NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

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

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

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.
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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
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.
 
 
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

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.

ARCHIVED OPPORTUNITIES

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/

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.”

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

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

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

 

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

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/

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.

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

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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.

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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

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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 Autism in association with the National Autistic Society and the Cyber Security Challenge. This will be the third workshop in our “Profession’ series. It seeks to understand and inform how skills are manifest in diversity of interests and characteristics neglected in recruitment, career management and development. The morning will be spent examining the nature of Autism and guidance to employers with expert input from key stakeholders. The afternoon will then explore how the guidance can be adapted to the business of cyber security and information risk.

Key questions on the day will include:

  • What is current advice to employers and HR?
  • What are the quick wins?
  • Myth busters?
  • How can the engineering/ security profession adapt?
  • What are the recruitment issues?
  • What are the management issues?
  • What are the upsides for all parties?
  • What are the challenges?

A detailed programme will follow in due course. If you would like to participate in this workshop please contact Judith Taylor at info@iaac.org.uk.

 

Discounted ISO 27001 Training

NetHost Legislation are providing ISO 27001 LA Training in London and Edinburgh on the September 5-9 London and September 12-16 Edinburgh respectively.

They are offering members of the Cyber Security Forum, its clusters and respective members 15% discount on their training

To register, Cyber Security Forum delegates should send an email to training@nethostlegislation.co.uk, with subject heading “Cyber Security Forum” to trigger the 15% discount.

The brochures below have more details on the training.

http://www.nethostlegislation.co.uk/iso27001lalondon.pdf

http://www.nethostlegislation.co.uk/iso27001laedinburgh.pdf

 

Student Placement

Ben Spring is an 18 year old student due to start university in September. He is very interested in Cyber Security and looking for a company to work for over the following few years, whilst studying for his Computer Science Degree. In his third year of study he will have the opportunity to do a placement year, and was hoping the company he works for will allow him to work with them during that year.

He has a computer based Personal Statement and CV which show many of his main accomplishments regarding Cyber Security as well as Computing. If you can help please contact Ben Spring, bs9431@gmail.com and he can share his CV with you.

 

Female Data Scientists

Sophie Harrison of Panaseer is looking for female data scientists to speak at an event she is holding in the evening of 8th September, Data Science & Security – What’s the problem? The event is free to attend if you are interested. http://www.meetup.com/LondonCyberTech/events/232863676/

If you can help please email her sophie.harrison@panaseer.com

 

Open Access Cyber Security Journal available

The International Journal of Business & Cyber Security Volume 1 Number 1 July 2016 has been published and is available online (http://www.ijbcs.abrmr.com/index.php?view=current) If you would like to submit a paper for a future edition please email Mark Thomas Jones on mark@ciln.org

You may be interested in some of these opportunities…

 

Input to HMG Cyber Innovation Centres

Short notice – they need your response asap so they can ring you over this week

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is leading the design, development and delivery of two new Cyber Innovation Centres, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer last November, to support Cyber Security startups. Databuild, a research consultancy, have been commissioned by DCMS to engage with cyber security startups and established businesses to ascertain their needs and expectations of the two innovation centres. Databuild are seeking to conduct telephone interviews in the next week with interested startups to capture their insights and feedback. To express your interest in participating, please email Adrian.talbot@data-build.co.uk and a member of Databuild’s team will contact you to discuss your availability.

 

Royal Society Report

The Royal Society is has published a policy report – Progress and research in cybersecurity – which makes recommendations for cybersecurity policy, practice and research. Achieving greater security will require action from government, business and researchers.

You can download it for free here https://royalsociety.org/topics-policy/projects/cybersecurity-research/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=4652

 

CYBERQUEST 2017

CYBERQUEST 2017 is due to be conducted by the US Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Augusta, Georgia between 10 and 28 July 2017. It is an initiative to assess new and emerging cyber technologies via a tactical cyber and electronic warfare prototyping experiment.

The US Department of Defense is keen for the UK cyber security industry and academic research communities to participate. (The UK Ministry of Defence is observing this year’s inaugural event and is planning to participate more fully in 2017).

Interested parties need to submit a brief White Paper for CYBERQUEST 2017 to DoD by 31 August 2016. Preference will be given to submissions that address multiple areas of interest, have technologies that are at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 6 or higher

Full details of the opportunity and how to apply are attached and can be viewed at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=7a6f5e56ce47ea0eaaabc813e28b472d&tab=core&_cview=0.

Capabilities in scope include:

  • Forensics and Malware Detection, Analysis and Reverse Engineering
  • Insider Threat Detection
  • Defensive Cyber Operations Mission Planning
  • Tactical Electronic Warfare Sensors at Brigade, Battalion, Company and Platoon level
  • Tactical Sensors alerting/reporting for enemy emitters
  • Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) Situational Understanding (SU) Management Tool
  • Analysing Electronic Warfare battle damage assessment
  • Coordinating Electronic Warfare effects with Joint and Coalition Partners
  • Integrated Network Operations Capabilities to manage both Uper Tactical Internet (UTI) as well as the Lower Tactical Internet (LTI)
  • Content Delivery (intelligent movement of information based upon network conditions and user applied data parameters, i.e. prioritising network resources dynamically to meet mission requirements)
  • Storage infrastructure e.g. Dynamic Application Hosting infrastructure
  • Automated threat detection tools/software to assist deployed units and Enterprise Information Assurance sections
  • Increasing network capacity and reach
  • Identity and Access Management (IdAM), including federated IdAM, workflows
  • Network integration and management solution between the current Army LTI (Battlefield Communications Network for Echelons at Division and below) and the Upper Tactical Internet (Battlefield Communications Network for Echelons at Corps to Brigade)
  • Protection methodologies and capability to reduce the risks from current and future radio system vulnerabilities
  • Cyber Security concepts and capabilities applied to the LTI, in particular packet inspection for LTI networks, alerting and remediation methodologies based upon results of that packet inspection
  • Cyber Situational Understanding
  • Big Data Analytics at the tactical edge (Brigade Command Post)
  • Defence of critical manned and unmanned, aerial and terrestrial, information collection systems and sensor/payload
  • Improving the survivability and utility of electronic systems
  • Improving Army operational data sharing and efficiency between Joint and
  • Improving the efficiency of decisions and delivery cycle of Cyberspace effects utilizing Electronic Warfare assets
  • Collaboration between Electronic Warfare Situational Understanding management tools and cyber planning tools
  • Improving the efficiency of using sensor packages or tactical radios to enable sensors and data collection at the Soldier level (Soldier as a Sensor)

 

RISC managed service provision of an Accelerated Capability Environment

The Home Office’s Communications Capabilities Development Programme (CCDp) has a requirement for the managed service provision of an Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE), responsible for facilitating a range of services including but not limited to:

  • Rapid development
  • Innovation showcasing
  • Assembling Rainbow teams to solve issues
  • Resource surge capability
  • Analysis and options papers
  • System review
  • Process development and review

The value is estimated to be between £20m and £80m over the life of the contract, dependent on utilisation. Please email info@ukcybersecurityforum.com for further information

If you are interested you can attend an industry day on 1 August at Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH, where ACE will be discussed in greater detail prior to the issuing of an Invitation to Tender for the provision of the service. Registration will be open from 9:00, with the event due to begin at 10:00 lasting approximately 2 hours.

Following the event, expressions of Interest will be due by 2 September. The PQQ (if required) or ITT will be issued by 5 September and responses will be required by 7 October.

To register for the industry day, please go to the event page on the ADS website at the link below.

Communications Capabilities Development Programme Industry Day – Accelerated Capability Environment

Please find below a link for a H2020 DS-02 partner search under the following area of interest: “Secure, dependable and trusted infrastructures” (1.1) and “Security” (2.3).

Click on the link and if you are interested in the search, use the reply button at the top or bottom of the partner search form. Your reply will go directly to the proposer who will be in contact with you in due course. If you reply, remember this will probably be the only chance you get to sell your organisation to the proposer. They will receive many responses, so make yours stand out!

Proposal name: Cyber security for SMEs, local public administrations and individuals.

http://www.ideal-ist.eu/ps-es-101478

Information provided by Professor Andrew Blyth, PhD. Director of the Information Security Research Group, University of South Wales.

Here are some opportunities which may be of interest

 

EIT Digital Challenge – Deadline 15th July

The EIT Digital Challenge seeks to identify startups with a promising digital product or service ready to internationalize. The winning teams will not only gain access to EIT Digital’s pan-European innovation network but also receive exclusive support from our dedicated business developers and finance experts in the fields of Access to Market and Access to Finance. On top, the best team per category receives a cash prize of €50,000.

Apply here: www.challenge.eitdigital.eu

The submission deadline is July 15, 2016.

European startups can apply in one of the following five categories:

  • Digital Industry
  • Digital Cities
  • Digital Wellbeing
  • Digital Infrastructure
  • Digital Finance

You can find further information on the website here .

 

“The Future of Cybersecurity” event afternoon of Monday 18th July in London

Join us to debate the priorities and challenges for the UK cybersecurity sector and hear more about upcoming UK government plans. We will also have speakers from the European Commission to speak about the new contractual Public-Private Partnership (PPP) on Cyber security, aiming to stimulate the European cybersecurity industry. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

More details & registration are available via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-cybersecurity-registration-26071956925

 

Cyber Security Apprentice – Pilot Scheme

One of the Forum members, Protective Intelligence, has been working with the Information Assurance & Advisory Committee (IAAC) and the charity Youth Federation on an innovative approach to cyber security and young people. The scheme involves combining the efforts of local uniformed youth groups (such as the Scouts, Army Cadets etc.), schools, universities, parents, the Police and cyber security companies to deliver the following;

  • A clear, consistent message to those in school on how to be safe online.
  • Promote cyber security as a positive career for those undertaking their GCSEs and A Levels, with the aim of creating a Cyber Security Apprenticeship Scheme.
  • Identify those who are beginning to dabble in hacking and fast-track them into universities and apprenticeships, thus preventing them from continuing on a path that can lead to criminality.

The scheme has considerable interest from the Home Office, Cabinet Office and GCHQ and has the potential to revolutionise how we engage with young people – especially females, minorities and those on the Autism spectrum – and help address the shortfall in cyber security resource we’re going to encounter over the coming years.

Right now we’re looking for about 30 SME cyber security companies who will be willing to input into the project and help to shape the Cyber Security Apprenticeship Scheme. We need 10-15 of these companies to be based in the North West, as this is the launch area for the Pilot.

Further details can be obtained by contacting vince.warrington@protectiveintelligence.co.uk.

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

 

Test the new NCSC website in London – short notice this Friday

CESG are doing some website testing on the new National Cyber Security Centre and are looking for SMEs (1-250 ppl) to volunteer to have a play with it and feed back their views. https://www.cesg.gov.uk/news/ncsc-website-usability-testing-underway-and-we-need-volunteers

Testing will be in London this Friday and shouldn’t take more than an hour (further details at the above site). If interested, you can click through to the questions and comments page to provide their contact details.

 

3rd Annual Financial Services Cyber Security Summit 13th July London

UK Cyber Security Forum is partnering with City and Financial Global for this event 50% discount – see below

This year’s conference will examine the latest developments in the cyber security issues financial institutions are facing, with particular emphasis on cyber resilience, cyber security culture, supply chain security and the protection of critical financial infrastructure, as well as risk mitigation strategies.

keynote speakers and presenters including:

  • Andrew Gracie, Executive Director, Resolution, Bank of England
  • Jamie Saunders, Director National Cyber Crime Unit, NCA
  • Peter Oakes, Founder and Fintech Member, Fintech Ireland
  • Chris Gibson, Director, CERT-UK

Costs:

  • Private Sector Delegate Fee: £595 + VAT
  • Discounted Private Sector Fee: £297.50 +VAT. Use code CYSEC3UKCS at the submit payment stage if booking online or call 01932 340115 or emailbookings@cityandfinancial.com mentioning the code in either instance.
  • Public Sector Delegate Fee £250.00 + VAT

Website: www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/CyberSecurityFS2016

 

UK Cyber Security Forum Annual Showcase event

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 do hope to have a keynote talk about the government’s new National Cyber Security Centre as well as major sponsors (more details soon)

The non-sponsor speaking slots are already taken for this year but there are still quite a few free table top exhibition places available. If you would like to exhibit at this event (free of charge to our core members) 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

 

Cyber Security in Healthcare Show 2016 Wednesday 28th September at Olympia, London

CSiH2016 is a free event for all healthcare professionals who work to protect the security of NHS data. The show promises a unique insight into the government’s healthcare agenda, and will allow visitors to benefit from networking with over 4000+ leading healthcare professionals and 100+ influential speakers from HSCIC, DCMS, ICO, PHE and many more.

To find out more, and to register for your free pass visit: www.csihshow.co.uk

Please use this link which directs your readers to our homepage: http://goo.gl/mhlIa6

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in….

 

UK Cyber Security Forum Annual Showcase event

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 do hope to have a keynote talk about the government’s new National Cyber Security Centre as well as major sponsors (more details soon)

The non-sponsor speaking slots are already taken for this year but there are still quite a few free table top exhibition places available. If you would like to exhibit at this event (free of charge to our core members) 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

 

FIC – International Forum on Cybersecurity

The 9th edition of the FIC – International Forum on Cybersecurity, organised in cooperation by the French Minister of Interior, the Nord Pas-de-Calais Regional Council and the CEIS Consulting Firm, will be held in Lille on Tuesday January 24th and Wednesday January 25th, 2017.

The organisers are trying to gather as many UK exhibitors on one single stand/pavillon in order to minimize the costs for each of you. You would all share a UK branded space on which each of you will have your own company stand. This is what they did last year. The details are still tbc and it will also depend on UKTI’s involvement but they would like to have an idea of how many companies are be interested so they can offer different options.

You can see more about the event here: https://www.forum-fic.com.

Please contact Amélie if you want to express interest or have questions arives@ceis.eu

 

UKTI’s visit to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Exhibition in California this October.

If you would like to apply to be a part of that group, please see the contact details below.

DSO will have a UK exhibit space at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Conference and Exhibition. This is taking place in San Diego, California October 15th – 18th.

This conference and exhibition offers a fantastic opportunity for UK companies to get in front of various US Law Enforcement agencies, other US Government Departments, while also providing access to large number of companies who may be potential partners for you in the US market.

To express an interest in joining this exhibition, or if you have any questions, please contact Stuart Baird or colleague Mark Goldby (email via Stuart.Baird@mobile.ukti.gov.uk or call 020 7215 8362). There is a capacity limit for companies wishing to exhibit as part of the UK stand, so spaces on this trade mission will be allocated to eligible companies on a first-come first-served basis.

 

Free OU courses in cyber security, particularly for women returning to work after time out.

If you know someone who is considering returning to work or who is at mid-career transition, they might be interested in a new course recently launched by the Open University. A new free course has just launched on the OU Open Learn site aimed at women returning to STEM after a break. Details may be found at this link: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/returning-stem/content-section-overview

In addition, the OU offers a free Cyber Security MOOC, available on OpenLearn at the following URL: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/introduction-cyber-security/content-section-overview

The above is a self-study version which is available to learners to start at any time.

The OU also run a version of this course on FutureLearn, which is supported by a team of OU facilitators. The next run of the FutureLearn course will start on 4 July 2016. For more information, see: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/introduction-to-cyber-security

 

UKTI export Opportunities

You can see the latest cyber security export opportunities published by UKTI, featuring opportunities in the Czech Republic, the USA, Japan and with NATO. https://cyberexchange.uk.net/#/news/295

UKTI will be running a Nordic Baltic-UK Cyber event in early October, 3-4 Oct. https://www.cyberexchange.uk.net/#/eventsall/172

 

Satellite Applications Catapult – submissions by 22nd June

Not sure this has much relevance to the Cyber Security world but just in case….

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created as part of the Innovate UK Catapult Centres programme to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space based technologies.

The Catapult have received EU funding to develop an independent centre dedicated to the integration, test, demonstration and launch of innovative positioning and timing of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) applications, supported by a collaborative network of world-class expertise and facilities. Ahead of implementing the Centre in late 2016, the Catapult is seeking input from suppliers to:

  • Receive input to ensure that the core programme of activities and underpinning capability meets the needs of industry
  • Identify organisations who would wish to engage with the Centre as part of their collaborative network

The Centre aims to support organisations exploiting GNSS-related technologies to grow their applications into a range of markets including Critical National Infrastructure, Intelligent Transport Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Future Cities (focussed on Location Based Services).

The Centre will actively support the later stages of development (i.e. high Technology Readiness Level), integration, testing, deployment, and operations; show-casing new applications by SMEs working in concert with academia and other industrial organisations.

To deliver this vision, the Catapult has identified a number of core services that the Centre should deliver in order to maximise value to the community. This has been created through a wide community engagement including workshops and interviews with stakeholders across the value chain. The core services include providing state of the art facilities and leading technical expertise in the areas of:

  • a. Integration and testing
  • b. Test/trial/demonstration support
  • c. Performance quantification
  • d. Training and independent expert consultancy
  • e. Market engagement/launch

Please see the attached pdf for more detailed information regarding the GNSS Centre’s proposed areas of activity.

The Catapult would value your input to help shape the Centre to optimise its applicability to the community, and ensure that they have taken into account all important opinions on its capabilities.

To provide your input regarding the GNSS Centre, please contact us (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) to receive the two attachements you need to submit. Submissions are meant to be by 22nd June – sorry for the short notice!!

 

Two TechUK Events

Cyber Security SMEs – What is The Real Threat?

  • Date: Tuesday 28th June
  • Time: 3:30pm – 5:50pm
  • Location: techUK – 10 Saint Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD

Speakers:

  • John Unsworth Director of Operations for the Global Cyber Alliance) and Director of Economic and Cyber Crime Prevention Centre (ECPC) for the City of London Police
  • Presentation from Operation Falcon the Metropolitan Police’s response to Fraud and Linked Crime Online
  • James Chappell) – CTO and co-founder of Digital Shadows

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyber-security-smes-what-is-the-real-threat-tickets-25812404597

PR, Pitching & Marketing for Cyber Security SMEs

  • Date: Thursday 28th July
  • Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Location: techUK – 10 Saint Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD

Agenda

  • 14:00 Welcome – Samantha Sanderson, SME Cyber Security Champion, Cyber Connect Lead
  • 14:10 Mark Jackson – cisco
  • 14:30 Andreina West – Director, PR Artistry
  • 14:50 Anthony D’Alton – Associate Director, FieldHouse Associates
  • 15:10 Darshna Kamani – EMEA Communications Manager, FireEye
  • 15:30 Q&A Panel, chaired by Samantha
  • 15:55 Wrap up and close

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pr-pitching-marketing-for-cyber-security-smes-tickets-25839524714

Cyber Connect is currently funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The Digital2016 website is now live and open for expressions of interest and Cluster members have been granted a reduced rate of £1,300 + VAT for their stands. This is a discount of £450 off the list price, or just over 25%.

Follow this link (http://digital2016.com/en/contact/) to register your interest in exhibiting. In order to access this rate, once you have followed the link below, you should start your message with the wording “Cyber Sec Cluster Discount”.

This offer is strictly limited to members of the cluster and is not transferable.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mike Walmsley mike@digital2016.com or the Sponsorship and Exhibition Sales team on 02920 100 888

Atradius has an internal IT Services (ITS) department that covers the full range of ICT support, including IS development, IT deployment, and operations. Within that department, we are recruiting for the role of Senior Information Security Analyst, reporting to the Group Information Security Manager.

Atradius (www.atradius.com) is a leading credit insurer with a total revenue of around €1.6 billion and a worldwide market share of 31%. With 160 offices in over 40 countries, Atradius employs 3,500 committed and knowledgeable professionals who are responsible for servicing customers worldwide. We have access to credit information on more than 52 million companies worldwide and will make more than 22,000 credit limit decisions daily.

Interested parties should contact: UKjobs@Atradius.com with the subject line, “Senior Information Security Analyst”, a copy of their CV and covering letter.

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in…

 

Very short notice (!) On 13-14 May 2016, Innovate for India is being hosted at Clare College, Cambridge

A delegation from Andhra Pradesh State in India is looking to build up a large cyber security cluster (approx 300 acres of land and building). They are looking to invite companies/firms who are keen to launch their security products & services in India.

This is an opportunity to meet many large companies, government officials and academic’s who are working towards these issues. It would be a good opportunity for the delegation to understand on how they can include British companies and what support they need to launch their products/services in India.

They have available 5-6 spaces for companies representatives and AP government would sponsor the delegate fees.

The direct link for delegate registration is http://www.indiaglobal.org/complimentary-registration

 

CYBERUK In Practice 24th – 25th May in Liverpool

CESG is running a two-day event that will bring together cyber security and technology professionals from across the Public Sector, Critical National Infrastructure and Industry.

CYBERUK In Practice will showcase what we can do together as teams, as departments and as organisations, to implement digital, data and technology as safely and securely as we can. It’s about sharing plans for moving beyond seeing security simply as a goal in itself, to working out how we embed it into everything we do, making Government and Society more cohesive and resilient.

Fee includes both days of the event, exhibitor area, refreshments, lunch and networking evening. Accommodation is NOT included. Public sector: Free | Private sector: £399 (+VAT) – payment by credit card only

You can register to attend here: https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/cesg_cip16/

 

BBC Internet Scams Guide

The BBC have just launched a guide, aimed at the general public, on how to spot – and avoid – internet scams. The guide has been compiled in association with the City of London Police and Get Safe Online and contains an easy to use checklist of warning signs to watch for.

The guide may be found on the ‘I wonder’ section of the BBC website or at the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zw9v34j

 

European Institute of Innovation & Technology

EIT Digital Supports Cybersecurity Ventures with Growth and Funding – EU funded so it is a free service and no equity required

EIT Digital accelerates digital startups’ growth in the EU and beyond. We help ventures secure the partners, customers, and venture capital investment needed to extend reach in the UK and to scale across Europe.

EIT Digital supports a growing number of European Cybersecurity startups, including Security Matters (Netherlands), Keeeix (France) , Chino.io (Italy), DigiFlak (Estonia), CryptTalk (Sweden), Onegini (Netherlands). We recently helped Sentryo (France) successfully raise €2M from European VC investors.

As this is an EU funded programme EIT do not ask for any equity stake.

Scale Up Programme

Our goal is to accelerate your company’s growth in the EU and beyond. We will work with you to secure partners, customers, and venture capital investment needed to extend your company’s reach in your home market and to scale your digital business across Europe.

The EIT Digital Accelerator has more than 40 dedicated Business Developers and Access to Finance specialists located at nine acceleration centres across the EU and on the west coast of the USA. We are expanding our reach to 21 EU countries through our partner network of European business accelerators.

You will receive dedicated assistance from a Business Developer and an Access to Finance specialist, who will provide business development and investor relations support and act as your key points of contact for accessing the EIT Digital ecosystem.

