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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

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.

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

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

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

ARCHIVED OPPORTUNITIES

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 afternoon!
 
Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

 

Cybersecurity Pitch Day


Crossword Cybersecurity and IP Group will be jointly hosting a Cybersecurity Pitch Day on Wednesday 14th November, at IP Group PLC company headquarters in London. It is our intention to invite a handful of organisations to present an overview of their current cyber security projects on the day, with a view to assessing their potential for investment into a spin-out company (new or existing).
 
You have been targeted with this call as your institution has a strong theme in this area and we invite you to submit what you feel is your strongest and most suitable offering(s) for our consideration.
 
To aid our selection process we request you complete and return the attached questionnaire.
 
Timeline:

 
02/11/2018 By 5:00pm- Submission of Completed Questionnaire
 
07/11/2018- Notification of Shortlisting

 
14/11/2018- Cybersecurity Pitch Day (timings to be confirmed)
 
Please let me know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you would like an application form to apply to join this.
 
  

Student looking for a 12 month placement


I am currently in the second year of my degree at Cardiff University where I study Computer Science. I am looking for a placement position which will start in the summer of 2019 and lasts 12 months. I am pursuing a position as a cyber/information security placement and would be grateful for any opportunities Please contact SalmonJR@cardiff.ac.uk for a CV or other information.
 
 

USA Graduate looking for a job in UK


I am currently a senior majoring in IT and will graduate in May 2019. After which I am hoping to find employment in the UK in the IT industry. I lived there for 8 years and have family there. You can see my LinkedIn profile here https://www.linkedin.com/in/cody-olson-it/ please contact me for a CV or any other information codyolson1693@gmail.com
 


Home Office Secondment Opportunity


Further to discussions last month at the RISC Council and at the Security and Resilience Growth Partnership (SRGP) about our ongoing assistance to the Home Office with the recruitment of industry secondees to the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC), this is to advertise a specific and urgent opportunity that has arisen within the Department.
 
JSaRC invites companies within the RISC community to consider nominating suitable individuals for a short, fixed-term industry secondment within the Home Office until the end of March 2019 in order to assist the Department with the project management around the security and counter-terrorism aspects of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). To be based at 2 Marsham Street in London, with the post-holder appointed at the earliest opportunity and required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), as per all JSaRC secondments, the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) based within the Home Office seeks assistance from an SC-cleared individual with a proven track record of managing complex projects. The opportunity is likely to suit a sufficiently-qualified and experienced project manager, however expressions of interest are also welcome from ‘high potential’ graduates or other company executives within the national security sector who may be seeking and/or benefit from a short and unique placement in Government.

Post-holders can expect to be working in support of a diverse range of policy issues on such tasks as, for example, the establishment of close relationship with the EU Exit Board programme office to ensure effective flows of requirements and information between OSCT and customers; the population and refinement of OSCT programme documents to meet EU Exit Board expectations; and the development of programme essentials to ensure timely and high quality work to support the programme, including, amongst other issues, programme timetable and critical path, risk and issues management and RAG ratings of constituent parts.

Any companies with a serious interest in this opportunity are invited to express this to the Home Office by the close of business of 9th November and should feel free to contact the Head of JSaRC, Shaun Hipgrave, for an informal discussion: Shaun.Hipgrave@homeoffice.gov.uk



Government Research Programme


Ultra Electronics (Ultra) are responsible for a UK Government funded research programme bringing together a range of suppliers to solve cross-government challenges.  We are currently looking for organisations to undertake innovative research and development to help deliver cutting edge research in the communications, surveillance and cyber marketplace.  This work would be carried out in the second half of 2019.
 
The programme runs with two Tiers of suppliers, Tier 1 suppliers are engaged throughout the programme and are selected by the Customer and Ultra based on their ability to address a cross section of the research topics.  In addition, Tier 2 suppliers are engaged on the programme to deliver focussed pieces of research to address particular areas or problems.  Last year 10 organisations engaged at Tier 2 with the programme with some of them awarded more than one contract.  
 
Successful organisations will be given the opportunity to bid for research work or to come up with their own ideas for research based against a set of user requirements from the end customer.
 
The research programme uses an agile methodology to ensure that the research conducted is valuable to the end user and that research costs do not outweigh the benefits.  This results in the research being evaluated and goals modified on a 5 weekly basis, guaranteeing better pull-through of the research and ensuring that funds are targeted towards rapid progress.
 
If you are interested in being part of tis initiative please contact  Steve.Pilkington@ultra-cis.com
 
 
 

Cyber Apprentices


The shortage of cyber professionals continues to impact the growth of cyber companies big and small.  To address this, some of the larger organisations have started to address this by launching their own apprentice programmes.  However, the approved programmes start at Level 4 (Foundation Degree) and go upwards from there.  For many organisations, a Level 4 is not appropriate, particularly as this is usually a two year programme which the apprentice may decide is not a career they wish to pursue.  Therefore, a number of organisations are looking to come together to produce a new Level 3 standard which would target school leavers on a one year programme and which could then feed into an accelerated Level 4 or higher at a later date if required.
 
If your organisation would be interested in being one of the trailblazer companies that will help set the Level 3 standard and commit to taking on an apprentice, we would be keen to hear from you.
 
A kick-off event is being planned for the 12th December at Bletchley Park.  Spaces will be limited.  Please contact Budgie Dhanda for more information on budgie.dhanda@qufaro.uk.
 

Black Hat – discount for UK Cyber Security members


Black Hat, the world’s leading information security event series returns to at the ExCeL London, December 3-6, 2018 to host more than 2,000 attendees. This year’s event will offer 2-day and 4-day Training courses, cutting-edge Briefings, the Business Hall, open-source tools at Arsenal, and more networking opportunities than ever before. Use code UKCSF18 to save £200 off your Briefings pass.
 
https://www.blackhat.com/eu-18/
 
 

Home Office JSaRC Website Survey Request


JSaRC is currently working to build an online service and needs your help to make sure it is relevant to your needs.
Please could you spare 10 minutes to fill out our survey? If so please follow the most relevant link below.
 
Government Users 
Security Industry Users 
Academic Users
 
Many thanks in advance, 
The JSaRC team
 


UK Automotive Cyber Security Mission to Tokyo, January 2019

Very short notice
  
The Department for International Trade is inviting expressions of interest from UK cyber security companies to participate in an Automotive Cyber Security Mission to Japan from 15-18 January 2019
 
DIT will run an automotive-focused cyber mission to Japan to coincide with Automotive World Tokyo (16-18 January 2019), the world’s largest exhibition for advanced automotive technologies including connected cars and autonomous driving. This will be an opportunity for UK companies to learn about the market and meet stakeholders to take your business forward in Japan
 
The mission package will include:
• Briefing at the British Embassy on doing business in Japan, the Japanese cyber security market, and Japanese automotive cyber security from both UK and Japanese experts
• Opportunity to pitch to Japanese stakeholders from automotive, communications and IT companies as part of a seminar at the British Embassy
• A reception at the British Embassy with Japanese interlocutors
• Organised calls on Japanese companies interested in your company
• Access to Automotive World Tokyo • Inclusion in UK marketing material,
including mission brochure
• Promotion to local and international media,
including social media
There is a DIT fee of £1,200+ VAT to participate in the mission. This does not include your travel, accommodation and related costs.
To formally express interest, please complete the attached one-pager of background about your company. Please also outline in your covering email:
• An indication of your key target sectors and markets
• An overview of any recent activities in Japan and the region and any future plans
 
The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 2nd November 2018 but I have alerted the team that I am only sending it out today so I hope they will accept your expression of interest if you submit in the next few days.
  
How to sign up
For further information and to submit your expression of interest please contact:
Claire Baillie 
E claire.baillie@trade.gov.uk T +44 207 215 5028
 
 

International Security Expo

Olympia – 28 & 29 November 
 
The International Security Expo in the show provides a platform for the entire security industry to come together to source products, share experience and gain the knowledge needed to address current and emerging security challenges.  You will also be able to experience the Cyber Intelligence & Information Security zone.  Your entrance ticket allows you entry for both days You can book to attend for free – www.internationalsecurityexpo.com
 
JSaRC is pleased to announce that we will be joined on the International Security Expo exhibition stand by Counter-Terrorism Policing (NCTPHQ). Plans are currently underway to develop themes and initiatives for this joint stand at the show. To read more about the exhibition, please follow the link here.
 
for those who do attend this event, the Chairman of RISC, Sir Kevin Tebbit, is scheduled to deliver a speech that day between 15.30-15.50hrs in Theatre 3 (CNI Security Conference, full programme here). The speech is anticipated to cover, amongst other issues, the role and purpose of RISC, the findings of their 2018 review of Government-industry engagement, and their planned future activities..
 

Cyber Security Industry Representatives jobs now live


On Monday 22nd Oct, the Secretary of State 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.
 
 

AFCEA UK West Chapter Meeting


The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 8th November at Brickhampton Golf Club. 
 
CISO as Parent ! Professional Challenges…
Dr Andrea Simmons
i3GRC
 
Full presentation details and booking form are provided at the attached calling Notice.  
A form is also available at the AFCEA website  www.afcea.org.uk


Living in the IoT: Realising the socioeconomic benefits of an interconnected world

1-2 May 2019 | 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.
 
Call for Papers deadline: 1 December 2018 
For more information and to view the technical scope, visit: www.theiet.org/living-iot 

Come and join us on November 6 where we will hear about one of Wales’ flagship projects in the digital skills agenda – Cardiff University’s National Software Academy (NSA).  This project is a collaboration between the University and Welsh Government, which works in partnership with industry to address the hot topic….the digital skills gap.

We’ll be hearing from local industry leaders who have benefited from working closely with the National Software Academy, as well as hearing a graduate’s perspective on the benefits of studying there, while working on live industry projects and the opportunities it brings.  The Academy lead will also explain how other tech businesses big and small can get involved with this ground-breaking education project and with the wider University.

This Digital Tuesday is open to all, whether you’re a local tech business, a student, work in academia, or just curious to find out more.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to come and visit the NSA’s new home and meet the people at the heart of it all!

The easiest way to get to the venue is by train! It’s only a 2-minute walk from Newport train station (you can thank us later!).  If you do need to park your car then the NCP Car Park on the High Street is close by!

Tuesday 6 November 2018
National Software Academy, Information Station, Newport
5pm – 7:30pm

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-tuesday-presents-the-gap-is-closing-wales-is-listening-to-the-industry-tickets-51452918063?utm_campaign=5eb05cde8f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_16_09_12_COPY_01&utm_term=0_e03d5bb455-5eb05cde8f-&utm_source=Innovation+Point+Events&utm_medium=email&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D&mc_cid=5eb05cde8f

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.

 

UoSW Careers & Employability team, working with faculty of Computing and Mathematics are looking for businesses who can provide work experience opportunities for its ICT and Computing students.
 
Internships really make a difference to students and they can also make a difference to business.
The internship takes place January-March (70 hours), 1 day a week for 10 weeks. As these internships are embedded into the curriculum they can be paid or unpaid opportunities. If unpaid, we would ask that any travel expenses are covered.
If this is of interest, we are currently sourcing internship/project briefs by Monday, 15th October relating to work experience in the areas of ICT, web, databases, networks or similar.
Should you wish to have a chat or require further information, please contact Karin Rees on 01443 482580 or Karin.rees@southwales.ac.uk

 

Transport sector focused cyber event in Copenhagen on 20th November.
 
On behalf of the Department for International Trade at the British Embassy in Copenhagen, you are invited to express your interest in exhibiting at a cyber security trade mission, focusing specifically on solutions for the transport sector – autonomous vehicles and highways; metro systems; airports; ports, ships and ferries; rail; tunnels; bridges; toll booths etc.
Danish delegates will includes CISOs, Heads of IT, and Heads of Procurement from the public and private sector in Denmark, with the possibility of delegates also attending from the other Nordic and Baltic markets.
There will be an OMIS (Overseas Market Introduction Service) fee* (in the region of £400) for attending this mission.
For further information and to register your interest, please email Susannah at the British Embassy Copenhagen on Susannah.fairbairn@mobile.trade.gov.uk by 21st September 2018.
There is a space for 20 companies to attend the mission on a first come, first served basis.
 
Many thanks to those companies who have already expressed an interest in attending – we have logged your reply and you will hear from us shortly with next steps.
 
*Fee does not include flights, accommodation, insurance and transfers.

 

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK Industry aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to an Industry Matchmaking Workshop on the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) in Vienna on 3rd October 2018.
 
EDIDP is an EU-funded programme with a budget of €500 million, aimed at fostering the competitiveness and innovation of the European defence industry. It is intended to leverage cross-border cooperation, particularly for SMEs, in the development of defence technologies and products, as well as encourage a better exploitation of the results of research. The Industry Matchmaking Workshop is a B2B networking event with the objective to help companies from across Europe to establish consortia willing to undertake an action under the EDIDP.
 
You may wonder if UK Industry are still eligible for this event post Brexit. Assuming there is an implementation period agreement, UK Industry is eligible for EU funding for the 2019/2020 financial year which covers the EDIDP and thus the workshop objectives.
 
The deadline to register is 20th September 2018
 
More information is available at this link: https://www.edf-vienna2018.at/edidp-workshop/ 
 
Please forward any questions you may have to: Aimee Spriggs, Northern Europe Desk Officer E: aimee.spriggs@trade.gov.uk  T: 020 7215 8134

 

Cardiff University are planning to organise a one day cyber security engagement event for kids aged 11-14 and their parents at the School of Computer Science at Cardiff University.
It will take place on the 22nd September 2018. It is supported by the NCSC and it is a part of the Cyber First Adventurers program.
We would like to give out goodie bags to the participants during the event to thank them for participation. Any chance the cluster could help us by providing some small presents for the kids, something out of a standards marketing range that companies use at exhibitions, like markers, pens/pencils, T-shirts, USB sticks (should be age appropriate). It would be much appreciated.
All the presents should be sent to School of Computer Science and InformaticsQueens Building, Cardiff University, 5 The Parade, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3AA c/o Dr Y. Cherdantseva. Ideally, we need it before or on the 18th September to allow time to sort it all out. 

 

Subject: Join the 4th Annual UK Cyber Trade Mission to Washington DC, 5-6 September, 2018
Date: 5-6 September, 2018
Location: Washington DC
 
For the last 3 years, DIT has supported a successful UK cyber trade mission to Washington DC for UK companies interested in tapping into the $15bn US federal government cyber security market.
 
For 2018, there are a few remaining places to join this year’s mission to DC where participating companies will have the opportunity to:
  • Attend and exhibit in the dedicated UK Cyber Innovation Zone on 6th September at the 9th annual Billington Cyber Security Summit – the largest annual summit in DC focused on cybersecurity for the US federal government.
  • Network with senior US government cyber officials and industry professionals at an exclusive reception on the evening of 6th at the British Ambassador’s residence where General Paul Nakasone, the newly appointed Director of the NSA and Head of US Cyber Command, will speak.
  • Attend an exclusive pre-summit dinner on the evening of the 5th September at the Canadian Embassy for Billington Summit speakers and sponsors.
  • Take part in a planned day of additional pre-summit activities at the British Embassyon 5th September. Subject to demand,  DIT will arrange a full day of sessions to engage UK cyber companies with senior leaders from US federal government, including for example US Cyber Command, the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Defence, as well as leading DC-based tech investors and industry experts on strategic selling to the US public and private sectors.  
 
For further details of the opportunity and costs to exhibit at the Billington CybersecuritySummit on 6th September, see this flyer. Enquiries about exhibiting at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit should be addressed to Peggy Holland at Billington:peggy@billingtoncybersecurity.com
 
For further details of the opportunity and costs to participate in a separate day of meetings and introductions at the British Embassy arranged by DIT on 5th September, see this flyerExpressions of interest to attend the additional day of activities at the British Embassy should be addressed to Matt Malarkey at DIT by no later than 3rd August, 2018:matt.malarkey@mobile.trade.gov.uk.

Good evening!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

 

JSaRC News


EOI Released for HMPPS Prison Visitor Verification Challenge!
After last month’s event to brief industry on the complicated and time consuming challenges facing visitor identification and verification within Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Services (HMPPS) JSaRC would like to draw your attention to the timeline below:

Step Date
Release EOI to Industry 10 August 2018
Deadline for Questions 17 August 2018
Deadline for Responses 24 August 2018
Notifications to Responses 3 September 2018
Shortlisted Company Presentations 17 September 2018
Award Trial 24 September 2018
Trial Starts 22 October 2018


You can view the Expression of Interest (EOI) here.

Building Links to Academia
The academic community has much expertise to offer national security issues and yet specific knowledge of where this can be sourced is not always readily available. In order to improve access, JSaRC is inviting universities to indicate their relevant security research and innovation capabilities and establish key contact points for further interaction. To enable this, we have developed a brief survey on line which takes about 5 minutes to fill in. See here

Following on from our first Academic Engagement Forum, held in June, we are really pleased to announce that we have booked a second Academic Forum on 16 October 2018. This will be hosted at a venue in the Manchester area.  Full details, including specific themes, will be sent out shortly.

Security and Policing Home Office Event 2019 
We are delighted to announce that JSaRC will be delivering Security and Policing Home Office Event 2019.  It is the premier platform for relevant UK suppliers to showcase the very latest equipment, training and support to police services, Government departments, organisations and agencies from the UK and overseas. A key focus is to demonstrate the opportunities presented by innovative cutting edge technology. We’ll be in touch in the coming months with further updates and insights into how your organisation might get involved in this exciting event. For more information please click here

New Competition Document Available: ‘Airport Vehicle Checkpoint Screening’?
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a new competition on behalf of the Future Aviation Security Solutions programme (FASS) focusing on vehicle checkpoint (VCP) screening at airports. To view the full competition document, use the link here

Be Aware! Changes to Home Office Email 
We’ve begun the process of removing the ‘gsi’ from our email addresses, so @homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk will become @homeoffice.gov.uk, in line with other government departments. The change is part of a wider government initiative to remove the gsi domain, which has become an unnecessary addition.

 

Cyber Security Apprenticeship – Risk Analyst pathway on-programme modules – consultation


City & Guilds are developing the on-programme regulated knowledge qualifications that form part of the Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship (risk analyst pathway).

The outline content has been provided by the Tech Partnership to Awarding Organisations – they have expanded on these where necessary into three single-unit qualifications.

They are asking for people to review the three units and complete a brief questionnaire as part of our consultation on these.  If you would like to do this then please email us (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and we will email the documents to you.

They would like the questionnaire returned to them by Friday 31 August.

 

Singapore & Malaysia Tech Mission, October 2018

22 – 25 October 2018, Singapore & Kuala Lumpur

This mission will focus on cyber & tech companies, and will be built around arranging key meetings for companies with potential buyers.

The link to sign up for the mission is here. Please direct any specific queries about the mission to the Tech team; alternatively the DIT Cyber Security Industry Representative to Singapore & SE Asia, Reuben Sinclair.

From 22 – 23 October up to 50 UK companies will take part in a mission to Singapore with a series of events aimed at promoting the UK’s capabilities within Cyber Security, Smart Cities and Health Tech sectors.

The mission itinerary will take place at PwC Offices Marina One in Singapore with a series of activities including business matchmaking and themed lunch talks taking place over the course of the two days. There will also be a Tech Mission Evening Networking Reception on the Monday, offering companies the opportunity to network with local companies, commercial officers and potential partners.

A bespoke mission to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will take place from 24 (PM) to 25 October. This will be focused on cross industry solutions in the following areas:

• Healthcare • Education • Banking
• Oil&Gas/Energy • F&B • Smart Homes • Retail • Smart cities

The first day will include a market briefing on technology opportunities in Malaysia in partnership with Telekom Malaysia, the national telecommunications company. Day two will consist o bove industries, seeking integrated solutions, incorporating IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Cyber Security and Fintech. Applicant companies will be screened by Telekom Malaysia prior to acceptance on the mission.

Participation Fee: 
22 – 23 Oct Singapore Mission – £600*
24 – 25 Oct Malaysia Mission – £880*
*Fee does not include delegate pass, flights, accommodation, insurance, transfers, food.

Contact Us: 
E: dittechnology@brayleino.co.uk T: +44 (0)117 906 4574
REGISTER HERE

 

The Hague Cyber Security Week  

2nd – 5th October 2018

Here is an opportunity to join the UK delegation to the Hague Cyber Security Week.  Joining instructions are below.  If you require additional information you can contact Christian.Woude@mobile.trade.gov.uk

Mission programme 2 October
13.00 Welcome lunch at the Johan de Witt-huis (official residence of the NL MFA in The Hague).
13.30 Exclusive Q&A with senior British and Dutch government (NCSC) officials and Peter Wilson (HM Ambassador to the Netherlands).
14.30 Succeeding in the Dutch Cyber Security Market, with Bridgehead (a NL Public Affairs firm) and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency.
16.30 Presentation and Q&A with the Cyber officers of DIT The Netherlands.
17.30 Transfer to the Gemeentemuseum for a networking reception with the Ministry of Justice and Security.

Road show programme 3 October
09.00 Free time, to either visit the One Conference (cybercrime / policy) or CIPRE Conference (critical infrastructure)* going on in The Hague or 1-2-1 meetings at the Embassy.
15.00 Roadshow through the Cyber Security cluster in The Hague at The Hague
Security Delta and The Hague Tech; engaging with SMEs and potential partners.
17.00 Transfer to City Hall for central Cyber Security Week network reception.

Expo programme 4 October

Full Department for International Trade presence at a UK pavilion at the CSW Expo, bespoke 
 Day matchmaking for British companies, pitching opportunities & the ‘Access to Capital’ event.

Expo programme 5 October

Full Department for International Trade presence at a UK pavilion at the CSW Expo, bespoke 
 Day matchmaking for British companies, pitching opportunities, introductions to the Dutch
commercial service in London and Manchester & the ‘Access to Talent’ event.

*For more information on the CSW program: http://www.cybersecurityweek.nl
 *For more information on the One Conference: https://www.one-conference.nl 
 *For more information on the CIPRE Conference: http://www.cipre-expo.com

You can chose which elements you would like to attend, by signing up for one of these packages
:
1) The full package; the mission, roadshow, expo and a table-top at the UK pavilion.
2) The mission, roadshow and expo programme, but with your independent / no stand.
3) The mission & roadshow only.

1) The full package; the mission, roadshow, expo and a table-top at the UK pavilion.
 Includes: the full programme from 2-5 October, a tabletop stand at the Department for International Trade UK pavilion, priority for 1-2-1 meetings at the embassy and a guaranteed pitching slot in the UK breakout sessions of the expo programme.
Costs: £500, ex VAT

2) The mission, roadshow and expo programme, but where you independently arrange your own expo presence directly with the CSW organisation (or just visit without a stand at all). 
 Includes: the full programme from 2-5 October and a pitching slot in the UK breakout sessions of the expo programme (subject to availability). You can find the brochure of the CSW organization here; you will need to contact them directly to organise your own expo presence.
Costs: £100, ex VAT

3) The mission & roadshow only.

Includes: the full programme from 2 and 3 October.
Costs: £100, ex VAT

Please sign up here before 30 August 2018.

The packages above do not cover any kind of expenses for travel or accommodation, which you would need to book yourself. Please refrain from making permanent arrangements before receiving final confirmation from us. Registration for any of the packages above is only final after receiving confirmation and having paid the costs in full to the Department for International Trade. While we will aim to give you the best experience possible, programs with high level officials are always subject to possible last minute changes. The program therefore remains an indication and can never be fully guaranteed.

 

5th Annual Financial Services Cyber Security Summit

Thursday 13th September 2018, London
50% Discount

This year’s conference will be opened by Lyndon Nelson, Deputy CEO & Executive Director, Regulatory Operations and Supervisory Risk Specialists, Prudential Regulation Authority.

His keynote speech, “Setting the right expectations for operational resilience”, will focus on the joint discussion paper on this topic that has just been published by the Bank of England, PRA and FCA.

Standard Delegate Fee: £595 + VAT
UK Cyber Security Forum Member Rate: £297.50 + VAT (use discount code: BREX10CSF)
https://www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/CyberSecurityFS2018

Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in…

 

5th Annual Financial Services Cyber Security Summit


Thursday 13th September 2018, London – 50% UKCSF member discount

This year’s conference will be opened by Lyndon Nelson, Deputy CEO & Executive Director, Regulatory Operations and Supervisory Risk Specialists, Prudential Regulation Authority. His keynote speech, “Setting the right expectations for operational resilience”, will focus on the joint discussion paper on this topic that has just been published by the Bank of England, PRA and FCA.

Standard Delegate Fee: £595 + VAT
UK Cyber Security Forum Member Rate: £297.50 + VAT (use discount code: BREX10CSF)

https://www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/CyberSecurityFS2018

 

Malvern Festival of Innovation


The festival of Innovation comprises a full week of events from 8th October.  The speaker programmes will be published in a few weeks but here are three events you may find of interest:

Cyber Security Day

11th October will be a day of “Cyber Security and Quantum Computing” https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

It is free to exhibit for small cyber security companies – apply here
https://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/

Or just register to attend (free of charge)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-42197596146

Blockchain event

12th October is a “Blockchain and Bitcoins” event – https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/blockchains-bitcoins

Space is very limited so book to attend if you are interested
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-42197596146

Next Generation Innovators schools’ day

We are looking for companies to exhibit or run a workshop to enthuse the visiting school-aged students.  The event will be on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern and usualy has bwteen 500 – 900 secondary school aged visitors.

You can see the day’s programme coming together here: https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/next-generation-innovators

A simple exhibitor registration form is here:  https://www.festival-innovation.com/apply-to-exhibit-at-next-generation-innovators

 

Cyber 101 Bootcamps – free of charge


Applications are being taken for the next Cyber 101 bootcamp on the 13th September – link is: https://www.digicatapult.org.uk/activities/event/cyber-101-business-skills-bootcamps-london-13-sept/

 

Your views on Innovate UK


Here is a short survey about your views about Innovate UK – do participate if you can so they know how to improve.
https://surveys.echoresearch.com/s.asp?k=153243526116&h1=1

 

Department for International Trade: Singapore Tech Mission


22-23 October 2018

You are invited to join this tech mission on 22-23 October 2018. The mission will focus on 1-2-1 business matchmaking for technology companies covering the following verticals;

  • Cyber security
  • Smart cities  AI, IoT, Blockchain
  • Health tech

50 UK companies will be invited across the 3 verticals to Singapore where the UK companies will inform us who they wish to meet and we will go out to our stakeholders in Singapore to facilitate those meetings. DIT will aim to introduce the UK companies to a number of the stakeholders before the mission so you can maximise the face to face time. This mission is in partnership with PwC, Singapore Government’s IMDA and SGTech.

For our UK cyber security companies DIT will look to arrange roundtable sessions, discussion panels and 1-2-1 meetings with key Singapore stakeholders – subject to availability. The event will be a great opportunity to follow up on the contacts made during the Singapore International Cyber Week in September.

Please find below the recruitment website and registration.
https://www.events.trade.gov.uk/technology-mega-missions/page/index/#

 

4th Annual UK Cyber Trade Mission to Washington DC


5-6 September, 2018

For the last 3 years, DIT has supported a successful UK cyber trade mission to Washington DC for UK companies interested in tapping into the $15bn US federal government cyber security market.

For 2018, there are a few remaining places to join this year’s mission to DC where participating companies will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend and exhibit in the dedicated UK Cyber Innovation Zone on 6th September at the 9th annual Billington Cyber Security Summit – the largest annual summit in DC focused on cybersecurity for the US federal government.
  • Network with senior US government cyber officials and industry professionals at an exclusive reception on the evening of 6th at the British Ambassador’s residence where General Paul Nakasone, the newly appointed Director of the NSA and Head of US Cyber Command, will speak.
  • Attend an exclusive pre-summit dinner on the evening of the 5th September at the Canadian Embassy for Billington Summit speakers and sponsors.
  • Take part in a planned day of additional pre-summit activities at the British Embassy on 5th September. Subject to demand,  DIT will arrange a full day of sessions to engage UK cyber companies with senior leaders from US federal government, including for example US Cyber Command, the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Defence, as well as leading DC-based tech investors and industry experts on strategic selling to the US public and private sectors.


For further details of the opportunity and costs to exhibit at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit on 6th September, see this flyer.
Enquiries about exhibiting at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit should be addressed to Peggy Holland at Billington:peggy@billingtoncybersecurity.com

For further details of the opportunity and costs to participate in a separate day of meetings and introductions at the British Embassy arranged by DIT on 5th September, see this flyer. Expressions of interest to attend the additional day of activities at the British Embassy should be addressed to Matt Malarkey at DIT by no later than 3rd August, 2018:matt.malarkey@mobile.trade.gov.uk.

 

CyberTech Europe


26th and 27th September 2018

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Science & Innovation Network (SIN) in Italy would like to strengthen the presence of UK companies during the 3rd edition of Cybertech Europe that will take place in Rome at La Nuvola Convention Centre on the 26th and 27th September 2018.

UK companies attending will have the opportunity to access and network, amongst others, with Leonardo, the largest Italian Defence & Security system integrator with a major Cyber Security division also present in the UK, its clients and supply-chain, as well as with the wider European Industry, leading international technology vendors, institutions and Governments.

The exhibition will host an entire area dedicated to innovative and cutting-edge start-ups which will display the latest technological and cyber security advancements.

The exhibition cost for start-ups, which includes a 10% discount for companies that will sign up through DIT, is € 720 plus VAT (to be paid to the event organisers).

DIT support

In its role to support trade and export, DIT is pleased to provide UK companies with tailored assistance during the conference to maximise their presence at the show by:

  • Creating a DIT Cybertech Europe catalogue to be published on the event website and for wider distribution.
  • Facilitating meetings with interested parties following marketing activity.


These services will be provided under the Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) system at a cost of £ 330 plus VAT.

Moreover, companies interested in speaking slots during panel discussions are invited to inform DIT who will coordinate with the organisers to accommodate requests (subject to approval).

A networking reception with high-level contacts from business and institutions will also be offered to all participating UK companies.

For more information, please email us at: DSOeventsItaly@mobile.trade.gov.uk

Telephone: +39 02 72300 237 / 217 / 232

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Science & Innovation Network (SIN) in Italy would like to strengthen the presence of UK companies during the 3rd edition of Cybertech Europe that will take place in Rome at La Nuvola Convention Centre on the 26th and 27th September 2018.
 
UK companies attending will have the opportunity to access and network, amongst others, with Leonardo, the largest Italian Defence & Security system integrator with a major Cyber Security division also present in the UK, its clients and supply-chain, as well as with the wider European Industry, leading international technology vendors, institutions and Governments.
The exhibition will host an entire area dedicated to innovative and cutting-edge start-ups which will display the latest technological and cyber security advancements.
The exhibition cost for start-ups, which includes a 10% discount for companies that will sign up through DIT, is € 720 plus VAT (to be paid to the event organisers).
The fee for larger companies will have to be agreed with the organisers. There are also sponsorship packages available.
DIT support
In its role to support trade and export, DIT is pleased to provide UK companies with tailored assistance during the conference to maximise their presence at the show by:
* Creating a DIT Cybertech Europe catalogue to be published on the event website and for wider distribution.
* Facilitating meetings with interested parties following marketing activity.
These services will be provided under the Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) system at a cost of £ 330 plus VAT.
Moreover, companies interested in speaking slots during panel discussions are invited to inform DIT who will coordinate with the organisers to accommodate requests (subject to approval).
networking reception with high-level contacts from business and institutions will also be offered to all participating UK companies.
Contact us
For more information, please email us at: DSOeventsItaly@mobile.trade.gov.uk
 
Telephone: +39 02 72300 237 / 217 / 232

Cluster member, Nad Al Shiba (based in Cardiff & Brecon) are offering support to organisations who want to take advantage of the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA). DFA facilitates partnerships between entrepreneurs, private sector organizations and government entities to co-create solutions.
 
Launched in 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Future Foundation under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai. Their mission is to imagine, design and co-create the future by pairing forward-thinking public and private sector organizations and start-ups using the city of Dubai as a living test-bed to co-create solutions for global and local challenges of tomorrow.
 
Dubai government partners issue challenges that address some of their most important opportunities, looking for companies that can use their technologies to co-create solutions to these challenges with each government partner.
 
The Challenges for the 5th Cohort of the Accelerator have just been announced by the following government entities:-

  • Dubai Police – Social Media Analysis and Emergency Response
  • The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) – Digitising residents visas
  • Dubai Municipality – Robotic lab-testing and marine waste management
  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) – Technologies to revolutionise the utilities industry
  • Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) – Asset maintenance and traffic congestion management
  • Dubai Health Authority – Early intervention, reduce waiting times and improve surgical accuracy
  • The Department of Economic Development – Retail industry research & prediction and construction productivity
  • Smart Dubai Office – Creation of a ‘Data Bazaar’ and ensuring data quality standards
  • The Knowledge and Human Development Authority – Build an eco-system that involves parents
  • Emirates Airlines – Enhancing customer journey through airports
  • Etisalat Digital – Video AI to reduce crimes rates, Blockchain for B2B solutions and currency exchanges
  • DU (Telecoms Provider) – Machine to machine data connectivity

 
More details on the Accelerators and the current Challenges can be found at https://dubaifutureaccelerators.com/en/challenges-info
 
If you would like to learn more about how these Accelerators work and explore how Nad Al Shiba can help your company to take advantage of the opportunities, contact Faheem Azhar at fa@nadalshibaholding.com
 
There is a tight deadline on applications for this Cohort – they must be submitted by the 6th August – however Faheem has offered assist with this process.

Good evening

Here are some opportunities you may find of interest

 

Working with Bristol and Bath – Young People in Cyber Security


The Bristol and Bath region has brought together a group of Cyber sector experts from industry, education, representative bodes and delivery partners In order to focus on how, as a region, we can work collectively to raise awareness of opportunities that exist for young people within Cyber.

Our work will focus on the following areas:

  • How to engage with and excite young people to want to find out more about Cyber
  • Once engaged, how to continue to provide opportunities so that they can develop the necessary skills
  • How to raise awareness of opportunities within this sector in order to help meet future skills needs

For further information and to link up with this Cyber project contact Elaine Brown; elaine3.brown@uwe.ac.uk

 

JSaRC Workplan
  • The work plan is an overview of the projects that JSaRC has taken on. For each ongoing project there is more detailed information available for review dependent on security classification. This includes a delivery document, a service level agreement between JSaRC and sponsoring department and resource allocation by JSaRC and budget forecast.
  • The pipeline is where there are ongoing discussions with sponsoring departments and we haven’t been able to move to qualified stage where we can identify that JSaRC will add value, funding is approved and there are key identifiable timescales and outcomes
  • Completed projects doesn’t necessarily mean the issue has disappeared, it may be that JSaRC can add no further value or the sponsoring department no longer need our support.
  • Each project will be categorised against our three main objectives.

If you would like a copy of the workplan please let me know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will email it over to you

 

Proposals for developing the UK Cyber Profession


DCMS (the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) has published proposals for developing the UK Cyber Profession. They are also initiating a consultation period from today until 31 August and invite interested parties to provide their views. Here’s the link to the DCMS announcement:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/developing-the-uk-cyber-security-profession

An alliance of organisations and which has been working on the proposals for some time has also published statements of support.

The DCMS proposals draw substantially on IAAC’s research on the issue of professionalization.  Here’s a link to the research report on IAAC’s website:
http://www.iaac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2017-03-06-IAAC-cyber-profession-FINAL-Feb18-amend-1.pdf

 

 Work with the USA in the defence space sector 


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 will formally launch to journalists at the Farnborough International Air Show on the morning of 16th July, where they will announce their immediate strategy and to express the seriousness of the British Space offer.

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 Craig Cabell – craig.cabell@trade.gov.uk

 

Hague Cyber Security week 2-5th October


Following the success of the last two years, DIT the Netherlands are organising a UK branded mission to the biggest cyber event in the Netherlands; the annual Cyber Security Week.

The officer in post and the cyber team in DIT are putting together a package for industry.  At this stage we are still finalising the detail of what this will look like and to an extent it is dependent upon industry interest.  The package will run from 3rd to 5thOctober and is likely to include:

  • An ‘Invest in Holland’ Workshop
  • An overview of the Dutch Cyber Security Market
  • Presentations on how to succeed in the Dutch Cyber Security market
  • A Legal Workshop
  • Access to the embassy for 1-2-1 meetings
  • Opportunities to pitch as part of the UK track of the conference
  • A reception event
  • Access to the DIT officer in post who can provide connections to Dutch government and companies
  • Exhibiting at the UK pavilion – This will be offered as an additional package as we appreciate that some companies may want their own stand or may not want to exhibit at all.

Cost is likely to be around £500 for the whole package.  There will be a reduction of this cost for those who don’t need to exhibit as part of the UK pavilion.

If you think you may be interested in this opportunity please contact christian.woude@mobile.trade.gov.uk

 

Fintech trade mission to Mexico

September 11-14

Run by DIT, the mission is primarily focused on fintech companies, but there is scope for some cyber security companies with an interest in fintech to be included.

This mission offers UK FinTechs a unique opportunity to meet key Mexican stakeholders -including influential entrepreneurs, innovators and investors in the financial services industry–gain insight into overcoming barriers to doing business overseas, and showcase their expertise at Finnosummit, one of the largest FinTech conferences in the region.

The Mexican ecosystem is at the forefront of FinTech across all of Latin America, a standout for the region offering an environment supportive of entrepreneurship and e-commerce. With the introduction of the historic FinTech Law in March 2018, Mexico became part of a small group of countries with regulation for the industry.

Overall, the rate of economic growth is placing Mexico to join Brazil in the world’s top 10 economies by 2030. The World Bank ranks Mexico as an easier place to do business than Brazil, Belgium, China, India, South Africa and Turkey, amongst others.

DIT Mexico City is recruiting advanced UK FinTechs to join us for four days of workshops, networking events, 1:1 meetings and much more.  Particular local interest has been shown for companies with experience in:

  • Open Banking
  • Application Programming Interfaces (API’s)
  • Crowdfunding
  • Peer to Peer Lending
  • Mobile Payment Solutions
  • Identity verification and fraud prevention


What to expect on the 2018 FinTech Mission to Mexico City:
Prior to mission

  • Pre-mission briefing in London in August/September TBC

Day 1

  • Mexico FinTech Immersion Day, with introduction to Mexican FinTech ecosystem and speed mentoring/meeting sessions with industry leaders, banks, entrepreneurs, and regulators.
  •  Networking cocktail organized by Finnovista

Days 2 and 3

  • Full access to the Finnosummit conference on September 12-13, 2018 and participation in one of two dedicated workshop sessions designed to help UK FinTechs showcase their expertise to a local audience.
  • Network with senior executives in banking, insurance, technology and finance throughout the 2-day conference.
  • Listen to presentations covering important issues on the main opportunities and challenges faced by the FinTech industry in Mexico.

Day 4

  • Learn from industry insiders about the main issues and considerations to take into account when doing business in Mexico.
  • Engage further with specific contacts of interest through bespoke one-to-one meetings.

Also

  • A company bio will be included in the digital and printed mission brochure.


About Finnosummit
Latin America’s leading FinTech conference returns to Mexico City over two days aimed at promoting FinTech innovation and connecting entrepreneurs, investors and financial institutions in the Latin American region.
Hear from the most influential entrepreneurs, innovators in financial services, financial entities, directors, and investors. In addition to attracting hundreds of FinTech entrepreneurs, this conference also plays host to the investors and service providers that help accelerate startups.
The audience can also look forward to keynotes, panels and demo updates from some of the top FinTech startups in the Americas.

For further detail about last FINNOSUMMIT Mexico in 2017, you can click HERE.

2018 Mexico FinTech Mission Costs and Deadlines 
Aside from airfare and accommodation, which are the sole responsibility of the attendee, there are no costs to attend this mission which includes admission to Finnosummit, plus sponsorship benefits under the British Embassy/Prosperity Fund Programme banner.

Please note preferential Hotel rates have been agreed exclusively for the accepted delegates.

  • Applications must be received no later than 23.59 GMT on 31 July 2018
  • Accepted delegates will be notified by 3 August 2018 and must secure their space in the delegation by 7 August 2018


Please note, acceptance is non-transferable. Please apply here.

The Hague Cyber Security Week

2nd – 5th October 2018

Here is an opportunity to join the UK delegation to the Hague Cyber Security Week. Joining instructions are below. If you require additional information you can contact Christian.Woude@mobile.trade.gov.uk

Mission programme 2 October
13.00 Welcome lunch at the Johan de Witt-huis (official residence of the NL MFA in The Hague).
13.30 Exclusive Q&A with senior British and Dutch government (NCSC) officials and Peter Wilson (HM Ambassador to the Netherlands).
14.30 Succeeding in the Dutch Cyber Security Market, with Bridgehead (a NL Public Affairs firm) and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency.
16.30 Presentation and Q&A with the Cyber officers of DIT The Netherlands.
17.30 Transfer to the Gemeentemuseum for a networking reception with the Ministry of Justice and Security.

Road show programme 3 October
09.00 Free time, to either visit the One Conference (cybercrime / policy) or CIPRE Conference (critical infrastructure)* going on in The Hague or 1-2-1 meetings at the Embassy.
15.00 Roadshow through the Cyber Security cluster in The Hague at The Hague
Security Delta and The Hague Tech; engaging with SMEs and potential partners.
17.00 Transfer to City Hall for central Cyber Security Week network reception.

Expo programme 4 October

Full Department for International Trade presence at a UK pavilion at the CSW Expo, bespoke 
 Day matchmaking for British companies, pitching opportunities & the ‘Access to Capital’ event.

Expo programme 5 October

Full Department for International Trade presence at a UK pavilion at the CSW Expo, bespoke 
 Day matchmaking for British companies, pitching opportunities, introductions to the Dutch
commercial service in London and Manchester & the ‘Access to Talent’ event.

*For more information on the CSW program: http://www.cybersecurityweek.nl
 *For more information on the One Conference: https://www.one-conference.nl 
 *For more information on the CIPRE Conference: http://www.cipre-expo.com

You can chose which elements you would like to attend, by signing up for one of these packages
:
1) The full package; the mission, roadshow, expo and a table-top at the UK pavilion.
2) The mission, roadshow and expo programme, but with your independent / no stand.
3) The mission & roadshow only.

1) The full package; the mission, roadshow, expo and a table-top at the UK pavilion.
 Includes: the full programme from 2-5 October, a tabletop stand at the Department for International Trade UK pavilion, priority for 1-2-1 meetings at the embassy and a guaranteed pitching slot in the UK breakout sessions of the expo programme.
Costs: £500, ex VAT

2) The mission, roadshow and expo programme, but where you independently arrange your own expo presence directly with the CSW organisation (or just visit without a stand at all). 
 Includes: the full programme from 2-5 October and a pitching slot in the UK breakout sessions of the expo programme (subject to availability). You can find the brochure of the CSW organization here; you will need to contact them directly to organise your own expo presence.
Costs: £100, ex VAT

3) The mission & roadshow only.

Includes: the full programme from 2 and 3 October.
Costs: £100, ex VAT

Please sign up here before 30 August 2018.

The packages above do not cover any kind of expenses for travel or accommodation, which you would need to book yourself. Please refrain from making permanent arrangements before receiving final confirmation from us. Registration for any of the packages above is only final after receiving confirmation and having paid the costs in full to the Department for International Trade. While we will aim to give you the best experience possible, programs with high level officials are always subject to possible last minute changes. The program therefore remains an indication and can never be fully guaranteed.

We would like to invite you to participate in the B-Hive Digital Week in Belgium, September 23-30 and in particular join us for the Digital Finance Europe conference.

B-Hive Welcome Days, Sept. 25
We invite over international Hubs, Corporates and Tech startups / scale-ups to explore business opportunities in Belgium through meetings and information sessions with key financial players, government stakeholders and tech organizations. Reach out to me if you would like to join, or if some of your members are interested!

Hackathon, Sept. 24-25
This hackathon stands out for at least two reasons. First, it is a joint initiative of B-Hive and five of its partners – major financial institutions such as Ageas, Allianz, AXA, BNP Paribas Fortis, Ethias. Second, the goal of the hackathon is not only to produce code, but to come up with ingenious and well thought out business solutions. This is because the hackathon’s partners intend to fund the best of these solutions as Proof of Concept projects. There will be a company track about Fraud Detection and an Industry Wide Vendor Management Platform and an open track about Adoption of New Mobile Payment Systems for the mass consumer and the unbanked.
Find more information and register here.

Digital Finance Europe, Sept. 26
B- Hive and EBF (European Banking Federation) are organizing a conference at the National Bank of Belgium to connect with key players of European financial services, fintechs and regulators.
http://www.digitalfinanceeurope.com/DFE2018/

Supernova, Sept. 27-30
Be inspired during this four-day tech summit featuring game-changing keynote speakers, 55 promising European scale-ups and cutting-edge tech companies.
https://www.supernovafest.eu/

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me or my colleagues.

Kind regards

Raf De Kimpe
Business Development
Pipeline & Partner Management

+32 472 36 37 17
raf.dekimpe@b-hive.eu | www.b-hive.eu

Registration at 9.30am for 10am start

C2.11, Queens Building, The Parade, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF24 3AA

Israel is considered one of the world leaders in cyber security research. This session will be an opportunity to hear from Dr Yossi Oren of Ben Gurion University, Israel, regarding his research into ‘Side-Channel Attacks on Human Secrets’.

Dr. Yossi Oren is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and a member of BGU’s Cyber Security Research Centre. Prior to joining BGU, Yossi was a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in the Network Security Lab at Columbia University in the City of New York and a member of the security lab at Samsung Research Israel. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

His research interests include implementation security (power analysis and other hardware attacks and countermeasures; low-resource cryptographic constructions for lightweight computers) and cryptography in the real world (consumer and voter privacy in the digital era; web application security).

The session will also be an opportunity to hear from researchers in Welsh Universities as part of Cyber Wales. Both Wales and Israel are founding members of Global EPIC, an initiative to recognise and bring together leading cyber security ecosystems around the globe to share learning, experiences and connect.

Speakers:

  • Dr Pete Burnap, Reader in Data Science & Cyber Analytics, Cardiff University
  • Dr Yossi Oren, Senior Lecturer, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • Prof Andrew Blyth, Head of Information Security, University of South Wales

There will be an opportunity for Q&A and networking following the presentations and the Airbus Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Analytics will be open for tours and demonstrations.

Booking : This session is open to all and attendance is free, but we kindly ask you to register beforehand.

Register here

The Computational Foundry at Swansea University are submitting a proposal to the EPSRC (the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), who provide government funding for grants to undertake research and postgraduate degrees in engineering and the physical sciences (including mathematics, artificial intelligence and computer sciences.

The proposal is to build a Centre for Doctoral Training in Enhancing Human Interactions and Collaborations with Data and Intelligence Driven Systems at the new Bay Campus in Swansea.

The vision is to train 50 PhD researchers (in cohorts of 10 per year) who will lead change in industry and academe by having deep technical skills and knowledge in core computational science that are honed throughout with a simple but profoundly important question.  That question is:

What breakthroughs in core computational science are needed to enable people to feel in control of, and central to, their futures rapidly being transformed by advances in data and intelligence driven technologies?

First and foremost, the University are seeking your feedback on this proposal to co-create the Centre. Secondly they are also
ultimately seeking support from partners so that every PhD researcher will have opportunities to develop and test their ideas with advice and support from an industry sponsor.

They would like to ask you three questions in response to their Proposal outlined over the three sections of that proposal (which can be accessed here):

1. The National Need for the Centre – we are seeking your feedback on the existing and forecasted demand from your organisation in, or related to, this context.

2. The Centre’s Vision – we are keen to talk to you about challenges, initiatives or projects that your organisation has in this or related R&D areas to help further shape our plans.

3. The Centre’s Approach – we would like to hear from you on how your organisation or one like yours could support and work with a research student in such a Centre.

Enquiries contact Matt Roach, 01792 606662 or m.j.roach@swansea.ac.uk

The UK’s Department for International Trade invites you to join the Technology Missions to Singapore and Malaysia from 22 – 25 October 2018. During the missions you will be able to meet and network with local companies and commercial officers within the Technology sector while also learning about upcoming opportunities to export your product.

From 22 – 23 October up to 50 UK companies will take part in a mission to Singapore with a series of events aimed at promoting the UK’s capabilities within Cyber Security, Smart Cities and Health Tech sectors.

The mission itinerary will take place at PwC Offices Marina One in Singapore with a series of activities including business matchmaking and themed lunch talks taking place over the course of the two days. There will also be a Tech Mission Evening Networking Reception on the Monday, offering companies the opportunity to network with local companies, commercial officers and potential partners.

A bespoke mission to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will take place from 24 (PM) to 25 October. This will be focused on cross industry solutions in the following areas:
• Healthcare
• Education
• Banking
• Oil & Gas / Energy
• Smart Homes
• Smart cities
• F & B
• Retail

The first day will include a market briefing on technology opportunities in Malaysia in partnership with Telekom Malaysia, the national telecommunications company. Day two will consist of a series of pitching sessions to selected key clients of Telekom Malaysia drawn from the above industries, seeking intergrated solutions, incorporating IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Cyber Security and Fintech. Applicant companies will be screened by Telekom Malaysia prior to acceptance on the mission.

Event Details:

Location: Singapore & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date: 22 – 25 October 2018
Participation Fee: 22 – 23 Oct Singapore Mission – £600*, 24 – 25 Oct Malaysia Mission – £880* (*Fee does not include delegate pass, flights, accommodation, insurance, transfers, food).

Contact dittechnology@brayleino.co.uk or +44 (0)117 906 4574

Funding has been made available by the UK Government to the Welsh Government to support the implementation of the UK National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021.

The funding is designed to support the strategic outcomes and success measures outlined in the UK National Cyber Security Strategy. Welsh Government has also identified priorities for Wales.The primary purpose of the funding is to make Wales more cyber resilient.

Applications can be made by individual organisations, or partnerships of several organisations, from the public, private or voluntary sectors. The organisation must be based in Wales, be undertaking the project in Wales and the project should directly support Welsh Government priorities in relation to cyber resilience as identified in Annex A below.

Projects will need to have an exit strategy, or provide evidence of self-sustainability beyond the funding term if it is a long term project and will continue after the funding has been provided.Funding for redundancy payments is therefore not eligible.

Funding

There is a total of £200,000 funding available. The amount available to the successful applicants will be dictated by the number of applications received.This must be shared amongst a number of priority areas.

Application process

Applications can be madewhen the notification has been issued.The bidding process will be open for approx. 4 weeks from notification of the commencement of the process. The closing date for applications is 19 July 2018.

Application Form

Click here to download the Application Form

In the year ahead, we face many challenges but also significant opportunities. Brexit will impact us all in one way or another and the pressures on competitiveness, productivity and innovation will only increase.

For this year’s event we will focus on these very important areas and have organised an excellent line up of speakers including:

Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport – Ministerial address
Dickie Davis, Executive Chair – AM&M, Welsh Government – Economic Action Plan presentation
James Davies, Executive Chair – Industry Wales – Industrial Strategy presentation
Mike Dickinson, General Manager – Automotive, SMMT Industry Forum – Presentation on NPLX and NMCL
Matthew Clarke, Head of Customs, Excise & International Trade – PwC – Brexit update
Ian Henry, AutoAnalysis – Production Outlook update, Supply chain localisation is equally important and the exhibition will enable companies to present their products and services.

With 45 exhibitor spaces available, early registration is advised:

Register for free as a DELEGATE
Register for free as an EXHIBITOR

Please feel free to run up on the day

We are excited to communicate you the 3rd edition of ECSO Event to support Cyber security Scaleups and SMEs, this time organised in cooperation with the European stakeholder EIT-Digital in Milan on 13th-14th of September 2018.

Last 2017 and 2018 editions of ECSO Startups Event in Tallinn and Paris successfully gathered +50 European startups and 20 international investors with several deals closed.

This time in Milan, scaleups representatives will have the opportunity to showcase their solutions and in parallel to meet individually integrators and potential customers to pitch their solutions. Besides, B2B meetings will also be organised.

Therefore, we facilitate the meetings between the most influential Integrators & End-users with 25 innovative and promising cyber security scaleups looking for market opportunities.

25 scaleups will be selected by ECSO and EIT-Digital on the basis of the most innovative solutions they attempt to introduce to the integrators and end-users. Additionally, the 25 selected scaleups will receive a special training by EIT Digital dedicated team of experts. This will prepare them to be ready for the ‘Pitch Session’ with potential customers.

We would be grateful if you could inform your members about our exclusive event in order to attract the most innovative candidates.

For their information, please find attached the Invitation and details for registration to our Cyber security Scaleup Competition.

Many thanks in advance for your cooperation,

Best regards,

Danilo D’Elia, Ph.D

Tel : +32 (0) 2777 0255
Mob: +32 (0)492 25 23 08
E-mail : danilo.delia@ecs-org.eu
Website : www.ecs-org.eu

Download the Cyber Security Scaleup Competition Register Form here

Send it to wg4_secretariat@ecs-org.eu

Deadline 15th July 2018

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

 

Malvern Festival of Innovation


The Cyber Security day at the Festival of Innovation this year will be on 11th October in Malvern and focused on Cyber Security and Quantum Computing. If you work in that area and would like to be involved then please let us know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com).

It is free to exhibit and free to attend the festival but you do need to reserve a space.
https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

 

UK Research and Innovation strength in places fund


A new competitive scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant regional economic growth.  This might be really good for Clusters.

