here:https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/suppliers/create/start

Thanks,
The Digital Marketplace team

We have had really positive feedback from the first event at Ystrad Mynach and are looking to run some more following the same template throughout the Borough.

Would any of the Cluster’s Cyber Essentials CB’s be available for the 3rd of April which will be held in Caerphilly itself, in the Welsh School, to help follow-up with the organisations who will be attending to learn more about cyber security.

We are proposing the following Dates venues tbc:

03 April 2019 Welsh Medium School – Caerphilly

26 April 2019 Pontllanfraith

25 June 2019 Risca/Crosskeys

26 Sep 2019 Oakdale

Look forward to hearing from any Cyber Cluster members who are able to join us on these dates.

With the aim of exploring some opportunities to develop future collaboration, The Basque Cybersecurity Centre is offering the possibility to visit our ecosystem in the Basque Country during the week of May 27th.

The duration of the visit would be two days and a half, little more or less as follows:

If you are interested in joining this visit then please contact Ruth Stockley from Welsh Government on ruth.stockley@gov.wales

Suggested trip itinerary:-

Day 1 (Bizkaia Technology Park, “Barco” Building):

  • 10:30 – Arrival to Bilbao airport.
  • 11:00 – Welcoming and expectations for the visit (Welsh representatives).
  • 11:30 – Brief introduction of SPRI: Alexander Arriola, Director General of the Basque Agency for Business Development (SPRI)
  • 12:00 – We will go about the following topics:
    • Understand the innovation model and the wider ecosystem and how it operates – support offered especially to SMEs, Foreign Direct Investment? Job growth and economic development strategies?
    • Funding model of the institute/ecosystem/government support/sustainability
    • How a smaller region works with the wider government (parallels to Wales/London)
    • Speakers:
      • Aitor Cobanera: Director of Technology and Innovation (Basque Agency for Business Development)
      • Susana Larrea: Strategic Initiatives (Basque Agency for Business Development)
      • Marian Ibarrondo, Head of Invest in the Basque Country (Basque Agency for Business Development)
      • Javier Diéguez, Director of the Basque Cybersecurity Centre.
  • 14:00 – Lunch break.
  • 16:00 – Visit to Tecnalia (Reseach and Technology Organization) with two objectives:
    • Pose questions you may have on the funding model described during the morning.
    • Visit to labs.
  • 18:00 – End of the first day.
  • If you are not too tired I could organize a light dinner around 20:00.

 

Day 2 (Araba Technology Park):

  • 08:30 – Departure from Bilbao.
  • 09:30 – Visit to Business and Innovation Centre BIC-Araba
  • 11:30 – Welcome to the Basque Cybersecurity Centre (E7 Building, 46 Albert Einstein street).
  • 12:00 – Move to the Cyber Training Room.
  • 12:15 – Visit of the Cyber Training Room.
  • 12:30 – Understand the Cyber ecosystem (technical strengths and sectors) – research areas/companies and possible opportunities for collaboration
    • Speaker: Raúl Orduna. Vicomtech RTO brief presentation.
    • Speaker: David González. Ikerlan RTO brief presentation.
    • Speaker: Ekhine Irurozki. Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM) brief presentation.
  • 14:00 – Lunch break
  • 15:30 – Trip back to Bilbao
  • 17:00 – Drop-off at the hotel and free time.
  • 18:00 – Private visit to the Guggenheim Museum (in English).
  • 20:30 – Dinner

 

Day 3 (Bilbao):

  • 8:30 – Meet at the Hotel lobby
  • 9:00 – Zorrozaurre Innovation Island Project
    • Speaker: Estíbaliz Luengo, Head of Internationalization (Bilbao Council)
    • Speaker: Ixone Soroa, Head of Invest in Bilbao (Bilbao Council)
  • 11:30 – Presentation of universities and their activity around Cybersecurity at University of Deusto Campus:
    • Speaker: Pablo Garcia-Bringas (University of Deusto)
    • Speaker: Jasone Astorga (University of the Basque Country)
    • Speaker: Urko Zurutuza (University of Mondragon)
  • 13:00 – Wrap-up, clarifications and next steps.
  • 13:30 – Lunch break.
  • 15:30 – Transfer to the airport.

The outcome of the UK cyber security consultation was published on 31st January, 2019. I have appended a link to the UK Government’s response ‘developing the UK cyber security profession’.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/developing-the-uk-cyber-security-profession

DIT are providing funding of up to £2,500 for SMEs to attend/exhibit at selected trade shows outside the EU. More events are being added so see here fr details:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/grants-available-for-smes-looking-to-export

To find the events you need to click on the Trade Access Programme, scroll down and you will see a URL to the selected events.

Lawson J Coombes | Innovation Specialist | Arbenigwr Arloesi | Enterprise Europe Network (Swansea University)
Research, Innovation and Engagement Services (REIS), Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales. SA2 8PP
Gwasanaethau Ymchwil, Ymgysylltu ac Arloesi, Prifysgol Abertawe, Parc Singleton, Abertawe, Cymru, SA2 8PP
T: 01792 606683 | E:l.j.coombes@swansea.ac.uk

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to the following event NITEC19 taking place at the Thon Hotel Arena, Lillestrøm from 20 – 22 May 2019.

You can register for this event via the link contained in the flyer below.

Further details can be obtained via the following link: http://nitec19.com

Alexandra Clarke | Business Support Officer | Defence & Security Organisation |

Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place | London SW1A 2AW

Tel: +44 (0)207 215 8180 | E-mail: alexandra.clarke@trade.gov.uk

CYBERSEC is an annual public policy conference dedicated to the strategic challenges of cybersecurity, launched in 2015, a unique in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the top five
cybersecurity events in Europe. Our mission is to build the foundations of mutual trust and translate challenges into n new opportunities for a better tomorrow.

With cyber disruption on the rise, the world is inevitably facing the emergence of new security challenges. They require responsible leadership to advance strategic actions and collaborative efforts of all stakeholders. A further development of our societies and economies will largely depend on whether we can make cyberspace truly secure. Strong confidence in digital public and commercial services is instrumental to build a trustworthy cyberspace. Meanwhile, current trends are alarming.

More and more state actors are developing their offensive capabilities to disrupt information systems of their adversaries, as well as using digital media to wage information warfare, which increasingly puts the foundations of democracy in jeopardy. Furthermore, the likelihood of terrorist activities in cyberspace and increasing cybercrime which generates enormous losses for the global economy complement this rather grim picture.

The EU is strengthening its strategic autonomy. However, to build cybersecurity in Europe it is necessary to maintain close transatlantic relations and enhance regional cooperation. Governments create strategies, policies, standards and rules for cybersecurity, but they cannot forget that their implementation hinges upon close and trust-based cooperation with private sector. And finally, all actors must act with the welfare of every citizen in mind

To register go to: https://cybersecforum.eu/en/krakow/about-cybersec/

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan have extended an offer to members of the GlobalEPIC Ecosystems (of which Cyber Wales is a founder member) to fund visits to the Explore Next Cyber Taiwan event in May.

There are 3 offers:-

International Business Matchmaking
Who: up to five cybersecurity companies from Global EPIC member countries
Benefit and How: To exhibit at the event for business promotion and to give one or more speeches related to market or technology trends for showing technical insights
Invitees’ package: To cover up to 4-nights with flight & hotel cost
Limited seats available

Accelerator Program
Who: up to five accelerators from Global EPIC member countries
Benefit and How: To participate in the start-up pitch and discuss the cooperation with Taiwanese accelerators
Invitees’ package: To cover up to 4-nights with flight & hotel cost
Limited seats available

Integrated Service Platform – EPIC One Stop Security Service Platform
Who:cyber security companies/startups from EPIC member countries
Benefit and how:Constantly promotion event for platform registered security solutionsIn place, free infrastructure for demonstration and trial of security products, continuous bug bounty program for ICT equipment and information systems, chances to team up with local vendor to participate in local project (healthcare, CIIP, government…) and to establish real field try reference cases
Can be potential platform for Global EPIC’s global marketing and services

In addition, there is a Bug Bounty Challenge
White hat hackers are welcome to participate in the Bug Bounty Challenge (the first round starts in May) to find bugs in devices under test (DUT) (such as IoT products) and win prizes.
Companies who produces IoT products are welcomed to provide device under test to obtain a free test report.

For more information contact Contact: ChiehlinHuang, +886-2-26557600 #138, chiehlin@itri.org.tw

My name is Thomas Doyle and I am currently in my second year at Cardiff University, studying Computer Science with Cyber Security and Forensics.

I am looking to pursue a placement year in the field of Cyber Security. This is an area of Computer Science that I find extremely interesting, it is an ever-changing environment, with demand increasing worldwide. New technology is constantly emerging and you are always learning.

Ideally I would like my placement to be within the South Wales region and following research conducted by myself and I am appealing to members of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster.

I would like to enquire whether any organisations in the Cluster offer any year in industry placements?

I would be delighted to intern for you formally and would be grateful to gain experience to further my studies, workplace experience and skills. I would be happy to send a copy of my CV and I hope that you will consider me for any available positions.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this.

Thomas Doyle (DoyleTE@cardiff.ac.uk)

As you may be aware, the Foreign Office’s Digital Access Programme team are looking at supporting UK cyber security exports to five countries in the medium term: South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Kenya. This process began with a market scoping report for each country, and they are now in the process of running workshops, hosted by techUK, to further develop the strategy for each market.

Some of you may have been involved in the South Africa and Brazil workshops in past months. The schedule for the Nigeria, Indonesia, and Kenya workshops is below. The workshops generally involve a briefing from UK Government leads in Post, followed by an industry and government discussion of opportunities, challenges, and what government can do to help in each market. Industry’s input is vital here, to ensure that the support government develops is directed at fixing the problems companies actually encounter when trying to do cyber security business in country.

Nigeria workshop – Thursday 17th January, 9.30-12.30; sign up here

Indonesia workshop – Monday 18th February, 9.30-12.30; sign up here

Kenya workshop – Tuesday 5th March, 9.30-12.30; sign up here

If you have an interest or experience in any of these countries, please do sign up using the links above. If you have further questions, please contact me (details below) or either Thomas.Jordan@fco.gov.uk or Edward.Weldon@fco.gov.uk.

Kind regards,

Claire

Claire Baillie | Assistant Director, Cyber Security | Defence & Security Organisation

Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place |London SW1A 2AW

020 7215 5028 | 07720 212711

Cardiff Metropolitan University have asked whether anyone on the Clusters would like to be involved in an R&D project supported by KESS2 EAST funding (funded through EU Social Fund).
KESS 2 East is the sister project of KESS 2, a major pan-Wales operation supported by European Social Funds (ESF) through the Welsh Government. KESS 2 links companies and organisations with academic expertise in the Higher Education sector in Wales to undertake collaborative research projects. A range of companies and organisations can participate, including
Micro companies, SMEs, Large companies, Third Sector and Social Enterprises.
This project is specifically designed to meet the company’s needs.
The project is then carried out by a dedicated student at MRes, MPhil or PhD level, who is supported by both the company and CardiffMET.
They are currently involved in 2 such projects (with Companies house and Ultranyx Ltd). There should be a contribution from the company (about 5K per year for 3 years). The school has offered 4 projects in this round.
They are happy to work on an exciting cyber research and development project or any related topic with partners from the cluster.
For more information contact Chami Hewage chewage@cardiffmet.ac.uk

INITIATIVES MAP LAUNCH & UPDATE ON GOVERNMENT GROWTH INITIATIVES

On November 5, techUK will be launching the newest feature of the Cyber Exchange; the Cyber Initiatives Map.
The Cyber Initiatives Map, developed in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), will be a central repository for all cyber security related opportunities and initiatives such as accelerators, incubators and venture capital funds, becoming the go-to resource for cyber companies wanting to find and access opportunities and initiatives in their region.

This free launch event will include:
  • Presentations from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the progress of the government’s cyber growth initiatives
  • Updates on the London Office for Rapid Cyber Advancement (LORCA), Cyber 101 bootcamps and Academic Start-Up Initiative
  • A presentation from a cyber initiative

Attendees at this event will also receive guidance on how best to utilise their membership of the Cyber Exchange.

To book your place, please follow this link.

Regards,
Cyber Exchange Team

In partnership with Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) at Swansea University Welsh Government are planning a mission to the C&ESAR Conference (Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security) & Cyber Valley programme during European Cyber Week, the 19-22 November 2018.  https://www.european-cyber-week.eu/
An event we (Welsh Government) promised to support as part of the MoU we have in place with Région Bretagne / Regional Council of Brittany.
 
We propose to take an exhibition stand at the event for the Welsh SMEs to call home (similar to InfoSec) and we’ll be booking a room at the conference venue to host a series of B2B meetings for the Welsh delegation to meet with French companies.  EEN are in contact with their colleagues in France to help identify the French companies for our Welsh companies to meet. 
 
We’ll produce a printed brochure with company profiles – similar to the brochure we prepared for the Brussels mission earlier this year and EEN have website tool for the French and the Welsh companies to upload their profiles, match make and book B2B sessions.
 
Following the B2B meetings we propose to host a reception in the meeting room and invite Région Bretagne / Regional Council of Brittany representatives etc. 
 
Welsh Government will start ‘recruiting’ the SMEs and University Expertise from 1st October via the usual Expression of Interest (EOI) process – we’re hoping to attract 10 or 12.  If you can push the message out to the Clusters that would be great.
 
The cost of the above will be covered but the companies will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs but they maybe eligible for Welsh Government SCoRE Cymru funding towards their costs.  There are daily flights to Renne from Heathrow (approx. £200 return) and hotels are in the region of £125 per night.
 
Update from IP Wales:-

IP WALES REIMBURSEMENT GRANTS 
(£300 towards Cyber Essentials, £700 Cyber Essentials+, £1000 cyber breach planning)
Our grants are fully operational and also now available to any Welsh SME undertaking basic training on ‘Trade Secrets’ (either via in-house events or by watching the training video at www.ipcybersecurity.co.uk). Thus far a number of clients from Morgan&Morgan, Xcina (previously Crystal IT) and the 888 Group have all benefited from making successful applications (with a few SMEs yet to identify their cybersecurity providers).

FREE GUIDES
(available for download at www.ipcybersecurity.co.uk)
 
  • SME Guide to IP Cybersecurity
  • SMEs Outsourcing Cybersecurity Incident Response & Data Recovery Activities
  • SMEs Reporting IP Cybercrime 
  • Who is threatening SME Clients & Why?   