How we can support your company

EIT Digital provides a range of support services, free of charge, for a period of 12 months. This includes:

Access to Market (A2M) Business Development Services One-to-one, bespoke support to grow your business

  • Business strategy review and development
  • Go-to-market business development support – customer targeting and engagement
  • Access to EIT Digital’s impressive European partnership ecosystem
  • Full support to attend up to five trade show / network events in Europe that suit your plans
  • ‘Soft Landing’ support and workspace to ease new market entry and expansion

Access to Finance (A2F) Venture Capital Investor Relations

Fundraising guidance, preparation and connections needed to raise Series-A stage investment

  • Financing needs assessment and fundraising strategy guidance
  • Investor-readiness and training
  • Connecting and engaging with target investors in our venture capital network and beyond
  • Securing one-to-one investor calls and meetings
  • Support to attend up to four national / international investor pitch events or dinners

Access to Innovation Projects

As a member of the Accelerator, you get the opportunity to participate in EIT Digital Innovation Activities – commercial research projects designed to encourage large organisation and startups to collaborate on getting their innovations closer to market. Projects may be co-funded by EIT Digital and our corporate and research partners. If your company has an innovation project in mind, please contact us for more details.

For the time being, under our current terms, we are able to offer 12 months of Accelerator support completely free of charge

They would be delighted to hear from UK cybersecurity ventures interested in applying to the programme. For more information, contact James Bamford and Ben McClure

 

IAAC Annual Symposium 2016 – 15 September 2016, BT Centre London

Programme includes:

  • Opening and closing keynotes
  • Government updates – in the year of the new Cyber Strategy
  • Publication of the IAAC research on security, safety and trustworthiness in smart living
  • Launch of the IAAC Access programme for early stage career individuals
  • Expert panels will explore areas defined by cross-boundary issues: Supplychaindynamics; Public-privatedynamics; Internationalperspectives
  • Poster competition
  • WLTM – ‘Would like to meet’ initiative, bringing the research and commercial sectors together
  • Networking opportunities

This is conference is open to anyone who registers, subject to capacity. Conference rates are kept to a minimum thanks to our sponsors. Rates are: Commercial rate £100, academic and government rate £50. Concessions are available for students.

For further information about the Symposium, or to get involved, please contact info@iaac.org.uk.

 

Cyber Forum Members looking for Partners

Forum member Jonathan Craymer of Cloud-pin Ltd writes: We are developing a revolutionary hardware-free replacement for the humble password (ShayypeTM) which could solve a lot of the world’s password-related security and usability problems. However we’re asking for help from the cluster in the following two areas:-

1. To help us with user testing, we’re looking for owners of Drupal sites who want to: a) play with something new; b) protect subscribers better; c) protect their own databases better (as there’s nothing stored that a hacker would want to steal).

We’re wondering if we’re GPG44 Level 2 compatible? Can anyone assist in this respect with guidance or better still an informed view? (For those who aren’t familiar, GPG is a series of UK Government Good Practice Guidelines; 44 is for authentication systems; and Levels 1, 2 and 3 refer to the amount of security or assurance required/provided. In simple terms, at Level 1 the user has a credential, typically a password, but Level 2 offers “confidence” that the credential has been used by the authorised user (ie it’s not just a stolen password). Level 3 requires the use of an additional piece of hardware, in a more conventional “two factor” fashion. (Actually as our system is hardware-free, but can securely convey one-time codes to users, we believe Shayype might even [at least in principle] be Level 3 compatible, but that’s just our opinion.)

If you’re able to help Cloud-pin/Shayype with any of the above, please let Jonathan know – jcraymer@shayype.com or 07770 875659.

 

Looking for a Job

I currently work as an IT trainer for an independent school. In this role I teach CompTIA A+, Cisco CCNA and other IT related courses. While very enjoyable, I am looking to branch out into industry. My desired position is one in which I can; or can be developed to, perform penetration testing and other security audits. Through self-funding, I will have the following qualifications by September: CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, Mobile+, Advanced Security Practitioner, and, Cisco IT Essentials, CCNA and CCNA Security. Should you require any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Telephone: 07775428723, or, email:sam@samreynolds.co.uk

 

Most Innovative Cyber Security Company Competition

Congratulations to Assuria Limited, Intruder Systems Ltd, Exonar, and Device Authority (Criptosoft Ltd) for reaching the finals of the “Most Innovative Cyber Security Company”

And to Torsion Information Security, 4Secure, Sevin Cyber Security Ltd, Panseer, Surevine Social Software, Segmantics Ltd and Glasswall Solutions Ltd for also winning a stand at Infosec.

 

UKTI Export opportunities

Companies in France, Italy and Singapore are looking to work with UK companies to bring their products to local markets and organisations in Ireland, the US and elsewhere are looking for specific services including data security evaluation and educational services.

Please see https://cgp.uk.net/#/newsall/266 for full details

 

Research & Development on Detection Technologies

I am not sure this will be relevant to any of you – but just in case…

ADS, as Secretariat to the UK’s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC), is organising a cross-Government engagement day on Monday 23 May in Central London for industry and academia on requirements to address Research & Development on Detection Technologies.

The Home Office, Department for Transport, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure other departments and agencies, police forces and international partners plan to spend over £30m on research and development for detection technologies over the next five years. The following calls and requirements will be launched during this Financial Year, starting from late June

Future Aviation Security Solutions – Following a commitment by the Prime Minister in the Strategic Defence and Security Review, Government will be launching a five year programme to invest in new technologies to keep pace with evolving risks

Innovative Research Call in Explosives & Weapons Detection for 2016 – After the successes of the 2007, 2010 and 2013 calls, this three-year innovation programme will cover a broad range of challenge areas

Automatic Threat Detection for Firearms – A call for research to improve our ability to automatically detect firearms in x-ray images

In addition, the Department for Transport has some specific, short term detection-related requirements; details of which are attached

The briefing event will provide an overview of the detection-related R&D that will be commissioned this year, including more detail on the content, timing and value of the calls, how projects will be commissioned and information on Terms and Conditions. It will also provide an opportunity to network with policy makers, end users, academia and industry.

If you are interested please let us know (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and we will send you the full details (attachments)

 

Cyclamen Modernisation Project

Also not sure if this will be relevant to any of you…

ADS, as Secretariat to the UK’s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC), has been asked to engage companies for the Cyclamen Programme.

What is Cyclamen?

Cyclamen involves the screening of incoming freight, vehicles, passengers and pedestrians to detect and deter the illicit importation of radioactive and nuclear (RN) material by terrorists or criminals at ports and airports. The Programme is jointly managed by the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) and Border Force.

Current Cyclamen capability consists of fixed detection equipment at ports and airports. There is also mobile capability supporting the fixed portals ensuring that air, sea and Channel Tunnel traffic entering the UK is subject to screening.

The screening equipment can identify a wide variety of radioactive sources.

Market engagement

The Cyclamen Programme is starting to identify options for the future delivery of RN detection capability at the border. As part of this, it is considering options for creating a unified service, i.e. a configurable architecture to easily extend and add capability as technologies evolve, and in so doing, creating an end-to-end platform for future products and services i.e. the underlying networked system on which detection capabilities can run. Other key considerations include:

  • Identifying options to reduce cost through technology
  • Supporting new ways of working, in particular mobile
  • Being able readily to adopt emerging technology/functionality throughout the lifetime of a new contract
  • Disaggregating contracts, in line with Cabinet Office guidance

Suppliers are invited to support the Home Office in developing its requirements. The Cyclamen team is keen to hear from suppliers who have offerings specific to RN detection capability and/or who could support the development of the platform.

Please contact us (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you are interested and we will send you full details.

IAC is one of the leading industrial control systems integrators in the UK, with operations world-wide. The company operates from a modern facility in Newport, South Wales, employing over 65 people at this site and another 30 around the world.

Now in its 12th year the IAC open day has established itself as the national control systems exhibition of Wales. Bringing together key suppliers of state of the art equipment, we are proud to offer you an invitation to this exclusive event.

With a defined focus on the issues of this dynamic and fast growing sector, the IAC exhibition offers an unparalleled platform to meet with engineers, managers and key decision makers. With its full programme throughout the two day event offering opportunities to meet and do business with contacts from across the region and beyond.

Previous attendees include: 3Phase Design, Aerospace Wales, AG Electrical, Amazon, Anstee & Ware, APD Ltd, AWE, BAE, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Celsa, Distec, DNV GL, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Eastman, Enersys, ETA, Evoqua, Halo Foods, Hollingsworth and Vose, Ilecsys, IMTECH, Industry Wales, JWM, Kerrco Automation, Knauf Insulation, Knight Prescision Tooling, Mercurious, Motion 29 Ltd, Murray Controls, NE UK, Orb Electrical Steel, Origin Fertilisers, Ovivo, Pamargan, Parkegate, Parker Environ, Princess Soft Drinks, Proctors, Royal Mint, SAT Automations, SEM services, Siemens Metal Technologies, Simataic, SPS Electronic, Tata Steel, Terasaki, The Bristol Port company, Tri-Wall, TWI Ltd, Tycon, Wessex Water.

Theer are exhibition spaces available and with a choice of 3 different exhibition packages the open day has plenty of flexibility to suit your budget.

  • £350 – 2.7m x 1.5m Stand, 2 tickets to exhibit and to the dinner on Tuesday evening
  • £460 – 3m x 3m Stand, 3 tickets to exhibit and to the dinner on Tuesday evening
  • £730 – 5m x 3m Stand, 5 tickets to exhibit and to the dinner on Tuesday evening

For further details please contact Kath Lewis on 01633 293000 or e-mail klewis@iac-ltd.co.uk

I’m an innovation consultant at RBS, working within the technology and innovation scouting department at the bank. Our mandate is to search out innovations that improve how we face the challenges before us and serve our customers better.

We have recently produced a Security Challenges document (attached) which outlines the major challenges, in both physical and cyber security, we face as a bank, and as an industry.

I am writing to you today to request you have a look at the document, share it around your network, and approach us if any of your members/partners feel they can help us solve any of these challenges the bank faces. RBS is passionate about working with small, fresh, innovative companies to deliver solutions to problems that we haven’t faced before. If you or any of your network feels they would like to work with us going forward and can contribute to solving some of these security challenges, I would be delighted to have a discussion about building a relationship going forward.

Click here to access the document.

Benjamin Hay, CSA Analyst, Royal Bank of Scotland, +44 (0) 1315 239 354 Benjamin.Hay@rbs.co.uk

I am pleased to announce the next CALL FOR PROPOSALS under the new KESS II Programme is now open.

The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) II programme will support Doctoral and Research Masters awards in Welsh Universities, jointly sponsored by external partners based in the Convergence areas of Wales.

KESS II will be 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 – University of South Wales is a partner. The programme is likely to run for 7 years (2015-22), supporting a total of 35 PhD and 29 MRes scholarships at University of South Wales.

Please note that there will be both PhD and MRes studentships available. Further information can be found at the following link: http://www.southwales.ac.uk/business/utilise-our-expertise/kess2/. Please note that to qualify you must be located in the convergence zone.

The Information Security Research group at the University of South Wales would like to collaborate with members of the South Wales Cyber Cluster on PhD/MRes relating to cyber security and computer forensics. Should any member of the South Wales Cyber Cluster wish to collaborate then please contact Professor Andrew Blyth at andrew.blyth@southwales.ac.uk

There is a large (about 25 people) senior cyber security delegation from India who are visiting the UK because they want to set up Cyber Security Clusters across their country. They are visiting Malvern to find out more about us on 14th April.

I am hoping to persuade them to let us help them set up Clusters and use the CyberCollaborate platform too – then we can start to get collaboration and partnerships (and sales). It is also a great opportunity to showcase our great technology and capabilities to these senior people.

I am not sure of the times for the event or exactly where it will be held – I have asked QinetiQ if we can use their facilities but not heard back yet.

I am hoping for an agenda something like this:

  • Welcome and introduction – the host
  • Overview of UK Cyber Security Forum – Emma Philpott
  • Running a Cluster – John Davies (Welsh Cluster Manager)
  • 4 x 10 minute pitches from the small companies (2 from Malvern and 2 from Wales)
  • lunch and networking with as many as possible SMEs having pull-up banners around the room

I am sorry about the uncertainty about the times / location but we do need some idea of the companies involved by the end of next week.

If you would like to be part of this event then please email me with a brief (100 words) overview of your company.

Let me know if you have any questions! (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

Please see below a link to the CGP Exchange website showing live cyber security export opportunities identified by the UKTI network. There are new opportunities in the Netherlands, Ireland and Japan amongst other markets, which are highlighted.

https://cgp.uk.net/#/newsall/258

Please register for the opportunities on the Exporting is GREAT website for further information on a specific opportunity or contact me for information on UKTI in general.

 

UK Cyber Demonstration Centre- Spring Special Offers

Additionally, we have just launched a special offer for companies wanting to use the UK cyber demonstration centre, a facility in our offices in 1 Victoria Street for companies to demonstrate cyber security capabilities to partners and clients.

On behalf of the UK Cyber Demonstration Centre we’d like to thank you for using our facility in 2016 and let you know about our new special offer.

This spring we are delighted to offer a reduced price for UK based companies wanting to hire the Cyber Demonstration Centre. Until June the CDC will be available at the reduced rate of £100 per hour, with a half-day session costing just £300! This is your chance to showcase your new cyber security products and solutions to clients and partners, in a purpose built facility in the heart of Westminster. In addition we are still offering UK companies a first session in the Centre of up to two hours for free, so there’s never been a better time to come and use the Centre.

Please visit our new look website at https://cgp.uk.net/#/cdc where you can see a short video clip on the Centre, highlighting its capabilities and all it has to offer.

To book a session in the Centre or to arrange a visit to the facility please contact:

E cyberdemonstrationcentre@ukti.gsi.gov.uk

T 020 7215 8278

We look forward to working with you in 2016.

 

Information provided by Iain Gill, Assistant Director Cyber Security Export Team, UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation

Here are some Opportunities you may be interested in

 

EPSRC Human Dimensions of Cyber Security – £5m funding call announced

Call type: Invitation for proposals

Closing date: 08 June 2016, 16:00

Funding Available: We have up to £5M available to support around six collaborative, international and problem-driven projects which address the human dimensions of cyber security.

https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/defence/article-view/-/blogs/epsrc-human-dimensions-of-cyber-security-5m-funding-call-announced

 

Free seminar on IP and Cyber Security – how to protect yourself

18th May 2016, 9am – 5pm

University of Hertfordshire

https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/ictktn/events-view/-/events/31383213

 

Discount on book

I was contacted by Dan Dieterle. He says he has worked extensively with the small business community in the United States. He is a computer security author and just published his latest book, “Basic Security Testing with Kali Linux 2”. It is an Ethical Hacking step-by-step “how-to” guide using the Kali Linux platform. This book is an updated version of the original that is used in University computer security classes and has also been used as a supplemental guide in an Air Force Officer Cybersecurity training class.

Dan has offered members of the UK Cyber Security Forum a discount of $10 off the $30 price of the book. This offer will stand until the end of May 2016.

You can buy the book from the publishing company, “CreateSpace” (An Amazon Company).

Website: https://www.createspace.com/6134412

Discount Code: VDMQJQS9

 

Competition to be Most Innovative Cyber Security Company

Deadline has been extended from 11th April to 14th April

https://cgp.uk.net/#/companynews/232

 

Update on CyberCollaborate platform

The Collaboration platform we are launching has been rolled out to Cluster Managers and will be rolled out to members over the next couple of weeks. Access to this platform will be free to all of you (UK Cyber Forum members). This is still a Beta phase but we have had positive feedback so far. More soon….

This delivery plan outlines the main ways in which Innovate UK will invest around £561 million in helping businesses to innovate and grow in the financial year 2016 to 2017.

 

The plan explains a number of significant changes to the way we work. These include:

  • a new sector focus that is easier for industry, investors and government to work with
  • a 5-point plan to underpin activity across these sectors
  • making our funding programmes clearer and easier to navigate
  • strengthening the way we connect businesses
  • increasing our regional presence

Since 2007, Innovate UK has invested £1.8 billion in innovation, which has been more than matched by the private sector. This investment has returned between £11.5 billion and £13.1 billion to the economy. We have supported innovation in 7,600 organisations, creating around 55,000 new jobs.

 

Information provided by Simon Cooper Manager – Research and Development Projects at Welsh Government

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

 

Competition to be Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company

Deadline for entry is 11am on Monday 11th April

First stage is a pitching competition on 25th April – 11 finalists chosen at this stage.

The 11 finalists in this competition will get a furnished exhibition stand at InfoSecurity Europe 2016 in the Innovation Zone

All 11 finalists will pitch at InfoSec event and the winner will be chosen live. Prize for winner to be announced.

More details here: https://cgp.uk.net/#/companynews/232

 

EU project opportunity

The City of Jyväskylä in Finland is preparing a project proposal for the H2020 DS-02-2016 Call, Cyber Security for SMEs, local public administration and Individuals, concentrating naturally in this local public administration context. There are already many cities and universities involved, also from UK (City of Birmingham, University of Warwick are in the loop), and they would like to ask if there are any Cyber Security SMEs in our Forum interested to join this consortium for this project ?

The aim of the project is to

  • 1) Improve the capabilities of the cities in the area of Cyber Security
  • 2) Implement innovative new services and applications in the area of cyber security in the context of local public admin
  • 3) Perform audits and most propably also exercises in the area of cyber security and public admin
  • 4) Identify good practices for cities in the area of Cyber Security

This project should lead to a catalogue of good practices, processes and methods for EU cities to better apply cyber security.

If you are interested or would like to know more information please contact Mika Kataikko, Director or Cyber Security, Innovative Cities Programme, Regional Development Company, Finland mika.kataikko@jykes.fi

 

Cyber Security Event in London

Geoff Revill from the South West Cyber Security Cluster is organising an event sponsored by ARM and Microsoft which they think you may be interested in. It costs £247 to attend unless you are a start-up in which case it is £67. See here for more details http://www.theprivacyadvantage.com/

 

Home Office Biometrics

I have been sent the details from the Home Office regarding the next steps in the Home Office Biometrics programme (HOB). If you would like this please email me and I will forward it to you (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

HOB are holding an event in central London on the afternoon of Thursday 14th April. This will provide an update on the programme’s progress and also seek to capture views from industry on these emerging plans.

This event will provide suppliers with further information about the HOB Programme and provide a forum for discussion on the proposed approach. The presentations will cover strategic direction and updates, including business and technical strategies, and potential procurement approaches.

The Home Office would like to invite you to help improve those plans, and to identify supply opportunities. In addition to providing an update on the programme, the event will seek to capture industry feedback, which will be structured through facilitated sessions. Further details will be provided with the joining instructions to enable suppliers to prepare ahead of the event.

Please note that as some of the information disclosed at both the event and in potential follow-up meetings is formative and not available in the public domain, the HOB team request that organisations attend with a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in place.

Due to limited capacity, it will not be possible to send more than three delegates per company; joining instructions will be sent to all registered parties on 7th April.

Please register your Interest to attend the event by 17:00 on 04 April 2016 by emailing Eleanor.rice@adsgroup.org.uk the name(s), job title(s) and email address(es) of your proposed delegates, together with a signed copy of your NDA, if appropriate.

 

Impact of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

10th May (6:00-8:30pm)

University of Nottingham

The East Midlands cluster is a partner in the East Midlands Cyber Security Forum, which is organising an event on the GDPR.

After over three years of discussion at many levels, the new EU data protection framework has finally been agreed. It takes the form of a Regulation – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The GDPR will replace the current Directive and will be directly applicable in all Member States without the need for implementing national legislation. It will not come into force immediately. However, as it contains some onerous obligations, it will have an immediate impact on all organisations.

Further details and booking https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/impact-of-the-new-general-data-protection-regulation-tickets-22791927268

 

Guide to fraud and scams

This guide to business fraud and scams is from the Police quite good. Feel free to share this with your clients and contractors

http://www.met.police.uk/docs/little_book_big_scams_business_edition.pdf

 

Drones

I know some of you are working in the area of Drones. You might be interested in this – UK H2020 Consortia seeks UK Academics and SME’s involved in identification, detection and mitigation of drones

https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/defence/article-view/-/blogs/uk-h2020-consortia-seeks-uk-academics-and-sme-s-involved-in-identification-detection-and-mitigation-of-drones?_33_redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fconnect.innovateuk.org%2Fweb%2Fdefence%2Farticles%3Fp_p_id%3D101_INSTANCE_okNCIW6dT09i%26p_p_lifecycle%3D0%26p_p_state%3Dnormal%26p_p_mode%3Dview%26p_p_col_id%3Dcolumn-1%26p_p_col_count%3D1&dm_i=2VFU,738A,1J69J0,M9Z6,1

 

Security in Intelligent Mobility

Opportunity for KTN members to influence Cyber security in intelligent mobility

https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/defence/article-view/-/blogs/opportunity-for-ktn-members-to-influence-cyber-security-in-intelligent-mobility?_33_redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fconnect.innovateuk.org%2Fweb%2Fdefence%2Farticles%3Fp_p_id%3D101_INSTANCE_okNCIW6dT09i%26p_p_lifecycle%3D0%26p_p_state%3Dnormal%26p_p_mode%3Dview%26p_p_col_id%3Dcolumn-1%26p_p_col_count%3D1&dm_i=2VFU,738A,1J69J0,M9Z6,1

Alert Logic are pleased to announce the return of Cyber Security Now, a free annual independent meet-up in South Wales. Due to the success of last year’s event we are delighted to reveal that this year there will be two tracks of content running simultaneously; cyber security alongside DevOps.

 

DevOps track

Session 1 – Jeremey Barrett, Principal Engineer

Microservices are becoming a popular paradigm in software engineering; they sound compelling on paper and provide many obvious advantages for separation of concerns, system availability, and enabling devops practices. However, they come with a set of foundational challenges that must be addressed in order to realise those benefits.

In this talk Jeremey will present what we have found to be the cornerstones to an effective, practical microservices architecture and our specific choices for implementation of each.

Session 2 – Jakub Kubiak, Senior Engineer

Many modern development technologies tend to claim their functional orientation, optimisation for concurrency, high-availability, fault tolerance, etc. Nowadays developers meet all those buzz words almost everywhere even when it comes to what is naturally a scripting language. However, do we really have good examples of having that mix implemented in the same core technology and available to you out of the box? Erlang is not the ideal instrument though, but may serve as a good example of such a thing.

Jakub will take a deep dive into the question of “Why Erlang is awesome and why companies chose it”.

 

Cyber security track

Session 1 – Jon Davies, Director at Pervade Software

This presentation will explore the latest trend in intelligent attacks that are invisible to modern threat detection technologies.

Since 2010 we have seen an increase in the number attack vectors that are specifically designed to evade traditional corporate security strategies. This talk will look closely at the anatomy of 2 example attacks, explain why they would go undetected using today’s threat detection technologies and explore enhancements that could be made in order to detect such attacks.

Whilst this talk will provide a technical “deep dive” into each attack based on the research of Mendicant/FireEye and Pervade Software the talk as a whole will be suitable for people of all levels of technical knowledge and will finish with a question and answer session.