Find out more and apply

 

New Cyber 101 Bootcamp dates


There are new dates for the Cyber 101 Bootcamp dates for the end of June – these are free of charge!
https://www.digicatapult.org.uk/projects/cyber-101

 

Disability Confident Campaign


Make some pledges about supporting disability (physical and mental) as a company and get a badge to be proud of

https://disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk/

Disability Confident Guidance: how to sign up to the employer scheme https://www.gov.uk/guidance/disability-confident-how-to-sign-up-to-the-employer-scheme

Link to Disability Confident Packs – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disability-confident-guidance-for-levels-1-2-and-3

 

ECSEPA online survey


UCL’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy department is conducting a study into evidence-based policymaking for cybersecurity across UK civil service and agencies. The project is led by RISCS Director Dr Madeline Carr, Associate Professor at UCL STEaPP.

As part of that a nationwide survey has been launched and the link is available through NCSC’s current weekly threat report (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/report/weekly-threat-report-8th-june-2018) under “The ECSEPA Cybersecurity Evidence Study”.

Please feel free to take the survey yourself or circulate it amongst your colleagues. (Apologies to those who might already have received it via other routes)

To learn more about the project, please visit http://ecsepa.coventry.ac.uk/

 

UK pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week in September.


The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 29th June.

Singapore International Cyber Week
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre 18-20 September 2018
The Departmental of International Trade is inviting expressions of interest from UK cyber security companies to exhibit on the UK Pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week (SICW) 2018.

SICW is the most established cyber security event in the South East Asia region. Last year, around 100 companies exhibited and over 7000 cyber security experts from the region and beyond attended.
This year’s theme is “Forging a Trusted and Open Cyberspace”. In addition to the exhibition, there is a three-day conference, GovWare, with speakers addressing the importance of cross-border partnerships and solutions, and cyber security as a foundation for the digital economy.

The conference and exhibition cover the full range of cyber security solutions including products and services.

The UK Pavilion package will include:
• A plinth exhibition stand on the UK Pavilion • Introductions from DIT staff to delegates and
companies
• An advance briefing from High Commission staff on doing business in Singapore
• A networking event hosted by DIT during the Exhibition
• Inclusion in UK marketing material, including a Pavilion brochure
• Promotion to local and international media, including social media

DIT will charge companies a fee of £3000 + VAT to exhibit on the pavilion and benefit from the other activities organised.
This does not include travel, accommodation and visa costs.

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 Singapore 
and the South East Asia region and any future 
plans.
  • An overview of the capability you plan to exhibit 
/ export to the region.


For further information and to submit your expression of interest please contact:
Reuben Sinclair (Singapore-based) E reuben.sinclair@trade.gov.uk 
T +65 9155 3263
Claire Baillie (London-based) E claire.baillie@trade.gov.uk T +44 207 215 5028

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

 

IFSEC and Korean Electronic Association

19th June

EEN is launching a free business matchmaking event during IFSEC International in London on Tuesday 19th June 2018 in cooperation with the Korean Electronic Association.

The event will take place at the Korean Electronic Association’s booth.

You can register on the following link: https://ifsec-b2b-meetings.b2match.io

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mireille Owen-Hughes at m.owen-hughes@oxin.co.uk

 

IAAC Annual Symposium 2018 


The IAAC Annual Symposium 2018 will be held on Friday, 14 September 2018 at the BT Centre, London , EC1A 7AJ.

Registration will be from 0830 for a 0930 start. Drinks reception is from 1630.

Digital Resilience – for individuals, communities, organisations and society.
IAAC’s annual conference will look at security and information assurance, adding design, engineering, education, preparedness and learning, to explore digital resilience. At the heart of the event will be an examination of individual, community, organisational and societal digital resilience.

Individual digital resilience is often framed in terms of young people and their ability to have fulfilling personal and professional lives on and off line. Much of the cyber security awareness work undertaken in schools is discussed as digital resilience. Community and organisational digital resilience situates cyber in a wider context of hazards that might affect a smart-city or business’s ability to continue to operate and adapt. We’ll assess the extent to which the balance of factors is changing with our increasingly connected and interdependent world. At the societal level, we look to government for strategy and to keep the country running. We’ll examine the resilience issues shaping thinking on cyber in government and critical infrastructure.

They are running our usual poster competition for universities and businesses who wish to showcase their current research and projects.

The symposium includes:

• Opening and closing keynote speakers
• Panel discussions
• Government updates.
• Poster competition.
• Networking opportunities.

With thanks to BT, this year’s symposium will once again be held in the excellent BT Centre in central London.

Who can attend? This is conference is open to anyone who registers, subject to capacity.

Conference rates: Conference rates are kept to a minimum thanks to our sponsors and aimed at covering basic costs. Rates are: Commercial rate £100, academic, government and voluntary sector rate £50. Concessions are available for students and IAAC Access members, with a free ticket allocated for accepted posters.

To Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iaac-symposium-2018-digital-resilience-for-individuals-communities-organisations-and-society-tickets-37724289365

Applicants are sought for the Symposium’s poster competition.  Each successful entry receives one free seat at the Symposium, which is a great opportunity to have your work discussed, and to network amongst the academic and practitioner communities.  If you would like more details on this please email me (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will send you the relevant documents.

 

TriCyCIS  Event


Bringing together defence, government, industry and academia, to discuss and debate the Cyber issues facing us, guided by an experienced facilitator and chairman, with the intent to generate concrete actions.

Where: Royal Holloway, University of London
When: 20th June 2018

For the latest information on speakers, programme & much more, visit our dedicated event website www.tricycis.uk

 

Dutch Opportunity


A leading Dutch company in financial products and services wants to contribute proactively to the growth of their clients ‘the entrepreneurs’. Cybercrime is a real threat which could affect the growth and their business continuity. They are looking for innovative SME’s who have solutions to make sure that the entrepreneurs don’t need to worry about cyber threats and can focus on their core business. The cooperation would be in the frame of a license agreement or a technical cooperation agreement.

Definition of the request
How can the Dutch company proactively lower the risk that entrepreneurs face from a cyber-threat? How do they put cyber risk on their map. The Dutch company wants to create awareness among the entrepreneurs and help and advise them;
•                  How to lower the risks?
•                  How to monitor the risks?
•                  What kinds of the tools the entrepreneur can use?
How can the Dutch company make sure that SMEs don’t need to worry about cyber threats and can focus on their core business?

The Dutch company is not looking for:
•                  E-learning or other digital platforms  which provide information to create awareness within the organization;
•                  Risk assessments or other scans (IT / organizational)
•                  Prevention tools such as backups, firewall etc.
•                  Insurances;
•                  Response and repressive services (24/7 call service) to help an entrepreneur as soon as possible after the incident.

What objectives do they want to achieve:
•                  The solution delivers a proactive contribution to the growth of entrepreneurs who are insured but also the ones that are not insured by the Dutch company;
•                  Create new business models that reduce the cost of cybercrime. In the end these savings/earnings must also be seen in the costs that entrepreneurs have to make;
•                  The solution fulfils the needs of the entrepreneur and his growing expectations;
•                  It fits within the new world of innovations and technology;
•                  It  contributes to the company’s vision.

If oyu are interested in this please follow up with Mireille Owen-Hughes
m.owen-hughes@oxin.co.uk and say that you heard of this through the UK Cyber Security Forum.

 

JFK Airport- US Cyber


So JFK airport is soon to go through a $10 billion dollar redevelopment and expansion project.

DSO say that colleagues in New York have mentioned cyber in meetings on infrastructure projects, like the above, but they have not seen a huge amount of interest/request in regards to cyber to date.  This does not mean that there never will be, so they are seeking out examples (UK or overseas) of cyber in infrastructure projects, where your companies have been involved.

This will  provide myself and colleagues a better steer on the detail of the UK offer in this sector and so help us engage on infrastructure in the US.

If you have worked directly or around infrastructure/ a project, please email the following details to Philip Heald, Cyber Security Exports Advisor- Gulf Region philip.heald@trade.gov.uk

  • Company Name;
  • Sector(road, rail, maritime, avaiation)/Project (where appropriate);
  • Work done;
  • Other areas of interest in infrastructure and why;


If you have not worked directly or around an infrastructure/project, but would like to, please fill in the questions below;
•             Company Name;
•             Capability/product/service;
•             Areas of interest in infrastructure (rail, maritime, aviation etc), why you want to focus on infrastructure and where your service fits;

 

Qatar Central Bank – Cyber Security


The Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cyber security cooperation with the Qatar Central Bank. They hope to use this as a means to promote UK commercial cyber security solutions to the QCB and Qatari financial institutions, working in partnership with the QCB to boost mutual security and prosperity. More details will follow on this in due course.

In the meantime they wanted to let you know about the Qatar Central Bank’s Information Security conference. This is an annual event held in Doha, this year taking place 18 – 19 November. The QCB are interested in having UK firms running technical workshops or speaking at the conference. This would be an opportunity to talk about some of the challenges for cyber security across the range of people, process and technology and to boost company profiles through the solutions you offer. There would also be an opportunity to meet with DIT/British Embassy staff while there. Please note that the costs of this opportunity would have to be borne by respective companies as there is no UK Government funding support for it.

If this is of interest to you please email DIT by 8 June setting out what your offer would be in terms of a workshop or speech. DIT will then provide options to the QCB.

 

Malvern Festival of Innovation


This event will be held in Malvern in early October again with “Cyber Security and Quantum Computing” on 11th October and “Blockchains and Bitcoins” in a smaller venue on 12th October.

As with previous years it is free for SMEs to exhibit and attend but this is on a first come first served basis so please let us know if you would like to exhibit or book a ticket to attend.

 

See you at InfoSec?


I (Emma Philpott) will be on the IASME stand R140 all day, everyday at InfoSecthis year – so do drop by and say hello if you are around.

On the first day (5th June) I will be joined by Tim Charrot who is leading on the technical aspects of the Community Cyber Security Centre project.  Both of us will be happy to answer your questions about the project to train neurodiverse people in cyber security or the parallel project to develop innovative, lightweight, low cost techniques to enhance protection of vulnerable individual internet users. We are still looking for volunteers to do training and also funding of course.

Business Wales is proud to host Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Management School Fellow Michael  Schrage who will deliver an exclusive seminar on Innovation, Technology and Human Capital, ‘Why Investing in Customers Is Key to New Value Creation’.

Michael is one of the world’s most engaging thought leaders on innovation and his work has been published by the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal amongst others.

He has been consulted by countless world renowned organisations on innovation including Prudential, Microsoft, Accenture,  Mars, BT, Google and Pfizer. This is your opportunity to join this group in learning how Michael’s thoughts in this field can have a positive impact upon your business.

Monday 4 June 2018
17:30 – 19:00
Coleg y Cymoedd – Nantgarw Campus

Spaces are limited so make sure you do not miss this rare opportunity. To register your place
https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/business-wales-seminar-massachusetts-institute-of-technology-mit-sloan-management-school-fellow-michael-schrage/

The Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cyber security cooperation with the Qatar Central Bank. We hope to use this as a means to promote UK commercial cyber security solutions to the QCB and Qatari financial institutions, working in partnership with the QCB to boost mutual security and prosperity. More details will follow on this in due course.

In the meantime I wanted to let you know about the Qatar Central Bank’s Information Security conference. This is an annual event held in Doha, this year taking place 18 – 19 November. The QCB are interested in having UK firms running technical workshops or speaking at the conference. This would be an opportunity to talk about some of the challenges for cyber security across the range of people, process and technology and to boost company profiles through the solutions you offer. There would also be an opportunity to meet with DIT/British Embassy staff while there. Please note that the costs of this opportunity would have to be borne by respective companies as there is no UK Government funding support for it.

If this is of interest to you please contact cyber@trade.gov.uk by 8 June setting out what your offer would be in terms of a workshop or speech. DIT will then provide options to the QCB.

Kind regards,

Paul Davison | Assistant Head, Cyber Security | Defence and Security Organisation |
Department for International Trade

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 3rd UK Security Trade Mission to Baltic States on 16-18 October 2018. The Baltics Department for International Trade (DIT) together with Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) have organised the second specialised Security Trade Mission to the Baltics.
 
Please submit your Expression of Interest by following the Eventbrite Link in the attachment or by using the following link: Eventbrite link  by 15 June 2018
 
Further information is contained in the attachment or you can contact: Ms Ieva Binkauskaite, Baltic Defence and Security lead, DIT Lithuania via E: ieva.binkauskaite@mobile.trade.gov.uk or T: +3705 246 9216

 

On 13 September, DSO is taking a group of US delegates down to Portsmouth for a tour of HMS Victory. Between 12:00 – 14:00 there will be a networking lunch opportunity where you can meet with the group.
 
The cost for attending will be £150 plus VAT per person. There will be a buffet lunch. 
 
US Delegates – The list of names we have been given is more extensive than anything we’ve done before with the US Embassy and RDECOM. There will be, of course, representation from the US Naval side in the US Embassy and we have also been promised the new head of the ODC and several attaches. Of course, one or more could drop out between now and then, but with nearly 20 already signed up across the services, including RDECOM and Commerce, we are sure you’ll find the lunch extremely useful and commensurate with the cost.
 
Please note your attendance at the lunch does not include you on the HMS Victory tour, which has been organised by the MoD specifically for the US delegates and their escort officers.
 
The US Desk Officer Craig Cabell and Tajinder Chhina will be available on the day to direct you to the right person.
 
There will be no opportunity to display items or pop ups. You can offer handouts/business cards and show your products and services via ipad.
 
If this appeals you, please register your interest with Tajinder Chhina E: Tajinder.Chhina@trade.gov.uk  and sign-up using the link and password below by the latest cop next Friday, 25 May 2018.
 
 
PASSWORD – DIT DSO

 

DIT Bulgaria are running a Trade Mission to Webit Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.

For contacts in the E-mobility, Smart cities, Fin tech, E-healthcare sectors.

Link to the event:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trade-mission-to-webit-festival-in-sofia-bulgaria-tickets-45760558061

Webit is a global phenomenon that has a ten-year track record taking place in various cities. Webit Sofia 2018 is part of the EU Digital and Innovation Week and is the flagship event of the Bulgarian EU Presidency. This year’s theme is re:Inventing Europe’s Future.

The “EU Digital and Innovations Week” will welcome over 7000 attendees from 100+ countries including 1500 top policy makers from all around Europe and beyond (heads of states, EU commissioners, ministers, mayors, MEPs), 6000 of world’s enterprise leaders, global and European founders, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, scientists and digital economy shapers and a top selection of Europe’s 200 most promising start-ups.

This Webit platform is an opportunity for the UK to project its leadership in the field of all things digital, tech and innovation. By having a stand at WEBIT, British Embassy in Sofia together withDepartment for International Trade are happy to welcome British companies from the E-mobility, Smart cities, Fin tech, E-healthcare sector to exhibit their products/ services at the British country stand in the Trade Expo area.

If you want to be part of the Webit Platform, sell your business, be in the same room with some of the world’s brightest minds and in the same time contribute to an impactful UK presence which would be a timely reminder to European partners that the UK remains open for business, please contact us!

*Entrance tickets are being covered after a short approval process by the Embassy’s Webit Committee.

Desislava Taneva, Senior Trade Advisor, British Embassy Sofia Tel: +359 (2)

Alert from the Department for International Trade:-

An international organisation is looking for an IT company to provide a managed threat detection and response software tool.

You should be able to provide a remotely managed threat detection and protection tool that:

– can analyse and detect advanced threats and malware
– has an incident validation and an immediate response capacity
– can collect and retain event data from each incident
– can produce reports and document response actions

For more information on this tender, submit your company details to the Department for International Trade team in the USA.

All submissions are reviewed and you will be notified of any potential next steps. You can only submit your company details if you are a UK registered company.

You may need to be a registered supplier to apply for this aid funded business opportunity. For more information on registration, please visit the United Nations website.

At InfoSec 2018 Welsh Government will have spaces available on its stand for Welsh Cyber Cluster Members.

Due to the level of interest we receive from companies wishing to participate in the Welsh Government’s offerings for exhibition space, and in the interests of fairness rather than on a first-come-first-served basis, all interested parties are asked to complete an Expression of Interest form which will be used to determine which companies participate on the Welsh Government stand.

The allocated space will enable members to display their printed marketing literature, meet with potential customers, run laptop presentations etc.

Details of the participating members will also be included in an A5 Welsh Government printed event brochure.

Download the Expression of Interest Form

Please return your form to neil.sandford@gov.wales by 16thMay 2018.

Attention: Employers and Professionals seeking interview and workforce ready talent that are deeply aware of Cybersecurity risks.

You are invited to join us for the “Finals” presentations and the graduation ceremony of the Cardiff University students who have taken part in the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA) virtual-internships scheme.

Witness the outcomes of industry mentored virtual-internships designed to fast-track students into workforce readiness by taking them through team and role-based problem solving, applied learning, challenges involving “Insider Threats”. Employers report that being mentored by industry experts over just 14-weeks, part time, enables CWA-Alumni to cut 3-9-months out of hiring, on-boarding and training time to productivity. CWA-Alumni will be joining 700 peers who have graduated the course since it started in July 2015. Cardiff University is planning to scale the programme from September 2018 so this is a great chance to see how you can engage and benefit

DATE AND TIME

Wed 9 May 2018

16:30 – 18:45 BST

Add to Calendar

LOCATION

Post Graduate Teaching Centre

Cardiff University

Colum Drive

Cardiff

CF10 3EU

 

To register click here

The Barclays Bank Corporate Team are running a Charity Quiz Evening and are inviting Cluster members to field teams of 4 or 5 people for a fun evening and a worthy cause…

Wednesday 2nd May

17:45 – Arrival

18:30 – Quiz commences

21:00 – Close

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

This “Test the Team” quiz debuts in Cardiff as part of the Barclays South West tour.

Showcase your company at its competitive best and pit your wits against the rest of the guests, with this quick fire visual quiz.  There are great prizes to be won and a raffle on the night.

Teams are made up of 4 or 5 people.

£10 per head with all money raised being donated to Guide Dogs and £4 matched by Barclays

The luxury hotel will be serving reception drinks, a hot fork buffet and dessert as part of the evening.

If you are interested, please RSVP here

On 9th July DIT DSO and ADS are hosting a ‘Meet the NATO Primes’ event in London focusing on opportunities coming out of the NCI Agency.  Attached is a flyer with further details on the event as well as some of the opportunities on which the event will focus.
 
Please let us know if you would be interested in attending by completing the attached template detailing your company’s capability and returning to Andy Johnston at ADS (andy.johnston@adsgroup.org.uk) no later than 1700hrs on Wednesday 2nd MAY.  ADS will then respond to you by mid-June with confirmation of the final delegate list
 
If you would like any further details please don’t hesitate to contact Andy Johnston.

Good evening

Just a couple of news items for you this week but first…..

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Call for IAAC COI Input to DCMS Research into UK Cyber Skills

DCMS (the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) has launched a project to produce a well-informed understanding of the current and projected gap in the availability of appropriately skilled cyber security practitioners across the UK and how it might best be filled.
IAAC has been asked to participate in this project and we have offered to put DCMS (and their appointed researcher contractor, Ipsos Mori) in touch with a small number of our members who might have – from their own involvement in educating or training cyber security practitioners, seeking to recruit them or carrying out their own research into cyber security skills – have some information to inform this study. We would like to be helpful in this work because we believe that:

  • the considerable imprecision in the current view of the national cyber skills demand and supply is damaging to the UK’s national cyber security interest and
  • a better understanding of the real demand for skills would significantly help to deliver the practitioners which organizations need and minimise the inefficiencies for individuals seeking to become practitioners.

The summary questions, which will be fleshed out in detail during the research interviews with Ipsos Mori, which DCMS have given to us are:

  • Where are the current skills gaps (including soft skills) in the market now and how large are these?
  • What sectors, industries and job roles are they in?
  • What roles are being badged as cyber security roles and what ones are not currently but have a similar skill set?
  • Are the skills and products available, meeting industry needs and what is the level and demand by sector, geography and organisational size? If not what skills or products would meet their needs?
  • To identify key lessons and recommendations on what Government and Industry can do to tackle the gap particularly around retraining and upskilling.
  • The type of products and services (e.g. training courses, resources and tools) for retraining/upskilling that are available, what are organisations and individuals accessing and how, and does this vary in terms of different organisational sectors and geographical locations.

If you think that you could help in this research please reply in an email to companysecretary@iaac.org.uk by 4 May, with a sentence or two saying which area of the study you would be able to comment on.

New Cyber 101 Bootcamp dates

Cyber 101: Helping cyber startups and scaleups to improve their business success and access customers and investors

Digital Catapult and partners are pleased to announce new dates for the Cyber 101 programme, starting with their London bootcamps, open to applications from UK cyber security startups and SMEs.

Join them as they coach the next generation of cyber security leaders in the critical business skills to give your position the competitive edge.

Cyber 101 Bootcamps have supported over 80 cyber security SMEs in honing their go-to-market and access to finance strategies, enabled over 400 new sector-specific connections, and facilitated access to customers and investors.

Cyber 101 is a DCMS-funded national programme aimed to grow the UK’s cyber security sector. The programme offers intensive one-day Bootcamps, Deep Dive sessions and Demo Days that will enable early stage cyber security businesses to grow and gain access to potential customers and investors. Cyber 101 is delivered by Digital Catapult in partnership with The Accelerator NetworkInogesis, and The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT).

To attend Cyber 101 London bootcamps and receive mentoring and tailored advice from industry experts on how to develop and scale up your cyber business please apply here

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide you with the best possible support in winning overseas defence and security business, I am pleased to draw to your attention the following opportunity.
 
Following on from an event staged by us at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, we aim to publish a product brochure of UK companies. This brochure will be sent to the USA Acquisition Managers and in the USA Embassy.  
 
Should you have a product(s) which would benefit from having exposure in this brochure, please enter the requested information on the attached A4 Word Document for each product. There will be a charge of £240 (incl VAT) for each product
 
Below is a link for online payment. A password will be required for access:  DIT DSO
 
 
 
If you have any queries please contact Taj Chhina: E: tajinder.chhina@trade.gov.uk
 
Please note all submissions must reach us by cop Tuesday, 24 April 2018. Apologies, but we cannot accept any submissions after this date.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) would like to invite you to take part in the upcoming Technology in Government conference, Australia’s largest IT event for the Government.

Combining a high- level conference with a large-scale exhibition, Technology in Government brings together senior Public Sector Technologists and Communications Experts to learn, network and source ICT solutions for the ongoing transformation within Government.

The conference will offer UK companies the chance to access a growing market that is pre-disposed to purchasing UK technologies, while also offering the chance to meet with the people who influence or decide on the purchase of Technology from Federal, State and Local Government agencies.

The 2018 Technology in Government program has evolved to meet the current and emerging needs of Government policy makers and ICT leaders. For the very first time, the event program has been divided into three separate areas of focus; Future Services, Cyber Security and Digital Identity.

DIT are offering UK companies the opportunity to exhibit on their stand at the conference or attend as part of the UK delegation. They will also help facilitate one to one meetings with relevant delegates during the conference.

The price for attending will include your ticket Technology in Government Conference and the co-located conferences in Cyber Security & Digital Identity.

If you have any queries or wish to find out more information, please contact us at DITTechnology@brayleino.co.uk or call us on 0117 906 4574.

Event Details:

Venue: National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia

Date: 7 – 8 August 2018Participation Fee:
Pod & Delegation – £300 (inc VAT) Delegation only – £200 (inc VAT)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is sponsoring the UK Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe from 5-7 June 2018.


The competition to select 13 innovative small cyber security companies to be part of the UK Cyber Innovation Zone has been announced. One firm will also be crowned the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company of the Year, sponsored by Atkins.  
Now in its fourth year, this exciting competition offers a unique opportunity to:
·         Win one of 13 stands to be part of the DCMS UK Cyber Innovation Zone, including a fantastic promotional package.
·         Be crowned the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company 2018.

The deadline for entries is the 5 April.

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 opportunity. 
 
On 13th September 2018, the UK’s Department for International Trade and the Ministry of Defence are hosting the 4th edition of the UK Industry Day at the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) in Capellen, Luxembourg.
 
The day’s programme will demystify the Agency’s procurement processes and opportunities, alongside an opportunity for dialogue with NSPA project officials and representatives of the UK Government. Guests will also be invited to attend a Welcome Reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Luxembourg at his residence on the previous evening.
 
The registration fee includes coach travel on the day between the event hotels, NSPA HQ and Luxembourg Airport, as well as lunch and refreshments.
 
For those interested in attending the attachments will provide further information.
 
 
Accommodation
We have agreed a special discounted rate at two hotels in Luxembourg City Centre. Transport will be provided between both hotels and NSPA HQ on the day.
 
Park Inn by Radisson Luxembourg City
Standard Single room                  €209
Standard Double room                 €226
Breakfast included
 
Please click the following link and use discount code BRIEMB  https://www.parkinn.com/hotel-luxembourg
 
Hotel Parc Plaza
Standard Single room                  €219
Standard Double room                 €239
Breakfast included
 
Please complete the attached reservation form and return to reservation@goereshotels.com
For any questions, please contact the organisers Thomas Flammant and Ben Wilson at thomas.flammant@fco.gov.ukand ben.wilson@fco.gov.uk 
Following on from your interest in the NATO Communications and Information Agency I wanted to bring their ‘Defence Innovation Challenge’ to your attention: http://www.nitec.nato.int/defence-innovation-challenge/
The challenge is aimed at accelerating transformational, state-of-the-art technology solutions from small businesses and academia in support of NATO C4ISR and cyber capabilities.
It is open to SMEs and academic institutions operating at the cutting edge of technology from all 29 NATO Nations. This year the challenge focuses on digital innovation and they are looking for submissions in the following areas:
       Mobile apps for defence users.
       Mobile apps for government organisations.
       Data science: models for natural language processing and translation; speech to text.
       Data science: application of open source analytic tools.
       Data visualisation.
       Internet of Things (IoT): Autonomous sensors for the battlefield.
       IoT: Secure federation of IoT devices.
Those with the best submissions will be invited to showcase their tech solutions at this year’s NCI Agency Conference and AFCEA TechNet International (NITEC18), entitled ‘NATO’s Digital Endeavour: Expanding the Ecosystem’, taking place on 22-24 May in Berlin, Germany.
The top ten finishers will receive:
       One full registration waiver.
       Showcase space at NITEC18.
       Participation in the award ceremony with NATO leadership.
       Presentation slot during the plenary session.
       Inclusion in the NITEC18 report.
       Inclusion in the industry innovation report in the Communicator magazine.
       Bilateral meeting with an NCI Agency expert.
       Mentoring session with one of the SME mentors.
The deadline for submissions is 6th April and winners will be announced on 30th April.

WELCOME TO THE CYBER EXCHANGE EASTER EDITION (APRIL 2018) NEWSLETTER
The April Cyber Exchange newsletter is now available for you to view with plenty of news, views and features, including…

DCMS Cyber Innovation Competition @Infosecurity Europe – Apply by 5th April (16:00 BST)… READ MORE

The 12 Companies selected for the Innovation Zone at CYBERUK 2018… READ MORE

HM Government launch the new Cyber Export Strategy… READ MORE

Technology in Government:Australia conference – DIT invitation to UK companies… READ MORE

Cyber Resilience 2035 – Dr Richard Piggin from Atkins, considers future city security… READ MORE

Facebook privacy concerens? See 10 useful tips on privacy awareness… READ MORE

Neurodiversity at work – raising awareness… READ MORE

Plus more news on upcoming featured events, full members directory and list of new members… READ MORE

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest… it’s greatly appreciated!

Regards,
Cyber Exchange Team

The GDPR Alliance will be staging an event on April 20th at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The event is being pitched as a multi-disciplinary look at GDPR as we approach the legally enforceable date.
The lead sponsors for this event are Alliance members Watkins and Gunn Solicitors, Chris Roberts (B D Research) and Tony Dowling (Novo Consulting).
They would like to offer each of you the opportunity to support the event and promote your businesses.
There will be a limited number of speaking opportunities but there will be pre-event, coffee break and post event networking opportunities and an exhibition area where you will be able to display your company pop up banner and engage with prospects.
Please contact Chris Roberts for more information chris@bdresearch.co.uk

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Community SOC Project

We are hoping to get out Community SOC project going at the start of June.  It will train neurodiverse people in Cyber Security and also develop a way to shield the internet of large numbers of vulnerable individuals.

You can see more about the project here
https://www.ukcybersecurityforum.com/community-soc

Many thanks to those of you who have already offered your support – we are in the process of adding your logos to the webpage as a supporter.

If anyone else would like to support us through money, training, equipment, mentorship or commercial SOC visits then we would love to hear from you.

CRESTCon & IISP Congress

3rd May, Royal College of Physicians  – 10% off

Now in its sixth year, CRESTCon and IISP Congress brings together leading technical and business information security professionals, attracting an impressive line-up of speakers and senior delegates.  This year we also welcome the BCS Security Conference in the third stream.

They are delighted to offer Cyber Security Forum members 10% off a ticket to the event using the discount code: 2018sforum10off 
http://www.crestandiisp.com/

UK Cyber Security Forum members will also receive a discount on an exhibition stand – please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out more.
marc@crestandiisp.com

Foundations of IoT security

The IoT Security Foundation’s course ‘Foundations of IoT security’ is running on 22-23 May in Barcelona, Spain and 9-10 October in Windsor, UK. More course details and booking information can be found at: https://www.iotsecurityfoundation.org/iot-security-training/

Created and delivered by world-renowned security experts the course includes both practical and theoretical elements. It enables attendees to understand the real-world threats to IoT, how to address them and how to deploy secure IoT services.

The cost of the course includes accommodation and the opportunity to network with peers in the industry who are facing the same challenges.

There is a 5% discount for any UK Cyber Security Forum members – please contact the organisers to get the discount

DCMS consultation on security by design and IoT devices.

You are invited to an IAAC workshop aimed at input to the DCMS consultation on security by design, details of which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/secure-by-design

The workshop will be held at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London, 1000-1300 on Wednesday 18th April 2018.  Coffee will be available from 0930. It is intended to review IAAC’s recent work on security by design, with a view to submitting it to the DCMS consultation.

If you would like to attend, please register here or for further information contact info@iaac.org.uk

DIT CEE Cyber Security Showcase

Cyber security solutions for public and private sector

The Cyber Security Showcase on 15th May in Sofia.  There is also an “Early bird” offer of 750 GBP for this event.  This price is valid until 12 April.

Department for International Trade team in Bulgaria would like to invite you as an exhibitor to a one day Cyber Security Showcase on 15th May 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, who is currently hosting the EU Presidency.

The objective of the event is for UK companies offering cyber security solutions and exploit opportunities within CEE – Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Romanian and Slovakian – markets.
 This event aims to bring together stakeholders from both public and private sectors in the domain of government and CNI to introduce them to UK cyber security companies which are recognised as having world-class knowledge and solutions.

Date: Tuesday 15 May 2018
Time: 09.00 am – 16.00 am
Where:  Central Military Club Sofia Tzar Osvoboditel Str. 7
RSVP By 15 April

To register, please contact: anelia.todorova@fco.gov.uk +359 2933 9227

Which UK firms should consider taking part? 
This offer is open to all UK-based companies in the cyber security field providing cyber security solutions in area of encryption, data protection, crisis management, network monitoring/analysis, forensics, defence issues, mobile applications, training, etc.

Registration fee: £825 ex-VAT collected via DIT DSO in London.
The costs of travel, hotel and accommodation and any additional items are to be covered by UK companies – exhibitors.

Due to the limited venue space, places for UK exhibitors will be based on first come first served basis. Therefore, we recommend that you register early to avoid disappointment.

Any questions related to this event should be sent to:
Anelia Todorova, Deputy Head of Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Sofia
anelia.todorova@fco.gov.uk
tel: +359 (0) 2 933 9227

To book please log on to the link to make your payment, using your unique Password.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dit-cee-cyber-security-showcase-tickets-44837044808
Your Unique Password : CEECyber

Should your participation lead to a successful business win, they would seek your commitment to sign an Export Win Form

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 opportunity. 
 
The Nigerian Chief of Staff invites United Kingdom Defence industries/companies to participate in the Second Nigerian Army Research and Innovation Summit to be held at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Asokoro, Abuja from 17-20 April 2018. For those interested in attending the attachment will provide further information.
 
If you have any questions please contact the Defence Section at the Nigerian High Commission in London E:defencehclondon@yahoo.co.uk / defence@nigerianhc.org.uk  / T: 020 7839 1244 ext 250.

TITAN and NCSC are running an awareness event for SMEs alongside the upcoming CyberUK 2018 event in Manchester.

This is a fantastic opportunity to access expert advice and guidance on how to protect yourselves against cyber attacks as well as practical sessions to help attendees understand how cyber attacks are executed.

Should you wish to attend this exclusive event FREE OF CHARGE then please contact Cyber.safe@titan.police.uk to get an invitation to join this event.

Good evening,

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

DCMS survey

GCHQ is assisting the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in the development and growth of cyber security companies in the UK. The goal is to understand the barriers to entry for companies in their early stages. To help with this work we are asking if you could fill in DCMS’ short survey (you can ignore the given-deadline!):

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/earlystagebarriers/

The intention is that this will then lead to a stronger cyber security ecosystem in the UK. There are further details available here: https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/725.  If you have any questions, please email:   richard.b2@gchq.gov.uk

Free Stand at InfoSec

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is sponsoring the UK Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe from 5-7 June 2018.  The competition to select 13 innovative small cyber security companies to be part of the UK Cyber Innovation Zone has been announced. One firm will also be crowned the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company of the Year, sponsored by Atkins.  

Now in its fourth year, this exciting competition offers a unique opportunity to:

  • Win one of 13 stands to be part of the DCMS UK Cyber Innovation Zone, including a fantastic promotional package.
  • Be crowned the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company 2018.

The deadline for entries is the 5 April.

For full details

Joint roundtable – IAAC /Cranfield /UK Chevening Cyber Security Fellowship Programme

IAAC is pleased to announce a joint roundtable with Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and the UK Chevening Cyber Security Fellowship Programme.  The roundtable will be held on 30th April at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham near Swindon, exploring international cyber security issues, from 1100-1500.

This will be an opportunity to meet six Chevening Fellows from India who will make opening statements, before inviting questions and discussion from the floor in a broad range of topics.  The Chevening India Fellows are:

Anish Prasad  – Deputy Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation, Indian Police Service.
Sanjay Kumar – Commandant of the Kerala Armed Police, also working in child protection and cyber security awareness.
Munish Sharma – Researcher and consultant at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Co-Editor, ‘Securing Cyberspace: International and Asian Perspectives,’
Munish Chadha – Commander Indian Navy, working at the Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence, India.
Kanishk Gaur, Operations Manager Cyber Intelligence Centre, Deloitte India
Amit Kumar (Dubey) – Author of ‘Return of The Trojan Horse, Tales of Criminal Investigation’, National Security Expert and Cyber Crime Investigator.

This promises to be a fascinating roundtable on the issues that affect us all and shed some light on those that are particularly Indian or British in character.  Places are strictly limited. To register your interest please contact info@iaac.org.uk no later than the morning of Friday 20th April 2018.

 IAAC Diversity Workshop Notes

Workshop Aim to develop practical steps for making diversity a natural part of our cyber security profession. 

The ultimate aim is to bake diversity into the way we work and organise ourselves, as if it were diversity by design.  The notes of the workshop have been produced and are available here. The notes reflect on key considerations for approaching diversity from a design perspective.  It particularly examines user stories and workplace dynamics.   A date and time for a follow-up workshop will be announced shortly with a view to producing actionable guidance.

The next following on Diversity is on 16 May 2018 at 10am in BCS London – register here.

3CDSE Three Counties Defence and Security Expo – 31.05.18

UK Cyber Security Members are offered a 20% discount on these tickets. Currently, delegate tickets are available to purchase at the early bird discount rate of £36.00 +VAT – with the discount each ticket will cost £34.56.

www.3CDSE.co.uk/discounted-tickets
Enter password: VIP203CDSE

DASA Recruiting

The MoD are currently recruiting for three key roles in DASA, based in London (co-located at Imperial White City) and Porton Down. Closing date is 3 April 2018.

DASA Operations Leads (x2)

https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi?SID=c2VhcmNoX3NsaWNlX2N1cnJlbnQ9MiZwYWdlYWN0aW9uPXZpZXd2YWNieWpvYmxpc3QmdXNlcnNlYXJjaGNvbnRleHQ9NTMzNTExNzUmY3NvdXJjZT1jc3FzZWFyY2gmb3duZXJ0eXBlPWZhaXImcGFnZWNsYXNzPUpvYnMmam9ibGlzdF92aWV3X3ZhYz0xNTc2NjI4Jm93bmVyPTUwNzAwMDAmcmVxc2lnPTE1MjA4NzE4NDUtOWUxNjUxZGY4MjRlY2JhYmM2ZDBlMDBkYmM0NjkyOTlhOTJlOTg4YQ==

DASA London Innovation Partner (x1)

https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi?SID=cGFnZWNsYXNzPUpvYnMmam9ibGlzdF92aWV3X3ZhYz0xNTc2Nzg2JnVzZXJzZWFyY2hjb250ZXh0PTUzMzUxMTc1JnNlYXJjaF9zbGljZV9jdXJyZW50PTImcGFnZWFjdGlvbj12aWV3dmFjYnlqb2JsaXN0Jm93bmVydHlwZT1mYWlyJm93bmVyPTUwNzAwMDAmY3NvdXJjZT1jc3FzZWFyY2gmcmVxc2lnPTE1MjA4NzE2ODAtZmRkMzhiMDQ3Y2E0NzNmNmIxOGUwNzIyZjIwNGUzYjVjZjQ2N2ZkYQ==

Free Online Network 

You might be interested in joining this free network run by one of our members.  It is the UK Cyber Network at www.ukcyber.net

DMARC and Quad 9

The Global Cyber Alliance (details of who they are below) are keen that you all know about their two schemes which are free to use and will help protect you and your clients.  They cannot understand why everyone is not using these and would appreciate any feedback from you on them about why they are not more widely used.

I don’t think they have had a lot of feedback from small companies – so any feedback you can give them would be much appreciated.  You can email Terry Wilson at twilson@globalcyberalliance.org

Quad9
Quad9 is a free-to-use cyber protection platform which protects you from criminal web sites. Quad9 is a collaboration of the Global Cyber Alliance, Packet Clearing House and IBM.  To use it you need to change your DNS settings to 9.9.9.9.  If you are not familiar with DNS, go to www.quad9.net where there are simple to use videos and guides. Typically, this takes one minute to configure your PC or mobile device.  In just one day in 2017, Quad9 blocked people in 150 countries from accessing 1.4 million malicious web sites.

DMARC
DMARC is the simple, trusted solution that brings together email authentication protocols, and adds reporting and compliance. In just a few easy steps, you can set up DMARC today to protect your organization from email fraud.

DMARC stands for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance It’s like an identity check for your organisation’s domain name. A DMARC policy allows a sender to indicate that their messages are protected and tells a receiver what to do if one of the authentication methods passes or fails – either send the message or reject the message to junk. DMARC also helps prevent accounts on your organisation’s website domain.

There are monthly DMARC webinars which get good feedback

11 April 12:00 GMT 7:00EDT https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1175782938962669313

11 April 17:00 GMT 12:00EDT https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6279002332052475905

About the GLOBAL CYBER ALLIANCE 

You are probably boarded with hearing constant news stories of Global cyber crime and how there are loads of sources of advise which you should be taking. The Global Cyber Alliance is a not for profit NGO who’s task is to combat the systemic causes of cyber crime rather than simply talking about it. Our philosophy is “do something and measure it” which implicitly is a way of saying “we don’t just talk about cyber”. As a not for profit we give all our solutions away as we are a genuinely altruistic organisation to combat  cyber criminals.
Unlike law enforcement and other organisations our mission is solely prevention of cyber crime. We aim to remove the objections that most people have to adopting cyber solutions, these are often :

  • Prohibitive cost, hence our solutions are free to use
  • Complexity, hence we have ensured that our solutions can be understood by anyone and published in 13 languages
  • Privacy, hence we do not keep or sell personal information which included IP addresses
  • Transparency, as an NGO and not for profit we adhere to external scrutiny and make all of our solutions available to the share ware community
  • We believe that in the war against cyber crime security should not be a competitive advantage and that collaboration between “defenders” is key

77% of businesses can have their email spoofed such that a criminal can pretend to be them on line. In fact it’s is reported that 1 in 5 emails are a “spoof” email. 90% of cyber crime starts form a phishing link or email. This is where we started our mission. Our recent launch of www.quad9.net allows users to make a simple configuration per device (or per site) and gain protection from over 1million criminal sites. We do this by allowing users to point their DNS to our unique IP address at 9.9.9.9. Untechnical users can do this within 30 seconds once they have watched our easy to understand videos. DNS is like the “phone book” of the internet, it translates addresses like www.anydomain.com to an IP address which often looks like 192.168.0.1. All browsers and anything which uses a web name always uses DNS. All we have done is taken some of the existing DNS infrastructure within the internet and “inoculated’ it against web sites which contain viruses, malware or are cyber crime sires.
This is not censorship or filtering as the user is free to browse content of their choosing or inclination but they are assured that the users are seeing what they intend, no users choose to contract a virus or to be tricked out of money. We combine 19 sources of intelligence on cyber crime sites, one of which is the IBM X-force platform. By running this through a complex algorithm we determine a constantly evolving list of over 1million crime ware sites
Our unique business model means we are funded by altruistic donors. Many people say “it’s free there must be a catch”. We were initially funded by the New York District Attorney and founded by NY-DA and the City of London Police. Both of the world premier financial centres determined that fighting cyber crime using conventional techniques of prosecution within national borders was loosing ground against an international stateless force of mobile cyber criminals. Hence high scale prevention became the best option.
The internet was formed in happier times by academics and cyber defence was not at it’s core, hence it’s often possible to pretend to be some one else on the internet. DMARC was a standard available to the internet since 2010. By using DMARC organisations can use DNS to confirm that they are who they say they are. DMARC and Quad9 combined is an incredibly powerful force. DMARC alone simply means that other people can not email pretending to be you or your business. Clearly victims are more likely to click on a link if it actually comes from the email of their actual bank not something similar to their bank. Also you are less likely to fall victim to a conventional fraud by email if you can trust the source. However, now combined with quad9 if you were to fall victim to a phishing scam we have massively reduced the chance of you being able to access the criminals site. Lets not forget that viruses are out there and everywhere and their main mission is to propagate before causing damage. Viruses almost always try and communicate with their creator’s control web site. Again this is where quad9 comes into play to prevent the virus accessing the control site.
Where people have deployed quad9 we have seen reports of a 70% reduction in the number of times virus defences have detected an active virus. Of users who have deployed DMARC we have seen massive reduction in people pretending to be the legitimate business. HMRC as an example watched the number of spoof emails decrease from 500million per annum to 100million.
It’s time to clean up the internet. We expect our water to be clean and drinkable, we expect our power to be reliable we want our phone and mobile signal to be there to call for the emergency services when we need them. We have become used to faster and faster internet and we become stressed when our internet connection is off air. However we tolerate an internet connection rife with viruses scammers and criminals. So to defend our selves we buy firewalls, virus protectors and much more, then  we still fall victim to cyber crime, is this right. We don’t tolerate our water supplier giving us dirty water and then expecting us to clean it ourselves then still get diseases as a result. Isn’t it time for the internet companies to adopt services such as quad9 so that we don’t have to have this conversation with the 150million businesses on the planet, the 4billion internet connected users and (next year) the 50billion IOT

Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May 2018
Wales Millennium Centre, 

Cardiff, UK
6th Annual conference & Expo – 2,000+ delegates across two days
Talk Tech, find funding and go global.  The international tech innovation event & expo.
Exploring megatrends like 5G, artificial intelligence, IoT – internet of things, Digital Festival attracts the young minds and start-ups turning concepts into reality.  The festival will have a start-ups and innovation zone, where emerging technologies and services are showcased to a global audience.  
It’s where the big players work with the business fledglings.  Major corps collaborating with smart start-ups, tackling challenges to growth.   Where companies head for inspiration, entertainment and new connections.
More on Digital Festival here: innovationpoint.uk/digital-festival
 
 
EXPO STANDS – DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD OFFER – valid until Friday 6 April.
£1,200 – Expo Bench
£2,000 – 3 x 2m Shell Scheme
£500 – Expo plinth
 
Bespoke stand sizes available for those with a special sized stand. 

On the 28th of February 2018, Cyber Wales and the Welsh Government, with support from the Department of International Trade at the British Embassy to Belgium, is organising a Trade Mission to Brussels.

This will be a focussed one-day trade mission programme for Welsh cyber security companies to meet potential clients and private partners in Belgium. Participation is free for Welsh companies but registration is required as we will work with the UK Department of International Trade and the Belgian L-Sec to specifically target clients and partners that match your profile.

There will be an opportunity to pitch/demo your products to potential clients and partners as well as gaining valuable insight into opportunities within Belgium.

Keynote speeches will be given by:-

  • Sir Julian King, EU Security Commissioner
  • Prof Mark Drakeford AM, Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance
  • Alison Rose, British Ambassador to Belgium
  • Ulrich Seldeslachts, Belgian Cyber Security Cluster L-SEC
  • Fabian Vandenreydt, Executive Chairman B-Hive European Collaborative Platform
  • Luigi Rebuffi, Secretary General & Founder European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)
  • Alain Courtois, Chief of Contracting, NATO NCI Agency

To register your interest to receive further details please contact Huw Roberts huw.roberts@gov.wales or Ruth Stockley ruth.stockley@gov.wales

To celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of our two countries and the huge strength of our regional cities, the British Embassy in Paris will be hosting a Franco-British workshop on 27th March 2018. 
 
This event will showcase the emerging hotbeds of tech innovation in both our nations and demonstrate what our tech cities have to offer. Through facilitating exchanges between British and French tech businesses, government officials, tech city representatives and the wider ecosystems, we will build on the global digital revolution and establish together inclusive tech strategies.
 
It will also offer an opportunity to proactively identify and accelerate city-to-city deals across regions in the UK and France, therefore reinforcing major city collaborations on three specific tech sub-sectors: Creative Industries, Cyber Security and Smart Cities.
 
A highly interactive format will be hosted by key thought leaders and will feature expert-led panels addressing today’s challenges and highlighting opportunities of a collaborative approach between the UK and France. These discussions will be followed by a series of thematic roundtable discussions, shaping the future of our trailblazing tech nations.
Click here to register

Free the 5G and grow, grow, grow, grow, grow

Yes, 2018 really is moving that fast.  Digital Tuesday is back on 6 March, this time we’re deep diving 5G

Our thirst for data has reached insatiable levels.  Our lives depend on constant connectivity.  WhatsApp messages and Facetime have become our lifeblood.  WiFi is unreliable, and when on the move, unavailable.  4G networks, despite being relatively new, are already creaking under the pressure.

5G is the solution.  It’s set to be lightning-quick, operating up to 100 times faster than 4G, with the capacity to support the likes of augmented reality, autonomous transport networks, and millions of inter-connected IoT devices. It’s a growth enabler, for sure.


But before we get to that point, there’s work to do…


Innovation Point is putting together a proposal for The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport considering ‘Test Beds and Trials’ relating to 5G in Wales.  Digital Tuesday is your chance to get involved and share your thoughts on that bid.

Hear from
 QinetiQ’s (global leader in defence tech consultancy) Anil Shukla & other 5G expert speakers. Also joining us will be Innovation Point’s chairman, Simon Gibson who’s worked in the networks and telephone communication industries for many years.

Indulge in hot drinks courtesy of Celtic Manor, and take a moment to network with others at the heart of a 5G hot-hub. It’s the perfect after-work event for those of you creating emerging technologies of the future, too.  5G will open new realms for you to explore. Digital Tuesday will be jam-packed with like-minded explorers.


Sign up
 here

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

Close of CyberCollaborate Platform

Unfortunately it turns out that neither we (UK Cyber Security Forum) or Pervade Software have the bandwidth necessary to maintain and grow the CyberCollaborate platform. As you know, the UK Cyber Security Forum exists entirely with voluntary effort and this included all the work Pervade put into the development and maintenance of the CyberCollaborate platform. We are incredibly grateful for the work Pervade put into the creation of such a great platform but without us having the time to invest in it, we have decided it is not a viable project to continue.  Please take this as notice that the platform will be closed at the end of March.

City & Guilds development of Cyber Security Technologist qualifications and End Point Assessment

We are now in a position to develop both on-programme and end point assessment for the Cyber Security Technologist and would like to know whether you would be interested in assisting us in one of the following;

1.    Scoping content for the on-programme qualifications and reviewing final products
2.    Involved with scoping, but then assisting in the development of the on-programme qualifications and subsequent tests
3.    Scoping content for the end point assessment and reviewing final products
4.    Involved with scoping, but then assisting in the development of the end point assessment and subsequent assignments
5.    Register to become an Independent Assessor

City & Guilds would happily welcome you to assist in more than one of the areas above and would ask that you email the Project Lead Harmohan (Harmohan.Pahuja@cityandguilds.com) to indicate how you or a colleague could like to be involved with the new development. Harmohan will be able to provide details on how much work is involved and the timetable we are working to in order to offer this Standard to the community.

CyberUK

A reminder that registration is now open for CYBERUK 2018 – the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) flagship event on cyber security, taking place in Manchester.

From 10-12 April 2018, 1800+ delegates will attend events covering both strategy (CYBERUK Leadership) and delivery (CYBERUK In Practice) for a series of interactive sessions, talks and tailored workshops. A key goal for the event is to support a collaborative approach to cyber security across the UK. During CYBERUK 2018 we will aim to enhance existing and build new partnerships across Industry, Academia, Third Sector and Government.

CYBERUK 2018 will facilitate a national conversation to help make the UK the safest place to live and work online. During the event we plan to use interactive walls, feedback stations, polling and social media to help us deliver a highly relevant and interactive event for all levels of cyber expertise.

The call for papers to present on the Spotlight Stage is now open: don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard in an inspiring series of Lightning Talks. The aim of the NCSC is to deliver a truly diverse event where participants can share, challenge, learn and build new relationships in a relaxed and informal environment.

Remember that, although not advertised, there is an SME rate (I think it is 50% of advertised price) but you will need to contact them to get this rate.  I (Emma Philpott) will be there on all three days (usually on the IASME stand) so I hope to see you if you go!

​More information available here.

Valuing the information Asset

The second workshop in the ‘Valuing the information Asset’ series will be run on 21st March 2018.  The event will be held at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street London, WC2E 7HA.  Coffee will be available from 0930 – workshop 1000-1300.  Please find attached notes from the first scoping workshop which outline the rationale for the research, discussion and findings.

Our speaker will be Professor Chris Higson, Professor of Accounting Practice at the London Business School.  As noted in the attached, this workshop will explore the valuation of intangible assets from the perspective of the accountant and finance officer.  Our aim is to give security and finance professionals a mutual understanding of the issues at hand in valuing the assets we wish to exploit, grow and protect.

The workshop is run in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering.

If you would like to attend please register here.

Any queries should be addressed to info@iaac.org.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 opportunity. 
 
ADS is planning to host a UK Pavilion at this year’s Japan Aerospace exhibition, which is due to take place on Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 November 2018 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center in Tokyo, Japan. To assist British companies to make an informed decision on whether to participate in this event, we are planning a half-day briefing on the Japanese market, both generally, and specifically in relation to the Japanese aerospace, defence and security sectors which is taking place on Tuesday 20 March
 
Provisional Agenda
 
09:30    Arrival and Coffee
10:00    Welcome (ADS)
10:05    The Role of JETRO (JETRO)
10:20    Overview of the Japanese Aerospace Market (Stuart Hatch, DIT)
10:40    Overview of the Japanese Defence Market (James Evans, DSO)
10:55    ADS’ Plans for a UK National Pavilion at Japan Aerospace (Robin Reed, ADS)
11:05    Tea/Coffee Break
11:20    Practical Experiences of dealing with Japanese companies (Gregg Rubinstein)
12:20    Doing Business with Japan (Simon Chelton, Cheltons Consulting)
12:50    Open Forum Q&A
13:00    Close and Disperse
 
Benefits of Attending
  • This event will provide some basic guidance on the steps that need to be considered by UK firms who want to do business with Japan;
  • An opportunity to hear about the all-important business culture which non-Japanese companies need to understand and be aware of;
  • This event will provide some practical case studies on how other international firms have sought to do business with Japan, and the best practice lessons that they have learnt.
To book your attendance, please click here.
 
If you have any queries please contact Tamsin Thorn: E:  T: tamsin.thorn@adsgroup.org.uk  DD: +44 (0)20 7091 4516 / M:+44 (0)7500 926 923

Could your ideas enhance and scale human expertise?

Augmented Intelligence can enhance human judgement and turn data into insight. It’s often the start of breakthrough

discoveries that can change the way we live. We’ve teamed up with the Cabinet Office and TechHub to find small

businesses with big Augmented Intelligence ideas for public services, defence and retail.

Digital Public Services – Have you got an idea that can transform public services? It could be internal, with civil service or public sector teams. External, with citizens and service users. Or even both.

Digital Defence Enablement – Could your idea help a commander and their staff better plan an operation? Could it help them visualise and test the impact of decisions before they act? Or even assess their manoeuvres in real time?

Digital Retail – Could your idea better connect us with customers and make for a more personalised retail experience? Could it drive operational transformation, whether it’s inventory management, warehousing or in-store analytics? Or even use online engagement to drive in-store sales?

You don’t have to have any previous experience in these sectors. But we do need big ideas from small companies and solutions that can be applied to these challenges.

To get involved, head to www.btplc.com/btinfinitylab/Augmentedintelligence. You’ll need to fill in the application form, shoot a short video, and send it to us by Monday 12th March 2018.

Three winners will receive:

• A £10,000 cash prize • Six months of support from BT • A six-month TechHub Flex membership

One of the key aims of Prevent Officers in the Tarian Regional Organised Crime Unit is to deter individuals from getting involved in cybercrime. To do so, we have recently worked with the DVLA who have an annual coding challenge for 7-11 year olds and more recently 11-14. The challenge enables pupils to develop problem solving, communication and teamwork skills as well as improving their computer programming knowledge. The teams must build a game using a variety of coding languages in-line with a theme and we are pleased to say that we will be supplying the theme of ‘’Create a game to prevent the cyber-criminal from hacking into your computer’’ this year to both age groups.
 