Two further Guides will be launched this coming Autumn:

 
 
  • IP Community Guide to Cyber Defence – working with the War Studies Dept., Kings College London & kindly supported By Jason Davies (Chair:North Wales Cybersecurity Cluster & Hashtag Marketing Ltd.) – thanks again Jason for your support with this
  • IP Community Guide to Protecting Trade Secret Data using Employment Law – authored by Alex Christen (Associate, Capital Law) & kindly assisted by Geo Lang
 

ARTICLES
 
  • The Protection of Data in our Digital Age [2017] Journal of Business Law, Volume 6, page 461 – underpins our SME Guide to IP Cybersecurity
  • Cybercrime: Welsh Initiative should be a wake up call across the UK [2018] Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Journal, Volume 47, Number 1, page 14 –their title for our article not ours!


For more information contact:

Associate Professor Andrew Beale OBE
Director IP Wales

a.j.beale@swansea.ac.uk

Department for International Trade 
2018-2019 Confirmed TAP Programme
On behalf of techUK and in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), Tradefair are pleased to confirm the TAP programme for 2018-2019. With proposed UK Pavilions at each event, enquire now about the premium locations on offer!
Show Dates Location Grant Amount
GITEX Technology week 14th – 18th Oct 18  Dubai £2,500
CES 8th – 11th Jan 19 Las Vegas £2,000
ISE 5th – 8th Feb 19 Amsterdam £1,500
4YFN 25th – 27th Feb 19 Barcelona £1,500
MWC Barcelona 25th – 28th Feb 19 Barcelona £1,500
CABSAT
12th – 14th Mar 19
Dubai £2,500
NAB 8th – 11th Apr 19  Las Vegas TBC
ConnecTechAsia 18th – 20th June 19 Singapore TBC
BroadcastAsia 18th – 20th June 19 Singapore TBC
CommunicAsia 18th – 20th June 19 Singapore TBC
NXTAsia 18th – 20th June 19 Singapore TBC
How the service works
The grants are based around the Tradeshow Access Programme calendar of supported events, with an accredited Trade Challenge Partner leading the UK’s involvement at each event. Businesses usually take part as a group, led by the trade challenge partner for that trade show. If the Trade Challenge Partner is a membership based organisation, there’s no need for participants to become a member to take part in the Tradeshow Access Programme.
Eligibility
From 1 October 2017, the maximum number of grants available to individual companies will be limited to 6. Click here to find out if you are eligible for a grant.
About Tradefair
Tradefair is an event management company who specialises in promoting the British tech sector at major international events in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and TechUK. We provide a service for UK start-ups and internationally respected companies to develop their business through overseas exhibitions.
During our 29 years, we have built a massive in-house knowledge of local conditions, operating requirements. Through our relationships with event organisers we are able to buy premium space and offer full logistical support including freight and travel. Our purpose is to make things as simple as possible for our clients with no unnecessary hassle, this way you get the best event and exhibition team in the business working for you. 

 

If you are interested in exporting to the USA and think that your cyber security offer could be applied to the space industry please contact The Gallifrey Group.

The Gallifrey Group is a group of UK Prime contractors and SMEs who are seeking export opportunities in the Space sector. They were brought together by the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) in the Department of International Trade (DIT), to offer tailored opportunities in the Defence Space  sector in the USA.

An industry consultant has recently taken over the management of the group, to ensure that the prospects of all companies within the group are catered for, as DSO can only provide guidance to doing business in the US, not make commercial decisions on behalf of industry.

The Gallifrey Group want to promote themselves as a one-stop-shop for all serious Space prospects to the USA. They are currently in discussion with Academia to progress their prospects up the Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) in order to provide more developed, cutting-edge technology, to tackle the various challenges in the Space sector,
satellite technology or the prospect of future manned missions to the Moon and beyond. The University of Exeter was the first university to formally sign-up to the Gallifrey Group. They are already involved in the UK Space offer, via a proposed Space Port based in the South West, and look forward to creating student programmes, research and technology partnerships with the Gallifrey Group, including think tank sessions and hands-on engineering tasks.

The Gallifrey Group formally launched to journalists at the Farnborough International Air Show on the morning of 16th July, where they announced their immediate strategy and expressed the seriousness of the British Space offer.

For more details on how to get involved contact Craig Cabell, Senior US Desk Officer, RD1, Defence and Security Organisation, Department of International Trade, 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW, craig.cabell@trade.gov.uk, Tel: 0207 215 8159, Mob: 07880 453938

Please note the information below from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) about the CERT-UK Network Reporting (CNR) Service which, in case you are not aware, is another free NCSC tool.

This is available for any organisation on Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP), so unlike the Active Cyber Defence tools (which are only available for public sector bodies), the CNR service is for public & private sector bodies. NCSC promotes use of the service to CiSP members as another tool in an organisation’s defence armoury.

The CNR service scans for network abuse events on an organisation’s network, as well as vulnerable network services on an organisation’s Internet-facing services.

No infrastructure changes are required. An organisation just needs to be a member of CiSP to use the service, and then to provide its IP addresses/registered domain names, plus an up-to-date contact, which NCSC will send reports to, if we see any network abuse events or vulnerable network services on the organisation’s network.

An organisation can cease using the service at any time; however, we encourage CiSP members to use the service to help strengthen the overall cyber resilience of UK networks.

Information provided by Anna Lewis, Cyber Resilience Manager, Welsh Government, 0300 025 1948

Two pieces of GDPR guidance for cyber security professionals that have been published on the NCSC website:

1. Information page: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it means for cyber security. www.ncsc.gov.uk/GDPR

2. Guidance: A set of technical security outcomes considered to represent appropriate measures under the GDPR. Developed jointly by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and NCSC. www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/gdpr-security-outcomes

Many thanks and kind regards,

Eva Ignatuschtschenko
Policy Lead – Behaviour Change
Cyber Security Incentives & Regulation, DCMS

The NCSC has published new “Phishing Attacks: Defending Your Organisation” guidance today help organisations consider their approach to email phishing attacks.
You can read the full guidance here and our public blog from Emma W here​
It’s worth taking a look, as it’s a stepchange in our guidance on tackling phishing.  As part of this we’re suggesting that training staff in your organisation isn’t enough – there needs to be a multi-layered defence built in beyond relying on end user awareness and behaviour.
In particular, you’ll spot that we’re stepping back from recommending some of the off-the-shelf phishing click training packages. They’re expensive and not always effective. The new guidance has details on what to suggest to customers instead.
There are a few opportunities that have been expected in 2018 from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in the cyber domain.
The CAF are in the process of looking into and upgrading its cyber posture.
There are RFIs, these are to  inform industry and to seek input on the possible procurement and costing for the Defensive Cyber Operations – Decision Support Project (DCO-DS) and the Cyber Security Awareness Project (CSA). As the projects are closely linked, until further notice, they are under this single RFI and solicitation number.
The following 2 Request for Information have been released:
1.      Cyber Defensive Operations Project
2.      Cyber Security Awareness Project.
There are four more proposed RFI’s to come (tbc).
DIT Canada have very good links into the Cyber Force Development team, if you have any queries that we could help on please do get in contact with philip.heald@trade.gsi.gov.uk and Debbie.Goodleff@fco.gov.uk.
DIT Cyber Exports Team.

BCS are searching for a number of subject matter experts with a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to assist us in the development of Exam Banks and End-Point-Assessment model for the following Digital Industry Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards over the forthcoming months.

Your role as a subject matter expert on the development panel would include the following:

  • Cyber Security Technologist and Risk Analyst pathways
  • Providing industry expertise and knowledge
  • Creating a bank of questions (items) for each knowledge module
  • Tailoring our end-point-assessment model to the Standard, including developing a Grading Framework
  • Building a bank of synoptic projects for the end-point-assessment
  • Creating or reviewing courseware

Our aim is to develop a valid, fair and reliable assessment that meets the knowledge, skills and behaviours defined in the standard which are documented in the Occupational Briefs located here: https://www.thetechpartnership.com/standards-and-quality/trailblazer-apprenticeships/available-now/

If you are interested in being involved in this opportunity, helping people embark on their career in IT, please contact us.

Please email product.development@bcs.uk with an expression of interest and a copy of your current CV.

Information provided by Stuart Lewis, Head of Cyber Security, University of South Wales

ARCHIVED OPPORTUNITIES

What is the EUREKA Global Innovation Summit?

The EUREKA Global Innovation Summit is an international meeting place for businesses and innovation agencies to share knowledge, network, collaborate and secure future business growth opportunities. Businesses from across the globe will join international innovation agencies, research organisations and policy makers for unique insights, practical ideas, inspirational stories and collaborative solutions.

Location

Victoria Warehouse, Manchester on the 14-16 May 2019

Is the EUREKA Global Innovation Summit for me?

  • Are you in the business of innovation?
  • Are you looking to collaborate globally?
  • Are you at the scale up point in your business cycle?
  • Are you interested in what innovation for Clean Growth, AI & Data, the Future of Mobility and an Ageing Society mean for your business?

If the answer to these questions is yes we are delighted to invite you to apply for the event. The event is free to attend with an application process that ensures that the 1750 international delegates are the best companies and contacts to help you progress your business goals. You can stay all three days or choose the day that is most suitable for you.

How this application process works

Tell us who you are, what your company does and what you’re interested in!

  1. Click Register and complete your profile. Our internal team will assess your application within 10 working days. (If you have previously registered for a B2Match event you can use these log in details).
  2. If selected, your account will be activated! We will be in touch when session selection opens so you can pick which sessions you would like to attend and book yourself in for matchmaking with other delegates.

For more information on what EUREKA can do for you, please visit http://www.eurekanetwork.org

We would like to invite you to a special UK Tech Forum, hosted by the British Centres for Business (BCB), in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to meet UK AI companies visiting the UAE.

This event will centre around networking with the UK AI companies (company overviews attached) and outline the tech sector work that the BCB is doing, along with the Department for International Trade and hear from UK AI companies who are active in the market in the UAE.

The overall idea of the UK tech forum is to provide a platform for UK technology business in the UAE; to discuss emerging and disruptive technologies; engage with the UAE tech sphere; ways to do business and hopefully allow for partnering and shared best practice.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be provided.
Dress code: Business casual
RSVP: by Wednesday 24th April
Date: Sunday 28th April
Time: 08.30am – 10.30am
Where: British Centre for Business, 501 5th Floor Block B, Business Village, Port Saeed, Deira, Dubai, UAE

E aisha.shariff@fco.gov.uk
T +971 4 309 4212

Good afternoon!
 
Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:
 
 

LORCA Cohort 3 Open Call

Deadline 15th April
 
After speaking to industry about their cybersecurity needs, LORCA’s launched an open call for its third cohort of cyber innovators.  If you (or an organisation you know) address one of the challenges (by design, basics and beyond), apply by 15 April at lorca.co.uk/apply    
 
Challenge areas

  1. By design.  Great leaps are being made to develop products that are increasingly secure by design.  More can be done, though, to make products easy to configure and implement securely, and we need cheaper or more efficient ways to secure a code base.  Blockchain, AI, autonomy and robotics companies all have a part to play in this regard.  Ultimately, markets need secure products rather than more security products.
  2. Basics.  In a market saturated with cybersecurity products and solutions, even the most mature sectors (like financial services, for example) are asking how they can get the basics right and establish a business-focused view of foundational cybersecurity.  This challenge area focusses on essential aspects of security including best-in-class patching and vulnerability management; more effective management of identity (people and assets); and, accurate and automated regulation and compliance metrics for the reporting of fundamental security controls.
  3. Beyond.  In addition to the basics, this challenge area seeks to support innovative and new approaches that go beyond current offerings.  These solutions should provide proactive, intelligence-led security and shouldn’t be constrained by traditional views of risk or security models.

Our 12-month programme is free and we take no equity or ownership over the IP of our members.
 
Cyber innovators accepted onto the LORCA programme will receive a year of bespoke, world-class support to engineer and iterate their solution and scale their businesses quickly – all within a dedicated space at LORCA’s base at innovation hub Plexal.  
 
Participating companies will receive support from leading experts, including one-to-one commercial and technical support from Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Service team and world-class academic and engineering support will be provided by the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast.  Plexal’s innovation services team, together with external experts brought in as part of the programme’s curriculum, will help the members develop their business, iterate products and scale in the UK or globally.
 
More information can be found at https://www.lorca.co.uk/ and info@lorca.co.uk
 
 

Defence and Security Accelerator Open Call


DASA are looking for security solutions in the following areas:

  • Finding suspected threats on passengers during airport screening
  • Matching passengers with their x-ray trays during airport screening
  • Improving aviation cargo screening speed
  • Assistive technology for rail staff
  • Screening train carriages

If you have any innovative ideas that match these areas or have any colleagues/friends that might be interested, please feel free to apply to the DASA Open Call. The next closing date for receipt of applications is 2 May.

More info on what DASA is looking for and how to submit can be found here. 
 


National Cyber Security Centre – Assurance Survey


The NCSC is looking to better understand how we can support the cyber security landscape. To better understand the key services you need today and the foreseen future. We also want to look at how services are assured; and encourage use of our assurance schemes to better protect the cyber landscape as a whole.
 
To do this, we have created two quick surveys which will look to gather your perception on the assurance of cyber security services. By answering the most applicable survey you will allow us to focus on key elements in an assurance service, helping the NCSC shape its cyber assurance schemes to suit the markets need. 
 
If you consider yourself a buyer of cyber products – Buyer survey
If you consider yourself a supplier of cyber products – Supplier survey
Responses to the survey should be in by close of play on 26th April – thank you for your input which is greatly appreciated.
 
 

Export Licence Breakfast

30 April | 08:00-11:00 | Hereford Business Solutions Centre
  
Join this free of charge Business Breakfast is to see how UK Export Controls can help companies who are new to using export licensing or even yet aware of the controls.  Evidence has been found in non-compliance across a variety of business sectors so why not join this seminar to help understand how to use licences correctly.

The seminar will cover:

  • Background to Controls – explaining the controls, the legislation, goods and technology that are controlled, types of activities that are controlled, the key Control Lists, the main activities and end use controls
  • Types of licenses available to exporters, the differences between them, the problems ECO experience when handling license applications, the licensing process and the Criteria we have to follow
  • Compliance – why we visit companies who use open licenses, explain what to expect, the problems we come across on such visits and guidance on best practice
  • Open License Exercise’s – Attendees get opportunity to look at scenarios and consider whether a particular license could be used or not
  • Open Q&A, which concludes with the two compliance officers being present providing 1:1 surgery for attendee’s specific questions Click here to secure your free ticket.

NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE – ASSURANCE SURVEY

The NCSC is looking to better understand how we can support the cyber security landscape. To better understand the key services you need today and the foreseen future. We also want to look at how services are assured; and encourage use of our assurance schemes to better protect the cyber landscape as a whole.

To do this, we have created two quick surveys which will look to gather your perception on the assurance of cyber security services. By answering the most applicable survey you will allow us to focus on key elements in an assurance service, helping the NCSC shape its cyber assurance schemes to suit the markets need.

If you consider yourself a buyer of cyber products – Buyer survey

If you consider yourself a supplier of cyber products – Supplier survey

Responses to the survey should be in by close of play on 26th April – thank you for your input which is greatly appreciated.

If you would prefer you can also complete the survey via this link

Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

National Cyber Awards

Closing date for nominations 22nd March
Here is a link to information on the National Cyber Awards 2019 in Cheltenham in April.
www.thenationalcyberawards.org
This is dedicated to recognising individuals in our sector in particular The Cyber Citizen of the Year 2019.

GM Cyber Foundry

This is an opportunity for any company in the Greater Manchester region.

A business may have (1) an opportunity that they know about – or that the Cyber Foundry team can see in it – that can be developed to make their business activity safer on line. Some companies might even want to productise what we or they see as potential. Part (1) is called ‘Business Assist’ and (2) is called ‘Technical Assist’.

The GM Cyber Foundry is a consortium project combining the expertise of the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Lancaster University and the University of Salford to deliver innovative cyber security support to Greater Manchester SME businesses. Over three years, with the support of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Cyber Foundry project will support 150 SMEs by stimulating business innovation through the application of cyber security research.

Eligibility requirements for this free support:

  • Must be within Greater Manchester. Regional trading offices are eligible as long as they meet the criteria below.
  • Number of employees less than 250.
  • Annual turnover must be less than €50m or balance sheet less than €43m.
  • Business is not more than 25% owned by another company group (Unless owning group is also an SME). University owned subsidiaries must not be more than 50% owned by the university.
  • Almost all business sectors are welcome to participate with the exception of: Fisheries and Aquaculture; Processing and marketing of agricultural products; Shipbuilding; Schools/school age educational establishments; Insurance Companies; Primary productions, coal or steel, synthetic fibres; Banking or Nuclear industries.

You can find out more here  http://www.digitalfutures.manchester.ac.uk/gm-cyber-foundry/

Disability Confident Scheme

The disability confident scheme is a good way to show support to the employment of people with a disability.  Also, Access to Work give grants to help employees overcome barriers caused by their disability, both physical and mental.  We have used this funding for things like help with transport to work, in-work mentoring, noise cancelling headphones and assistive software – worth a look!

Find out more about the Disability Confident scheme here
Find out about Access to Work www.gov.uk/access-to-work

New Security Event in Birmingham

There is a new Security Event in Birmingham and it is free entry.  I will be there on IASME’s stand on the second and third day so do stop by and say hello if you go!
In addition to the security event you get access to The Health & Safety EventFire Safety Event and The Facilities Event.

Meet the Expert: Exporting to Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar

8 April – Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

In collaboration with Britain in South East Asia (BiSEA) and UK-Asian Business Council we are pleased to host an exciting meet the expert opportunity.

In a series of 25 minute 1:1 meetings you can meet with the in-country experts from the following markets:

You will also have the chance to meet with UK Export Finance to discuss financing your exports.

Why South East Asia?

South East Asia is a region where economic growth and development is expected to exceed the global average for the foreseeable future. With a wealth of natural resources, low-cost skilled labour, and a regional Free Trade Agreement, the great diversity of markets and opportunities are attractive across a wide range of sectors.

Register

Click here to request your 1:1 meeting slots. Please note that they are limited and will be allocated between 11:00-16:00

A German University for Applied Sciences will submit a H2020 project to the call SU‐DS03‐2019‐2020. Aim of the project is to develop a software platform granting micro, small and medium enterprises access to fraud detection within their ERP‐system. ERP software companies are sought as project partners to provide their solutions to a client base of SME and provide expertise in this technology sector and further knowledge of the customer requirements regarding functionalities and market potential.
Partner sought

Type of partner sought: industry, SME Specific area of activity of the partner ERP providers Tasks to be performed by the partner: data provision, demonstrate and showcase ERP system connected to the newly developed fraud system

Description
Widespread use of IT solutions in business processes opens the door to fraudulent behaviour and attacks. The central objective of the project to the call – SU‐DS03‐2019‐2020: Digital Security and privacy for citizens and Small and Medium Enterprises and Micro Enterprises – is the development of a software platform solution granting access to fraud detection within their ERP‐system (Enterprise Resource Planning) to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

This will be achieved by gathering of anonymized data from various companies with different ERP‐systems; provision of real time monitoring of business processes in the connected ERP‐Systems; analysis of data considering frauds and risks using machine learning techniques; detection of new fraud/risk patterns and derivation of rules for future prevention. By considering several ERP‐systems (commercial systems but also open source tools), various companies of different sizes are addressed to participate and profit from joint fraud detection. Consequently, this enlarges the database for proper fraud analysis and thus facilitates the derivation of new audit rules to prevent fraudulent behaviour.

Furthermore, network effects can be exploited as detected fraud patterns and corresponding rules for their prevention become instantly available for all participating enterprises instead of remaining only in the affected company – inaccessible for others. The project consortium as it stands involves universities and a research-driven SME as partners from Germany and is now searching for partners from all around Europe (except Germany). Collaboration is foreseen with ERP software providers from Europe and beyond contributing with their expertise to develop customer-fit solutions to the problem.

The software company sought shall be established on the EU market as providers for ERP solutions to small, medium- and micro sized enterprises. The ERP providers will work within work packages that refer to anonymous data provision and analysis, and also contribute to a demonstrator to showcase the ERP system connected to the fraud detection platform described above. Partners will profit by the knowledge transfer and the generation of exploitable results/solutions. Total project budget shall be around 4-5M€; funding rate for participating SME will be 70%;

Submission Deadline: 22 August 2019; in case of approval, the project will approximately start spring 2020. Deadline for EOIs: 15 April 2019

Register Interest: https://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/opportunities/RDDE20190312001?utm_source=podalert

We are thrilled to announce that we are now set to host a Israeli Delegation, following our recent visit to Cyber Tech Tel Aviv.

Worcestershire is one of the UK’s cyber hotspots. Worcestershire LEP is focused on growing this and showcasing our expertise in the region and abroad. In light of this, Midlands Cyber (which the LEP leads on) has exhibited at several sector conferences including the Cyber Tech Tel Aviv conference for the past few years, building excellent relationships with the tech ecosystem there. Israel has a world class reputation for cyber particularly in the R&D space.

Following the most recent visit, we are hosting 5 Israeli cyber companies here in Worcestershire and the environs. We are showcasing ‘Cyber Valley’ (the area covering Malvern, GCHQ and the Herefordshire) and the wide ranging regional expertise with a view to attracting the businesses to locate in the region. As you will see from the attached, the companies are interested in meetings with relevant stakeholders, potential partners and customers, resellers. The key areas of interest are:

· Automotive
· Aerospace/Military
· Manufacturing
· Critical infrastructures
· Cloud companies
· legal tech solutions/GDPR

We are hosting the 5 companies, along with some other organisations (universities, local professional services, Department for International Trade) on the morning of the 20th March 9-11.30 am at Malvern Hills Science Park.

If you know of any other networks that you think might be interested please do forward.

Look forward to hearing back from you. Places are limited. Please email stuart.emmerson@wlep.co.uk to confirm your place.

Security Project Sandpit – a collaboration initiative for local industry and Swansea University academics

We will hold a sandpit day at Computational Foundry on 21st May. Academics from Swansea University will work with participating industry to scope a project that will address industry-led challenges. The day will start with a casual speed networking, followed by people getting into groups to discuss the challenges in detail and plan a research project. Each group must have a Swansea University academic who will be the Principal Investigator of the project. After a long working lunch, the groups will present their project ideas to a panel consisting of a senior academic, an industry representative and someone from a non-technical background. A funding pot of up to £20k will be available and will be awarded to the Principal Investigator of the project.

Timeline of the Sandpit:

Expression of Interest (EoI)
Deadline 2nd April
Any industry keen to take part will need to send an expression of interest. This is simply a title of the industry challenge they wish to address. Under one EoI, an industry can send more than one industry challenge. Each industry challenge title can be up to 30 words.
Please email your EoI with industry challenge title(s) to Heidi Rees (h.j.rees@Swansea.ac.uk )
We will send weekly reminders.

Invitation to submit a sandpit idea
Deadline 7th May
We will review the EoI and ask you to elaborate on your challenge title(s) in one paragraph. This paragraph can be up to 150 words.
In the submission, you are also required to write keywords of the expertise you are looking to work with at Swansea University (examples: blockchain, security protocols, visualisation, penetration testing, soft security). And to help you get a broad picture of our expertise within Computer Science, please browse our academic staff profiles here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/compsci/ourstaff/

Please email your Sandpit ideas to: to Heidi Rees (h.j.rees@Swansea.ac.uk)
We will send weekly reminders.

We will circulate your sandpit ideas to academics within Swansea University and invite them to collaborate with you on Sandpit Day on 21 May.

A detailed programme of the Sandpit Day will be circulated nearer the time

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in.

Digital Innovation Hubs – FED4SAE: Boosting development and adoption of cyber physical systems

Opportunity closes on 5th March

  • Digital Catapult is the UK hub for FED4SAE, that is part of a network of innovation hubs across Europe that boost and sustain the digitisation of the European industry by strengthening competitiveness in cyber physical systems (CPS), those that integrate physical and computer based processes, and embedded system markets
  • FED4SAE is funded by the EU as part of its Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It supports startups, scaleups and mid-cap companies to:
    • Build new products and services enabled by CPS
    • Establish innovator-supplier cross-border partnerships
  • Get up to €60K funding, access to industrial platforms and business coaching.
  • Open date: Dec 04, 2018
  • Close date: Mar 05, 2019
  • Read more here

 

AFCEA UK West Chapter

The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 14th March at Brickhampton Golf Club.

We are most fortunate that Jacqui Chard – NCSC Deputy Director for Defence and National Security has kindly offered to speak at the meeting.

Please be aware that this is Cheltenham Gold Cup day so accommodation will be at a premium if staying over.

Details will also be updated at the AFCEA website;  www.afcea.org.uk

Automotive cyber security sector offer

The Cyber Security Export Strategy commits DIT to focusing on exports in a range of sectors, from financial services through to automotive. As part of this we are developing new marketing material to support sector engagements and the first to be produced is an automotive sector brochure (attached). Designed in consultation with the Cyber Security Export Working Group the two-page brochure is designed to give potential buyers a quick overview of what the challenge is and why the UK could be the solution. Most recently we ran an automotive focused trade mission to Japan and will be working up options for more activity focused on this sector.

These brochures will be used to support sector-specific trade missions and other engagements and will be updated over time. We plan to roll them out to the six sectors identified in the Cyber Security Export Strategy over the coming months.

Tech Nation Cyber

Tech Nation Cyber is a national scale-up programme for the cyber security sector, aimed at ambitious tech companies ready for growth at home and abroad. Offering peer-to-peer learning, masterclasses led by expert scale coaches, meetups, and an international trip, the programme will provide cyber security scale-ups with invaluable skills, a powerful network – including peers, investors and potential clients – and the ability to implement changes to help their companies grow.

Tech Nation Cyber is seeking applications from fast-growth UK start-ups with seed to Series A funding, or £500,000 revenue, and 10+ employees, to join its growth programme, led by the UK’s most notable founders, CISOs and investors.

Forthcoming DIT events

A range of activity is planned for the coming months, with upcoming missions to Brazil and Madrid planned and others in the pipeline. We will be hosting delegations on the DIT pavilions at RSA in San Francisco in March and GISEC in Dubai in April, alongside other activity in the margins. We also expect to host some foreign governments and buyers with an interest in UK commercial cyber security capabilities shortly, and further information on this will follow in the coming weeks.

Wider DIT events can be found here, alongside details for DIT ministers’ travel.

Financial support for exports

We recognise that finance for exporting can sometimes be difficult. UK Export Finance is the UK’s Export Credit Agency and a Government Department, with nearly 100 years’ experience in helping buyers globally to purchase goods and/or services from the UK. The UK Government has an ambition that no viable trade with the UK should fail for lack of finance or insurance. UKEF help ensure that purchases of capital goods and/or services from the UK are supported with attractive financing terms. This support is predominantly through the provision of guarantees that facilitate loans to overseas buyers to purchase supplies from UK exporters as part of an overall contract package. UKEF guarantees (typically 100% and unconditional) commit the full faith and credit of the UK Government and can support exports for any size of company and across all sectors, from capital goods to services and intangibles such as intellectual property or licenses.

For further information please contact: customer.service@ukexportfinance.gov.uk

great.gov.uk

As part of the government’s efforts to support UK exporters through digital tools, a cyber security sector page has launched online. Part of the great.gov.uk website, it showcases UK cyber security firms to potential overseas buyers, as well as providing information and guidance to UK firms at all stages of their exporting journey. We would encourage all UK cyber security businesses to register on it.

Alongside this UK companies can register their business on the Cyber Exchange directory.

Developing digital roads and improving air quality (feasibility study and development or pilot, 2 phases): SBRI competition

  • Highways England is funding 2 parallel competitions for solutions and ideas designed for use on UK roads. This competition is for unproven feasibility projects (low TRL).
  • Competition opens: Monday 11 February 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 1 May 2019 12:00pm
  • Read more here

 

North East IoT challenge – Things Connected

  • Things Connected North East consists of free-to-use LoRaWAN and Sigfox gateways deployed across North East and Tees Valley for the use of testing, experimentation, demonstration and piloting of IoT products and services.
  • Why you should get involved?: This is a unique opportunity for startups and scaleups to solve real life challenges whilst developing revenue-generating products and services.
  • Who should apply?: Startups and scaleups who have an interest in developing their business technically and commercially through IoT technology and exposure to real-life challenges set by public and corporate partners.
  • Open date: Mar 22, 2018
  • Close date: Mar 30, 2019
  • Read more here

 

Police custody welfare, remote screening and monitoring system: SBRI competition

  • Organisations can apply for a share of £150,000, including VAT, to develop an integrated remote monitoring and screening solution for the care of people in custody
  • Police Scotland is seeking an integrated technological solution that can remotely monitor individuals and provide an early warning and intervention alert system. This should improve custody health and welfare outcomes.
  • The solution will ideally have: 1) a biometric capability to allow healthcare professionals to carry out remote consultations; 2) The ability to indicate whether any potential internal concealment presents a clinical risk
  • Deadline: Wednesday 20th March 2019, 12.00pm
  • Read more here. 