Session 2 – Industry experts

A live demonstration of what a cyber-attack looks like. How do hackers do it, how easy it is to find information, what toolsets are out there and more importantly why do they do what they do?

This session is an informative, open discussion and we welcome the views and opinions of anyone who would like to attend.

The content of these sessions are individual opinions and not the view of the companies the individuals work for.

 

Schedule of events

  • 17:30 Arrival
  • 18:00 Introductions
  • 18:15 Session 1
  • 19:00 Break with beer and pizza
  • 19:30 Session 2

Venue: Alert Logic European Headquarters, Floor 5, 1 Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF10 4BZ

 

This event is free to attend

Book your place today at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyber-security-now-meets-devops-tickets-22536053944?aff=JD

Horizon 2020 is the biggest European Union (EU) research and innovation programme. It is aimed at securing the global competitiveness of Europe. The programme focuses on excellence in science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for public and private sectors to work together.

The Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) have set up a Horizon 2020 Unit specifically tasked with managing the delivery of the EU Structural Funds programmes. The Unit was set up in January 2013 as part of the Research & Innovation Branch of WEFO’s ERDF Division in anticipation of the increasing emphasis on synergies between the ESI funds and Horizon 2020. The Unit works closely with key stakeholders in Wales, the UK and Europe to co-ordinate and facilitate actions that will maximise the Horizon 2020 opportunities for Welsh organisations.

WEFO commissioned CM International to carry out a Scoping Study in 2014 into how best to support Welsh organisations to maximise their uptake of Horizon 2020. The Study’s recomendations are being taken forward by the Unit under five key objectives:

  • Build a ‘stairway to excellence’ – using ESIF to build capacity for accessing Horizon 2020;
  • Increase the engagement and success of businesses – targetted support mechanisms for businesses using ESIF (SMART Innovation);
  • Develop a Horizon 2020 culture and comminuty in Wales – events and communication activity, including an annual Horizon 2020 event;
  • Maximise the impact of existing and emerging support – best practice network and other engagement; and
  • Support and develop our experts and evaluators – develop a community of practice for Welsh Horixon 2020 experts and evaluators.

It is expected that these objectives and associated actions will help increase both the number of Welsh organisations applying to Horizon 2020 and the success rate of those that do.

The Unit hosted Wales’ first Annual Horizon 2020 Event in February 2015. With the theme of “Building a stairway to excellence in Wales – maximising the impact of EU funding for research and innovation”, the event not only set the scene in terms of the strategic approach to research and innovation in Wales but also the practical support available for Welsh oganisations to access Horizon 2020. This support includes SCoRE Cymru (Supporting Collaborative Research and innovation in Europe), which as part of the ‘stairway to excellence’ has committed over £150,000 to support around 40 organisations with the travel and bid-writing costs involved in developing Horizon 2020 applications. 76% per cent of this funding has gone to Welsh SMEs.

The 2016 Horizon 2020 Event is being held in March at the Future Inns, Cardiff Bay and will have the theme “Strategies for Success”. Researchers, businesses, public bodies, practitioners and policy makers alike will have an opportunity to hear from key note speakers and an expert panel during the morning to highlight some of Wales’ early successes under the EU’s largest research funding programme, whilst also providing a unique opportunity to explore the strategies for success. It should inspire experienced campaigners and those with hidden potential to pursue the many opportunities available from Horizon 2020, as well as other EU funds that support research and innovation.

The afternoon will offer detailed H2020 workshops on:

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing – Jointly organised with Welsh Higher Education Brussels;
  • Eurostars Programme – Jointly organised with the Enterprise Europe Network Wales; and
  • Cyber Security – Jointly organised with Innovation Point and the Welsh Cyber Security Clusters.

We are taking this invitation to stage an H2020 workshop on Cyber Security as an opportunity to bring the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster and the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster together for the first time and to run a series of talks aimed specifically at how the Welsh Cyber Security community can target, bid for and win available European funding.

More details and registration information will follow.

Information provided by Neil Sandford, Business Development Manager – ICT Inward Investment, Welsh Government

 

Trust all is well and thought the following maybe of interest

To coincide with the MOD Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) event on 16thMarch 2016 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff (http://www.dprte.co.uk) we’ve been advised that the MOD’s Defence Trade Office at the UK Embassy in Washington is coordinating a visit by the US Department of Defence’s Comparative Technology Office (CTO).

The CTO manages the US Foreign Comparative Testing and Rapid Innovation Fund programmes. The purpose of the visit is to facilitate contact between UK suppliers and the US Department of Defence open to acquiring UK equipment.

The delegation will include Colonel Scott Wallace – Director of the Comparative Technology Office, and representatives from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Special Operations Command etc.

The delegation will spend some time at the DPRTE conference on the morning of the 16th March and will hold one-to-one meetings with selected companies at the arena.

In addition, on the evening of the 16th March, Welsh Government is hosting a Reception at the St David’s Hotel in Cardiff which will give further opportunity for invited Welsh companies to engage with the CTO team. To ensure companies get maximum exposure to the US team at the reception we are limiting total external invites to circa 35.

Please can you let Neil.Sandford@wales.gsi.gov.uk know if you’d be interested in a one-to-one and/or an invite to the reception.

Enterprise Europe Network at Swansea University are now taking bookings for the next Entrepreneurial Skills Training Workshops which will be happening 2016:

 

Building, Managing and Leading Winning Teams – 16th March, 2016

http://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/content/events/2016/03/entrepreneurial_skills__building__managing_and_leading_winning_teams_1982/#1982

 

You can book by clicking on the links or contacting Marie Greaves Research, Engagement and Innovation Services (REIS), Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales, SA2 8PP

Enterprise Europe Network at Swansea University are now taking bookings for the next Entrepreneurial Skills Training Workshops which will be happening 2016:

 

Web Fuelled Business – 17th February, 2016

http://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/content/events/2016/02/entrepreneurial_skills__web_fuelled_business_2113/#2113

 

Building, Managing and Leading Winning Teams – 16th March, 2016

http://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/content/events/2016/03/entrepreneurial_skills__building__managing_and_leading_winning_teams_1982/#1982

 

You can book by clicking on the links or contacting Marie Greaves Research, Engagement and Innovation Services (REIS), Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales, SA2 8PP

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in.

 

Feedback on SME schemes

The cabinet Office really would like to help Cyber Security SMEs but the first step is to review all the schemes to help you already in existence and get your feedback about which you find useful and which are not.

Here is a link to a SurveyMonkey one page matrix where we ask you to rate all the SME assistance schemes we can think of. Please do spend 5 minutes rating these as this will really help the government know what things work. I am sure there are many others we have forgotten so please do fill in the details of others you know of.

Your help in this is greatly appreciated – thanks in advance! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6RN52DR

 

Cyber Security in Transport

The Transport Systems Catapult are carrying out a study to explore Cyber security in intelligent mobility, now and in the near future. In particular, they would like to investigate:

  • What current and near-term future technologies will change near and mid-term future cyber threats.
  • What capabilities will be required by Intelligent Mobility (IM) to tackle these.

They would like to carry out face-to-face interviews with forum members with either currently or looking to supply the transport industry. If you would like to take part, please contact James Gleave, Project Lead for Cyber Security and Intelligent Mobility at the Catapult, directly. His email address is james.gleave@ts.catapult.org.uk.

 

InfoSec 2016

As you know, we have shared a stand at InfoSec for the last few years. Last year BIS kindly paid for the stand and the previous year (when we were Malvern Cyber Security Cluster) the Worcestershire County Council sponsored us.

This year BIS / DCMS cannot help us and I’m afraid I don’t have the time to try and find a sponsor and arrange a shared stand for this year.

Sorry about that but maybe we can do it again another year.

InfoSec is free to attend and I will be there on an IASME stand (T30) – you are more than welcome to come and hang out at that stand if you want to visit. It would be great to see you!

Information provided by Jonathan Fortune, Strategy Manager – ICT, Welsh Government

 

South Wales Chamber of Commerce Seminar – Doing business in the US

Date: 10th March 2016

Venue: TEC Marina, Penarth, CF64 1SA

Come and find out how you can grow your business by exporting to the USA. Learn the marketing techniques to help you enter, market, locate and sell products and services in the USA more effectively.

  • 07:30 Welcome and Refreshments
  • 08:30 Introduction and Overview of Workshop – Russ Froneberger
  • 08:45 An Overview of the USA
  • 09:00 Marketing Techniques; Communication Styles – How to Find Partners; Building Trust Selling vs. Marketing – There Is a Difference
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:30 Locating in the USA – C.A.S.E (the Council of American States in Europe)
  • 11:15 Q&A
  • 12:00 Networking Lunch
  • 13:00 Private discussions available

This event is free to attend

Book your place today at events@southwaleschamber.co.uk

For enquiries, please call Rebecca Davies T: 01633 242746

Information provided by Debbie Garside, MD – GeoLang

 

This s a short notice opportunity for a small number of Cluster members to exhibit at the Cyber Security Show (8th & 9th March) for free

If you would like a small exhibition space in the Innovation Zone (http://www.terrapinn.com/conference/cyber-security-show/C60052.stm) plus up to 3 free exhibitor passes then please let me know. You must be a small, pre-profit start-up company with a product which is market ready. If you fit this criteria and would like to be considered for one of these free spaces please email me a paragraph describing your product to emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com

Pleased see the below information, which may well be of benefit not only to yourselves but others that you know.

 

Guidance on examining identity documents

Identity documents are used as proof of identity, nationality, status and employment in the UK.

Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/recognising-fraudulent-identity-documents

 

Double-digit rise in crime against UK corporates as cyber becomes fastest-growing form of economic infraction

The UK has seen a double-digit rise in economic crime against corporates in the last two years, with 55% of organisations affected. This represents an increase of 11 percentage points since 2014, significantly outstripping the level in countries such as the US (38%) and China (28). Globally, the economic crime rate has remained largely static at 36%. Cyber crime has experienced the fastest growth of all forms of economic crime. Some 44% of UK organisations that had experienced economic crime in the last 24 months were affected by cyber incidents. That signals a jump of 20 percentage points from 2014, and is substantially higher than the global response of 32%. Just over half (51%) of UK organisations say they expect to be the victim of cyber-crime in the next two years, suggesting this will become the UK’s largest economic crime. However, only 12% of respondents believe that law enforcement authorities harbour the necessary skills and resources to investigate such criminality. The fast take-up of cloud-based storage and the growing prevalence of the Internet of Things are some of the reasons underpinning this year’s steep increases in cyber crime across the UK, leaving anything connected to the office network now potentially vulnerable to hackers.

More at: http://www.risk-uk.com/double-digit-rise-in-crime-against-uk-corporates-as-cyber-becomes-fastest-growing-form-of-economic-criminality/

Copies of the new PwC survey are available at: www.pwc.co.uk/gecs

 

ICO Newsletter for March 2016 (I would recommend that if your organisation does not yet subscribe, that they do so as this and it is an excellent method of being updated in respect of IA issues etc)

This is available at: http://ico.msgfocus.com/q/112zH2c5RvpvQmEMjLA/wv

 

Passport to Good Security – From CPNI

Faced with the high demands of operational pressures and organisational oversight, anyone with senior executive or Board level responsibility needs to have concise strategic information that will guide their decision-making, risk management and governance activities. This is particularly important for the effective management of security at organisational level. Although a great deal of protective security information is available on a range of specialist themes, it has been harder to find a strategic overview. Yet this should be the starting point for anyone with higher level responsibilities, to help inform how they should properly manage security risk. This is why CPNI has produced the Passport to Good Security for Senior Executives. It sets out strategic headlines for best practice and provides relevant prompts for the actions you need to take as part of your strategy. It will help you to identify, assess and mitigate the threats to your organisation.

See more at: http://www.cpni.gov.uk/advice/Passport-to-Good-Security/#sthash.o8QipOI3.dpuf

 

Information provided by Mark Godsland. MSyl. Ad Cert Ed&Cp, Force Safer Cyber Advisor Specialist Crime, Gloucestershire Constabulary

This is an exceptional bulletin because there are two events being organised and I need expressions of interest from you over the next week.

 

IBM / UK Cyber Security Forum / Cabinet Office free event

I am not sure how many people can attend this and it will be on first come first served so please register as soon as possible if you would like to attend. (IBM have been inviting lots of people already)

This event has now been finalised and it will focus on innovation through partnership between IBM and UK cyber SMEs as well as, more generally, the relationship between SMEs and Primes.

There will be a number of short talks and then a discussion, chaired by the Cabinet Office, around the formation of a ‘code of conduct’ for working practices between large businesses and SMEs. This panel discussion will be chaired by the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance in the Cabinet Office.

The Cabinet Office really are interested in what you think about this subject – they can’t understand why Primes and SMEs are not working together more and they usually only hear the Prime’s view

There will be two key note speakers for the day:

Jane Cannon MBE, Director Security Industry Engagement, The Home Office. Jane will be talking about opportunities for innovation opportunities in the Home Office

Mohib Rahmen, Policy Lead, The Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance, The Cabinet Office. Mohib will be talking about how the Government seeks to develop the Cyber Economy in the UK and hosting a discussion on developing a code of conduct to enable the large prime to SME working relationships.

As well as presentations the following organisations will have a stand: the UK Cyber Forum, IBM Safer Planet, IBM Security and IBM Global Entrepreneur to enable networking between all those present.

As there is not the opportunity for you to have stands or speak I have agreement from IBM that they will print a booklet with the details of all the SMEs attending inside and this will be handed out to the attendees. The UK Cyber Security Forum stand will be just a pull-up banner and a load of booklets about you all.

If you are planning to attend please email me the following for your entry in the booklet. I need these by Wednesday 16th March. You will need to do this as well as registering on the IBM website (see below)

  • Your company logo (not a vector file please)
  • A brief description of your company (100 words)
  • Contact details – email address and phone number

IBM have assured me that they will follow up this event actively and try and facilitate engagement between SMEs and IBM. They are hoping that this is the first of a number of joint events.

You can see the agenda and register herehere.

 

Indian Delegation visit Malvern – 14th April

There is a large (about 25 people) senior cyber security delegation from India who are visiting the UK because they want to set up Cyber Security Clusters across their country. They are visiting Malvern to find out more about us on 14th April.

I am hoping to persuade them to let us help them set up Clusters and use the CyberCollaborate platform too – then we can start to get collaboration and partnerships (and sales). It is also a great opportunity to showcase our great technology and capabilities to these senior people.

I am not sure of the times for the event or exactly where it will be held – I have asked QinetiQ if we can use their facilities but not heard back yet.

I am hoping for an agenda something like this:

  • Welcome and introduction – the host
  • Overview of UK Cyber Security Forum – Emma Philpott
  • Running a Cluster – John Davies (Welsh Cluster Manager)
  • 4 x 10 minute pitches from the small companies (2 from Malvern and 2 from Wales)
  • Lunch and networking with as many as possible SMEs having pull-up banners around the room

I am sorry about the uncertainty about the times / location but we do need some idea of the companies involved by the end of next week.

If you would like to be part of this event then please email me with a brief (100 words) overview of your company.

Let me know if you have any questions! (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

 

IBM event – 23rd March

Apologies that I do not have more information about this for you yet. It appears that there are not exhibition places available for our members after all but the UK Cyber Forum as a whole will have space for a stand. I am not sure how this will work yet.

I am still not clear about the event as a whole. I know that IBM have invited a number of senior government customers to attend but I am not sure about the rest of the event.

As soon as I have details and links for you to book your attendance I will send these out to you. It will be on 23rd March in London.

 

Looking for a job

This person is looking for a job. Please contact him if you would like to find out more:

A highly motivated and senior Public Private Partnership (PPP) professional, specialist sales and finance professional who is passionate about cyber security (M.Sc. Cyber Security 2016). Extensive PPP and project finance experience in large and complex projects. Strong track record. M.Sc. in Finance resulting in strong analytical and financial skills. Top performer at leading US MBA school. Speaker at major PPP conferences. Multilingual (English, French, German, Dutch and Scandinavian languages).

Contact: PureSecSoft@gmail.com

 

Regional CISP Launch – Eastern Region Node

On the 24th March is the Eastern launch of the CISP regional hub. The event will take place in the Cambridge region I think.

The launch will be facilitated by the Cyber Crime Unit of the Eastern Region Organised Crime Unit and CERT-UK, who will provide comprehensive detail of the initiative and demonstrate the tangible benefits for businesses. Given that this event is open to many organisations from various sectors across six counties, places are very limited, however the opportunity to join the CISP Eastern Region Node is still open to organisations who have not been successful in securing a place to the launch event itself. Anyone who is interested can contact the Eastern Region’s Cyber Protect Coordinator, Sergeant Phil Cobley, by sending an email to: phil.cobley@ersou.pnn.police.uk. Finalised event details, including the venue, will be sent via formal invitations by CERT-UK. Please note that the event will be an invitation only event and so only pre-registered delegates will be permitted into the event on the day.

Discount on using www.CyberSecurityJobsite.com

Members of the UK Cyber Security Forum have been offered a discount on advertising. Ordinarily a 28 day job listing is £350 however our member are offered a discount so you can take advantage of this for £300 per job advert. If you are interested in this please contact ssmyth@cybersecurityjobsite.com and say you are a member of the UK Cyber Security Forum.

 

Spanish Conference on 3rd March

Project CAMINO partners invite you to the “Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism Research Summit”, on March 3rd at “Tabakalera – Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea” in Donostia / San Sebastián (Spain).

This Workshop is part of an overall thinking and exchange process that aims at promoting a European vision of cybersecurity and strengthening the fight against cybercrime, a priority for the European Union for which this project has been developed.

The Workshop will provide SMEs, the industry sector, scientific communities and end users a forum for exchanging CAMINO project vision and challenges and elaborating strategies to achieve these goals.

This Workshop is free to attend. You can register through this Link.

 

IoT conference – call for speakers

CONNECT SECURITY WORLD (5th edition)

Embedding Trust in IoT Systems and Connected Hardware

Sept. 26-28, 2016 – Marseille, France

www.connectsecurityworld.com

SHARE YOUR SECURITY EXPERTISE TO BUILD TRUST IN IOT!

The conference Program Committee is selecting 70+ security experts and IoT developers to present and discuss the latest HW/SW trusted technologies for M2M/IoT frameworks, the methods to minimize risks in a security-by-design approach, the lessons from M2M/IoT implementations in key Verticals.

VIEW THE CALL FOR SPEAKERS:

http://www.strategiestm-net.com/13-15/12all/lt.php?c=311&m=317&nl=1&s=e4a8e2f3396662e1de1775c378e21ec9&lid=7104&l=-http–www.connectsecurityworld.com/call-for-papers

Deadline to submit: March 31, 2016

10:00 to 15:30

Cardiff & Vale College City Centre Campus, Cardiff CF10 5FE

 

We would like to invite your company to be part of a new type of graduate recruitment fair hosted by the ESTnet on 17 February 2016.

The digital technologies industry in Wales is expanding rapidly, with 70% of companies expecting to grow in the next 2 years.

To manage this growth the industry need a pool of talented young people. The ESTnet Next Generation Graduate Recruitment Fair will bring these young people to you.

We will invite engineering, software, maths and business students from universities and colleges in Wales and West of England to Cardiff to give them an opportunity to experience the industry, to talk to you about the skills and attributes required, and for you to make first contact with a potential employee or placement.

Stands are competitively priced, with special rates for ESTnet members.

To book your place, please click here.

 

Information provided by: Piera Sidoli-Price, Business Development Executive ICT, South East Wales, Department for Economy, Science and Transport, Welsh Government

Please find attached the Q4 market report produced by Computer People, which includes a section on the Cyber Industry:

Key findings cover:

  • Contract and perm vacancy and salary changes for Q4 and YOY change
  • Breakdown of salary and vacancy changes by role (across contract and perm)
  • Vacancy growth across regions for Q4
  • Job role demand spikes over Q4
  • NEW – Specialist section – cyber security

Click click here to download the report.

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in.

 

Joint UK Cyber Security Forum / IBM event

Date: 23rd March 2016

Location: Central London

Cost: Free for any UK Cyber Security Forum member to attend

The UK Cyber Security Forum and IBM Safer Planets would like to invite you to a Cyber SME in Government day on 23 March 2016. The purpose of the day will be to introduce UK Cyber Forum SMEs and IBM to one another with a view to business development, especially with Government contracts.

The day will consist of a key note speech followed by the chance to visit a number of stands for networking. These stands will be a mixture of IBM technology and UK Cyber Forum SMEs.

In support of Cabinet Office’s Cyber Strategy development, the event will close with a panel discussion on developing a “code of conduct” to enable effective collaboration between large businesses and SMEs. The output of this discussion will then be presented to the Cabinet Office.

We look forward to seeing you on what will be a productive day for individual business development and for developing the UK Cyber Sector.

Agenda for the day

  • 1230 – arrivals and coffee
  • 1300 – key note speech
  • 1340 – what is threat intelligence?
  • 1400 – networking and stands with presentations at each stand
  • IBM Partnerworld – Christina Ferdinando
  • IBM Global Entrepreneur
  • IBM Safer Planet
  • IBM Global Financing
  • UK Cyber Forum businesses (to be decided)
  • 1530 – panel discussion on developing a code of conduct.
  • 1700 – close

We are still discussing the requirements for the UK Cyber Security Forum companies to have stands – if you have a unique technology or product which is market ready and would like to have one of these stands please email me (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com).

Information about how to register to attend this event will be coming soon. I think IBM are genuinely keen to engage with us all so I urge you to keep this date free if you are interested.

 

Question from the Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office have had an approach to fund some work to pursue greater collaboration with Israeli companies. But they would like to get a sense of whether it would benefit UK SMEs; whether there’s demand in the UK; and if there is, whether SMEs would rather do this bilaterally themselves.

This idea is for the Israelis to develop government to government and business to business opportunities through partnerships between UK and Israeli companies to jointly approach key markets. This would be done by sharing best practice and development through delegations, workshops, joint boards etc.

The Cabinet Office would like your feedback about whether this is something you think they should fund.

Please send you feedback to me (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com) by 20th February and I will collate it and return it to the Cabinet Office.

 

Company looking for resellers

Turrem Data are now global distribution for Solus Biometrics – Eyeprint recognition, scrambled pin-pad and geo-location platform. No additional hardware required, no passwords. Solus: A better customer experience for businesses with a premium digital product or service like Banking and Finance, Healthcare, Government or Enterprise Data Protection. Solus offers a new and secure way for customers to a access their web and mobile app services.

They are looking for Uk based partners interested in reselling the Solus solution to their enterprise client base. If you are interested please contact them at stevet@turremdata.com

 

SME Technology Portfolio

Turrem Data are looking to put together a SME technology portfolio for a potential London based project to help secure SME businesses. 98% of UK business is SME and do not require a complex enterprise solution. Turrem will be looking to work with a number of UK think tanks and system integrators in the city looking to promote British technology for British business.

If anybody is interested they can call Steve direct on his mobile (07810 077256) or email (stevet@turremdata.com) for further information.

 

Security of IoT Resources

Recently East Midlands Cyber Security Cluster was a partner in a regional event on the topic of IoT security. Resources from the “Internet of Things – how secure is it?” event have now been made available – please do make use of these.