Moreover, there is an opportunity for the teams & schools to win an array of useful IT equipment to develop these skills outside of the competition. These prizes are funded via sponsors/associates of the competition – prizes include Raspberry Pi starter kits, Lego Mindstorm kits, Micro Bit Inventor kits, Drones, Hard Drives and many more.
 
We believe that this challenge provides the opportunity that is lacking within the curriculum and ultimately develops/promotes skills that are hard to come by.
 
For more information about the competition, you can find it here at http://www.dvlacodechallenge.dvla.gov.uk/
 
Could I please ask that you are able to forward this on to the other cluster members so that they are aware of the competition and sponsorship opportunities.
 
Many Thanks,
 
Sam.
 
Sam Griffin
Swyddog Atal Seiberdroseddu / Cyber Crime Prevent Officer
Uned Troseddau Seibr Rhanbarthol / Regional Cyber Crime Unit

( Mewnol / Internal 62093
( Allanol  / External 01656 310144
: Ebost  / Email  Samuel.Griffin@south-wales.pnn.police.uk / Samuel.Griffin@heddlu-de-cymru.pnn.police.uk
The Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation would like to invite you to an event on 4 April at RMA Sandhurst focused on exporting to the United States. This is an opportunity to hear from DSO colleagues about our experiences of exporting defence, security and cyber security capabilities to the US and to understand what support DIT can provide to you in doing so. There will be a range of presentations from the DSO USA desk, the cyber security export team, the space sector team and others. The staff from the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), US Embassy, will also be available during the morning coffee and lunch breaks for 1-2-1 meetings.
 
This workshop is designed to help get companies ready to sell their products to the US, to understand how to write a Quad Chart, the reasons why they are needed, to note the websites that US Acquisition Managers use to advertise their requirements and seek White Papers.
 
The timetable for the day is below. There are 100 seats available for this event at £100 plus VAT per seat, with a maximum of two reps per company. Queries should be directed to: craig.cabell@trade.gov.uk. To register for this event, please contact tajinder.chhina@trade.gov.uk with your name, company, telephone number, best email addresses (per delegate) and let us know if you will be entering Sandhurst on foot or intend to drive in (driver, make of car and registration number will be required for those driving in if we can secure permits). Closing date for registration is Wednesday 28 February, when companies will be given a seven day window to pay (details of how to do this will be forwarded on the closing date).
 
1000hrs Registration tea/coffee/networking opportunity
1030 Welcome and house rules
1035 DSO US Strategy for 2018 (information about Quad Charts, registering products on the DSO/DIT/BDS Pipeline and High Value Contract spreadsheets, route to market, UK support, in-country support, exhibition programme and how to register)
1105 Export Support Team support in the US
1120 US Special operations command and routes to market
1130 Cyber Pipeline and RSA registration 2019
1145 Policing and Security – as two sectors
1155 Space sector
1215 ADS briefing
1230 Lunch
1300 End
 
Regards,
 
Pete
 
Pete Thompson | Assistant Director, Cyber Security | Defence and Security Organisation |
Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW
The Coastal Communities Fund Wales invests around £4million of non-repayable grants, per year, to businesses throughout Wales’ coastal settlements. The aim of this investment is to see businesses create or sustain jobs through income generating activities which will see these communities flourish.
 
We’ve been running since 2012 and each year have tried to make ourselves known to more and more business so they can come to us for grants to see their business ideas and potential be fulfilled. This year we’re actively trying to engage with businesses in the ICT sector.
 
The fifth year of Coastal Communities Fund went live on Friday 5th January. Applicants can find out all about the Fund and download forms or supplementary information from our website (see link below). Organisations and businesses have until 12th March to submit proposals:
 
 
You’re also welcome to attend any of our customer advice events to find out more and meet one of the team in person. The events will be held on:
 
15th February, Llanelli Town Library, 9:30am-12:30pm
19th February, Prestatyn FC, 10:00am – 1pm
 
If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending please encourage them to book a place through our website or our social media channels on Facebook (biglotteryfundwales) or Twitter(biglotterywales).
 
Alternatively, if you would like to speak with me in person about Coastal Communities Fund you’re more than welcome to contact me direct either via email or telephone.
 
If you would like to work collaboratively to share information about this opportunity with partners or other organisations please do let me know and I can arrange for Iwan from our Communications Team to liaise with your over details for doing some join media work. 
 
If there’s any way I can be of further assistance please do let me know. Please also feel free to send interest parties my contact details if they also want to make direct contact.
 
Regards,
Andrew
 
Andrew Brown
Rheolwr Ariannu | Funding Manager 
01686 611706
Ail Lawr, Tŷ Ladywell, Y Drenewydd  SY16 1JB
2nd Floor, Ladywell House, Newtown  SY10 1JB
Llinell Gymorth / Advice Line : 0300 123 0735
 
1:30 – 3:30pm, 15 March 2018, Mercure Hotel, Cardiff   Register here
Funding opportunities abound for those who collaborate, but finding the right partners is difficult. We propose a short workshop that will introduce the Vanguard Initiative – a network supporting collaborations across European regions.  Bangor University will talk about their experience of international collaboration, and we will also highlight the support available to organisations seeking collaboration opportunities.  
 
The Vanguard Initiative is bringing regions and clusters together – to learn, connect, demonstrate and commercialise.
 
Pilot projects currently cover the following topics:
 
  • Bio-Economy – Interregional cooperation on innovative use of non-food Biomass – Lignocellulose refinery, Bio-aromatics, Turning (waste)gas into value, Biogas Beyond Energy Production, Bio-Aviation Fuel, Food & Feed Ingredients from Agrofood Waste, Food & Feed Ingredients from Algae.
  • Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing (ESM) – De- and re-manufacturing, personalised products, surface and coating materials, digital and virtual factories, nano-enabled products.
  • High Performance Production through 3D-Printing
  • Making EU the global leader in components for marine renewables and offshore energy applications
  • Vanguard Initiative pilot project on New nano-enabled Products – wires for ICT and energy,nano-bio systems, production of nano-materials, printed nano-electronics (including application on buildings)
 
H2020 Annual Event, 10:00am, 15 March 2018, Mercure Hotel, Cardiff
 
If you haven’t already registered for the H2020 Annual Event you can do so here.
 
Themed around Forging partnerships, driving success, the 2018 event builds on Wales’ success inHorizon 2020 in order to prepare for 9th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9).  We will explore how continued commitment to collaborate with Europe and the rest of the World will help drive Wales’ competitiveness and growth.
 
With already over 100 people signed up, places are going fast so please don’t forget to register or contact us directly. H2020@gov.wales

WELCOME TO THE CYBER EXCHANGE FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
The February Cyber Exchange newsletter is now available for you to view on the site. As usual, lots of news, views and features for you, including…

DCMS Cyber Security Skills Immediate Impact Fund launched… READ MORE

Neurodiversity programme update… READ MORE

Cyber Exchange sponsorship opportunities… READ MORE

Upcoming Cyber 101 Business Bootcamps for Cyber Security SMEs…. READ MORE

CYBER UK 2018 – Call for papers for the chance to speak on the Spotlight Stage… READ MORE

Sage advice – new members, SAGE with a guide to staying safe in the cloud… READ MORE

The University of Bath and their research project on ‘Understanding Cyber Behaviours… READ MORE

Plus more news, our usual upcoming featured events and list of new members… READ MORE

Your ongoing support and interest is greatly appreciated! Stay in touch!

Regards,
Cyber Exchange Team

Innovation Point are undertaking a Wales focussed research project on behalf of Digital Catapult. We are mapping the UK 5G ecosystem and exploring the current and immediate efforts to accelerate 5G adoption in the UK, covering academia, industry and local government initiatives.  As part of the work we are seeking to engage with both providers of the technology and potential users to help provide a clearer understanding of the opportunities and barriers of a wider UK roll out. 
 
To this end, we are seeking to engage in 1:2:1 interviews with people or organisations interested in the future of communications technology. We feel that this new technology could pose significant security related challenges and opportunities as the structure and deployment of networks evolve to accommodate 5G, and even 6G infrastructure.
 
The interview should take approximately 30 minutes and can be undertaken over the phone, or you may wish to simply complete the questionnaire yourself. If you are interested in engaging in this process, please contact me via: 
 
Phone:  +44 (0)1633 504102 ext 2010
 
We are aiming to complete the interviews by 2nd March so please do get in contact at your earliest possible convenience.

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in…

UK Cyber Security Forum  Community SOC

We are starting a project to create a Community SOC which will provide internet protection for vulnerable members of society and also be used as a training centre for people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) such as Aspergers.

Only 9% of adults with Autism are in employment although many, especially the high functioning individuals (with Aspergers) are highly capable.  Many people with Aspergers have particular skills in being detailed, focused, and recognizing changes in patterns. However, they find it difficult to work in a typical workplace due to their disability affecting their ability for social interaction, understanding workplace ‘rules’, and coping with noise and excessive activity.

The Community SOC will aim to give the trainees a solid grounding and experience in cyber security. In addition to the cyber security training, trainees will receive mentoring in workplace skills.  It is expected that the trainees will move to work in commercial cyber security companies after attaining a certain level of cyber security expertise as well as higher confidence and self esteem.

The first of these Community SOCs will be set up in Worcester but once the model has been demonstrated, the aim will be to set others up around the UK.

In parallel with getting started training the individuals with Aspergers, a team of volunteers from cyber security companies will work together to develop a system to protect and shield vulnerable individuals from threats on the Internet. The system will need to be very low cost, simple to implement, and easy to operate. It will minimize the human- to-human interaction for the delivery of the service.

This system will be developed, trialed and tested by the group of cyber security volunteers. However, as the expertise and confidence of the trainees increases they will have the opportunity of joining this team and helping to develop the solution.

For this project to be successful we are going to need volunteers from across the cyber security industry to help.  I fully understand that many of you do not have time to spare to support something like this but if you would like to get involved in any way please do let me know!

We are currently bidding for a DCMS grant to get this project started and we would like to include offers of help from any of you who would like to donate your time, expertise, training, equipment or anything else.  This is being run under the UK Cyber Security Forum which is a not for profit Community Interest Company.

The bid has to be in on Wednesday next week (28th Feb) so if you could let me know (info@ukcyberseucrityforum.com) before that if you would be able to volunteer in any way to this project I can include that and I will also add you to our distribution list to keep you informed of progress.  We also intend to have a webpage about the project soon which will list all our amazing volunteers / donors.

Do let me know if you would like to see the full proposal or have any feedback and many thanks in advance!!

 

CyberUK

10th – 12th April

I have had confirmation that there is an SME rate to attend this (I think it is 50% of the advertised rate) but it seems you have to ask for it.

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberuks/cyberuk-2018

 

Cyber 101 

Cyber 101 is a national programme as part of DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security industry and the capability of cyber security SMEs. This programme is linked to the Develop strand of UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, a series of activities that will be supported by £1.9bn public investment over the next five years.

Cyber 101 is made up of a number of activities aimed at providing insights and actionable outputs – each of which are specifically targeted to meet the needs of cyber security SMEs. It will consist of Bootcamps that provide intensive one day workshops, deep-dives going into the real detail and challenges of core topics, as well as demo days that will enable you to pitch your business to potential customers and investors.

Attend a bootcamp

By attending an intensive one-day Bootcamp, SMEs can receive tutoring and tailored expert advice on how to develop and scale up their cyber business. The training is designed to help support cyber security enterprises to hone their go to market approach and business skills in an open innovation environment powered by peer-to- peer learning and expert guidance. Please visit the Open Call page to register for upcoming bootcamps in Birmingham and London, or register you interest for future dates.

Selected SMEs participating in the Cyber 101 Programme will be shortlisted for an annual Demo Day, which will provide the opportunity for them to pitch their Cyber Security solutions to potential customers, partners and investors. Please note this event is specifically for corporates or investors who are interested in cyber security.

Cyber 101 is delivered in partnership with Digital Catapult, The Accelerator Network, CSIT and Inogesis.

 

Legal Cyber Security Expo

We are partnering with Legal Cyber Security Expo for 2018 and so you can get complimentary tickets to come to the show, which is the UK’s leading event for legal businesses and professionals to make sure they are protecting sensitive data from the threat of cyber-attacks and data breaches. The event is running March 21st and 22nd at ExCeL in London along with Legalex, the UK’s leading event for business growth and professional development in the legal sector.

The shows offer over 150 seminars highlighting the latest technologies, systems, IT, GDPR, and techniques for legal cyber security in the industry over the two days. All seminars are hosted by industry giants and are fully CPD accredited. Between both events this is an unrivalled opportunity to network and receive 1-2-1 advice from the experts.

Everything you need to make sure your data is protected will all be under one roof, so register for your free ticket now.

 

Joint Security and Resilience Centre – Recruitment of Secondees

A main priority of the UK Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers’ Community (RISC) is to support the work and development of the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC), established to help the government and UK security sector suppliers work more closely – making it quicker and simpler to bring customers and solutions together. Based in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) within the Home Office, JSaRC is a relatively new organisation that is staffed jointly by civil servants and industry to help implement national security initiatives, and fulfil the economic potential of the UK security industry.

March 2018 marks the end of the pilot phase of initial secondments into JSaRC and, following the recommendation that the unit should work towards implementing practical programmes and ‘scale up’ its activity, they have been invited by the Home Office to assist the organisation with the recruitment of its next intake of secondees. The benefits of participation for individuals seconded into JSaRC are wide-ranging, and include:

  • Opportunity for individual to work at the heart of the UK’s national security agenda;
  • Gain understanding of the diverse machinery of Government in the security space;
  • Contribute to Government programmes and priorities (NB. this is not a BD role);
  • Unique position to offer an industrial perspective to HMG thinking in security field; and
  • Exposure to a wide cross section of the security industrial base.

This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are early into a security sector career, for example those who may be part of a graduate training scheme and who are to learn about the workings of the Home Office and other security departments. In addition, JSaRC also seeks project managers or others that are focused on delivery and implementation, as well as experienced individuals.

Against this backdrop, RISC is pleased to offer companies the opportunity to express their interest in nominating individuals to become the next generation of JSaRC industry secondees at their earliest convenience, and by no later than 16 March 2018. Following an initial nomination, and subject to eligibility, a meeting will be facilitated between the interested company and JSaRC to take forward the discussion.

  • Interested companies should note the following requirements of a JSaRC secondment:
  • The need for the secondee to sign a binding Non-Disclosure Agreement;
  • A minimum commitment of two days per week for a year;
  • Attendance at regular team meetings in Cambridge (generally held on a Wednesday); and
  • Regular attendance in London for Government meetings.
  • If you would like to see the attachment with further details of the JSaRC secondee opportunity and its benefits please email me (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) but please note this clause in the additional terms:

Salary, Travel and Subsistence & other Expenses: The parent company will retain responsibility for all pay matters including tax and national insurance. Generally the parent company will also be responsible for normal expenses involved in the JSaRC secondee working at a main JSaRC location (London or Cambridge); for other expenses incurred in the course of secondee duties JSaRC will cover costs.

To learn more about the scheme, nominate a candidate, or for an informal discussion on the work and progress of JSaRC to date, please contact a member of the RISC secretariat: Hugo Rosemont (E. hugo.rosemont@adsgroup.org.uk or Mike Miller E. michael.miller@adsgroup.org.uk).

 

UK Security Expo 

Message from Steve Borwell (one of our members):

I have reserved space for the next UK Security Expo.  If you are interested in sharing the space with borwell and our SME partners, I need confirmation of the following by the 28th Feb.  I will then send an invoice, which has to be paid by 16th March.

UK Security Expo – 28-29 November, London

https://www.uksecurityexpo.com/

See attached photos

1m pod £2,000 plus VAT

I have space for 7 pods in total.

The total cost is £14,000 + VAT.  I have to pay 35% in the next two weeks.

Please let me know if you want one?

The price above includes all the graphics, electricity etc.  You just turn up with a popup banner and a laptop/table top display.

As a value add my team will:

  • Produce a flyer containing all the partner profiles
  • Create a custom webpage with our profiles
  • Liaise with ADS about our collaboration of SMEs
  • Liaise with DIT to encourage delegations to visit our area
  • Liaise with the Home Office and other Government departments to promote our collaboration
  • Send several e-shots to our 6,000 contacts in our database

Please let me know asap.

Kind regards,

Steve

Steven Borwell-Fox / Managing Director 

steven@borwell.com

Good morning!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

CyberThreat 2018 – 50% off

CyberThreat 2018 is a new event from the UK National Cyber Security Centre and SANS Institute, designed to bring together the technical cyber security community. Focused on practitioners and spanning the full breadth of cyber defence and incident response disciplines, the event encourages sharing of bleeding edge techniques, case studies from the field and new tools.

The two-day conference will be hosted by the NCSC and SANS Institute. Our mission is to deliver the best technical conference in the UK for cyber security practitioners. The event takes place on February 27-28, 2018 at London’s QEII Conference Centre.

In addition to talks from renowned cyber security practitioners, and rising industry stars, CyberThreat 2018 also features hands-on opportunities for delegates in the form of capture the flag events, team problem solving and hackathons against some of the latest devices and products.

This url takes you straight to a 50% discount registration page : https://www.cyberthreat2018.com/register?code=3df128fdec75e62c1a39dbe5c8be42b1

CyberUK 2018

CyberUk is The National Cyber Security Centre’s Flagship Event  https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/cyberuk-2018

Last year NCSC told us about an SME rate.  This year they have told me that there will be one but not any further details yet.  Separately, I know of one small company who contacted them and asked for the SME rate and got a discount – so it is worth asking.  If I hear anything more specific I will share it with you.

Cyber security trade mission to Qatar

Expressions of interest by 16th February

The Department for International Trade and British Embassy Doha, in partnership with the Qatar Central Bank, are planning a cyber security trade mission to Qatar themed around the needs of financial services institutions there. This is likely to take place on 26 March 2018.

We envisage a one-day event starting with a briefing on the local political and economic situation from the British Embassy. The day will then be hosted by the QCB who will brief on the challenges they see and feature local financial institutions and relevant government entities. There will be a chance for UK businesses to present on their capabilities and there will be a facilitated roundtable discussion. Following this there will be opportunities for networking and one-to-one meetings with those present.

Areas of likely focus for the trade mission will be: cyber security risk and governance, information sharing, threat assessment and detection, and incident response.

At this stage we are inviting people to just express an interest by 16 February (via cyber@trade.gov.uk) in attending so as to gauge numbers while we work on the details with the QCB. Further information, including the cost of attending, will follow to those interested.

IAAC Management Committee

IAAC is seeking nominations for election to our Management Committee.  The role requirements and rules for the election can be found here.

Members of the Management Committee have an important role in the work of IAAC.  We are looking for people who can spare on average of two hours per week and attendance at four management committee meetings a year, on a pro bono, voluntary basis.   We plan to assign portfolios to successful candidates comprising interests such as research quality, communications and technology advice to the committee.

Nominees eligible to stand are either members of the IAAC Community of Interest or individuals proposed by an IAAC company sponsor or IAAC Officer.

Relevant dates for the elections are:

  • Nominations by 9th March 2018, together with supporting statement to info@iaac.org.uk.
  • Elections window 3rd April – 16th April 2018.
  • First Management Committee Meeting – preferably 27th June – or 11th October.

If you would like to discuss or require further information, please contact the CEO at ceo@iaac.org.uk.

JARCS WorkPlan

The work plan is an overview of the projects that JSaRC has taken on. For each ongoing project there is more detailed information available for review dependent on security classification. This includes a delivery document, a service level agreement between JSaRC and sponsoring department and resource allocation by JSaRC and budget forecast.

The pipeline is where there are ongoing discussions with sponsoring departments and we haven’t been able to move to qualified stage where we can identify that JSaRC will add value, funding is approved and there are key identifiable timescales and outcomes

Completed projects doesn’t necessarily mean the issue has disappeared, it may be that JSaRC can add no further value or the sponsoring department no longer need our support.

Each project will be categorised against our three main objectives.

Please let me know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you would like sight of this and I will email it over to you.

Exporting to the United States

The Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation would like to invite you to an event on 4 April at RMA Sandhurst focused on exporting to the United States. This is an opportunity to hear from DSO colleagues about our experiences of exporting defence, security and cyber security capabilities to the US and to understand what support DIT can provide to you in doing so. There will be a range of presentations from the DSO USA desk, the cyber security export team, the space sector team and others. The staff from the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), US Embassy, will also be available during the morning coffee and lunch breaks for 1-2-1 meetings.

This workshop is designed to help get companies ready to sell their products to the US, to understand how to write a Quad Chart, the reasons why they are needed, to note the websites that US Acquisition Managers use to advertise their requirements and seek White Papers.

The timetable for the day is below. There are 100 seats available for this event at £100 plus VAT per seat, with a maximum of two reps per company. Queries should be directed to: craig.cabell@trade.gov.uk. To register for this event, please contact tajinder.chhina@trade.gov.uk with your name, company, telephone number, best email addresses (per delegate) and let us know if you will be entering Sandhurst on foot or intend to drive in (driver, make of car and registration number will be required for those driving in if we can secure permits). Closing date for registration is Wednesday 28 February, when companies will be given a seven day window to pay (details of how to do this will be forwarded on the closing date).

1000hrs Registration tea/coffee/networking opportunity
1030 Welcome and house rules
1035 DSO US Strategy for 2018 (information about Quad Charts, registering products on the DSO/DIT/BDS Pipeline and High Value Contract spreadsheets, route to market, UK support, in-country support, exhibition programme and how to register)
1105 Export Support Team support in the US
1120 US Special operations command and routes to market
1130 Cyber Pipeline and RSA registration 2019
1145 Policing and Security – as two sectors
1155 Space sector
1215 ADS briefing
1230 Lunch
1300 End

Living in the Internet of Things

A PETRAS, IoTUK and IET Conference, Exhibition and Forum brings together an international audience of academia and Industry R&D specialists to explore the critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security through both social science and technical disciplines related to the Cybersecurity of the IoT.

This two day event incorporates technical paper presentations and invited speaker conference, exhibition, workshops, seminars, poster sessions and project demonstrations.

Register at https://events.theiet.org/petras/index.cfm?origin=cybersecurityforum-CFD-newsletter

Good afternoon!

Here are some more opportunities you might be interested in.

West Midlands Cluster Meeting
6th February
Free to attend

Eventbrite details are here and they have some great speakers lined up :

They will be joined by Tim Kay KPMG, WMCA Digital Board Tech Ecosystem lead from the Digital team of West Midlands Combined Authority to speak about the Digital Strategy for the next 12 Months.

They will be joined by Jamie Harrison from Digital Catapult to talk about their Cyber 101: Business skills bootcamps for cyber security SMEs

Legal Cyber Security Expo

This is an event designed to help law firms and legal professionals make sure that they have all the tools and knowledge needed to make sure that sensitive data is protected against the threat of cyber attacks and data breaches. It is running with Legalex on the 21st & 22nd March at ExCeL London, and tickets are free from the Legal Cyber Security Expo website.

Legal Cyber Security Expo and Legalex enough offer:

Over 200 of the most innovative suppliers including Lloyds Bank plc, The Met Police and FALCON, LogRhythm, Wandera,
Over 150 seminars on cyber security issues from industry such as, Chris Fawcett from Lloyds Bank plc, Vince Warrington from Protective Intelligence, and Brett Johnson a Former US Most Wanted Cyber Criminal.
Free CPD Accreditation
networking opportunities with over 3,500 other Legal, IT and Cyber professionals
And it’s all free to attend!

Good afternoon

There are quite a few short notice opportunities I have been sent this week so here is an extra bulletin…


“Cyber Security Academic Startups Programme” grant funded competition

Applications close on 31st Jan (noon) .

Successful applicants will be informed on 9th February and will commence the 6-week programme on the week of the 12th February.

The recording (slides and audio) of the competition briefing webinar is available via the above link under the Dates tab.

To join the programme applicants must:
– be based in a UK academic institution
– have an idea related to cyber security
– be interested in commercialising the idea

Estonia – Cyber security solutions

Very tight deadline – 2 February 2018

A tender has been issued to supply a ICS network intrusion detection system.

An electricity distribution network operator in Estonia is looking to buy and deploy a network-based intrusion detection system (IDS) for SCADA and AMI network with vendor support.
You should be able to provide the following:

– delivery of IDS sensors for SCADA and AMI systems (hardware and software)
– delivery of IDS management console
– assistance in the initial setup and configuration
– initial user training
– composing and presenting IDS documentation
– vendor support for 5 years

To apply you should have:

– an annual general turnover of at least £668,000 per year during the last 3 financial years
– fulfilled at least 3 sales contracts on network-based intrusion detection system with at least £223,000 each in the last 4 years
– an ability to provide operative vendor support in Estonian or in English for the network-based intrusion detection system
The estimated contract value is £445,000.

Proposals will be accepted both in Estonian and English. The submission deadline is 2 February 2018 at 13:00 UK time.

For more information about this tender, please click here

Improving Crowd Resilience and H2020 Secure Societies Collaboration Event

Reply by 31 January 2018

*Important note*- please feel free to circulate this to your community but we kindly request that the details are not be posted on a public facing website.

The Defence and Security Accelerator and the Home Office are holding a joint event for stakeholders, users and suppliers interested in secure societies and protecting public places. The event will take place in the London on 22 February 2018. This email is seeking expressions of interest for attendance at this event.

The morning will include presentations from the winning bidders from the Accelerator’s Improving Crowd Resilience competition. This competition sought innovative ideas to reduce the threat from terrorist and malicious use of explosives and weapons in public spaces. Attendees will have the chance to see details of the projects funded through the Accelerator and explore potential collaborations or exploitation of the work. The afternoon will include a briefing and Q&A on Horizon 2020, the EU’s open fund for research and innovation, providing attendees with an opportunity to hear more about some of the projects funded and other opportunities for collaboration.

Attendance at this event is limited to a maximum of 200 people. Therefore, if you are interested in attending, please reply to accelerator@dstl.gov.uk by 31 January 2018 with the subject title of ‘ICR and Horizon 2020 Secure Societies EOI’ stating your name, company, and why you’d like to attend. Successful applicants will then be sent a link to register for attendance. Please note that if the event is oversubscribed, the organisers will have to limit the number attending from a single organisation.

The future of ENISA

The Government has launched a consultation on the future of ENISA and coherence in cyber security certification.

Please see the link below with details of how to respond and timelines.

“Call for views on the European Commission’s proposed Regulation on ENISA, the “EU Cybersecurity Agency”, and on Cyber Security Certification.

This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 13 February 2018”

More info can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposal-on-enisa-and-cyber-security-certification.

 

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Distributed on behalf of Cyber Security Challenge UK are details of ​their recruitment campaign for a new Director of Finance and Corporate Services.

Reports To: CEO
Location: Home based
Position: Part Time (3-4 days per week envisaged), occasional UK travel
Start Date: April 1st (earlier preferable to enable handover with outgoing FD)
Salary:  £60-65k, pro-rata, depending on experience, plus company pension and appropriate expenses

If you want to see the rest of the detailed job advert please let me know and I will email it over to you (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

Any queries please direct to  Nina Roberts,Operations Manager, Cyber Security Challenge UK nroberts@cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk

France – Cyber security solutions

A multinational wants to identify innovative start-ups with solutions in Internet of Things cyber security
Expiry date – 31 March 2018

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please use the following link; https://opportunities.export.great.gov.uk/opportunities/france-cyber-security-solutions

 SC Congress London

SC Congress London is next month – February 15 at the ILEC in central London – register here to apply for your  FREE place (end users only).

In one day they cover all bases, from GDPR and wider regulation to cyber-crime, critical infrastructure and skills shortages. On offer as well are masterclasses on ransomware and breach recovery as well as hacking demos and a mock trial.

£50,000 grants for digital solutions to vocational adult learning (VocTech)

Ufi is launching its latest seed funding call, offering up to £50,000 for projects which aim to provide innovative digital solutions to vocational adult learning (VocTech).

Technology can transform how vocational learning happens and ‘scale up’ this impact to provide better, quicker, digital learning.  Ufi’s VocTech Seed fund aims to raise skill levels across the UK by funding development and testing of innovative, creative projects with new ideas for vocational learning delivery. The fund is open to any sector, industry or technology.
This call is open from 13 February 2018 to 14 March 2018.

Workshops where you will be able to learn more about funding and discuss your application with Ufi staff are being held in Birmingham (7 Feb), Newcastle (22 Feb) and London (6 March).  You can sign up for these here: https://www.ufi.co.uk/upcoming-events

If you cannot attend a workshop, there will also be webinars on 14th Feb, 21st Feb, and 7th March, and you can sign up for these using the same link.

There is more about Ufi at www.ufi.co.uk, and on Twitter @UfiTrust,

RSA San Francisco

16 – 20 April 2018

RSA San Francisco invites you to attend the world’s largest annual cyber security conference and exhibition that brings together over 700 exhibitors and 43,000 visitors.

Each year the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosts 8 first-time exhibitors at RSA to showcase their capabilities at the UK pavilion.

In addition to the opportunity to exhibit at RSA at a discounted rate, DIT also offers UK pavilion companies a series of US market briefings, buyer and investor introductions, and multiple networking opportunities throughout the week.

UK cyber security companies interested in exhibiting within the UK Pavilion at RSA 2018 should contact pauline.wood@mobile.trade.gov.uk. For approved companies, there will be a pre-RSA briefing session on Friday 2nd March. Cost:£7,000

A multinational wants to identify innovative start-ups with solutions in Internet of Things cyber security.


You should be able to offer a hardware or software solution that:

– has patents if possible
– is preferably for Edge devices
– be low consumption
– needs low bandwidth for connectivity

Your company should:

– be at the evolving or seed stage of the fundraising process
– be at least 1 year old
– have a minimal viable product available

This opportunity is designed to create solid links between the multinational and the selected cyber start-ups.

The aim is to develop a solid network within the French cybersphere.

Submit your proposal to the Department for International Trade team in France.

All submissions will be reviewed and you will be notified of any potential next steps. You can only submit a proposal if you are a UK registered company.

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

Pitch at the Palace

As you may know, The Duke of York founded Pitch@Palace in 2014 and has been incredibly proud to see it develop over the last 4 years.  You will find here a summary of Pitch@Palace’s activity over the last year.

Pitch@Palace supports Entrepreneurs from the UK and around the world by providing them with a platform to showcase their businesses and help them accelerate their growth with the connections that they are able to make through the Pitch@Palace network.

Pitch@Palace 9.0 will take place on 25th April, 2018 at St. James’s Palace, You will find here a timeline that sets out details.  The Theme for Pitch@Palace 9.0 is “Data, Intelligence, and The Future of Security” and we hope discover entrepreneurs and companies that have identified opportunity in the following areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • IoT
  • Cyber-security
  • Blockchain
  • Defence
  • Cloud
  • 3D Printing

Pitch@Palace Boot Camp will take place on 13th March at the University of Manchester.

Find out more about the process here – www.pitchatpalace.com/apply

If you do apply please let me know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will ask them to look out for you in particular.

 

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)

To let you know about 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. I have 2 RFAs – please email me (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you want them and I will forward them to you. 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.

 

Discounted GCHQ Certified Penetration Course

Once of our members, Tranchulas are offering 10% discount for UK Cyber Security Forum members to attend their next GCHQ Certified Penetration course which is in Birmingham on 6th February. https://tranchulas.com/courses/penetration-testing-and-ethical-hacking-training/

Please contact zubair@tranchulas.com for more details.

 

IAAC Diversity Workshop

The Information Assurance Advisory Council is running a Diversity Workshop on 2 March at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.  Coffee will be available from 0900, with the workshop starting at 0930 and concluding at 15.30.

The workshop aims to develop practical steps for making diversity a natural part of our cyber security profession.  The idea is to bake diversity into the way we work and organise ourselves, as if it were diversity by design.

The workshop will start with a number of keynotes to inspire and help us understand what success looks like and the challenges we face.  We’ll then have a series of short presentations to introduce the factors that influence people’s behaviours and attitudes.  For example, the National Autistic Society have agreed to do a short talk on ’reasonable adjustments’ as an approach for changing the work environment to be more attractive and amenable to autistic people.  Is this a design approach that could inform diversity in our organisations? We’ll also hear from corporations already making changes to encourage diversity and reduce bias.  We plan to run a short exercise to help us understand unconscious bias.

Using the design analogy, the second half of the day will be a structured discussion and workshop where we will discuss ‘user stories’ regarding our work-based ‘system’.  We want the users to be personas of the people who we need to attract and be represented in the industry.  Through this we aim to establish diversity ‘requirements’ and generate measures that they might be easily adopted to address those requirements.  The event will be written up as a guide to promote and prompt change.  The full workshop agenda will follow shortly.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest

 

Bath University Research project

The University of Bath are conducting some research looking into the characteristics of cyber offenders which they are successfully recruiting via the National Crime Agency.  However they are now looking for individuals with cyber skills but whom do not offend. Here is the link to the research:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/participants-wanted-for-research-into-the-characteristics-of-cyber-dependent-offenders/

If you are a non-offender with cyber skills please consider taking the survey on the webpage linked above.

 

IAAC North-West Regional Community Workshops

Thanks to the IAAC North West regional sponsors, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Raytheon UK, IAAC North West is holding its second workshop event. Universities, schools and employers are invited to explore ways in which collaboration between education and work can improve cyber skills for the workplace. As a key player within the North West in offering opportunities for young people within the workplace, I would like to invite you to this very special workshop which will examine guidance for schools, universities and employers seeking to create placement, mentoring and internship opportunities for development of cyber skills. Attendance from across IAAC’s National Community of Interest is welcome.

The workshop

​ on Tuesday 27 February 2018 , 6pm – 9pm

at  Atlas I, School of Computer Science, Kilburn Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

​ ​To attend please register here

 

Tech Nation survey

Tech Nation is a groundbreaking series of reports on the UK’s digital tech ecosystem. Over the last three years – it has captured the strength, depth and breadth of activity across the UK. It has revealed the scale of the digital tech sector, captured its growth, and – crucially – developed an understanding of the characteristics of the communities driving it.

In the past Malvern has been particularly highlighted in the report with a lot of companies in and around the Malvern area completing the survey – please do take time to do this again.

We want to hear from you on topics such as diversity of the tech sector in your local area, on opportunities for high growth businesses and the quality of education and training. It only takes 5 minutes!

Take the survey!

Dear Friends and Associates,
 
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 Trade Mission to Peru from 6 – 8 February 2018, led by the Sports Economy Team. It is part of the G2G agreement we have in place with Peru which relates to the Pan Am games in Lima.
 
The Sixth Pan and Parapan American Games, the fourth largest sporting event in the world will take place in Lima, Peru – running from July 26 – 1 September 2019. In April 2017, the UK and Peru signed a Government to Government (G2G) agreement making the UK their key partner in supporting the delivery of the Lima Games.
Infrastructure contracts for the Games are now underway and operations opportunities are forthcoming in the next few months. There are major opportunities in overlay and operations tenders, as well as transport, marketing, catering, temporary power, security, infrastructure supply chain, legacy and insurance.
To facilitate access to these opportunities, the Department for International Trade is organising a trade mission to Peru from 6 – 8 February 2018.
During this trade mission, the UK delegation will meet and network with the Lima 2019 Organising Committee (COPAL) and relevant Functional Areas, relevant Peruvian companies and infrastructure contractors looking to work with UK companies. Companies will also be able to showcase their expertise through tailored seminars.
The trade mission programme will include:
  • Visit to COPAL at VIDENA Sports Cluster
  • Site visit to the Pan American Village
  • Networking opportunities
  • One-to one meetings with local companies
  • Legacy Conference with UK speakers and local stakeholders
This mission is specifically targeted toward UK companies with experience at working on major sporting events. As such we would only advise registration from companies involved in, and with experience of, this area of sports.
The participation fee is £275 + VAT. Please note all travel costs including visas, flights, accommodation and food are not included in the programme and must be covered by the delegate.
Please forward any queries you may have to: E: ditglobalsports@brayleino.co.uk / T: +44 (0)117 906 4574

Digital Tuesday is back with a bang after the Christmas break and we’re here to help ease you into 2018!

Still not sure how you’re going to tackle GDPR in time for May?

Don’t worry….we’ve got you.

Following our successful session ‘How will GDPR affect you?’ in October we’re back with another GDPR 101. You’ve told us that GDPR is still confusing and many of you just don’t think that it applies to you. It is, and it does. So, this time we’ve broken it down into bite sized chunks and got some small (and some slightly bigger) businesses to come and talk about the paletable things that they have done and to ensure that they are compliant.

They are ready and waiting to share how they have been attacking some of the hurdles that we are all facing and they will be awaiting your questions during this interactive session.

Come along on the 6th of February and share all of your GDPR worries. We’re all in this together.

So enough of that, now for our featured speakers:

  • Dr Kerry Beynon, Partner at Acuity Legal.
  • John Davies, Director at Pervade Software
  • Matthew Sykes, Business Manager at Yolk Recruitment
  • Richard Sheppard, Director at Interceptor Solutions
  • Damon Rands, Managing Director at Wolfberry

A massive thank you to our sponsor Acuity Legal who will be providing free beer and pizza. Don’t say we don’t look after you.

The European Commission is working to reform ENISA, the “EU Cybersecurity Agency” and establish a framework to govern European cyber security certification schemes. The proposal, amongst other things, seeks to:

  • Provide ENISA with a strengthened and permanent mandate
  • Increase the trust and security of ICT products and services
  • Harmonise the existing certification landscape to reduce costs and administrative burdens for companies
  • Progress the Digital Single Market

These proposals include changes to the tasks and functions of ENISA and the way European cyber security certification schemes are developed and implemented.

To represent the UK in negotiations, DCMS is seeking stakeholder views through a series of industry roundtables and events. We would also like to invite those stakeholders who cannot attend these events to share their views directly with us and stay updated on progress.

For further details, please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposal-on-enisa-and-cyber-security-certification

On the 15 February, we are hosting the Wales Export Conference at Cardiff City Stadium. The Conference is for Wales based companies who are exporting or looking to export. The Conference will involve: 
–       Seminars on a range of markets, outlining export opportunities
–       Roundtable discussions by experts on a range of export issues
–       Pop-discussion by experienced exporters, providing top tips
–       Exhibition of public and private sector organisations offering services to exporters
 
The Conference will begin with a Panel Session of Welsh Exporters with opening remarks from the First Minister and a speech from the Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Transport.
 
Companies can register to attend and book a place at seminars and discussions online.
 
 
CYNHADLEDD ALLFORIO CYMRU! Stadiwm Pêl-droed Caerdydd, Caerdydd, 15 Chwefror 2018.
I gael rhagor o wybodaeth ac i gofrestru ar gyfer mynychu cliciwch ym
 
WALES EXPORT CONFERENCE! Cardiff City Stadium, 15 February 2018.
To discover more information and to register to attend, please click here
Dylai unrhyw ddatganiadau neu sylwadau a wneir uchod gael eu hystyried yn rhai personol ac nid yn rhai gan Llywodraeth Cymru, unrhyw ran ohoni neu unrhyw gorff sy’n gysylltiedig â hi.
Any of the statements or comments made above should be regarded as personal and not those of the Welsh Government, any constituent part or connected body
There is a pitch at the palace event being hosted by Wayra along with the NCSC on the 2nd of February in Cheltenham.
As you may know, The Duke of York founded Pitch@Palace in 2014 and has been incredibly proud to see it develop over the last 4 years.  You will find here a summary of Pitch@Palace’s activity over the last year.
Pitch@Palace supports Entrepreneurs from the UK and around the world by providing them with a platform to showcase their businesses and help them accelerate their growth with the connections that they are able to make through the Pitch@Palace network.
Pitch@Palace 9.0 will take place on 25th April, 2018 at St. James’s Palace, You will find here a timeline that sets out details.  The Theme for Pitch@Palace 9.0 is “Data, Intelligence, and The Future of Security” and we hope discover entrepreneurs and companies that have identified opportunity in the following areas:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • IoT
  • Cyber-security
  • Blockchain
  • Defence
  • Cloud
  • 3D Printing
Pitch@Palace Boot Camp will take place on 13th March at the University of Manchester.
Social Media Posts
Apply to #pitchatpalace and Pitch On Tour! On Tour events provide Entrepreneurs from across the UK with the opportunity to learn about the #pitchatpalace programme, connect to local stakeholders and receive mentoring to develop their businesses – learn more here: www.pitchatpalace.com/apply
Find out more about the #pitchatpalace process – www.pitchatpalace.com/apply
#itsyourtime to apply!
Poppy Dowell

GCHQ Cyber Accelerator Program Manager | Telefónica Open Future_ (UK) & Wayra UK
+44 7949 541 738 | poppy.dowellc@wayra.org 
@WayraUK @OpenFuture_
20 Air Street, Soho, London W1B 5DL
If any of you are currently doing business in this market, or wish to do so, here is a list of events coming up in the first half of 2018.
In the meantime, if you have any questions in regards this market please just get in touch.
BRAZIL EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS FIRST HALF 2018
 
SECURITY AND POLICING 2018 (6-8 March)
There will be a Brazil delegation attending Security and Policing and we will be organising a programme of stand calls for them at the show to demonstrate UK Capability.
We do not know yet who the delegates will be but if you would like a visit from the Brazilians at the show please let me know now and I will register your interest.
Once I have details of who the delegation will be I will keep you informed.
LAAD SECURITY (10-12 April)
DSO will not have a stand at this show,  however the attached document from the Organisers Clarion out lines what’s on offer and the potential benefits of attending.
If any of you are attending, or plan to attend, please let me know, and our team at post who will be attending the show and may be able to help with securing a stand call with various Brazil Delegations.
FIAS 2018 (16-20 July)
There will be a Brazil delegation visiting Farnborough International Air Show (FIAS) 2018.
Again, we will not know who this will be till closer to the time but if you would like to register your interest now please let me know, and I will put you down on the list of companies and endeavour to do my best to get you on the programme of company stand visits.
Cormac Bailey | Brazil Desk Officer | RD1 | Defence & Security Organisation
Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place | London SW1A 2AW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7215 8140 |  Work Mobile: 07717 421 672 | E-mail: Cormac.Bailey@trade.gsi.gov.uk
The CyberFirst Girls 2018 competition for female pupils aged 12 to 13 is now open for registration: www.cyberfirst.ncsc.gov.uk/girlscompetition
 
8,000 girls from across the country took part in last year’s inaugural competition to crown the UK’s most cyber-savvy girls. This initiative forms part of the UK Government’s commitment to defend against cyber threats and address the cyber skills gap to develop and grow talent.

The online competition starts on 29 January and closes on 5 February 2018, with a live final in Manchester for the top ten teams on 18-19 March.
 
CyberFirst Girls Competition 2018 Press Notice
 
COMPETITION LAUNCHES TO CROWN UK’S MOST CYBER-SAVVY GIRLS
 
  • Female pupils encouraged to create teams to enter nationwide cyber security challenge
  • NCSC and GCHQ experts have devised 100 challenges for the teams to crack
  • Global shortage of female cyber security staff – but 8,000 UK girls entered 2017 contest
YOUNG girls from across the country will pit their codebreaking skills against one another in a series of head-scratching online challenges to crown the UK’s brightest cyber minds.

Registration for the online phase of the 2018 CyberFirst Girls Competition, run by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of GCHQ, opens today [Tuesday, 16 January].

NCSC and GCHQ experts have devised 100 challenges of varying difficulty for female pupils aged 12 to 13 to complete during the online phase.

The entrants’ intellect and cyber skills will be tested as they decrypt a series of specially-created logic boxes and regex (regular expression) crosswords.

8,000 girls took part in last year’s inaugural competition, and this year’s top 10 scoring teams will be invited to take part in a live national head-to-head final in Manchester in March 2018.
 
 
Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Skills and Growth, said:
“We want to inspire the next generation of tech-savvy young women to consider a career in cyber security and make a positive impact on the world.
“Females are worryingly under-represented in the global cyber workforce, but there are exceptionally talented girls in our schools. We hope this competition can help to knock down some of the barriers holding them back.”

The competition is for girls in Year 8 in England and Wales, S2 in Scotland and Year 9 in Northern Ireland. They can enter in teams of up to four, along with a teacher who will act as a mentor and guardian.

This year’s winning school will receive a grand prize of £1,000 towards their school’s IT equipment, while each winner will take home individual prizes.

GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming said:
“GCHQ is committed to protecting the digital homeland and making the UK the safest place to live online. We need the best and brightest people – girls and boys – with a passion for technology, who can deliver the nation’s cyber security.
“Too often, society limits girls in what they aspire to achieve. Our CyberFirst Girls Competition will give teams the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and gain an exciting insight into the world of national security.
“I hope many of you and your friends will be inspired to enter – and perhaps take the prize!”
 
It is hoped that the fun contest could spark a lifelong interest in the girls that could be turned into a fulfilling career in cyber security, helping make the UK one of the safest places to live and do business online.
 
While the NCSC offers free CyberFirst courses for 11 to 17-year-old males and females, this contest is aimed specifically at female pupils because women make up only 10 per cent of the global cyber workforce. This means a huge swathe of talent in the UK are potentially missing out on a career they could excel in.
 
Last year, ten teams of finalists progressed to the national final, where a team from Lancaster Girls Grammar School were judged the winners.
 
Jackie Cahalin, Headteacher of Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, said:
“We will certainly be entering again – all our pupils who entered really enjoyed the intellectual challenge of the initial activities.
“Our winning team gained so much from being able to take part in the final in London.  They particularly enjoyed the opportunities to use cutting edge technology, compete against and meet other young women interested in cyber security and code cracking as well as presenting to representatives from leading IT companies. Our team are now definitely considering  careers in Computer Science and we are seeing increased take up at both GCSE and A level.” 
 
Notes to Editors
 
  • The online competition starts on 29 January and closes on 5 February 2018.
 
  • The UK Government is fully committed to defending against cyber threats and address the cyber skills gap to develop and grow talent. The NCSC was created as part of the five year National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) announced in 2016, supported by £1.9billion of transformational investment.
 
  • The NCSC provides a single, central body for cyber security at a national level and is the UK’s technical authority on cyber. It manages national cyber security incidents, carries out real-time threat analysis and provides tailored sectoral advice. GCHQ is the parent body for the Centre, meaning that it can draw on the organisation’s world-class skills and sensitive capabilities.
 

CyberFirst Girls Competition 2017

  • Over 2,000 teams involving over 8,000 girls entered the 2017 competition. On average, 30,000 answers were submitted every 24 hours, with over 200,000 answers submitted over the seven days of the online phase.
 
 

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year!

Here are a few items you might be interested in:

Funded trip to Israel
Short deadline 11th Januray

Innovate UK, with support of Enterprise Europe Network, will be running a funded accelerator visit to Israel at the end of Jan for companies in the cyber tech sector.

The deadline for applications for businesses is 11th Jan at midnight so we would be grateful of any assistance to push out the message to relevant companies.

For more information please see the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovate-uk-global-business-accelerator-visit-to-israel-registration-41138624734

Call for expression of interest in Cyber Security Academic Startups Programme

Innovate UK, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and KTN, are planning to launch a grant-funded competition in January to encourage the commercialisation of cyber security ideas from academia. The competition is building on the successful pilot run earlier this year which culminated in a Showcase Event. Those interested are strongly encouraged to register interest now to be kept informed.

See more details here

Cyber Careers Show
Wednesday 17 January 2018, London

See details here

The Future of Trust

IAAC is publishing its final report on the Future of Trust which can be found at here. Thanks to IAAC Access, our Community of Interest and Sponsors for their input and making this work possible. Thanks also to our collaborators, the Association of Professional Futurists and Nick Price our co-author.

“A key finding is that trust is a dynamic process best understood as ‘trusting’. This is because, as Hoffman proposes, “trusting is a process of active exploration and evaluation of trustworthiness and reliability, within the envelope of the ever-changing work and ever-changing work system”. Therefore, one cannot rely on a ‘trustworthy’ chipset or security feature alone to generate trust. Rather, trust is continually assessed within a deployed context in which a user is exposed to multiple stimuli and influences.”

Village Hotel, Cardiff. CF14 7EF

Tuesday 13 February 10:00a.m. – 14:30p.m.

On 13 February at the Village Hotel Cardiff the ESTnet and Qualifications Wales will host an event for employers, an opportunity to have your say on qualifications in the ICT sector available in Wales.

The digital sector plays an important and fast-growing role in the economy of Wales. The skills and knowledge of future employees are key to its continued growth.

Qualifications Wales regulates publicly funded, non-degree qualifications in Wales – particularly those taken at ages 16 and 18-19, as well as those used in apprenticeships. They are keen to hear your views to inform us in our work with qualifications in the digital sector.

For example:

Do young people starting their first job in your industry have the right skills and knowledge?

Are the current qualifications delivering what you need?

This workshop is your chance discuss how the current learning and qualifications could be improved to further support the development of the digital sector in Wales.

Book your space at this free event here. Lunch will be provided.

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 SMEs. This programme is linked to the Develop strand of UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, a series of activities that will be supported by £1.9bn public investment over the next five years.

On 23rd January 2018, in partnership with Innovation Point, the Cyber 101 bootcamp will be run in Gloucester.

Who should apply?

Digital Catapult wants to hear from small and medium-sized cyber security companies that are interested in receiving mentorship and business skills coaching. Applications are open to cyber security companies operating across all UK sectors with existing product or service offerings linked to the following categories:

  • SCADA and ICS
  • Information risk management
  • Perimeter security
  • Network security
  • Application security
  • Access control
  • Cyber industry support services
  • Training, awareness and education
  • Incident response and management
  • Monitoring, detection and analysis

The bootcamps are aimed at both established start-ups looking to refine their business propositions, and more mature SMEs seeking a ‘sanity check’ on their business practices and advice on scaling up and expanding.

Interested in applying?

Each bootcamp has space for eight SMEs – places are allocated to those with the most appropriate needs, expertise, services and products in line with the Open Call.

To register your interest, go to https://www.digitalcatapultcentre.org.uk/open-calls/cyber-101/

Innovate UK’s Global Business Accelerator Programme, delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network, is organising a technology visit to Israel for businesses in the cyber tech/ cyber security industry.

Coinciding with Cybertech Tel Aviv, delegates will have the opportunity to meet Israeli cyber tech companies, research centres and key stakeholders, with the aim of developing strong international partnerships for future collaboration/commercialisation.

WHY ISRAEL?

Israel is considered a cyber powerhouse, hosting the world’s largest cyber security sector, after the US. Historically security has always been a top priority, both socially and politically and Israel is home to the world’s most impressive cyber intelligence unit, Unit 8200 which is also the largest unit of the Israel Defence Force.

CYBERTECH TEL AVIV

Cybertech Tel Aviv takes place from 29 – 30 Jan 2018 and is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority.

KEY BUSINESS SECTORS

· Cyber Technology

· Cyber Security

· Threat Intelligence

· Cryptography

· Cryptocurrency

· Blockchain

· Fintech

· Defence

FUNDING

For eligible companies: Flights, four nights accommodation and the participation fee for Cybertech TLV 2018 (one representative per company) will be funded through the Global Business Accelerator Programme.

BENEFITS OF ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME

• Pre-visit and in-country briefings providing market information and advice on how to do business in the cyber sector; Training on how to improve your pitching skills; Training on how to protect your IP.

• Full access to Cybertech TLV 2018 and the opportunity to meet key players in the sector

• Your profile in the visit brochure, that will be distributed at the conference

• A programme of meetings with key players and stakeholders

THE COST

• On acceptance to the Accelerator Programme, a commitment fee of £500 will be obtained from each successful participant, which will be returned on successful completion of the programme.

• Non-attendance on the programme after formal acceptance may result in forfeiting some or all of the fee.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND SUBSIDIES

This visit is part of Innovate UK’s Global Business Accelerator Programme. For approved companies, Innovate UK will organise and fund flights, four nights’ accommodation and participation at Cybertech TLV 2018 (for one representative per company).

ELIGIBILITY

To participate in this visit, your business must be established in the UK.

HOW TO APPLY To express your interest in participating, please visit: Register My Interest

On completing the form, you will then receive a confirmation email containing details of how to make a full application.

Please be aware that submitting a full application does not mean you have been accepted onto the Accelerator Programme. It is a competitive process and you will be notified of the outcome on Friday 12 Jan 17.

FOR MORE INFORMATION For more information please contact Andy Bates, Business West andy.bates@businesswest.co.uk

The December Cyber Exchange newsletter is now available for you to view on the site. As usual, lots of news, views and features for you, including…

A revised look to the Cyber Exchange homepage and new development… READ MORE

Cyber Exchange Academic Startups Programme – Year 2 – register your interest… READ MORE

Pitch @ Palace – the opportunity for entrepreneurs to meet providers to help make their dreams come true – cohort 9 open… READ MORE

NCSC Small Business Guide – see guides to help business become more cyber secure… READ MORE

Your guide to shopping safely online from new members Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters Team… READ MORE

Cylon – Cohort 7: Applications for CyLon’s 13-week accelerator programme – closing soon… READ MORE

Cyber 101 – Business Bootcamps for Cyber Security SMEs. Next events to be held in 2018… READ MORE
 
Plus Information Security Forum’s latest podcast, ENISA online call, news of the recent Cyber Growth Partnership meeting, news of our new members and featured events… READ MORE

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest through 2017 and we wish you a happy and prosperous 2018 – stay in touch!
 
Regards,
Cyber Exchange Team

The legal profession faces unprecedented change, largely as a result of technologies such as artificial intelligence and Blockchain, while digital platforms that support access to justice are starting to fill the gaps created by changes to Legal Aid.