 

Government Office for Science – UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme

The Government Office for Science offers UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence communities. The Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure, Department for Transport, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Home Office, and the National Cyber Security Centre are among the organisations represented in the programme.  Closing date is Monday 1 April and further information can be found here.

Latin America and the Caribbean UK Roadshow

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Pegasus Business Park, East Midlands Airport DE74 2TZ
Date: 26 March 2019

Attend this free event for experienced UK exporters and gain a unique insight into business opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to attend the East Midlands leg of this year’s Latin America and the Caribbean UK Roadshow as it makes its way across the UK during 25-29 March 2019.

By attending, you will hear from senior Latin America and Caribbean experts who will be showcasing the very latest business opportunities in these vibrant markets. Companies will also benefit from dedicated 1-2-1 meetings to obtain up-to-date information on opportunities within their specific industry.

The roadshow will look at opportunities in the following markets:

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Peru
  • Mexico

Why attend?

The Latin America and Caribbean region is home to over 650 million people where growing economies are demanding ever-higher quality products and services. British companies have seen their business expand in the region in recent years and we fully expect this growth to continue. Political change in the region means that Latin America and the Caribbean is more open to UK business than ever.

There are particularly strong opportunities in:

•  Education
•  Financial Services
•  Food & Drink
•  Healthcare
•  Infrastructure
•  Marine
•  Mining
•  Oil & Gas
•  Renewables
•  Security

Registration:

See here for details on how you can attend. Please note, places are free but limited and the registration deadline is February 28th, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For any other enquiries contact DITEvents@brayleino.co.uk or call 0117 906 4574.

Iraq: New Land of Opportunity? Meet the British Ambassador

18 March | 09:00-13:00 | iCentrum, Birmingham

You are invited to join Mr Jon Wilks, CMG, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, and his Department for International Trade colleagues to explore the opportunities for business in this market… 

This is an exciting time for doing business in Iraq. Perceptions of the country are dominated by conflict and security concerns. But look deeper: Daesh has been territorially defeated and the security situation is stabilising. Exports of goods and services from the UK are increasing (reaching £0.5bn in 2017). So the opportunity is there for UK firms to get into this market early – not least through UK Export Finance which has been offering support in the market since 2017 and recently completed £1bn of business, with more will follow.

To reflect the close ties between the UK and Iraq, our Embassy in Baghdad has been working with the new Iraqi government to boost our economic partnership. Priorities for the next 4 years have been identified in the following sectors:

  • oil & gas
  • power
  • infrastructure
  • security & defence
  • healthcare and life sciences
  • education
  • financial & business services
  • technology
  • retail
  • agriculture

The international community is also increasing its activity in Iraq, which is creating opportunities for aid-funded business. And donors are moving into the economic space to create the conditions to stimulate the private sector and improve the ease of doing business.

So whilst Iraq is still a challenging business environment, the opportunities are there and the British Embassy and DIT Iraq are on hand to help. Come along to our event on 18 March and hear from the Ambassador and his team direct.

Agenda: 

09:00-09:30 – Registration and refreshments
09:30-09:35 – Welcome from DIT Midlands Engine
09:35-09:55 – Business environment in Iraq – Mr Jon Wilks CMG Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq
09:55-10:15 – Doing business in Iraq – DIT Iraq
10:15-10:30 – HE links between UK & Iraq: Prof Colin Raban
10:30-10:45 – Company case-study
10:45-11:05 – Refreshment break
11:05-12:05 – Panel discussion / Q & A
12:05-13:00 – Networking lunch

Register today to secure your free ticket. 

For those of you who may be attending and/or exhibiting at the DSEI event in September, the event team are running a series of regional briefing events:-

1. Southampton
Date: Friday 15 March
Time: 0900-1300hrs
Location:
HILTON AT THE AGEAS BOWL, SOUTHAMPTON
THE AGEAS BOWL STADIUM, BOTLEY ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO30 3XH, UNITED KINGDOM

2. Newport
Date: Monday 18 March
Time: 0900-1300hrs
Location:
THE CELTIC MANOR RESORT
COLDRA WOODS THE USK VALLEY NEWPORT SOUTH WALES NP18 1HQ
UNITED KINGDOM

3. Bristol
Date: Monday 25 March
Time: 0900-1300hrs
Location:
BRISTOL HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA
55 CORN STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 1HT.

So if you are interested in seeing how you can get the most out of DSEI you can book in at: https://lnkd.in/gvrxfmc

After speaking to industry experts about their biggest cybersecurity challenges, LORCA has just launched an open call for our third cohort of cyber innovators.

We’ve settled on three main challenges, so if you’ve got a product or solution that matches one of them and are ready to scale, you’ve got until 15 April to apply.

Our three challenges are:

1 By design

As people use more technology in their everyday lives, there’s a growing need for products that are secure through their design to make it easier for people and businesses to remain safe online. We’re on the lookout for cybersecurity solutions that make it significantly cheaper or easier for products to be made secure.

2 Basics

While the cybersecurity market is saturated with products and solutions, even in mature sectors like financial services there’s a demand to get the basics right. Our Innovation Forum identified a need for best-in-class cyber patching and vulnerability management to deal with gaps in security, or solutions that can help enhance fundamental security controls with accurate and automated regulation and compliance metrics.

3 Beyond

We want to support innovative approaches that go beyond current offerings and provide proactive, intelligence-led security solutions. This includes products that take a fresh look at technology advances to bring efficient and effective security solutions to market.

Speaking about our call for applications and the three challenge areas, Lydia Ragoonanan, director of LORCA, said:

“Having already seen how many talented and inventive cybersecurity innovators there are in the country with our first two cohorts, we’re really looking forward to seeing what great ideas emerge now. As the UK’s dedicated space for industry-led cybersecurity innovation, it’s vital we’re always moving the conversation on to make sure we’re creating genuinely useful solutions to the problems impacting industry most.”

Co-Investing in Business R&D and Innovation for Sustainable Growth

Innovation is essential to the success of any business. This FREE breakfast event will help you:

*Find out how innovation can help your business grow
*Access Welsh Government support through our SMARTCymru programme
*Meet the team who will talk you through the application process
*Hear from other businesses who have benefited from our Innovation support

Register for the event here

SMARTCymru Business Innovation is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It offers financial support to Welsh businesses to help them develop, implement and commercialise new products, processes and services. The programme will co-invest in projects to help create, and build on, the capacity and capability of Welsh businesses to innovate.

Tuesday 5th March 2019 – 07:30 – 09:30
Atrium Suite, Redwither Tower, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Wrexham LL13 9XT

Event details

Location: Exeter Science Park, 6 Babbage Way, Clyst Honiton, Exeter EX5 2FN

Date: 15 March 2019

Time: 08:30 – 17:30

Cyber 101: Business skills Bootcamps for cyber security startups and scaleups.

Digital Catapult wants to hear from cyber security companies that are interested in receiving mentorship, raising capital and accessing a wider network of public and private customers.

Successful applicants will receive tailored advice on a diverse range of topics linked to establishing and growing a successful cyber security business.

Background Cyber 101 is a national programme running from January 2017 – March 2021 as part of DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security sector and the capability of cyber security startups and scaleups.

An intensive one-day Bootcamp: You’ll receive tutoring and tailored advice from industry experts on how to develop and scale up your cyber business.

Who should attend? Whether you are an established startup looking to refine your business proposition or a mature company seeking feedback and advice on your business, you are welcome to take a part in Cyber 101 Bootcamp.

We are interested in hearing from cyber security companies operating across all UK sectors with existing product or service offerings.

Why attend? Successful applicants will be invited to an intensive one-day workshop which is designed to help support cyber security enterprises hone their business skills in an open innovation environment. Topics will be followed by 1-to-1 mentoring sessions with the presenter, allowing startups and scaleups to build close connections with their peers as well as the mentors.

As an attendee, you will get a chance to:

* Receive tutoring and tailored expert advice on different topics. Topics include; development of an effective value proposition, market validation, sales and marketing techniques, international expansion, finance and capital and business models.
* Build new relationships with customers, partners and peers.

Furthermore, selected companies that successfully complete the workshop will be shortlisted for an annual Demo Day, which will provide a direct opportunity to pitch to potential customers and investors.

Dates, times and locations Submit your application to Cyber 101 by clicking Apply Now.

Places will be allocated to those with the most appropriate needs, expertise, services and products in line with the Open Call.

We aim to respond to all applications within 7 days of the call closing. However we will review applications on receipt and may allocate places before the closing date.

Successful applicants will be invited to a brief telephone interview to judge suitability. Please be advised that experts from the Cyber 101 team will assess applications using 3 criteria: fit to Cyber 101 requirements, domain expertise, and maturity. Assessment is based on application content only.

Apply now at: https://salesforceadmin1.typeform.com/to/XcvOzq?type=Bootcamp&subtitle=Business%20Skills&date=15%20March%202019%20(08:30%20-%2017:30)

The UK’s first national scaleup programme for the cyber security sector, Tech Nation Cyber is aimed at ambitious tech companies ready for growth, at home and abroad.

Offering peer-to-peer learning, masterclasses led by expert scale coaches, meetups and an international trip organised in conjunction with the Department of International Trade (DIT), the programme will provide cyber security scaleups with invaluable skills, a powerful network – including peers, investors and potential clients – and the ability to implement changes to help their companies grow.

It’s free to join, and we don’t take an equity stake in your business.

The Cyber programme will also engage investors, academia and industry on a wider scale, through mentoring, market reports, events and thought leadership pieces, including Tech Nation’s Cyber Collaboration Toolkit.

How does the programme work?

Cyber is a six-month, non-residential programme to accelerate ambitious UK scaleups. From online training and phishing prevention, to honeypots and deception security, we’re looking for the most innovative companies operating in cyber security.

To apply for the programme, your business must:

Be headquartered in the UK
10+ employees
Seed funding at minimum (or, if bootstrapped, £500,000+ in revenue)
Ambitions to grow, expand and be industry leaders

We’ll select 20 companies to join our very first Tech Nation Cyber cohort in 2019. You can apply for Cyber here.

Applications open on 6th February 2019 and close on 4th March 2019 – https://technation.io/programmes/cyber-security

Good afternoon
 
Here are some opportunities you might be interested in.

Cyber Programme at Tech Nation


Tech Nation has launched its first scaling programme for cyber companies. Tech Nation Cyber is seeking applications from fast-growth UK startups with seed to Series A funding, or £500,000 revenue, and 10+ employees, to join its growth programme, led by the UK’s most notable founders, CISOs and investors.
 
Find out more and apply now: https://technation.io/programmes/cyber-security/

Cyber Resilience – Launch workshop

Defence Academy, Shrivenham,
26th March 2019
 
IAAC is pleased to announce its first new research programme of the year on Cyber Resilience. The launch of the programme will be through a workshop to be held on Tuesday 26th March, kindly hosted by Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, Swindon SN6 8LA. The workshop will start at 1100 and finish at 1500. If you would like to attend, please book your place with Maxine at info@iaac.org.uk. Bookings are open from now up until noon on Tuesday 19th March.
 
Further details of the event are as follows. The workshop will explore international aspects of cyber resilience, and their relationship to national and regional resilience. This particular workshop forms part of the international cyber policy programme for the FCO/Chevening fellows from the western Balkans and India. We will be joined by 13 senior individuals from those countries, giving us a unique opportunity to explore cyber resilience challenges from diverse perspectives. This should offer insight into resilience issues in international supply chains, and the development of policy and consensus in this context.
 
IAAC has put an experienced team together with a mix of cyber, resilience, policy and legal expertise, who will facilitate the workshop. The event will be formed of panels, discussion and breakout activity. More details will follow based on a preliminary workshop being held by IAAC for facilitators in February.
 
This is the first workshop of several that will be run around the country, each taking a specific theme identified as part of a systematic approach to researching cyber resilience. The workshop after the Defence Academy, is likely to be in Manchester examining forms of compliance in cyber resilience.
 

Living in the Internet of Things: Realising the socioeconomic benefits of an interconnected world

1-2 May 2019. IET London: Savoy Place

www.theiet.org/living-iot 

The Internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data. The conference will provide insight into how society can benefit from the power of interconnected devices (the IoT) while remaining safe, secure and resilient.
 
The event programme incorporates keynote plenary talks, interactive panel discussions, technical paper presentations, poster displays and industry exhibition.
 
Attend Living in the IoT to gain invaluable insight into how society can benefit from the power of interconnected devices and industry improve efficiency whilst every domain remains safe, secure and resilient.
 

AFCEA UK West Chapter


The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 14th February at Brickhampton Golf Club. 
 
You may be aware this happens to be Valentine’s evening. As an incentive to encourage attendance, the President has kindly offered a reduced rate of £12.50 for partners to join us.
 
The presentation for the evening will be from  Nick Drage (Director, Path Dependence Ltd)
 
“What can the cyber security industry learn from other occupations?”
 
For more details and booking: www.afcea.org.uk
 

Security and Policing

5-7 March, Farnborough

JSaRC will be hosting Security and Policing 2019 in Farnborough, and for the first time in its history, the event will be attended by the Home Secretary alongside the Minister for Security and Economic Crime. Here are some of the upcoming highlights of the show:

  • 3 Live Immersive Features are included in this year’s show.  Follow the links below for more information:
  • Market Place – brand new to Security & Policing 2019 is the opportunity for visitors to learn about all the best and emerging ideas and capabilities in our Market Place feature. A dedicated area, running all 3 days of the show, the Market Place is a hub for new innovations where exhibitors pitch five-minute presentations in the following four categories: Pitches, Prize, Prospects and Products. Further information can be found here.
  • Interview with the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP – read the Farnborough International News Interview with the Minister for Security and Economic Crime, the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP here 
  • Live Demonstration Arena –  Partner organisations will showcase techniques, skills and approaches across a range of Critical Incident Response Scenarios. Live demonstrations will be on show from British Transport Police and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) as well as an an exciting and diverse range of new products from participating exhibitors.
  • The ADS Security Innovation Award recognises the innovative capabilities and services developed by exhibitors at Security and Policing. Click here for further information and entry details
  • Exhibitor opportunities – there is still time to get involved and book stand space.  More information is available here
  • Visitor registration – Security and Policing is a closed event.  Full details on how to register to visit can be found here

 

Trade Mission to Indonesia and Vietnam

for West Midlands Companies

The UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) in cooperation with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Midlands Engine are running this multi-sector trade mission to Indonesia and Vietnam during March 2019. If you are a forward-thinking company with an international focus, this is an amazing opportunity to grow your business on a global scale, secure new orders and make new contacts.