 

School 6th Form Placements in Chesham region

We have had an enquiry from a school in Chesham – they have got 6th formers interested in doing some “cyber security” placements.

Please let me know (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you have any opportunities for this in your company located in this region.

 

Discount for UK Cyber Forum members at CMC LONDON 2016

This is a conference on 1st and 2nd March 2016 at Woolgate Exchange, 25 Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5HA

You can see the programme here: http://www.cmcsymposium.com/london-2016/

Usually tickets are £795 but if you say you are a member of the UK Cyber Security Forum when you book it will only cost you £650 per person.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS – INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS & CYBER SECURITY (IJBCS)

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 a 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 rigor, originality and integrity. IJBCS seeks to educate and inform as well as minimise cyber-risk through insight and vigilance.

Authors are invited to submit their original research papers, case study, review, work in progress, reports, abstract, students’ papers or research proposals within the broad scope of the journal.

Although broad in coverage, the following areas are indicative and nurture the interests of the Academy with a cyber security underpinning:

  • Business & Cyber Security
  • Risk awareness & mitigation
  • eCrime and Cyber Terrorism
  • Identity Fraud & Access Management; Information haemorrhage
  • 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 defence
  • 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
  • Human Factors and Behavioral Dynamics
  • Security Economics, Incentives and Liabilities
  • Globalisation and Outsourcing
  • Crisis management following a cyber attack

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 the Editor via editor@abrmr.com

Frequency: Twice a year: January and June

Review process: Blind peer review

SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT ONLINE

Or via email to editor@abrmr.com

 

Expressions of interest in a cyber security trade mission to Mexico City – 5-8 April 2016

The background is that there may be a Ministerial visit to Mexico at this time and UKTI are investigating whether a Trade Mission focussed on cyber might be viable.

UK Trade & Investment are developing a potential opportunity for a cyber security trade mission to Mexico City around the 5-8th of April 2016. This visit will focus primarily on opportunities in the Mexican financial services sector but we hope to also explore any potential commercial opportunities coming out of the recently announced Mexican Cyber Defence Centre.

At this point of time, we are seeking expressions of interest on joining the Trade Mission, particularly from companies that offer solutions to the financial services sector – while a draft programme is worked up with associated costs – to decide whether a mission is viable. This mission is being supported by the UKTI cyber exports team in London and UKTI Mexico.

If you are interested, please reply to cyber@ukti.gsi.gov.uk citing ‘Mexico cyber mission’ in the subject line and someone will get back to you.

CX on 5th February 2016 is not an expo, or a show! It is a carefully selected presentation of invited companies showing their latest products. The delegates and guests are also ‘invited’ and have been chosen from all walks of life relevant to what’s been shown. The organisers have researched and identified key people from around Europe, and invite them to spend a few hours with CX companies with plenty of hospitality throughout the day.

By invitation only to companies and guests, CX 2016 showcases the latest leading and cutting edge technologies in production, R&D and OTS. As always, no press, no outsiders, just invited guests and key decision makers from the UK and European Police, Defence and Security Organisations. Already confirmed for CX 2016 are companies showcasing innovative cyber software, optics, cameras and EOD equipment.

The organisers, The Blaythorne Group, are keen to create a Cyber Security Zone at next year’s event and have invited the Welsh Cyber Security Clusters to be part of that zone.

The normal price for a stand at CX for newcomers is £1,750 for 1 x 6ft table ex. VAT. In order to get a good size group of companies to attend and exhibit this price has been lowered to £800 per company.

Also, on the evening of the 4th after exhibitors have set up we have a private reception for the exhibiting companies and a very select group of invited guests. This is normally a group of roughly 50 -100 guests – diplomats, chief of police, MP’s etc.

More information about the event can be found at http://cxshow.co.uk/

If you are interested in exhibiting, please let John Davies know so that we can co-ordinate a response from the Cluster.

Key features: Up to £5k funding for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. This voucher is only for cyber security advice including advice leading to certification under the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

  • Opens: 29 Oct 2015, 09:00
  • Registration closes: No deadline
  • Closes: 05 Jan 2016, 12:00
  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is funding a special strand of Innovation Vouchers to help UK businesses get expert advice in protecting their business from cyber crime which could help them to achieve certification under the Cyber Essentials scheme.

You can get an Innovation Voucher worth up to £5,000 to pay for an external expert. This expert will give you advice on cyber security for your business and may be able to help you acquire certification through Cyber Essentials. You can also use the voucher for advice on how to protect new business ideas and intellectual property in cyber security.

The Cyber Essentials scheme helps organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks. It can help you develop a secure platform for your business activities. You can also get certification to show that you have taken these precautions.

You may need Cyber Essentials if you are a supplier bidding for a government contract. Since 2014, all suppliers handling sensitive and personal information need Cyber Essentials.

There are 2 levels of certification available through the scheme:

  • Cyber Essentials – an external assessor reviews your responses to a questionnaire
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS – an external assessor carries out tests of your IT security systems

If you need advice and certification you will need two separate providers. You can use an Innovation Voucher towards the cost of Cyber Essentials PLUS. You cannot use it for Cyber Essentials alone but you may be able to use it to get extra advice that leads to Cyber Essentials.

You can use an expert from one of the following:

  • universities and further education colleges
  • research and technology organisations
  • technical consultancies
  • Catapult centres
  • design advisers
  • intellectual property advisers

You can get more advice on choosing a cyber knowledge expert by downloading the guide.

The Innovation Point team have invited Cluster members to attend a Cyber Security Workshop – identifying and shaping project(s) leading to EU Horizon 2020 funding bids.

The aim of the workshop is:

To Identify and generate project ideas that can seek to address the key problem areas around the theme areas of the security of:

  • a) Internet of Things, and/or
  • b) Personal Data and Trust, and

which offer business benefit that could be used to attract focussed funding from among a variety of sources including UK central government and the EU Horizon 2020 programme

Objectives:

  • To bring together problem owners (business working in the relevant industries, domains and markets), innovators (technology specialists) and thought-leading stakeholders to generate business-case led propositions around which attendees would be willing to form collaborative Horizon 2020 projects;
  • To indicate companies that would be willing to lead a project bid;
  • To discuss more widely the relevant problem owner’s businesses, and seek to identify other business-case led propositions which may be used to stimulate future calls;
  • To agree a process for selecting appropriate calls, and schedule a further meeting to process a shortlist

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

from 10:30 to 13:00 (GMT)

Innovation Point Ltd

11 Devon Place

Newport

NP20 4NW

Parking at Devon Place is limited but we are 90 second walk from Newport Station

Registration: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/20054470461

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in.

 

Request for help from Cyber Crime Unit

The West Midlands Cyber Crime Unit would like some advice or opinion around work they are doing with regards to unlocking the investigative potential of WiFi Routers.

A home wireless router will have two methods of access:

  • To access the router itself, a user would be required to provide a username and password which would give access to a web based interface which would hold information about the device and its history etc.
  • The wireless network itself would have a separate password which a user would be required to input before being allowed onto the network.

They would welcome any information specifically regarding:

  • If a user has changed the default username/password for the router, what methods are available to log into the device? Would it be possible to obtain any file from the device to then enable other methods to obtain the username/password without risking loss of data?
  • Does a home router hold/store any information that the web interface will/does not show you?
  • Alternative access methods that may provide additional information, taking into consideration manufacturer restrictions around open ports and telnet.

They would welcome any information/advice regarding the above and would be keen to meet/speak to someone to discuss the matter further should the need arise

If you can help then please contact David Wiggett at d.wiggett@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk of the West Midlands Regional Organised Cyber Crime Unit (ROCCU)

 

NEDForum 2 Free Stands on Offer

UK Cyber Security Forum members have been offered 2 free stands at the next NEDForum event

The stands will be awarded to SMEs with innovation solutions in either enterprise architecture, cyber intelligence or big data.

The event will be held on the 3rd Feb in London in the evening, more details can be found at www.nedforum.com.

Please submit your applications as to why your company should have a free stand to Martin@nedforum.com

 

EU Consultation

The EU Commission has published a consultation on future policy measures to stimulate the European cyber security industry.

The consultation is broad and the questions cover all aspects of the cyber security industry. The responses will inform new policy developments that are expected to be launched by the Commission in the summer and could range from certification and labelling to access to finance and supply chains.

HMG will be sending a response and they would like to encourage industry and academia to do the same.

For more info and to download the consultation https://cgp.uk.net/#/news/197

 

SINET presents The Global Cyber Security Innovation Summit 2016

British Museum, 26 / 27 Feb – B2B Meetings (Sorry very short notice)

As part of SINET’s effort to provide security entrepreneurs with the most valuable experience possible at the event, there is an opportunity for delegates to participate in private, pre-scheduled, 15 minute B2B meetings with executives from industry, government and the investment community.

More detail at https://cgp.uk.net/#/news/196

 

French work placement students

A company called CFAI based in Bordeaux, France (http://www.cfai-aquitaine.org) provides training for future industrial engineers. Their skills panel ranges from Production & Maintenance to Networks & information systems engineer, Material engineers, electronic embedded systems and Structural calculations.

The students need to perform an 8-weeks work related placement in an English speaking company. These engineers would work for the welcoming company FREE OF CHARGE during their stay.

If you think that could be interesting in taking one of these students and want to know more, please get in touch! If you are looking for any specific skills, please let them know and they can send you some anonymous profiles for you to have a look at.

If you would like to follow up on this please contact Pauline Dagere on +33 611606408 or by email on p_dargere@cfai-aquitaine.org.

Please make your customers and contacts aware of the following free training. Please disseminate to any SME’s that you may know?

 

‘Responsible for Information’ for SMEs

‘Responsible for Information’ is a free e-learning course aimed at staff in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It helps employees and business owners to understand information security and associated risks, and it provides good practice examples and an introduction to protection against fraud and cyber-crime.

The course is divided into three modules

Each module is tailored to the specific needs of the target audience and includes role-specific content. It will take between 45 – 75 minutes to complete the course depending on the module you are taking. All modules conclude with an assessment to test the user’s understanding.

If you have any feedback or questions please email IATraining@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.

Further information on information assurance and cyber security resources/training provided by the National Archives.

Here are some things you may find of interest….

 

CyberCollaborate

Pervade Software recently ran an online demonstration to Cluster Managers of the new UK Cyber Security Forum collaboration portal, CyberCollaborate. When this is launched, much of our operation will move to the portal and it will be free for you all to register and start using it.

You can see the recorded demo through this link. Please remember that this was an informal demo so it is not meant to be a ‘show’ piece but you will hopefully get an idea of some of the final platform features. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTWpnRf9gPg

Any feedback would be very much appreciated (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com) We hope to launch the live platform shortly – we will let you know when you can register.

 

Police Business Summit – 18th January

David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner would like to invite West Midlands companies to attend a Business Summit on 18th January 2016, between 6pm and 9pm at Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, B4 6TB. Refreshments will be served from 6pm – the Summit will start promptly at 6.20pm.

At this years Business Summit he will launch his Economic Development Strategy. He will outline the direct action and indirect influence he intends to use to ensure policing is playing its part in creating the conditions for successful and sustained economic growth in the West Midlands. This year’s summit has the theme of cybercrime in response to the concerns expressed by businesses to the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Places are limited and in order that they can prepare, please confirm your attendance by clicking on the following link http://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/consultation/annual-business-summit,-18-january-2016 where you will find online registration

Places are free, however they do charge if you need to cancel but don’t let them know.

 

Infosecurity2016 Belgium, 23 & 24 March 2016

LSEC (Belgium Cyber Security Cluster) will again host the European Cyber Security & Privacy Innovations Pavilion at Belgium’s leading information security trade show. The platform provides a dedicated area for innovative cyber security & privacy innovations from LSEC and IPACSO Members (this includes UK Cyber Security Forum members). They will receive their own company booth at the pavilion; against a reduced price and other benefits while connecting with prospective clients and partners.

If you are interested in showcasing your innovation at Infosecurity2016 then please email wim.stoffelen@leadersinsecurity.org and he will send you the information.

 

Five free slots at 4th CEE Cyber and Information Security Showcase

A message from the commercial section of the British Embassy in Vienna:

We would like to invite you to our 4th CEE Cyber and Information Security Showcase. Are you developing a cyber security product that will be ready soon and would like to know how the market reacts to it? Well here is an opportunity for you: Our CEE Cyber and Information Security Showcase will take place this year in Vienna. We have 26 UK companies exhibiting and who are targeting the following sectors:

  • Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Police/interior ministries
  • Banking
  • Financial other

We have 5 free slots for young innovative startups that want to test their products in an environment with buyers from over 5 different sectors drawn from 11 CEE countries. So go on, apply for a slot and, after a careful selection of the most applicable candidates, we might be welcoming you in the British Ambassador’s Residence in Vienna this 23/24 February.

The only costs for you will be the flight and hotel costs, the latter costing between Euro 80 and 120 per night. We would be very pleased to see you at the event and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at Miles.Fisher@mobile.ukti.gov.uk

 

Israel Cyber Security Event

Cybertech, will be held on January 27-28, 2016 in Tel Aviv. Cybertech provides attendees with a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the latest innovations and solutions featured by the international cyber community. The conference’s main focuses are on networking, strengthening alliances and forming new connections.

Israel is the 2nd biggest Cyber security industry worldwide, after the USA and we expect many Israeli cyber security companies attending this event. Some of these companies are looking to setup or expand their operation in the UK and we would be glad if you would be able to attend and/or invite Cyber cluster’s representatives from the regions who will be able to meet with these companies during the conference.

Some of the companies participating are:

  • Symantec
  • Check Point
  • EMC Israel
  • Intuit

And many more…

Please take a look at the agenda of the conference and let me know if we can perhaps arrange a call to discuss https://www.cybertechisrael.com Looking forward to hearing from you Anat.Weiss@mobile.ukti.gov.uk

 

CISP regional launch invitation to all members in the West Midlands region

We are writing to you in our capacities as national policing lead for cyber-crime and Director of the National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK), to invite you to participate in the West Midlands regional Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP).

Following the launch of similar nodes in 2014, we are creating a West Midlands based-only regional information sharing node sitting on the national CISP platform.

There are a number benefits in belonging to the regional node including:

  • Obtain early warning of cyber threats
  • Learn from experiences, mistakes and successes of other users without fear of exposing organisation sensitivities
  • Opportunity to engage with industry, government counterparts in a secure environment
  • Seek advice from other CISP members
  • Participate in building pooled knowledge with access to CISP fusion cell outputs/information

The regional concept is modelled on that of the national CISP. We would greatly value your participation and support in delivering this strategic partnership which will make a significant contribution to protecting businesses in Warwickshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands and Staffordshire, and maintaining public confidence by protecting our regional citizens from increasing international criminal threats.

I would like to invite you to join by firstly registering your interest, which will then be followed up with targeted events and a formal launch at the Jaguar facility at Castle Bromwich on Feb 11th, 2016, 9am to 2pm

The launch will be facilitated by the Cyber Crime Unit of the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit and CERT-UK, who will provide comprehensive detail of the initiative and demonstrate the tangible benefits for businesses.

To confirm your interest in joining the West Midlands Regional CISP node please reply via email to RCCU@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk Further information is available direct from the CISP website at https://www.cert.gov.uk/cisp/

 

Interesting article

For those of you interested in the current market value of cyber security companies and what they are selling for – you might find this article of interest http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/06/cockroaches-vs-unicorns-the-golden-age-of-cybersecurity-startups/

 

The North West Cyber Security Cluster conference

15th – 16th March in Blackpool – details and tickets are available through this link. http://www.cybersecurityconference.org.uk/

If you have any questions please contact leanne.darby@nwcsc.org.uk

 

Cambridge Cyber Security Cluster

For those of you based in the Cambridge area – the next Cambridge Cluster meeting will be on Wednesday 27th January 2015 2:30 – 5:30 pm

Ed Wood, Product Manager for Cambridge Intelligence, will be talking about Visualising Cyber Security data with KeyLines an a representative from CERT will be attending to give a presentation on the use of CISP by SME’s

For further details please contact cams@ukcybersecurityforum.com

 

The 2nd Annual Energy Cyber Security Executive Forum

UKCSF are partnering with City & Financial Global for this event to give members 50% discount

When the Chancellor set out his plan for a £1.9 billion cyber security investment in his speech to GCHQ on 15 November 2015, it was clear that the energy sector remains a top priority, with the vulnerabilities of industrial control systems, resilience of smart grid technology and enhanced incident management detection being the main concerns.

Following up on the success of the last year’s event we are organising The 2nd Annual Energy Cyber Security Executive Forum, chaired by Graham Wright, CISO and Global Head of Digital Risk and Security, National Grid.

Event: Monday 8th February 2016, Central London

Discount code: Use code CSF50 at the Submit Payment stage if booking online, or emailbookings@cityandfinancial.com, or Tel: +44 (0) 1932 340115 mentioning the code in either instance.

Website: www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/CyberEnergy2016 (Includes event programme, speaker list, registration fees etc)

Listed below are various things you may be interested in. I hope you have a very happy Christmas and successful New Year. Many thanks for your support throughout 2015 – it is much appreciated!

 

Can you help? DSTL want to source a small form factor low bandwidth video codec

Our current requirement is that we need to be able to encode live analogue video in areas where there is potentially limited bandwidth to send video back to a server. Egress in the worse case could be perhaps over a poor satellite link or best case in 4G coverage. Historically H264 codecs on there own are very poor in that they aren’t that adaptive and frames can be lost. The codec needs to be adaptive to the available bandwidth.

In the past we have used hardware, however size is a constraint so we would prefer a small form factor codec or perhaps a software codec. We are aware of Vemotion and Digital Barriers however we trying to take a snapshot of what is available now and potentially in the future. There are some companies looking at H265 and this would also be a potential candidate especially as we will move towards HD cameras, though currently hardware is large and latency quite high.Latency is critical and has to be around 200mS or better.

If you feel you can help with this please let me know (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will put you in touch.

 

R Cloud

If you would like MoD / DSTL opportunities it may be worth registering on R Cloud: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/r-cloud . The R cloud is a list of preferred suppliers who have gone through a pre selection criteria. Anyone who matches the research technical area should get an opportunity to bid for the work.

 

Showcase mobile investigation capability

SIDC (Security Innovation and Demonstration Centre) will be running a high profile demonstration of mobile investigation capability at Security & Policing 2016 on the 8-10 March 2016. The demonstration will provide an opportunity to illustrate to the law enforcement community how utilising current and future technology could make high volume law enforcement and border security responses more efficient.

SIDC is now looking for a number of technology partners to showcase their capabilities at the event. Prospective participants are requested to outline what technologies and capabilities they can contribute against a series of law enforcement scenarios, which will be used to demonstrate the challenges faced by frontline policing and border security with increasing data volumes and digital complexity.

One page submissions are invited with a deadline of 31 December 2015 to be sent to sidc@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

SIDC are working with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence for this event. For more detailed information, please see the call to industry, or visit the website.

 

More on Security and Policing 2016

Between 8 and 10 March 2016, the UK Government’s Security & Policing Exhibition (S&P) will take place in Farnborough. There will be a large Cyber Zone, including a bespoke briefing programme. Senior speakers are already confirmed from GCHQ, the Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

In addition to hearing from senior officials about the future of the UK’s approach to cyber security, companies exhibiting in the Cyber Zone will benefit from:

  • An international delegation programme organised by UKTI focused on cyber security. Companies will be able to request to meet delegations from Europe, the Gulf, North America and Asia.
  • A new domestic delegation programme, allowing companies to meet UK customers interested in a range of capabilities including digital investigation and intelligence, information assurance, situational awareness and training. Companies will be able to request to meet these domestic delegations.
  • Business-to-business introductions specific to cyber security.
  • Practical workshops on how to work with different parts of government (including GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence) and on how successfully to export.
  • The opportunity to brief visitors and other exhibitors on their latest thinking in the Cyber briefing zone (expressions of interest invited)

Further information, including details about how to exhibit, is available at http://www.securityandpolicing.co.uk/the-cyber-zone/.

 

UK IA Community Map

The UK IA Community Map is an annual survey of all groups actively engaged on, or having a particular interest in, Information Assurance and is now undergoing its sixth update, making it the most enduring and accurate survey of its kind in the UK. The outputs of the survey are a published map of the community, available via the CESG website at https://www.cesg.gov.uk/publications/Documents/uk_ia_community.pdf and a supporting contacts database, available on request to members.

The map is widely used in both government and industry. Previously, the map was updated by IACG (Information Assurance Collaboration Group), but for the first time we are now working in collaboration with IAAC (Information Assurance Advisory Council) to provide an even more comprehensively assured product.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Roy Martin via roy.martin@anneroy.co.uk

 

Briefing on the Islamic State of Iran

Anquan is presenting a briefing on the Islamic State of Iran, its motivations and the cyber threat landscape in 2016 at the Royal Society of Arts in London on 11 February. The briefing will gather government and industry leaders and will combine technical and country analysis to give a holistic assessment as we enter a new period of political and commercial engagement with Tehran.

Key speakers include cyber warfare experts Bill Hagestad and Richard Stiennon.

For more information and to reserve places visit http://www.anquangroup.com/events/iran/

 

CyberInvest

CyberInvest is a public/private partnership that brings together key players from government and industry to invest and support the development of cutting edge cyber security research across the UK¹s academic sector. The scheme, developed by GCHQ in concert with the research council EPSRC, aims to build upon the UK’s position as a thriving centre for cutting edge research and its application across the breadth of cyber security subjects, with associated benefits for academic excellence, cyber security innovation, creating new opportunities and driving productivity.

Full details of CyberInvest and the particular benefits to industry partners – of all sizes – may be found in a paper which I can email to you – please let me know if you would like this (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com). It should be noted that, where appropriate, there may be opportunities for industry investment to attract government match funding, alongside a range of privileged opportunities.

Should you wish to engage with the scheme please contact David Crozier – David.Crozier@gchq.gsi.gov.uk

 

Mobile World Congress

We’re now in the fifth year of our MWC Cyber Security in the Mobile World event. The cyber security sessions at MWC 2015 were well attended with positive feedback and DCMS is looking to build on this success for 2016. The sessions will aim to enhance the UK’s reputation as Thought Leaders in cyber security and position individual companies as examples of this capability.

Are you interested in participating in the 2016 programme? DCMS has some opportunities in its programme for speakers to share their Thought Leadership perspectives under a number of cyber security themes and is seeking to identify relevant speakers from UK companies with leading cyber security solutions.

In particular, around: Connected Car Security; Future Network Security; IOT Security. DCMS also has a small number of MWC passes available that can be allocated to speakers. For more Information: https://cgp.uk.net/#/news/180

 

East Midlands Cluster Event: The Internet of Things – how secure is it?

28th Jan 2016 (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 Internet of Things (IoT) security.

The Internet of Things race is currently on. Suppliers and service providers are competing to be first to market with new gizmos that will make some aspects of life easier, be it intelligent transport; smart energy; healthcare applications; assisted living or home entertainment systems.