This free of charge, one day open conference will highlight the challenges and opportunities associated with the application of technology in legal service delivery, and will showcase examples of LegalTech in practice.

The conference is organised by the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University in association with Law Society Wales.

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Date: Wed 31 January 2018

Time: 08:45 – 16:15 GMT

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/legaltech-wales-conference-tickets-41105697247

The Departmental of International Trade is inviting expressions of interest from UK cyber security companies to exhibit on the first ever UK Pavilion at GISEC 2018
GISEC is the largest dedicated cyber security event in the Gulf region, with over 5000 visitors from a variety of sectors including Government, Defence, Financial Services and Energy. Last year over 125 companies exhibited and around 6000 delegates from more than 2o countries attended the exhibition. In addition to the exhibition, there is a three day conference with speakers addressing the latest challenges and developments in the region, and recent developments in the commercial landscape.
The conference and exhibition cover the full range of cyber security solutions including Application Security, Cloud Security, Network Security, Insider Threat, Anti- virus and Disaster Recovery.
Companies exhibiting on the UK pavilion will benefit from:
  • A ‘pod’ exhibition stand on the UK Pavilion
  • Introductions from DIT staff to delegates to the stand and companies
  • An advance briefing from embassy staff on doing business in the UAE (tbc)
  • A networking event hosted by DIT during the Exhibition (tbc)
  • Inclusion in UK marketing material, including a Pavilion brochure
  • Promotion to local and international media
How to sign up
DIT will charge companies a fee of £3000 + VAT to exhibit on the pavilion and benefit from the other activities organised.
This does not include travel, accommodation and visa costs.
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 Gulf region and any future plans.
  • An overview of the capability you plan to exhibit/ export to the region.
For further information and to register your interest please contact: Philip Heald
T +44 207 215 3167
DIT Oman, with support from the Royal Office, will be running a two day by-invitation-only conference on Cyber Security  and Protecting Critical National Infrastructure between the 12th-13th February 2018.
This conference is intended to build on the success of the Protecting Critical National Infrastructure conference in 2015.
The first day will be a high level G2G conference and the second day will be aimed at 100 major Omani businesses and organisations.
There is space for up to 10 companies, in the outbreak area, on the second day.
Companies exhibiting at the event will benefit from: 
·        A exhibition stand in the outbreak area
·        Exclusive access to representatives to the 100 major Omani businesses and organisations
·        Introductions from DIT staff to delegates to the stands
DIT will charge companies a fee of £500 + VAT to exhibit.
               
This does not include travel, accommodation and visa costs.
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 Gulf region and any future plans.
•             An overview of the capability you plan to exhibit/ export to the region.
This is an excellent bespoke opportunity for those either in the Gulf or scoping out a new part of the region in protecting critical national infrastructure and cyber security.
Please RSVP to philip.heald@trade.gsi.gov.uk  and for more information by 22nd January 2018

Good morning!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in….

UK Cybersecurity Delegation to the US; Three Cities. Three states. February 2018.

When: Week of February 5th, 2018

Who: British cybersecurity industry, defence, policy, and academic stakeholders

Overview:
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) will host a delegation of representatives from British cybersecurity industry, defence, policy, and academic communities in three US cities (Denver/Colorado Springs, Colorado; San Diego, California; and Seattle, Washington) during the week of February 5th, 2018.

The delegation will build relationships with key US counterparts and explore business partnerships; learn about new innovations and trends in the US cyber security landscape; and share best practice around workforce development. It will also celebrate gender inclusion within the cybersecurity landscape and therefore diversity within the delegation participants is encouraged.

Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado has emerged as a leading hub for cybersecurity innovation in the US. The state is home to major military installations, including US Northern American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), US Northern Command (US NORTHCOMM), and US Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), an expansive tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem (including over 200 cybersecurity companies as well as large scale technology companies such as Arrow Electronics and Level 3 Communications), committed political leadership, and strong research and academic programmes, all of which have contributed to significant growth in this sector over the past several years.

Colorado is also home to the newly-developed National Cybersecurity Center, which seeks to educate elected-officials across the US about proper cyber hygiene as well as serve as a think tank for R&D in cybersecurity. Leading research institutes in Colorado, including the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Denver, are also pioneering academic and research programmes on cybersecurity to help foster innovation and grow the workforce.

San Diego, California
The San Diego economy is driven by high tech industries around military and defence, telecommunications, genomics, and biotech. The stakes are high for companies in these industries that handle incredibly sensitive data making cyber security a vital part of the ecosystem. San Diego’s cyber security cluster is made of core companies such as Attack IQ, ESET North America, Leidos, Packetsled, Sentek Global, Webroot, iboss, Proficio, Northrop Grumman and Qualcomm and is supported by a number of robust academic programs at leading universities. San Diego’s cyber security ecosystem is championed by the newly-formed San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence (SDCCOE).

From a defence perspective, San Diego is home to the Navy’s Space & Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR). SPAWAR directly employs nearly half of all the cyber security jobs in San Diego and its presence in San Diego has created a hub for cybersecurity companies within the US.

Seattle, Washington
Boasting the US’ second largest ICT ecosystem, and global technology companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing, Seattle and Washington State are well placed to play a key role in cyber security. Together with the University of Washington, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the US/Aermy/Air Force Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington’s cyber security programmes range from protecting data centres and the cloud, critical infrastructure, digital commerce, smart cities, AI/machine learning, autonomous transport and Internet of Things programmes. Washington State’s National Guard’s cyber security unit is the first National Guard squadron in the US to be assigned the role of working with private industry and local partners to identify cyber vulnerabilities in public networks.

If interested or would like additional information,
please contact: Pauline Wood

Cyber Security Training Consultation Forum

Recently the Department for Education (DfE) announced plans to develop a new level of education from 16-18. These are known as T Levels and will focus on providing good practical work skills combined with academic study equivalent to A Level. The intention is that at the end of the 2 year course students will be in a position to take up employment, or further study in their chosen field at Higher Apprenticeship, or degree. There is a digital work stream which is aimed at providing skills required by the technology industry.

Design of these course has just commenced and the DfE has made available an online consultation forum to get feedback from industry. I would encourage all businesses to look at the consultation and provided feedback. The consultation is open until Thursday 8th February 2018.

If you would like further information please contact peter.loomes@sandettie.co.uk if you want to view the consultation the link is: https://consult.education.gov.uk/technical-education/implementation-of-t-level-programmes/

Many thanks – Peter Loomes Panel Member for IT Support and Services

Innovation funding available for The Accelerator Enduring Challenge funds innovative proof – of – concept research that could lead to a cost effective advantage for UK armed forces and national security.

There are 10 broad defence and security challenge areas to position proposals against

  • 1. Data: cyber, information, big data, management and processing, sensemaking, visualisation, delivery, interoperability
  • 2. Communications: secure, unsecure, mobile, novel forms
  • 3. Protection: personnel, platforms, facilities, digital systems, materials
  • 4. Situational awareness: sensors, precision navigation and timing, reduced dependability on GPS, surveillance, status of digital systems
  • 5. Power: provision, sources, non fossil, hybrid, management, fuel efficiency
  • 6. Communications: secure, unsecure, mobile, novel forms
  • 7. Lethality: weapons, conventional, novel, directed energy, defence, less than lethal
  • 8. Mobility: platforms, air, land, sea, space, human, means of propulsion
  • 9. Human performance: physical and mental, systems interface, survivability, sustainment, training, medical
  • 10. Lower cost of ownership: platforms, equipment, facilities

Money

The MOD typically fund proposals for proof – of – concept research in the range of £50,000 to £90,000 for work of 3 to 9 months duration for the first phase of work. The Challenge will fund 100% of eligible costs.

Dates

The Challenge is open now and will receive applications on a monthly basis from 5th April 2017 to 20th February 2018.

Interested?

Innovation Point are here to help increase your chances of securing the funding you need to grow. Please contact us about this and other funding opportunities to discuss how we can help you:

Roger Hiscott, Head of Business Development

Email: roger.hiscott@innovationpoint.uk Tel: 07973 122 295 Web: www.innovationpoint.uk

As part of the planning process for the proposed DIT multi city mega mission to the Nordics & Baltics, they are undertaking a scoping exercise to determine which cities are of interest to UK technology companies who may be interested in participating.
 
This multi city mission will be a standalone event and is being planned for March 2018. The URL below allows UK technology companies to tell us their preference for city, and which week in March they would be interested in participating.
 
The Nordic & Baltics scoping exercise will be open until the end of December 2017.
 
By completing the online form UK companies are not committing to participate on mission. This is just an information gathering exercise.
 
For those UK companies that have completed the US multi city mega mission scoping exercise (url: www.goo.gl/CFQFer) , that will close 30th November 2017.

Prime/SME Engagement is a unique Programme running alongside UK Security Expo 2017, 29-30 November at London Olympia Grand.

Its objective is to bring SME Exhibitors together with the Prime Contractors, who are looking for innovative ways to solve large-scale customer projects. Each Prime will do an introduction in a private area at the show with ample time provided for face-to-face meetings and networking with SMEs.

N.B. This programme is unique to UK Security Expo and available (FOC) to all SMEs. Please let me know if you would like further information and I will have a member of the team follow up with you.

Please register your interest by emailing pjones@fcpro.co.uk Chief Executive, UK Security Expo

CSIT Labs – An incubator programme designed to engineer viable ventures in cyber security. Based at CSIT, the UK’s national Innovation & Knowledge Centre for cyber security.

https://www.csitlabs.com/?utm_campaign=625511_CD%20January%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotmailer&dm_i=2VFU%2CDENB%2C1KEU5Z%2C1CI2R%2C1

Information provided by Sian Jones, ESNR-Sectors & Business-ICT Sector, Welsh Government.

 

Good evening
 
Here are some Cyber Security Opportunities you might be interested in

The UN’s World Food Programme is looking for Cybersecurity Awareness content

Tomorrow Deadline for interest
 
Provision of Cybersecurity Awareness content.
UN organization World Food Programme 
Deadline 27-Nov-2017 16:00 
 
More information can be found at the following link- https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/64361
 
Background
World Food Programme is seeking the service of a qualified provider of Cybersecurity Awareness content. These services are required in order to start the planning, preparation, and launch of a new corporate Cybersecurity Awareness programme in early 2018.
 
The purpose of this programme is to provide the most current and relevant information technology security and awareness training to all staff globally, with content that covers all aspects of our enterprise multi-role user scenario.
 
Addressing cybersecurity issues is a high priority for the organization and to mitigate the related risks, cybersecurity awareness training is an activity that needs to be expanded. We would like to improve staff cybersecurity awareness through comprehensive online or web-based courses that will deliver a positive user experience and result in behavioral changes.
 
The solution needs to be designed to operate on a continuous 24/7 basis. For flexibility, the model should be a cloud-based system with the possibility of alternative hosting on our internal (Cross Knowledge) learning management platform, WeLearn.
 
Ideally, we would like to choose from a suite of courses and/or modules to focus on awareness training that will best fit the organization. We would like to evaluate customisation and branding options, although this is not an absolute requirement.
 
Based on the different categories of the audience identified for this initiative we foresee the following 3-course tracks: Basic Cybersecurity Awareness Training (All staff), Advanced Cybersecurity Awareness Training (specialists) and Advanced Cybersecurity Awareness Training for IT (IT staff).
 
Response
If your company is interested in bidding for these services please send an email to the following email address:
hq.tenders@wfp.org
 
The deadline for responding to this Expression of Interest is:
27 November 2017, 16:00 hrs CET (15:00 hrs GMT I think) 
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact- hq.tenders@wfp.org
Sorry about the short notice!


First Meeting of West Midlands Cyber Security Cluster


Join us to celebrate the Launch of the West Midlands Cyber Cluster on Thu 30 November 2017 at 16:00 – 18:00 GMT

LOCATION
NatWest Bank
1 Saint Philip’s Place
Birmingham
B3 2PT
 
See more information and register to attend here http://www.westmidscybercluster.com/upcoming-events/
 

Security by Design Revisited Workshop


The next Security by Design Revisited Workshop will be held at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street London WC2E 7HA, on 5thDecember 2017, 1000-1300.  Coffee will be available from 0930.  The workshop will examine targeted interventions for adoption of good practice in security by design.  It will be informed by the first two workshops, notes on which are available at www.iaac.org.uk .  Our guest speaker will be Vice President of the Institute of Analysts and Programmers, Paul Lynham.
 
If you would like to attend please register at: https://www.iaac.org.uk/events/securitybydesigndecember/
 
Any further enquires please contact info@iaac.org.uk

CSIT Labs


Incubator Programme Cohort 3 applications close on 3rd Dec
  
CSIT Labs – https://www.csitlabs.com/ – the world’s only incubator programme for cyber security start-ups which provides free engineering resource, will close for applications to its third cohort on 3rd December 2017. The incubator is delivered by the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s national Innovation and Knowledge Centre for cyber security.

The programme lasts 9 months and uniquely provides up to 3 man-months of funded engineering development resource. This will support start-ups in the field of cyber security develop demonstrators and minimal viable product.


Black Hat in London


Save £200 off Black Hat Briefings in London with code UKCSF17
 
You can attend this event for free but you do need to pay to get access to the famous Black Hat briefings,  UK Cyber Security Forum members are eligible for this discount.

Learn the very latest information security risks and trends at Black Hat Briefings in London, December 6-7. Join security professionals from around the world at the ExCeL where experts will share ground breaking research, open-source tools, and 0-day exploits. More than 40 Briefings have been announced covering topics from iOS Jailbreaks to Social Engineering.
 
Register Now to Save £200 off Briefings with Code UKCSF17


IAAC Strategic Research Programme


IAAC is pleased to announce the launch of its Strategic Research Programme on the value of the information Asset.  The first workshop will be held on 16th January, 1000-1300 at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street London.  Coffee will be available from 0930.  Please find an overview of the research proposal below
 
The workshop will scope the research and establish a baseline of current thinking and approaches.  This will give direction to at least two further events, with the intention of bringing this to the wider community auditors and senior risk and asset owners.
 
Please register for the workshop at http://bit.ly/2hNqvrK

IAAC Research Proposal
‘Digital technology can offer businesses huge reductions in costs; massive trading volumes with low transaction costs; instant global market reach and contact throughout their customers’ daily routine; and insight into customer needs and a direct and personal relationship with them.’ From Innovate UK Digital Economy Strategy 2015-2018

We do business in a digital economy that offers much promise and opportunity. Information and data are the foundation on which services and technology are built. Yet there is a lack of consensus on how information and data is valued. The security industry largely adopts a risk based approach focused on the impact of loss or harm. Security issues are seen as a cost to business. Cyber insurance is against loss and the recoup of costs, with the hope that premiums can be reduced by good practice.

This research programme seeks to explore the value of the information asset and question the extent to which valuing information by the cost of its loss is sufficient in a truly digital economy. Flowing from this premise is a series of questions:

  • Do current models of valuation undervalue the information asset?
  • Can the information asset be accounted for and reported on?
  • Would this change business accounting?
  • How do information asset owners care for that asset?
  • What attributes of information give it value? For example, do data from distributed sensors have a different value from personal information? In what context?
  • Should business and security staff adopt different ways of thinking about what is being assured?
  • What models currently exist? What are people’s experience of
them? What prevents their adoption?
  • Does monetisation of information value only apply to data that can be sold?
  • How can senior leadership discuss information value and the information asset? Does it differ by sector?
  • What are the benefits in thinking beyond cost and loss?
  • How might investment decisions be informed by information value?
  • What organisational and strategic changes would follow in businesses?


The dates for three workshops in 2018 are confirmed for 10am-1pm on 16th January, 21st March & 8th May in London.

If you would like to participate or discuss anything in this proposal, please get in touch with info@iaac.org.uk. Any suggestions for developing this work are welcome.

 

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is seeking your input with regard proposed multi city mega trade mission planned for the USA during either April or May of 2018.

As the fourth of the technology & smart cities mega missions, the proposed US multi city mega mission will be far the largest.

To ensure that the mission meets the objectives of those UK technology companies that would want to participate. This scoping exercise is being undertaken to ascertain which US cities would be most suitable for this mega mission.

By completing the form, accessed via the URL on the right, you will be able to influence the make-up and structure of the mission, and those US industrial sectors targeted.

The mission will be a minimum of one week and will visit those cities the scoping exercise has identified as being the most appropriate for UK technology companies.

The mission will be designed so companies can participate in all or part of the program.

Click here to complete the online form – www.goo.gl/CFQFer

Information provided by Kathryn Thurlow, Business Development Manager – ICT, International Trade and Development at Welsh Government.

A request from Qualifications Wales – views sought on ICT qualifications
 
Qualifications Wales is currently reviewing GCSEs, A levels and vocational qualifications in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the skills that Welsh pupils develop before starting a career in ICT-related work roles. 
Qualifications Wales is the organisation that checks whether qualifications in Wales (other than university degrees) are designed and awarded properly. They are currently reviewing GCSEs, A levels and vocational qualifications in ICT and the skills that Welsh pupils develop before starting a career in ICT-related work roles.
IT and digital technologies are recognised as one of the fastest growing areas of work in Wales. In the future, it’s likely that there will be more jobs available than people qualified to fill vacancies.
As part of their review employers and those with an interest in ICT qualifications, to complete a short questionnaire to find out whether qualifications are meeting the needs of learners and the industry. 
More information on the review, and the survey, can be found by visiting the Qualifications Wales website. The survey closes on Friday 22 December.
Thanks again for the support.  Please let me know if there is anything else you need.
I would want to do the same with the South Wales cluster. Would that be OK?
Gareth 
Gareth Jones, MBCS, FCIPD, FLPI
ICT Sector Review – Qualifications Reform
Ffôn/Tel: 01633 373 347/07954180114

NCSC are proposing to create a new Professional Body for Cyber Security.  I found out about it by mistake and managed to get an invite to one of the workshops to represent the UK Cyber Security Forum. We have now been sent notes following 3 workshops NCSC held on this subject to date and NCSC have said they are happy for me to share them with you so I have copied them all below.

Draft for discussion and comment only Without commitment October 2017

Professional Body Consultation Workshops: Read-out and Next Steps

The copyright © of this document is reserved and vested in the Crown

Overview

During September 2017, three workshops were held to discuss the outcome in the National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) to develop the cyber security profession. The first two workshops on 13 September were attended by employers, academics and government representatives. The workshop on 28 September included existing cyber security professional organisations and training providers.

The workshops provided an opportunity for government to set out its early policy thinking on how an overarching professional organisation might deliver the NCSS outcome. This included how the organisation might be structured, its scope, remit and potential benefits. We invited views and challenges from workshop attendees on the early proposition. We were clear that delivery against the NCSS must be a collaborative effort by government and the cyber security sector and we should like to thank attendees for being so constructive and positive in the discussions.

A wide range of views was expressed during the workshops and this document provides a flavour of the discussions in the plenary sessions and the break-out groups. Whilst we attempted to capture all the points made on both days, this summary is not designed to be comprehensive or represent government conclusions, but rather to reflect a range of points made during the discussion and set out the anticipated next steps.

Read-out from workshops 

On 13 September we heard from employers, academia and wider government about some of the challenges they face, with a view to enabling us to start building a picture of user requirements. Some representative examples of the challenges expressed were as follows:

  • some employers were unclear about which schemes/standards are most appropriate for their organisations and their employees; they find it difficult to compare and contrast the options on offer
  • career pathways for individuals into and through the cyber security profession are unclear
  • the pace of change is rapid and therefore individuals and organisations are constantly in ‘catch-up’ mode
  • organisations are unclear about the capabilities of individuals they are employing to perform cyber security roles
  • there is a shortage of skilled cyber security professionals in the UK
  • there needs to be more effort directed towards attracting people into cyber security, starting at school age and harnessing the influence of parents and teachers
  • there is no single coherent voice to lobby government and other sectors
  • diversity and inclusion are still big challenges and there is a critical need to attract a more diverse community of people into the profession including those with both technical and soft/people skills

We asked attendees at the workshops on 13 and 28 September what they would like to see from an overarching organisation to tackle some of these challenges. Some representative examples are set out below:

  • a legal entity ‘with teeth’ having the power to bestow and revoke accreditations on individuals and organisations
  • an authoritative voice providing guidance and transparency of accreditations and qualifications
  • representation from government, industry and academia and supporting collaborative working
  • provision of a code of ethics and a body of knowledge – a common language and taxonomy
  • influential in government and in shaping policy and ensuring greater public awareness and engagement
  • has a clear vision, mission and value proposition for the cyber security profession
  • drives progress towards increasing the attractiveness of cyber security as a career option
  • simplification of the membership and fee structure
  • insurance, indemnification, advocacy and an expert witness service
  • links to (or at least be informed by) international standards
  • long term stability and strategy to future-proof the profession
  • should provide a forum for discussion, debate and knowledge-sharing; must be inclusive and develop trust across the sector
  • must promote diversity and innovation
  • Attendees at the workshop on the 28 September provided views on the possible scope and opportunities. Some examples are as follows:
  • could be an administrative body initially with regulatory powers in the longer term
  • could be a convening body or a more directive Council with legislative powers
  • could operate as a ‘directory’ i.e. a ‘one-stop-shop’ for advice and direction
  • could have a Royal Charter and the capability to confer Chartership on others
  • should be independent from government and set its own direction (although NCSC representation and ongoing government support were felt to be important)
  • should represent the whole sector including government, academia and industry and run a collaborative agenda with sub-committees driving specialist agendas
  • should have links to other ‘non-cyber’ professions e.g. accountancy, project management

Some areas for focus and possible challenges were:

  • a more detailed policy proposal is required for comment including: structure, governance, engagement with existing bodies, international alignment, the financial model and long-term sustainability
  • need to clearly articulate user requirements and how the proposed solution addresses them
  • need to address cultural change and the benefits to society
  • need to undertake a gap analysis of areas of the sector currently covered by existing bodies and identify what is missing
  • need to be clear about who the stakeholders of such an organisation would be and how they would benefit; there needs to be a clearly articulated value proposition
  • need to be clear about what is meant by the ‘cyber security profession’
  • need to work with other professions (including senior management) and integrate cyber security into their bodies of knowledge and ways of working
  • need to recognise, support and leverage the good work being undertaken by the existing professional bodies, and increase the attractiveness of membership
  • need to support employers, other professional bodies, SMEs and charities who are not cyber security experts

Next Steps

We are extremely grateful for the constructive and positive approach attendees took to the workshops and we need the community as a whole to continue to be centrally involved in helping to develop the policy. Most immediately, we intend to use the outputs of the workshop to frame a more detailed exercise, between now and the end of 2017, to gather user requirements for delivering against the NCSS outcome. We want to better understand some of the feedback we received and use it to develop a much richer picture of what each user group’s requirements are in relation to the workshop proposition. Based on the feedback received at the workshops, there are a number of specific areas we will be focusing on:

  • structure and governance
  • financial model
  • engagement with other bodies
  • international alignment

We know that many in the community are already doing some more detailed thinking on the above, so we would welcome any further thoughts you might have to help us develop the picture of user needs. Please contact us via pbconsultation@ncsc.gov.uk

We also anticipate running small, targeted user working groups in January 2018 for the community to provide further input and help us to develop these specific parts of the policy proposition. Further information will follow about involvement in these sessions. We expect we will use the captured user requirements to develop a consultation document with which to go out to a wider public consultation in early 2018. This will enable us to reach a wider audience and will provide an opportunity for the community to formally respond to a more detailed policy outline.

OFFICIAL This information is exempt under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and may be exempt under other UK information legislation. Refer any FOIA queries to ncscinfoleg@ncsc.gov.uk

Good evening!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

 

Poland – Cyber security solutions

Expiry date 30 November 2017

A distributor and integrator of innovative technologies is looking to source cybersecurity solutions from the UK.  They are interested in innovative solutions that can be used to protect critical infrastructure.

If you are interested in this you should be able to demonstrate previous experience in providing cyber security solutions.

Submit your proposal to the Department for International Trade in Poland.

All submissions will be reviewed and you will be notified of any potential next steps. You can only submit a proposal if you are a UK registered company.

Contacts: Malgorzata Kielminska malgorzata.kielminska@fco.gov.uk and Ewa van Veenendaal-Rawicz ewa.veenendaal-rawicz@fco.gov.uk

https://opportunities.export.great.gov.uk/opportunities/poland-cyber-security-solutions

 

Black Hat in London

Save £200 off Black Hat Briefings in London with code UKCSF17

You can attend this event for free but you do need to pay to get access to the famous Black Hat briefings,  UK Cyber Security Forum members are eligible for this discount.

Learn the very latest information security risks and trends at Black Hat Briefings in London, December 6-7. Join security professionals from around the world at the ExCeL where experts will share ground breaking research, open-source tools, and 0-day exploits. More than 40 Briefings have been announced covering topics from iOS Jailbreaks to Social Engineering.

Register Now to Save £200 off Briefings with Code UKCSF17

 

Service provision partner in the field of Academia for JSaRC

The Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) has invited us to share the details of its new requirement to source and appoint a service provision partner in the field of Academia for JSaRC. As per the attached (please let me know if you want this and I will email it to you info@ukcybersecurityforum.com). JSaRC require a range of liaison and promotion services connected with academic developments in the field of security, counter-terrorism and domestic extremism.

Please note that the closing date for submissions is 16.00hrs on 30th November 2017.

 

Security by Design Revisited Workshop

Free event

The next Security by Design Revisited Workshop will be held at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street London WC2E 7HA, on 5th December 2017, 1000-1300.  Coffee will be available from 0930.  The workshop will examine targeted interventions for adoption of good practice in security by design.  It will be informed by the first two workshops, notes on which are available at https://www.iaac.org.uk/research/.  Our guest speaker will be Vice President of the Institute of Analysts and Programmers, Paul Lynham.

If you would like to attend please register at: https://www.iaac.org.uk/events/securitybydesigndecember/

Any further enquires please contact info@iaac.org.uk

 

Cyber Security for Industrial Control Systems

Secure solutions for cyber-physical systems

7 – 8 February 2018. IET London: Savoy Place

www.theiet.org/cyber-ics

Join leading engineers for two days addressing the key cyber security issues identified by people working in industrial control and SCADA systems.

You will hear keynote addresses from Raj Samani, Chief Scientist & McAfee Fellow, McAfee and Sarabjit Purewal, Head of Operations in the Chemicals sector, Health and Safety Executive. Other speakers include NCSC, Darktrace, Siemens, PwC and the Institute for Security Science and Technology.

UK Cyber Security Forum members save up to £150 with the IET Member rate. See the full programme and book your place at www.theiet.org/cyber-ics

Wales Investing in Healthcare Technology

Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced over £5.5 million for digital priorities within the Welsh NHS.

The funding will be targeted at improving access to information and introducing new ways of delivering care with digital technologies set out in the 2015 Informed Health and Care strategy.

Welsh Government has worked with a collaboration of NHS organisations including the NHS Wales Informatics Service to prioritise and accelerate a number of key national clinical programmes including the Welsh Clinical Portal and the Welsh Community Care Information System.

The funding will also be used for a Wales-wide cybersecurity review of each NHS organisation.

“In a modern NHS delivering world-class care in the 21st Century, you need to have the most up-to-date information technology systems in place,” Gething said. “If you want the best technology in the Welsh NHS, you have to invest in IT.”

 

GP2GP completes national rollout 

The GP2GP service is now live in all Welsh GP practices – several months ahead of schedule.

The service provides direct and secure electronic transfers of patient records between practices. It improves patient care as GPs will have full and detailed medical records available to them for a new patient’s first consultation. It also saves on practices’ administrative time.

Visit the NHS Wales Informatics Service website to learn more what GP practice staff have to say about GP2GP.

 

My Health Text helps slash missed appointments  

By making the most of the technology available on smart phones and tablets through a service called My Health Text, GP practices are reducing the number of missed appointments and saving healthcare resources.

The reminder service was introduced by the NHS Wales Informatics Service in 2015 with the aim of making the appointment system fit more easily into patients’ lives.

Cardiff’s Brynderwen Practice was one of the first to use the service. As a large practice with nearly 19,000 patients, it had more than 350 missed appointments (known as “Did Not Attends” or “DNAs”) every month. Brynderwen’s Practice Manager, Antonia Higgins says after sending out the texts they noticed a sharp reduction in DNAs.

“We started using My Health Text in the second quarter of 2015,” she says. “In the first quarter, we had 1092 missed appointments. By the second, that had reduced to 523. We had reduced our missed appointments by half.”

Brynderwen Practice also uses text messaging to send reminders and alerts for immunisations such as shingles and flu. Last year, the practice achieved the highest number of vaccinations of patients at risk of flu aged under 65 in Cardiff and Vale – a success Antonia believes was due to the texting service.

“We’ve saved a lot of time and money, and postage,” she says, “especially for the flu campaign which has a high volume of patients. I’d encourage everybody to use My Health Text.”

 

Making sure the road ahead is standardised   

A new SNOMED CT implementation project is paving the way toward standardising healthcare systems in Wales.

SNOMED CT is an internationally recognised “language” of health terms that enables consistent sharing of information between electronic clinical systems – particularly  electronic health records.

The project sets forth a “Roadmap for Wales” – a plan outlining what systems and programmes currently use SNOMED CT and what future deliveries need to.  A Target Operating Model will focus on how the standardisation can be achieved.

“Given the various coding schemes and healthcare systems currently deployed across Wales, the implementation of SNOMED CT will not be a simple or short process.” said Project Manager,Tracey Francis. “But as part of the ongoing process of managing and delivering more sophisticated and integrated healthcare information services, SNOMED CT will allow for more clinical content and improved technical structures.”

 

New printers for GP practices  

A new print service has been launched for Welsh GP practices that will replace all black and white printers and provide automatic management of toners.

The service, in partnership with Hewlett Packard, will provide delivery, installation, support, and maintenance. One of the first practices to benefit from the service was Swansea’s Penybryn Surgery. Penybryn relies on its printers for more than two thousand prescriptions a month, large insurance reports and a collection of other paperwork.

“Before we had the managed print service, we had lots of old style printers, and I would spend hours every week trying to fix them,” said Penybryn’s Practice Manager Paul Littlejohns. “We had paper jams, cartridges not working. But the new printers seem to be more efficient. I don’t have to spend any time going down to fix them. We also get cartridges sent in the post. We don’t know we’re running short, but the system knows. It’s great.”

 

Valuing Our Workforce 

NHS Wales Informatics Service aims to be the first organisation in Wales to achieve a new standard for developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with its employees.

The ‘BS76000 Valuing People’ standard, issued by the British Standards Institution (BSI), is awarded to organisations that recognise their employees are an institution’s biggest asset.

Our Workforce & Organisational Development team have been meeting with BSI assessors, looking at existing practices and demonstrating how valuing people is at the heart of everything we do.

 

Cymraeg Commendation 

We are very proud to have received a Special Commendation Award for toward the delivery of Welsh Language care in Primary Care Settings at the ‘More Than Just Words’ Showcase Event held in Cardiff earlier this month.

The event celebrates and shares the work of individuals, teams and initiatives in providing bilingual care.

Learn more about our work using Welsh in Primary Care Settings on our YouTube site

The French Ministry of Interior, the Nord Pas-de-Calais Regional Council and CEIS consulting firm are organising the 10th edition of the International Cyber Security Forum!

Fully furnished 6m² stand space

Access to business networking platform

Company profile via the FIC catalogue and website

Special negotiated price €3,000

When: 23 & 24 January 2018

Where: Grand Palais, Lille

Cost: €3,000

Contact: Richard Ellis, Defence & Security, Business Development, richard.ellis2@fco.gov.uk, +33 (0)1 44 51 31 82

Information provided by Ruth Stockley, Business Development Manager – Trade & Investment Europe, Welsh Government.

The Welsh Government recently published a paper on the Fair Movement of People which is available at: https://beta.gov.wales/brexit

We’re told it was quite well received by UK Government, who has recently established a Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

The Committee is analysing European Economic Area migration across the whole of the UK to inform the future UK Government approach to migration.

You may wish to note that the MAC published a call for evidence on 4th August (closing date 27th October). This is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-and-briefing-note-eea-workers-in-the-uk-labour-market

We have been asked to invite companies/organisations in Wales who we think would be interested in meeting directly with the Committee to discuss issues relating to the future approach to migration. There are no guarantees at this stage as I am sure they will receive many nominations from across all regions and industries in UK; but it goes without saying that its important to make sure we provide a strong list of candidates for them to consider in the round.

If you are interested in contributing to this work please register your interest by emailing Jonathan.Fortune@gov.wales Senior Strategy Manager – ICT, Welsh Government

The Department for International Trade and UK Joint Delegation to NATO are pleased to inform you that they will be hosting a UK Industry Day at NATO HQ.

The event will be held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and will focus on business opportunities within the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA)

Guests will also be invited to attend a reception at the Ambassador’s residence on the evening of the 23rd

Please register your interest by emailing ben.wilson@fco.gov.uk

The UK Government will be running a trade mission to the ICS Cyber Security Conference in Atlanta in October and there will be finding available to support travel costs.

Since 2002, the ICS Cyber Security Conference has gathered ICS cyber security stakeholders across various industries and attracts operations and control engineers, IT, government, vendors and academics. Over the years, the focus of the conference has shifted from raising awareness towards sharing security event histories and discussing solutions and protection strategies. As the longest-running cyber security-focused conference for the industrial control systems sector, the event will cater to the energy, utility, chemical, transportation, manufacturing, and other industrial and critical infrastructure organizations.

More information can be found at http://www.icscybersecurityconference.com

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dr Kevin Jones at Airbus who can provide more details.

Good evening!

Here are some opportunities and events you might be interested in

 

UK-South Korea ICT Joint Eurostars call

Short Notice – sorry!

Innovate UK are looking for up to 15 UK SMEs to take part in a brokerage event with South Korea on the 7th of November in Birmingham. The focus is on Advanced Materials and ICT, with ICT covering AI, IoT, AR/VR and Cyber Security – with the aim of forming a consortium with a Korean counterpart(s) to put a bid into an upcoming Eurostars funding round.

You can see more details here: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/news/articlesrepublic-of-korea-united-kingdom-promotional-joint-call-for-eurostars-projects

If you are interested please contact Jonny Voon – he is hoping to get this arranged at the beginning of this week so please do not delay

Jonny.Voon@innovateuk.gov.uk

 

Looking for NGO experience

Open Briefing are looking for cyber security consultants with NGO (non-governmental organisation) experience

https://www.openbriefing.org/blog/cyber-security-consultants-recruitment/.

 

MSC Survey

This research forms part of an MSc qualification at Henley Business School at the University of Reading.  Part of the research involves a questionnaire to analyse the perspectives of people who have worked within the Engineering, Scientific and Technology (EST) community, like yourself, who have experience of some form of support in work (coaching or mentoring) and working in a team.

This is an independent study, which looks at perspectives from across the EST industry and whether there is a relationship between innovation, autistic traits presented, the coaching support experienced and our performance as team members.

The survey should take about 10-15 mins to complete. It will expire in 14 days. If you are interested in the context of the study I have attached some more information which details the research link with autism. Cambridge study context

 

PhD Studentship on offer

Studentship to work on the competitiveness of firms involved in the provision of cyber security in the UK. The studentship is a partnership between the University and the UK Cyber Security Forum.

See the Studentship advert here jobs.ac.uk: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BES179/national-security-and-cyber-valley-growth-innovation-and-competitiveness-esrc-dtp-industrial-strategy-collaborative-studentship-in-the-midlands-graduate-school/.

 

US Cybersecurity Roundtable -Bringing Together Industry, Policy, Defence and Diversity

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in partnership with the Department for International Trade will host a delegation of representatives from British cybersecurity industry, defence, policy, and academic communities in three US cities (Denver/Colorado Springs, Colorado; San Diego, California; and Seattle, Washington) the week of February 5th, 2018. The delegation will explore opportunities for UK entities and build relationships with potential customers/partners in the Western U.S., as well as share best practice with local government, defence, and academic institutions.

Denver/Colorado Springs, San Diego, and Seattle are emerging as important cybersecurity hubs within the US, with robust industry and research ecosystems, major military installations, state governments pursuing progressive cyber policies, and several Fortune 500 companies (including Microsoft, Amazon, Qualcomm, and Arrow Electronics) – and this delegation will seek to build connections with all of these stakeholders.

The delegation will also celebrate gender inclusion within the cybersecurity landscape and therefore diversity within the delegation participants is encouraged. The theme of the event, at the moment, is Bringing Together Industry, Policy, Defence and Diversity, if there is a particular aspect or point you wish to talk about or that you can bring to the event, then please do raise it with me, we are open to all suggestions. We want to make this an event that you are engaged with so that we can create a  narrative around the event that forwards your objectives, the UK cyber security sector and the UK as a thought leaders/example in this field.

If you can’t attend please do pass this on to someone you believe would be interested.

A more detailed invitation with programmatic elements as well as potential costs will follow. In the meantime, interested parties should contact Pauline Wood at pauline.wood@mobile.trade.gov.uk and myself (philip.heald@trade.gsi.gov.uk ) on themes/topics

 

Innovation Loans

Innovate UK are introducing a new offer called Innovation Loans. I’m attaching a summary of the scheme for information. If you’d like to find out more please register for one of the roadshow events via the following link: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/news/does-your-business-need-funding-from-a-new-innovation-loan.

 

West Midland Cyber Security Cluster

Free event

A new and active Cyber Security Cluster will be having a packed first meeting  on 30th November – register below to attend

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-midland-cyber-cluster-launch-tickets-38865825731?aff=es2

 

IISP Survey

The IISP would like to invite you to participate in their security industry and member survey 2017. The aim of the survey is to solicit views on the Institute; what it does well, what could be improved and the state of information security in general.

Click here to complete the survey

 

Cyber Security: Testing France and the UK’s Digital Defences

Tuesday 7 November in Paris

Explore opportunities for Franco-British commercial, academic and research collaboration in the cybersphere

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyber-security-testing-france-and-the-uks-digital-defences-tickets-37991953957

Cyber security has no borders, so cross-border action is needed to respond to the dynamic nature of cyber threats. The UK and France are already close allies in the fight for a safer cyberspace and each country is backed with high calibre R&D and thriving cyber valleys which are hotbeds for innovation. But how can we bring the two ecosystems together to create the next generation of digital defenders?

The objective of this event is to explore opportunities forFranco-British commercial, academic and research collaboration in the cybersphere. Through a series of panel discussions, attendees will learn about the latest developments in policy, funding and R&D to better position themselves in the face of evolving cyber threats. A series of pitches will provide UK and French companies with a platform to showcase their expertise to an audience of key cyber security stakeholders. Participants will also have the chance to explore partnership opportunities through a dedicated B2B session. Combined this will help us to better position ourselves on both European and world markets, using our strengths and differences to help us grow our cyber ecosystems internationally.

When: Tuesday 7 November 2017

Where: British Ambassador’s Residence, 39 rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75008, Paris

Cost: £630 ex. VAT (2 attendees per company)

Contact: Richard Ellis, Defence & Security, Business Development, richard.ellis2@fco.gov.uk, +33 (0)1 44 51 31 82

Information provided by Ruth Stockley, Business Development Manager – Trade & Investment Europe, Welsh Government.

My name is Jodie Kill; I am 3rd year BSc Computer Security student studying at the University of South Wales. As part of my final year studies, I will be undertaking a research project and have selected wearable devices in the workplace, ultimately creating a Security Management Policy that will govern the use of them, much like a mobile phone or BYOD policy that might currently be in place.

In order for me to successfully evaluate whether my policy will be usable I need a company that can provide feedback and also as a case study so I can write the policy. I will not be recording any personal or company data, just views and opinions from staff and managerial staff on wearable devices; the types they use, if they wear them to work, etc. I would also wish to look the current security policy in place to see if wearable devices are already incorporated into it.

Sharan Johnstone is my dissertation supervisor and will be over seeing my project. If you have any questions or are willing to help feel free to email me jodie.kill@students.southwales.ac.uk or phone me on 07456028355 or Sharan sharan.johnstone@southwales.ac.uk or phone her on 01443 483408.

Cluster members are invite to the upcoming Tech Against Terrorism event on October 16th at the Swansea Tech Hub. This event, organised by ICT4Peace and Swansea University’s College of Law and Criminology, is a United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN-CTED) backed global campaign to fight terrorist exploitation of technology in support of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.

The Tech Against Terrorism event is an opportunity for Welsh technology start-ups to network with one another and engage with discussions around preventing terrorist use and exploitation of your services. It will also provide an opportunity for start-ups like yourselves to voice your concerns and identify how Tech Against Terrorism can assist and support you in responding to terrorist exploitation of technology.

The event will run from 1000 until 1630 on the 16th October 2017. During this time, experts from Swansea University’s Cyberterrorism Project will discuss how terrorist groups have exploited technology in the past to achieve their key aims and objectives and how they are predicted to do so in the future, and Tech Against Terrorism staff will run a series of workshops on how to effectively plan, prepare and respond to potential or suspected terrorist activity on your platform. Lunch will be provided and attendance at the event is entirely free.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please sign up via our Eventbright: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tech-against-terrorism-swansea-startup-workshop-tickets-37912583558.

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 SMEs. This programme is linked to the Develop strand of UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, a series of activities that will be supported by £1.9bn public investment over the next five years.

On 12 October 2017, in partnership with Innovation Point, the Cyber 101 bootcamp will be run in Newport, Wales.

Who should apply?

Digital Catapult wants to hear from small and medium-sized cyber security companies that are interested in receiving mentorship and business skills coaching. Applications are open to cyber security companies operating across all UK sectors with existing product or service offerings linked to the following categories:

  • SCADA and ICS
  • Information risk management
  • Perimeter security
  • Network security
  • Application security
  • Access control
  • Cyber industry support services
  • Training, awareness and education
  • Incident response and management
  • Monitoring, detection and analysis

The bootcamps are aimed at both established start-ups looking to refine their business propositions, and more mature SMEs seeking a ‘sanity check’ on their business practices and advice on scaling up and expanding.

Interested in applying?

Each bootcamp has space for eight SMEs – places are allocated to those with the most appropriate needs, expertise, services and products in line with the Open Call.

To register your interest, go to https://www.digitalcatapultcentre.org.uk/open-calls/cyber-101/

Good morning!

Many thanks to those of you who attended the UK Cyber Forum showcase event in Malvern last Thursday – it was a great day!

Here are some Opportunities and Events you might find useful.

 

Fingerprint authentication

One of our members – Cloud-pin Ltd of Cambridgeshire – would like to talk to anyone who has worked in the field of fingerprint authentication, in connection with a project they’re working on. Contact Jonathan Craymer at jcraymer@shayype.com or 07770 875659.

 

Panama – Consultancy for cyber security strategy

One of the deadlines for this has passed (sorry) but not the other so you could contact them if interested

The government has issued a call for an expression of interest looking for consultancy firms specialised in cyber security

Expiry date: 8 October 2017

The prospective firm will be require to:

diagnose the current situation of the national cyber security strategy

prepare a road map or plan of action agreed with the institutions for the implementation of the national strategy for cyber security

carry out a security architecture analysis in order to know its current state.

Deadline for bids 10 October 2107

UK companies can bid directly, but the consultant must have the skills to fully operate in Spanish. Apply for more information from the Department for International Trade team in Panama

Contacts: Julissa Monterrey julissa.monterrey@fco.gov.uk, Ariel Perez ariel.perez@fco.gov.uk

 

DIT France’s Cyber Security workshop

DIT France’s Cyber Security workshop “Cyber Security: Testing France and the UK’s Digital Defences”, which will take place on 7th November 2017 at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Paris.

The objective of this event is to explore opportunities for Franco-British commercial, academic and research collaboration in the cybersphere.

DIT are inviting British companies to join major players from the cyber security industry in France and the UK for a one day event, which will include conferences with keynote speakers, pitching sessions and pre-arranged B2B meetings

When:  Tuesday 7 November 2017

Where:

British Ambassador’s Residence,

39 rue du Faubourg St Honoré,

75008, Paris

Registration fee for UK companies

£630 ex. VAT

2 attendees per company

RSVP by

20 October 2017

Click here to register

Contact:

Richard Ellis

Defence & Security

Business Development

richard.ellis2@fco.gov.uk

+33 (0)1 44 51 31 82

Sophie Girardon

Defence & Security

Campaign Manager

sophie.girardon@fco.gov.uk

+33 (0)1 44 51 32 80

 

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Cyber Summit (in association with Get Safe Online)

31 October, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Edgbaston stadium, Edgbaston Road, Birmingham, B5 7QU

The free one-day West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Cyber Summit will feature:

Expert keynote speakers from RBS, Kaspersky, Get Safe Online and IRM.

Practitioners with real-world knowledge from West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner including the National Crime Agency.

Regional businesses with real-life cybercrime case study experience.

Join us and find out first-hand how to protect your business and staff against the latest online threats.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-midlands-police-and-crime-commissioner-cyber-summit-in-association-with-get-safe-online-tickets-38392506019

 

About Secure IoT 

17th October 2017

Green Park Conference Centre, 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading RG2 6GP

Internet of Things (IoT) Security is a real concern for end users and organisations due to the ever-increasing number of attacks by hackers on consumer products, medical devices, vehicles, SCADA, Industrial Control, Building Management Systems, IT and OT Systems and networks of: retailers, public sector organisations, utilities, transport, energy sector, production, manufacturing, plant, process and control companies e.g.:

To gain an understanding of the potential threats and risks to your organisation and security best practice meet leading cybersecurity experts from: Arm, Cisco, Device Authority, IBM, IoT Security Foundation, Microsoft, Pen Test Partners, Symantec, Trustwave, T&VS, UL & University of Southampton.

You can see the agenda and book tickets using the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secure-internet-of-things-tickets-34656095314

You can use the following Discount Code to get 15% off the standard ticket price of £70 +VAT:

IOTTV17

To use the code: Click on the green “Tickets” rectangle and a “Select Tickets” pop-up should appear. You can then enter the discount code into the “Enter Promotional Code” box in the ‘Select Tickets’ pop-up

 

BIG DATA CORRIDOR EVENTS

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2017

A wide range of events you might find interesting – some are free but some have charges

Further details about the courses can be found at http://bigdatacorridor.com/events/

Responsible Innovation COMPASS is an EU-funded project that supports Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) from emerging technology industries to manage their research, development and innovation activities in a responsible and inclusive manner. During the three years of the project we will develop and launch a number of elements of the Responsible Innovation COMPASS, an online platform containing a number of tools and services tailored to SME needs:

  • Inspiring case studies
  • Sector roadmaps
  • Responsible Innovation Self-check tool
  • Training materials

As a security company, you’re probably very concerned about ethics, and ensuring your business acts as responsibly as possible. What we want to do is to help your company be even more ethical in your business practices.

We want to be pragmatic, useful, and responsive to your company’s needs and goals.

Much like the security sector sells an idea – that security needs to be built in from the beginning – we will convince you that if you build in responsible and ethical practice from the beginning, you’ll benefit from it in the medium-long term through:

  • better relationships with clients;
  • broader and more sensitive outreach and sales approaches;
  • higher levels of client trust in your company;
  • a more embedded community presence;
  • and an agility for future challenges and opportunities

We will work directly and confidentially with you and your company, identifying your areas of good practice and injecting good practice identified by interviews with practitioners, CEOs, and developers of other tech companies. We have successfully done this with the health technology sector in the past, and now we want to open up our methods to the security sector.

We want your company to be prepared for what the future might bring – 2, 5, even 10 years down the line, and help you to put good practice in place to be able to deal with these challenges and opportunities. You’ll also learn how to use our techniques to help potential clients thinking about their own futures – and how security can benefit them.

We’ll need around 5 hours of your time total, spread over 2 face-to-face meetings where we come to you, and a couple of short follow-up phone calls after each meeting. In between, we will integrate expert opinion from our research for the COMPASS project, the East Midlands Police, academic security researchers, business support organisations such as B Labs and EBN Innovation Network, and professional organisations to help you look above and beyond your everyday practice.

You’ll get a tailored, future-looking roadmap to practically implement responsible and ethical practice in your company, so you can benefit from being more trustworthy, learn from our methods, and end up with a more agile, future-looking company that can be relied on by customers and the public to behave ethically and responsibly.

For more information please contact Catherine Flick at cflick@dmu.ac.uk for more information. Our website is at https://www.innovation-compass.eu.

the Department for International Trade and the Science & Innovation Network have partnered with Leonardo – the leading Italian multinational aerospace, defence and security company and NATO Prime Contractor (www.leonardocompany.com/en) – for the next edition of Cybertech Europe that will take place in Rome at La Nuvola Convention Centre on 26 and 27th September 2017.

Thanks to this partnership, UK companies joining the event will have the opportunity to:

  • Access and network with Leonardo clients, international institutions and Governments attending the event;
  • Access Leonardo and its supply-chain;
  • Access the wider European industry (Tier-1 Security Providers) and leading international technology vendors;
  • Receive DIT support for tailored B2B meetings

The exhibition will also host a unique Start-up Pavilion where hundreds of innovative & cutting edge start-ups will display the latest technological and cyber advancements from the “Start-Up Nation”.

In order to qualify for the Start-up Pavilion and take advantage of the related subsidies, start-ups must meet the following criteria:

  • Founded after 2007
  • Be manufacturers of high-technology products
  • Be owned by private entrepreneurs and/or venture capital
  • The annual income should not exceed $750,000 revenues

Each qualifying start-up will be entitled to a large table area to exhibit on the Cybertech Start-up Pavilion

For more information visit http://italy.cybertechconference.com/

and contact the conference co-organisers at cybertecheurope@leonardocompany.com copied to DIT Italy that will coordinate the meeting programme:

Serena Corti, Head of Engineering Unit Serena.Corti@mobile.trade.gov.uk

Elena Casalino, Trade Adviser Elena.Casalino@mobile.trade.gov.uk

Kelly Evans, Business Development Manager Inward Investment, Department for Economy, Science & Transport, Welsh Government

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

 

UK Cyber Security Forum Showcase event

Full-day free event on 5th October at Malvern Theatres

We have some great speakers at the showcase event this year – including the CTO of NCSC’s Economy and Society department. You can see some thoughts from Economy and Society here – I think their remit is likely to affect most of us

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/blog-post/what-can-ncsc-do-you

Another notable talk will be from PETRAS which is a consortium of nine leading UK universities which will work together over the next three years to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.  They are keen to find ways to extend their work and engagement to cyber security SMEs

Of course, these are in addition to the other fantastic presentations and associated networking within the exhibition.  There are still spaces to sign-up to attend.  It is free but please do register – we had to close the booking last year because we have limited space.

See the full programme here

https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

Register to attend here

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-30857411348

Join us at the formal dinner that evening (£55 + vat) here (I will sit you on a great table!)

https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/formal-dinner

 

IET Call for Abstracts

The IET are joining forces with the PETRAS Research Hub and IoTUK to hold Living in the Internet of Things – a two day event incorporating call for papers conference, exhibition, workshops, seminars and demonstrations focussing on the cybersecurity of the IoT.

The conference Programme Committee welcome abstracts which reflect experience and emerging practice in addressing a range of sociotechnical issues distinctively concerned with cybersecurity of the Internet of Things. The scope includes:

Adoption and acceptability

Safety and security

Privacy and trust

Standards, Governance and Policy

Harnessing Economic value

Submit your abstract by 10 November 2017 – http://events.theiet.org/petras/index.cfm?origin=UKCyberSecurityForum-bulletin

 

Home Office National Law Enforcement Data Programme Supplier Engagement Event

04 October, Central London

The UK Security and Resilience Suppliers’ Community (RISC) has been asked by the Home Office to invite suppliers to a Supplier Engagement event for the National Law Enforcement Data Programme (NLEDP). This will provide an update to the market regarding opportunities within the programme with particular emphasis on a technical briefing for suppliers who provide mobile data solutions. Suppliers who offer solutions pertinent to NLEDP and are not on contract with the programme are encouraged to attend.

The Programme is being run by the Home Office to look at the future strategic provision of critical national policing IT capabilities to better support the fight against crime and to protect the public.

NLEDP will achieve this through the use of more modern technology and interfaces to transform the way policing and law enforcement access and use national data. One of its key objectives is to determine the future need for new services to make national data easy to access by front line officers to inform local policing decisions.

Since the last Suppliers’ Engagement event in July 2016, the Programme has made significant progress against the transition strategy, including the appointment of the build partner. The Programme would now like to reconvene with suppliers to update them on overall progress and more explicitly, provide a technical briefing for suppliers who provide mobile data solutions – devices, software, data management/storage

As almost all forces have mobile workflow solutions (or are implementing them) which offer a range of functionality, the key strategic mobile aims for NLEDP include:

To enable local force mobile applications to continue working, post-PNC

To enable richer data to be surfaced to mobile applications (e.g. national custody images)

The Programme wishes to ensure such suppliers understand: the implications of LED and how their solutions can align with the NLEDS delivery, how the Programme is expecting to engage with suppliers as well as its associated procurement strategy.

The Supplier Engagement event will be held on the morning of Wednesday 4th October 2017 in Central London. Please note that full joining instructions will be sent to registered delegates and due to potential capacity issues, the Home Office requests that only two delegates per company register to attend.

Further details, including how to register, are available here.

 

Export Opportunities 

A US government agency is looking for ideas and technologies to improve cyber defence in the financial sector. Expiry date: 21 November 2017.

A government department in Hong Kong needs virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) set up and implemented. Expiry date: 25 October 2017

You should be able to:

– replace 460 desktop computers with virtual desktops

– set up 2 new VDI environments, 1 for critical application users and 1 for VIP users of the environment

– implement 2 pairs of physical firewalls to enhance system protection, 1 pair for critical application users and 1 for VIP users

– implement a micro-segmentation solution to protect 1,035 virtual desktops from cyber threats

The project is expected to finish in June 2018.