About Indonesia:
Indonesia is the powerhouse economy of Southeast Aisa. Currently the 16th largest economy in the world it is projected to be the 4th largest economy in the world by 2050.

With a population of over 260 million and a GDP growth of 5.3% (2018 second quarter), Indonesia’s macroeconomic fundamentals are sound and have been strengthening as the government continues to implement critical structural reforms. Indonesia is working hard to attract international investment highlighted by their impressive rise up the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index from 114th in 2014 to 72nd in 2017.

About Vietnam:
Vietnam has one of the fastest growing, most vibrant economies in Asia. According to the Asian Development Bank, Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with an expected growth rate of 7.1% in 2018. Currently, 70% of the population is under 35 years of age, with a life expectancy of close to 73 years. By 2050, Vietnam’s population is expected to reach 120 million.

Vietnam is enjoying increased integration through free trade agreements and business-friendly policy reforms. With an increasingly educated workforce and a growing middle class, Vietnam has positioned itself to be a significant part of the global supply chain and a vibrant economic hub to do business with Southeast Asia.
 
Benefits of joining this market visit:
• Meet key contacts for customised advice and help to maximise business
• Explore and understand commercial opportunities
• Establish and develop in-market networks
• Receive the latest policy, industry and project updates
• Understand the latest trends, developments and opportunities
• Sector briefings and advice on doing business in Indonesia and Vietnam
• Opportunity to meet with relevant government officials and key business contacts
• Eligible SMEs could qualify for a financial support package (eligibility criteria apply)
• In-market support from UKABC, DIT and the British Chambers of Commerce based in the market
• Bespoke meetings with a minimum of 8 potential distributors or partners within your sector
• Assistance with discounted flights and accommodation.
 
Costs:
The package cost is £3000 per company and eligible delegates will be able to claim £1,095 in Midlands Engine funding.

Registration:
For further information on how to join this visit, contact Paul North of the UK-ASEAN Business Council at: paul.north@ukabc.org.uk.
Please note: only Midlands based companies in the UK are applicable for joining this trade mission.
For any other enquiries contact the Department for International Trade West Midlands at info@tradeWM.co.uk or call 0345 222 0159.

In the last day, 2 new digital specialists opportunities were published on the Digital Marketplace. View and apply for these opportunities:

Digital Transformation Lead – IM&T
Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board
Wales
Closing Thursday 14 February 2019
https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/digital-outcomes-and-specialists/opportunities/9007?utm_id=20190208

To develop, produce and maintain a website relating to a scheme run by Reading Borough Council
Reading Borough Council
Offsite
Closing Thursday 14 February 2019
https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/digital-outcomes-and-specialists/opportunities/9001?utm_id=20190208

Thanks,
The Digital Marketplace team

CRISP Call Alert for demonstrators addressing cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things.

Funding
Budget:£6m
Project Size:£2.5m – £4m
Duration (Months):18-24

Industrial Research
Intervention: (Small) 70%
Intervention: (Medium) 60%
Intervention: (Large) 50%
Intervention: (Research Org.) 100%

Experimental Development
Intervention: (Small) 45%
Intervention: (Medium) 35%
Intervention: (Large) 25%
Intervention: (Research Org.) 100%

Aim:
solve major industry-focused cyber security-related challenges in the Internet of Things
transfer world-leading knowledge from the UK research base to UK industry
develop new products or services and intellectual properties
address technology, societal and business challenges

Dates
18/02/19 Open
26/02/19 London briefing event
27/02/19 Manchester briefing event
28/02/19 Edinburgh briefing event
05/03/19 Cardiff briefing event
07/03/19 Belfast briefing event
01/05/19 12:00pm Closes
01/07/19 to 5/07/19: interviews
12/07/19 Applicants notified

The TARIAN Individual & Business Protect Team’s month long bus tour approaches very fast….March 4th to March 28th.

The launch is on the 4th March 12 Midday at The Welsh Assembly. We have speeches from DCC Pam KELLY [Gwent Police], a Welsh Assembly minister and Paul Chichester [Operations Director NCSC]

We will be running the days along the lines of early afternoons will be drop in [bus] personal protect advice with the general public, and late afternoons into early evenings more business focused. We will run our protect presentations, table top cyber resilience exercising, hopefully some basic hacking demos. We will use the wrapped bus for a base in daytime / afternoon as we have facilities on board for presentations and small table top exercising. We will have separate rooms made available in various towns everyday as well if required. We will advertise via Eventbrite, and in some locations move the bus to more industrial areas in the late afternoons.

We would like the cluster to assist with Cyber Essentials promotion at the locations/events with a brief talk or just be available for businesses to discuss following our presentations. We have to be careful with promotion/sales as this is government funded/police led, but seems daft not to try and come up with a solution so a business can immediately start down the Cyber Essentials accreditation when its fresh in their minds?

On certain days, we will also have guest speakers from the NCSC and NFIB [City of London Police / Action Fraud] coming as well.

If any Cluster members can come along to any of the stops, we would be very grateful.

Here are the dates:-

Date Time Local Authority Area Location
Monday 4th March 2019 10:00 – 18:00 Cardiff Bay (LAUNCH EVENT) Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay
Tuesday 5th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Newport Newport Leisure Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1UH
Wednesday 6th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Caerphilly Caerphilly Council Offices, Penallta House, Tredomen Park, Hengoed, Ystrad Mynach, CF82 7PG
Wednesday 6th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Cwmbran Woodland Road Sports & Social Centre, Woodland Road, Cwmbran, NP44 2DZ
Thursday 7th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Builth Wells Groe Car Park, Strand Road, Builth Wells, LD2 3BL
Thursday 7th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Welshpool Welshpool High Street (o/s Natwest), Welshpool, SY21 7JF
Friday 8th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Mold Mold High Street
Friday 8th March 2019 14:00 – 17:00 Wrexham Queens Square, Wrexham
Monday 11th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Llangollen Market Street Car Park, Llangollen, LL20 8PS
Monday 11th March 2019 14:00 – 17:30 Rhyl Main High Street, Rhyl
Tuesday 12th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Conway Station Road, Colwyn Bay
Tuesday 12th March 2019 14:30 – 17:30 Conway Seaview Road, Llandudno
Wednesday 13th March 2019 12:00 – 15:00 Anglesey MSparc, Menai Science Park, Gaerwen, LL60 6AR
Wednesday 13th March 2019 16:00 – 19:00 Anglesey Morrisons Holyhead, Penrhos, Holyhead, LL65 2UQ
Thursday 14th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Gwynedd Castle Square, Caernarfon
Thursday 14th March 2019 14:30 – 17:30 Gwynedd near the Clock Tower, High Street, Bangor
Friday 15th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Aberystwyth TJ Davies, Jewellers, 11-13 North Parade, Aberystwyth, SY23 2JH
Monday 18th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Milford Haven Milford Haven, Port Authority, Gorsewood Drive, SA73 3EP
Monday 18th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire County, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP
Tuesday 19th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Carmarthen St Catherine’s Walk, Carmarthen St. Catherine Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1GA
Wednesday 20th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Swansea Plymouth Street, Outside Wilkinsons, Plymouth Street, Swansea, Swansea, SA1 3QF
Thursday 21st March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Neath TBC
Thursday 21st March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Port Talbot O/S M3 Centre Square Aberafan Shopping Centre, Port Talbot, SA13 1PB
Friday 22nd March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Bridgend O/S HSBC Dunraven Place, Bridgend, CF31 1JB
Monday 25th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Barry King Square, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 4RW
Tuesday 26th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Pontypridd Mill Street, Pontypridd, CF37 2SN
Wednesday 27th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Merthyr Merthyr Council Offices, Civic Centre, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN
Thursday 28th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Chepstow Dell View Car Park, Chepstow, NP16 5EL
Thursday 28th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Ebbw Vale Ebbw Vale Council Offices, Municipal Offices Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6XB
Friday 29th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Cardiff TBC

The Bursa Aerospace and Defence Cluster, which comprises Bursa’s aerospace and defence companies, is partnering with the British Embassy Department for International Trade Team to arrange a fully funded inward mission to Bursa’s innovative cluster to develop UK -Turkey partnerships in defence, automotive and machining, civil aerospace and interior design.

This visit has the support of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Trade and Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Event date/venue: 27 -28 March 2019 – Bursa Chamber of Trade and Industry – Bursa/Turkey

What are the benefits to UK companies?
The event will provide a unique insight for UK companies into the investment opportunities in the region and options for imports and exports. Topics we will will look at together include intermediate products; connecting of system pieces for the main set up; joint production; joint design facilities; joint export opportunities with third markets; and engineering services.

DIT Offer
DIT is supporting BASDEC by inviting British companies to showcase the UK’s capability to bring expertise, knowledge transfer and innovation to support Turkey’s plans in civil aerospace and defence. This will bring valuable opportunities for networking with local companies to explore partnership and collaboration through business to business meetingsmeetings meetings meetings meetings. Participants’ travel and accommodation expenditures will be covered by BASDEC for up to two representatives per company. Space is of course limited, so early confirmation and participation is encouraged.

Outline Mission Programme
27 March March – Opening speeches, Presentations, B2Bmeetings, Networking reception
28 March March – Industrial site visits

İpek Alparslan Yazıcı
Trade Adviser
British Embassy Ankara
Department for International Trade
Direct Tel: +90 312 455 3266, Mobile: +90 549 206 0569
ipek.alparslan@mobile.trade.gov.uki

Business Wales is running a number of Brexit related seminars during February and March .

The aim of the briefings is to provide businesses with a clear understanding on support available for businesses to prepare for Brexit, such as the Brexit Portal and diagnostic tools, support available within Welsh Government (such as Business Wales, Trade etc) as well as support available from key stakeholders such as Development Bank for Wales, Local Authorities, as well as networking opportunities.

The briefings are running throughout Wales on the following dates:

· 19 February 2019 – Baglan Bay Innovation Centre, Port Talbot Waterfront Enterprise Zone – 9am to 11am
· 4 March 2019 – Cardiff Airport and St Athan – Enterprise Zone – 8am to 10am
· 6 March 2019 – Bridge Innovation Centre Haven Waterway Enterprise Park – 8.15am to 10.15am
· 12 March 2019 – The General Offices, Ebbw Vale – 8am to 10am
· 13 March 2019 – Welsh Government Offices, Newtown – 8am to 10am
· 19 March 2019 – M-SParc – Anglesey Enterprise Zone, Gaerwen – 8am to 10am
· 21 March 2019 – Glaslyn Leisure Centre, Porthmadog – 8am to 10am
· 22 March 2019 – Gladstone’s Library, Deeside – 8am – 10am

Book your place here: https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/business-wales-brexit-briefing-seminar

English – http://bit.ly/bwbrexitbriefing
Welsh – http://bit.ly/bcbriffioarbrexit

Please note , spaces are limited and will be limited to 30 businesses per event.

Find out about degree apprenticeships and work based learning programmes in Computer Science, Management and Engineering and how Swansea University will be working to deliver these programmes.

Degree Apprenticeships and work-based learning programmes are a partnership between employers and providers. They aim to give people the opportunity to gain a degree while in full time employment.

The programmes offer a pathway to a recognised qualification and professional competence combined with practical on-the-job experience, offering the opportunity to Earn While You Learn.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/swansea-university-linc-degree-apprenticeships-and-work-based-learning-breakfast-tickets-55016863921

Palo Alto have their annual Cyber Security Summit coming up which may be of interest to members of the Cluster.

It is free to register and attend and is being held on Thursday 21 March at Printworks in London. This year we are focusing on Cloud Security and the event is open to end users and partners so those who may use our technology and those who may embed it as a service to others. We have a growing customer base in South Wales including the likes of Airbus, Thales, GD, QinetiQ to name a few.

The agenda and registration link can be found here https://signup.paloaltonetworks.com/ehome/376643/agenda?reference=markpatterson

This and the sponsorship and speakers pages will continue to be populated over the coming weeks but broadly, the morning will consist of keynote speeches (PANW, Tech partners and customers) and the afternoon will consist of 5 breakout sessions covering Security Leadership, Cloud Deployments, Cloud Threats, Channel (for partners) and finally an introduction to XDR which is a soon be released evolution of EDR which expands the capability from endpoint to Network and Cloud.

To finish the day, we are pleased to have Sir Ranulph Fiennes to talk about his experiences on his many expeditions.

Would be great to see you there and in the meantime, I will see you at the next cluster meeting.

Mark Patterson
UK Defence & Intelligence Systems Engineer
Palo Alto Networks

The aim of the CYBERSEC Washington Leaders’ Foresight 2019 is to give proactive guidance on how to develop innovative digital strategies, implement state-of-the-art secure digital infrastructure and develop cybersecurity policy statecraft along with transatlantic cooperation in the Three Seas Region.

First CYBERSEC event to be held in Washington will bring together high-level EU and U.S. officials, representatives of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) countries, businesses, academia and the NGOs leaders. The aim of the CYBERSEC – Washington Leaders’ Foresight 2019 is to foster greater political, business and security synergies between the United States and the 3S region by developing digital and cybersecurity cooperation. Forward-looking proposals of such cooperation have been formulated within the Digital 3 Seas Initiative (D3SI) launched by the Kosciuszko Institute together with a group of regional think tanks and with contributions by the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington D.C.

The D3SI highlighted the need of pooling together technological capacity and resources and the recognition of cybersecurity as an overarching dimension to foster secure digital transformation in the Three Seas region and beyond.

To register go to: https://cybersecforum.eu/en/washington/about-cybersec-dc/

CYBERSEC Brussels Leaders’ Foresight is an exclusive, high-level meeting that aims to discuss the activities to enhance European cybersecurity preparedness and foster a competitive IT industry.

The central topics of the discussions will be based on the recommendations and key takeaways discussed during the 4th European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC that took place in Kraków, on 8-9 October 2018. The topics will refer to the cyberthreat landscape and its constantly evolving challenges, that in order to ensure the safe digital future, must be assessed by the stakeholders on a regular basis.