This event from the East Midlands Cyber Security Forum will feature presentations from Internet of Things experts, who will explain how the Internet of Things operates; what advantages this could bring to you and your organisation; examine what the security issues are; and give advice and guidance on how you can overcome them.

Further details and booking

 

The 2nd Annual Energy Cyber Security Executive Forum

UKCSF are partnering with City & Financial Global for this event to give members 50% discount

When the Chancellor set out his plan for a £1.9 billion cyber security investment in his speech to GCHQ on 15 November 2015, it was clear that the energy sector remains a top priority, with the vulnerabilities of industrial control systems, resilience of smart grid technology and enhanced incident management detection being the main concerns.

Following up on the success of the last year’s event we are organising The 2nd Annual Energy Cyber Security Executive Forum, chaired by Graham Wright, CISO and Global Head of Digital Risk and Security, National Grid.

Monday 8th February 2016, Central London (venue tbc)

Discount code: Use code CSF50 at the Submit Payment stage if booking online, or emailbookings@cityandfinancial.com, or Tel: +44 (0) 1932 340115 mentioning the code in either instance.

Website: www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/CyberEnergy2016 (Includes event programme, speaker list, registration fees etc)

 

Potential EU Project opportunity

DS-01-2016 Assurance and Certification for trustworthy and secure ICT systems, services and components

Opens: 20 October 2015

Closes: 12 April 2016

Budget: 13.5M EUR

Type: Research and Innovation Action

https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2425-ds-01-2016.html

 

International Cyber Security Forum in Lille, 25 & 26 January 2016

The UKTI received feedback from companies that the International Cyber Security Forum was too expensive for them to exhibit at (£4,250 was the cheapest) so they have managed to secure some additional funding to make it more accessible for companies of all sizes. They have a flyer which contains more details of the special offer they have put together – now only £1,050 (ex.VAT) to exhibit on the UK pavilion making it a quarter of the price initially advertised. If you would like the flier please let me know and I will email it to you (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

The International Cyber Security Forum (FIC) will take place in Lille on 25 & 26 January 2016 at the Grand Palais, Lille. Following the success of the show in 2015 which welcomed 4,350 participants from over 70 countries, UK Trade & Investment is proud to be hosting the UK pavilion to put the spotlight on GREAT British cyber security providers. The FIC 2016 will focus on data security & privacy to strengthen the fight against cybercrime. Therefore, UKTI France would like to invite innovative British cyber security companies to exhibit on the UK pavilion.

 

New Poli-Cyber™ Security Threats Impacting All – Are You Prepared?

You are invited to join the MLi Group London Summits, Feb 1-2, 2016, hosted by Google London, titled:

New Poli-Cyber™ Security Threats Impacting All – Are You Prepared? & Innovator MEET Accelerator/Investor “iMai™”

These summits are part of the MLi Group Global Summit Series “GSS” where critical topics in the new age and MiLE™ get addressed:

  • Poli-Cyber Security Threats
  • Social and Cooperate responsibilities, especially of front line service providers
  • Securing “Tust” Online and Offline
  • Child Protection Online
  • Innovators joining and pitching their local and global solutions to current and new problems

Sponsorships & Speaking Opportunities: Limited speaking slots remain available for sponsors, experts and panelists who would add value to the sessions, debates and outcomes. Please email us with your interest at Summit@MLiGrp.com, or directly to Mr. Phil Hales at Phil.hales@mligrp.com.

Attending: Joining and participating is free and is based on first come first serve. Please click here to register.

Here are some things you may be interested in:

 

Consultation – New Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard

A new cyber security apprenticeship standard, Cyber Security Technologist / Risk Analyst, is now open for consultation. This is a core and options model, and it is designed for people who, typically, would be leaving education with A levels or equivalent qualifications.

This standard has been developed by a steering group of employers, chaired by QinetiQ, with the aim of developing apprenticeships that fully meet employer needs in this area. Click here to comment on this standard

The closing date for input is close of business on 17th December 2015. Please note, this standard will only be valid in England.

 

Security & Policing 2016 demonstrator

The Security & Policing 2016 demonstrator has the working title “Frontline. Online. Everywhere” and will illustrate how current and future online and digital capabilities can be used and integrated to create a mobile investigative capability for law enforcement and border security. The SIDC (Security Innovation and Demonstration Centre) team are looking forward to working with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence to finalise details, working with UK law enforcement and border agencies to ensure maximum benefits are realised.

SIDC and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence will be looking to involve UK SMEs within the Security & Policing 2016 demonstrator so if you think your product fits into this theme, email us to let us know. A formal call will follow shortly, so check our website regularly for more details.

 

The first Oxford Cyber Security Cluster Meeting

The first meeting of the Oxford Cyber Security Cluster will be on Thursday, 28 January 2016 from 16:00 to 19:00 at Begbroke Science Park, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX5 1PF Book here through Eventbrite to attend

 

Free Webinar: “The Time Has Come: Are You Ready for European Data Protection Reform?”

Thursday, December 10 at 2:00PM GMT+1

Justin Harvey, Chief Security Officer, Fidelis Cybersecurity, will discuss the key points of the proposed legislation and provide guidance on the changes companies must make to their policies, processes and procedures to avoid financial penalties and reputational risk.

Register here: http://www2.fidelissecurity.com/WBR-121015-Register

 

Open University free foundation introduction to Cyber Security 8 weeks

The Open University is running a course as foundation introduction to Cyber Security 8 weeks – few hours a week online https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/introduction-to-cyber-securityhttps://www.futurelearn.com/courses/introduction-to-cyber-security

 

Survey – Tackling Cyber Crime: The Role of Private Security

The role of private security and corporate security in addressing cyber crime has received relatively little coverage despite the growing threat of cyber crime, the significant consequences for businesses and the reality that the need for experts is in abundance, not least because police resources are limited.

Perpetuity Research are conducting a survey as part of the Security Research Initiative to understand: How is cyber/information security viewed within businesses? What approach is (and should be) taken to managing the threats? And what input is needed to address cyber crime? If you are a physical and/or cyber/information security professional and would like to have your say visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SRI-cyber-crime.

The survey is anonymous, takes approx 10 minutes to complete and the findings will be made available to participants. The deadline for responses is the 2nd February 2016.

 

TriCyCIS 2016

TriCyCIS 2016 is a one day Cyber Security Conference, being held in conjunction with the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London.

TriCyCIS 2016 will provide an environment where seniors from defence, wider government, business and academia can engage in meaningful debate to identify where barricades still exist. Most importantly, we will attempt to identify who needs to collaborate with whom in order to address these questions:

  • How does the UK collectively defend the Nation’s interests in a global cyberspace?
  • How does the UK deploy military force globally, working with global non-military assets?
  • What support does law enforcement need to operate beyond the Nation’s boundaries?
  • Where does private and public sector cooperation already work well on these issues and where does it not?
  • How can the UK do better and regain/maintain its position of thought leadership?

Price for attending conference: £220 3 for 3 available

Price for dinner (almost sold out) £125 per person

Pop-up stand at exhibition (includes one conference pass) £650

SME demo (includes one conference pass) £325

More details here http://www.afcea.org.uk/

Here are some things you may be interested in:

 

Join CISP

In case you missed it a few weeks ago – you are all being encouraged to join CISP if you are not already a member. You can put me down as your referee if you want (Emma Philpott Director of UK Cyber Security Forum CIC)

The Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP), part of CERT-UK, is a joint industry government initiative to share cyber threat and vulnerability information in order to increase overall situational awareness of the cyber threat and therefore reduce the impact on UK business.

CiSP allows members from across sectors and organisations to exchange cyber threat information in real time, on a secure and dynamic environment, whilst operating within a framework that protects the confidentiality of shared information.

CiSP members are also able to receive network monitoring reports. This free service allows users to receive tailored feeds of information from CERT-UK covering any malicious activity that we see on your network.

Users can sign up for this service when they join CiSP or register your interest and a member of the team will get back to you when you have the necessary information.

https://www.cert.gov.uk/cisp

 

Funding to stimulate innovative 5G use

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million in collaborative R&D projects to stimulate innovative 5G use cases.

Innovate UK are seeking proposals to develop innovative applications and services that leverage the future 5G infrastructure. In the context of this competition, a service is defined as an application delivered as a service by a communications service provider.

https://interact.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/5g-applications-and-services?dm_i=2VFU,3W44,1T53XJ,BMLV,1

 

Innovate UK Energy Game Changer competition

The KTN is organising a webinar to promote a new Innovate UK competition that will open in 2016.

Innovate UK is allocating up to £1.5m for their “Energy Game Changer” competition. The funding will be allocated to feasibility studies led by SMEs who can provide disruptive solutions to long established challenges which currently cost the energy sector hundreds of millions of pounds per year.

Amongst the high level challenges where radical multi-disciplinary solutions are sought are:

  • improving condition monitoring, inspection, handling, characterisation and repair of energy assets
  • minimising the risk and cost of operating in remote and hazardous environments
  • generating and handling ‘big data’ to optimise performance, efficiency, safety and security
  • getting individuals and communities excited and engaged in energy reducing the consumers energy bills

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/game-changing-technologies-for-the-energy-sector-information-webinar-tickets-19255037335?dm_i=2VFU,3W44,1T53XJ,BMLW,1

 

Trade mission to Israel

UKTI DSO and DCMS are running a cyber security trade mission to Israel from the 15-16 February 2016. The objective is to scope best practice that is taking place within the Israeli cyber security sector, and businesses opportunities in the Israeli market, including collaboration into third country areas. This high profile mission will be led by Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office. He will be accompanied by a senior industry board member of the Cyber Growth Partnership.

In 2015, the Israeli cyber security market was worth £1.1billion and is projected to increase 16.5% by 2018. Israel has a unique business environment with more than 25 multinational companies establishing cyber security operations and companies in search of innovative cyber security solutions and partners.

To join the delegation, expressions of interest from cyber security firms should be made to UKTI by 7 December 2015. It is likely that a subsidy towards the cost of travel and accommodation for SMEs will be included.

For more information https://cgp.uk.net/#/resources/154

 

UK Pavilion at the International Cyber Security Forum in Lille

As a follow-up to the UKTI Paris event, we will be organising the UK Pavilion at the International Cyber Security Forum taking place in Lille on 25 & 26 January 2016. You very kindly helped us to promote the 2015 edition at the beginning of the year but as a reminder this is the biggest cyber security exhibition in France so it will give UK companies good exposure to the French market. To make the event as accessible as possible we have also put together a special offer for companies exhibiting on the UK Pavilion.take place in Lille on 25 & 26 January 2016.

UK Trade & Investment is proud to be hosting the UK pavilion to put the spotlight on GREAT British cyber security providers. The FIC 2016 will focus on data security & privacy to strengthen the fight against cybercrime. Therefore, UKTI France would like to invite innovative British cyber security companies to exhibit on the UK pavilion.

Grand Palais, Lille

£4,250 for 6m2 stand £7,080 for 12m2 stand (prices subject to exchange rate)

RSVP by 15 December 2015

Email Sophie to register sophie.clark@fco.gov.uk

 

Student looking for placement

Bilaal Nadeem is a student, currently in his second year: studying Computer Forensics Investigation at University of Derby. He is seeking for a industrial placement at a company for 12 months. He has sent me his CV, and a letter of recommendation from the previous internship; He was working at EngageBDR in Los Angeles – California: as a junior systems administrator. If you are interested in possibly offering a placement then let me know (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will email his CV over to you.

We are recruiting more full-time staff with digital forensics and computer security backgrounds for academic posts. Said posts will consist of teaching, research and consultancy activities. Please review these listings for more details:-

Senior Lecturer (Cyber Security) – Two Posts

  • Location – Pontypridd, Treforest
  • Categories – Academic
  • Salary – £39,685 – £45,954
  • Reference – CES159
  • Closing Date – 16/11/2015

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales is currently seeking applications for a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security.

The School of Computing & Mathematics is a dynamic part of the University which is active in research and consultancy, underpinned by a rapidly expanding Cyber Security Degree Programme. The School has a wide range of research interests, which this post is intended to enhance.

The successful candidate will possess a range of skills necessary to complement and enhance scholarly activity within the School, and to assist its growing reputation both locally and internationally. With excellent communication skills and a commitment to high quality teaching, the successful candidate will lecture on a range of undergraduate/postgraduate modules within the field of Cyber Security. Your contribution to research and consultancy will be strongly encouraged and supported by the School as a member of the Information Security Research Group.

See listing for details: https://jobs.southwales.ac.uk/vacancies/2308/senior_lecturer_cyber_security_post_1

We have been invited to video conference in to a session at the Cyber Demonstration Centre in London to speak with members of the EU Commission.

Representatives from the Commission will be in London to discuss their upcoming priorities for cyber security. Two of their main areas of interest are:

  • How to grow and develop the EU’s cyber security industry; and
  • Where to focus the spending for upcoming cyber security research and innovation projects.

The consultation on these issues will be published by the Commission and, given the upcoming work is likely to focus on the cyber security industry the Cyber Security team at DCMS (was BIS) thought it would be extremely useful for the Commission officials to engage with a selection of cyber firms and academics.

They have arranged for their session to be run in the new Cyber Demonstration Centre which means that Clusters can video conference in and share their views and ideas. DCMS have only invited 2 Clusters to join this meeting and South Wales Cluster in one of them.

So, if you would like to input to the EU Commission’s spending plans for next year and you have some time at 14:30 on Tuesday 24th let me know.

In the meantime, we are trying to sort out a venue for the VC.

We thought you might be interested in attending the ‘Access to India: Opportunities for trade; technology and innovation’ event which will be held in partnership with EEN South West on the 23 November at Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3RA.

The event explores how to access one of the world’s largest emerging economies, how to protect your technology and innovation and take advantage of the UK financial incentives for innovation and intellectual property. There will also be members of the European Business Technology Centre available to discuss their support to clean tech related companies looking to enter India, specifically in the Biotech, ICT, Energy, Environmental and Transport Sectors.

The directions to Leigh Court can be found here: http://www.leighcourt.co.uk/contact/. I can confirm that there is plenty of free parking on site.

The closest train station to Leigh Abbots Court is Bristol Temple Mead.

I would be most grateful if you can please register on the link to confirm attendance: https://accesstoindia.eventbrite.co.uk

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Information provided by Research, Engagement and Innovation Services, Swansea University.

With over 30,000 industry professionals, 500 vendors, 600 conference speakers, 400 conference sessions and attendees from 84 countries, RSA 2016 29th February – 4th March 2016 represents the single largest opportunity for UK companies to engage with the US cyber business and end user communities.

For the second year, UKTI DSO has secured exhibition space at RSA 2016 and is planning a UKTI Pavilion.

We have up to 10 pods in our pavilion that we would like to offer to UK cyber security firms. We estimate a maximum charge of £5k plus VAT per pod for this event. This will include:

  • A pod
  • An exhibitors only pass
  • Branding presence
  • Access to meeting space near the Moscone Center (bookable)
  • Invitation to a networking reception.

In addition, a number of other networking opportunities will be organised for UK companies alongside the event. This event is being supported by the UKTI Team in San Francisco and the US based UK Cyber Envoy Andy Williams.

The offer does not include accommodation or flights.

Full details of the conference can be found at http://www.rsaconference.com/events/us16

Expressions of interest are now invited from UK firms whose primary business focus is cyber security and who have not already reserved exhibition space at RSA 2016.

To register your interest in attending this event, please complete the attached proforma and return it via the following email cyber@ukti.gsi.gov.uk by no later than 20 November 2015.

Please note that this is not confirmation of attendance. Eligibility criteria will apply (as set out above) and if we are oversubscribed we will review the bids to give a balanced representation of the UK’s cyber security sector. Priority is likely to be given to companies who have not previously exhibited at RSA with UKTI before. Confirmation of acceptance or otherwise will be issued to companies by the end of November 2015.

 

The Welsh Government can support companies through our Overseas Business Development Visit grant with their flights and accommodation.

Please let Damon Rands know if you are interested in this event. Once we have an idea of numbers we can discuss specific sponsorship of travel with Welsh Government.

Win a slot to pitch during the Innovators Showcase, at the Global Cyber Security Innovation Summit, presented by SINET, British Museum, from the 26th to 27th January 2016

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has launched a competition to identify 4 UK cyber security businesses, with innovative technology / services interested in pitching during the Innovators Showcase at the Global Cyber Security Summit, presented by SINET.

The Global Cyber Security Summit aims to stimulate cyber security innovation and support the growth of the UK cyber security sector through providing an opportunity for organisations to connect with decision makers from Industry and both the US and UK Governments. it will also allow attendees to meet and connect with potential funders and develop new domestic and international partnerships that can lead to new business opportunities in the UK and US. The event is supported by both the US and UK Governments.

14 companies will feature during the Innovators Showcase, which will be split over two sessions on 27th January. 5 companies will feature from the UK and USA, with 4 from other countries. The chosen companies will have 4 minutes to present their technological solutions to representatives from the ecosystem of the entrepreneur: venture capital, investment banking, system integration, academia, science, legal, policy, private industry and officials from participating governments. The Showcase’s objective is to increase awareness of innovative solutions that may lead to an investment in, or the purchase of, advanced technologies or services.

Further information about the event at – http://www.security-innovation.org/global-summit_2016.htm

How to enter, process and timing:-

  • 1. Complete entry form (available to download) return to steve.williams@culture.gov.uk by Thursday, 19th November 2015 @ 15:00 UK time
  • 2. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges and 4 companies will be selected to feature at the event as part of the UK entry.
  • 3. Companies will be informed of the status of their application by end November/early December 2015.
  • 4. Please see full Terms and Conditions in application.

Autonomy and Big Data for Defence

Up to £2 million of funding is available for Phase 1 of this SBRI competition, with a further £2 million for Phase 2.

CDE, the MOD Centre for Defence Enterprise, is operating this SBRI competition in association with the UK Defence Solutions Centre as part of the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge.

The competition aims to address the challenges associated with big data in defence. Proposals are invited for proof-of-concept research into innovative component technologies and techniques to acquire, process, visualise and analyse autonomous data. Proposals can relate to any military environment, in the air, on land or at sea.

The competition is based around four challenge areas:

  • Challenge 1: acquiring data for autonomous vehicles
  • Challenge 2: sourcing big data in difficult environments
  • Challenge 3: validating sources of big data
  • Challenge 4: managing and visualising big data

Further details can be found at https://interact.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/autonomy-and-big-data-for-defence

Note that the call will close on 11th November 2015

 

SBRI is the Small Business Research Initiative from Innovate UK aimed at bringing together government challenges and ideas from business to create innovative solutions. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/sbri-the-small-business-research-initiative

Here are some opportunities and events you may find of interest

 

Cyber Security for Control Systems expertise needed

We have been contacted by Dr Issam Wadi of TRUST Technical Services (http://trutech.ae/), based in UAE, Jordan, Saudi and India who is looking for a cyber security company to work with:

They are looking for a company or individual who gave experience as follows:

  • Review, design and audit of cyber security systems for IT systems and for Control systems
  • Ability to execute recommended cyber security measures to improve systems cyber security
  • The consultants shall be certified according to international standards in cyber security field

If you are interested in having your details passed to Dr Wadi about this then please send me a brief description of your company including any relevant experience or qualifications which would make you suitable. I will then send all these with your email contact to Dr Wadi and he will get in contact with a company he feels is most suitable

Please note that I am assuming Dr Wadi is genuine – his communications seem to be (despite using a Hotmail account) but I have no evidence that he is and this would be at your own risk.

 

H2020 Secure Societies

This briefing event has been postponed but if you register you will get details of the replacement event.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/h2020-secure-societies-briefing-event-postponed-tickets-19058305906?dm_i=2VFU%2C29PR%2C2D4FR9%2C6HO0%2C1

 

Smart Home Breakthrough: Assuring trust in Smart Home Systems for Consumers

This is a conference run by the Smart Homes and Buildings Association. At the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place Thursday 19 November.

Registration is at https://smart-home-breakthrough.eventbrite.co.uk and the cost of attendance at the conference is £80 + VAT

 

Join CISP

You are all being encouraged to join CISP if you are not already a member. You can put me down as your referee if you want (Emma Philpott Director of UK Cyber Security Forum CIC)

The Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP), part of CERT-UK, is a joint industry government initiative to share cyber threat and vulnerability information in order to increase overall situational awareness of the cyber threat and therefore reduce the impact on UK business.

CiSP allows members from across sectors and organisations to exchange cyber threat information in real time, on a secure and dynamic environment, whilst operating within a framework that protects the confidentiality of shared information

CiSP members are also able to receive network monitoring reports. This free service allows users to receive tailored feeds of information from CERT-UK covering any malicious activity that we see on your network.

Users can sign up for this service when they join CiSP or register your interest and a member of the team will get back to you when you have the necessary information. https://www.cert.gov.uk/cisp

 

Science4Refugees initiative

The European Commission has launched the Science4Refugees initiative to help refugee scientists and researchers find suitable jobs that both improve their own situation and put their skills and experience to good use in Europe’s research system.

http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/submitS4Rdata

 

Person looking for a new job

Kevin Chapman is an accomplished General Manager & Vice President with an MBA and over 20 years IT management experience leading local and international teams, driving and developing SME and consumer businesses with revenues from $30m to $2Bn, including responsibility for a P&L achieving in excess of 40% contribution margin. He is a sales orientated general manager with expertise in marketing, strategic planning and operations while being an entrepreneur and reliable performer with strong communication and leadership skills in hiring, developing and keeping great talent.

I have Kevin’s CV so let me know if you would like to follow up this and I will send you the CV

 

Createathon Programme

Workshop event overview

Thanks to the successful pilot Createathon day held at The National Museum of Computing, Cyber Security Challenge have secured a second day for those create-authors and sponsors who would like an opportunity to view the newly launched Cyphinx immersive platform and want to add some of their own games, or assist those new to the industry to support their ideas on the day. We hope this seriously laid-back day will be an event that the Challenge and TNMOC can build on.

Who can get involved?

Anyone who considers themselves a creative or tech savvy with an interest in cyber – if you are under 18 you must be onsite with a guardian. Photo ID will be needed at registration.

What will you do?

Create downloadable technical challenges with access to great facilities and expert support, work in a team of like-minded individuals while having fun, networking and eating. Saturday, 12th December

Want to attend?

Email Steph at steph@cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk today!

 

Oxford Cluster

The Oxford Cluster is due to hold its first meeting in January 2016. (More details coming shortly.)

The cluster’s objectives are:

  • Promote the need for increased information security / resilience;
  • Signpost assistance available locally;
  • Bring together businesses with an interest in information security;
  • Link local specialists to the wider UK community through the UK Cyber Forum;
  • Connect the commercial and academic worlds to explore opportunities to collaborate.

For more information on the Oxford cluster please email stewart.benger@btinternet.com

 

UKCeB Excellence Awards 2016

On behalf of MOD and Industry – UKCeB celebrates great collaboration involving MOD & Industry through the annual Good Practice Market Place and Excellence Award.