A government organisation  in Qatar is looking for bids from those UK companies who are able to review and update a digital policy. Expiry date: 08 October 2017

You should be experienced in:

digital inclusion by creating opportunities for access, learning and effective use of technology

digital literacy aiming to raise awareness and foster a healthy cyber culture

ICT skills aimed at raising awareness and inspiring take-up of a wide array of possible ICT careers by developing a highly skilled and well-qualified ICT workforce

digital impact and emerging technologies which focus on studying the effects of ICT and the internet on society

emerging digital technologies and their potential

The tender document fees are £102. The tender bond is £10,125.

Help design European cybersecurity policy and evaluate Horizon 2020 cybersecurity proposals

The EU is seeking individuals with expertise in cybersecurity and digital privacy to be appointed as independent experts to assist with research and innovation assignments including the evaluation of Horizon 2020 proposals, monitoring of projects and design of policy. Experts are paid for their time and are reimbursed for any travel costs.

If this is of interest, you can register as an expert at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/experts/index.html

Information provided by Simon Renault, Head of Special Projects, Innovation Point.

CESG are recruiting volunteers for usability testing of the new National Cyber Security Centre website between now and launch. They are developing the website in ‘sprints’ and would like groups of users to do some testing after each sprint – roughly every 2 weeks.

The first date is 8th July in London and they are specifically trying to pin down non-cyber security SMEs – see link below. It will take about an hour.

https://www.cesg.gov.uk/news/ncsc-website-usability-testing-underway-and-we-need-volunteers

Information provided by Kevin Lowrie, Assistant Director Communications Cyber Security, Department of Culture Media and Sport.

The Home Office Defence Science and Technology Laboratory – Defence and Security Accelerator have issued a challenge through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) process.

The Home Office are to invest up to £2m in this Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) challenge competition. Total funding for phase 1 is up to £1 million with a further £1 million available for phase 2 projects.

The competition seeks innovative ideas to reduce the threat from the terrorist or malicious use of explosives and weapons in public spaces by using the crowd as a sensor. These capabilities and systems are to be used in crowded spaces, such as shopping centres, sports stadia and entertainment venues.

Full details can be found in the Competition Document at: Accelerator Online.

An innovation network event for this DASA competition will be held on 27 July 2017.

This competition closes on 20 September 2017.

Proposals must be submitted to the Accelerator Online.

Information provided by Neil Sandford, Business Development Manager – ICT Inward Investment, Welsh Government.

A festival for the innovators, the industry, the investors. The dreamers, the schemers, the angel investors, the beta testers. The movers, the shakers, the doers, the makers.

Our keynote speakers have been there, they’ve done it, they’ve won it. Our workshops will talk sense, pounds and pence, reach for the stars, driverless cars, holograms, cyber scams, edtech and high spec

And on our new Showcase Stage up-and-comers, future world-changers, tomorrow’s heroes can tell their tale to investors looking for the next big thing.

There’ll be an Expo in shipping containers. Street food. Hands-on exhibitions and tomorrow’s tech. Smart companies and smarter people.

Sponsors and partners will be welcomed into the Digital world this Spring and Summer. Read on for how to join us.

New venue – Tramshed Tech, Tramshed Music venue, road outside closed and Expo in Steel Shipping Containers with Street Food traders – festival/urban vib

New Focus – all about creating business opportunities, collaboration and attracting the right people to the event – ie. ‘buyers’

New Partners – We’re teaming up with National Procurement Service who will be inviting all the public sector ICT ‘procurement’ buyers to Digital (that’s Police, Ambulance Services, local Councils, Higher Education & Further Education etc). We’re also working with London Stock Exchange, the UKBAA (Angel Investors association) to attract investors to the event, TechUk and Digital Catapult – to push a more UK wide approach.

New marketing – we’ll be pushing our marketing campaign to outside Wales targeting Bristol, Bath & M4 Corridor. People in Wales will come anyway, so we’re focusing our publicity efforts outside Wales to attract new audiences. We’re also looking at ‘Non-tech’ companies in Wales who need to become up to speed with digitalisation and be purchasing things such as Cyber Security etc – they will be encouraged to attend through our marketing drive

New Audiences:-

  • INVESTORS: never before have we pushed to attract investors to Digital. We want to show them the best of Welsh Tech. We’ve already heard that they know there’s a buzzing cyber security cluster in Wales, so we want to be able to show this off at Digital in our Expo.
  • NON TECH COMPANIES: we’ll be pushing those companies that need to ‘switch on’ to Tech, its opportunities, its importance and the competitive advantages it can bring to attend Digital to find out more!
  • MORE TECH PEOPLE: The new venue will help to attract a ‘less-corporate’ delegate and instead attract those actually working in the heart of the tech industry

We’re also offering all Welsh tech SMEs a £750 discount off the price of the Exhibition stands – so for just £1,000 plus VAT – you get a 2 x 2 metre stand for 2 days

Want to Exhibit or Sponsor? We’ve got lots of opportunity for your company to be a part of this exciting event. To find out more, email us at sponsorship@digital-festival.co.uk or call Tony on 07812 582213.

Apologies for filling your mailboxes but I forgot to include this event over the weekend and I had promised I would. Please note that the SME rate is not available on the internet so if you would like to attend please contact them and they will ensure you only pay the SME rate.

3rd Annual Energy Cyber Security Summit

25th September

London

UK Cyber Security Forum is partnering with City & Financial Global for this event and members can get the SME discount – see below

Following up on the success of the two previous editions, we are organising this event which will be chaired by Graham Wright, former CISO and Global Head of Digital Risk and Security, National Grid. This now well-established forum will once again provide you with the updated cyber resilience perspective of the key energy players in the UK and beyond including Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, National Grid, EDF Energy, Scottish and Southern Energy, European Network for Cyber Security, Ofgem, and many, others.

By attending this Forum you will learn more about:

  • Protecting critical infrastructure – the current NCSC approach to improving cyber resilience and providing effective incident response in the energy sector
  • Update on the National Cyber Security Strategy and its impact on the energy sector so far
  • Dealing with the challenges of SCADA systems, Industrial Control Systems and other operational technology
  • Real-life cyber security incidents and the steps that organisations have taken to improve the situation
  • The latest updates on smart metering cyber security in the UK
  • The best means to respond to Smart Grid system security threats. Smart meter vulnerabilities in smart grid projects
  • The reasons for the ‘cyber skills gap’ and what can be done to recruit more cyber skilled candidates and retain your existing security staff
  • Thinking like a hacker and defence mechanisms that should be allocated to technology, processes and humans
  • How SMEs can enhance their incident management detection and response

When: Monday 25th September 2017

Where: America Square Conference Centre, No.1, America Square, 17 Crosswall, London EC3N 2LB.

Costs: Standard Delegate Fee: £595 + VAT

SME Rate: £325 + VAT* – please email bookings@cityandfinancial.com to obtain this rate (as this is not available online). The SME rate is available to organisations with less than 250 employees or a group with less than 250 employees

Website: www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/CyberEnergy2017

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

 

Next East Midlands Cyber Security Cluster Meeting

What to do if you get hacked or suffer a breach

19th October 2017 (18:00-20:30)

University of Nottingham

The East Midlands branch of the UK Cyber Security Forum is a partner in the East Midlands Cyber Security Forum, which is organising an event looking what to do if your organisation gets hacked.

Through a series of presentations and a panel discussion, delegates will be guided through the fundamentals of cyber incident response by considering: the practical steps they need to take; the resources required to get the situation under control, following a breach; the importance of formalising roles and responsibilities in responding to incidents; and, the relative merits of outsourcing incident response to external suppliers.

Moreover, in a changing regulatory environment, businesses increasingly need to factor actions, such as notification timescales, into their response plans alongside the traditional recovery operations. So, we will also be looking at the current, and future legal obligations placed on businesses, how these impact upon a business’ recovery plan, and how businesses’ response to incidents impacts on criminal investigations.

Further details and booking

 

IAAC Second Security by Design Revisted workshop

12th October 2017 1000-1300

The next workshop will be held on 12 October 1000-1300 at the Charing Cross Hotel, Strand, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5HX. The workshop will be supported by Lorraine Dodd, Cranfield University, who will seek to examine the relationships involved between economics, culture and other factors in shaping the adoption of good security by design practice. At the heart of this will be the concept of ‘build well, operate well’.

If you would like the brief notes from the last meeting please email me (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

If you would like to attend please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/security-by-design-revisited-2nd-workshop-tickets-34906251538

You are encouraged to bring a willing non-security specialist colleague with you so that the we can have insight from a variety of perspectives in understanding the problem situation. If you wish to do so, please could you complete the registration for them and let us know so that we can plan the discussion.

 

UK Cyber Forum Showcase Day

5th October in Malvern

Free to attend

You can see the programme for the showcase day here. We are expecting NCSC Economy and Society to be one of the Keynote speakers but still discussing who will speak and what they will talk about. https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

If you would like to attend please do register as we sold out of tickets last year and numbers are already climbing. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-30857411348

The exhibition spaces have all gone now Im afraid. If you would like to join us for the black tie dinner that evening the tickets are £55 + vat each and we will try and seat you with people we think you will find interesting. We get a lot of people who come by themselves and so we can create very interesting tables for networking. The sponsors all have a table at the dinner as part of their package as well and so there is a good mix of people and a great speaker. https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/formal-dinner

 

NHS Cyber Security Roles

Two cyber security roles working with NHS England to support organisations across the country. This may be of interest to sole traders

http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/b63812023804a6ecf7ee66299928f9be/?vac_ref=914762775

 

IAAC Annual Symposium

IAAC Annual Symposium – Heath, Wealth and Stealth – on Wednesday 13th September.

Booking can be found here together with the latest programme.

 

GumTree Report

You might be interested in the recent “Psychology of Scamming” report by GumTree it has some interesting statistics https://blog.gumtree.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Download-Gumtrees-Trust-and-Safety-Report-here

The National Cyber Security Centre are running a range of activities across the UK in the summer to encourage youngsters into cyber security and 3 of the courses will be run at Cardiff Met University, each aimed at a different age group.

The courses represent a great opportunity to build on young people’s existing cyber skills and interests. The courses are free with the aim of encouraging participation from as wide a section of society as possible. Running throughout the courses is a strong emphasis on the ethics and legalities of ‘messing around’ with computers and the internet.

Places are limited and in other parts of the country they are full BUT take up of the courses in Cardiff has been slower.

The courses are:

CyberFirst Defenders https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/cyberfirst-defenders

A free four-day residential and non-residential course aimed at 14 to 15 year olds (Date of birth 1/9/2001 to 31/8/2002). The course provides a valuable introduction to the tools, knowledge and skills required to build and protect small networks and personal devices. Bookings are now open. For all enquiries please contact Smallpeice on 01926 333200 or email cyberfirst@smallpeicetrust.org.uk.

CyberFirst Futures https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/cyberfirst-futures

A free five-day residential and non-residential course aimed at 15 to 16 year olds (1/9/2000 to 31/8/2001). Ideal for students looking to study computer science at AS/A Levels, or equivalents. Students will explore advanced cyber security threats to devices, apps and software and investigate ways of protecting them. Bookings are now open. For all enquiries please contact Smallpeice on 01926 333200 or email cyberfirst@smallpeicetrust.org.uk.

CyberFirst Advanced https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/cyberfirst-advanced

A free five-day residential and non-residential course aimed at 16 to 17 year olds (1/9/1999 to 31/8/2000). This is designed to expand the knowledge of anyone studying computer science at AS/A Levels or equivalents or for any student who has a real interest and aptitude for computers. Bookings are now open. For all enquiries please contact Smallpeice on 01926 333200 or email cyberfirst@smallpeicetrust.org.uk.

Most of the courses are both mixed and residential but the CyberFirst Advanced course in Cardiff is a Girls only residential. This is only 20% full and NCSC might be forced to pull it if they don’t get more applicants – which would be a real shame!

Information provided by Russ Wardle, Arcanum Cyber.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is working with RSM’s Economic Consulting team (PACEC) in collaboration with the Centre for Security Information Technologies (CSIT) to produce statistics about the size, scale and future opportunities for the UK Cyber Security sector. This will include estimates of the sector’s revenue, employment and contribution to the UK economy.

The findings of the research will be used to inform government policy on cyber security and how government can support growth in the sector. This supports the Government’s aim to make the UK one of the most secure places to do business online and one of the world’s leading digital nations.

As part of this research, RSM is conducting a survey of organisations associated with the UK cyber security sector, including cyber security companies. Companies which offer cyber security products, services and solutions, whether as their sole business offer or as a proportion of their business activity, are encouraged to complete the survey.

It is vital that as many organisations as possible associated with the UK cyber security sector respond, to ensure the data collected is robust. If your company is a consumer of cyber security products, services and solutions please feel free to forward this e-mail to your UK based suppliers.

If you need any further information, or would like to discuss the survey, please do not hesitate to contact the RSM team (Jonathan Hobson, jonathan.hobson@rsmuk.com or Sam Donaldson, sam.donaldson@rsmuk.com)

Please note that any data collected through the survey will be treated in strictest confidence, used solely for the purposes of this study, and not shared with any third parties. The survey platform is ISO27001 accredited, and RSM complies with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct, and the Data Protection Act 1998.

Take the Survey here

Information provided by Neil Sandford, Business Development Manager – ICT Inward Investment, Welsh Government.

Endeavr has teamed up with the Satellite Applications Catapult to host a 1 day ‘space’ event at the Touchlab in Airbus, Newport on Wed 6th Sept. The agenda looks great. Speakers include:

  • John Whalley, CEO Wales Aerospace
  • Paul Febvre, CTO Satellite Application Catapult
  • Jamie Reed, Airbus – Strategy
  • Joseph Bray, Airbus – intelligence
  • Prof Peter Hargraves, Cardiff University (representing WASP)
  • Rob Desborough, Seraphim Capital
  • Nick Crew, Endeavr

For more info and to register see: https://sa.catapult.org.uk/news-events-gallery/events/inspiring-innovation-in-space/

As this is the first time the Catapult has come to Wales, we’d really appreciate your support in terms of attending and / or in helping promote the event to your contacts in Wales. If of interest, we’d also like to invite you and/or your team to:

  • Set up a promotional banner or marketing materials (before the event starts at 9.30am)
  • Set-up demos in demo room (if you require internet access, you’ll need to bring a PC with an Ethernet port/connection)
  • Provide a 1 or 2 minute pitch or update to attendees (during the Satuccino & Extra Shot session) on any relevant space-related activities, capabilities and/or areas of interest

If of interest, please feel free to contact bethan@lauderconsultancy.com with any questions or queries

I hope you are having a lovely bank holiday weekend. Here are some opportunities you might be interested in.

 

Border Force Challenge (Proof of Concept)

Request for Expressions of Interest

deadline to register interest and capability is 3 September 2017

The Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) is conducting a market engagement exercise on behalf of UK Border Force.

We seek expressions of interest from companies who believe they may be able to offer a solution that will improve the Experience for individuals embarked in Coaches and Cars crossing the UK Border. You can find further details in the Expression of Interest document (please email info@ukcybersecurityforum.com and we will send you details). This solution sought should aim to improve the customer experience and speed of processing as they cross the border. It would need to enable officers to confirm the identity of the person travelling, their permissions to enter the UK and to alert officers of any high-risk passengers who may need to be interviewed further.

There are two strands to this problem, which will need to be demonstrably solved in parallel:

  • The first is the physical challenge to avoid having to disembark all passengers to allow more people to be cleared more quickly using less resource.
  • The second is around how any solution can effectively wash passenger details against any necessary data sets (which may be held by different systems) to carry out the appropriate checks.

We seek mature solutions capable of demonstration in a representative or real Border environment from mid November 2017. Typically proposals should already be fielded against broadly similar identification assurance requirements or be at high Technology Readiness Level (TRL 7+).

We would expect that any need to read or transfer data to be both format and solution agnostic. It is not expected that proposed solutions will be integrated with other live systems.

As part of this market engagement exercise, JSaRC intends to invite potential providers to participate in a Supplier Engagement Briefing on or around week commencing 18 September 2017. To express interest in attending the briefing, please email info@ukcybersecurityforum.com and we will send you further details so you can complete the following:

  • Non Disclosure Agreement
  • Online Response Form

Return the completed Non Disclosure Agreement along with a 600 (maximum) summary of experience relevant to the Expression of Interest by email to JSaRC@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Please note the deadline to register your interest and capability is 03 September 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you.

JSaRC on behalf of UK Border Force

 

DCMS UK Cyber Security Sector Research

DCMS is working with RSM’s Economic Consulting team (PACEC) to produce statistics about the size, scale and future opportunities for the UK cyber security sector. This will include estimates of the sector’s revenue, employment and contribution to the UK economy. The research is being conducted in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast’s Centre for Security Information Technology (CSIT).

The findings of the research will be used to inform government policy on cyber security and how government can support growth in the sector. This supports the Government’s aim to make the UK one of the most secure places to do business online and one of the world’s leading digital nations.

I’d be grateful if you could encourage your members to support this research and respond to the short survey.

More at https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/618

 

Cyber Security Export Strategy Survey

closes 31 August

The Department for International Trade is undertaking a refresh of HMG’s Cyber Security Export Strategy. Having the voice of industry is critical and will help DIT develop a clear and coherent strategy that supports the growth of one of the UK’s most innovative sectors. As part of this work DIT are inviting companies with cyber security offerings to provide information on their current and future activity, blockers they have found in exporting and how they believe the Government could best support businesses to export. The survey is available HERE

There is demand in Spain for Cybersecurity and intelligence systems. A private firm needs innovative cybersecurity and cyber-intelligence gathering solutions.Expiry date: 30 September 2017.

A US government agency is looking for ideas and technologies to improve cyber defence in the financial sector. Expiry date: 21 November 2017.

The Bangladeshi government has issued a tender for cyber threat detection equipment. Expiry date:10 September 2017.

A Singaporean telecommunications company is looking for ICT technology solutions. The company is looking for solutions for:

  • cyber security
  • big data analytics
  • fixed-mobile convergence (FMC)
  • cloud services
  • content distribution and delivery (CDN)
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M)

A Portuguese reseller and system integrator is looking for suppliers of information systems solutions. You should be able to supply solutions for:

  • cyber security
  • analytics
  • interoperability

Expiry date: 01 September 2017

To find out more about these opportunities and take a first step to winning business in these markets, please register your interest for the above opportunities in the links provided. An expert DIT trade adviser will respond you within a few days with further information.

 

Export Opportunities

5th October in Malvern

Free to attend or exhibit

The programme for the showcase day has now been published although we are waiting for the confirmation of details of a few speakers still. https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

If you would like to attend please do register as we sold out of tickets last year and numbers are already climbing. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-30857411348

There are still a few spaces left for you to exhibit (table top) free of charge so do register for this if you want to https://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/

 

UK Cyber Forum Showcase Day

23rd – 24th January 2018

Grand Palais, Lille France

RSVP by 27 October 2017

The French Ministry of Interior, the Nord Pas-de-Calais Regional Council and CEIS consulting firm are organising the10th edition of the International Cyber Security Forum

  • The last edition attracted more than 7000 visitors, 280 partners and 40 high-level official delegations from 60 countries
  • The main theme of this year is “Hyperconnection, the resilience challenge”, a topic that is particularly important in the light of current events and in line with customer concerns
  • Other current and relevant themes will be covered through an extensive programme of conferences, workshops, roundtables and plenary sessions to get the latest updates
  • High quality guest speakers will be presenting
  • Diverse Exhibition Area
  • Business Networking Platform open and free to exhibitors

Exclusive stand space offer for UK companies:

  • Fully furnished 6m² stand space
  • Access to business networking platform
  • Company profile via the FIC catalogue and website
  • price €3,000

Contact: Richard Ellis, Defence & Security Business Development richard.ellis2@fco.gov.uk +33 (0)1 44 51 31 82

 

International Cyber Security Forum

25th September

London

UK Cyber Security Forum is partnering with City & Financial Global for this event and members can get the SME discount – see below

Following up on the success of the two previous editions, we are organising this event which will be chaired by Graham Wright, former CISO and Global Head of Digital Risk and Security, National Grid. This now well-established forum will once again provide you with the updated cyber resilience perspective of the key energy players in the UK and beyond including Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, National Grid, EDF Energy, Scottish and Southern Energy, European Network for Cyber Security, Ofgem, and many, others.

By attending this Forum you will learn more about:

  • Protecting critical infrastructure – the current NCSC approach to improving cyber resilience and providing effective incident response in the energy sector
  • Update on the National Cyber Security Strategy and its impact on the energy sector so far
  • Dealing with the challenges of SCADA systems, Industrial Control Systems and other operational technology
  • Real-life cyber security incidents and the steps that organisations have taken to improve the situation
  • The latest updates on smart metering cyber security in the UK
  • The best means to respond to Smart Grid system security threats. Smart meter vulnerabilities in smart grid projects
  • The reasons for the ‘cyber skills gap’ and what can be done to recruit more cyber skilled candidates and retain your existing security staff
  • Thinking like a hacker and defence mechanisms that should be allocated to technology, processes and humans
  • How SMEs can enhance their incident management detection and response

When: Monday 25th September 2017

Where: America Square Conference Centre, No.1, America Square, 17 Crosswall, London EC3N 2LB.

Costs: Standard Delegate Fee: £595 + VAT

SME Rate: £325 + VAT* – please email bookings@cityandfinancial.com to obtain this rate (as this is not available online)

*The SME rate is available to organisations with less than 250 employees or a group with less than 250 employees

Website: www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/CyberEnergy2017

A challenge has been issued under the H2020 DS-08-2017 topic Cybersecurity PPP: Privacy, Data Protection, Digital Identities. The challenge is an Innovation action focused on Secure digital identities.

The Secure Passwordless EvidencE-based authentication for Digital identities project (SPEED) aims at developing a secure and user-friendly authentication framework, featuring an innovative robust biometric algorithm, that can be seen as an alternative to current password-based authentication systems. The proposed solution permits to decouple the acquisition process, performed in a secure private environment (i.e. Bring Your Own Device – BYOD), from the more computationally expensive matching process, performed on a powerful, scalable, event-driven cloud platform. ISMB will be involved in the definition and development of an innovative cloud platform for supporting authentication requests and distribution of sensible data.

For more information please contact neil.sandford@wales.gsi.gov.uk

On Thursday 24th August the Intapeople team will be hosting a charity netball event to raise money for The Prince’s Trust and they are inviting companies from the Cardiff area to join them to make this event a success.

Whether you are a novice or an experienced netball player, they want you to join them for a fun evening that will help contribute to a great cause.

For more information or to register click https://www.intapeople.com/news/intapeople-charity-netball-event-princes-trust

Information provided by Jonathan Stock, IT Security Recruitment Consultant, Intapeople, +44(0)29 20 252 500.

Bath, Bristol & Corsham Cluster are running a workshop titled Cyber Security Market Analysis 2017 and they have extended an invitation to any South Wales Cluster members who would like to cross the Bridge to attend.

The event will be run at The Engine Shed, Bristol.

Participants will:-

  • Discover the European Commission’s plans for stimulating the cybersecurity market
  • Hear the European Cyber Security Organisation’s (ECSO) objectives and programme with a proposed budget of €1,800M
  • Participate by sharing your views and influencing future European (and UK) policies
  • Have access to the latest 2016 UK data and its global context from the study which includes: market segmentation, employment, company numbers, in-country sales, import and export data plus other data

Click here to register https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-cyber-security-market-analysis-2017-tickets-36922228379

Also, please remember that Cluster members are always welcome at the Bath, Bristol or Corsham meetings – the next one is at 5pm-8pm, 26th September 2017 in Bath and will include a talk by the Department for International Trade – Update on services, grants and support for SMEs as part of the “Make Britain Great” campaign, and EU GDPR – A perspective from Jason Cromack of My Life Digital.

Information provided by Tim Moran, co-chair of the Bath, Bristol & Corsham Cyber Security Cluster tim@lujam.com.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport are organising a trade mission to Singapore International Cyber Week.

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, is leading the mission to the event – one of the key dates on the global cyber-security calendar. Companies on the mission will:

  • Learn about the cyber-security landscape in Singapore via briefing sessions and face-to-face contact with cyber-security experts
  • Have one-to-one meetings with key Singaporean decision makers or buyers
  • Receive business-matchmaking support throughout the mission
  • Attend a networking reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Singapore
  • Receive a pass for the conference and exhibition (one per company)

Companies that exhibit with DIT will also:

  • Learn about the cyber-security landscape in Singapore via briefing sessions and face-to-face contact with cyber-security experts
  • Have a space on the prominently placed UK Pavilion at GovWare 2017, Asia’s leading cyber-security show
  • Receive support at the exhibition stand from UK government officials, including DIT’s Cyber Security Team
  • Receive an additional pass for the conference and exhibition (two per exhibiting company in total)

Areas of particular interest this year are technologies connected to smart nations and defence, as well as data analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomy and augmented reality. Last year’s inaugural event had 6,000 attendees from the region and beyond, as well as 100 exhibitors and sponsors.

Taking place at the same time this year is Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology, which features a packed programme of top industry events including Techinnovation (a technology-industry brokerage event) and SLUSH (a global entrepreneurship and start-up event) offering opportunities across all areas of technology. HMRC will also be running a Compliance and Transparency Week, with a dedicated regtech day.

To apply to take part, please contact:

Billy Janjuha, DIT Cyber Security Team billy.janjuha@trade.gsi.gov.uk

by 17 August 2017

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in.

 

UK Cyber Forum Showcase Day

5th October in Malvern

Free to attend or exhibit

You can see the programme for the showcase day here. We are expecting NCSC Economy and Society to be one of the Keynote speakers but still discussing who will speak and what they will talk about. https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

If you would like to attend please do register as we sold out of tickets last year and numbers are already climbing. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-30857411348

The exhibition spaces have all gone now Im afraid. If you would like to join us for the black tie dinner that evening the tickets are £55 + vat each and we will try and seat you with people we think you will find interesting. We get a lot of people who come by themselves and so we can create very interesting tables for networking. The sponsors all have a table at the dinner as part of their package as well and so there is a good mix of people and a great speaker. https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/formal-dinner

 

IAAC Company Secretary vacancy

A pro bono role

Over the last number of years, IAAC has enjoyed the support of Anneka Kingan as IAAC Company Secretary. Anneka will now be standing down and they are looking for a successor. You may be interested in this pro bono, board-level role or know someone who would be a good match.

The Company Secretary role comprises the following core duties:

1. Finance

  • invoice raising and checking
  • payments including salary of CEO and payment of tax to HMRC
  • reimbursement of IAAC expenses

2. Administration

  • preparation of finance reports for IAAC Management Committee and Board
  • Onboarding of new sponsors

3. Liaison

  • BCS for Secretariat support
  • Simpsons for PDM dinners – bills and menu
  • Annual contact with IAAC insurers and accountants

4. Meetings

  • 2 annual Board meetings of 2 hours
  • 4 Management committee meetings of 2 hours (two in person, two remote)

Candidates do not need prior experience but should be financially literate and able to present information in a clear and comprehensible manner, and able to meet deadlines.

The role is unremunerated but provides a direct insight into the operations of a not for profit organisation, as well as the opportunity to engage with a senior community of specialists across the sectors on the latest issues regarding cyber security and information assurance.

Most IAAC activity can be done remotely. Candidates therefore do not need to be London-based, although it should be noted that the Board and Management Committee meetings are held in London. We would also hope the Company Secretary to participate in events such as the quarterly PDM dinners, in order to become familiar with the IAAC community

If you would like a copy of the IAAC outline brief, providing a little more information about IAAC activity please let me know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com).

IAAC would aim for Anneka’s successor to take up post in early October, which would allow time for a handover period. Candidates should send a CV with a short statement of suitability to info@iaac.org.uk by Friday ​8th​ September 2017.

 

Women’s Cyber Forum: Launching Careers in Cyber Space

You or colleagues might be interested to learn of this one day seminar being held by the Energy Impact Foundation in Vienna to encourage more women into cyber security careers.

The event will take place on 6 November at the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria. The Women`s Cyber Forum has the goal of creating a forum for information sharing, networking and mentoring: raising awareness about the importance of cyber security as a career choice for young women in particular. The seminar is designed for young professional women (and men) with an interest in cyber security issues. Details may be found at https://www.energypact.org/ womencyberforum/.

 

Cyber Sector Trade Mission to Cyber Maryland

Baltimore, MD

9th – 13th October 2017

For Midlands Based companies only

Exhibitor Package – Based on the prestigious Midlands Engine CyberZone

£1,500 (based on 2 people per company)

* Two day pass to the CyberMaryland Conference

* Table top at the Industry showcase

* Admission to CyberMartini

* Participation in specifically developed exhibitor events (TBC)

* Company Bio in Cyber Maryland brochure

* CyberMaryland App Acces

DelegatePackage £500 (per delegate)

* Two day pass to the CyberMaryland Conference

* Admission to CyberTini

**Flights, Hotels and all other costs to be covered by each delegate attending

Next Steps: To find out more or register your place please contact Corinna.Eliot@WLEP.co.uk or Linda.Smith@wlep.co.uk

The closing date is 1st September

 

Deliver a Cyber Innovation Centre in London

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has launched a competition to identify a supplier to develop and deliver a cyber innovation centre in London. The Department is investing up to £14.5m in the centre over the next three years. The proposed centre is one of two outlined in the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy and is intended to act as a focal point for cyber innovation in the capital. The centre should represent a new approach to fostering collaboration in cyber security across different sectors and to support cyber security startups to grow and scale at a rapid pace.

The closing date for receipt of bids is 12:00pm / midday BST on 31 August 2017

https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/604

 

New Cyber Security Export Strategy

The Dept. for International Trade (DIT) is running an industry questionnaire to help develop the new Cyber Security Export Strategy. DIT are inviting firms to provide information on their current and future activity, blockers they have found in exporting and how they believe the Government could best support businesses to export.

https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/605

 

Future of Trust Workshop

IAAC Future of Trust next workshop 27th September 2017.

You do not need to have attended any of the previous workshops to attend on Wednesday 27th September, 0630-2100.

The event will be followed by networking drinks.

The venue is BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London – details and registration can be found here

 

Police Cyber Security UK Roadshow

West Midlands Event at Innovation Birmingham Campus, B7 4BB

Free Cyber Security road show event being held in Birmingham on the 30th August, 2017

Please note that this Cyber Security road show event in the West Midlands is one of a series of such events, with one being staged in every region of the UK over the next 12 months. Please visit http://event.cybersecurityuk.org/ to see details of other events in different regions.

 

Trade mission to Singapore International Cyber Week.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport are organising a trade mission to Singapore International Cyber Week.

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, is leading the mission to the event – one of the key dates on the global cyber-security calendar.

Companies on the mission will:

  • Learn about the cyber-security landscape in Singapore via briefing sessions and face-to-face contact with cyber-security experts
  • Have one-to-one meetings with key Singaporean decision makers or buyers
  • Receive business-matchmaking support throughout the mission
  • Attend a networking reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Singapore
  • Receive a pass for the conference and exhibition (one per company)

Companies that exhibit with DIT will also:

  • Have a space on the prominently placed UK Pavilion at GovWare 2017, Asia’s leading cyber-security show.
  • Receive support at the exhibition stand from UK government officials, including DIT’s Cyber Security Team
  • Receive an additional pass for the conference and exhibition (two per exhibiting company in total)

To apply to take part, please contact: Billy Janjuha, DIT Cyber Security Team billy.janjuha@trade.gsi.gov.uk with the following information by 17 August 2017:

  • Your key aims/objectives for the mission (eg to boost exports in the market, meet new potential clients, undertake market research)
  • Your company’s contact details, website URL, profile and key information about its products/services (this will be used in the GovWare 2017 exhibition brochure, in DIT’s mission brochure and when arranging meetings for you)
  • The number of people you plan to bring (please note we can only provide conference passes for one representative per mission company or two per exhibitor company, however exhibition visitor passes are complimentary for trade visitors on 20-21 September)
  • Contact details for private sector end-users you would like us to invite to our networking reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence.
  • Have you already sold to Singapore or the wider south-east Asia market? If so, please give brief details.

The deadline for applications is 17 August 2017.

 

Cyber Security Event at Jesus College, Cambridge

Friday 8th September

A one day conference programme designed for financial services professionals including compliance, anti-financial crime, data management, information security, legal, audit and risk management staff, regulators and professional advisers as part of the 2017 Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime www.crimesymposium.org

Daily registration fee £410 + VAT includes lunch and end of day cocktails

For more information: nicholasjohnwalmsley@gmail.com

TEL: 00 44 (0) 7813 787086

DIT Southeast USA team have partnered on together with the City of Atlanta – their International Start-Up Exchange initiative.

In particular DIT Southeast USA is seeking to enable two UK companies to participate in a visit program to the Atlanta area. While this start-up exchange is open to a number of different technology sectors we are particularly keen to secure applications from our UK cyber security industry for this week-long hosted visit program (including free flights/accommodation + meeting programme) to Atlanta. Assuming that the UK start-ups selected are from our cyber community we would plan the visit to coincide with Atlanta cyber week / Cybercon scheduled for October 2-6.

The 2017 Atlanta International Startup Exchange will provide four Atlanta-based companies with a platform for global expansion in either Toulouse, France or the United Kingdom. Atlanta will also welcome four startups from Toulouse and the U.K. to participate in Atlanta Cyber Week or Venture Atlanta Week.

Each market for the 2017 Exchange has been selected for sharing growing industries and strong, existing relationships with Atlanta. Over the course of the one week residency, the selected startups will connect with local startup ecosystems, gain access to international conferences, and engage with global decision makers, investors, business leaders and potential

Learn more and apply online at www.f6s.com/atlantainternationalstartupexchange.

Selected startups will receive roundtrip airfare, accommodations, dedicated co-working space and ground transportation for one representative.

  • August 11: Application Deadline
  • October 1-7: First Startup Residency in Atlanta
  • October 8-14: Second Startup Residency in Atlanta
  • October 8-14: Startup Residency in Toulouse
  • November 12-18: Startup Residency in the U.K.

For further information and support, please correspond with Matthew Morris Matthew.Morris@mobile.trade.gov.uk

The GCHQ Cyber Accelerator is a collaboration between the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Wayra UK, part of Telefónica Open Future_, and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Part of the Government’s £1.9bn National Cyber Security Programme, it drives innovation in the cyber security sector and helps keep British businesses and consumers safe from online attacks and threats.

Successful applicants will gain access to GCHQ’s world-class personnel and technological expertise to allow them to expand capability, improve ideas and devise cutting-edge products to outpace current and emerging threats.

The partnership will help teams develop their businesses and secure the investment needed to take their companies to the next level. A roster of best-in-class coaches and mentors from GCHQ and the wider Telefónica Group – including O2 and ElevenPaths – will provide support. Start-ups will also receive a financial grant, and access to work space.

We are looking for companies who are using novel techniques to solve real problems, and whose products could be applied in a cyber security context – for any customers, from individuals at home to the world’s biggest companies.

We also want next-generation solutions that are faster, better and cheaper than existing products. However, they must solve a known problem – we are not looking for research proposals, but ideas that make a difference now.

We have provided some indicative challenges to aid understanding of the things we are looking for – but this is not an exhaustive list – and we have roughly categorised them into three overlapping strands: Data, People, Technology.

GCHQ has a specific set of objectives around minimising the risk of child sexual exploitation and we ask that you also consider this specific context when considering the challenges.

For more information, or to register your interest, go to https://wayra.co.uk/gchq

Here are some opportunities that may be of interest:

 

UK Cyber Security Forum Showcase day

5th October in Malvern Theatres

We had 300 – 400 attendees last year. We have not published the programme yet but will do so soon – we have some really exciting speakers. BAE Systems and Yoti will be giving Keynote talks as our two primary sponsors for that day https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

There are still spaces for members to exhibit for free but don’t leave it too late to sign up if you want to exhibit. https://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/

 

Acceleration program opportunities (In Paris)

Thales has been selected by STATION F, the largest start-up campus in the world (1000 start-ups), to manage their cybersecurity program.

Thales intend to launch their start-up call very soon to take benefit of the massive worldwide communication that will be given at this occasion. Even though STATION F is located in Paris, their goal is not to recruit only French start-ups. Among 10 start-ups to be selected (for a 6 months acceleration program) 4 or 5 will be non French. Further details are at: https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/cybersecurity-programme-station-f

 

Cyber Scheme Questionnaire

Cyber Scheme is an NCSC certified examination body for Penetration Testing aligned with the Governments CHECK scheme. This survey is looking to establish what appetite exists within Micro and Small businesses to professionalise their Vulnerability Analysis and Penetration Testing service offerings through training and certification. The survey also helps to determine what the blockers there are to investing in those disciplines.

Data collected by this survey will be used by the Cyber Scheme to look at how it can better meet the needs of the industry. The high level analysis of the results of this survey will be shared with IASME, UK Cyber Security Forum and the NCSC. Some of the statements provided may also be referenced but again not attributed. You are not required to provide any personally identifiable information as part of this survey so you are encouraged only to put into the free flow text comment boxes data you are content to share as outlined above.

The survey only takes a few minutes so please do let us know your views… https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VL6C9NJ

 

SSCS 2017 – discount for UK Cyber Security Forum members

The 12th International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security 30 October – 1 November 2017. IET London: Savoy Place www.theiet.org/sscs

Take your place at the only UK conference where safety and security engineers can meet and debate the latest developments and challenges in the field.

You will hear new research and results in cyber security for defence, Human Factors, establishing intelligent and proactive combined safety and security standards, developing security strategies for safety critical systems and much more.

Key speakers will include

  • Air Commodore Bruce Wynn, Independent Cyber Consultant and Special Advisor (Cyber) to the City of London Police
  • Chris Hankin, Co-Director, Institute for Security Science and Technology
  • Angela Sasse, Director, UK Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security
  • Sarabjit Purewal, Head of Operations in the Chemicals sector, Health and Safety Executive
  • Ian Dreelan, Assistant Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull / The Niteworks Partnership
  • Audrey Canning & Ron Bell, Co-Chairs of International Maintenance Teams dealing with Edition 3 of IEC 61508

Workshop day: 30 October

The first day of the conference offers you the opportunity to enhance a specialist skill at an extended session. Choose from:

  • A roadmap for improving the cyber-security of safety-critical systems
  • Integrating cyber security: IT, OT & safety
  • “You are under attack – ‘Cyber Defence or Protect the Business?”

Registration discounts for UK Cyber Security Forum members

As a supporter of the conference, UK Cyber Security Forum members can save £100 by registering at the IET Member rate. See the full programme and book your place at www.theiet.org/sscs

 

Job Opportunity – Cyber Security Challenge Chief Executive Officer

After the sad passing of Stephanie Daman in June 2017, there is a requirement to recruit a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the Challenge on this next critical stage in its development, through a period of unprecedented growth and dynamism across the global cyber security landscape, in an environment where the organisation’s core mission has never been more relevant.

The CEO role will logically be a full-time position, although there is the possibility for an exceptional candidate to take it on in a part-time (e.g. 4 days per week) capacity. Whether full or part-time, it will be a highly demanding role, requiring a significant commitment and the expectation of a “beyond nine to five” working pattern.

Candidates must be UK or EU Nationals, with a right to work in the UK.

Please let me know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you would like further details or you can email the recruiter directly at mail@underwood-associates.commail@underwood-associates.com

 

GCHQ Cyber Accelerator

The call for the next GCHQ cyber accelerator is now open and they will be taking applications via the Wayra website https://wayra.co.uk/gchq/ until the 9th of August.

 

FERMA report on cyber risk governance

You might like to be aware of a recent report launched by the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA), together with the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA) regarding corporate governance and cyber security.

The report sets out a proposed governance framework, based on the OECD principles of digital security risk management, and may be found at this link: http://www.ferma.eu/app/uploads/2017/05/WEB-FERMA-Brochure2017-29-June.pdf

 

3rd Annual Energy Cyber Security Summit

25th September

London

UK Cyber Security Forum is partnering with City & Financial Global for this event and members can get the SME discount – see below

Following up on the success of the two previous editions, we are organising this event which will be chaired by Graham Wright, former CISO and Global Head of Digital Risk and Security, National Grid. This now well-established forum will once again provide you with the updated cyber resilience perspective of the key energy players in the UK and beyond including Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, National Grid, EDF Energy, Scottish and Southern Energy, European Network for Cyber Security, Ofgem, and many, others.

By attending this Forum you will learn more about:

  • Protecting critical infrastructure – the current NCSC approach to improving cyber resilience and providing effective incident response in the energy sector
  • Update on the National Cyber Security Strategy and its impact on the energy sector so far
  • Dealing with the challenges of SCADA systems, Industrial Control Systems and other operational technology
  • Real-life cyber security incidents and the steps that organisations have taken to improve the situation
  • The latest updates on smart metering cyber security in the UK
  • The best means to respond to Smart Grid system security threats. Smart meter vulnerabilities in smart grid projects
  • The reasons for the ‘cyber skills gap’ and what can be done to recruit more cyber skilled candidates and retain your existing security staff
  • Thinking like a hacker and defence mechanisms that should be allocated to technology, processes and humans
  • How SMEs can enhance their incident management detection and response

When – Monday 25th September 2017

Where – America Square Conference Centre, No.1, America Square, 17 Crosswall, London EC3N 2LB.

Costs – Standard Delegate Fee: £595 + VAT however SME Rate: £325 + VAT* – please email bookings@cityandfinancial.com to obtain this rate (as this is not available online). The SME rate is available to organisations with less than 250 employees or a group with less than 250 employees

Website – www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/CyberEnergy2017

 

Reminder – IAAC Symposium 2017

The program is available https://www.iaac.org.uk/events/symposium2017/ for this years IAAC Annual Symposium 2017 on 13 September 2017 at BT Centre London.

We hope you can attend, and please register https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iaac-symposium-2017-health-wealth-and-stealth-tickets-34271596267

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

 

Invitation to Malvern Cluster Meeting on Wednesday

The next Malvern Cluster meeting will be on Wednesday 12th July at 2pm in Malvern. There will be 2 speakers and each will be run as a short 1 hour workshop and so we have decided to open it up to other Cluster to attend if you want (sorry about the short notice). As there will be refreshments provided please register on Eventbrite here and then we can make sure we cater for enough people

1.) ECSO Project workshop

The European market for cybersecurity is estimated at around 160 billion euros in 2016. The UK is one of the leading countries in terms of both demand and supply. The European Commission has initiated an analysis to better understand the current UK, European and global cybersecurity market structure. You are invited to attend a workshop devoted to the presentation of the first quantitative results of this analysis and to share your perspectives on the needs and challenges in the cybersecurity market. Workshops to present the results and inform the report are also being held in July and August in 9 European Countries and results combined.

Participants will:

  • Discover the European Commission’s plans for stimulating the cybersecurity market
  • Hear ECSO’s objectives and programme with a proposed budget of €1,800M
  • Participate by sharing your views and influencing future European (and UK) policies
  • Take away the latest 2016 UK data and its global context from the study which includes: market segmentation, employment, company numbers, in-country sales, import and export data plus other data.

2) COMPASS Project workshop

COMPASS is an EU-funded project that supports Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) or businesses in three emerging technology industries to manage their research, development and innovation activities in a responsible and inclusive manner. During the three years of the project we will develop and launch the Responsible Innovation COMPASS, an online platform containing a number of tools and services tailored to SME needs. Cyber Security is one of their focus markets.

These are likely to be good sessions so do come if you can!

 

UK Cyber Security Forum Showcase day

5th October in Malvern Theatres

We had 300 – 400 attendees last year. We have not published the programme yet but hope to do so soon. BAE Systems will be giving the opening Keynote (as sponsors). https://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

There are still spaces for members to exhibit for free but don’t leave it too late to sign up if you want to exhibit. https://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/

 

IAAC Symposium

Only £85 per person

Symposium UPDATE. Speakers lined up for the forthcoming Annual Symposium on Health, Wealth and Stealth, include:

  • Lord James Arbuthnot, Chairman,IAAC
  • Robert Berendt, Senior Vice President, Northern Trust;
  • Craig Rice, Director of Security, Payments UK;
  • John Bullard, Global Ambassador, Digital Identity & Trust;
  • Chris Ulliott, CISO, RBS
  • Trevor Fenwick, Chair and MD, Euromonitor;
  • Martin Mudge, Co-Founder and director, Bugfinders;
  • Cal Leeming, CEO, Founder, Security Adviser

R​egister​ here for the IAAC Symposium on Wednesday ​13th September ​ 2017.

 

The Nuclear Security Science Network Event

The Nuclear Security Science Network, through RISC, would like to you invite you to attend a free technical workshop on autonomy and decision making in the nuclear sector which will be held on 18th September 2017 London.

The NuSec Science Network promotes research and technology in Nuclear Security Science, with an emphasis on radiological detection techniques and systems.

The Network acts as a forum to support collaboration and capability amongst Academic, Industrial and Government scientists and engineers working in nuclear security and related areas.

The network is a 3 year project led by the University of Surrey in partnership with AWE and funded by the Science and Technology Funding Council (STFC) 21st Century Global Challenge Networks Programme.

Government sponsorship and oversight comes from the Home Office, MoD, Department of Health and DEFRA, and academic leadership includes Universities of Bristol, Liverpool, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Glasgow and Cambridge.

The network has now been running for one year and has more than 250 registered NuSec network members.

Register to attend here

 

Secondees required – but at your expense

ADS, as the Secretariat to RISC has been asked by the Defence & Security Organisation (DSO) within DIT to circulate details of the opportunity below.

The Defence & Security Organisation (DSO) within DIT has specific responsibility for assisting British defence and security companies export their products and services overseas.

DSO are looking to revise the 2014 Security Exports Strategy and are looking for two industry secondees to assist with this work. However, the secondees are required for a minimum of 6 months with all costs to be met by the seconding organisation. In this case I think it is unlikely an SME would be able to participate in this but if you would like more details let me know and I will forward it all to you.

 

NB – UK Cyber Scrum

This year, the NB-UK CyberScrum will take place on September 6th in Tallinn (Estonia) and focus on cyber security for the transport industry. The programme of events will include networking on the eve of September 5th and a conference and exhibition on September 6th.

At the conference stage, fascinating insights into different transport subsectors will be shared by companies such as Kuehne + Nagel, NCC Group, Oxford Systems, NATS, BIMCO and Department for Transport, complemented by live demos from e2e-assure and NATO CCD COE. For more information on the event, please visit the following event webpage.

The proposed introduction of online courts in England and Wales (for civil, family, and tribunal disputes) represents one of the most significant reforms to the justice system in the past two centuries. Supported by both the Government and the Judiciary of England and Wales, the motivation behind online courts is to provide greater access to justice at lower cost than the conventional court system. While the government is leading the transformation (and is investing around £1 billion in modernising the courts), it is recognised that the design of the online courts would benefit from the input of the wider communities of lawyers, court users, law students, and technologists.

The idea of the Hackathon is to bring these communities together over a 24-hour period (from noon to noon) and in a friendly and yet competitive spirit, to invite teams to come up with designs, solutions, systems, and technologies for online courts. Participants will be invited to design various tools to support online courts – for example, tools to help litigants structure their legal arguments, organise their documents, negotiate settlements without advisers, as well as systems that will promote ‘open justice’ and machine learning solutions that will help analyse all the data generated by the online courts (these examples were drawn, in part, from discussions with HM Courts & Tribunals Service).

Prizes will awarded for the best ideas. Pizzas and coffee will be consumed in great quantities while the teams work through the night.

This hackathon is an application process, applying does not guarantee entry. The secret location will be revealed to accepted teams and individuals.

For more information, visit https://www.onlinecourtshackathon.com/

Information provided by Jonathan Fortune, Strategy Manager ICT for Welsh Government on Jonathan.Fortune@Wales.GSI.gov.uk

Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst Round 5 2017 competition opened end of April with a registration deadline of 21/6/17 and a submission date of midday 28 June deadline. This competition looks to fund a range of highly innovative projects that provide market-focused energy solutions in any tech or sector. Proposals must address all 3 elements of reduced costs, reduced emissions and security of supply.

There are 3 streams to this competition:

  • Early-stage competition stream: These are technical feasibility projects. Projects can last up to 1 year, with total costs ranging from £50,000 to £300,000. Research organisations may lead early-stage projects, in partnership with at least one UK business. UK SMEs can lead early-stage projects with or without partners.
  • Mid-stage competition stream: These are industrial research projects. Projects can last up to 3 years, with total costs ranging from £50,000 to £1,500,000. Mid-stage projects must be collaborative and led by a UK business.
  • Late-stage competition stream: These are experimental development projects. Projects can last up to 3 years, with total costs ranging from £50,000 to £10,000,000. Late-stage projects must be collaborative and led by a UK business.

All projects must include at least one UK business and look to start on 1 January 2018.

For more information go to: https://www.innovationpoint.uk/fundingopportunities

Information provided by Jason Lintern, Innovation Point on jason.lintern@innovationpoint.uk

Join this webinar to learn more about cyber security export opportunities in The Netherlands.

Online crime is becoming more prevalent and protection against cyber-attacks has become increasingly important. As a result, the Dutch government is investing €5 million in 2017 and €14 million from 2018 onwards in cyber security.

Even though 25% of Dutch companies experience cybercrime, they often don’t know how to tackle the problem. So there are great export opportunities in the cyber security market.

This webinar, hosted by DIT The Netherlands, provides you with an overview of the opportunities for UK companies. It will also cover the UK-NL Cyber Security Showcase 2017, to be held on 27th September 2017, which is an ideal gateway to the Dutch cyber security market.

Register online now

Information provided by Ruth Stockley, Business Development Manager – Trade & Investment, Europe on ruth.stockley@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in…

 

Overseas Protect and Prepare programme (OPP)

ADS, as the Secretariat to RISC has been asked by the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) to circulate details of the market engagement exercise which is being conducted on behalf of the Overseas Protect and Prepare programme.

The Overseas Protect and Prepare programme (OPP) is a joint Home Office/Foreign and Commonwealth Office programme which works with partners to strengthen security in locations overseas where UK interests (especially tourists) are at risk from terrorism. OPP works collaboratively with other governments to improve their capabilities to protect British Nationals.

OPP currently draws on expertise within serving UK civil service, police and emergency services, but OPP recognises that the private sector can complement this by bringing additional capacity, expertise and flexibility.

This call to industry seeks to explore what industry can do to help deliver OPP’s goals. Further details are available here: Expression of Interest Information

Next Steps

As part of this market engagement exercise, JSaRC intends to invite potential providers to participate in a Supplier Engagement Briefing on or around week commencing 4 September 2017. To express interest in attending the briefing:

Please note the deadline to register your interest and capability is 16 July 2017.

 

Looking for Cyber professionals

City & Guilds is now looking for Cyber professionals from the workplace (could be self-employed), university and colleges to look at becoming Independent Assessors for its End-Point Assessment Service for the Cyber Technologist Apprenticeship. It is also looking for consultants to help develop synoptic projects that are close to real world scenarios for the End-Point Assessment and possibly some on programme materials.

Those interested, or if you require further details, please contact Ken Gaines of City and Guilds at: ken.gaines@cityandguilds.com

 

Global Insider Threat Summit – free to attend

June 22nd in London at the OXO2, 4-7pm.

At the Global Insider Threat Summit, we’ll discuss why the changing tech landscape means adapting a new approach to cybersecurity — and why user behavior is the starting point for solving insider threat.

The gathering will feature a fireside chat with former Clinton campaign manager, Robby Mook, to discuss the role of insider threat in the 2016 US Democratic National Convention breach — including why it happened, how it may have been prevented, and why election hacks will continue to rise until user behaviour is addressed.

We will also have a panel of top security experts from around the world to discuss cutting-edge prevention technology, share different security approaches, and get insights.

More information and registration can be found here: https://learn.dtexsystems.com/GlobalInsiderThreatSummit-EMEAEdition_RegistrationPage.html

 

EU Cyber Security Standards

The European Commission is exploring the possibility of creating a European ICT security certification framework. As part of this process, the Commission has prepared a survey for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the ICT sector.

DCMS would be grateful if UK ICT SMEs could take some time to fill in the short survey to help ensure that UK industry views are represented. Contributions will be taken into account in the overall assessment of the various options for the creation (by the European Commission) of the certification framework for ICT products and services. https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/ICTCertificationSecurityFramework

The survey will close on 30 June 2017.

 

Free resources on Internet of Things security

The East Midlands Cluster recently helped to facilitate an event on IoT and cloud security as part of the East Midlands Cyber Security Forum. A series of free resources looking at ‘The Cyber Connected World’ are now available – including some short videos.

All available from the East Midlands Cyber Security Forum website.

 

International

A Russian online bank is looking for a partner in the digital security sector to deliver data encryption solutions. The bank is particularly interested in a data encryption solution that:

  • provides security protection for customer and bank data
  • helps meet regulations on data security compliance for banks and financial services

Apply for more information from the Department for International Trade team in Russia. Please follow the instructions on the following Link- https://opportunities.export.great.gov.uk/opportunities/russia-cyber-security-solutions

The Dutch government wants information security services and security testing. It is looking for:

  • cyber security services
  • information security reviews
  • product evaluations
  • distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack, hacking and virus prevention

Apply for more information from the Department for International Trade team in the Netherlands using the Apply for this Opportunity button at the following link- https://opportunities.export.great.gov.uk/opportunities/netherlands-information-security-services

The Department for International Trade would like to invite you for the second edition of the UK-NL Cyber Security Showcase on 27 September 2017 in the World Trade Centre in The Hague. More information can be found in the attached and on the CyberExchange here – https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/events/344

There are two US related cyber events coming up.