Conference Venue: Microsoft Executive Briefing Center, Rue Montoyer 51, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

To register go to: https://cybersecforum.eu/en/brussels/

We would like to invite your company to participate in an export market visit to GISEC Dubai. This Welsh Government supported visit offers an exciting opportunity for businesses of all sizes to connect with businesses in Dubai.

Cost

The Welsh Government is supporting* companies to take part in this export market visit. There are two options of support for this visit:

Support for Travel Only
The cost is £650. This includes:
·Return flights
·In-market transfers
·5 night’s accommodation with breakfast
·Attendance at in-market events

Support for Travel and Arranging Meetings
The cost is £1,400. This includes

·Return flights
·In-market transfers
·5 night’s accommodation with breakfast
·Attendance at in-market events
·Arranging meetings with up to 6 business contacts

This offer is available to one representative per company.
*Subject to eligibility.

Closing date – 28 February 2019

To ensure that you maximise the opportunities, the Welsh Government can assist in arranging meetings in the region either with like minded companies or potential customers via our export trade support programmes.

If you would like an application form or wish to discuss further support, please do not hesitate to get in touch:InternationalTrade@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Many thanks
Export Team

The iCyberCenter@bwtech Executive Workshop  provides an intimate, small group, content rich experience that provides critical insight and a competitive advantage for companies entering the US Marketplace.  
The upcoming program date is  April 1st at iCyberCenter@bwtech and will end the following evening, April 2nd  with a Cybertini networking event. 
The two day program provides deep insights on the cyber ecosystem here in Maryland, how to navigate US business protocols – meet strategic contacts and effectively launch your US operations. 
This program is also available to accommodate delegations of 4 or more companies who are interested in visiting Maryland outside of a currently establish date.  
More information can be found on the iCyberCenter  Executive Workshop Link.

iCyberCenter are running a RSA Pitch Competition for International Cybersecurity Companies which bwtech is hosting Wednesday morning March 6th – from 8:00 am to 9:30 – at Venable Law Firms offices just minutes away from the main Conference Center in San Francisco.

Please register on the following link RSA Pitch Competition Registration Link – as an attendee if you plan to attend.

Feel free to share the link with your partners and companies whom you feel would be interested and valuable to have in the room.

If you know any International Cyber Product Companies who are interested in competing – please share the link to the RSA Pitch application to apply.

We will be engaging up to 10 companies to give 3 minute pitches with 2 minutes of Q & A. The top 3 companies receive Free tuition to the upcoming iCyberCenter Executive Workshop on April 1st – 2nd at the RSA Conference.

Applications are invited for a Dark Web Intern Software Development vacancy within the Regional Cyber Crime Unit which forms part of Tarian Regional Organise Crime Unit.

Job Title: DarkWeb – Graduate Intern – Software Developer Scale 3 based in Bridgend

Post: TBC

Based At:  Bridgend

Open From  21/01/2019 09:00:00 to  05/02/2019 12:00:00

Starting Salary:  £18,486 Raising to £19,704

To undertake reactive and proactive investigations and operations against targets involved in illicit commodities and services on the Darkweb (cyber crime, drugs and firearms etc) within the region.

Work as part of a regional network of investigators alongside national and international partners to identify and bring offenders to justice.

To support other team members to design, develop and deliver software development capabilities into the Darkweb Investigation Team.

Applicants must be prepared to undergo vetting to MV/SC Level.

Applicants must be prepared to travel and attend courses as part of their professional development.

The successful candidate must have a full UK driving licence as their duties will require them to travel to/ from meetings.

Applications are welcomed from members of under-represented groups.

Please be aware that if your current post is within the Public Service Centre, if you were employed after 1st February 2017 you must have completed 2 years’ tenured service before applying for any other roles.

This post is not suitable for job share/part time workers due to the type of work and the training requirements around the role.

Please note this role is fixed term for 12 months.

For further information about this role please contact 01656 776796.

In December 2018, the UK Government (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – DDCMS) published its initial National Cyber Security Skills Strategy (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-security-skills-strategy). The strategy sets out the government’s understanding of the challenge that evolving cyber threats present to the demand for cyber security skills. This challenge is more complex than the number of cyber security professionals; it is about the need to ensure the UK has the right level and blend of cyber security capability across the whole of the economy.

DDCMS  are seeking views on this initial strategy and are holding a series of engagement events across the UK to listen to the views of those with an interest in cyber security to help them shape and refine the work to develop and publish a comprehensive and final strategy document in 2019.
 
The Welsh engagement event will be held on the 27th February at Barclays Eagle Lab in Cardiff (9:30 – 13:30).  To register for the event please click here.
 
Wales has a thriving, multi-faceted cyber security sector characterised by internationally renowned academic excellence, multinational security businesses and a large, cohesive SME network encapsulated in the Wales Cyber Security Clusters. Our cyber strength offers us an opportunity to attract investment and create new, high value jobs but the skills shortage is a serious threat to the future growth of the sector here in Wales.
I hope you can find the time to participate in this important event but if you’re unable to attend but would like to contribute, please consider responding to the key questions DDCMS have posed as part of this call for views exercise.  You can provide your views here.
 
Kind Regards,
 
Neil Sandford
Business Development Manager – Cyber
 
Department for Economy, Science & Transport | Inward Investment | Welsh Government | QED Centre | Treforest Industrial Estate | Treforest CF37 5YR
 

Tel +44 (0) 7769 883253 | E-mail : neil.sandford@gov.wales

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in.

CyberUK 2019

The NCSC is delighted to be bringing CYBERUK 2019 to Glasgow, a thriving digital hub and one of the UK’s first 5G cities. The NCSC will present a programme of compelling, interactive and inspiring sessions from Scotland’s largest exhibition venue, the Scottish Event Campus.

Held over two days, CYBERUK 2019 will be attended by more than 2,000 delegates, integrating senior cyber security leaders with professionals, strengthening the cyber security community. As the authoritative event for the UK’s cyber security community, CYBERUK 2019 will offer delegates the opportunity to learn about the Government’s plans for making the UK more cyber resilient and for the whole cyber security community to meet, discuss business needs, review the changing threat landscape and clarify their responsibilities. The event will feature world-class speakers, and content with plenty of opportunities for interaction and networking between the public and private sectors.

How to register:

Please visit www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberuk for more information and to register to attend CYBERUK 2019. We expect delegate places to fill up fast, so to avoid disappointment please register for a place as soon as possible.
Please note: all registrations are subject to approval by the NCSC.

Note from UKCSF – there has been an SME rate on previous years which was about 50% the usual rate but it was not advertised and companies were only told about it when they asked – so it is worth asking! The cost of an exhibition stand only includes entry for 1 person and they cannot attend the talks – you have to pay an additional £300 if that person wants to attend the talks.  However, last year, the talks were all broadcast in the exhibition hall so you may not need to pay to attend.

Sponsorship opportunities:

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at CYBERUK 2019, please contact Holly Allen, Sponsorship and Exhibition Manager on:
0117 906 4554
cyberuk-sponsorship@brayleino.co.uk

Digital Access Programme Workshops: Nigeria, Indonesia, Kenya

The Foreign Office’s Digital Access Programme team are looking at supporting UK cyber security exports to five countries in the medium term: South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Kenya. This process began with a market scoping report for each country, and they are now in the process of running workshops, hosted by techUK, to further develop the strategy for each market.

Some of you may have been involved in the South Africa and Brazil workshops in past months. The schedule for the Nigeria, Indonesia, and Kenya workshops is below. The workshops generally involve a briefing from UK Government leads in Post, followed by an industry and government discussion of opportunities, challenges, and what government can do to help in each market. Industry’s input is vital here, to ensure that the support government develops is directed at fixing the problems companies actually encounter when trying to do cyber security business in country.

Nigeria workshop – Thursday 17th January, 9.30-12.30; sign up here

Indonesia workshop – Monday 18th February, 9.30-12.30; sign up here

Kenya workshop – Tuesday 5th March, 9.30-12.30; sign up here

If you have an interest or experience in any of these countries, please do sign up using the links above. If you have further questions, please contact me (details below) or either Thomas.Jordan@fco.gov.uk or Edward.Weldon@fco.gov.uk.

Meet the Buyer: Defence, Security and Cyber

13 February | 09:00-17:00 | The MTC, Coventry

Bringing together the best of Midlands businesses with high profile buyers in the Defence, Security and Cyber sectors from across Central Europe.

This free Midlands Engine Meet the Buyer event will provide a dynamic and lucrative business environment carefully tailored to create, encourage and facilitate synergies in a series of 1:1 meetings with validated buyers to help you build key relationships which may result in you securing new business.

It also provides a chance to discover future opportunities in a range of Central European markets by attending workshops covering market trends, tailored support and how to take advantage of future opportunities.

This unique opportunity presents you with the chance to:

  • Pre-book meetings – request meetings with targeted buyers and expert advisers from our global network
  • Join workshops – designed to help you identify current and future opportunities for your business within Central Europe and beyond
  • Network – meet a host of key buyers, like-minded companies, local advisers and Defence and Security Organisation (DSO)

Next steps:

  1. Review buyer listings and decide who you would like to meet
  2. Register your interest in attending (we recommend providing as much detail as possible as this will be issued to buyers to support them in selecting which companies best match their buying requirements)
  3. During the registration process please select which buyers you would like to request to meet
  4. We will contact you and advise which of your meetings have been confirmed along with a schedule for the day
  5. We will issue you with final confirmation which will include further information on workshops and additional opportunities

Click here to register today

In the last day, 1 new digital specialists opportunity was published on the Digital Marketplace. View and apply for this opportunity:

Careers Wales website – Enterprise Architect
Careers Wales
Wales
Closing Thursday 17 January 2019


https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/digital-outcomes-and-specialists/opportunities/8708?utm_id=20190111

Over the past year and a half or so, NCSC has been supporting colleagues in DCMS with an initiative to develop the Cyber Security Profession. In December, DCMS issued a Request for Proposals to set up a new Cyber Security Council – the deadline for the submission of applications is 28 February 2019. On behalf of our DCMS colleagues, the remainder of this email provides background and details about the Request for Proposals.

The Government launched a consultation in July 2018 outlining proposals to develop the cyber security profession in the UK. The consultation ran for six weeks and we received over 300 responses.

Having carefully reviewed and analysed the responses, we consider that the consultation showed strong support for the main thrust of the proposals: which were to define a series of objectives for the profession to achieve and to create a new, independent UK Cyber Security Council to coordinate delivery. The government response to the consultation, which was published on 21 December 2018, sets out in detail how the evidence received in the consultation has been considered.

The government response also sets out that, in view of the level of support, we intend to proceed to identify a lead organisation to design and deliver the new UK Cyber Security Council. We are therefore issuing the response alongside an invitation to apply for between £1m – £2.5m of Government funding to lead the work. This is being issued as a competitive process. All proposals will be evaluated against published criteria and requirements, and an assessment will be made to select one successful proposal. The Guidance for Applicants and the Application Form are available to download here.

The application window opened on 21 December 2018 and the deadline for applications is 16:00 on 28 February 2019. We may run briefing events in late January/early February for prospective bidders. If you are interested in attending, please notify the team at csprofession@culture.gov.uk and we will be in touch shortly with further detail.

Establishing a new, independent UK Cyber Security Council is a key part of the Government’s new Initial Cyber Security Skills Strategy which is being published in parallel. There are a number of ways you can engage with the Strategy – you can find out more here. 

Welcome to The Hague Cyber Updates.

Through this newsletter we’d like to keep you up to date on upcoming opportunities, news and events on tech in The Netherlands; starting with a FinTech event in Amsterdam on 13 and 14 March.

To a successful 2019!

For this first edition, and the beginning of the new year, we’d like to provide you with an overview of our upcoming activities in 2019. Do let us know if you’ve got anything exciting coming up as well, or if there’s anything else we can help you with.

Otherwise, we’ll hope to catch up soon at one of our events. Continue reading for our FinTech mission in March, our Tech mission to The Next Web in May and an InfoSec event in June.

FinTech Mission

On 13 and 14 March, we’re organizing a FinTech trade event in Amsterdam, with company visits and 121 matchmaking with the industry’s movers and shakers. Sign up here.

UK @ TNW

On 9 and 10 May we are planning a mission to one of the biggest tech conferences in Europe; The Next Web in Amsterdam. Currently we’re gauging interest for UK tech companies to join our mission. Are you one of them? Leave your email here and we will send you more information.

InfoSec London

On 4-6 June, there will be a Dutch mission to InfoSec in London. We’re currently planning a joint event for UK and Dutch companies and buyers to meet, share experiences and build partnerships. Drop us a line if you’re interested.

Good afternoon!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

AFCEA UK West Chapter – January 2019 Meeting

The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 10th January at Brickhampton Golf Club. The presentation for the evening will be from  Andy Powell (CISO, A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S)

Maersk – Collateral victims of a state-sponsored Cyber Weapon: Implementing the Lessons from a Cyber Attack

For more details and to register to attend www.afcea.org.uk

Seeking a Business Partner

One of our new members who works in FinTech is looking for a co-founder / ‘gig economy’ partner to work on mitigating cyber risk of digital asset exchanges.  He has >20 years developing and delivering FinTech (e.g. blockchain, cyber, analytics) with Bitfury, Deutsche Bank, Sovereign Capital, Deloitte and you can see his LinkedIn profile here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-cayzer

If you are interested in discussing further please contact richard.cayzer@dltrisk.com  +44 7891 693 735

Cyber security in the Spanish banking sector – mission to Madrid, 21 March 2019

The British Embassy in Madrid are hosting a cyber security mission offering an opportunity to present to and have 1:1 meetings with the CISOs of four of Spain’s largest banks. This event will be held on 21st March 2019.

To register for the event, please complete the attached application form and send to Fernando and Isaac (cced) by 15th February 2019. Please also contact Fernando and Isaac with any questions.

Banks involved:
Santander is the biggest banking group in Spain and second in Europe after HSBC in terms of market capitalisation and net income (£77bn and £6.5bn respectively in 2018). Santander also has a significant footprint in the UK (14 million customers, 20,000 employees and 860 branches, and contributing 16% of the Group profits).

BBVA Spain’s second largest bank, and a fintech leader in its own right, BBVA has a market value of £41bn and generated £3.8bn net income in 2017. In the UK, they focus on corporate and investment banking  mainly, with over 200 staff in their Canary Wharf HQ, and in commercial banking via their stake in digital bank Atom.