Apply by end of the year

Finalists will be shortlisted and invited to be part of the Good Practice Market Place at the Defence Information Event (DI ’16), 20-21 April 2016.

A previous winner was Deep Secure – one of the first members of the Malvern Cluster https://secure.ukceb.net/community.php?community=1000061

 

Win a Pitching Slot

Win a slot to pitch during the Innovators Showcase, at the Global Cyber Security Innovation Summit, presented by SINET, British Museum, from the 26th to 27th January 2016

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (The BIS cyber team have moved to this department for some reason) has launched a competition to identify 4 UK cyber security businesses, with innovative technology / services interested in pitching during the Innovators Showcase at the Global Cyber Security Summit, presented by SINET.

The Global Cyber Security Summit aims to stimulate cyber security innovation and support the growth of the UK cyber security sector through providing an opportunity for organisations to connect with decision makers from Industry and both the US and UK Governments. it will also allow attendees to meet and connect with potential funders and develop new domestic and international partnerships that can lead to new business opportunities in the UK and US.

The event is supported by both the US and UK Governments. 14 companies will feature during the Innovators’ Showcase, which will be split over two sessions on 27th January. 5 companies will feature from the UK and USA, with 4 from other countries. The chosen companies will have 4 minutes to present their technological solutions to representatives from the ecosystem of the entrepreneur: venture capital, investment banking, system integration, academia, science, legal, policy, private industry and officials from participating governments.

The Showcase’s objective is to increase awareness of innovative solutions that may lead to an investment in, or the purchase of, advanced technologies or services.

Further information about the event – http://www.security-innovation.org/global-summit_2016.htm

For more information about the competition and to download the application – https://cgp.uk.net/#/resources/137

We thought you may be interested to learn about a series of free workshops to support businesses who are hungry for growth and would like help turning ideas into new products and services? This month’s workshop (SME Pricing Strategy & Tactics Workshop) is to be held at the Waterton Business Park, Bridgend.

The Workshops are for SMEs and Start-ups who want to unlock their potential. Funded by Innovate UK the monthly workshops are delivered by Swansea University in partnership with BIC Innovation. If you would like to attend this workshop or receive information about future workshops please contact Marie on 01792 606705. is designed for businesses who want to unlock their potential.

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. For details of future events please use the appended link: http://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/content/events/entrepreneurial-skills-workshops/

Information provided by Research, Engagement and Innovation Services, Swansea University.

Security for the Internet of Things

This SBRI competition is being run by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) on behalf of the UK Intelligence Agencies. Up to £1 million is available for phase 1 with a further £1 million available for phase 2.

The internet of things, as a network of multiple connected sensors capable of communicating with their environment, creates security challenges. This competition is looking for research proposals to identify innovative technologies or approaches to meet these challenges.

Further details can be found at https://sbri.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/E809e7RZ5ZTz/content/security-for-the-internet-of-things/1524978

Note that the call will close on 29th October 2015

 

SBRI is the Small Business Research Initiative from Innovate UK aimed at bringing together government challenges and ideas from business to create innovative solutions. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/sbri-the-small-business-research-initiative

Here are some opportunities and events you may find of interest.

 

“Big Company Meeting” 11th November

We will be running a ‘Big Company’ meeting in Malvern on 11th November. We invite large companies to attend and 6 SMEs will give a 10 minute overview of their company / capabilities. If you would like to give one of the overviews please let me know (spaces allocated on a first reply basis). Large companies confirmed attendance so far are Northrup, QinetiQ and L3 TRL (I only sent the invitation to them a couple of days ago so we are expecting more.)

After the presentations there is networking where the large companies meet the other small companies attending – historically this has been very successful with Primes following up on these meetings and even some contracts have resulted.

If you would like to attend this event (and not give an overview) please register here on the Eventbrite page: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/uk-cyber-security-forum-big-company-meeting-tickets-19240221019

 

Discounted CCP Accredited Technical Cyber Audit course 17th & 18th November in Birmingham

20% Discount is offered to any member of the UK Cyber Security Forum for this Technical Cyber Auditing Course which is run over two days by Martin Jordan of NEDforum. There are up to 8 spaces available.

This Course will teach you how to conduct a Technical Audit, like that required for a Cyber Essentials PLUS assessment. It is accredited to the CESG Certified Trainer scheme which means it will contribute towards your CCP accreditation (CESG Certified Professional). The course is certified to Application Level in the IISP core skills D1 (Information Assurance Methodologies), D2 (Security Testing) and G1 (Audit and Review).

The cost of this course is £1,000 per person but all members of this Forum are being offered a 20% discount.

Please contact info@iasme.co.uk to book with this discount.

This course does require you to already have a certain level of hands-on knowledge of networks and operating systems. To get the most from the course, you must be familiar with command line operating system interaction, such as DOS/Linux. You should familiarise yourself with the following tools, NMAP, Nikto, Nessus, Burp Suite, Microsoft Security Baseline Analyser. If you book onto the course you will be sent a short list of pre-course reading material to ensure this knowledge is current.

The course will contain practicals as well as a final exam, you will be assessed throughout the course for you ability to perform a security audit upon a network.

 

InfoSec Skills offer

The South West Cyber Security Cluster are running an offer with InfoSec Skills limited for offering cyber security training for school leavers upwards. The offer gives a cluster / forum member 40% off the RRP of all online course.

On their site they have information on Skills Profiler which has been developed with BCS and IISP for example. http://southwestcsc.org/skills-profiler

Information on getting into Cyber Security can be found at http://southwestcsc.org/career-pathways

 

KTN Networking and briefing event

£500k of funding is available to help fund SMEs involvement in the Cyber Security KTP (Knowledge Transfer Network) scheme. The KTP scheme enables an SME to form a close partnership with a leading university to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and innovation.

Register here for the briefing event register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyber-security-ktp-networking-and-briefing-event-tickets-19011932201

You can see more about it here https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/defence/article-view/-/blogs/register-now-cyber-security-ktp-scheme-ktn-networking-and-briefing-eve-1

 

UKTI France Cyber Security Showcase

UKTI France is holding a Cyber Security Showcase on Tuesday 24 November at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Paris. Cyber security is a growing concern for the French so they have made it one of their key focuses for this year as they believe there are opportunities for UK companies to provide their solutions.

To give you an idea of the format, the event will open with a series of short presentations from UK and French government and industry, followed by a table-top exhibition and networking lunch. The aim is for this to be a niche event with around 15 UK exhibiting companies with a real focus on CNI protection.

They already have a number of registered French visitors and they are expecting around 40 French guests on the day. They have invited contacts from various government departments including: Gendarmerie, Ministry of Interior, Judiciary Police etc. On the French private sector side, they have invited various transport, energy and financial services providers.

Central UKTI initially provided them with a shortlist of British cyber security companies specialised in CNI protection to invite to this event. However, they would now like to extend this invitation to any members of the UK Cyber Security Forum which have expertise in CNI protection. The deadline to register is quite short (sorry!)

  • Date: Event on 24th November 2015
  • Venue: At British Ambassador’s Residence, 39 rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75008, Paris
  • RSVP by: 30th October 2015
  • Registration fee: £420 ex-VAT

Email to register sophie.clark@fco.gov.uk

The Information Security Research Group at the University of South Wales is seeking to partner with a number of eligible SME’s for KESS Funded PhD Studentships – Can you please forward this to the cluster membership and ask any interested parties to contact andrew.blyth@southwales.ac.uk.

Key KESS II objectives are focused upon:

  • Increasing the research capacity of organisations by linking with a PhD / Masters project;
  • Encouraging organisations to undertake research and innovation and recruit researchers;
  • Preparing and training individuals to contribute to research and innovation as professionals;
  • Supporting the development of key technologies in the Convergence area;
  • Promoting Higher-level Skills Development and employability

Value of Award: Each Scholarship provides funding for PhD (circa £14k p.a.) or MRes (circa £11k p.a.) as well as additional support costs for training, travel and minor equipment.

Duration: PhD Full time for 3 years and MRes Full-time for 1 year

Student Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for a KESS award students must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys (See Convergence map) and be able to take paid employment in the area on completion of the scholarship as well as satisfy standard USW admissions criteria. Home or EU students only as fees are waived.

External Partner Eligibility: To be an eligible external partner, the organisation must have an operational base in West Wales and the Valleys (See Convergence map). External partners are expected to make annual cash contributions (circa £3-4.5k depending on size and type).Priority will be given to private sector – be aware we are only able to support a small quota of projects which engage with third and public sector organisations.

Intellectual Property: must be owned by the University in order to comply with European State Aid provisions. Partners can obtain an exclusive or non-exclusive licence, charged at market rates, to exploit any IP.

Types of project: Proposed research projects must demonstrate they meet an identified company need and be aligned to one or more of the WG 4 Grand Challenge areas: ICT & Digital Economy.

I usually only send these bulletins out every 2 weeks but UKTI and DCMS are keen for you to know about the launch of the Cyber Demonstration Centre and so I am sending this additional bulletin out.

 

Launch of the London Cyber Demonstration Centre

On 22 October Ministers will officially open the Cyber Demonstration Centre and demonstrate the new Cyber Growth Partnership Exchange web portal.

These have been delivered through the Cyber Growth Partnership, with funding from the National Cyber Security Programme, to support the growth of the UK sector and better access for UK based companies to overseas markets.

It may be confusing that we launched our CyberCollaborate™ portal last week and now there is another one launching which, on the face of it, sounds quite similar. There are, in fact, many differences. Although we have not been involved in the development of the CGP Exchange – from the limited information I have been able to find out these are some of the key differences:-

  • All information on the CGP Exchange portal will be public information, open to anyone on the web, whereas CyberCollaborate has been designed on the basis that you will be able to set privacy settings to allow only some groups of organisation to be able to see your profile or contact you.
  • CyberCollaborate will have the ability to form online Clusters and special interest groups / bid groups and then for secure chat within those groups to promote collaboration – the Exchange portal, from what I understand, will not have collaboration aspects like this.
  • The companies featured on the CGP Exchange will be of all sizes. The core members of the CyberCollaborate are only SMEs

It would, of course, be ideal if these two platforms were linked but that has not been possible to date. Maybe in the future.

The event will take place from 15.45- 17.00 on Thursday 22 October.

Companies and organisations in the cyber security sector are invited to view the demonstration online. To do this it is essential to register in advance by emailing bookings@questmark.co.uk with Cyber Growth Partnership Event in the title by 19 October.

They will also be offering an open day in the Cyber Demonstration centre on 3 November to demonstrate its capabilities. Please also confirm if you would be interested in attending such an event.

Further information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/qzodqp5

 

Autonomy and Big Data for Defence

Up to £2 million of funding is available for Phase 1 of this SBRI competition, with a further £2 million for Phase 2.

CDE, the MOD Centre for Defence Enterprise, is operating this SBRI competition in association with the UK Defence Solutions Centre as part of the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge.

The competition aims to address the challenges associated with big data in defence. Proposals are invited for proof-of-concept research into innovative component technologies and techniques to acquire, process, visualise and analyse autonomous data. Proposals can relate to any military environment, in the air, on land or at sea.

The competition is based around four challenge areas:

  • Challenge 1: acquiring data for autonomous vehicles
  • Challenge 2: sourcing big data in difficult environments
  • Challenge 3: validating sources of big data
  • Challenge 4: managing and visualising big data

Further details can be accessed via: https://interact.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/autonomy-and-big-data-for-defence

The call will close on 11th November

 

Nigeria: “Opportunities in Cyber Security in Nigeria, looking beyond the Challenges”

Tuesday 20th October 2015 @ 11am UK time

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6511132306955031810

This webinar has been organised by post to provide an overview of the cyber security landscape in Nigeria, notably focusing in on the Financial Services sector. Speakers will include UKTI in post, a Nigerian cyber security company and a law firm to help provide the context and information on the market.

 

DSO event for SMEs

  • Date: Monday 16 November 2015
  • Time: 09.00–15.00
  • Venue: BAE SYSTEMS Combat Vehicles (UK), Hadley Castle Works, PO Box 106, Telford, Shropshire TF1 6QW (for satnav please use TF1 7LL)
  • Cost: £60 (plus VAT)

The event is hosted by BAE SYSTEMS Combat Vehicles (UK), one of our leading defence and security companies and we will be joined by Mr Philip Dunne MP, Minister of State for Defence Procurement.

This event will focus upon a wide range of expert advice, information and support available to UK SMEs from HM Government.

For an application form please send an email, with your full contact details, to sme.enquiries@ukti.gsi.gov.uk. Applications will be dealt with on a strict ‘first come, first served’ basis so please respond early to ensure your place.

 

The UK Health Cyber Security Summit

25th November 2015

America Sq. Conference Centre, London

UKCSF are partnering with City & Financial Global for this event so all members can get 50% discount – see below

Key speakers include:

  • Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients & Information, NHS England
  • Dr Masood Nazir, Clinical Information Lead & Senior Information Risk Owner – Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body, Chief Clinical Information Officer – Your Care Connected programme
  • Sally Ward, Director Cyber, GCHQ
  • Peter Yapp, Deputy Director, CERT-UK

Cost:

  • NHS & Public Sector Fee: £295 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector and Charities Fee: £250 + VAT
  • Standard Private Sector Fee: £595 + VAT
  • Discounted Private Sector Fee: £297.50 + VAT. Enter or quote (if emailing or calling) code CYSHE1CSF

Website www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/cyberhealth2015 (Includes event programme, speaker list, registration fees etc.)

Bulletin of recent cyber announcements with URL links for further information provided by Jonathan Fortune, Strategy Manager for ICT Sector, Welsh Government

 

UKTI Announcement

UKTI is organising a number of cyber focused events at British Embassies in Europe as listed below. The attached flyers add further detail (please note that the flyer for Poland will be available shortly on request). If you know of any companies that may be interested, please forward on these details.

 

Example Agenda (France, 24 November 2015)

The UKTI DSO team in France would like to invite you to a half-day exhibition on 24th November 2015 in Paris. The objective of the event is for UK exhibiting companies offering cyber security solutions for critical national infrastructure (CNI) operators to identify and exploit opportunities within the French market.

The French cyber security market has seen rapid growth over the past 10 years with studies estimating the market to be worth €1.6 billion in 2014. This trend is expected to continue with a focus on “essential operators” (Opérateurs d’Importance Vitale) which are organisations designated by the State as having infrastructure and activities of national importance. Based on current threats and vulnerabilities, these operators are required to have minimum levels of cyber security protection to secure their information systems. With over 200 private and public sector “essential operators” covering various areas of government and critical national infrastructure including energy, communications, financial services and transport, there is growing demand for innovative cyber security solutions to help these operators respond to the ever-changing cyber security landscape.

This event aims to bring together actors from both the French public and private sectors in the domain of CNI to introduce them to British cyber security companies which are recognised as having world-class knowledge and solutions.

Programme

  • 08:30 – Registration and coffee
  • 09:00 – Key note speeches from British & French industry experts
  • 10:30 – Showcasing British cyber security solutions for critical national infrastructure
  • 13:00 – Networking Lunch

Held at the British Ambassador’s Residence,39 rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75008, Paris

RSVP by 23rd October 2015 to sophie.clark@fco.gov.uk

The other events will have a similar format and agenda.

You may be interested in some of these things….

We have launched our collaboration portal (free to all of you)

This is just to let you know that today we will be launching the new UK Cyber Security Forum collaboration platform (CyberCollaborate) for all our members. It is now in beta testing phase but when fully up and running UKCSF members will register their company details and cyber security capability (all for free) and will be able to specify which organisations can see their profile. Customers and partners will then be able to search by capability. The platform will also allow companies to form Virtual Clusters to chat, share information and collaborate on projects or topics of interest.

We are hoping that this might enable many more customers to find you, wherever you are located and also potential partners. You will be able to set up ‘virtual clusters’ for special interest groups or bidding teams and chat between yourselves.

You can see more details and the press release here

If you would like to be an early adopter and help us with the testing please do let me know and also let me know if you have any questions (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

UKTI Trade Mission on Cyber Security Education & Training to Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong 25 – 29th January 2016

This is for companies offering education & training for cyber security professionals and the wider workforce and user communities. The proposed programme is:-

25th January: a series of events in Tokyo targeting the business and education market

26th January: follow on events with the law and order sector including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Flying to Taiwan that afternoon

27th January: a full day of events in Taiwan with business in the morning, followed by discussions with the education sector in the afternoon

28th January: morning arranged visits in Taiwan before flying to Hong Kong for evening reception

29th January: A day of interactions with HK law enforcement agencies and commercial sector in the British Consulate Generals office. Depart on the evening flight for UK

The trip will include:-

Dedicated support from UKTI both UK & in-market staff.

Sector briefings with key industry figures

Interactions with government decision makers

Hosted networking receptions

Comprehensive pre-briefing from UKTI on operating in these markets

Company profile featured in Mission brochure

The total cost for the programme will be £1750 plus VAT (excluding flights and accommodation)

For further information and to register your interest, please email UKTI DSO at paul.ellis@ukti.gsi.gov.uk by 30th October 2015 quoting ‘2016-Cyber Education and Training Mission’

Could your company support the next generation of cyber talent?

CyberCenturion is the U.K.’s first team-based cyber security contest specifically designed to attract 12-18 year olds. 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.

However, many of these young individuals are struggling for an outlet to channel their amateur skills as school teachers find themselves ill-equipped to teach these subjects or to fund clubs especially for these activities

We are calling on cyber security companies to get involved with CyberCenturion by offering to support teams and or schools in their local area. This can be done in a number of ways:-

1. Set up a community team – perhaps you have a child in the age group who might like to set up a team with their friends and your company could support them?

2. Support community groups – work with community groups such as coding clubs, scouts, guides or maker spaces, provide specialist knowledge to get them started and to enable them to gain a new skill

3. Support a local school – again this could be in the shape of providing expert knowledge: or perhaps you could sponsor the team – provide a professional working space for the team to use, particularly during the competition times when weekend spaces are needed that schools may not be able to provide

4. Mentor a coordinator – many school teachers or club leaders would be happy to supervise these teams but may feel they lack some of the specific cyber knowledge that would help in supporting their work. You could mentor a school teacher or club leader and help them learn new skills in order for them to teach up-to-date cyber skills

We know that this can be successful – CyberCenturion is the U.K. version of the proven CyberPatriot competition, part of a major US national youth cyber STEM education programme. The CyberPatriot competition in the US has already engaged more than 250,000 children, educating them on the opportunities in cyber security across the US. 80% of those who have taken part in CyberPatriot now plan to pursue a higher education course in a STEM subject – this is what we need to aspire to here in the UK

What makes up a team and how do I get started?

CyberCenturion teams are made up of UK based schools, after school clubs, scouts, cubs, guides, cadet forces teams, social clubs and must consist of one responsible adult (the Coordinator), usually a teacher or a group leader who must be over the age of 18, and between 4 – 6 players, the age range for the players is 12 – 18 years of age. Each Coordinator can supervise up to five teams

To find out more about CyberCenturion go to http://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/Registration for CyberCenturion 2016 is now open and team leaders can register their interest here

Free event on ‘Right to be Forgotten’

Blancco Technology Group are running a free cyber security event which you are welcome to attend

Right To Be Forgotten Consumer Expectations vs Corporate Practice. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Featuring:-

A candid, interactive panel discussion on the “Right to be Forgotten,” moderated by IDG Connect’s Martin Veitch, where best practices, legislative guidelines and best case examples will be shared by Gerrard Fisher, Special Advisor, Business Models & Electronic Products, WRAP

St Paul’s Rooftop Pavillion London, liz.adams@blancco.com

Please see below for information and updates on future events and initiatives.

 

Cyber Security Supplier To Government Scheme – 2015

The Cyber Growth Partnership (CGP) has developed a scheme that enables UK cyber security suppliers to government to be able to reference this fact publicly, for example when pursuing business oversees.

For more information click here

 

European UK Embassy Cyber Events – 2015-2016

UK Trade and Investment posts are organising a series of events at Embassies in European capitals to allow UK based firms offering cyber security solutions to present their products and services to invited audiences drawn from industry, security, law enforcement and government.

 

New Fulbright Cyber Security Award – 2016-2017

During the Prime Minister’s US visit in January 2015, the 2 governments announced the Fulbright Cyber Security Awards as one of the measures to increase US-UK cyber security cooperation. The award will enable UK experts in cyber security to conduct research at any US institution for 3 to 6 months. Both governments agreed to support and fund these new awards.

Awards for UK cyber security experts are now open for the 2016 – 2017 academic year.

For more information click here

Good afternoon, here are some opportunities and events you may be interested in…

The UK Health Cyber Security Summit – 50% discount for our members

America Sq. Conference Centre, London 25th November 2015 UKCSF are partnering with City and Financial Global for this event.

Sally Ward, Director Cyber, GCHQ, Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients & Information NHS England and Simon Dolman, The Lead Official for Cyber Security Policy, Department of Health, will be leading an exceptionally strong speaker panel.

Some of the key topics to be covered are:

* The UK Government’s National Cyber Security strategy and other latest cyber security initiatives

* Addressing cyber security at the board level. Understanding how much damage cyber security criminals are inflicting on the UK healthcare sector and what should the NHS and other healthcare institutions prepared for

* The main steps in creating an effective cyber risk framework and culture in NHS and private hospitals. Promoting effective security training among employees

* Safeguarding patients’ Protected Health Information. Understanding the contributing factors to the increase in medical identity and fraud

* The impact of the European Data Protection Reform on the healthcare industry – what do NHS employees need to do in order to comply with the Data Protection Act?

* Outlining key technologies and leading practices to address data protection in the cloud. Supporting new cloud applications (EHRs and HIEs)

* Developing a comprehensive security programme to ensure quality response and timely recovery from a data breach in healthcare institutions

* Safely adopting and developing mobile health initiatives and supporting consumer-facing applications (patient portal, mHealth, wearables, BYODs, CYODs). Mitigating and managing risks in medical devices and many others.

When – Thursday 25th November 2015

Where – America Sq. Conference Centre, London

Cost – Standard Private Sector Fee: £595 + VAT (UKCSF member Fee: £297.50 + VAT. Enter or quote (if emailing or calling) code CYSHE1CSF)

Website: www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/cyberhealth2015 (Includes event programme, speaker list, registration fees etc.)

Other booking options: +44 (0) 1483 479331 E: bookings@cityandfinancial.com

Innovate UK Competition – Security for the Internet of Things

The purpose of this call for research proposals is to identify innovative technologies or approaches to meet the security challenges created by the Internet of Things.

Award: Up to £2 million

Opens: 10 Sep 2015, 00:00

Closes: 29 Oct 2015, 17:00

This themed competition is being run by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) on behalf of the UK Intelligence Agencies: The Security Service (MI5), Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) (MI6).

https://sbri.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/E809e7RZ5ZTz/content/security-for-the-internet-of-things/1524978

Reminder – UKCSF Showcase day 9th October

A final reminder that our UK Cyber Security Forum showcase day is on 9th October in Malvern Theatres. Attendee numbers are already high and I would encourage you to book if you are planning to attend. It is completely free to attend. As you see it is an exciting programme with a great selection of companies exhibiting. People who have registered to attend already include representatives from many Primes, Investors, Central Government, Government agencies, the Australian High Commission and many more.

http://www.festival-innovation.com/index.php/programme/oct-9th-cyber-security-big-data

Survey of UK Tech Clusters

Please do take part in this survey if you have time – last year it was a struggle to get Tech City to acknowledge that any of the Cyber Clusters exist or constitute Clusters so the more of you who respond the better.