1. The Billington Cyber Security Summit is the leading annual government-focused cybersecurity conference and exhibition in Washington, DC, attended by over 600 cyber officials from US government and industry. More information can be found in the attachment above. Companies interested in participating at the Cyber Security Summit are invited to express their initial interest by 30th June 2017 to matt.malarkey@mobile.trade.gov.uk

2. RSA 2018 is the world’s largest annual cyber security conference and exhibition that brings together over 700 exhibitors and 43,000 visitors. Each year the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosts 8 first-time exhibitors at RSA to showcase their capabilities at the UK pavilion. In addition to the opportunity to exhibit at RSA at a discounted rate, DIT also offers UK pavilion companies a series of US market briefings, buyer and investor introductions, and multiple networking opportunities throughout the week. UK cyber security companies interested in exhibiting within the UK Pavilion at RSA 2018 are initially invited to express their interest to matt.malarkey@mobile.trade.gov.uk by 30 June 2017.

 

South Korea Trade Centre (KOTRA) Cyber Security Event

28th-29th June in Central London in collaboration with ADS and Wayra

Seven leading South Korean companies in the cyber security sector will attend to have 1:1 meetings, presentations, networking sessions and more with relevant companies here in the UK. South Korea has a strong reputation for the latest and advanced technology, and due to the country’s complex relation with their neighbouring country North Korea, the importance placed on the development of cyber security has been great, inevitably leading to significant growth of the sector both in size and quality. The Korean companies visiting the UK wish to further their understanding of the operation of this industry here in the UK, and meet with potential partners and clients.

Please see below the itinerary of the event as well as a brief introduction to the attending companies.

28th of June

1:1 meetings @ Amba Hotel, The Strand, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5HX

Below is a list of the 7 visiting delegations and their capabilities.

  • eGlobal Systems – Column-level database encryption solution
  • HancomSecure – Enterprise key management solution complying with KMIP
  • Intercoax – Ethernet transmitters
  • Kiwon Tech – E-mail total security platform using AI
  • KTB Solution – Biometric multi-modal authentication solution
  • Naonworks – Threat detection in VoIP, smart factories, smart grid and etc
  • Secuve – Information security solution in mobile & fintech sectors

29th of June

Showcasing & Networking @ Wayra, 20 Air street, London, W1B 5AN

Details of our 2nd day are on the link below where tickets can also be booked. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-korea-cyber-security-showcasing-networking-tickets-34906875404

For more details please contact Adrian Kim adrian@kotra.co.uk +44 (0) 20-7520-5316

The June First Wednesday Club of the South Wales IoD Branch has a special guest speaker James Lyne, he is a fellow Director of the SANS Institute, the Global Head of Security Research at Sophos and all-round top expert in the field of ‘Cyber Security.’

Title of James’ talk is ‘How Hackers Do It.’ See live through the eyes of a cyber criminal with @jameslyne. Ever wondered how hackers steal credentials, banking details and commit fraud on mass? Join James Lyne (www.jameslyne.com) for a live tour of hacking tools and techniques, designed to show the true risks of 2017 for senior managers and directors. In 30 minutes we’ll let you know the latest cyber criminal behaviours and what you can do about it to keep yourself, your family and your firm safe.

  • Date & time: 07 Jun 2017 17:30 – 19:15
  • Location: Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff
  • Members & Guests: £10.00 + VAT
  • Non-Members: £15.00 + VAT
  • Event manager: Ms Deborah Trotman
  • Contact phone: 02920389990
  • Contact email: iod.wales@iod.com

This event is kindly sponsored by the University of South Wales.

To Register visit the event page at https://www.iod.com/events-community/events/event-details/eventdateid/4666

Information provided by Jonathan Gillet, Marketing Executive, Bowden Jones Solicitors.

InfoSec is Europe’s number one Information Security event. Featuring over 350 exhibitors, the most diverse range of new products and services, an unrivalled education programme and over 15,000 unique visitors from every segment of the industry, it is the most important date in the calendar for Information Security professionals across Europe.

For the 5th year, Welsh Government will have an exhibition stand at the event staffed with representatives from their Business Development and Inward Investment teams from Wales, London and Brussels.

Once again, Welsh Government is inviting members of the North and South Wales Cyber Clusters to pop along to their stand where you’ll be welcome to display your printed marketing literature, meet with potential customers, run laptop presentations etc. or simply rest your feet and charge your phone!

Space is obviously limited, so if you do plan to drop off literature or would like to reserve a table to meet with a customer, please contact Neil Sandford in advance on 07769 883253 or neil.sandford@wales.gsi.gov.uk

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales have been looking at how they can engage with children beyond their normal target audience to encourage more interest in the younger generation.

To kick start this, on June 5th they have 400 children from St Julian’s primary, St Julian’s High and Glan Usk on campus to work on a cyber related digital literacy project.

As always, members of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster are more than welcome to come along and see what’s happening and please feel free to pass on the message to anyone you feel would have an interest.

For more information, contact Dr Eric Llewellyn, on 01443 483791 or eric.llewellyn@southwales.ac.uk

If any of you are going to InfoSec next week then do pop by and say hello – I will be on the second floor stand S70 (IASME) all three days except for the middle of Wednesday and it would be great to see you!

Here are some opportunities and events you may be interested in…

 

UK Cyber Security Forum Annual Showcase Day

Each year we have an event in Malvern which showcases some of the most innovative and exciting cyber security companies in the Forum. It is held as part of the Malvern Festival of Innovation which goes on all week and this year the Cyber Security Showcase day is 5th October. The event is free to attend and I do hope many of your will visit. We had between 300 – 400 people last year. Attendees tend to include many senior individuals from government, police, industry and academia.

It is free for any SME core member of the UK Cyber Security Forum to have a tabletop exhibition space, although space is limited so please do not leave it too long to register if you would like to exhibit. You can apply here https://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/

We have invited a selection of exciting SMEs to speak already but the topic this year is “Cyber Security and AI” – please let us know if you do anything associated with Artificial Intelligence in your company as we may want to showcase you.

This year BAE Systems are kindly sponsoring the day and so will also give a keynote talk. If any of you larger companies out there would like to speak you can do so as part of a fantastic sponsorship package – or you could sponsor a lunch or drinks event if you would rather.

The evening of 5th October is the popular Festival formal dinner at nearby Malvern College. The cost of attendance is £55 + vat and includes a keynote speaker, 3 course meal and wine. It is a popular event to bring commercial guests.

 

London Digital Security Centre

Sorry – Only for companies with an office in London or South East. The London Digital Security Centre (LDSC) is an initiative launched by the Mayor of London as a joint venture with the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police, to make London the safest place to innovate online.

LDSC will help thousands of London’s businesses identify and acquire cyber security solutions. Approximately 1,200 London businesses report cybercrime to the Metropolitan Police through Action Fraud each month.

RISC has been asked to help LDSC identify up to ten cyber security suppliers to join its roster of Product Partners. These suppliers must be leaders in their area, and will be asked to demonstrate their support for LDSC’s work by making a financial contribution.

Being an LDSC partner will enable your business to engage directly with thousands of London businesses who are seeking cyber security guidance and solutions.

Compulsory criteria:

Suppliers who wish to be considered must meet the following, compulsory criteria:

  • 1) Have an office in London or the South-East
  • 2) Can scale to deliver your services to at least hundreds of businesses
  • 3) Provide market leading offerings, in particular for small businesses
  • 4) Offer market-leading services, in particular one of the following areas:
  • a) Identify Risks: Provide software or services that help small businesses to identity and understand cybersecurity risk to systems, assets, data and capabilities.
  • b) Provide Protection: Provides safeguards to help small businesses limit or contain the impact of potential cybersecurity events. These safeguards might be in the areas of Access Control, Awareness Training, Data Security, Encryption, Information Protection process and procedures, Maintenance including Data Backup, Protective Technology

Timeline to engage – first deadline is Monday, 12th June, with required activity on 13th and 30th June

Suppliers who wish to be considered by LDSC should send a short email to express their interest to Eleanor.rice@adsgroup.org.uk. Your expression of interest should:

  • Have as a subject line: LDSC – expression of interest
  • Confirm that you meet the four compulsory criteria listed above
  • Indicate the main sub-area of cyber security that you have market leading capability in (max 30 words)
  • Indicate why you should be considered market leading in that area (eg awards, number of customers)
  • Suppliers who express interest by close of play on Monday 12th June will receive a calendar invitation to a briefing about the LDSC, by teleconference at 13:00-13:50 on the afternoon of Tuesday 13th June.
  • Suppliers will not be allowed to proceed to the selection interviews unless they have dialled in to the briefing on 13th June

LDSC will then review the expressions of interest and hold a shortlisted panel interview on Friday 30th June, in North Greenwich, London. Successful applicants will then be promoted at events hosted by LDSC with the Police for businesses across London, feature in online media promotion and a curated online Market Place of leading solution providers. Details of the partnership programme are in the attached pdf (it is a very large pdf – please email me if you would like me to email it over to you)

Please direct any questions to Eleanor.rice@adsgroup.org.uk

 

Security by design revisited

IAAC is launching a new research programme called ‘Security by design revisited’ on 4th July. We are delighted that this programme will be held in association with TechUK, ISC2, EEF – The Manufacturers’ Organisation and the Trustworthy Software Foundation. The programme will review current advice and then focus on how to bring about the adoption of good practice. It is intended that the research will provide practical and accessible insight concerning the barriers and enablers to making systems, software and hardware more secure by design.

The first scoping workshop will be hosted by IAAC at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London, 1000-1300 on 4th July 2017. If you would like to attend, please register here.

We hope that this workshop will attract a broad range of people beyond those with specialist security expertise as an inclusive approach is required to understand the barriers and enablers as fully as possible. If you wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

HMG SECURITY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA INFORMATION DAY

21 June 2017, Central London (free to attend)

The Home Office and other departments and agencies will present a forward look of their security related science, technology and innovation programmes and related funding opportunities. There will also be an opportunity to promote your own innovative activities and highlight areas for collaboration. For further information and to register your expression of interest to attend CLICK HERE. Contact: brian.hampson@adsgroup.org.uk

 

Women in Cyber Security

Wednesday 7th June 08:30 – 11:00 at InfoSec

Many of you will be attending Infosecurity Europe at Olympia next week. Among the free events is a special session on women in the cyber security sector, supported by Women in Cyber (WinC) together with Infosecurity Magazine and ISC2. We very much hope that you will be able to attend, and that you will encourage your female colleagues to participate. Details are below.

http://www.infosecurityeurope.com/InfosecurityWeek/Calendar-of-Events/WIS-Networking-Event/

 

Cybertech Europe

26th & 27th September in Rome

The Department for International Trade and the Science & Innovation Network have partnered with Leonardo – the leading Italian multinational aerospace, defence and security company and NATO Prime Contractor (www.leonardocompany.com/en) – for the next edition of Cybertech Europe that will take place in Rome at La Nuvola Convention Centre on 26 and 27th September 2017.

For further information please visit http://italy.cybertechconference.com/ and contact the conference co-organisers at cybertecheurope@leonardocompany.com copied to DIT Italy that will coordinate the meeting programme:

Serena Corti, Head of Engineering Unit, Serena.Corti@mobile.trade.gov.uk

Elena Casalino, Trade Adviser Elena.Casalino@mobile.trade.gov.uk

For the Start-up Pavilion: Alessandra Ferraris, Science and Innovation Officer Alessandra.Ferraris@fco.gov.uk

 

Poster Invitation

This is an invitation to IAAC’s seventh poster display and competition, a highlight of the IAAC Annual Symposium on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at the BT Centre Auditorium, London EC1A 7AJ (adjacent to St Paul’s Underground Station).

An award will be made to the best poster display.

Procedure and terms are as follows:

Size: Poster must be A0 or A1 Portrait

Design: Must use IAAC template

Header: must be the title and owner/author

Footer: is mandatory

Boxes/layout: may be changed as required

Cost: No IAAC charge to owners/authors who will receive one free place for each poster accepted

Content:

Acceptable

Research subjects

Academic or professional development opportunities

Case studies (suitably anonymised)

Blue-sky thinking, innovation

Unacceptable

Product or services marketing

Product or services placement (Some discretion allowed for placement if essential to support otherwise acceptable poster theme)

Submission process & timing :

  • Expressions of interest must be received at info@iaac.org.uk by 8am Tuesday 1 August. (GMT)
  • Successful applicants notified by IAAC by close of business Monday 8 August
  • Poster submitted to info@iaac.org.uk in PDF format by 8am Monday 21August 2016
  • IAAC approval given by Friday 25 August latest, (hopefully much earlier and very soon after submission)
  • It is the your responsibility to print and deliver posters to BT Centre Auditorium, London EC1A 7AJ by 8:00am Wednesday 13 September clearly marked IAAC SYMPOSIUM 153SEPTEMBER 2016.

Symposium

Posters will be displayed throughout the Symposium on 13 September from 8:30am to 6:00pm Authors/owners are recommended to stand with their posters for much of the time to benefit from networking interest. IAAC are not responsible for the return of the posters and any poster left after 6pm will be disposed of.

Posters will be judged by a selected committee of IA professionals and a small prize for the best contribution will be given. They will rate posters on scale of 1 – 5 (best) for all of three features: content, appearance and presentation. The award will be made at the end of the Symposium.

KEY DATES

  • 1st August Expression of interest
  • 8th August successful applicant notified by IAAC
  • 21st August PDF submitted
  • 25th August IAAC approval given at the latest
  • 13th September IAAC Symposium

 

Cyber First summer course and camps

The Cyber Security Challenge is working with GCHQ and training specialists QA to develop this year’s Cyber First summer course and camps, aimed at attracting new talent into the sector.

They are looking for ambassadors with experience of the industry who might volunteer as speakers, in particular for events in Nottingham, Bradford, Scarborough and Cardiff. This is an important initiative and has a key role in developing the skills that are so badly needed. Those interested should please register through the link below.

CyberFirst

CyberFirst is a pivotal part of the UK government’s National Cyber Security Programme and QA has worked with GCHQ to deliver a range of hands-on courses which are carefully designed to bring out every student’s cyber potential. The students who take part delve into how everyday technology really works; how the systems and software that surround them are connected to each other; how information flows through networks; and how they can take sensible steps to protect our digital world.

Perhaps most importantly, everyone who does CyberFirst gains a strong sense of responsibility – to act safely, legally and ethically. Integrity is an underpinning principle of everything we teach and something that defines the cyber profession.

As part of these activities we are looking for cyber security experts to volunteer some of their time to excite and inspire the next generation of cyber security professionals.

Guest Speakers

We are looking for volunteer industry ambassadors who have made a significant contribution to Cyber Security to inspire and encourage students from 14 years and upward toward an education and career in Cyber Security by sharing their personal professional and educational experiences, talking about relevant areas of interest and demonstrating the roles and career opportunities which are available in the exciting field of cyber security.

In return you will be able to engage with a rich pool of young cyber security talent and prospective future employees or colleagues.

If you can spare a few hours of your time this summer to inspire the cyberists of the future please check our website for further details and the dates of the courses.

If you are interested in supporting any of these events, or have any further questions, please email Cfsupport@qa.com and one of the CyberFirst project team will be in touch.

You can find more information about the CyberFirst programme at https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/new-talent and more information about how to become a guest speaker here www.qa.com/cyberfirst

Many thanks to those of you who attended the Big Company meeting in Malvern earlier in the month. I hope you found it useful

Here are some other opportunities you may be interested in:

 

Gumtree UK

Gumtree UK will be putting on a big stakeholder event on Monday 3rd July, to launch the online marketplace industry’s first ‘Psychology of Scamming’ report. They have asked me to suggest a couple of people they should invite. If this is something you would like to attend please let me know and I will put the first few people’s names forward. No promises about whether they will invite you though.

 

Midlands Engine and Maryland Cyber Trade Mission Event on Thursday 8th June at QinetiQ

The Midlands Engine economic region is home to a growing network of game changing cyber companies, alongside many outstanding academic institutions and training facilities offering courses in cyber-security. As you are aware we are developing the sector expertise and potential for international sales channel development and have a high concentration of businesses based in Worcestershire providing a unique showcase opportunity for our visitors from America.

To coincide with the Department of Commerce Maryland – Cyber Trade Mission to the UK in June, you are invited to join this interactive event at QinetiQ Headquarters in Malvern on Thursday 8th June to understand potential collaboration opportunities and to network with companies in the Cyber sector from both the UK and US.

Please e-mail: linda.smith@mobile.trade.gov.uk for more information

 

Oxford CyberCrime Conference 13th June

Organised by the Human Cybercriminal Project of the Extra-Legal Governance Institute, this event aims to bring together leading thinkers in this area from across academia, journalism, government and the private sector.

Many approaches investigating cybercrime thus far have focused on the technological elements, but there is now a great need to understand the “human” side of online crime: Who are the cybercriminals? What motivates them? How do they operate? What can be done to address the threat? Drawing together experts from across academia, law enforcement and the private sector, the aim of the conference is to shed light on these vital, but not widely studied, issues. It will build on some initial insights developed in the first Decoding the Human Conference held in 2015.

We welcome contributions from a wide field of disciplines including cyber security, socio-legal studies, anthropology, psychology, criminology as well as political science, economics and sociology. This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule and registration is required.

Please contact jonathan.lusthaus@sociology.ox.ac.uk for more information.

 

UK-German Cyber Security Event

DIT Germany is hosting the UK-German Cyber Security Forum fostering UK-German cyber security relations and promoting UK cyber excellence. The forum consists of three sessions – securing the IoT, automotive / mobility security and innovative / start up cyber solutions . A selected number of thought leading UK cyber companies will have the opportunity to speak at this forum.

UK companies can apply now at the following link – https://www.eventbrite.de/e/call-for-speakers-uk-german-cyber-security-forum-registration-34069710421. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak to German IT decision makers!

Date: 26.July. 9am – 4pm

Where: Munich

Application deadline: 24 May 2017

Contacts: Frank Ambos (Frank.Ambos@fco.gov.uk) or Jane Kirz (jane.kirz@fco.gov.uk)

 

EU news and opportunities

EASME: 2017 Information Day on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw…

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Global – Pilot project

This call for proposals concerns the implementation of a pilot project initiated by the European Parliament on the geographical extension of the current “…

Digitising European Industry: opportunities for growth via automation, robotics and digitalisation

ERRIN is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the workshop on “Digitizing European Industry: opportunities for growth via automation,…

 

News about Home Office Director – Security Industry Engagement

Jane Cannon, Director of Security Industry Engagement OSCT, will be leaving the Home Office. RISC and Government are grateful for her passion and commitment to the establishment of JSaRC (the Joint Security and Resilience Centre) and the wider industry engagement work which have been instrumental in getting Government and industry to the positive position we are in today.

ADS, as Secretariat to RISC, is engaging with the Home Office regarding the successor to the Director’s role and the appointment of the head of JSaRC. An update will be provided to industry in due course.

 

Book Published

One of our members has published a book which you can see on Amazon here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071411278/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb

University of South Wales are running a competition as part of the Cyber Security Challenge series.

Come and compete against other University teams in a Capture the Flag competition devised and run by the Whitehatters Academy and Raytheon Cyber.

Entry is in teams of 4. This CTF is a series of jeopardy games and challenges for novices.

Where? University of South Wales (USW) Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, Room TRJ233

When? Saturday 20th May 2017 1000-1600

Lunch will be provided.

To sign up please contact: universities@cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk

Innovation funding available for Enabling technologies that can demonstrate a step change in performance and the potential to disrupt existing industrial approaches, such as, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, data analytics, big data, distributed ledger technology, Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality, satellite applications, electronics, sensors, photonics and robotics.

Alongside any disruptive emerging technology in energy harvesting, imaging technologies, graphene, biological computing or biofilms.

Money

Projects should last between 6 months and 3 years. Projects are expected to range in total costs between £35,000 and £2 million.

For technical feasibility studies and industrial research, you could get:

  • up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are a micro/small business
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 50% if you are a large business

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get:

  • up to 45% of your eligible project costs if you are a micro/small business
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 25% if you are a large business

Dates

The competition opens on 6th March and will receive applications until 10th May 2017.

Interested?

Innovation Point are here to help increase your chances of securing the funding you need to grow. Please contact us about this and other funding opportunities to discuss how we can help you:

Roger Hiscott, Head of Business Development

Email: roger.hiscott@innovationpoint.uk Tel: 07973 122 295 Web: www.innovationpoint.uk

Here are some other opportunities you may be interested in:

 

Big Company Meeting on Wednesday

A reminder of the Big Company meeting on Wednesday 10th May in Malvern. We invite large organisations to attend these 6 monthly meetings and 6 SMEs give a 10 minute overview each followed by lots of networking.

You can see further details and book to attend (free) here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-cyber-security-forum-big-company-meeting-on-10th-may-2017-tickets-33543091289

The meeting will start at 2pm at the Wyche Innovation Centre in Malvern – there are only a few tickets left so do book soon if you want to attend. The non-SMEs we are expecting to attend are as follows:

  • L3 TRL
  • GE Healthcare
  • QinetiQ
  • EIT Digital
  • Wayra (GCHQ Accelerator)

There is also someone from Business and Innovation Magazine who will be attending but anything the write for the magazine will be vetted by me before publication

 

Invitation to attend Korea Enterprise Institute roadshow specialising in IoT

Grange City Hotel, London on June 12, 2017

You are invited to attend the upcoming event ‘2017 Korea Small and Medium-sized enterprises IoT Road Show’ hosted by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea and the Korea Internet & Security Agency.

Program: presentations by companies, one-to-one business talks, networking luncheon.

Korean companies attending include IPL, Neurocomes, Technonia, Security Platform, NAMOO Inc, and AKsys. These companies are looking for business partners to have a presence in UK due to excellent High-tech environment specializing in IoT.

The organizers will provide an Amazon gift voucher worth £50 in case you would come from a far distance at your convenience.

Please let me know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you would like a copy of invitation, itinerary and application for to attend and I will forward it to you.

 

16th May 2017 – 2nd future of trust workshop and networking event

The first workshop in our Future of Trust research programme was held at the end of February. Notes from that workshop and look ahead are attached. The next workshop will be held at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London on 16th May, 1830-2100. It is planned to have networking drinks after the meeting.

IAAC would like to have four to five volunteers from the Access community help with the next workshop, and undergo some light coaching beforehand with Nick and Andrew from the Association of Professional Futurists. IAAC know if you are interested This will only mean one meeting a couple of weeks before the event.

Further details concerning the precise format of the workshop will be published nearer to the time. If you would like to attend the workshop, please contact info@iaac.org.uk

 

The Cyber Connected World

Free event

6th June 2017 (18:00-20:30)

University of Nottingham

The East Midlands cluster is a partner in the East Midlands Cyber Security Forum, which is organising an event on the Cyber Connected World.

Our everyday lives have become more connected than ever, making it easier to communicate with others, grow your market reach, and ultimately do business with people around the globe.

But, as the world becomes more connected, we’re exposed to a variety of new vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities that we aren’t always prepared for.

This event will provide insight for organisations considering adopting Internet of Things (IoT) technology from a business perspective. This will include the advantages of connecting things and the security implications of doing so.

Further details and booking

 

IAAC Annual Symposium 2017

13 September 2017

BT Centre London

Health, Wealth and Stealth: Promoting cross-sectoral knowledge transfer.

The symposium includes:

  • Opening and closing keynote speakers
  • Expert panels from different sectors engaged in information risk and cyber security
  • Government updates
  • Poster competition
  • Networking opportunities

This years symposium will once again be held in the excellent BT Centre in central London

Rates: Commercial rate £85+V,government, Voluntary Sector and Academia £45+V

Concessions are available for students and IAAC Access members

For further information about the Symposium, or to get involved, please contact info@iaac.org.uk

Book here

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

 

ISSA Bristol Chapter Speaking Opportunity

There is a speaking opportunity at the next central Bristol Meeting on the 18th of next month if you are interested?

Topic of your choice. 35-45 minutes. Vendor neutral.

If interested please contact alan.mercer@issa-uk.org

 

Big Company Meeting

The next Big Company meeting will be on Wednesday 10th May at 2pm in Malvern

Big companies who have registered to attend so far (others are expected too) are:

  • L3 TRL
  • GE Healthcare
  • QinetiQ
  • EIT Digital

Please book to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uk-cyber-security-forum-big-company-meeting-on-10th-may-2017-tickets-33543091289

 

AEROSPACE, DEFENCE & SECURITY INNOVATION SHOWCASE

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada / 30th May 2017

This event is open to cutting edge innovative cyber security, defence, public safety and security technology companies, Government, Research and Development Organizations and Academia. This defence and security innovation showcase event will include briefing sessions, exhibition area and networking event. Learn about current Canadian and international business and funding opportunities, connect with procurement officials / customers and meet with potential international clients and partners. Further details available upon request.

Please contact bernadette@btiglobalinnovation.com for more information

BTI Global Innovation is always looking for new and innovative cyber security technologies to introduce into the North American market. Companies with capabilities in the following areas are of particular interest:

  • Commercial solutions for classified
  • IOT
  • Robotization
  • Cloud based solutions
  • AI & analytics
  • Business intelligence
  • Behaviour simulation

 

Women in Technology Study

The European Commission have opened a consultation to update their 2013 study on women in Tech. The survey covers general female engagement in the digital workplace and digital society, rather than specifically cyber security, but it does offer an opportunity to identify barriers to female advancement in digital careers as well as to share best practice. Responses are invited by organisation or by individual.

The survey, which only takes around 10 minutes to complete, may be found at this link: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/2b839429-386c-c66a-65c7-5c1184301a50

The consultation survey closes at the end of May. Your contributions will be much appreciated

 

Security by design revisited

IAAC is launching a new research programme called ‘Security by design revisited’ on 4th July. We are delighted that this programme will be held in association with TechUK, ISC2, EEF – The Manufacturers’ Organisation and the Trustworthy Software Foundation. An overview of the programme is available (please email info@ukcybersecurityforum.com).com if you would like this). In essence, the programme will review current advice and then focus on how to bring about the adoption of good practice. It is intended that the research will provide practical and accessible insight concerning the barriers and enablers to making systems, software and hardware more secure by design.

The first scoping workshop will be hosted by IAAC at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London, 1000-1300 on 4th July 2017. If you would like to attend, please contact info@iaac.org.uk. We hope that this workshop will attract a broad range of people beyond those with specialist security expertise as an inclusive approach is required to understand the barriers and enablers as fully as possible.

 

PITCH OFF

You are invited to be in the audience at the Pitch Off for DCMS CYBER SECURITY INNOVATION COMPETITION 2017

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Thursday, 27 April 2017 from 12:30 to 19:00 (BST)

Ernst & Young, 20th Floor 25 Churchill Place Canary Wharf E14 5EY London

Click here to see more

 

Open Conference programmes

Smarter Business Tech LIVE

In Manchester, 15th and 16th November 2017

An expected 150+ specialist speakers to contribute content in to 2 day open conference programmes, across 8 integrated theatres, giving widest possible accessibility. Speaker groups include:

  • Keynote global business software & technology brand leaders (already Microsoft, SAP, HPE and Brother confirmed) – and in advanced discussions with Vodafone, Oracle, Fujitsu , NetSuite, Vodafone and several others…..
  • Hosted sessions from CIM, BCS, FSB and other key bodies – providing invaluable insight
  • Leading technology, solutions and specialist service/consultancy groups

The event already has a substantial cross section of headline partner support from multiple chartered bodies, SME representative bodies, regional entrepreneurial bodies, all regional business growth hubs and more.

Click here to see more details or book to attend

Cardiff City Stadium

Wednesday 5 April 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alania Space are among speakers confirmed for the Wales Space Exhibition to be held at Cardiff City Stadium on 5 April.

Martin Lee from the bids and programmes procurement team, will represent Airbus Defence and Space who are actively seeking SME’s in Wales to deliver a value added contribution in:

  • Spin-in technologies
  • ALM / 3D Printing
  • Contract Electronics Manufacturing
  • Graphene applications
  • Novel energy sources
  • Photonics
  • Data analytics
  • Machine learning
  • High performance computing

Thales Alania Space and Airbus Defence and Space join the UK Space Agency, Satellite Applications Catapult, Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, Wales Space Group (WASP) and others at the event.

The event is open to all technology companies in Wales with an appetite to work in the sector, especially if you work in software technologies: big data, analytics, internet of things, and cyber-security.

The UK space industry is reaching out to the technology sector in Wales to develop partnerships in this high-tech, fast-growth sector. Book your place today and be one of those partners.

Book to attend here

If you would like to exhibit then please contact Avril.Lewis@estnet.uk.net by 21 March.

Information provided by Sian Jones, ESNR-Sectors & Business-ICT Sector, Welsh Government.

Cluster member Nick de Figueiredo of Capital Law would like to invite you all to an event titled “Cyber Security – how to protect your business and people” which is being run at their offices in Tyndall Street, Cardiff on 29th March, 09:00 – 12:30.

Full details can be found at http://dmtrk.net/173X-4S5AH-49MSNQVW08/cr.aspx

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

 

JSaRC Marketing Communications Assistant secondee role (unpaid)

An opportunity exists within the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) for an enthusiastic person to join JSaRC’s Marketing Communications team for 6 months to 1 year. This is an ideal opportunity to put a less experienced or graduate employee into the Home Office and learn how Government works from the inside.

Please note, the deadline is open-ended, and for further details please see attached role description. For any further information on applications please contact Ellie at: Eleanor.Rice@adsgroup.org.uk

 

Women in Cybersecurity report

As part of their 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, (ISC)² has now published the second release, regarding Women in Cybersecurity. This work constitutes the largest-ever survey of over 19,000 cybersecurity professionals, and was commissioned by (ISC)2’s charitable arm, the Center for Cyber Safety and Education™ . This work sits against a projected global shortfall of 1.8 million cybersecurity workers by 2022.

The survey includes the following findings:

Proportion of female cybersecurity workers in Europe among lowest in the world; while gender pay gap is the highest as female cyber professionals earn approximately 15% less than men

Recommendations include creation of inclusive work places, increasing job satisfaction and ending pay inequity

Full details may be found at the following link https://iamcybersafe.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/WomensReport.pdf

 

Win a free InfoSec stand

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport is, once again, sponsoring the UK Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe 2017.

  • Win one of 14 free stands at the DCMS sponsored UK Cyber Innovation Zone
  • Present in the Cyber Innovation Theatre to the infosec community
  • Opportunity to be crowned the UKs Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company 2017

Application deadline is 10 April at 12.00

For further information and to apply

 

Government consultation on the Industrial Strategy – 6th April 2017

The government is consulting on its Green Paper Industrial Strategy. IAAC wishes to respond with a particular focus on the cyber security and digital elements of the Strategy including skills. It is intended that IAAC and the Digital Policy Alliance collaborate in responding to the consultation.

A copy of the consultation may be found at this link: Consultation on HM Government’s Industrial Strategy’s Green Paper The workshop will take place on Thursday 6th April 2017, 1000-1300 at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London,

It is proposed that issues for consideration at the workshop will focus on two key strategic questions:

  • In the light of the national cyber security strategy, with its objectives around economic well-being and UK cyber resilience, does the green paper sufficiently address the links between the digital economy and industrial strategy? How can the digital aspects of the Industrial Strategy and economic aspects of the cyber security strategy be harmonised? For example connecting the Digital Growth Hubs with the UK Cyber Security Clusters.
  • Does the green paper sufficiently address cyber security skills such that it is likely to successfully support the skills aims of the National Cyber Security Strategy? In particular: how to identify and build on success in cyber skills development; how to secure a constructive balance between education structures based on identifying and fostering academic excellence, alongside training structures which provide the skills in current and emerging demand; how to balance the needs of HMG for “UK eyes only” talent and needs of industry for those who can work in partnership across jurisdictional, cultural and political boundaries.

If you would like to participate, please register your interest at the following address: info@iaac.org.uk

 

Closure of UK Cyber Demonstration Centre

In July 2015 DCMS set up the Cyber Demonstration Centre as a facility in London where industry could demonstrate their capabilities to potential clients, foreign and domestic. The UK government provided a room for this purpose in the then BIS/UKTI offices in 1 Victoria Street. Following recent machinery of Government changes, over the next few months there will be a significant change in the utilisation of the 1 Victoria Street premises, with the Department for International Trade moving out on 31 March 2017.

As a result of this move, the room in 1 Victoria Street will no longer be available for the CDC. The final day of use of the CDC is 27 March 2017. HMG are in discussions with various partners to set up a similar in an alternative London venue, which will be run by Industry. If you would like to be involved in those discussions please do get in touch with billy.janjuha@trade.gsi.gov.uk

 

Request for companies capable of computerised witness drawings and/or face aging

(Sorry – not really cyber security!) Following a request from an ADS member company, RISC has been asked to see if there are any member companies that can do either, or both, of the following:

  • Complete witness drawings via a computerised system
  • Complete face aging. For example, from a photo of a suspect at 20 years old, and the suspect would now be 50, produce an image of what they will now look like

If any your company meets one, or both, of these requirements, please get in touch with Marc Brooker at Marc.Brooker@adsgroup.org.uk or +44 (0)7876 897424.

Please click here for an invitation for your company to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to attend and exhibit on the Welsh Government stand at the DSEI event, which will take place in the ExCel in London between 12-15th September 2017.

f you are interested, complete and return the attached form to Richard Hearne (richard.hearne2@wales.gsi.gov.uk) and copy Neil Sandford (neil.sandford@wales.gsi.gov.uk) by 24th March 2017 so that each application can be considered in detail.

Welsh Government are hoping to confirm decisions on all EOIs by the end of March and they will advise you if this date changes.

It is likely that it will cost each company between £500-£1,000 to exhibit.

Information provided by Neil Sandford, Business Development Manager – ICT Inward Investment, Welsh Government.

We’d like to invite you all and your colleagues to a special LinkedIn breakfast meeting and networking event we’re running in Merthyr on 15th March, 8am – 10am.

This is an added value event which is being run in addition to our event programme. It is open to Local Authorities, other public sector, banks, accountants, and any organisation which provides a service to businesses as well businesses themselves.

I’ve attached the bilingual event flyer – can you please forward the flyer to your colleagues and partners within your organisations and also out to your networks and businesses?

We hope that you are all able to attend. Booking is online via https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/superfast-business-wales-linkedin-to-promote-your-business/

Information provided by David Elsmere, Partnership Manager, Superfast Business Wales.

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

 

Annual Defence Innovation Challenge

Deadline extension to 15 March 2017.

This is an interesting opportunity for small and med sized businesses to show their wares to NATO

The Defence Innovation Challenge is aimed at accelerating transformational, state-of-the-art technology solutions from small businesses and academia in support of NATO C4ISR and cyber capabilities. Small and medium enterprises (SME) and academic institutions operating at the cutting edge of technology from all 28 NATO Nations are invited to submit proposals in ten focus areas of critical importance to the Alliance mission.

To view the challenge details and submission guidelines, please visit http://www.nitec.nato.int/challenge/index.html.

 

Belgium & Wallonia free event

The Belgium Embassy, together with the Wallonia Export & Investment Agency, are running a series of briefing and networking events on “Belgium Wallonia as a potential location for your expansion in Europe” at the end of March. Sessions will take place on:

  • 28th March, Bristol, 12 pm to 2 pm, Burges Salmon offices
  • 29th March, Birmingham, 8 am to 10:30 am, Pinsent Masons offices
  • 30th March, London, 8 am to 10:30 am, Royal Automobile Club

To receive a detailed agenda on the session of your choice and to register, please contact Pauline Bourcet, pbourcet@investinwallonia.be or 0208 457 4344.

Events are free to attend, but places are limited. To secure a place, please contact me asap.

 

The profession: understanding careers and professionalism in cyber security

The IAAC Research Paper, ‘The profession: understanding careers and professionalism in cyber security’ has now been published.

If you would like a copy let me know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will email it over to you.

This is the culmination of four workshops and desk research, navigating an area where there has been a great deal of ambiguity. It is hoped that this paper will go some way to address this whilst provoking further discussion. Your comments on the paper are very much welcome, at a time when the profession and professionalism are on the agenda in industry, the professional bodies and policy community.

 

Tech Nation on Tour

Tech Nation on Tour will commence in London on Wednesday 22nd March, 9am to coincide with the report launch, and will be followed by events across the UK.

  • London- launch Wednesday 22nd March – 08:30 -11:00 – Royal Institution – Eventbrite
  • Newcastle – Friday 24th March – 09:00 – 11:30 – The Core – Eventbrite
  • Bristol – Tuesday 28th March – 18:00 – 21:00 – Watershed – Eventbrite
  • Cambridge – Wednesday 29th March – 18:00 – 21:00 – Trinity College – Eventbrite
  • Birmingham – Thursday 30th March – 17:30 – 20:30 – iCentrum – Eventbrite
  • Edinburgh Tuesday 4th April – 18:00 – 21:00 – Codebase – Eventbrite
  • Liverpool (finale) – Thursday 6th April – 18:00- 21:00- Constellations- Eventbrite

 

ICO consultation on GDPR guidance

IAAC is currently developing work relating to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect in May 2018. Our first workshops, on 27th January and 1 March, were joint events with SASIG to scope the issues. A further workshop is scheduled for 7th June; details will be circulated nearer the time.

In the meantime, you might like to be aware of a consultation that has been launched by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) regarding its guidance for consent. The GDPR will introduce a much higher standard than the existing DPA when it comes to the consent that data controllers need in order to legally handle others’ data. The guidance aims to help organisations introduce processes that are compliant with the Regulation.

The consultation is open to all contributors and involves a short questionnaire. Details may be found on the ICO website, www.ico.org.uk, or at this link: https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/consultations/2013552/gdpr-consent-guidance-consultation-form-201703.pdf.

The deadline for contributions is 31 March

 

Briefing Day on Horizon2020 Secure Societies Challenge for Security research 2017

10:00-14:00 on Tuesday 28/03/2017, in Central London

Horizon 2020 is the European Commission’s instrument for funding research. As the Commission has now launched the 2017 Secure Societies Challenge for Security research, ADS as the RISC Secretariat have been asked to facilitate this Home Office UK briefing day for industry and academia.

The briefing will incorporate presentations from the Home Office, the European Commission, Innovate UK, and industry on the content of the call, the bidding process, forming a consortium, and end-user engagement. There will also be the opportunity to network over lunch. The UK Government has stated that it will continue to fund UK organisations who have an approved project at the point that the UK formally leaves the EU, and so the Government and Trade Associations are strongly encouraging participation in this research call from UK organisations.

The event is free to attend and numbers are limited (maximum of two representatives per organisation). A full agenda and joining instructions will be issued to registered attendees a week before the event.

To register for the event CLICK HERE. Non-ADS members will need to create a login for the website. For further information please contact brian.hampson@adsgroup.org.uk

Another opportunity has come up working with our Welsh Government colleagues in the US.

The opportunity would be relatively cheap – the event side of things would be looked after and we can explore opportunities to contribute to the T&S side. Is this something that would be of interest to the Cluster members.

I appreciate that we haven’t got much to go on in terms of info to publicise the opportunity, but we’re trying to react to the opportunity from our end. In essence we’re asking if anyone is interested in going to SXSW in March to talk about Cyber and Wales, have a nice time and see if they can do any business. Details to be finalised…

Just wanted to mention that the portion of SXSW that we’d be looking at is Interactive, dates March 10-14. We could look to do our panel event one of the earlier days so as to not overlap too much with CyberUK.

As a bit of background on the context of the activity surrounding this:

The GREAT campaign and DIT are sponsoring an official SXSW venue at Interactive, a “house” with 5 days of programming. It will be a hub for showcasing British tech, creativity and culture. This is DIT led with partners such as last year’s London & Partners, Invest Northern Ireland, TechCity, TechNorth and this year likely Scottish Development International and ourselves.

SXSW Interactive gets 34,000 attendees and SXSW altogether draws 85,000 participants from 85 countries to Austin. The UK has been the single largest international delegation, with more than 1,500+ attending in the past. The conference is a vehicle to highlight ‘the next big thing’ in technology and innovation and cybersecurity is a frequent topic for many of the sessions and events. It’s a great opportunity to showcase cybersecurity in Wales on the UK platform, with relatively little cost.

US contact is Erica Stevens, Senior Representative, Welsh Government, British Consulate-General, 133 Peachtree St NE Suite 3400 Atlanta, GA 30303, E: erica.stevens@wales-uk.com

If you, or one of your associates, can attend this event in the USA then please contact Jonathan Fortune, Strategy Manager ICT for Welsh Government on Jonathan.Fortune@Wales.GSI.gov.uk

Are you interested in next generation technology? The latest mobile innovations? Do you want to discover how Mobile Technology can help your business? Then visit the Mobile World Congress as the World’s largest gathering for the Mobile Industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, 27th Feb – 2nd March 2017. To find out more https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/

Welsh Government will be present at the event in partnership with the Department of International Trade therefore please get in touch to discuss how you could get involved in our networking events.

Overseas Business Development Visit support is available – an OBDV can provide support and assistance to companies (SME and large) to carry out international trade development activities and projects.

Welsh Government are not taking a trade mission in 2017, but they will have a presence on the DfIT stand and are offering companies support through the Overseas Business Development Visit programme to attend. Through OBDV they can contribute up to 50% of travel and subsistence costs for the show.

For further information of the support available please contact Jonathan Fortune, Strategy Manager ICT for Welsh Government on Jonathan.Fortune@Wales.GSI.gov.uk

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

 

An evening of transatlantic business networking

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Sophos, in collaboration with Fairfax County, Virginia, invite you to an evening of transatlantic business networking.

Learn about opportunities for businesses thinking of expanding into the US, particularly in cybersecurity, aerospace and digital health.

Network with industry experts and economic development organisations.

When – Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Venue – Sophos, The Pentagon, Abingdon Science Park, OX14 3YP, UK

6.00pm for 6.30pm, event concludes at 9pm

Reception drinks and canapés will be provided

Register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-of-transatlantic-business-networking-tickets-31635822597

 

IST/33 Chairman

British Standards institute (BSI) have an active committee (known as IST/33) which feeds the “UK voice” into the Information Security standards work (inc ISO/IEC 27001). The chairmanship of all their committees are reviewed every few years and they are currently going through that process for this committee. BSI are interested to know if you would like to put yourself forward for this role.

This is a high profile position with technical and management responsibilities. The position includes regular involvement in UK and international standards committees, liaison, training and Workshop duties.

Duties include:

  • Chairing 2-3 IST/33 Technical Committee meetings a year
  • Chairing 4 IST/33 Management Committee meetings a year
  • Participation in the meetings of the IST/33 Sub Committees
  • Participation in the SC 27 Plenary and Working Group meetings April and October which are held abroad
  • Man Days estimate: minimum of 30 man days for coordinating UK activity, meetings and Workshops and 15 man days for travel abroad.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Significant experience of chairing committees representing diverse interests and knowledge of the UK and international standards making process;
  • Good skills to lead and inspire IST/33 delegates towards consensus;
  • Good management and communication skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of technology and market of information and IT security techniques;
  • Preferably with a business and industry background.

If you are interested then BSI will set some time up with you to give you more insight into the committee and discuss their expertise. Please contact Tim McGarr, Tim.McGarr@bsigroup.com

 

Horizon 2020: European Info Day on Secure Societies

This will take place in Brussels. The Network of H2020 Secure Societies National Contact Points – SEREN3, in collaboration with the European Commission and Research Executive Agency is organizing a European Info day and brokerage event on Secure Societies calls 2017. The event will take place on 6 and 7 March at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels.

The event will help participants to prepare their proposal by offering:

  • Information about the calls
  • Networking possibilities, through project idea presentation & bilateral meetings sessions
  • Answers to questions linked to call areas
  • Details on the legal and procedural conditions

The event is free to attend. For further information and registration please see here: http://www.seren-project.eu/index.php/events/future-events/62-horizon-2020-secure-societies-european-info-day-and-brokerage-event

 

Security & Policing 2017

Every year the Home Office holds a unique event which acts as a platform for professionals from across the UK and across the world to engage with the very highest level of security expertise, Government agencies and the latest technologies. This year Security & Policing is Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th March 2017, at Farnborough, Hampshire.

Please see the Security & Policing 2017 website for further details at www.securityandpolicing.co.uk

 

Export Opportunities

There is a company in Singapore that is looking for collaborators in developing a cyber-physical system intelligent module to collect real-time factory floor data from various logic controller systems.

The data will be managed at all stages including:

  • collecting
  • storing
  • analysing
  • sharing
  • archiving

See more here https://www.exportingisgreat.gov.uk/opportunities/singapore-cyber-physical-systems

There is also a collaboration and import opportunity in India for UK artificial intelligence, IOT and cyber security companies. An Indian software development, IT testing and support company wants an association with UK IT companies as their technology partners to distribute:

  • artificial intelligence products
  • internet of things (IOT) devices

See more here: https://www.exportingisgreat.gov.uk/opportunities/india-technical-partnership-and-import-of-artificial-intelligence-tools

 

International Conference on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities

IAEA Headquarters Vienna, Austria

13–17 November 2017

Announcement and Call for Papers

Although the title is Physical, the main content in the past has been cyber. They run multiple streams and a great many technical papers, mainly concerning ICS/CPS security but also covering Insider Threat. Human Behaviours, Physical Security, BIM approaches have been included in the past.

The conference is free to attend but it is in Vienna

Latest submission for Papers is 15 May.

http://www-pub.iaea.org/iaeameetings/50819/International-Conference-on-Physical-Protection-of-Nuclear-Material-and-Nuclear-Facilities

 

Event & Reception Digital Innovation and Regional HQ opportunities in Finland

The Ambassador of Finland, Ms Päivi Luostarinen, in cooperation with Helsinki Business Hub and Finpro Invest In Finland, are running a small Event & Reception Digital Innovation and Regional HQ opportunities in Finland

Thursday 9th March 2017 at the Finnish Residence, 14 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QP, from 4 pm to 7:30 pm.

The aim of the event is to give companies an overview of the business opportunities and benefits of locating high-tech digital-ICT R&D&Innovation functions and/or Northern European regional headquarters operations in Helsinki and other Finnish cities. There will be speakers from global site-selection consultants, IBM-Plant Location International, and international companies that have chosen Finland (see detailed agenda below), as well as representatives from Invest in Finland and Helsinki Business Hub.

There are a limited number of spaces so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible.

Please contact pbourcet@frenger.com if you are interested in attending.

 

Reduced rate – The Data Risk Management in Financial Services Summit (DRMFS)

This event returns to the Millennium hotel London Mayfair for its 5th Annual edition. The event, ranked by the FSI sector as a top FS industry conference, brings together CISO’s and security experts together to debate the threats to data security in the Financial Services sector both internal and external.

This annual meeting in its 5th year will be once again a leading platform hosting Security leaders from EU Central banks, as well as UK & US retail and investment banks. The event will discuss the current global economic crime landscape and the impact of the emerging trends of multiple complex incidents, as well as debate preventative responses and solutions.

As a subscriber/member of the UK Cyber Security Forum you are entitled to 15% off on registration or sponsorship package. Simply contact us via email on george@drmfsummit.com or phone +44 (0) 207 352 4356 and quote UKCSF15

See more here: http://drmfsummit.com/

 

Reduced Rate – Annnual Cyber Threat Summit Conference on October 24th 2017 in The Helix Dublin.

I would like to extend our discounted offer to all members of UK Cyber Security Form to avail of a 20% discount from all ticket prices to the event. I have included the event website below.

www.cyberthreatsummit.com

Please go to the event website www.cyberthreatsummit.com and insert the promotional code PASTGUEST they will receive a 20% discount

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

 

Desk space for rent in London

One of our member companies has a spare desk in their office in London – would any of you like to rent it out from them?

Single desk space with a small cyber security/forensic company in central London in a secure modern office, 24 x 7 access, 5 minutes walk from Vauxhall tube/train station. Monthly rent £400.00 includes desk, chair, pedestal, inclusive of all bills including, air conditioning and internet.

Please email jonathan.krause@fornsiccontrol.com for more information.

 

Consultation: Security and Resilience sector response to Industrial Strategy Green Paper

The UK Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC) is writing a response to the recently published UK Government Industrial Strategy Green Paper.

Please email us (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and we will send you a document with the 14 questions which RISC will be aiming to respond to.

To provide a response to any of these questions, contact James Wilson: james.wilson@adsgroup.org.uk Deadline is 09:00am on Wednesday 1 March.

 

UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme is now open for applications

The new UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme is now open for applications. This programme has been created to fund basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community, from behaviour and language to energy and atmosphere. Deadline is 16:00 on Friday 10 April.

Apply at: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/ic-postdoctoral/how-to-apply

 

Systems Development Engineer requirement

Maybe for the sole traders out there – a guy from amazon has been in touch and they are looking for a Systems Development Engineer based near Gloucester. See more here https://www.amazon.jobs/jobs/420540

 

Defence & Security Organisation Symposium

Tuesday 25 April 2017, 0915 – 1700 in Central London

Cost: £75 (plus VAT)

The Department of International Trade’s Defence & Security Organisation Symposium takes place in Central London on Tuesday 25 April 2017.

The objective of the Symposium is to provide UK companies with Government-sourced advice, information and support aimed at maximising opportunities for securing overseas defence and security business. The Government is urging businesses to make 2017 the year of exporting as it encourages them to seek new markets and seize the demand for British goods and services.

This year’s Symposium will focus closely on the collaborative work undertaken by Government and industry on the Defence and Cyber Growth Partnerships. There will be a strong emphasis on the value and benefit these partnerships bring to defence and cyber companies – large, medium and small.

The Symposium will also offer a wide range of advice, information and support for UK defence & security companies – from keynote plenary presentations and smaller briefings/workshops to 1-1 discussion and wider networking opportunities.

To register your interest at this stage please email to: ditdso.smeenquiry@trade.gsi.gov.uk

 

20% off Cyber Threat Summit Conference

The ICTTF are hosting their annual Cyber Threat Summit Conference on October 24th 2017 in The Helix Dublin.

They are offering a discounted of 20% to all members of UK Cyber Security Form on all ticket prices. The event website is www.cyberthreatsummit.com.

 

Call for industry secondees to support JSaRC on Future Aviation Security Solutions (They want a project manager for free).

The Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) seeks further industry secondees with project management experience in order to facilitate their role in supporting the Department for Transport (DfT) with the Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) Programme. As outlined in the UK Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, the FASS programme will see £2.5m invested over the next five years to deliver a step change in aviation security through the promotion of innovation in science and technology.

The project manager is required as soon as possible for an initial period of six months. There is flexibility in the location of the role, however all project management checkpoint meetings are to be held at Marsham Street, London. The individual will be required to:

  • Manage the project plan milestones;
  • Manage deliverables against milestones including: finance, resource, risk, and issue management;
  • To report to DfT according the parameters agreed within a DfT/JSaRC SLA.

It is essential that the successful candidate has project management experience with exposure to multi-stakeholder engagement, an understanding of the aviation security sector would be useful but not essential. As an industry secondee, costs are to be met by the parent company.

To respond to this call, please send CV’s directly to JSaRC@homeoffice.x.gsi.gov.uk

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

 

CyberUK Event – SME rate

I have found out that there is an SME rate of 50% the usual commercial rate to attend CyberUK. This is not advertised and you have to specifically contact them and ask for it. Then they give you this discount code to use: C17UK50SME If you have paid the full rate already you might be able to get a refund….

 

UK national security in a digital world

IAAC invites you to a consultation workshop on the Parliamentary inquiry on UK national security in a digital world. The workshop will be held at BCS Offices, Southampton Street, London, on Monday 13th February 2017, 1000-1300. Coffee will be available from 0930. This is in response to a request for written submissions on a range of cyber issues including:

  • The types and sources of cyber threats faced by the UK;
  • The effectiveness and coherence of the strategic lead provided by the National Security Council, Departments, agencies, and the National Cyber Security Centre;
  • Learning points drawn from the first Cyber Security Strategy and the fitness for purpose of the second Cyber Security Strategy;
  • Whether the UK has committed sufficient human, financial and technical resources to address the scale of cyber security challenge;
  • The development of offensive cyber capabilities and the norms governing their use;
  • Ways in which the UK Government can work with the private sector to build cyber resilience and cyber skills;
  • The balance of responsibilities between the Government and private sector in protecting critical national infrastructure;
  • The appropriate role for Government in regulating and legislating in relation to cyber both nationally and internationally;
  • How the UK can co-operate with allies and partners on the development of capabilities, standard setting and intelligence sharing.

The full terms of reference for the inquiry, run by the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, are available here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/joint-select/national-security-strategy/news-parliament-2015/cyber-security-inquiry-2016-17/

Output from the workshop will be submitted to the inquiry. If you would like to attend your presence in helping shape the IAAC community of interest response would be very much appreciated. Please register with Judith Taylor at info@iaac.org.uk

 

IAAC’s new research programme on the future of trust

You are invited to the first workshop in , to be held on Tuesday 28th February 2017, 6.30-9.00 pm. The venue will be BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London.

Please email me (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you would like an outline of the research programme. The first workshop will be to introduce the topic and establish the focus of the research programme. To open the event, we are delighted that Dr Robert Hoffman from the Florida Institute of Human Machine Cognition will give a presentation via video-link. Robert is a world leading researcher in this area and has been working recently on a taxonomy of trust in relation to people and automation. We are also delighted that the remainder of the workshop will be facilitated in an interactive session by members of the Association of Professional Futurists (AFP), in particular Nick Price and Andrew Curry. They will help our community envisage a future world of pervasive technology. What will trust mean and how will it function? The workshop will close with a networking session and drinks.

If you would like to join us for a fascinating event, please register at info@iaac.org.uk . We are focusing this future orientated event on IAAC Access, the network for early stage career professionals. However, around 10 spaces will be available for members of the wider IAAC community for this workshop. Early registration is encouraged.

 

Invitation to advise the IoT Security Foundation

John Moore, from the IoT Security Foundation, requests your help in supporting a noble cause – improving security in the emerging markets of IoT. The IoT Security Foundation is a non-profit organisation which seeks to drive the quality and pervasiveness of security in the emerging applications of IoT. As part of our mission, we have begun to produce freely accessible best practice guidelines and an IoT security compliance framework to help industry meet the challenges of security as IoT evolves.