CaixaBank  Third in size, CaixaBank had a market value of £23bn and raised £1.6bn net in 2017. Their main market is the Iberian Peninsula (via BPI in Portugal). In the UK, they have an international branch that offers
financing and other banking services to companies with interests in either market.

Sabadell market capitalisation and net income values were £10bn and £801m (2017). They entered the UK financial market through acquisition of TSB Bank from Lloyds in 2015. Currently they operate 537 branches in the UK with 8,000 staff and 5 million customers, representing c.25% of its global lending power. Sabadell is the fourth largest bank in Spain.

Cybersecurity in the Spanish financial sector
According to official sources, Spain receives the highest number of cyberattacks after the US and the UK (no less than 120,000 in 2017). Many of those aim at the financial institutions as their primary target. Banking scams, card-related cybercrime and phishing account for the most recurrent incidents reported by the public, but banks themselves are also in the spotlight for risks linked to online fraud, identity theft and reputational damage.

Spanish banks are of interest not only because of their size (the biggest of which is included in the list of global systemically important banks [G-SIBs] by the FSB) but also because of their presence in the UK. Santander is widely regarded a High Street brand, and Sabadell bought TSB from Lloyds in 2015.

The mission
It will consist of a series of presentations to set the scene that will be delivered by all 4 banks participating.
1-to-1 meetings will be held subsequently with the UK companies selected by the banks.

1-to-1 meetings eligibility criteria
In order to ensure the mission is as focused as possible, all UK companies are required to fill out a questionnaire for evaluation by the Spanish banks.  Only those selected by them as potentially interesting will be invited to participate in the mission. We are looking at no more than 10 participants.

Date & Time:
20-21 March 2019
9:00 – 12:30 (exact times tbc)

Location: British Embassy Madrid Cost: £600 (plus VAT)

Further information:
Please contact Fernando Pons or Isaac Morillas at:

fernando.pons@fco.gov.uk
isaac.morillas@fco.gov.uk

Tel.+34917146337/8

Please email me (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you would like the application form emailed to you.  If interested in being considered, please send the questionnaire attached to the above emails no later than 15 February 2019.

IISP State of the Profession survey

The IISP runs an annual survey on the State of the Profession. It doesn’t take long to complete and can be accessed via this link  The Cyber Security Profession 2018 and 2019.   Please do complete it if you can!

Outsource and diversity

Outsource is a “cyber workforce solutions provider” and ran an event with NCSC to focus on diversity in the sector.  They host regular D&I events, where they focus not only on diversity in its broadest sense, recognising gender diversity, but also inviting discussions around the older workforce, BAME candidates, returners, military veterans, neurodiversity and disabled workers and LGBT. A write up summarising the key points of their most recent NCSC event is here An overview of our D&I event with the  videos including the 3 TED Talks can be found here – Outsource D&I event with NCSC

LAAD Defence & Security is an International Defence and Security exhibition taking place 2-5 April 2019.
It is a Bi Annual event that will be held at the RioCentro Exhibition and Convention Centre, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The UK Pavilion at LAAD 2019 will be led by CLARION Events with Support provided by DIT DSO.
LAAD 19 will be supported by the Brazilian Ministry of Defence, the Military Forces, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and the Brazilian Public Security Structure.
In 2017, the show welcomed:
•            450 exhibitors from 37 countries
•            1 Vice President, 6 Foreign Ministers & 7 Deputy Foreign Ministers
•            183 Official Delegations from 81 countries, 445 Official Delegates
•            37,100 visitors from 109 countries
•            442 Brazilian Public Security authorities
•            296 journalists from 13 countries
The event gathers international and national companies that provide developing and cutting-edge technologies, equipment and services for the Armed Forces, Special Forces, Police Forces, Homeland Security and Security Managers integrated with large companies and critical infrastructures.
DIT DSO Support
DIT DSO will be inviting International Delegations to visit the UK zone enabling you to showcase your capabilities to a captive audience. When we have a better understanding of the exact delegates who will be in attendance we will target those most relevant to your companies’ capabilities and prospects.
The UK Pavilion
The idea is to have a central hub consisting of a DSO meeting room, with EST Product Support alongside. Around this hub CLARION will be responsible for creating and selling stand space to UK companies to create the UK Pavilion.
Our Export Support Team
 
Our Export Support Team (EST) will have a Product Display stand on the UK Pavilion to exhibit your equipment. The space offers a good opportunity to have our UK Military in uniform showcase your equipment to a wide audience from the region and beyond. The cost is £3025 + VAT (please see below for more details on how to secure a space).
Our Senior Press Officer will also be in attendance to help with any media enquires you may have during the week or to help publicise your equipment at the Event, should you wish to do so.
Booking a Place on the UK Pavilion (via CLARION)
For more information on the event and how to book a place on the UK Pavilion through CLARION Point of contact:
Alex Webb
International Sales Executive
T: +44 20 7384 8261
M: +44 7834 560 349
DIT DSO EST Product Display
1. Product on Stand
Utilising the support of DIT DSO Export Support Team (EST) companies will have the opportunity to display one small product on the DIT DSO Stand.
The cost is £3025 + VAT. The initial charge includes a brochure service. Uniformed EST personnel will be on the stand to brief visitors on your product capabilities. The cost does not include shipping which should be arranged separately; although we can offer advice. Any shipping or transportation costs incurred by EST will be billed back to the company as part of the final invoice.
2. Brochure Service
Exhibit 250 of your company brochures on the DIT DSO Stand a cost of £500 + VAT. A product on stand is not required for this service. Distributed by uniformed EST personnel in exchange for business cards, ensuring maximum exposure and the opportunity for effective follow ups. Brochures included with product on stand. Shipping not included.
Licensing
Export licensing for both sales and exhibitions remain the responsibility of the company. EST will require a copy of your export licence giving you clearance for your equipment to deploy to Brazil. Open General and Temporary Exhibitions can be obtained through the Export Control Organisation spire portal 1. This process can take around 20 days. A letter from your company authorising EST personnel to carry your equipment on your behalf may also be required. For more help with Export licensing please contact the DIT Export Control Organisation 2.
Returns are to be back NLT TBC.
All responses and queries should go to SSGT Ben Robinson direct:
 
Tel: 01980 845600
Fax: 01980 845801
As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to an opportunity to join the Defence Trade Office, British Embassy Washington DC for a series of briefing and networking opportunities with the US DoD’s Comparative Technology Office (CTO), including representatives from US Army, US Navy, US Air Force and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).
 
When & Where:
 
  • Tuesday 26 March 2019 – ADS Group, Salamanca Sq, 9 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SP (cost is £95 – through DIT/DSO)
 
  • Thursday 28 March 2019 – DPRTE event at the Birmingham NEC, Hall 3a (cost is £75+VAT with discount code PARTNER19 through DPRTE/BIP Solutions website)
 
Further details are contained in the attached flyer. For more information and 1-2-1 meeting requests, please contact:
 
Antony Fletcher  E: antony.fletcher104@MOD.GOV.UK
 
Nigel Yates E: nigel.yates648@MOD.GOV.UK

We have been working with the European Space Agency to organise an event on 13thFebruary at Principality Stadium Cardiff to launch their business applications programme in Wales.

The initiative provides funding to businesses to commercialise space technology.

The event will highlight the cyber open tender as well as other ESA funding coming out next year which may be of interest to you.

This free event will be open for registration in early January and spaces will be on a first come basis.

The ESA would like to offer Cyber Wales members the opportunity to register before the general release. For Further information and to register for a place, please click on the link below. You will need to use the password ESABASW.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/growing-space-in-wales-introduction-to-the-european-space-agency-business-applications-uk-regional-tickets-53436891180

You are invited to join our NHS Digital Data Security Centre team for a market engagement day.  At our October event, we briefed you on our approach to the perimeter security project initiation.  After reviewing the feedback, we have carried out detailed scoping, requirements and design principles and we would like to present our findings.

Date: Thursday 10 January 2019,10am to 11am, followed by 1-2-1s with
identified suppliers (12pm – 4pm)
Venue: MSE Meeting rooms, 103A Oxford Street, Soho, London, W1D 2HG

The event will comprise of a one-hour interactive briefing, (where we will walk you through the briefing pack slides and you will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions), followed by 1-2-1 sessions with a smaller number of suppliers.

The briefing session is open to all suppliers however, to request a 1-2-1 session, suppliers are required to download the briefing pack and complete a small number of qualifying questions – please see links below.

The deadline for the questions to be submitted is midnight on Wednesday 12 December 2018.  Responses will be reviewed and the suppliers that meet the criteria will receive an invite and a further vendor briefing pack.  This pack contains additional questions to be discussed during your slot.

Registration for the event can be found here.

Further information about the event and to download the briefing pack can be foundhere.

Registration for the 1-2-1 sessions (i.e. the qualifying questions) can be found here.

Our industry engagement events are open to all digital suppliers including non-techUK members.  However, please note we reserve the right to limit attendance to two delegates per organisation, to record the event for future use, to publish attendee lists and use your email for follow up evaluation.

The Innovation and Partnerships team
NHS Digital
techUK

enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk

As the New Year approaches, why not take time out to reflect on what has gone well in 2018? Consider the lessons you’ve learnt and explore what actions you or your business need to take to make 2019 even more successful.

To kick-start your forward planning, join us for a full-day of thought-provoking talks, interactive sessions, lively discussions, hands-on demos and evidence-based insights into how emerging technologies are already impacting you, your business, your industry and your supply chain. In addition, let us help you to explore how emerging tech is going to continue to impact on you and your business in the future.

Whether you work in energy, engineering, manufacturing or technology, this is the event for you…

Find answers

Speak to experts about how your business can benefit from the greater use of tech and see where it is being adopted already.

Solve problems

Discover how emerging technologies are addressing the challenges faced by your business industry and market sectors.

Gain knowledge

Learn about the benefits of a growing enabling and digital technology economy and discover how digital ready your business is.

Raise your profile

Get your business in front of buyers, funders, investors and potential collaborators.

Get connected

Meet likeminded people from across business, industry and academia. Engage with other attendees, speakers, exhibitors, innovators, collaborators and organisers before, during and after the event. While you have the opportunity, take the time to scout for ‘talent’ that you know your business needs now or in the future. #EmergingTechFest

By the end of the day, you’ll have made good connections and gained a better understanding of what actions you need to take, and what tech you need to adopt, to stay a step ahead of your competition!

Book your place

As places are limited, please register to reserve your place. If you change your mind at a later date, please let us know so that we can offer your place to someone else.

Agenda

  • First class speakers and exhibitors will be announced in advance of the event.
  • Registration, refreshments, networking and exhibition areas will be open from 9am to 6pm.
  • The ‘key speakers’, ‘case studies’ and ‘meet the expert’ sessions will start at 10am and end at 4pm.

Note: A detailed agenda will be published closer to the event.

Main Stage Speakers have been announced…

Ashley Rogers, Founder & Director, Gill & Shaw

David Ramsay Harra, Head of Innovation & Development, Assembly Airbus

Debra Williams, Co-Founder & CEO, Motokiki

Anthony Rose, Co-Founder & CEO, Seedlegals

Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities:

Exhibition

  • ESTnet members are encouraged to book a place – free-of-charge – to display a pull-up banner within the foyer or exhibition areas. Shared tables will be available for the display of promotional materials. ESTnet members can also rent a 5-foot table space to demo their emerging tech for £150.
  • Non ESTnet members are encouraged to book a place – for £150 – to display a pull-up banner within the foyer or exhibition areas. Shared tables will be available for the display of promotional materials. Non ESTnet members can also rent a 5-foot table space to demo their emerging tech for £250

Sponsorship

  • There are a range of sponsorship opportunities available. Please get in touch.

For more information

Please contact elizabeth.scott@estnet.uk.net

Register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emerging-tech-fest-tickets-51286142232

Good evening!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

IAAC Diversity by Design Report

IAAC are pleased to announce the publication of our report on diversity by design, which can be found at the following link:

Diversity by Design Report

BlackHat

London, December 3-6, 2018

UK Cyber Security Forum will be at BlackHat on 5th and 6th November.  We will be on stand BB4 so do come by to say hello and find out more about our neuro-diverse cyber security training programme.  IASME will be on the stand with us to talk about the Community SOC team they have recently set up using only neuro-diverse employees.  We will be running a panel session on 6th from 13:35-14:25

Free entry to the Business Hall! http://ow.ly/3gVu30mju54 

Healthcare Cybersecurity Conference: Protecting the NHS against cyberattacks

30th January 2019

There apparently a limited number of complimentary tickets available to public health professionals. Please contact jack@onecpd.co.uk for further information

http://www.salford.ac.uk/onecpd/conferences/healthcare-cybersecurity-conference

RSA 2019

Deadline of 29th November
Event date 4-8th March

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) invites
you to attend the world1s largest cyber security conference and exhibition, RSA San Francisco, which brings together over 700 exhibitors and 43,000 visitors.

Pete Thompson, the Assistant Head of Cyber Security, DSO will be running an intro/training session in February for companies chosen for the RSA mission that will cover detailed plans for the mission, pitch training and advice from previous mission attendees.

This year, in response to company feedback, DIT is delighted to offer participants two different tracks:

The first track will enable eight first-time exhibitors at RSA to showcase their capabilities at the UK pavilion. DIT offers these exhibitors a series of US market briefings, buyer and investor introductions, and multiple networking opportunities throughout the week. For approved companies, there will be a pre-RSA briefing session in February. Cost: £6,000 (VAT excluded).

The new second track includes all the above activities except an exhibition slot on the UK pavilion. Since most of the DIT organised events are in the morning or evening, there is plenty of time to meet some of the many potential buyers, which DIT can assist with. Cost: £1,000 (VAT excluded).

UK cyber security companies interested in participating in either track at RSA 2019 should contact peter.thompson@trade.gov.uk no later 
than Thursday, 29th November.

Please specify whether you would like to participate in the first or second track, and provide a brief description outlining:
–  Company capability and issue being addressed
–  Overview of current clients and sectors
–  Target markets and sectors
–  Interest in US-based funding (seed, VC, etc.)
–  Prior engagement with DIT (if applicable)

Call for solutions: Disrupting online abuse and exploitation

The Home Office has allocated budget to invest in up to 5 innovative projects that are designed to disrupt live online child sexual abuse and exploitation. Projects should investigate new methods and technologies. The competition is being run under the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative). Full details can be found here

DASA Real-World Incident Response Hackathon

Sorry – very short notice this is on Monday!