The research phase for Tech Nation 2016 is now underway.

Launched by the Prime Minister and Chancellor in February, Tech Nation 2015 was the first comprehensive, community-driven analysis of tech clusters across the UK.

This year Tech City UK is aiming to gain an even deeper insight into the technology startup landscape to discover what digital companies need in order to grow and scale.

In partnership with Nesta and Growth Intelligence, Tech City UK has launched a short survey as part of Tech Nation 2016.

We have the opportunity to showcase our local tech industry with Tech Nation 2016, and feature a couple of local companies as case studies.

You can take the survey at http://bit.ly/1KcVrqN

Why complete the survey:

You can help chart the development of companies powering the UK’s digital economy

£1000 worth of tickets for this year’s Web Summit are up for grabs

International exposure with the chance to be featured in the Tech Nation report

Cyber Security Breaches Survey

Ipsos MORI and ICJS want to seek your views on the upcoming Cyber Security Breaches Survey. This survey has been commissioned by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme to measure UK businesses’ awareness and actions around cyber security, as well as the impact of cyber security breaches on the UK economy. This new survey builds on previous annual Information Security Breaches surveys, but is intended to better reflect the latest developments in cyber security, and to better understand the main cyber security issues that affect UK businesses today. Ipsos MORI, the independent research organisation, and its partner, the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS), have been commissioned to develop a new questionnaire.

Ipsos MORI and ICJS would like to talk to you to get your thoughts on:-

  • how cyber security has evolved in recent years
  • the topics that the survey should cover, to provide useful insights for your organisation
  • how we can encourage businesses to take part and provide accurate responses
  • how to best disseminate the survey findings

Dr Victoria Wang from ICJS would like to arrange a 45-minute telephone interview with you. The interviews will be conducted either by an Ipsos MORI Research Director or by Dr Victoria Wang from ICJS. You can let us know the best date and time to contact you by emailing victoria.wang@port.ac.uk. No advance preparation is required. Your contribution will be extremely valuable and will help ensure that the 2016 survey provides results and insights that will benefit your organisation

Reminder –European Cyber Security & Privacy Innovation Awards

Application deadline is set at October 1st – 2015

To download the application instructions: http://ipacso.eu/introducing-ipacso-innovation-awards/registration-jury-process.html

* All finalists will get their own small company booth at the conference, allowing them to present their innovation

* All finalists and winners will be included in international press releases, newsletters, social media, and all communications towards the European IPACSO community (20,000+ security stakeholders)

* All finalists and winners will be published on the IPACSO website, including their innovation and URL to the company website

* All winners will be mentioned in the final report of the IPACSO project towards the European Commission

* All finalists and winners will receive a digital banner and a format press release that they can send out to their communities; and to be published on their websites endorsed by IPACSO

* All winners will have their company profile and expertise published for 1 year on the LSEC Expert Directory (30,000 visitors- month, all security stakeholders)

* All winners will receive a free company booth at the Security Innovations Pavilion, a dedicated platform for innovators at Europe’s cyber security tradeshows (e.g. FIC – France, Infosecurity)

* All winners will receive one (1) day of coaching by a senior executive from the IPACSO consortium…..at your location, anywhere in Europe. If it’s on the map, we’ll find it and we’ll be there!

Paris Cyber Security Showcase – 24 November 2015

In partnership with UKTI DSO, UKTI are organising a half-day exhibition in Paris with the objective of helping UK exhibiting companies to identify and exploit cyber security opportunities within the French market. The focus will be on essential operators which are organisations designated by the French state as having activities of vital importance to the economy. These essential operators come from various sectors including government and critical national infrastructure such as energy, communications and transport providers. This event aims to bring together these French operators from both the public and private sectors to introduce them to British cyber security companies.

Provisional programme:-

  • Registration & coffee
  • Presentations – Keynote speeches from British & French industry experts
  • Table-top exhibition for British companies – Showcasing British cyber security solutions
  • Networking lunch

Contact Sophie Clark for more details Sophie.CLARK@fco.gov.uk

Forum International de la Cybersécurité – 25 & 26 January 2016

After a successful attendance at this last year, UKTI are aiming to have a bigger UK presence with a UK pavilion focused on showcasing innovative cyber security solutions. This is the biggest cyber security exhibition in France so it will give UK companies good exposure to the French market. UKTI are still ironing out some of the finer details but they will send further information shortly. Contact Sophie Clark for more details Sophie.CLARK@fco.gov.uk

DISA (Defence Industry Security Association) acts as a collective representative body interacting with HM government and agencies within the defence arena. DISA is able to provide advice and support to its members and offers an extensive training program prepared and delivered by experts who are members of the organisation. The organisation has been running for over 50 years and up until 12 years ago was called the Guild of Security Controllers.

Basically, the Government has classified some locations in the UK as List-X sites. Each of these sites must have a nominated “Security Controller”. On larger sites this is a full time job. On smaller sites, this job tends to be bundled up with H&S or other roles. DISA helps these Security Controllers to understand the complex policies and procedures that are typically written in MOD gobbledegook, acronyms and military terminology and helps them to do their job.

DISA run an Annual Conference for all members which runs for 3 days in October with speakers from the MOD, Cabinet Office etc. But there are also 4 Regions – Northern, Southern Central and Western – and each Region tries to run at least 2 regional meetings per year.

The Western Region covers Wales, some of the West Midlands and the South West. The last meeting was at Tewksbury earlier this year and they are holding the next Regional meeting on the 26th August. This meeting will be hosted by PGI in their Academy building in Bristol. They are expecting 20-25 people to come to the meeting.

DISA & PGI have asked if the Clusters in the Region (Malvern, South Wales, Bath and South West) would like to come to the event, put up some stands/banners and provide the members with some information about security.

If you are interested in attending and/or exhibiting at this event, please contact mark.wootten@pgitl.com

I would like to make you aware of a series of events and initiatives UKTI are promoting.

International Common Criteria Conference – 22-24 September, 2015

In September the UK is hosting the International Common Criteria Conference (ICCC) for the first time in 16 years. UKTI are joining forces with CESG to maximise this opportunity for SMEs. Common Criteria is the biggest internationally recognised certification scheme, and accreditation is recognised in 25 countries. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the common criteria, how to engage with them and the benefits this will bring both in the UK and export markets.

European UK Embassy Cyber Events – 2015-2016

UK Trade and Investment posts are organising a series of events at Embassies in European capitals to allow UK based firms offering cyber security solutions to present their products and services to invited audiences drawn from industry, security, law enforcement and government.

Cyber Security Innovation Vouchers

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Innovate UK are jointly funding a special strand of Innovation Voucher to help UK businesses obtain cyber security advice and/or certification. The Innovation Vouchers provide up to £5,000 for SMEs to engage external experts to gain new knowledge to help the business innovate, develop and grow. Firms can use the vouchers towards Cyber Essentials certification.

For more information and to apply for a voucher: click here.

Cyber Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Innovate UK are jointly funding Cyber Security Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). The new KTP fund will encourage partnerships between academic institutions and business entities in the area of cyber security to support innovation and to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity.

For more information speak to your local KTP advisor: click here.

Cyber Demonstration Centre (CDC)

This new facility for the UK cyber security sector has been delivered by UK Trade and Investment and the Department for Culture Media and Sport. It has been designed to help bring together UK cyber security providers from across the UK, with visiting overseas delegations. The CDC includes a state of the art audio visual facility, including three large screens at 4k definition and surround sound. The CDC is available for hire by UK companies wishing to demonstrate a cyber security product or service to a potential client.

For more information and to book the centre: click here.

Cyber Careers Hub

Inspired Careers is an innovative new online skills and careers hub developed by industry body CREST and Government to tackle the skills shortage in cyber security. The hub will be a powerful tool to promote the cyber security profession and encourage the next generation of cyber specialists to help protect the UK.

For more information: click here.

10th Annual API Cybersecurity Conference & Expo

UKTI are visiting the American Petroleum Institute’s Cyber Security Conference which seeks to discover methods for thwarting the bad guys, what the scene looks like over the horizon and how the latest technologies can help you counter cyber espionage, address cyber warfare, and make your cyber efforts secure.

For more information, email the cyber security exports team in UKTI DSO by 21st August 2015 at: cyber@ukti.gsi.gov.uk – quoting ‘API Mission’

Do you, or does your company:

  • Have information security risk assessment skills?
  • Work on a consulting or contracting basis?
  • Have ad hoc availability over the next few months?

If so, then fellow Cluster member CIPROS International would like to talk to you…

CIPROS International offer a comprehensive security service, aimed at protecting critical infrastructure, corporate intellectual property, data assets / privacy and personnel. We work with trusted partners to provide implementation expertise for products and services identified as beneficial to our customers.

To meet peaks in demand we are looking to secure third-party support for the initial information security and risk assessment.

Approach

CIPROS International conduct an information security and risk assessment (ISRA) across a range of domains:

  • Organisation structure / roles & responsibilities
  • Malware and anti-virus
  • Information security policies, processes and procedures
  • Business continuity planning and disaster recovery
  • IT security strategy
  • Application vulnerabilities – bespoke developments and commercial off the shelf packages (COTS)
  • Security Event and Information Management (SIEM)
  • Network and communications infrastructure
  • Identity management and access control methods
  • Data life cycle management
  • Enterprise architecture (including enterprise security architecture)
  • Third-party service providers, partners and linked companies.
  • Physical environment protection (for example, data centres)
  • Staff awareness, development & training
  • Data loss prevention
  • Network security and endpoint protection
  • Incident management and reporting
  • Technical surveillance counter measures (TSCM)
  • Asset tracking (including personnel)
  • IT operations and service delivery
  • Country and territory risks
  • Governance, risk and compliance requirements (for example, data privacy legislation / Sarbanes Oxley etc.)
  • Information security risk assessment
  • Secure cloud-based services
  • Data centre management
  • Data warehousing / visualisation / big data projects
  • Computer forensics and fraud prevention
  • Implementation and certification against recognised governance standards, for example Information Technology Infrastructure library (ITIL), ISO 27001 etc.

We recognise that this is a wide brief, but the intention of the exercise is to review these domains at a high level, in order to produce a heat map identifying those areas that present the most risk and where the recommendation is to conduct a more detailed analysis.

The final report from the ISRA is a RAG rating (with justification) for each domain area and some initial recommendations.

Person specification

Clearly it is unlikely that an individual will have detailed knowledge and experience across all these areas. The preferred candidate will be an experienced IT security professional, ideally certified, with a good understanding of the key drivers, trends and issues in each area.

We can provide every assistance to ensure consistency of service delivery.

Some domains are relatively straightforward, for example current use of standards within the organisation (which does include sufficient investigation to determine active use against a cosmetic annual exercise).

The first exercise would be conducted in tandem with a CIPROS International consultant.

Next steps

Members of the cluster that would be interested in this opportunity should contact Paul Costelloe, +44 (0)7801 335585, paulcostelloe@ciprosinternational.com for a more detailed discussion.

Identifying and Modelling Victim, Business, Regulatory and Malware Behaviours in a Changing Cyberthreat Landscape

Overview of CEReS Project

CEReS aims to explore the variety of social and technical factors that comprise cybercrime. The project will examine four specific aspects: malware and cyber criminals; the awareness of individuals of how to protect themselves against cybercrime; the awareness of businesses of the threats they face and; the response of the criminal justice system to cybercrime. CEReS comprises five universities: Cardiff University, University of West London, Durham University, City University and Plymouth University. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Definition and Context of Cybercrime and Cyber Security:-

  • Cyber Crime: – The use of networked computers or internet technology to commit or facilitate the commission of e-crime. (Association of Chief Police Officers).
  • Cyber Security: – The protection of systems, networks and data in cyberspace from unauthorized access, vulnerabilities and attacks.

The Information Security Breaches Survey in 2012 found that during the previous year 76% of SMEs had experienced a security breach. Cybercrime is a clear barrier to growth for SMEs; on average, each year, cybercrime costs small business up to £4000. Cybercrimes against businesses can include malware, customer ID theft, hacking, denial of service attacks and insider unauthorised access. Risks can also include accidental loss of data.

Aims and Outcomes of Cardiff Work Package (WP4)

Researchers from Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences (SOCSI) are investigating how individuals and SME business practices can influence the likelihood of becoming a victim of cybercrime. By conducting interviews with representatives from SMEs (IT security professionals/decision makers), we are focusing on experiences of cybercrime, how aware businesses are of threats from cybercrime and the ways in which they can protect themselves. We are also interested to explore the impacts of cybercrime and responses to it within different SME business sectors.

Key Interview Question Areas

The interviews will address several areas we are interested in exploring:

  • 1. Awareness and Knowledge of Cyber Security.
  • 2. Awareness of and Response to Cyber Risks.
  • 3. Trust in Support and Protection Mechanisms.
  • 4. Experience and Nature of Cyber Victimisation.
  • 5. Impacts of Cyber Victimisation.

Confidentiality and Anonymity

The project has received ethical approval from the University Ethics Board. Data from research participants is confidential and can be anonymised. It will be kept securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act. If you are willing to take part in an interview as part of this project, we will provide more detail regarding our ethical commitments to you.

Anticipated Policy/Other Outcomes

We believe this project will contribute to the continuing growth of awareness and knowledge of cyberthreats and security in the context of UK businesses. A key deliverable from the CEReS project is an automated, dynamic cybercrime risk assessment tool that will be deployed into UK businesses – in particular SMEs – with the anticipation of highlighting vulnerabilities in a range of business contexts. We will also develop a forum where initial (but verified) findings are released in stages, through briefing/working papers to business of varying sectors and size.

Contact Details: Mr Wil Chivers, Research Assistant (CEReS), Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, 59-60 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, Tel: 02920 875093, Email: ChiversWG1@cardiff.ac.uk

What is the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP)

CiSP is a joint industry and government scheme based in CERT-UK. CiSP is an online social networking tool and enables its members to exchange information on threats and vulnerabilities as they occur in real time.

Launched in March 2013, CiSP has grown exponentially since then. Numerous partners from across industry and government feed into the team in CERT-UK to release and share high quality reports that help its members better protect their network.

CiSP produces a wide range of products to cater for organisations at all levels of cyber maturity. These include, but are not limited to:-

  • Alerts and Advisories, including from national and international partners
  • Best practice and guidance documents on common themes
  • Quarterly Reports on threat trends
  • Malware and phishing email analysis

Regional Nodes

Growing out of specialist nodes that CERT-UK developed for events such as the Commonwealth Games, CiSP has entered into a partnership with the Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs), to set up regional groups for organisations to share threat and vulnerability information with other organisations in their region.

CiSP is a tool for every kind of organisation within the UK, regardless of their cyber maturity or location. These regional tools allow organisations with less resource to spend on cyber-security access to threat information and recommended actions for free.

Funding

CiSP sits within CERT-UK and is subsequently funded by the National Cyber-Security Programme. CiSP is free to join for any organisation that has responsibility for a UK-based IT network.

The Cluster’s role as a Trust Group

At a Steering Group meeting held during Digital 2015, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Phillips of the TARIAN Regional Organised Crime Unit provided a briefing on the formation of a CiSP Regional Node to be co-ordinated by Tarian and his hope that a Trust Group could be formed to provide referencable support and assistance to those approaching the CiSP for help and advice. He said he was looking for businesses in Wales who could form the Pilot.

John Davies responded at the meeting saying that The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster would proactively support the scheme and proposed that the members would form an ideal “Trust Group” to get the Pilot off the ground.

For a company to join CiSP, it needs to be “sponsored” by an existing member of the Partnership. However, it has been suggested that we gather together the names of every business within the Cluster prepared to join and them the membership will be co-ordinated by the Regional Business Champion, in the case of Wales this is Airbus. So, any members who is interetsed in joining this Partnership, please email john.davies@pervade-software.com so that the Cluster can be correctly positioned as the core of the Regional Trust Group.

More information on CiSP can be found at www.cert.gov.uk/cisp

Summary of the recent cyber announcements, with URL links for further information provided by Steve Williams, Senior Policy Adviser, Cyber Security Sector Growth, Digital Economy Unit, Department of Culture Media & Sport.

Cyber Security Innovation Vouchers

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Innovate UK are jointly funding a special strand of Innovation Voucher to help UK businesses obtain cyber security advice and/or certification. The Innovation Vouchers provide up to £5,000 for SMEs to engage external experts to gain new knowledge to help the business innovate, develop and grow. Firms can use the vouchers towards Cyber Essentials certification.

More Information and to apply for a voucher: click_here

Cyber Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Innovate UK are jointly funding Cyber Security Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). The new KTP fund will encourage partnerships between academic institutions and business entities in the area of cyber security to support innovation and to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity.

More Information speak to your local KTP adviser: click_here

Cyber Demonstration Centre

This new facility for the UK cyber security sector has been delivered by UK Trade and Investment and the Department for Culture Media and Sport. It has been designed to help bring together UK cyber security providers from across the UK, with visiting overseas delegations. The CDC includes a state of the art audio visual facility, including three large screens at 4k definition and surround sound. The CDC is available for hire by UK companies wishing to demonstrate a cyber security product or service to a potential client.

More Information and to book the centre: click_here

Cyber Careers Hub

“Inspired Careers” is an innovative new online skills and careers hub developed by industry body CREST and Government to tackle the skills shortage in cyber security. The hub will be a powerful tool to promote the cyber security profession and encourage the next generation of cyber specialists to help protect the UK.

More Information: click_here

Tuesday 28 July 2015, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. 10:30 a.m

The Knowledge Transfer Network would like to invite you to an Innovate UK competition briefing taking place in Cardiff on 28 July, one of a series of events taking place across the UK.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to invest up to £10 million* in a single collaborative R&D project to demonstrate the capability of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a city region.

This competition (delivered by Innovate UK on behalf of DCMS) is part of a wider £40 million government investment in IoT announced in March 2015.

*Note funding is only guaranteed for the 2015-16 financial year (ending 31 March 2016) and further funding is subject to decisions in the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

The Internet of Things (IoT), where everyday objects are connected to a network in order to share their data, is a major area of growth and will have a transformative effect on society. Cities can use IoT to improve services for their citizens, increase quality of life and make better-informed decisions more quickly.

The aim of this demonstrator is to show how the large-scale deployment of IoT – where everyday objects are connected to a network in order to share their data – can benefit citizens by offering environmental improvements, economic opportunities, and more efficient and effective delivery of services such as transport, healthcare and energy. Projects must be collaborative and led by a local authority or local enterprise partnership (or an equivalent body outside England). Projects should involve at least one local authority, one local enterprise partnership and several businesses.

The deadline for registration for the competition is at noon on 23 September 2015 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 30 September 2015

More information can be found at: Bit.ly/iotcities

To book your place please click here

Here are some opportunities and events you may find of interest:

Capability Sourcing Platform

We are working with Pervade Software to develop a platform where all our members can record their capability and some company details. This platform will then be used for a number of things including:

  • You will be able to search for partners with specific capability from among the other members
  • We are talking to a number of Primes about them contracting with us to use this platform to source cyber security capability for key projects and also for regional support
  • In the longer term a very wide range of other customers may be able to find you (if you want) by searching on specific capability – potentially including government, other countries, the public, SMEs etc

Please note that it will be completely up to each company who can see their profile or even their company name – you can stay totally invisible if you want.

We hope to launch this platform in late summer / early autumn – more details closer to that date

UK Cyber Security Demonstration Centre

The London UK Cyber Security Demonstration Centre opened on Tuesday 21 July

This new facility for the UK cyber security sector has been delivered by UK Trade and Investment and the Department for Culture Media and Sport on behalf of the Cyber Growth Partnership, with funding from the National Cyber Security Programme in the Cabinet Office. It will be the ideal place to demonstrate and showcase the breadth, depth and quality of the UK offer on cyber security. More information on the launch can be found here.

The UK government will bring visiting foreign delegations to the Centre to highlight the cutting edge research, products and services being developed in the UK but the main purpose of the Centre is as a facility for UK cyber security companies wishing to demonstrate capability to potential clients

The purpose built facility includes state of the art audio visual facilities, three large screens at 4k definition, surround sound and the latest video conferencing facilities provided by our partners Cisco, giving a range of multimedia presentation options, including real time streaming from remote locations

As an introductory offer all UK cyber security companies are able to use the Centre for the first time for free. We would also invite you to attend one of our open days to see the Centre for yourself, either in person or by connecting through the Cisco video conferencing system

For further information on these days and to book the Centre please see visit the web page cgp.uk.net or get in contact with UK Trade and Investment on cyberdemonstrationcentre@ukti.gsi.gov.uk if you have any questions.

Cluster Survey – please complete!

If you have not already done so then please spend just 5 minutes answering a few short questions about benefits you see from being a member of your local Cluster or the Forum. I really need as many responses to this as possible for the report to BIS. Many thanks in anticipation!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MZ3R6rCcL0PZelVOKbEWuQNmBrIlnuzMOxus0QDSjSA/viewform?c=0&w=1

Discounted Rate for IA15

GCHQ have advised that there will be a discounted SME delegate rate at IA15 which will be £349 + VAT. A discount code will be issued to those who qualify – if you would like this discount code please let me know (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will send them a list of our members who are interested in this rate.

Strategic Partnerships

The UK Cyber Security Forum is forming strategic partnerships with a number of organisations to add benefit to members. These will be announced over the coming months and should open some exciting opportunities for you. In all cases information about our members is never passed to third parties but you will have the opportunity of choosing to take up these opportunities

Partnership with LSEC

LSEC- (Leaders in Security) is a membership organisation similar to the UK Cyber Security Forum in Belgium. We have entered into a cross- border collaboration, opening new opportunities for Forum members on a European scale – more information over the coming months

LSEC competition

Each year in October, Europe’s most innovative and forward-thinking researchers and entrepreneurs gather in Brussels, to recognise those who are bolstering Europe’s cyber security landscape. The awards are the brainchild of an EU-supported project named IPACSO. LSEC- Leaders in Security (Belgium) is a member of this consortium. The IPACSO- consortium reaches more than 20,000 security stakeholders in Europe!