The markets are developing rapidly, yet whilst many are applying their engineering expertise to create value in new ways, many new entrants could use as much help as possible to overcome the unseen threats of connection. We would like to invite the UK Cyber Security Forum members to help us ensure the advice given by IoTSF is the very best, and most appropriate available. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we invite you to take a look at what we have produced and provide constructive feedback where you feel it it’s merited. Please bear in mind that our prime audience is product developers who are new to connected markets – i.e. not expert in security. We would welcome your support.

The best practices and IoT Compliance Framework can be downloaded here: https://iotsecurityfoundation.org/best-practice-guidelines/

You can contact John at john.moor@nmi.org.uk

 

Aviation and Border Security Sector Capability Assessment

The UK Government wishes to get a fuller understanding of the capability that the Security and Resilience sector has to respond rapidly to requests for support by overseas Governments on Aviation and Border Security issues. A study to survey the sector has been commissioned through the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC), and as a member of the RISC community, you are invited to respond to this commission by completing the attached proforma and return it to ADS, who have been requested to collect and analyse the responses, and report back through JSaRC.

Please email me (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) for full details on how to respond and the proforma.

 

Reminder: Invitation to Neuro Diversity: Autism Spectrum Condition into Cyber – 2nd March 2017

IAAC has teamed up with a Cyber Security Challenge UK, The Defence Academy of the UK and other great partners to host a collaborative industry event: Neuro Diversity: Autism Spectrum Condition into Cyber. The day will be held at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham on 2nd March 2017.

This is an opportunity to hear from experts about the skill sets of those with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). With a shortage of skills in cyber security, send your hiring managers along to this first of a kind day to grow awareness that allows your company to become much more confident in actively seeking out employees with ASC.

The day in part builds upon IAAC’s recent autism workshop which has resulted in a guide for employers with thanks to Cyber Security Challenge UK, National Autistic Society and Crest. There will be presentations from the National Autistic Society, Government Agencies and private sector employers with experience of ASC. Presentations will cover interventions, recruitment and management in the workplace. This event is being run in parallel with an event for young autistic people (15+ year olds) with a view to exposing them to employers and vice versa. There will be an opportunity for a proportion of employers to help the young people to solve a variety of exciting industry-led problems on the day, including Pen-testing with NCC; Forensics with NCA; Researching with GCHQ. Everyone will have the opportunity to have a tour of the tanks and armour at Shrivenham.

Neuro diversity is a term coined by a growing social movement. We hope this day will debunk the myths of a demographic who are often disregarded due to a different set of social skills. Once the students have left you will hear from the GCHQ and Cyber Reserves leaders about what they witnessed and a Panel discussion for all your Q&A’s. It’s free and informative, interested in attending or supporting?

To register for this event, please go to: http://bit.ly/2gBbW7B Password: neuro

If you would like further information about this event, or to sponsor, contact Stephanie Aldridge saldridge@Cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk. She is putting together the ‘employer stream’ and would also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

EU Funded COMPASS Project

The COMPASS project is the challenge of developing a vision of an ethical cyber security sector, with a roadmap that will support ‘responsible innovation’ by cyber security companies. (see https://innovation-compass.eu).

They would like to get your input for the project. You can get involved by joining their “Innovation Labs”. These are a series of online sessions and short face to face workshops this year. They will be involving multiple companies in the process and may do this in collaboration with a selection of the cyber ‘clusters’. The activities will, step-wise, explore

  • the setting out of plausible future opportunities and challenges for the sector;
  • knowledge sharing with peers to develop an understanding of what represents existing and future good practice in order to harness the opportunities and mitigate the challenges;
  • the development of sets of steps (a roadmap) that companies can take to implement or improve on this good practice; and creating a tailored plan for your company to take those next steps (based on the roadmap).

All of these activities will be supported by academic and business experts (including representatives from B Labs and the European Business Network) with the latest research and knowledge on ethical and responsible innovation practices. The outcomes of the activities will feed into the development of a self-assessment tool which will enable other companies to develop their activities in the same ethically responsible way.

They hope to start the series of online discussions and face to face workshops around April/May. They envisage a total time commitment for you of less than a day and a half (spread over a couple of months) to complete the activities, and they are certain that you’ll be able to take home new knowledge, ideas and insights that will help your company in practical ways – assessing risks, addressing challenges and seizing opportunities.

For more information please contact Dr Malcolm Fisk at malcolm.fisk@dmu.ac.uk

 

French Cyber Security Sector: A Guide to Cyber Certifications

As the number and scale of cyber attacks continues to rise, the French cyber security market is set to grow by more than 30% over the next three years. To help British companies navigate the market, DIT will deliver a 1 hour webinar offering practical advice and a guide to the cyber certification process. This will be presented in collaboration with consultants who have extensive experience of the French market.

This webinar will give participants a great opportunity to gain an insight into:

  • Key opportunities in the French market
  • An introduction to ANSSI (French certification agency)
  • A guide to French cyber security certifications
  • Support available to British companies
  • Q&:A session with the experts

Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/430292056401564417

Date: 7 February 2017

Time: 10:00—11:00 (UK time)

Contact: Sophie Clark +33 1 44 51 32 80 sophie.clark@fco.gov.uk

Price: Free

Interested but can’t attend? Register your interest to receive a recording of the webinar when it is made available

 

International Cyber Security Events

Please see below the links to the following cyber events around the world that are coming soon on the Cyber Exchange.

RSA 2017, San Francisco, California.

GiSec in Dubai

A DIT Cyber Security Workshop, Lisbon

The International Cyber Security Conference (ICSC) in Saudi Arabia.

 

Cybersecurity in the Financial Sector a Way Forward for Italy and the UK

Thursday 9 February 2017

Workshop: 9am – 1.30pm

Session for start ups: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Piazzale di Villa Wolkonsky 1, Rome, access from Via Ludovico di Savoia, San Giovanni area

The initiative, organised by the UK Science & Innovation Network in collaboration with ABI Lab, will present the new National Cyber Security Centreand will seek to create new links between cybersecurity providers and clients in Italy and the UK. Amongst the participants, Bank of England, Banca d’Italia and TheCityUK. It will also aim to identify best practice and set the foundations for future collaborative agreements in cybersecurity innovative technologies.

Please email me if you would like a copy of the programme (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

RSVP by Tuesday 31 January to Anna.Dinapoli@fco.gov.uk Tel. 06 4220 2285

 

Budapest 2024 Bid City team interested in Cyber Security

MEI (http://www.majoreventsinternational.com/) will be taking a delegation to visit Budapest on the 21st & 22nd of February to meet with the Budapest 2024 team responsible for security with the aim of sharing expertise & building relationships ahead of the announcement for the Games host city on 13th September 2017.

This trade mission is a one and only opportunity which would grant you unique access to one of the 3 nations that might win the 2024 Olympics. The two days will consist of a city orientation, site tours and workshops with the various stakeholders from the bid team concerning the issues surrounding safety & security in major sporting events.

The Budapest 2024 team responsible for security have highlighted to us that companies with competencies around the following sub-sectors are of major interest to them:

  • Innovative venue-security solutions
  • Involvement of private-security resources in the Command Model
  • Involvement of the Armed Forces in the Command Model
  • Police training methods (experience sharing by experts on the UK police training & developing system)
  • Smart security and cyber security solutions
  • Temporary accommodation for security personnel during major events
  • Technological solutions for defense & airspace

Programme

The visit will consist of at least a full day of brie ngs and workshops but we are proposing to conduct a city visit as well as have a networking evening. This is an opportunity to help shape plans for the security environment in 2024 during games time and knowledge transfer from previous games. MEI will provide a full pre-mission brie ng for delegates pre-departure. There will also be a post visit debrief for next steps planning.

Costs

MEI Members – £400 Non Members – £750

Administration fees are discounted for MEI Members. Delegates will cover their own travel and accom- modation cost, although MEI will endeavour to arrange preferential rates where possible. Government funding may be available to help cover costs on a case by case basis which delegates should check.

Express your interest – The key dates are now confirmed and we will have to limit delegate numbers so please express your interest as soon as possible given time restraints. To express your interest in the visit or to finnd out more information please contact: enquiries@majoreventsint.com or call +44 (0) 207 709 2350.

 

Cyber Security Workshop in Lisbon, 6th April 2017

The Department for International Trade is organising a Cyber Security Workshop in Lisbon on 6 April 2017. We would like to invite UK companies to showcase their company’s expertise and meet potential customers and partners from Portugal, Italy, Spain and Greece.

This workshop is designed to help UK companies in pursuing opportunities arising and gaining business in these markets, while showcasing British innovative services and technologies that can help in: structuring cyberspace security, tackling cybercrime, protecting cyberspace and critical infrastructure, enhance R&D, awareness raising, capability building and training.

British companies are invited to join a delegation travelling to Lisbon and take part in discussion panels and have a series of bilateral meetings with potential customers and partners from Portugal, Italy, Spain and Greece.

If you are a UK based company whose offer embraces relevant technologies and / or services focussing on raising awareness, promoting prevention, capability building, training and skills development, then you should send a delegate to attend the workshop.

For further information and to register your interest please contact:

Sofia Carvalhais: sofia.carvalhais@mobile.trade.gov.uk / T +351 213 924 062

Frederico Lyra: frederico.lyra@mobile.trade.gov.uk / T +351 213 924 068

Wednesday, 5th April 2017 pm Networking dinner

Thursday, 6th April 2017 am Opening by HM Ambassador Kirsty Hayes Keynote speech, Discussion panels pm Networking lunch, Bilateral meetings between British companies and local buyers

How to sign up

To join the British delegation and attend this event your company will be required to commission an OMIS – Overseas Market Introduction Service. The OMIS costs £630 (exc. VAT) and includes:

  • Hotel accommodation – 1 single room for one night
  • Networking dinner on 5th April 2017
  • A slot in a relevant discussion panel
  • Networking lunch on 6th April 2017
  • Tailored meeting programme organised by DIT

You will be responsible for your travel costs.

Registration deadline is 6th March 2017

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in…

 

Looking for Cyber Security SMEs with specific capability

The UK Cyber Security Forum is in the process of signing a call off contract with a very large cyber security company. We will be providing specialist cyber security SMEs to them to support their work as and when they need them.

The SME will contract with the UK Cyber Security Forum instead of the large entity. We hope to offer better payment terms and more agility than the large organisation. Also, it will be possible to have a simple contract for just one day’s work, for example.

The UK Cyber Security Forum has more than 500 members now who are all cyber security SMEs – the problem has always been to find who does what. This is one of the reasons why the CyberCollaborate portal was developed.

We will be using the CyberCollaborate portal to identify SMEs with the required capability to fulfil requirements for this big customer. If you are at all interested in working for this client or others please register on the CyberCollaborate portal and add capabilities to your profile and words to your description. It will be these capabilities and descriptions which are used to search out SMEs to use for these projects.

If you registered ages ago and have forgotten your password – your email address is your user name and you can click ‘forgotten password’ at the top right to get it reset. Let me know if oyu have any questions or issues (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

 

Advice to the Police

We have also met a senior member of the police who would like to use the UK Cyber Security Forum to source specialist advice. When they need such advice he will contact me and, as above, I will use the CyberCollaborate platform to source the SMEs to provide such advice.

 

Project ARGUS – Identifying organisational needs and response to critical incidents

Town Hall, St Owen’s St, Hereford HR1 2PJ

1000-1300hrs Tuesday 24th January 2017 (0945 for tea and coffee)

Please note this event is delivered free of charge (following acceptance of registration). Spaces are limited.

Project ARGUS is a National Counter Terrorism Security Office initiative, exploring ways to aid you in preventing, handling and recovering from a critical or terrorist related incident. The event takes you through a critical incident (in this case a terrorist attack) using a multi-media simulation. A series of questions and challenges are put to you, both individually and as a group. You will work in small syndicate groups with other local business representatives and develop your responses to the attack. The event explores your options; what is likely to happen in the event of such a disaster; and what your priorities should be. Project Argus highlights the importance of being prepared and having the necessary plans in place to help. Topics covered will include a briefing on current terrorist, cyber and insider threat

Organisational Response to:

  • Reports of suspicious behaviour
  • Suspicious items
  • Firearms & Weapons attacks
  • Emergency services

Who is should attend?

This event is designed to inform the business risk owners of some of the threats to UK businesses. To that end it is important that those risk owners are able to challenge suppliers of security measures and protocols of their user requirements in relation to the level of risk to the business which they are prepared to accept or fund mitigation. The event will be a non competitive business environment.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/planning-for-a-terrorist-attack-or-critical-incident-project-argus-course-tickets-30552278688

 

Project Griffin – Presentation on responses to counter the terrorist threat to UK businesses

Town Hall, St Owen’s St, Hereford HR1 2PJ

1000hrs Thursday 2nd February 2017 (coffee served at 0945hrs)

Free to attend (following registration of interest), Spaces are limited.

Warwickshire and West Mercia Police Counter Terrorism Security Officers are pleased to be associated with the Hereford Improvement District and Project Griffin which aims to encourage members of the business community to work in partnership with the police to deter and detect terrorist activity and crime. This will be achieved by working to:-

  • Raise awareness of current terrorist and crime issues
  • Share and gather intelligence and information
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships
  • Seek solutions to defeating terrorism and crime
  • Maintain trust and confidence in the Police and other authorities
  • Empower people to report suspicious activity and behaviour

The awareness event covers topics such as the current threat level, hostile reconnaissance, suspicious items and behaviour, firearms incidents as well as providing an awareness of the impact and disruption that may be caused by such an incident.

Who is eligible to attend?

Project Griffin is a Home Office funded initiative within West Mercia Police which aims to work with people who are involved in some way with the safety and security of a building, business or area and to empower them to recognise and report suspicious activity and behaviour to the police.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/detect-and-protect-against-crime-project-griffin-tickets-30556404027

 

Examining ID documents for pre employment screening

Please note this event is delivered free of charge (following acceptance of registration). Spaces are limited.

Town Hall, St Owen’s St, Hereford HR1 2PJ

1330-1500hrs Thursday 2nd February 2017

All UK employers are required by law to perform due diligence to ensure that the staff they are employing can legally work in the United Kingdom. You will appreciate that just photocopying a document without carrying out due diligence as to whether the document itself is genuine is not acceptable. That is not to say that you need to become an expert in the field of document security. However, you should be able to explain what you checked and why you accepted a particular document prior to offering someone employment. You should note that the awareness package is only designed to provide the attendee with reasons to suspect that a document may be genuine, fraudulently obtained, forged or fake (there is a difference) The arbiters will be the issuing authority. In the case of a passport that would be HM Passport Office (or similar of the respective country). DVLA would validate any UK driving licences. So, in short, they are the experts not us.

The session which takes 1 hour 30 minutes explains some of the security features contained within documents such as passports and driving licences but more importantly highlights processes which employers could utilise in their recruitment and pre-employment screening. Following the presentation attendees will be provided with links and internet resources which they can then use to examine documents from around the world.

Book Here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/document-verification-for-legal-employment-tickets-30558513336

 

Nottinghamshire Police Event

Nottinghamshire Police are hosting a free cyber protect (security) event on 09/02/17 in Nottinghamshire and they are offering free tickets to exhibitors.

The audience is Nottinghamshire based SME’s a number of whom have been specifically invited as previously having been subject of cybercrime, security breach and loss.

Exhibitor tickets are publicly available on eventbrite and the link is below; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/office-of-the-nottinghamshire-police-and-crime-commissioner-and-nottinghamshire-police-12665599899

The thrust of the event will be risk and threat leading to cyber essentials as one route to improving security. Exhibitor places are limited so please act promptly to avoid disappointment.

If you’d like to discuss further please get in touch with Les Charlton leslie.charlton@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

 

RISC – JSaRC Project Manager roles

ADS, as Secretariat to RISC, has been asked to highlight to suppliers the requirement from the Home Office Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSarC) for industry secondees with project management skills to support their transition period.

Potential candidates are asked to respond as soon as possible with an ideal start date before the end of January. The role is based at Marsham Street but with a degree of home working.

Requirements/experience:

  • The ability to build effective working relationships with government and industry stakeholders
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering accommodation set up workstreams or projects successfully
  • Knowledge of appropriate standards, procedures, guidance, tools and techniques necessary to co-ordinate and deliver projects
  • Must already be SC cleared

Of note, all costs are to be covered by the individuals parent company and individuals much provide their own IT.

To respond please email: JSaRC@homeoffice.x.gsi.gov.uk

UK access to EU R&D programmes stimulates £billions of investment and gives the UK access to skills and technologies that it does not have. Ending our access to these programmes will weaken our economy which depends on exploitation of innovative science and technology.

If you have an interest in EU funding for research and innovation this may be relevant to you.

The BRexit negotiators could request associate country status as part of the deal, preserving much of the value of the collaborations. Of course, the UK could replace the funding lost from the EU, but it cannot replace the research collaboration with like-minded researchers across the EU. They would have no incentive to collaborate with UK researchers without financial incentives. The UK would thus lose influence and damage an economy dependent on ideas generation and exploitation.

A petition has been set up to maintain UK access to the EU R&D programmes – if interested click on this link to sign the petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/150220

Information provided by Professor Andrew Blyth, PhD. Director of the Information Security Research Group, University of South Wales.

The Tech Partnership has published the draft standard for a pioneering Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security, and is now looking for feedback from employers and other interested parties.

The proposed new apprenticeship will allow employers, for the first time, to take on bright school leavers and train them up as cyber specialists to degree level. Successful candidates will spend between three and five years combining on the job training and academic study, and graduate with a BSc (Honours) as a Cyber Security Technology Professional.

Roles likely to be filled by Cyber Security Degree Apprentices include Cyber Risk Management, Cyber Systems Architect, and Cyber Deep Technology Analyst.

The closing date for contributions is Monday 2 January 2017. Click here to view the standard and comment.

Information provided by Damon Rands, Managing Director, Wolfberry IT Security.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you a prosperous and happy 2017! Here are some opportunities for 2017 you might be interested in….

 

Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) Challenge Project call

ADS as the Secretariat to RISC has been asked by the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC), to advise suppliers of the submission process to the Challenge Project call. This follows the JSaRC briefing held on 07 December.

Completed forms are required by midnight Sunday 22nd January – if you would like the details please email me (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will send them to you.

Challenge Project Call Requirements

Following the workshop held on Wednesday 7 December, JSaRC recognises that suppliers will have identified a number of strategic and tactical barriers which inhibit the security sector driving forward innovative offerings. The Challenge Project call has been designed to capture these with the intent to then develop project work against proposed solutions.

The initial target will be for up to 10 projects in total with the individual project size at around £25-£50k each.

The project(s) must match the JSaRC objectives and provide demonstrable effort towards at least one of the following:

1. Deliver a joint response to the UK’s national security challenges

The project must be able to demonstrate clearly either through a proof of concept, white paper or other means, that a workable solution or answer to this problem is achievable within the timescales and budget. This can be a product, solution or theoretical concept which can be taken further to fruition.

2. Drive the delivery of the right solutions

The solution proposed must be clearly identifiable as having the potential to address a problem, with a clear relationship to the security threat environment and a stated mechanism as to how the proposal will reduce the threat.

3. Growth of this sector

The project must identify how it can be best utilised and exploited in order to provide a foundation for growth within the security sector market.

Important Note:

Whilst this call is looking to fund up to 10 projects in the financial year, this is also an opportunity to allow you to put your thoughts to JSaRC on what issues you believe should be addressed going forward. You can indicate at the top of your submission whether you are submitting for a funded project, or you have an area that you would like JSaRC to focus on in the future. Some submissions will be funded in this financial year, some submissions may be corralled together with a view to creating a project in the future, and some submissions may be used as our evidence base for business as usual activity for JSaRC. We will endeavour to provide feedback on all submissions.

 

Autism Spectrum Condition into Cyber – 2nd March 2017

IAAC has teamed up with a Cyber Security Challenge UK, The Defence Academy of the UK and other great partners to host a collaborative industry event: Neuro Diversity: Autism Spectrum Condition into Cyber. The day will be held at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham on 2nd March 2017.

This is an opportunity to hear from experts about the skill sets of those with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). With a shortage of skills in cyber security, send your hiring managers along to this first of a kind day to grow awareness that allows your company to become much more confident in actively seeking out employees with ASC.

The day in part builds upon IAAC’s recent autism workshop which has resulted in a guide for employers with thanks to Cyber Security Challenge UK, National Autistic Society and Crest. There will be presentations from the National Autistic Society, Government Agencies and private sector employers with experience of ASC. Presentations will cover interventions, recruitment and management in the workplace. This event is being run in parallel with an event for young autistic people (15+ year olds) with a view to exposing them to employers and vice versa. There will be an opportunity for a proportion of employers to help the young people to solve a variety of exciting industry-led problems on the day, including Pen-testing with NCC; Forensics with NCA; Researching with GCHQ. Everyone will have the opportunity to have a tour of the tanks and armour at Shrivenham.

Neuro diversity is a term coined by a growing social movement. We hope this day will debunk the myths of a demographic who are often disregarded due to a different set of social skills. Once the students have left you will hear from the GCHQ and Cyber Reserves leaders about what they witnessed and a Panel discussion for all your Q&A’s. It’s free and informative, interested in attending or supporting?

To register for this event, please go to: http://bit.ly/2gBbW7B Password: neuro

If you would like further information about this event, or to sponsor, contact Stephanie Aldridge saldridge@Cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk. She is putting together the ‘employer stream’ and would also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

JSaRC Managed Service Provider tender

ADS, as the RISC Secretariat, has been requested by the Home Office Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) to advise the market of their intention to tender the Managed Service Provider (MSP) requirement in early 2017 via Lot 8 of the Technology Services Framework

High level responsibilities of MSP

These are the recommended, high level responsibilities for JSaRC’s MSP:

  • Local management and reporting of all finance and personnel matters in line with Home Office Human Resources policy, Finance policy and Civil Service Code of Conduct.
  • Handle all legal issues including liability cover.
  • Responsible for all accommodation issues including, costs, managing internal structural changes, and negotiation of future requirements and any other commercial contractual requirements.
  • Manage all performance and evaluation functions.
  • Report to and be under the direction of JSaRC’s CEO, providing support for the management and direction of JSaRC. This will include support in building and managing consortia, responding to HMG capability requirements, identifying and prioritising export opportunities.

Information

The call will be released to Crown Commercial Service’s Framework Number RM1058 ‘Lot 8 Service Integration’. The 34 suppliers on this framework can be found by typing RM1058 into the search box here

However, please note that the following suppliers on the framework have already advised the Home Office that they do not wish to consider collaborative proposals – therefore, the Home Office requests that you do not contact them in respect of this opportunity:

  • Accenture
  • Intuitive System
  • MCSA
  • Mott Macdonald
  • Softcat
  • Specialist Computer Centres
  • St Helens & Knowsley
  • Steria
  • Telent

The timeline for the tender is:

9 January 2017: MSP ITT and detailed requirements published

23 January 2017: Deadline for questions

30 January 2017: Deadline for responses

27 February 2017: Contract awarded

 

Cyclamen market engagement

ADS as Secretariat to RISC has been asked to highlight to suppliers the Home Office Cyclamen programme market engagement.

This is regarding potential requirements for maintenance, support and the provision of mobile and fixed radiological and nuclear detection equipment across the UK and juxtaposed ports to detect and prevent the illicit importation of radiological and nuclear materials. This requirement is with regards to detection equipment and related support services, however this component forms part of a larger, nationwide RN Detection capability which are and will be subject to separate commercial arrangements.

Further details are available here: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/746abefe-90ca-4eec-8b3e-c99efa59a5ab

Please note that in order to provide your input to the market engagement exercise, the Home Office invites organisations to complete their pro forma and submit via our eSourcing Suite.

As part of the market engagement exercise, the Home Office intends to invite some potential providers to participate in discussion on topics detailed in the pro forma between 11th and 12th January 2017. Of note, ADS will be meeting with the Programme Director in the first week of January to discuss the programmes approach to market engagement.

 

Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) Call

Deadline 9th January!

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) funds early-stage research projects into innovative ideas or concepts to help create a better transport system.

The scheme funds research into a wide-range of novel and innovative solutions that use science, engineering and technology to advance the UK’s transport system.

This round of T-TRIG has 3 separate calls:

  • An open call for novel and innovative ideas focused on transport.
  • A targeted maritime security call.
  • A targeted big data call.

The deadline for applications is 09th January 2017. More information on the competition, guidance, application form, and details of how to apply can be found on the website: https://www.dft.gov.uk/innovation-grants/innovation-grants/t-trig/

All enquiries should be sent to T-TRIG@dft.gsi.gov.uk

 

Horizontal Innovation Conference

Realising the value of cross collaboration, 30 – 31 January 2017. etc.venues St. Paul’s, London,

UK Cyber Security Forum members can save £100 with the IET member rate

Horizontal Innovation is the effective transfer of knowledge and technology from one sector to another. This conference is your chance to learn more about applying your existing expertise to create new opportunities, branch into different sectors and finding additional routes to profitability.

Speakers including Google, 3M, Innovate UK, Deloitte, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Lentus Composites and Public Health England will explain how you can use Horizontal Innovation to create new commercial opportunities from existing products, share case studies of their successes and help you gain the knowledge you need to kick-start your own Horizontal Innovation strategy.

The launch of the Innovate UK Funding Programme will also take place at the conference. Plus there is a speed networking session – bring your business cards and fill your contacts book!

UK Cyber Security Forum members can save £100 with the IET member rate. See the full conference programme and book your place at www.theiet.org/hic

 

International Journal of Business & Cyber Security (IJBCS)

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS & CYBER SECURITY (IJBCS)(Print) ISSN 2059-660X (Online) ISSN 2059-6618

Call for Papers

We are currently seeking scholarly papers for the next issue of IJBCS which is due for publication in July 2017. This important area of research is undergoing a period of rapid change, and thus it is vitally important to be up with current developments, hence the growing interest in IJBCS (www.ijbcs.abrmr.com)

IJBCS is a scholarly and refereed journal that provides an authoritative source of information for scholars, academicians, policy makers and professionals regarding business and cyber security. It is peer reviewed journal that is published twice a year and serves as an important research platform. IJBCS is committed to publishing articles that provide insight and informs best practice. The Editors and Editorial Board of the IJBCS are committed to championing original academic papers that demonstrate academic rigor, originality and integrity. IJBCS seeks to minimize cyber-risk through insight and vigilance.

Preference will be given to papers which are conceptually and analytically strong and have empirical relevance. All papers will be reviewed according to the journal’s criterion.

For further information please write to Editor via editor@abrmr.com

 

DCMS Competition for CYBERUK SME Innovation Zone

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport is, once again, sponsoring the SME Innovation Zone at CYBERUK 2017 in Liverpool from 14-16 March 2017. DCMS is running a competition to select 10 UK small cyber security businesses to have a presence in the Innovation Zone.

See more details here: https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/455

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

 

CYBERUK cost for SMEs

As you know, Cyber UK is the NCSC big cyber security event on 14 – 16 March 2017 at the Arena and Convention Centre (ACC), Liverpool. It is currently £1,000 per head to attend this event whatever size company you are. We have raised this with the organisers that this is rather unfair for small companies, especially as they claim to want the innovative SMEs to attend.

I heard back from our NCSC contact to say they have contacted the event organisers to see if they can agree a different SME rate. This may never happen of course but, if it does, I will let you know as soon as possible. It is up to you if you book a ticket in the meantime.

Please visit www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberuk for more information on the event.

 

The Personal Data & Trust Network is seeking new members

The Network aims to build and nurture a community that brings together industry, the public sector, funders, research organisations, individual researchers and innovators to support the UK in becoming the global leader in trust and responsible innovation with personal data. It is free to join – see here for more information https://pdtn.org/

 

Grant Writing Workshop

Thursday, 12 Jan, London

To support people with the application process, KTN in partnership with the Heriot-Watt Energy Academy are organising a one-day workshop on writing a successful grant application.

Register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grant-writing-workshop-tickets-29221933590?utm_campaign=601700_CD%20December%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotmailer&dm_i=2VFU,CW9W,1T53XJ,1A5EL,1

 

Design Foundations: Funding for early-stage design – launch event

Tuesdaye, 17 Jan, London

Design Foundations is a new £3m grant funding programme from Innovate UK to help businesses identify innovation opportunities. This is a workshop to give more details on this grant. Register here

 

Partners sought – utility data analysis

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners for a new project which will analyse detailed utility data from domestic properties and develop algorithms for use in its Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) programme. This new High Frequency Appliance Disaggregated Analysis project will analyse this detailed utility data (including energy use in summer and winter periods) to provide greater insight into the potential for extracting valuable information from this type of data and develop algorithms to inform efficient energy use.

 

Funding opportunity – growing infrastructure systems

Businesses can apply for a share of £15 million to support projects to develop new integrated infrastructure solutions and business models. Proposals could be in a number of areas, including smart infrastructure that improves sustainability and resilience; smart solutions for energy systems; reducing costs for offshore wind; and improving efficiency in the transport network. The competition opens on 16 January 2017 and deadline for registration is 12 noon on 15 March 2017.

Full application details and requirements are available here.

 

Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship – opportunity to feedback

The Tech Partnership is in the final stages of development of a pioneering Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security, and is now looking for feedback from employers and other interested parties.

More than forty employers from a broad range of sectors – including financial services, transport, energy and retail, as well as government and the tech sector itself – have worked together through the Tech Partnership’s Apprenticeship Employer Group to develop the apprenticeship standard.

The proposed new apprenticeship will allow employers, for the first time, to take on bright school leavers and train them up as cyber specialists to degree level. Successful candidates will spend between three and five years combining on-the-job training and academic study, and graduate with a BSc (Honours) as a Cyber Security Technology Professional.

Roles likely to be filled by Cyber Security Degree Apprentices include Cyber Risk Management, Cyber Systems Architect, and Cyber Deep Technology Analyst.

The closing date for contributions is Monday 2 January 2017. Many thanks in advance for your time.

To access the standard and feedback, please go to www.thetechpartnership.com/cyber-degree-apprenticeship

 

Countdown to EU GDPR

Run by The Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG)

Free to attend but the need your continued involvement

First event: Friday 27th January 2017, 8:30am to 1:30pm

Kindly hosted by Aviva, St Helens, 1 Undershaft, London EC3P 3DQ

This initial Masterclass, will explain the changes and provide practical advice about what you need to do. It will also define the areas of most concern to those preparing for GDPR for subsequent discussion at a series of workshops that will then follow throughout 2017 and into 2018.

Organisations that have attended the Masterclass will be invited to return on a regular basis to report their progress, reveal their mistakes, learn from others’ experiences, gain mutual support, and ensure they hit their planning deadlines for GDPR’s arrival in 2018. (Dates for the first three of these Workshops now confirmed as 1st Mar 17, 7 Jun 17 and 4 Oct 17)

We will be drawing on the support and expertise of some of the UK’s leading experts and authorities on the GDPR. As usual, there will be no charge to attend any of these meetings. We will, however, be looking for a genuine commitment from those organisations wishing to avail themselves of the series of workshops that they will regularly attend, through to GDPR and beyond. Where possible, we hope that several attendees will come from each organisation – security managers accompanied by their legal, HR, procurement/supply colleagues etc. We know that this combination generates energised and most productive discussions, and leads to closer working relationships.

We suggest you reply promptly if you do wish to attend; this can be done via the SASIG Website at www.thesasig.com or by emailing Nadia.Khan@thesecurityco.com or calling +44 1234 707035.

To reiterate, where possible, we hope that several attendees will come from each organisation – security managers accompanied by their legal, HR, procurement/supply colleagues etc. All SASIG events operate under Chatham House Rule and there is no charge to attend.

The next edition of the International Cyber Security Forum takes place in Lille on 24 & 25 January 2017. This is the largest cyber security exhibition in France so it will give UK companies good exposure to the French market.

DIT France has worked with the organisers to negotiate a special offer for UK companies (€3500 instead of €5000 to exhibit).

Stand space is selling out faster than in previous years so I would encourage interested companies to contact sophie.clark@fco.gov.uk as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

Information provided by Philip Heald, Cyber Security Exports Advisor – Gulf Region, Cyber Security Export Team, Defence & Security Organisation, Department for International Trade.

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in. Rather a lot are short notice over the next 2 days – sorry about that!

 

Do you know an early stage career professional? – IAAC Access event

Ever wondered how hackers take advantage of humans to access the networks and systems that they target? Join IAAC Access as we take a look at the murky world of social engineering and the types of psychological manipulation that cyber-attackers employ. Learn how to recognise and defend against common attacks, and take a look at some of the more innovative and notable exploits of the last few years. The talk, to be followed by drinks, will be held at BCS, Southampton Street, London (WC2E 7HA) on December 14th at 6:30PM. We are assembling an exciting panel to explore this topic and to drive discussion. If you are at least 18, an early stage career professional or mid-career changer and would like to attend, please let Judith know at info@iaac.org.uk. Places are limited

 

Knowledge Transfer Network Access to Finance event

Access to Funding and Finance for Cybersecurity SMEs is being held on Tuesday 6th December at the offices of Winton Capital in Hammersmith. This event is open to bona-fide already formed cybersecurity SMEs.

Full details of the agenda & registration are here https://cybersecurityaccess2funding.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Future Cities Catapult

You may be interested in the programme of innovation events being held by the Future Cities Catapult in Birmingham between the 6th and 12th December.

http://futurecities.catapult.org.uk/2016/11/18/innovation-week-birmingham/

 

JSaRC Challenge Briefing – 07 December

Very short notice – registration closes midday Monday

ADS, as Secretariat to RISC is inviting suppliers to attend a briefing from the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) which will precede a call for project and research work.

The aim of the call is to provide industry and academia with the opportunity to propose viable ideas and tangible initial feasibility work or study for driving the security industry towards a new direction in innovative products, solutions and development.

The initial target will be for 10 projects in total with each individual project size awarded around £25-£50k.

The briefing on 07 December in central London, will provide further details on the project scope, timescales and process.

Please note that places may become limited due to capacity – early registration is advised. Registration will close at 12:00 on Tuesday 6th December.

For interested parties who are unable to attend the briefing, details of the brief will be circulated by email on 8 December. Please see here for further information and to register.

 

IAAC workshop on ethics

I just wished to remind you of the IAAC workshop on ethics at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London on 8th December at 0930 to 1300. This is the fourth workshop in our Profession work strand. The guest speaker and co-facilitator of the workshop will be The Revd Professor PJ McCormack MBE, BD, MTh, PhD (QUB) PhD (Cran), CF.

Currently Philip is the Assistant Chaplain General for the Army Recruiting and Training Division. He is also the Army’s lead on ethics with responsibility for assisting it to maintain and develop the ethical content of doctrine and training to Land Forces operations. Previously, he was the Deputy Assistant Chaplain General for 145 (South) Brigade and prior to that was the Chief Instructor / Deputy Principal of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre (AFCC), Amport House. Philip is Visiting Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Worcester.

During the workshop the profession as a set of ethical behaviours will be examined. Philip will draw on his experience of the ethics of a profession of arms, as well as a philosophy that locates ethics in practice. Philip brings both academic and practical insight to ethics which will help our community focus on its own professional context and behaviours.

If you would like to attend this workshop, please contact Judith at info@iaac.org.uk

 

Blog about Access to Finance for SMEs

A blog post, written by Norman Price on Finance for Small Business may be of interest https://birminghamsciencecity.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/west-midlands-finance-for-small-business/.

 

Adopting cloud services: the security implications

East Midlands Cyber Security Cluster Free event

25th Jan 2017 (18:00-20:30)

De Montfort University, Leicester

The East Midlands cluster is a partner in the East Midlands Cyber Security Forum, which is organising an event on cloud security.

Although cloud services have ushered in a new age of transmitting and storing data, many companies are still hesitant to make the move without a clear plan for security in place.

This event will show the security considerations organisations should be aware of when choosing to adopt cloud services and how to maximise their use of the Cloud in a secure manner. The event will feature presentations from Amazon Web Services and a global utility provider.

Further details and booking

 

Two Seminars at Bristol University

Contact nigel@compsci.bristol.ac.uk with any questions

1. A Methodology for the Characterisation of Leakages in Combinatorial Logic

Talk by Marco Martinoli (U. Bristol)

When:14:00: 5 Dec 2016

Where: Bristol Univeristy, MVB 1.06

Glitches represent a great danger for hardware implementations of cryptographic schemes. Their intrinsic random nature makes them difficult to tackle and their occurrence threatens side-channel protections. Although countermeasures aiming at structurally solving the problem already exist, they usually require some effort to be applied or introduce non-negligible overhead in the design. Our work addresses the gap between such countermeasures and the na{“i}ve implementation of schemes being vulnerable in the presence of glitches. Our contribution is twofold: (1) we expand the mathematical framework proposed by Brzozowski and {‘E}sik (FMSD 2003) by meaningfully adding the notion of information leakage, (2) thanks to which we define a formal methodology for the analysis of vulnerabilities in combinatorial circuits when glitches are taken into account.

2. Post-Compromise Security and the Signal Protocol

Talk by Luke Garratt (U. Oxford)

When:14:00: 8 Dec 2016

Where: Bristol Univeristy, MVB 1.06

Signal is a new messaging protocol with end-to-end encryption, used by over a billion people through its implementations in WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Google Allo. Despite this massive uptake, Signal has seen little security analysis; challenges include the complex, stateful design involving over ten different types of key, the lack of documentation or specification, and the novelty of some of its claimed properties.

We performed a formal security analysis of Signal, proving it secure in a game-based model. This required us first to figure out what Signal *is*, which meant working backwards to a specification from the open-source implementation. We also had to work out which security properties we think it was intended to achieve, which include a form of post-compromise security (PCS). PCS is a recently-formalised property encoding the inability of an attacker to impersonate someone even *after* stealing their key. There is much more to be done, however, and I’ll talk about some of the interesting research questions that are still left open.

 

Free SME Cyber Security Course starting tomorrow

FutureLearn have added another free cyber security course catered just for small to medium size businesses. It’s runs for just 2 weeks starting 5th of December but will re run like our other courses. In this course, you’ll explore some of the common cyber threats facing small and medium enterprises, what a cyber attack means, and what practical tools and strategies you can put in place to prevent them

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/cyber-security-business

 

CYBERUK

14 – 16 March 2017 at the Arena and Convention Centre (ACC), Liverpool Hosted by the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), this will be Government’s biggest and most influential cyber security event to date.

CYBERUK Strategy (14 March) will be the Government’s primary conference for briefing 800+ cyber security and IA leaders from across Government, CNI, Industry and Academia. It will feature a Networking Dinner at Liverpool’s imposing St George’s Hall on Monday 13 March.

CYBERUK In Practice (15 – 16 March) will bring together information security professionals. This will include specialists in the design and development of online services and systems, procurement and all areas of ICT delivery. It will be an opportunity to share insights, updates and engagement over the cyber security challenges we all face.

Registration: The event website is now live. Please visit www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberuk for more information covering this compelling event and to register your attendance.

After 9 months out, the Cheltenham Cyber Tech Hub are resuming their meetup event with added impetus.

There are 55 people already confirmed and details can be found here: https://www.meetup.com/cybertechub/events/234780434/

The focus of the group is 4-fold:

  • SMEs: Provide a collaboration and support network for small and startup Cyber companies locally
  • Investors and Business Support: Provide “shop front” for suitable Investors and trusted local businesses (legal, insurance, accountants, etc.) who can actively support and invest in these companies
  • Government and Academia: Provide a direct communication path for GCHQ (and Cyber Accelerator), local Government and Universities to support and communicate relevant updates and support opportunities
  • Industry: encourage trusted corporates and established businesses to actively engage with, collaborate, support and potentially invest in small, growing SMEs

Information provided by Duncan McDonald, Operations Director, IRM Security.

Gents,

Welsh Government have secured an exhibition stand at the attached event and where we plan to push the Wales Cyber Security Cluster expertise and the ‘why invest in Wales’ message.

Full details can be found here

It sounds like an excellent business development opportunity for cluster members and relatively straight forward and in expensive to get to compared to other European events. It would be great to have some members on the stand!

Any chance you can push out to the North & South Clusters.

Neil Sandford

Business Development Manager – ICT Inward Investment

Department of Economy and Infrastructure

Tel +44 (0) 7769 883253

E-mail: neil.sandford@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Dear colleague from South Wales,

On the 23rd and 24th of November, DG GROW (European Commission) will organize in Rennes (France), in partnership with the Bretagne region and its agency Bretagne Développement Innovation, a european B-to-B event, during the European Cyber Week in Rennes (France).

You can register on the platform: https://www.b2match.eu/ECWbusinessmeetings

Besides, a scientific event will occur at the same time, with plenary conferences. The agenda is available on https://european-cyber-week.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ProgSymSECv9.pdf

Lastly, a symposium relating to the regional strategies of civil/military dual-use, will be also organized during this Cyber week, in the framework of the European Network of Defence-related Regions. This symposium will focus on a session known as “peer review” during which regional representatives will present the development and key elements of their regional dual-use and cybersecurity strategy. It will provide an excellent opportunity to exchange best practices and get information on the latest policy developments. The meeting will also be held in English. The agenda: https://european-cyber-week.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Agenda-peer-review-ECW.pdf

If you are interested by these events, we would be glad to provide you further information.

Sébastien CHÂBLE

Chargé de mission projets européens

European project development

+33 (0)2 99 67 71 14

s.chable@bdi.fr

Many thanks to those of you who joined us last week for the Big Company meeting where 6 of you gave great pitches and we also heard a briefing from DSTL / BAE on the Electronic Warfare and Cyber Project.

The next Big Company meeting will be in May 2017. We are also planning a dinner event for all members – more news on that soon.

Many thanks to all of you who have offered to pay £100 to be listed on the UK Cyber Forum website (details below). An especially massive thanks to Horus Security Consultancy who have paid to become sponsors of the Forum. All support is much appreciated and enables us to keep going.

If any of you would like a “UK Cyber Security Forum Member” badge to go on your websites / emails then please email me and I will send it over to you. This is free for all members but you do have to be an SME actively working in Cyber Security.

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in..

 

Job Opportunity

TDM’s WyreAcademy.com deliver Tech Industry Gold standard coaching and training to employed adults (16-65). We are looking to recruit a senior academic (Software Engineering / Programming / Testing / Support) as a co-deliverer on our B.Sc. (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship (and its feeder Level 3 and Level 4 Apprenticeship Standards). See: http://wyreacademy.tdm.co.uk/apprenticeships/digital-technology-solutions-professional/

Location = Worcestershire and Birmingham training centres with a regular requirement for car travel around the West Midlands.

Opening Salary = £35k+ (negotiable) with benefits.

The person must hold or be working towards a relevant Masters degree. They must also have a clear history / track-record of (and employer references for) professional level coding / software engineering. The role operates on a M-F / 9-5.30 timetable at West Midlands locations. The everyday role is highly rewarding. You will become a professional “friend”/coach of a wide variety of local software development companies and you will help to build employed people’s careers over a long-term learning plan (typically 2-6 years). Everyday activity is highly varied and can involve:

  • background reading, regional tech community participation and remaining at the cutting edge of developments in Software Engineering / Programming / Testing / Support
  • workplace coaching and assessment
  • negotiating and reviewing individual learning plans with workplace mentor/manager
  • classroom training
  • workplace training
  • lecture hall / training room presentations
  • exam prep towards industry certifications related to your field
  • eModeration and management of online learning
  • distance coaching and assessment
  • instructional design / schemes of work
  • online course development (totara / moodle / mahara)
  • continuous assessment / grading
  • end-point assessment / grading
  • ….and similar

The ideal applicant will express a genuine passion for both: software engineering and programming (all languages) + testing & support, social constructivist / work-based learning

If interested, contact: Derrin Kent (MD TDM / Wyre Academy) e: derrin@tdm.co.uk m: 07792 569415

 

Top Ten jobs in Cyber

Vince Warrington is working with Youth Federation and IAAC on their programme to get young people interested in a career in cyber. They’ve asked him if he can help on the following, and he thought he would reach out to you for any help/assistance.

They’re looking for;

  • The Top Ten jobs in cyber security
  • A short description of what the role involves, in fairly simple, non-technical language
  • The skills required to do that job (things like ‘eye for detail’ or ‘ability to work in a team’ rather than specific qualifications)
  • And the tricky part…someone who is already in that role who is willing to provide their first name, a picture and a quote on why their job is so fantastic

Vince feels he can do the first two parts, but he would appreciate help on the other two. He is thinking that the ten roles could be the following:

  • 1) Information Security Analyst
  • 2) Security Software Engineer
  • 3) Chief Information Security Officer
  • 4) Security Architect
  • 5) Penetration Tester
  • 6) Cyber Forensics Expert
  • 7) Information Security Manager
  • 8) Malware/Virus Analyst
  • 9) Cyber Security Consultant
  • 10) Cyber Security Entrepreneur (he can do this if no one else is able to)

Please let Vince know if you are able to help him in this phone: 01869 247814 Email: vince.warrington@protectiveintelligence.co.uk

 

IAAC ethics workshop – “The profession”

IAAC is pleased to announce that it will be holding a workshop on ethics at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London on 8th December at 0930 to 1300.This is the fourth workshop in our Profession work strand. The guest speaker and co-facilitator of the workshop will be The Revd Professor PJ McCormack MBE, BD, MTh, PhD (QUB) PhD (Cran), CF.

Currently Philip is the Assistant Chaplain General for the Army Recruiting and Training Division. He is also the Army’s lead on ethics with responsibility for assisting it to ‘maintain and develop the ethical content of doctrine and training to Land Forces operations’. Previously, he was the Deputy Assistant Chaplain General for 145 (South) Brigade and prior to that was the Chief Instructor / Deputy Principal of the Armed Forces’ Chaplaincy Centre (AFCC), Amport House. Philip is Visiting Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Worcester.

During the workshop the profession as a set of ethical behaviours will be examined. Philip will draw on his experience of the ethics of a profession of arms, as well as a philosophy that locates ethics in practice. Philip brings both academic and practical insight to ethics which will help our community focus on its own professional context and behaviours.

If you would like to attend this workshop, please contact Judith at info@iaac.org.uk

 

Short notice EU Commission event in Brittany

The Commission is organising a symposium about ‘dual use’ cyber security strategies, together with the region of Brittany. This will take place from 23 to 24 November in Rennes (France), within a larger European Cyber Week

It will provide regional organisations, clusters and businesses with opportunities for exchanging best practices, learning about new developments and networking.

More information (detailed agenda/registration) can be found here: https://european-cyber-week.eu/programme/symposium-european-regional-approaches-for-dual-use-cybersecurity-strategies/ Registration is free of charge.

It will be the first event organised in the context of the European Network of Defence-related Regions: www.endr.eu.

 

Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) conducts, commissions and communicates unclassified research on all aspects of understanding, countering and mitigating security threats. Members of CREST (a consortium of six UK universities led by Lancaster University) are engaged on a broad programme of research, including on violent ideologies and actors, online behaviour, effective interviewing, and protective security. CREST is funded by the UK’s security and intelligence agencies, in partnership with the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, and has an ambitious programme for commissioning new research. The second commissioning call went live on 31st October 2016. The call is open to Higher Education Institutions, research organisations, charities, commercial companies, and individuals from the UK and overseas, who can demonstrate a capability to deliver a high-quality programme of research.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for activities that address areas of both theoretical and practical importance, including workshops, and research projects of short (up to 6 months) and longer (up to 12 months) duration. These projects could include high quality synthesis and communication of existing research, and original empirical research involving all forms of qualitative and quantitative analysis, including case studies, proof-of-concept studies, and methodological developments. Details about how to apply can be found here: https://crestresearch.ac.uk/commissioning/commissioning-second-broad-topic-solicitation.

The deadline for applications is 10:00am on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

 

Event: European Cyber Public Private Partnership (cPPP)

On Monday 5th December 2016, techUK is hosting an event to explain about the European cyber Public Private Partnership (cPPP), and will provide more of an insight into the work underway, as well as how companies can get involved. For registration please visit: http://www.techuk.org/events/workshop/item/9640-european-cyber-security-initiative-workshop For any further enquires please contact Seema Patel at: seema.patel@techuk.org

Separate to the tech UK event please note that the cPPP has been keen from the start to involve the UK Cyber Security Forum in this initiative directly but it costs a lot of money to get involved with them and we could not afford it. However, we are still in contact with them and they are still keen to work with us somehow. I will keep you posted…

 

Event: Cyber Apprenticeships briefing

On Friday 9th December 2016, techUK, in collaboration with the Tech Partnership, is holding the above event to update on the development of a new degree-level apprenticeship focusing on cyber security, which proposes to develop a BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Technical Professional degree apprenticeship over the next year, with a view to teaching a range of deep technical skills. For registration please see: http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/9550-addressing-the-cyber-security-skills-shortage-cyber-apprenticeships. For any further enquires please contact Seema Patel at: seema.patel@techuk.org

 

SECURITY AND POLICING

Security and Policing is the official UK Government security event and the largest policing, security and resilience exhibition in the UK. It is run by ADS who have been very supportive to the Forum in the past.

In 2017 the event will be held on 07–09 March at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Security & Policing is the UK’s only security event of its kind, with all visitors pre-vetted by the Home Office to attend. The ‘closed’ nature of the event enables exhibitors to not only showcase world leading products and technologies to a specific relevant audience, but also to discuss solutions to sensitive security issues with Government and security personnel from all over the world.

As an exhibitor you will have a unique opportunity to gain access to key customers, such as police services, Government departments, organisations and agencies from the UK and overseas.

Find out more here http://www.securityandpolicing.co.uk/

 

International Cyber Security Forum 2017

The International Cyber Security Forum 2017 will take place in Lille on 24 & 25 January 2017. This is the largest cyber security exhibition in France so it will give UK companies good exposure to the French market. DIT France has worked with the organisers to negotiate a special offer for UK companies (€3500 instead of €5000 to exhibit).

Contact Sophie Clark, Defence & Security Commercial Officer, sophie.clark@fco.gov.uk +33 (0)1 44 51 32 80

Please RSVP by 25th November

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

 

Meet Big Companies – on Wednesday in Malvern (Small Cyber Security Companies only)

You are invited to the Big Company meeting on Wednesday 9th November at 2pm in Malvern. Large companies looking for small cyber security companies to be partners or suppliers are invited to this meeting to meet members. Six SMEs will give a 10 minute overview followed by extensive networking between the large companies and all the SMEs who attend.

The large companies who have confirmed their attendance so far are IBM, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, EIT Digital (the accelerator from Europe) and DSTL. DSTL will also give a short overview of the large Defence “Electronic Warfare and Cyber” project which has just started and is being run by BAE. I think they are looking out for SMEs for that project.

If you would like to attend this meeting please do register so we can keep track of how many people will be attending because the venue is limited in size. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/uk-cyber-security-forum-big-company-meeting-9th-november-16-tickets-28495671320

 

Security Clearance

Two years ago the Security & Resilience Director at ADS (https://www.adsgroup.org.uk/) very kindly agreed to support security clearance for one person in each UK Cyber Forum member company who needed it. As many of you know, security clearance is one of the biggest barriers for SMEs in the cyber security market and so this service is extremely valuable. That Director recently moved to work in a different organisation but I have now had confirmation that this service will continue to be offered to core members of the UK Cyber Security Forum (only small companies actively working in cyber security).

If you are interested in gaining clearance for one person in your company please let me know and I can send you the costs and give you the ADS contact. Please be aware that the process takes a long time and also that I would expect ADS to prioritise the fee paying ADS members ahead of UK Cyber Forum members.

 

Get listed on UK Cyber Forum website as a member company or sponsor

We have had a handful of members volunteer to pay £100 + VAT to be listed as a member on our website. This is very much appreciated as it allows us to cover the costs of the Forum. You can see the listing here: http://www.ukcybersecurityforum.com/index.php/companies-in-the-forum

The companies listed there at the moment will be removed in the next month.

We are also going to be displaying prominently any company which sponsors the forum which is £1,000+VAT per year. The names of the sponsors will be on the front page of the website, CyberCollaborate and any fliers or literature we produce during that year.

I hope this will be a way to generate the relatively small amount of income to keep us afloat without impacting the accessibility of the Forum and associated activities,. Do let us know if you have any questions or would like to take up either of these offers (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com). Your support in this would be much appreciated!

 

Please register on CyberCollaborate Portal

Many of you will know of the CyberCollaborate Portal which one of our Forum members, Pervade Software, have created to enable secure discussions between members in special interest groups. It is free to sign up and when you create your profile you can edit the permissions on all the information to ensure only the types of companies and geographical locations you are happy with can view your entry.

Once you have a profile you can register your company and join ‘Clusters’ or groups to participate in the group discussions. The regional Clusters are here as well as special interest groups such as GDPR. You can also start your own ‘cluster’ or group and you will be able to decide who joins that group (all will need to be approved by you). We have some interesting groups already but I hope many more will get started.

People looking for specific cyber security services are also able to search the platform and contact you.

The more companies signed up to this the more vibrant and active the community – we have about 150 companies registered so far so please sign up if you have not already done so. Please send us any feedback to help us improve the user experience and fix any bugs.

Sign up here www.cybersecforum.com

You can see some instructions about using it here http://www.ukcybersecurityforum.com/images/CyberCollaborategetstarted.pdf

 

UK National Cyber Security Strategy

The UK National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 – 2021 can be downloaded at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-cyber-security-strategy-2016-to-2021

 

CALL FOR PAPERS – INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS & CYBER SECURITY (IJBCS)

(Print) ISSN 2059-660X (Online) ISSN 2059-6618

We are currently seeking scholarly papers for the next issue of IJBCS which is due for publication in January 2017. This important area of research is undergoing a period of rapid change, and thus it is vitally important to be up with current developments, hence the growing interest in IJBCS (www.ijbcs.abrmr.com)

IJBCS is a scholarly and refereed journal that provides an authoritative source of information for scholars, academicians, policy makers and professionals regarding business and cyber security. It is peer reviewed journal that is published twice a year and serves as an important research platform. IJBCS is committed to publishing articles that provide insight and informs best practice. Contributions should therefore be of interest to scholars, policy makers, practitioners and researchers internationally. The Editors and Editorial Board of the IJBCS are committed to championing original academic papers that demonstrate academic rigor, originality and integrity. IJBCS seeks to minimise cyber-risk through insight and vigilance.