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seeking participants for a Real-World Incident Response Hackathon on 26-27 November 2018 in Central London. This hackathon will focus on improving the way we investigate incidents through the application of Multimedia Analysis and Artificial Intelligence. Participants will be asked to process large amounts of real-world incident multimedia data and rapidly identify key information for on-site experts – people, places, events, in fact anything that may assist an investigations team.
To find out more and sign up to attend, please use the following link here

Interested in working with JSaRC?

The JSaRC team has a really unique structure, roughly 50% of the team are civil servants, and the rest of the team is made up of staff seconded from industry and academia. Our current secondees originate from organisations such as Thales, Airbus, BAE Systems, Hart International, ADS, Aecom, Intel, QinetiQ, Civica, Secure Cloud+, Chapel Associates, Sopra Steria and the University of Kent. We are keen to hear from organisations who might be interested in providing a secondee to help support the important work that JSaRC does. If interested, please email JSaRC@homeoffice.gov.uk

Cyber security opportunities in South Africa, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and Brazil

The FCO Digital Access programme has released five Digital Market white papers, outlining high level opportunities for UK digital, cyber security and telecommunication companies, in five of the fastest growing digital economies: South Africa, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and Brazil. The FCO recently hosted a workshop to discuss opportunities and barriers in South Africa, and will be running briefing sessions on the four further markets in the coming months.

Forthcoming DIT events

A range of activity is planned for the coming months, with upcoming missions to Doha for the Qatar Central Bank Information Security and Financial Services conference, Copenhagen around cyber security for transport and an automotive targeted engagement in Japan. Planning has also commenced for the first of the three major trade shows the team supports each year, with RSA happening in San Francisco in March 2019. Further information on this will follow in the coming weeks.

Wider DIT events can be found here, alongside details for DIT ministers’ travel.

Financial support for exports

We recognise that finance for exporting can sometimes be difficult. UK Export Finance is the UK’s Export Credit Agency and a Government Department, with nearly 100 years’ experience in helping buyers globally to purchase goods and/or services from the UK. The UK Government has an ambition that no viable trade with the UK should fail for lack of finance or insurance. UKEF help ensure that purchases of capital goods and/or services from the UK are supported with attractive financing terms. This support is predominantly through the provision of guarantees that facilitate loans to overseas buyers to purchase supplies from UK exporters as part of an overall contract package. UKEF guarantees (typically 100% and unconditional) commit the full faith and credit of the UK Government and can support exports for any size of company and across all sectors, from capital goods to services and intangibles such as intellectual property or licenses.

We plan to run a briefing session for cyber security companies with UKEF and techUK in the coming months, but for further information before then please contact: customer.service@ukexportfinance.gov.uk

great.gov.uk

As part of the government’s efforts to support UK exporters through digital tools, a new cyber security sector page has launched online. Part of thegreat.gov.uk website, it showcases UK cyber security firms to potential overseas buyers, as well as providing information and guidance to UK firms at all stages of their exporting journey. We would encourage all UK cyber security businesses to register on it.

AFCEA UK West Chapter – December Meeting

The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 13th December at Brickhampton Golf Club.

The presentation for the evening will be from  Peter Williamson (CEO, SecureCloud+) “The Continuous Need for Dynamic and Intelligence-led Cyber Controls Testing”   www.afcea.org.uk

Last Call for Papers – Living in the IoT

1-2 May 2018 | IET London: Savoy Place

This 2nd Living in the IoT Conference combines academic research with industry case studies, demonstrating safeguards for IoT cybersecurity as well as exploring critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability and security.

The IET and PETRAS invite you to participate by submitting your innovation, project or research focusing on solutions for IoT challenges.

Attend Living in the IoT to gain invaluable insight into how society can benefit from the power of interconnected devices and industry improve efficiency whilst every domain remain safe, secure and resilient.

Last Call for Papers deadline: 1 December 2018
For more information and to view the technical scope, visit: www.theiet.org/living-iot

The Secretary of State has announced that recruitment for three Cyber Security Industry Representatives is now live.

These roles are industry secondees based in priority export markets, with a remit to build relationships with potential buyers, understand their requirements, and introduce them to UK companies with the relevant capabilities. We have one Cyber Rep already in place – Reuben Sinclair in Singapore for SE Asia – and this new recruitment is for three reps: in Washington DC for the US, Dubai for the Gulf, and New Delhi for India. The Cyber Reps are a vital part of supporting UK cyber security exports, and we would welcome applications. The deadline is Friday 16th November. Please do be in touch via cyber@trade.gov.uk if you have any questions or would like to discuss the roles further.

 

Kind regards, Claire

Claire Baillie | Assistant Director, Cyber Security | Defence & Security Organisation

Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place |London SW1A 2AW

020 7215 5028 | 07720 212711

Welsh Government are taking stand space at the European Cyber Week conference/exhibition, which this year is being held in Rennes, France between 19th to 22nd November 2018.

They’re inviting Welsh Cyber Companies and University Expertise to join them on the stand (free of charge). http://en.european-cyber-week.eu/program.html

Their stand space will enable participants to display their marketing literature, meet with potential customers, run laptop presentations etc. etc. Please see the attached Expression of Interest (EOI) form for more details.

Welsh Government will be using the event to attract inward investment into Wales and to showcase our industry and academic expertise. It would be great if Cluster members could consider joining them, if even for just a day.

If you’re interested, please can you contact Neil Sandford, Welsh Govt, on neil.sandford@gov.wales by Monday 12th November.

The Departmental for International Trade is inviting expressions of interest from UK cyber security companies to exhibit to a group of twenty cyber security delegates from seven Central European countries.

The delegates will be representatives from both government and industry.

Industry representatives will largely derive from the financial services sector.

Central European countries are increasingly conscious of the threat posed by malicious cyber behaviour.

Both public and private sectors are now investing in making their assets more cyber secure.

The delegates attending have all actively expressed an interest in engaging with innovative UK cyber security companies, and in learning from UK best practice.

Businesses attending the event will have the opportunity to pitch directly to individuals at the forefront of developing their countries’ cyber security capability.

The event will run during the afternoon on 22nd October.

For further information and to register your interest please contact: Chris Frampton E: Chris.Frampton@fco.gov.uk

Companies attending the summit will have the opportunity to:

* Pitch directly to delegates present

* Meet one-to-one with a range of the delegates.

Meetings will be targeted to the sector and market most of interest to the business.

* Be introduced to delegates by FCO and DIT officials

* Network with influential decision-makers and companies from across Central Europe

The delegation will consist of government and commercial buyers from: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia.

How to sign up – DIT will charge companies a fee of £150 + VAT to exhibit to the summit.

Expressions of interest should include:

* A brief introduction to your company.

* An indication of your key target sectors and markets.

* An overview of recent activities in the CEN region and any future plans.

The India-UK FutureTech Festival will be taking place in New Delhi on 12 December. 
 
·         More than 100 of the very best UK and Indian tech companies will explore AI/Data, Future Healthcare, Future Mobility, Fintech, Createch, Cyber Security.
·         UK company missions covering infratech, medtech, cyber and life sciences will visit Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore around the festival date.
 
DIT are looking for speaker suggestions to invite. This would be a great opportunity to raise the profile of Wales and your expertise. 
 
Whilst not yet confirmed, Welsh Government are working with DIT to 100% pay for travel and accommodation costs. 
Please let Neil Sandford, Business Development Manager – Tech Inward Investment (Cyber Security) know if you’d be interested in attending/speaking.
 
Neil Sandford
Business Development Manager – Tech Inward Investment (Cyber Security)
 Department of Economy and Infrastructure | Welsh Government | QED Centre | Treforest Industrial Estate | Treforest CF37 5YR
Tel +44 (0) 7769 883253 | E-mail : neil.sandford@gov.wales

 

 

The iCyberCenter@bwtech is hosting an Executive Workshop  for international cybersecurity companies October 29-31st, 2018.

It is a great opportunity to learn more about whether your company is ready to enter the US market, how to do so effectively, and why Maryland is such a strong US cyber business launch location. 

Attending companies will meet in private group sessions with CISOs from multiple industry verticals, with VCs and angels who invest in cyber companies, and with other leaders and resources from across the state. 

This October’s workshop also includes attendance at the TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo in College Park, Maryland on October 30th.  Our previous workshop in June hosted eight international companies from the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel.  A limited and select group of domestic cybersecurity companies may be also invited to join in this special October program.  Please contact Nick Zajciw (nickzajciw@umbc.edu), Cyber Incubator Manager, bwtech@UMBC for more information. Early bird rates are still available!

The iCyberCenter is located in the Cyber Incubator at the bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park (Cyber Incubator).  bwtech@UMBC is home to over 130 companies including 55 Cybersecurity companies.  Through its partnership with UMBC, highly influential industry partners, the government, economic development administrations and various associations, the iCyberCenter is able to provide top-notch business assistance for companies looking to enter an ever-growing market.  The iCyberCenter connects companies to potential mentors, customers, investors and partners through its training, networking events and incubator program.  Ultimately, the iCyberCenter accelerates entry into the U.S. Cyber market by providing the resources necessary to make an impact.

 

Cybersecurity Exports
Unlock global opportunities with expert support

 

Discover how your business can access new markets, potential clients and international partners in the cybersecurity sector

Whether you are new to exporting or looking to enter new overseas markets, this seminar is designed to help cybersecurity companies grow their business internationally and take advantage of the highly valuable networks and resources available.

Cybersecurity exports reached £1.8billion in 2017 andare expected to experience rapid growth by 2021, creating a wealth of opportunity for UK businesses. Join us to hear practical advice from industry experts and develop an effective strategy to achieve your international growth ambitions.

Why participate?
  • Learn about the benefits and challenges of exporting for cybersecurity companies
  • Participate in 121 meetings with speakers and International Trade Advisers
  • Build an exporting strategy for long-term success with expert advice
  • Understand how to navigate export controls
  • Network with like-minded cybersecurity business owners
Date 
Tuesday, 9 October 2018


Time
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM


Location
Gatwick, UK


Cost
£40 (+VAT)


Registration Deadline
Thursday, 4 October 2018


To apply or learn more, please visit the registration page
DIT are requesting initial expressions of interest to join the UK cyber trade mission to RSA 2019, the world’s largest cyber conference and trade show, in San Francisco 4-8 March 2019.
 
The UK pavilion can accommodate 8 companies.  We are also looking into the option of a separate package for companies who do not wish to exhibit but would be interested in attending the wider DIT package of events involving a US market briefing, UK networking reception, and various pre-arranged meetings and introductions with US investors and buyers.
 
Full details including costings and a draft programme will be provided once we have a register of interested parties and can assess numbers.  Please indicate in your response whether you are interested in the full package (including exhibiting) or just the DIT events offer.
 
The deadline for submitting initial expressions of interest is Friday 5th October.  In the event that the mission is oversubscribed applicants will be asked to submit a short application and a selection process will be used to chose the most suitable applicants.  Guidelines will be provided.
 
Please note that the UK Pavilion is open to first time exhibitors only due to restrictions imposed by RSA.  Unfortunately, companies that have previously applied or been in discussion with RSA about exhibiting in their own right are not eligible to exhibit on country pavilions.
 
Regards,
 
Pete
 
Pete Thompson | Assistant Head, Cyber Security | Defence and Security Organisation |
Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW

 

Alert Logic are organising Alert Logic SOC Open Day in their Cardiff HQ on 10th October and are inviting members of the Cyber Wales clusters.

“We are proud of our Cardiff heritage, and invite local businesses to learn more about our employees, our values, technologies and customer-focused culture”.

The details of the event are below and on this dedicated web page.

Date: Wednesday 10th October

Time: 10am – 2:30pm

Location: Alert Logic, Floor 5, 1 Capital Quarter, Cardiff, CF10 4BZ, United Kingdom

 

Welsh Government are pleased to announce that the application for the AI Trade Mission to New York is now open!
Please see the front page of the Eventbrite for full details, but this will be an excellent opportunity for UK clients to explore the New York market and meet some major US companies whilst here. 
 
Key details:
Dates: 3 – 7 December 2018
Conference: AI Summit New York
DIT activity: AI Summit VIP reception (co-hosted by DIT), market entry breakfast, buyer dinner, 1-2-1 meetings, group visits
Cohort size: 10 UK HQ’d AI companies (1 representative per company)
 
Mission OMIS fee: £935 – includes AI Summit pass (worth $1,999), GREAT branded exhibition space, and all related DIT activity. Does not include flight, hotel, or other transit/travel costs.
 
Applications are due via Eventbrite by 26 September 2018. Successful companies will be informed by 1 October and will need to confirm their place by 5 October.
 
For the cohort, we are aiming for gender balanced representatives so please encourage your clients to elect female representatives where appropriate, and feel free to distribute to any appropriate female founder/women in tech organizations. We are also aiming for at least 2 companies HQ’d outside of London.

 

Due to popular demand, I am contacting you to let you know that the 5th Central and Eastern European Cyber & Information Security Showcase which is once again taking place in

Vienna
at the 
British Ambassador’s Residence
on 
21 and 22 January 2019.

The event is being organised and led as in the previous 4 years by 
Miles Fisher, UKTI senior trade officer responsible for the IT and security sectors.

You can find a 
short summary of the event and further information on how to participate on our website:

As on the previous four occasions we will be bringing in international delegates from a total of 
11 CEE countries – Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

When you have completed the 
Expression of Interest from the above website, it will be used to determine whether Embassies, in the participating countries, will be able to select the right contacts for you to meet with. It is important and helpful if you can give consideration to the types of people/organisations you wish to meet. Please also complete a short description of your business – this will be used in the brochure prepared for the event and sent to 4000 contacts – it needs to be succinct and easily understandable by people who do not have English as a mother tongue.  (You will be able to return to the interest form to amend things until you press the final submit option).

We will, as previously, be selecting UK exhibitors on the basis of whether or not suitable international delegates can be recruited from the majority of markets. This may mean that some companies may not be selected to attend – this is not a comment on the products or services offered but reflects the fact that without a body of companies, exhibiting in a particular sub sector or market – we do not feel that an international delegate will pay to travel to this event.

The 
closing date for registering your interest in this event is 31st October 2018.

I do hope that you will consider taking part in this event, as we have had very good feedback from exhibitors in the past, with £22 million worth of business generated by the 2016 event and we look forward to another successful event in 2019.