Authors are invited to submit their original research papers within the broad scope of the journal.

  • eCrime and Cyber Terrorism
  • Identity Fraud & Access Management; Information hemorrhage
  • Cryptosystems and Data Protection
  • Compliance, Legal Safeguards and Obligations
  • Foresight Leadership and Planning; Industrial Espionage & Counterfeiting
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection; Building and maintaining cyber resilience
  • Security architecture and network defense
  • Vigilance and scrutiny; Attitudinal change
  • Knowledge transfer & training; Addressing the skills deficit
  • Brand Protection; Pre-transaction customer verification
  • Customer protection, reassurance and recovery
  • Information Risk Management & Governance
  • Digital Forensics, Evidence and Intelligence
  • Costing cyber-attacks; Ethical Hacking
  • Financial Analysis & Control Systems
  • Privacy, Surveillance and Control; Identity, Trust and Trustworthiness
  • Security Economics, Incentives and Liabilities

Preference will be given to papers which are conceptually and analytically strong and have empirical relevance. All papers will be reviewed according to the journal’s criterion. The journal’s website is: www.ijbcs.abrmr.com. For further information please write to Editor via editor@abrmr.com

 

ISSA-UK Regional Meeting

For those of you in the Bristol / Bath / Malvern area the next ISSA-UK Regional meeting will be at HP Labs in Stoke Gifford in Bristol on Thursday 10th November at 5.00pm.

Three speakers, talking on subjects such as User & Entity behaviour analytics – a hot topic in IT Security over the last 12 months – and also making the case to get the resources you need to invest in your security effort.

The HP Labs meeting is one of the highlights of the regional meeting calendar – food and drink will be supplied after the talks, giving you the opportunity to talk to the speakers and network with other attendees.

Hope you can make it! Please let your peers know. Attendance is free and you receive 3 CPE points towards ongoing certifications. Sign up here & see you on the 10th!https://issauk-bristol-nov16.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Free resources on ransomware

The East Midlands Cluster recently helped to facilitate an event on ransomware as part of the East Midlands Cyber Security Forum. A series of free resources looking at ransomware and how to avoid becoming a victim are now available – including some short videos.

All available from the East Midlands Cyber Security Forum website.

 

Cyber Innovation Centres

In November 2015, the Chancellor announced that the Government would establish two Cyber Innovation Centres. These will be places where innovators and cyber start-ups, from small scale CEO companies to more established SMEs, can base themselves as they strive to develop products, concepts and ideas. Both innovation centres are intended to foster an increase in the number of UK companies able to grow their business to a critical mass and compete internationally. The Chancellor also announced that one of the centres would be located in Cheltenham and Ministers have since agreed that the second centre will be based in London. If you would like a short briefing document on this produced by Tech UK for RISC let me know and I will email it over to you.

 

The IAAC report on security, safety and trustworthiness in smart-living

The IAAC report on security, safety and trustworthiness in smart-living was launched at the annual symposium. They plan to take this work forward in the coming months and years. The report should be viewed as an opening statement derived from their programme workshops and desk research. As ever your comments are welcome, along with your continuing participation. Many thanks to those who attended the workshops and gave of their time and insight. Please let me know if you would like a copy and I will email it over to you

 

CYBERUK 2017

THE GOVERNMENT’S IA AND CYBER SECURITY EVENT 14 -16 March 2017, Arena & Conference Centre (ACC) Liverpool

CYBERUK 2017 will be the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) inaugural Flagship event, combining GCHQ’s IA and Cyber Security Flagship and the relaunched CYBERUK In Practice event to create a single agenda-shaping conference.

The CYBERUK 2017 delivery team is available to answer any questions you may have.

Please contact them on: T: + 44 (0) 117 906 4554 E: cyberuk-events@brayleino.co.uk

 

RISC briefing – 101 inbound telephony procurement supplier briefing

Register before midday 8th November

ADS, as Secretariat to the UK’s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC), has been asked by the Home Office to engage suppliers in relation to the provision of inbound telephony for the national police 101 system.

The inbound telephony contract which underpins the national police 101 system is due to expire in March 2017. The Home Office have confirmed that the new contract for 101 inbound telephony services will be procured through Lot 4 of the Crown Commercial Services Network Services Framework which addresses inbound call management services for established local call centre functions including non-geographical numbers e.g. 03xx, 05xx, 08xx and 09xx numbers.

The Home Office are keen to engage suppliers who are on Lot 4, in addition to suppliers who, through partnering with Lot 4 suppliers, may be able to provide additional unique or innovative telephony solutions not accessible to the Home Office directly through the framework. Please note that these must be Commercial Off the Shelf solutions.

The Home Office is therefore inviting suppliers who meet these criteria to a briefing on the morning of Thursday 10th November to be held at the ADS London offices.

The event will provide the opportunity for open discussion and feedback on the ability of industry to meet the requirements.

Please register via this link no later than 1200 on Wednesday 8th November. Of note, should places become limited due to capacity, suppliers will be asked to reduce the number of registered delegates per company.

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

 

Big Company Meeting

You are all invited to the Big Company meeting on Wednesday 9th November at 2pm in Malvern (while there is space – these meetings do tend to get fully booked).

Large companies looking for small cyber security companies to be partners or suppliers are invited to this meeting. Six SMEs will give a 10 minute overview followed by extensive networking between the large companies and all the SMEs who attend.

The large companies who have confirmed their attendance so far are IBM, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, EIT Digital (the accelerator from Europe) and possibly DSTL. It is possible (not confirmed yet) that DSTL will give an overview of the large Defence “Electronic Warfare and Cyber” project which has just started and is being run by BAE. I think they are looking out for SMEs for that project.

If you would like to attend this meeting please do register so we can keep track of how many people will be attending because the venue is limited in size. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/uk-cyber-security-forum-big-company-meeting-9th-november-16-tickets-28495671320

 

One slot to meet the Koreans

On 1st November we have a visit from four people from two Korean governmental departments, KISA: Korea Internet & Security Agency and KEI: Korea Enterprise Institute. These are the main departments in the Government for overseeing all the cyber-related policies and businesses. The main purpose of the visit will introduce each other and explorer any potential collaboration opportunities on Cyber Security area.

There is just one slot left to meet these people on a one-to-one basis. If you would like a meeting with them then please let me know as soon as possible so I can plan you into the programme that day. I suggest a 10 minute presentation followed by discussion. The venue will be the Wyche Innovation Centre in Malvern.

 

Get listed on our website as a member company or sponsor

As many of you will know, we have always had great ideas about not charging members for anything associated with the Forum. This worked when it was a small, informal network but, as numbers grew, we had to make the Forum a legal entity with insurance and accounts and the lack of any income has become a problem. I had been hoping that a large organisation would step in and pay for services but I am not sure that will ever happen. Meanwhile, we have been supporting the ongoing costs with our own money which has become unrealistic.

So, we are now proposing to charge members £100+VAT per year if you want to be listed on the UK Cyber Security Forum website here: http://www.ukcybersecurityforum.com/index.php/companies-in-the-forum

The companies listed there at the moment will be removed in the next month.

We are also going to be displaying prominently any company which sponsors the forum which is £1,000+VAT per year. The names of the sponsors will be on the front page of the website, CyberCollaborate and any fliers or literature we produce during that year.

I hope this will be a way to generate the relatively small amount of income to keep us afloat without impacting the accessibility of the Forum and associated activities,. Do let us know if you have any questions or would like to take up either of these offers (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com). Your support in this would be much appreciated!

 

Comment on draft of the new British Standard, BS 31111

The draft of the new British Standard, BS 31111, is now available for public comment. It’s objective is to provide information and guidance only, not to be certified against, and sits in the risk management family of standards. You’ll notice that there is a lot of emphasis on top management, governance and accountability rather than technology.

The draft has been uploaded for a period of two months (until 05/12). Please comment via the DRS (draft review system) as you see fit and please do circulate the link to any colleague you think might be interested. https://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/59198

If you haven’t used the DRS before, just click Register in the top bar.

 

Membership of CISP

CiSP is a joint industry and government initiative set up to exchange cyber threat information in real time, in a secure, confidential and dynamic environment, increasing situational awareness and reducing the impact on UK business.

Just a remember that if you would like to join CISP you can put me down as a sponsor (Emma Philpott of the UK Cyber Security Forum) https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cisp

 

Best British Mobile Startup 2017

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2016. The Midlands regional heat of the Best British Mobile Startup 2017 will be on 14 November in Birmingham.

KPMG are running this – they will put on stage 10 – 15 of the best mobile related start-ups the Midlands can offer and ask them to pitch in front of an audience and panel of judges for the opportunity of a trip to the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. They will take the winner from the Midlands (along with three others from London, Bristol and Leeds) to MWC where they will get to showcase their company and network with some of the expected 100,000+ attendees that make up the great and the good of the mobile ecosystem.

When in Barcelona they will again have the opportunity to pitch their business and the chance to be crowned Best British Mobile Startup 2017.

Whether you’ve got an app, hardware or enabling technology they want to hear from you so check the details below and apply. They also want to take this opportunity to bring together the Midlands technology community – if you’d like to come along, enjoy the pitches and network then please register your attendance here.

For more information : http://www.kpmgtechgrowth.co.uk/kpmgmwc17/

To apply : http://www.kpmgtechgrowth.co.uk/apply-mwc2017/

FAQs and entry requirements : http://www.kpmgtechgrowth.co.uk/kpmgatmwc16faqs/

 

Job opportunity – JSaRC CEO role

The Home Office are seeking a suitable candidate from industry to lead the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC).

JSaRC will act as the “front door” for the security sector to access the complex security machinery of Government. It will be Government’s primary means of coordinating industry support, refining requirements, understanding the industry offer and sharing strategic priorities. The successful applicant will be accountable to the Home Office Director for Security Industry Engagement and will draw on their own knowledge and experience to lead a diverse team, comprising both HMG staff and industry secondees. Full details are available here: https://www.securityclearedjobs.com/job/801811674/chief-executive-joint-security-and-resilience-centre-jsarc-/?LinkSource=TopJob

 

Cyber Resilience Training

10% discount for UK Cyber Forum Members.

Please find below a link to the next ORIGONE Cyber Resilience training session in Harwell. (password: ukcyberforum) http://origone_cyber_incident_response_management_ii.eventbrite.co.uk

 

A reminder about the 2nd Annual UK Health Cyber Security Summit

Organised by NHS Digital and City & Financial Global a One-Day Conference, 29th November, London Uk Cyber Security Forum members get a 50% (Private Sector) discount – see below*

UK Cyber Security Forum is partnering with City & Financial Global for this event. The recent Review of data-security, consent and opt-outs by Dame Fiona Caldicott, National Data Guardian has reaffirmed the challenge of information security across an evolving health and care system. The solution lies in successfully integrating people, processes and technology, which NHS Digital is supporting through an expanded offer for its many valued partners.

This event, which takes place at The Church House, Westminster will enable the audience to discuss the latest cyber security trends in the healthcare sector. It will also provide an opportunity for senior information security professionals to acquire a broader understanding of the risks, to hear the latest practical guidance and to learn about potential solutions in this vitally important area.

The event will aim to:

  • Promote NHS Digital as trusted custodians/partners in delivering enhanced cyber security vigilance, guidance and solutions across the health and care system
  • Engage wider partners in dialogue around the growing challenge of information security
  • Assess the impact and necessary response to the NDG review

Keynotes include:

  • Sir Ian Andrews, Non-Executive Director, NHS Digital, Former Non-Executive Chairman, SOCA & Former Second Permanent Secretary, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Dame Fiona Caldicott, National Data Guardian for Health & Care Professor Martin Severs, Executive Director for Clinical and Information Governance and Interim Executive Director for Information & Analytics, NHS Digital
  • Rob Shaw, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO), NHS Digital

For further details including full speaker list, please visit: https://www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/cyberhealth2016

Conference Fees: Discounted Delegate Fee for UK Cyber Security Forum members only £297..50 + VAT*

*Use discount code CYSHE2CSF at the submit payment stage if booking online. Alternatively telephone or email using details below, mentioning the code in either instance.

 

Probably not of interest to the Cyber Community but I know many of you have other ‘hats’ you wear too.

Tight deadline of 28th October

ADS, as Secretariat to the UK’s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC), is working with the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) in support of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) review of how best to optimise the delivery of policing tactics which deter and detect criminal and terrorist activity, as well as provide reassurance to the general public.

Project SERVATOR is a policing approach already implemented by a number of other forces, including British Transport Police and the City of London Police. SERVATOR deployments are unannounced, unpredictable and highly visible. They are designed to deter, detect and disrupt a range of criminal activity, from pickpocketing and theft to terrorism. They involve uniformed and plain clothed officers together with other specially-trained officers. They are supported by other resources, such as police dogs and a network of CCTV cameras. Patrols are unpredictable, instigated at any time and varying in duration and resource intensity.

MPS are keen to develop their understanding of suppliers capability in in two specific areas in order to consider the development of their strategic approach to Project SERVATOR. Please note that any technologies identified must be readily available as Common Off The Shelf (COTS) offerings.

Call 1 – Search Capability: MPS are keen to identify suppliers who could provide protective security capabilities in event/venue or close protection search, particularly in the following areas:

  • Search Training
  • Search Manpower
  • Additional resources, such as dogs, scanning/detection etc.

Call 2 – Manned Guarding: MPS are keen to identify suppliers who already have a significant footprint delivering the following capabilities within the MPS operational geography.

  • CCTV operators
  • Fixed 24 guarding presence
  • Patrolling – by foot and/or by vehicle

In addition, the MPS wish to identify which of these companies have a surge capability which, with the appropriate agreements in place, could be drawn upon during times of national emergency.

To provide your response to JSaRC, please complete and return the attached template (please email me and I will send this to you info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) to Eleanor.rice@adsgroup.org.uk no later than 1700 on 28th October 2016

As part of European Cyber Security Month, the CHERISH-DE Centre is hosting a conference and accompanying exhibition Cyber Security: Threats and Opportunities.

The informative, engaging event has an over-arching theme of how organisations should align their skills and infrastructure with Cabinet Office advice with regards to cyber security (The UK Cyber Security Strategy).

Speakers include:

  • Cabinet Office (tbc)
  • Andy Greene, Aprose Risk
  • Damon Rands (live hacks)
  • TARIAN, South Wales Police Cyber Security Unit
  • Exhibitor speed talks including GSW Connections, ABMU Healthboard and DVL

When

Thursday, 13 October 2016 from 09:00 to 16:00 (BST)

Where

Liberty Stadium – Landore, SA1 2FA

Eventbrite page, where cluster members can register to attend and/or exhibit http://bit.ly/2ae6UB4

Information provided by Kelvin Jones, Accelero Digital Solutions Ltd.

The next CALL FOR PROPOSALS under the KESS II Programme is now open

The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) II programme supports Doctoral and Research Masters awards in Welsh Universities,jointly sponsored by external partners based in the Convergence areas of Wales. KESS II is funded under the European Structural Investment Funds – ESF Programme through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). The programme is a collaboration between all Welsh Universities, led by Bangor University. The programme is likely to run for 7 years (2015-22), supporting an allocation of 35 PhD and 29 MRes scholarships at USW.

There will be both PhD and MRes Studentships available under this competitive call (Limited number of PhD scholarships remaining. A large allocation of MRes scholarships are still available.)

KESS is closely aligned to meeting the higher-level skills needs of Welsh Government’s grand challenge areas, and will prioritise project proposals in the following sectors:

  • ICT and the Digital Economy
  • Low Carbon, Energy & Environment
  • Advanced Engineering and Materials
  • Life Sciences and Health

Please note, there is additional eligibility and approval criteria for this competitive call, including internal and external approval criteria.

Further information, including the full application package, is now available via our website

Many thanks to all those of you who attended the UK Cyber Security Forum showcase event in Malvern on Thursday last week. We had a full house and had to stop registrations the day before to ensure everyone would fit into the venue.

It was great to see so many of you again, some fantastic speakers and there was some very interesting discussions going on around the event. The various government attendees were impressed by the range and quality of the small companies speaking and exhibiting and have asked for further talks about getting us more involved in a couple of their initiatives.

The next UK Cyber Security Forum event will be on 9th November. This will be a Malvern Cluster “Big Company Meeting” open to all members of the UK Cyber Security Forum. As many of you will know, large organisations who are looking for services or products from small cyber security companies are invited to attend the Big Company meetings. Six Forum members give a 10 minute overview of their company followed by extended networking time for the Primes to meet all the SMEs who attend. These meetings have been very successful in the past and a number of contracts have resulted from them. I do hope you will be able to attend.

Unfortunately, the speaking slots for this meeting have already been filled from expressions of interest last time we ran the event but if you would like to speak at the next Big Company event which will be in May 2017 please let me know.

Here are some more opportunities you may be interested in…

 

Bespoke Insurance package for UK Cyber Security Members only

Launched at the Cyber Day last week, members of the UK Cyber Security Forum are offered a bespoke insurance policy that gives you reduced premiums and additional covers and services. Every time one of you buys this policy some money will also be donated to running the UK Cyber Security Forum.

The comprehensive wording underwritten by QBE is specifically designed for companies involved in ITC and cyber security, with premiums starting from just £125 and availability of worldwide geographical coverage where required.

The policy includes:

  • Professional Indemnity
  • Cyber Liability
  • Legal Expenses
  • Public relations & crisis management service
  • Legal advice service & helpline
  • Tax advice helpline
  • Counselling service helpline for employees & their families
  • Access to an up to date manual for guidance on employment law
  • Online library of legal letters, contracts, agreements, etc.

Optional extras:

  • Directors & Officers Liability
  • Crime
  • Corporate Legal Liability
  • Pension Trustees Liability
  • Contents / Equipment
  • Buildings
  • Business Interruption
  • Terrorism
  • Employers Liability
  • Public & Products Liability

If you are a small cyber security company and a member of the UK Cyber Security Forum and would like to take advantage of this scheme or require other assistance with insurance and risk management please contact Sutcliffe & Co Insurance Brokers on:

Tel: 01905 21681

Email enquiries@sutcliffeinsurance.co.uk, or visit www.sutcliffeinsurance.co.uk/UKCSF

You can also see more on the CyberCollaborate portal under “Member Offers” www.cybersecforum.com

 

Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) Partnership Briefing – very short notice registration deadline 11thOctober (sorry!)

ADS, as Secretariat to the UK’s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC), is inviting companies to register for the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) Partnership Briefing which will be held on the 18th October 2016 from 1715 to 2000 at Central Hall, Westminster.

The Partnership Briefing will bring together senior government officials and industry to present on the proposed JSaRC model, giving an insight into emerging collaborations and providing information as to how government and industry can contribute and benefit from JSaRC.

The attached documents (please email me if you want these emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com) provides further information regarding the event, in addition to an overview of the roles available within JSaRC for industry secondees.

Timings for event:

1715 – 1745 Arrival and networking; coffee

1745 – 1845 Presentations/ Questions & Answer session

1845 – 2000 Networking: drinks and canapés

Please note that the event is expected to be in high demand therefore places are limited to two delegates per company.

If you would like to attend, Registration will close on Tuesday 11th October – please register here https://www.adsgroup.org.uk/events/view/joint-security-and-resilience-centre-jsarc-partnership-briefing/

 

2nd Annual UK Health Cyber Security Summit

Organised by NHS Digital and City & Financial Global a One-Day Conference, 29th November, London

Uk Cyber Security Forum members get a 50% (Private Sector) discount – see below*

UK Cyber Security Forum is partnering with City & Financial Global for this event.

The recent Review of data-security, consent and opt-outs by Dame Fiona Caldicott, National Data Guardian has reaffirmed the challenge of information security across an evolving health and care system. The solution lies in successfully integrating people, processes and technology, which NHS Digital is supporting through an expanded offer for its many valued partners.

This event, which takes place at The Church House, Westminster will enable the audience to discuss the latest cyber security trends in the healthcare sector. It will also provide an opportunity for senior information security professionals to acquire a broader understanding of the risks, to hear the latest practical guidance and to learn about potential solutions in this vitally important area.

The event will aim to:

  • Promote NHS Digital as trusted custodians/partners in delivering enhanced cyber security vigilance, guidance and solutions across the health and care system
  • Engage wider partners in dialogue around the growing challenge of information security
  • Assess the impact and necessary response to the NDG review

Keynotes include:

  • Sir Ian Andrews, Non-Executive Director, NHS Digital, Former Non-Executive Chairman, SOCA & Former Second Permanent Secretary, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Dame Fiona Caldicott, National Data Guardian for Health & Care
  • Professor Martin Severs, Executive Director for Clinical and Information Governance and Interim Executive Director for Information & Analytics, NHS Digital
  • Rob Shaw, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO), NHS Digital

For further details including full speaker list, please visit: https://www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/cyberhealth2016

Conference Fees: Discounted Delegate Fee for UK Cyber Security Forum members only £297..50 + VAT*

*Use discount code CYSHE2CSF at the submit payment stage if booking online. Alternatively telephone or email using details below, mentioning the code in either instance.

 

Overview of the latest initiatives regarding investment in UK cyber capability and the development of emerging talent.

See a summery below – further details are provided in the attachments which can be emaild to you (ask info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) or can be obtained through the e-mail contact addresses provided.

CyberInvest:

CyberInvest is a public/private partnership that brings together key players from government and industry to invest in and support the development of cutting edge cyber security research across the UK’s academic sector. Since CyberInvest was launched in November 2015 a total of 27 UK based companies have now signed up as members, each committed to investing in cyber security research at UK Universities. Please email CyberInvest@GCHQ.GSI.GOV.UK for more details.

CyberFirst:

CyberFirst has been established by GCHQ to identify, support and develop the young cyber talent the UK needs as we move into a truly digital world. CyberFirst is a key part of HMG’s National Cyber Security Programme and involves positive interventions in secondary school education, culminating in undergraduate bursaries, paid summer work and three years of employment in a national security area upon graduation. The initiative is now open to industry and over 20 companies have already committed to join the CyberFirst community. Please email Cyber-First-Project@GCHQ.GSI.GOV.UK for more details

 

NCSC

The website of the new UK National Cyber Security Centre has gone live. https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/

 

Grants for companies in the Midlands

Small innovation grants of £2,500 are being offered in order for businesses to become more competitive and to develop new services and products. The scheme also provides a series of workshops to assist you to plan and implement your innovation activities. It can be accessed if you’re in Greater Birmingham and Solihull, the Black Country and the Marches Local Economic Partnership (LEP) areas. Part funded by the European Development Fund (ERDF), the Innovation Vouchers scheme is run by a consortium comprising Aston University, Birmingham City University and the University of Wolverhampton. Businesses that meet the following criteria can apply:

  • located in one of the target LEP areas
  • have received less than Euros 200,000 de minimis state aid in the last three years;
  • meet the European Union definition of a small and medium sized enterprise i.e. employ less than 250 full time staff (or equivalent), have an annual turnover of no more than 50 million euros and/or annual balance sheet no more than 43 million euros;
  • able to contribute a minimum of £2,500 to match fund the grant;
  • meet the eligibility guidelines for use of the voucher

If you require further details and assistance with your application process please email innovation-vouchers@aston.ac.uk or contact Joanna Fletcher, Project Manager on 0121 204 4303, j.fletcher@aston.ac.uk

 

Discounted ISO27001 Lead Auditor Training

15% discount for UK Cyber Security Forum members

Manchester – 24 – 28 October

London- 08 – 12 November

Text http://www.nethostlegislation.co.uk/ISO27001LAOctTraining.pdf

At the July meeting, Cluster member Mark Edwards from Capital Networks presented a wonderful opportunity for the Cluster to do something for charity and have some fun at the same time.

Have you heard of Byte Night? It is the technology and business industry sleep out event in aid of Action for Children and quite a few technology and other big companies are taking part (including Capital Networks, Acorn Recruitment, KPMG, Spindogs, BT, Admiral and Cap Gemini).

Byte Night has been running for 19 years and raises funds and awareness to tackle the root causes of youth homelessness. Since the event began, it has raised over £8.4 million for Action for Children – last year raising over £1 million!

Sadly homelessness is a reality for many young people across the UK and it is estimated up to 100,000 young people were homeless last year. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 homeless young people will attempt suicide and 1 in 7 will have been physically or sexually assaulted resulting in them ending up on the street

To raise funds and awareness of this pertinent issue, this year the sleep out will take place on October 7th at 10 locations across the UK: Edinburgh, Belfast, Thames Valley, Cambridge, London, the North West, South West, North East, Midlands and of course, in the Wales. This will be the first Byte Night Wales event, so we need your help make this first year a great success!

In Wales, Action for Children are aiming to have 145 sleepers taking part; they ask each sleeper to raise £500 each, or £2500 for a team of 5, and they provide fundraising tips, materials and support to help sleepers reach their target.

Here is a video from last year’s event which gives a fantastic insight into Byte Night.

For further details please visit the Byte Night website

To register for the event go to http://www.bytenight.org.uk/register-for-byte-night. You are able to register as an individual or create a team of your own (if your business wants to enter a team). However, the Cluster has also formed a team and if you’d like to join that then please make sure you look for the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster in the “Company” drop down menu in Step 2 and then select “Individual” in Step 4.

If you are unable to attend but you’d like to support the Cluster Team members then please feel free to sponsor us at http://www.justgiving.com/south-wales-cyber-security-cluster-south-wales-cyber-security-cluster

During October the Malvern Festival of Innovation will be taking place and on the 6th October they will be focussing on Cyber Security and IoT. The day is going to bring together like-minded individuals and companies to discuss various topics within the industry. Some of the key note speakers will be Mike Gillespie (Advent IM LTD), Professor Colin O’Halloran (D-RisQ LTD), Zubair Khan (Tranchulas) and Irra Ariella Khi (Vchain Tech). Here’s a link to the day – http://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

On the 6th October, IntaPeople is pleased to be hosting a VIP breakfast and panel discussion around skill shortages in cyber security. The expert panel includes:

  • Nicola Whiting, COO at Titania – a rapid growth, award-winning software house, will be discussing how the use of language within cyber security can alienate the public and how this can impact attracting the best talent
  • Stuart Lewis, Head of Cyber Security at the University of South Wales, will cover how the university are preparing students for a career in cyber security.
  • Ian Blackburn, Head of Delivery at IntaPeople, cyber security recruitment specialists, will be talking about the talent shortage and how we are able to find the skills that companies require.
  • A member of the Cyber Security Challenge UK, will be talking about their approach to the skill shortage and how they are looking to boost the national pool of Cyber Skills through events.

If you are interested in attending please click here to register and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

The British American Business Council are looking for a cyber securty expert, from Wales, to take part in a panel discussion in Philadelphia.

The event, titled Once More Unto the Breach: Cybersecurity Trends & Initiatives is a breakfast networking session which includes a panel discussion where experts will discuss current pressing cybersecurity issues affecting the US and the UK; recent regulations; what you need to know and do to safeguard your company; and what you can expect from government regulations in both the short and long term.

The request has come from Jonathan Walters, Deputy Head of North America for Welsh Government who is based in Washington DC.

If you, or one of your associates, can attend this event in the USA then please contact Jonathan Fortune, Strategy Manager ICT for Welsh Government on Jonathan.Fortune@Wales.GSI.gov.uk

Arrow Value Recovery has been selected by Computing Security as a finalist for the Secure Data Erasure Company of the Year 2016 and the winners will be selected through a voting system.

Cluster member Lance Channon has made an appeal to see if fellow members of the Cyber Security Cluster would like to vote for Arrow.

If so, the link is: http://www.computingsecurityawards.co.uk/?page=csa2016vote

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

 

Thursday, 29 September 2016 from 17:00 to 21:00 (BST)

Coleg Y Cymoedd

Parc Nantgarw

 

Nantgarw

CF15 7QX

Rhondda Cynon Taf

If you would like to learn more about the Armed Forces Pathway schemes and how your organisation can partner with defence in Wales, then why not join us at our Armed Forces Pathways launch event.

  • 17:00 – Opportunity to network and visit military stands
  • 18:00 – Launch presentations
  • 19:00 — Curry Supper with further opportunity to network and visit stand

Please register your attendance armedforces-afplaunch.eventbrite.co.uk

or contact Major Craig Middle

email 160x-mci-ee-so2@mod.uk

Tel: 07720038283

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in…

 

UK Cyber Security Forum Showcase day

Free to attend.

Programme includes:

  • Keynote briefing about the government’s new National Cyber Security Centre
  • The CESG Service owner of Cyber Essentials presenting his thoughts on the future development of the scheme
  • Innovative small companies talking about a wide variety of cutting edge products including:
  • …securing smart buildings and critical national infrastructure
  • …blockchain used in identity
  • …a new way of identifying a cyber attack
  • …offensive cyber security
  • …cyber protection against drones

You can see the full programme here

There will also be a wide variety of cyber security companies exhibiting throughout the day.

Run as part of the week long Malvern Festival of Innovation, we use this showcase event to invite some of the most innovative small cyber security companies from across the UK to present and exhibit. This event has seen steadily increasing attendance and now attracts key figures from government and industry both nationally and internationally. More than 350 people attended the event last year and we expect an increase in numbers again this year.

Attendance is free of charge but, as spaces are limited (and booking up fast), we do ask that you register to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-20941963978

You may also be interested in the popular formal dinner that evening where a well known futurist will be speaking. If you book a ticket I will ensure you are on a good table for networking. http://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

The Business of Innovation – 7th October

Another free event the day after the Cyber Security Showcase day. This is a full day of advice for small companies including Innovation, Finance, IP and Investment. Kicked off by Kevin Baughan, Chief Development Officer at Innovate UK it is a great free resource for any company

http://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/the-business-of-innovating

 

Opportunities in Canada

One of our more active Forum members who used to run the Thames Valley Cluster moved from the UK to live in Canada. He has contacted us again because he would like to help members of the Forum find opportunities in that region.

Atlantic Canada is a region rich in natural resources, particularly off-shore Oil & Gas which has vast, unexploited reserves. Coupled with new naval shipbuilding projects and the developing renewable energy industry, the region will continue to build and host high-value assets with supporting infrastructure. Amongst the challenges faced by the region, the resources required to secure the infrastructure are comparatively scarce and will need to be heavily supplemented through imports. I would be very pleased to hear from forum members interested in accessing these markets or learning more about collaboration opportunities. Please contract me at gareth.owen@crystal-telecom.com.

 

East Midlands Event – How to avoid becoming the next victim of ransomware

How to avoid becoming the next victim of ransomware

13th Oct 2016 (18:00-20:30)

University of Nottingham

The East Midlands cluster is a partner in the East Midlands Cyber Security Forum, which is organising an event on ransomware.

Ransomware is on the rise! A recent survey has revealed that 54% of businesses in the UK have been targeted by a ransomware attack. With 58% of these organisations paying the ransom, it is becoming a preferred and successful method for cyber criminals.

Mark Chimley, Director of Genus One, will discuss how ransomware works and how to prevent it happening to your business.

This will be followed by a panel of cyber security experts answering your questions on ransomware and discussing the steps to improving your cyber resilience.

Further details and booking

 

SEECAT 2016

Special Equipment Exhibition & Conference for Anti-Terrorism is a 3 day event being held from Wednesday 19th – Friday 21th October 2016 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Hall, Tokyo, Japan.

The cost for the full package including dedicated stand space is £3,750 plus VAT.

UKTI DSO will have a UK Government branded exhibition stand at the above event and are keen to support UK companies who wish to take up exhibit space to raise their profile in Japan.

This will be an excellent opportunity to engage with Japanese organisations with the Tokyo Olympics in mind.

In 2016 they aim to focus the UK event presence on innovation, advanced engineering and research & development in the areas of CT, Cyber and Security.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your products and services to relevant and senior Japanese officials and decision makers.

Please let me know if you are interested and I will email you the form they want you to complete and return. For any further questions, please contact Paul Ellis or Richard Freeman (details below).

Paul Ellis, Assistant Director North East Asia & Pacific, UKTI Defence & Security Organisation, Tel: +44 (0)20 7215 8092, Mobile: +44 (0) 7909 008802, Email: paul.ellis@ukti.gsi.gov.uk

Richard Freeman, Senior Police and Security Adviser, RD Europe, Middle East, Africa, Central and South Asia, UKTI Defence & Security Organisation, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7215 8328, Mob: +44 (0) 7799 581995, Email: richard.freeman@ukti.gsi.gov.uk

 

CyberCenturion for 12 – 18 year olds

Deadline – 9th October

Cyber Security Challenge are calling on anyone with access to youth networks to get involved with CyberCenturion by distributing the following email to support teams, schools and youth networks in your local area.

CyberCenturion is the U.K.’s first team-based cyber security contest specifically designed to attract 12-18 year olds. Now in its third year; delivered in partnership by Cyber Security Challenge UK and Northrop Grumman, the competition aims to engage talented young people with an interest in cyber as a way to address the national skills gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and encourage careers in cyber security. CyberCenturion mirrors the US CyberPatriot competition, part of a major American STEM education programme presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and created by the US Air Force Association. CyberPatriot has already engaged more than 300,000 students, educating them on the opportunities in cyber security across the US.

How does the competition work?

  • You need a Team Leader who is over 18.
  • Each team can be between 4-6 people and aged from 12-18 inclusive.
  • The Team Leader needs to send a TEAM REGISTRATION form to Steph Aldridge (please let me know if you would like the form and I will email to you info@ukcybersecurityforum.com)
  • The last registration can be taken at 6pm on 6th October 2016

More details on the website: https://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/competitors/cybercenturion/

 

Airports Security / Aviation Security Mission to Mexico

7-11 November 2016

The Department for International Trade in Mexico (DIT Mexico)–in partnership with DIT DSO and ADS–will organise an airports security/aviation security visit and display of a dedicated showroom in Mexico City that offers a unique opportunity for UK companies with experience on airport security/aviation security to demonstrate and present their capabilities to key Mexican stakeholders and decision-makers –featuring those involved in the new Mexico City International Airport—and relevant Federal and State level Authorities with critical national infrastructure protection responsibilities.

Background

  • Officially announced in September 2014, the new Mexico City International Airport represents the largest infrastructure project in the country, worth $13 billion USD
  • On July 8th 2015, the Mexican government announced the launch of 21 tender packages for the new airport with an estimated net cost of USD $6 billion
  • Current and future tenders include:
  • …Main infrastructure works: started in early 2016; of particular note are tenders for the supervision of construction works, runway works, construction of the main terminal building and control tower
  • …Security Package: divided in 3 main stages, pre tender (RFI) planned release date January 2017

Who should attend?

UK companies with experience in: 1. Access Control, 2. Airlock, 3. Airside Operations, 4. Automated Passenger Flow Management Solutions, 5. Baggage, LEDS and Air cargo Screening Equipment 6. Biometrics, 7. CCTV, 8. Control Rooms, 9. Compliance and Safety, 10. Cyber security for aviation/air navigation, 11. Checkpoint and baggage screening 12. Door Control Services, 13. Electronic Fingerprint Processing 14. Emergency Management and Security, 15. Handheld screening devices, 16. Identity Management, 17. Live Scan Equipment, 18. License Plate Recognition Systems 19. Metal, Explosives, Illegal substances scanners, 20. Moderate and High Security Access for Airports, 21. IP Surveillance Systems, 22. Passenger Processing Systems, 23. Perimeter Protection, 24. Transit Passenger Management Solutions, 25. Traffic Systems, 26. Security Imaging Systems, 27. Security Risk Management for Aviation 28. Self Service Baggage Handling Systems, 29. Stand and Apron Management, 30. Video Surveillance

Deadline For Application: 15th October 2016

Mission cost: £630 Interested companies should contact:

Gisela Gonzalez

Head of the Security and Defence Sector Team DIT Mexico

T: +52 55 16 70 32 06

E: Gisela.Gonzalez@fco.gov.uk

*Please bear in mind that flights, accommodation and meals are not included in this fee and must be paid separately by participants. Participation cancellation should be notified to DIT Mexico at least two weeks prior to the start of the mission, in order to avoid incurring in penalty costs.

The UKTI Defence & Security Organisation is delighted to offer you the chance to visit one of our biggest and most prestigious defence & security companies – Airbus, Defence & Space – to learn more about HM Government’s support for UK SMEs in the defence/security markets. Airbus Defence & Space will be our hosts at their Broughton site on Tuesday 13 September 2016 for a day of Government and Industry presentations, networking and hands-on opportunities all designed to increase your sales potential. The cost of this event will be £72 (incl VAT)

The attached promotional flyer provides full details of the event and what it has to offer.

To register please complete the Security questionnaire below and send to sme.enquiries@ukti.gsi.gov.uk Successful applicants will be sent a link to make an online payment.

Airbus have kindly allocated a limited number of car parking bays for this event which can be booked on a first come, first served basis. Please include your requirements and information on the form below.

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in:

 

UK Cyber Security Forum Annual Showcase event – 6th October

Free to attend but please register in advance (exhibition slots all taken now – attendance places booking up fast)

The annual showcase event of the UK Cyber Security Forum will be on 6th October in Malvern. Attendance is free of charge but you do need to register in advance. We will open with a keynote briefing from the head of CESG about the government’s new National Cyber Security Centre which is due to be launched later that month.

You can see much of the programme and the exhibitors here (some speakers still to be added)

Please register to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/malvern-festival-of-innovation-tickets-20941963978

There is a very popular formal black tie dinner in the evening at Malvern College where a well known futurist will give a talk. If you book a ticket I will make sure I put you on a good table for networking. Tickets to the dinner are £55 + vat per head and you can see more about it here

 

Byte Night – 7th October

Action for Children is one of the UK’s oldest children’s charities. They support the most vulnerable children and young people in the heart of communities throughout the UK.

Byte Night is Action for Children’s flagship fundraiser and is the UK’s largest sleepout event. Byte Night will be taking place across a number of regions on Friday 7th October, and in 2015 the event raised over £1.1 million with 1200 sleepers taking part. Byte Night all began 18 years ago when 30 individuals from the technology industry slept out and raised £35,000. Since then Byte Night has continued to grow and we were recently acknowledged as one of the top 20 fundraising events in the UK.

Byte Night funding aims to support those young people that have found themselves without a roof over their head. Over 80,000 young people in UK find themselves homeless every year and therefore are susceptible to sexual abuse, physical abuse and drug abuse. Byte Night looks to prevent youth homelessness and give young people the future they deserve.

The general format of the evening is; sleepers arrive from 6.30pm at the indoor reception. Here we provide you with a hot meal, hold a raffle, quiz and auction before you throw on your warm clothes and head outside at 11pm. This year, Byte Night is taking place in 10 different locations including Birmingham, Belfast, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Reading.

The Midlands event will be taking place at the iconic Library of Birmingham and teams have already signed up from BT, KPMG, Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Vodafone. Cyber Security Cluster is already involved in the Wales event and it would be great to have a Midlands team. To find out more about what happens on Byte Night, check out the video from last year’s Bristol event and view the Byte Night Midlands press pack

To sign up to sleep out please get in touch with the Byte Night team (bytenight@actionforchildren.org.uk or 07720 339943)

 

IAAC Symposium (£80 per head to attend)

The IAAC Symposium will be held on 15th of September 2016 at BT Centre, London. The symposium offers a superb line-up of speakers and an opportunity to address some of the most important challenges we face today. Sir Edmund Burton will open the symposium, the theme of which is “Working across boundaries.” If you wish to attend please don’t delay Book your place today or for more information.

 

Up to £1.2m funding for global cooperation feasibility studies

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1.2M to support innovative UK SMEs in carrying out short international cooperation feasibility studies. These studies should build international business networks. The aim is to enable commercial research and innovation partnerships, and future collaboration. Registration deadline: before noon on 21 September 2016.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-competition-global-cooperation-feasibility-studies

 

Commission invests €36 million for quicker market access of 16 innovative projects

Commission invests €36 million for quicker market access of 16 innovative projects. The European Commission is awarding nearly €36 million to 16 innovative projects under the fourth round of the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) scheme, run under the EU’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. The 16 projects involve 72 partners in 16 countries to help bring their innovation on the market faster. The pilot is implemented through one common and continuously open call. Proposals can be submitted at any time. The next cut-off date for applications is 25 October 2016.

http://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/commission-invests-36-million-quicker-market-access-16-innovative-projects?utm_campaign=500778_Copy%20of%20CDD%20newsletter%2010%20August%202016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotmailer&dm_t=0,0,0,0,0&dm_i=2VFU,AQEI,1T53XJ,11AO8,1

 

Quantum Technologies – networking events and funding call

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest a total of £19.5 million to support projects in Quantum Technologies. Projects may involve technologies belonging to one of the core groups defined in the UK’s roadmap for quantum technologies: clocks, sensors, imaging, communications or computing. Register for an event near you to find out more

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/quantum-technologies-networking-events-and-funding-call-birmingham-tickets-26464550182?utm_campaign=500778_Copy%20of%20CDD%20newsletter%2010%20August%202016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotmailer&dm_i=2VFU,AQEI,1T53XJ,117I7,1

 

Funding for a cyber security programme for 14 to 18 year olds

As part of the National Cyber Security Programme, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) requires the design and delivery of a major cyber security programme for 14 to 18 year olds who demonstrate talent and enthusiasm in computing and digital technology.

IAAC is circulating this notice at the request of Cabinet Office; details of the DCMS call and dates may be found at the following link: http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:287564-2016:TEXT:EN:HTML

 

CYBERSEC in Kraków, Poland

UK Cyber Security Forum members are invited to participate in the 2nd European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC in Kraków, Poland, on September 26-27, 2016 at ICE KRAKÓW Congress Centre.

Members can register with a special discount code “ASSOC30” and benefit from the 30% discount on the conference fees.

CYBERSEC is an annual public policy conference dedicated to various aspects of cyberspace and cybersecurity in Europe. The 1st edition of CYBERSEC was a great success. It gathered 400 participants from around the world, among whom were political decision-makers, diplomats, experts, business leaders and academic researchers.  CYBERSEC 2015 was recognised by Concise Courses as one of Europe’s top 5 cybersecurity conferences.

CYBERSEC 2016 speakers will include, among others: Anna Streżyńska – Poland’s Minister of Digital Affairs,  Melissa Hathaway – Cybersecurity expert in administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama; Senior Advisor, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Bogdan Święczkowski – Poland’s National Prosecutor, First Deputy to the Prosecutor General, Gen. Yair Cohen – Former Head of Unit 8200 of the Israel Defence Forces, CEO of PeriTech for Investment and Technology in Cyber Security, Nigel Inkster – Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies; Former Assistant Chief and Director of Operations and Intelligence, British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Luigi Rebuffi – Secretary General of the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO).

For more details about CYBERSEC visit the website: www.cybersecforum.eu or email dominik.skokowski@ik.org.pl.

 

More Efficient Constant-Round Multiparty Computation

Eduardo Soria-Vazquez (UoB) speaking at free event at Bristol University

When: 11:00: 7 Sep 2016

Where: MVB 1.11

Over the last years, efficiency improvements in secure multiparty computation (with more than two parties) have been primarily focused on the secret-sharing paradigm, with impressive results like the SPDZ protocol (Damgard et al. CRYPTO 2012). In contrast, the garbled-circuits approach, which leads to constant-round protocols (thus more suitable for slow networks) has received much less attention. In this talk, I will introduce our recent protocol improvements on making the constant-round BMR protocol secure against malicious adversaries and concretely efficient using Somewhat Homomorphic Encryption.

For more details contact Prof. Nigel P. Smart nigel@compsci.bristol.ac.uk

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in:

 

UK Cyber Security Forum Annual Showcase event – free to attend and exhibit

The annual showcase event of the UK Cyber Security Forum will be on 6th October in Malvern. As in previous years, this event will be run as part of the Malvern Festival of Innovation in Malvern Theatres. We use this showcase event to invite a selection of our members, small cyber security companies, to present and exhibit. This event has seen steadily increasing attendance and now attracts key figures from government and industry both nationally and internationally. More than 350 people attended the event last year and we expect an increase in numbers again this year. Attendance is free of charge for all and the speaking and exhibition are free for small companies. We will open with a keynote briefing from the head of CESG about the government’s new National Cyber Security Centre which is due to be launched later that month.

You can see much of the programme and the exhibitors here (some speakers still to be added) http://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

There are still a small number of free table top exhibition places available. If you would like to exhibit at this event (free of charge for Cyber Security SMEs) please apply here: http://www.festival-innovation.com/register-to-exhibit/application-for-exhibition-space

There is a very popular formal black tie dinner in the evening at Malvern College where a well known futurist will give a talk. Tickets to the dinner are £55 + vat per head and you can see more about it here http://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/formal-dinner

You can see more about the Festival as a whole here: http://www.festival-innovation.com If you have any questions please contact Adrian adrian.burden@festival-innovation.com

 

The Government’s Cyber Growth Partnership

The CGP Minutes from the 18 July meeting and background papers have been posted here https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/329

You can see that meeting focused on a number of main areas:

  • Post EU Referendum
  • Government interventions to support the growth of the cyber security ecosystem
  • Innovation Centres

Any comments or questions about these topics can be sent to steve.williams@culture.gov.uk

 

IAAC’s Poster Display Competition

You are invited to IAAC’s sixth poster display and competition , a highlight of the IAAC Annual Symposium on Thursday 15 September 2016 at the BT Centre Auditorium, London EC1A 7AJ (adjacent to St Paul’s Underground Station). Each poster accepted will receive one free entry to the Symposium.

The IAAC Symposium is an excellent opportunity for you to show your lines of research to an audience of senior government and private sector people. BT Auditorium is a superb conference venue and highly conducive to networking and informal discussions. We are very grateful to BT for enabling us to use this facility.

An award will be made to the best poster display.

Procedure and terms are as follows: Size: Poster must be A0 or A1 Portrait

Design: Must use IAAC template see accompanying document Header must be the title and owner/author Footer is mandatory Boxes/layout may be changed as required

Cost: No IAAC charge to owners/authors who will receive one free place for each poster accepted (additional places can be booked via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iaac-symposium-2016-working-across-boundaries-tickets-24458226213?aff=ebrowse

Content: Acceptable: Research subjects Academic or professional development opportunities Case studies (suitably anonymised) Blue-sky thinking, innovation

Unacceptable: Product or services marketing Product or services placement (Some discretion allowed for placement if essential to support otherwise acceptable poster theme)

Submission process & timing: Poster submitted to info@iaac.org.uk in PDF format by noon (GMT) Thursday 1 September 2016 Deliver posters to BT Centre Auditorium, London EC1A 7AJ by 8:00am Wednesday 15 September clearly marked IAAC SYMPOSIUM 15 SEPTEMBER 2016.

Symposium Posters will be displayed throughout the Symposium on 15 September from 8:30am to 6:00pm Authors/owners are recommended to stand with their posters for much of the time to benefit from networking interest. IAAC are not responsible for the return of the posters and any poster left after 6pm will be disposed of.

Posters will be judged by a selected committee of IA professionals and awarded a small prize for the best contribution will be given. They will rate posters on scale of 1 – 5 (best) for all of three features: content, appearance and presentation. The award will be made at the end of the Symposium

 

Reminder of Cyber Security event in Poland

We are deeply honored to invite you to participate in the 2nd European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC in Kraków, Poland, on 26-27 September 2016. CYBERSEC is a regular public policy conference dedicated to various aspects of cyberspace and cybersecurity in Europe. https://app.box.com/s/a893vg04ivoxtvzmoplnvjgv2eiv1ho7

 

Looking for a junior software engineer

We’re a small company developing a cutting-edge cyber security product, and we urgently need someone dedicated and enthusiastic to help with coding etc., on a part or full-time basis. You may be straight out of school, part-way through a uni (or other FE) course or a post-graduate (as long as you’re a genius and love what we’re doing, that’s all that counts). We’re willing to work with match-funding schemes or simply dip deeper into our pockets and employ you if you’re the right person. You’ll be highly motivated, highly organised and used to working on software projects using UML (Unified Modelling Language). You will also be able to manage your own working environment – keeping regular backups, GIT (source code control) etc – work to pre-agreed milestones to a set standard, able to provide regular documentation/reporting, be aware of changing technologies and opportunities to integrate new ideas, be able to work in a team and a lightning-fast learner. Contact Jon Beal, Cloud-pin Limited jbeal@cloud-pin.com.

The latest Cyber Exchange newsletter is now available for you to view on the site. This month’s edition contains all the news from the team, an update from the Cyber Growth Partnership, latest highlights and more…

Highlights include:

 

250 New Members sign up to the Cyber Exchange

Since launch in October 2015, the Cyber Exchange has welcomed over 250 new members, large & small, representing all areas of the cyber security industry. Over 1200 organisations are now searchable using the integrated directory and map. READ MORE

 

Cyber Growth Partnership Update

Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matthew Hancock co-chaired the Cyber Growth Partnership (CGP) alongside Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT on 18 July. READ MORE

 

Cyber Demonstration Centre

The Cyber Demonstration Centre is available for hire by UK companies for meetings or presentations with clients and partners. READ MORE

 

Latest Highlights

We’ve picked a selection of current news, announcements and upcoming events from the site including:

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, Cambridge Wireless launch of Discover Start-ups Competition, Cylon Cohort 4 applications now open, UKTI overseas cyber security missions programme 2016-2017 and Cyber Senate’s upcoming Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe event.

Additionally, we’ve included reminders about Cyber Exchange on Twitter, the new Cyber Exchange user badge for registered users to add to their organisation’s website, and importantly, a community request for offers of development support for the site.

Thanks for your ongoing support – We hope you enjoy the newsletter.

Regards, Cyber Exchange Team

You may be aware of a South Wales based charity called 2 Wish Upon A Star. It was established in 2012 following the sudden death of my son George and husband Paul. Our aims are to support families who lose a child suddenly and traumatically in Wales.

We work predominantly with Emergency Units and Critical Care Departments to offer support immediately to families and are there to support for as long as they need a hand on their shoulder.

We have been lucky enough to be awarded a community day at the Principality Stadium on Saturday 13th August. We are attempting a world record of the number of people dressed as elephants in one place and are expecting at least 2000 elephants – which will be the largest community event to be held at the stadium this year . The attempt has been accepted by Guinness and the planning is now underway. You are probably wondering why elephants? Gorgeous George is not only our elephant mascot named after my son George but elephants never forget and the topic of child death is often seen as the elephant in the room. We hope to use this event as a huge awareness raising campaign and will be inviting children from every primary school and youth group across Wales. The event is to be launched on Monday 20th June at the stadium.

We are currently looking for sponsors for the event and thought you may be able to help. To have an official adjudicator from Guinness there on the day and for them to support with the planning it will cost us £6000 and £600 for the stewards. This money will have to come out of our charity pot unless we find a generous donation and a wonderful company to support us. We would also love you to be involved on the day.

I was wondering if this is something you possibly would consider. I am more than happy to pop along and have a chat about the event at your convenience.

Your support would mean so much to us all.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Rhian Burke 01443 853125 info@2wishuponastar.org

The CGP Minutes from the 18 July meeting and background papers have been posted on the Cyber Exchange.

The meeting focused on a number of main areas:

  • Post EU Referendum
  • Government interventions to support the growth of the cyber security ecosystem
  • Innovation Centres

DCMS welcomes the views of the cluster or companies individually on any of the areas covered at the meeting.

Information provided by Steve Williams, Senior Policy Adviser; Cyber Security Sector Growth; Europe, Data, Digital and Security Directorate (EDDS), Department for Culture Media and Sport.

GITEX Technology Week 2016, 16th – 20th October, DWTC, Dubai, UAE, Last stands remaining – don’t miss out!

 

Tradefair on behalf of techUK are pleased to confirm that UK Trade and Investment grants are available to eligible UK registered companies to exhibit at GITEX 2016. The grant level is £2,500, click here to check if you are eligible.

Participants will have exclusive access to the following valuable facilities; UK group hospitality stands, meeting room, social media, PR, pre-show, onsite and post event management from an experienced Tradefair project manager.

Stands cost as little as £500 + UK VAT net of UKTI grant (UKTI grant is paid up to 6-8 weeks post event)

Excellent locations available, contact a member of the team on 01622 754200 or info@tradefair.co.uk to discuss the options available.

Information provided by Jonathan Fortune, Strategy Manager – ICT, Welsh Government

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in…

 

Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) Programme

The Home Office (HO) and Department for Transport (DfT) are developing a Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) Programme. By 2021, FASS will invest £25.5m to develop and exploit technology, capabilities and knowledge to deliver a step-change to existing aviation security capability.

The first call of FASS is part of a wider DfT Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) and is being run prior to the FASS main launch event scheduled for the end of 2016. Whilst the wider benefits and outcomes of FASS are being defined, this call is being run to stimulate ideas generation and test initial concepts. Please see the following links for details:

The call provides funding to support the development of concepts which could offer a step-change over existing approaches to aviation security. Projects which show potential can bid into future FASS open calls later to support further development and testing. £300,000 is available for this FASS call within T-TRIG to fully fund up to 10 projects for a three month period (September to December). A 30% advance payment option is available to grant recipients.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 22 August

 

Careers, Skills and Diversity – in Association with the National Autistic Society and Cyber Security Challenge – 11 October 2016

IAAC is pleased to announce that it will be holding a workshop on careers, skills and diversity at BCS Offices, 5 Southampton Street, London on 11 October at 0900 to 1715. The workshop will focus on