Are you an Innovator in Cyber Security or Privacy? The IPACSO consortium challenges you to submit your business case for the 2015 edition of the awards, and promote your company as a leading innovator, and one of the best in your industry today. Innovators will be captured in IPACSO’s repository and published on the website; award finalists will get their own private company booth at the award ceremony and congress on 22 October, taking place at the Innovation Conference Center Living Tomorrow, in Brussels. For more information about IPACSO and the award ceremony, click here

To receive the application instructions to submit your business case, send your email to innovationawards2015@ipacso.eu

Malvern Festival of Innovation – Cyber Security Showcase event – October 9th 2015

The programme and exhibitors list for the showcase day has been published now http://www.festival-innovation.com/index.php/programme/oct-9th-cyber-security-big-data

Please do register to attend (“Book Symposia”) – it is free of charge and should be a great day

It is also free of charge for small cyber security companies to exhibit at this event (table top) and there are still a few places left – so book as soon as you can if you want to exhibit! It is on a first come first served basis (“Book to Exhibit”). This is the fourth year of the Festival and we had about 200 attendees to the Cyber Security day last year

The wider Festival spans several days with different themes for each day and all of it is free to attend, except for the family day on 10th October where there is a small charge to cover costs of the cinema that day. The platinum sponsors of the whole event are QinetiQ and CISCO with other sponsors including Winton Capital. (http://www.festival-innovation.com/index.php/programme)

The audience is a mix of small and large companies from a variety of industries, investors and also government

There is also a black tie dinner the night before which is always a popular event at £50 + vat per head. David Wood, Chair of London Futurists will be the keynote speaker (http://www.festival-innovation.com/index.php/dinner)

SIDC

The pilot phase of the Security Innovation and Demonstration Centre (SIDC) ended in June. A successful year saw SIDC secure £312,000 of investment in innovation for the Communications Capabilities Development Programme (CCD)

Work is underway on a variety of challenges, including unmanned aerial vehicles, mobile investigation, future police control rooms, facial recognition, money laundering and follow up activities on body worn video. When events are confirmed they will be advertised on our website, so please check it regularly

To ensure that you are kept up to date with these and all future opportunities, please visit our website at gov.uk/sidc. If you would like to be on the SIDC email list please send them an email requesting that they add you to the mailing list

Potential employee

I have had a CV you may be interested in: “I am a recent MSc graduate in the field of forensic linguistics with skills including but not limited to, authorship attribution to texts of unknown authorship, online community analysis, and linguistic profiling through SMS messages and online communications. I am eager to work within the field of data analysis and willing to relocate.” If you are interested then please contact me (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will forward his CV to you and you can contact him directly if you want

Women in Cyber Security Event

You are invited to a special event 3SDL are holding in September – in partnership with Worcestershire Apprenticeships and the Cyber Apprenticeship Development Scheme (CADS), to encourage more girls to take up careers in Cyber and Technology

Cyber Horizons is an event for Year 8 & 9 girls from Worcestershire and surrounding schools

It will be held at the Worcester Arena Riverside Centre and will run between 10:00-14:00 and include talks, interactive activities and careers demos, we will have a range of female professionals there to show ‘girls like me’ do work in technology and there is a world of opportunity out there

Please join us and participate in running some fun interactive sessions over the course of a couple of hours (10:00-14:00) on the 16th September. The event aims to encourage more girls into Cyber Security and STEM, we have over 200 girls signed up already & I’m trying to put together a varied programme of speakers, stall holders and presenters to inspire and encourage the girls – and their teachers!

Please bring your female employees who would be excellent role models too

Although the event won’t be a direct sales opportunity, you will have the chance to meet potential new recruits, many of who will be interested in pursuing an Apprenticeship with local companies

If you have any ideas or would like to talk it over with me please do get in touch with Rae

TriCyCIS 2016

TriCyCIS 2016 is a one day Cyber Security Conference, being held in conjunction with the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway, University of London. Cyberspace has brought many beneficial changes to the way that we live and we reside in a world that is interconnected as never before. Yet this proliferation of digital connection brings new threats and risks. Cyberspace is vital to the national interest and underpins our national security, prosperity and way of life. Banking, manufacturing, retail and health – all are wholly dependent on cyberspace and all are targets of attacks. The CNI is a particular focus of attacks, even as it invests ever more in this new technology

A number of 3 & 2 level Government and senior Law Enforcement, Industry and Academic speakers will describe their respective views of the current cyber landscape and a number of challenges will be put to Government, Business & Industry, Defence, Law Enforcement & Academia. Each invited speaker has been asked not to ‘reprise’ slides and talks given previously and elsewhere, but to provide some new food for thought and stimulation for the debate and discussion which we plan to facilitate and encourage throughout the day and in to the formal post conference dinner.

Pricing:

  • Industry Members – £220.00 – 3 for 2 available
  • Industry Non Members – £300.00 – 3 for 2 available

Let me know if you are interested (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com) and I will send you the full flier with all prices on

Black Hat 2015

Organisers are offering pods for their Las Vegas event to UKTI for approximately $5000 in their International Pavilion. This is discounted from the usual cost of $17,000

The total price for one pod ($ 5,000) includes:

PRE-EVENT EXPOSURE:

  • Promotion on Black Hat USA Sponsors’ Page; includes 50 word description and logo
  • Int’l Pavilion promoted in Business Hall Newsletter with link to Sponsor listing; sent to pre-registered Black Hat USA attendees
  • Int’l Pavilion promoted via Social Media and the on the Black Hat USA site, with link to Sponsor listings
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement in Black Hat USA Mobile App

ON-SITE EXPOSURE:

  • Kiosk in International Pavilion; Country Pavilion Kiosks will be branded with Country Flag or Association, and company Name (example: German Pavilion, Company X) 24’’ monitor, Stool, Overhead banner, Hardwired Internet, Electricity, Black carpet, Wastebasket
  • Three Booth Staff Passes
  • One Full-Briefings Pass per Kiosk
  • 25% Discount on Full Briefings Passes for staff, customers and prospects (up to 5)
  • One Lead Scanner

Please let me know if you want me to send you the pamphlet with more details (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

The offer is only available for a limited time so responses must be swift

If you are interested, please contact Rohini Kumar at UKTI for further details: rohini.kumar@ukti.gsi.gov.uk

For Information

Here are two links concerning cybersecurity in the U.S. financial industry that UKTI thought may be of some value to SMEs:

CSIS Report: The Evolution of Cybersecurity Requirements for the U.S. Financial Industry – this report is useful background reading for companies targeting the US finance sector. http://csis.org/files/publication/150717_Carter_CybersecurityRequirements_Web.pdf.

FFIEC’s Cyber Assessment Tool – this has been produced to help US finance firms understand the supervisory standards against which they will be assessed for cyber security preparedness. https://www.ffiec.gov/cyberassessmenttool.htm.

Companies that provide innovative solutions for smart manufacturing

UKTI Germany are currently running a competition for companies that provide innovative solutions for smart manufacturing. More details can be found under the link: http://ow.ly/PHcqQ

Cluster member, and consultant to Innovation Point, Roger Hiscott brokered an introduction to Dr Kevin Jones, Head of the Cyber Operations Research Team at Airbus Group Innovations who wanted to “meet to discuss the cluster in more detail and understand the companies involved to explore ways in which Airbus Group can be more active within the cluster and support its members“.

A meeting was held at the Airbus Group facility in Newport where Roger Hiscott along with organising members Cerian Jones, John Davies & Damon Rands met with Dr Jones, the Tech Leads from the Cyber Forensics Team & the Security Lab and Daniel Jones the Cyber Security Lead from Airbus Defence & Space.

Dr Jones opened the meeting with a short presentation showing the structure of the Airbus Group and explaining the role of the Airbus Group Innovations Team.

John Davies reciprocated by explaining the background to the formation of the Cluster, the stated aims and the profile of the current membership.

It was then revealed that the motivation behind the apparent desire to “be more active within the cluster” was actually driven by a very ambitious idea for the Airbus Group to build a Research & Technology Park in South Wales. This Park would attract funding from Welsh Government to help with building it and then assisting new technology start-ups to take advantage of the Airbus-led incubation and support capabilities.

Dr Jones seemed disappointed to learn that the Cluster was not made up entirely of cyber start-ups and dismissed the idea of Cluster involvement stating that in his view “the Park will only help new companies”. The idea is still very early stage and, although discussions are under way with Welsh Government, it is likely to be some time before there is any more news about whether the Park will be built. More information will be shared if and when it is made available.

In the meantime, Daniel Jones from Airbus Defense & Space was very keen to come to Cluster meetings, meet the members and get involved and agreed to attend the anniversary get together that afternoon in Wahaca, Cardiff.

Just a short bulletin this week…

Could I please ask you to spend just 5 minutes answering a few short questions about benefits you see from being a member of your local Cluster or the Forum. I really need as many responses to this as possible for the report to BIS. Many thanks in anticipation! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MZ3R6rCcL0PZelVOKbEWuQNmBrIlnuzMOxus0QDSjSA/viewform?c=0&w=1

Company looking for partner for Horizon 20:20 Project

I have been contacted by Miquel through the Europa / Research / Participant Portal notification system – he claims to represent 2 Spanish companies:

  • Foroquimia SL (Hosting provider) and Divilop SL (Software development ) that have teamed to present an idea for improving the processes of phishing, intrusion and spam detection and actions after detection to shutdown the source of malware/li>
  • I do participate as lead and coordination of the project
  • Foroquimica promotes the idea and offers needed equipment and contacts in the hosting business to reach out the main contacts that would be the future clients/providers
  • Divilop will develop software and create the needed modules for the project success

We are looking for partners abroad to finalize and present an initiative under H2020-DS-2015-1. One of the first requisites is that you are already not in another initiative.

The second is that you can add value into the proposal. At this point we would benefit of:

  • Testing and validation workforce/li>
  • Legal knowledge and data privacy (there is another partner applying already for this area)
  • Admin and coordination help
  • business and process analysis (currently would be done by Foroquimica although they are willing of hand it over if possible)

If you would like to engage on this you can use this email to contact them directly. Please do say that you have been referred to him via Emma at the UK Cyber Security Forum. projecte.h2020@gmail.com

Please note that I know nothing about these companies and any associated validity.

UKTI Export Insight Visit to Riga, Latvia – for any “new” or “yet to export” business or entrepreneur

Monday 23 November – Wednesday 25 November. The idea behind the UKTI Export Insight Visit is to introduce the potential, exporting could bring to a business or product development strategy – all hosted by UKTI. This is a national recruitment with only 30 places on offer.

Explore the numerous opportunities for UK companies to win business in Latvia on a group trade visit with the support of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). Exclusively for novice exporters, this all inclusive trip will broaden your business horizons and give you a taste of a new market.

Why Latvia?

One of the fastest growing economies in Europe, Latvia is strategically located at the crossroads of Northern and Eastern Europe. Latvians have a strong appetite for brand Britain, English is widely used as a business language and the market is well-suited to new exporters. The visit will coincide with British Week, organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Latvia to promote the UK as a vibrant mix of tradition and innovation.

Key sectors for this visit are:

  • cyber – Riga is the European capital of free wi-fi and there is a strong demand for clients to optimise and increase productivity for cyber solutions/li>
  • retail food – the Latvian food market is worth 1.8bn and major labels are searching for new suppliers and manufacturers.

Why go on an Export Insight Visit?

Gain an insight into international trade

  • Find out more about UKTI services and the support available from overseas networks/li>
  • Increase your knowledge on how to approach the Latvian market
  • Hear a presentation from a local distributor
  • The opportunity to be a speaker and have exhibition space at a cyber seminar
  • Entry to a food and drink event with the chance to sell to a prestigious department store in the Baltics/li>
  • Join a networking reception at the Ambassador’s residence with contacts in your sector
  • Book a 1:1 meeting with a sector specialist
  • Explore the city of Riga and share a group dinner in a traditional Latvian restaurant

Date – Monday 23 November – Wednesday 25 November

Eligibility – Open to businesses with little or no international business experience that are also new to the Latvian market

Cost – £200 plus VAT – this will be used to support visit costs. Flight costs, accommodation and the cost of the networking reception are provided

Register – For more information and to secure your place please contact UKTI West Midlands’ customer service team at E: enquiries@uktiwm.co.uk T: 0345 222 0159

Go Digital will show how technology drives the Welsh economy and how business from all sectors can benefit. More information can be found at http://www.estnet.uk.net/future-events/the-estnet-software-exhibition/

The day has 4 pertinent themes:-

  • Digital Transformation: – transforming your business or organisation to be “Digital by Default”.
  • The Cloud: – how to make the most of it to improve agility and get cost-benefits
  • DevOps: – how to use it to effectively manage software and service
  • Cyber Security: – how to secure a potentially diversified set of data and applications

Each theme will have its own expert speaker, which will be followed by a breakout panel session to give you an opportunity to discuss the issue with colleagues and quiz the experts. The Cluster has been invited to run the Cyber Security theme and we need members of the Cluster to attend as “experts” in the panel discussion. If you are available for this, please let us know drands@wolfberry.uk.com

Go Digital will also have an extensive exhibition area to continue the discussion and showcase your own company’s expertise. Exhibitor space is available at a reduced rate for ESTnet members, and free for ESTnet Start-up members. To reserve your exhibition place please click here

Here are some events and opportunities you may be interested in…

Congratulations

Many congratulations to the companies who were in the finals of the “Most Innovative Cyber Security Company” competition (all Forum members of course):

  • Pervade Software
  • Geolang
  • Zone Fox
  • Pure Lifi

Special congratulations to the ultimate winner – Geolang

HMG report on Clusters

We have reached the end of the year’s funding from HMG to help set up the Clusters. The project has been extremely successful. The target was to get 6 Clusters started and now, a year later, there are 17 active Clusters running or about to start.

My final deliverable is a report about the Clusters and I would like to include some quotes / case studies from members about any benefits they see from being in a Cluster or a member of the UK Cyber Security Forum. If you are prepared to write a quote or case study for this please email it to me before 11th July at emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com. I seem to be constantly trying to convince HMG that the Forum and regional Clusters are useful for small companies but maybe if they heard from you how you have benefitted it might be more convincing. This would be very much appreciated – thank you in advance.

Malvern Festival of Innovation – Cyber Security Showcase event – October 9th 2015

It is free of charge for small cyber security companies to exhibit at this event (table top) and it will be on a first come first served basis. This is the fourth year of the Festival and we had about 200 attendees to the Cyber Security day last year. Book to exhibit here http://www.festival-innovation.com/index.php/register-to-exhibit/application-for-exhibition-space

The wider Festival spans several days with different themes for each day and all of it is free to attend, except for the family day on 10th October where there is a small charge to cover costs of the cinema that day. Friday 9th October is a showcase day for the UK Cyber Security Forum. The platinum sponsors of the whole event are QinetiQ and CISCO with other sponsors including Winton Capital. (http://www.festival-innovation.com/index.php/programme)

The programme for the 9th has not been published yet but is as follows so far (with many more great speakers soon to be announced)

  • QinetiQ
  • D RisQ
  • Digital Shaddows
  • Abatis
  • Pervade Software
  • CISCO

The audience is usually a big mix – small and large companies from a variety of industries, investors and also government.

There is also a black tie dinner the night before which is always a popular event at £50 + vat per head. David Wood, Chair of London Futurists will be the keynote speaker (http://www.festival-innovation.com/index.php/dinner)

Security Clearance through ADS

As many of you will know, we have an MoU with ADS where they kindly sponsor security clearance for people from member companies of the UK Cyber Security Forum for a small fee. This has been rather slow because ADS have been having some internal issues but should get faster in the future – they do have quite a large backlog at the moment so apologies for this if you are currently waiting.

Unfortunately, there has recently been some additional requirements on maintaining the clearances and so from now on ADS will only be able to clear one person from each company.

We are looking into other ways to get our members cleared – do let me know if you have any ideas.

IA15

Most of you will know of the annual GCHQ conference. It is incredibly expensive to attend and usually attended primarily by large companies. I have asked if our members can get a special low rate and if the UK Cyber Security Forum can have a presence to represent the small companies they all say they want to work with. I will let you know if I get anywhere.

Brochure

The UK Cyber Security Forum brochure, which many of you have contributed to, was put on hold over the InfoSec period but I will be getting started on it again soon – I will keep you informed (and probably ask for your help).

Cyber & Information Security Showcase organised by the British Embassy in Vienna in February 2016

A two half day exhibition/seminar to allow UK based firms offering cyber and information security solutions to present their products and services to an invited audience drawn from industry, security, law enforcement and government from 11 CEE countries.

Selection of UK participating companies. All Expressions of Interest will be examined by the UKTI staff in each of the participating countries, to determine whether or not suitable visitors can be recruited to attend the event. Their decisions will be based on:

  • Whether they can match the UK companies expertise with the requirements of their selected buyers/delegates in their respective markets
  • The information that has been provided in the Expression of Interest (EoI) form
  • Background information on website provided
  • Ensuring that there is good spread of UK companies from across all areas of cyber and information security

Participation/OMIS Fee: Cost (plus VAT): £630

An OMIS (Overseas Market Introduction Service) fee is the amount charged for each company to attend the mission and covers the organisation of all programme activity, meals and a networking event listed in the main programme.

Successful applications will be notified and will then need to pay the participation fee, collected via the local UKTI International Trade Team. The cost of travel to/from Vienna, freight and hotel accommodation are NOT included. (a registration form will be sent to capture more specific details e.g. for hotel booking and other essential information).

Cost includes the following:

  • Rental of the exhibition premises
  • Marketing and promotion of the event
  • Design and production of PDF brochure with companies given one full page profile
  • Mailshot of catalogue to named targeted contacts
  • Follow up calls and email chasers
  • Online advertising on designated event pages
  • Targeting of contacts in 11 CEE countries
  • Participation in seminars
  • Tabletop exhibition stand
  • Refreshments throughout the two days
  • Evening reception hosted by UK Ambassador to Austria

Any questions relating to this event should be sent to Miles Fisher at the British Embassy in Vienna: miles.fisher@mobile.ukti.gov.uk

British Embassies in the region created a network consisting of the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

Serbia and Bosnia will join the group next year, but we already work closely with them

Expression of Interest to be submitted here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/4thCEECyber. Should be submitted no later than 30th November 2015

There are more details in a flier – let me know if you want me to email it to you (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

Cluster Meetings

We have had a lot of new members join the Forum recently (more than 350 member companies now). Please do let me know if you would like to be introduced to the people in your local Cluster – regional free meet-up groups for small cyber security companies. The Clusters are run independently and have slightly different ways of doing things and rules about who can attend. But all of them welcome small Cyber Security companies for free. You can see the location of Clusters so far on the map here. Do note the new Clusters starting in North Wales and Yorkshire – contact them and go along if you are based in that region (http://www.ukcybersecurityforum.com/index.php/cyber-security-clusters).

The Wales Festival of Innovation is set to showcase innovation here in Wales through a number of events, run by companies and academia. It will take place throughout June 2015, providing innovators with the opportunity to network with industry experts, showcase their products and services to potential customers and members of the public from across Wales and beyond. More information can be found at www.festivalofinnovation.org

The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster have published two events in June as Festival of Innovation events and we need Cluster members to support each of them.

The events are as follows:-

  • Tuesday 16th June – our “normal” Cluster meeting has been opened to the general public to attract business people from many different industries to come and find out more about Cyber Security.
  • Tuesday 23rd June – we will be running a special Cluster meeting, also open to the public, in Swansea to attract business people from West Wales who would not normally travel to Cardiff for our normal meetings. This event is being run in conjunction with NVI Wales and TechHub.

Both of these events will revolve around some set piece presentations, a Q&A session and some networking (sales) time supported by Banner-Stands at the back of the room to showcase the capabilities of Cluster members.

If you have any ideas for what we can do at this meeting or for demonstrations, please let us know drands@wolfberry.uk.com

The world’s first conference to confront the nuclear skills gap and nuclear security in one.

With cyber-crime estimated to cost the UK £27billion per annum and an influx of high profile cyber-attacks on a number of multinational conglomeratesm companies around the world are investing heavily in their cyber security strategies. The UK’s civil nuclear industry is no different with the NDA receiving nearly 30,000 cyber-attacks every day.

To address these pressing issues Nuclear Energy Insider brings you the Nuclear Knowledge Management ansd Cyber Security Conference 2015. This two day conference will bring together leading stakeholders from the civil nuclear industry, knowledge management and cyber security indisutries to solve the biggest challenge facing the UK nuclear industry. Over 150 leading names from the regulators, utilities, SLCs amd service providers will be coming together at the only event with this unique focus.

The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster have been offered preferential rates to exhibit and/or attend this event. If you would like more information go to www.nuclearenergyinsider.com/cyber-security or contact Ieuan Phillips iphillips@fc-bi.com or on 0207 422 4304.

Hello again, three items I forgot to include in the bulletin yesterday – apologies…

Invitation to briefing by Major General Day on 23rd June at ADS Offices in London

There are still some places left so do let me know and come along if you can.

Major General Day is head of Cyber and Information Security at the Australian Signals Directorate, and is the centre’s first coordinator.

The new centre was opened by the Australian Prime Minister in November 2014, and it brings together existing cyber security capabilities across Defence, the Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Australian Federal Police and Australian Crime Commission in a single location in Canberra. Importantly, it creates a hub for even greater collaboration and information sharing with the private sector, state and territory governments and international partners to combat the full breadth of cyber threats. FAQs about the ACSC are available through this link: http://www.asd.gov.au/infosec/acsc.htm

The event on 23rd June will be as follows:

09:30 – 10:00 – Registration

10:00 – 10:05 – Welcome introduction

10:05 – 10:25 – Briefing by Maj Gen Day

10:25 – 11:00 – Questions and Discussion

If you would like to join us please contact me (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com).

Niteworks CVI Industry Survey

Please find attached a survey Niteworks is conducting on behalf of MOD to gauge UK commercial capability and capacity for the provision of Cyber Vulnerability Investigation (CVI) services into MOD and related customers. The information gathered from the survey will inform MOD’s mainstreaming of CVI activity across MOD, which is currently scheduled to take place by April 2017. MOD defines CVI as the activity it undertakes to test/assure its systems (particularly embedded), services, infrastructure and information.

It is estimated that the survey will take 20 minutes to complete and that some of the aggregated information will be shared back with participants. There will be a follow-up survey in July-August 2015, which will take a further 30 minutes to complete. In return, your organisation will receive an aggregated ‘heat-map’ of the current capability and capacity of UK plc in supporting CVI services, providing an insight into MOD’s perception of the market./p>

Please email the completed survey to Niteworks at cvi.survey@niteworks.net by 18:00 on Friday the 19 June 2015.

If you have specific queries please send them to the email addresses below. Please copy in both addressees to ensure a timely response.

Steve Treharne (Niteworks Project Lead) and Roy Martin (Niteworks Technical Lead).

For further information please see the attached Participant Brief and consult the information tab of the survey spreadsheet.

Request from UK Embassy in Slovakia

The UK Embassy in Slovakia has received a request from a Slovak company called Disig. They are seeking a smartcard and ready to use PKCS#11 middleware which supports key generation and signature creation with NIST P-192 a.k.a. secp192r1 EC domain parameters for a specific government project. Most of the smartcard vendors they have contacted so far support only P-256 and stronger.

Please contact Peter Kratky, Commercial Attaché, British Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia with any information or queries at peter.kratky@fco.gov.uk.

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in…

Very short notice – responses by cop Monday 15th June

The UK’s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC) has been asked to form an industry reference group for law enforcement IT. This reference group will support the work of the Home Office and police forces in identifying options for the future delivery of systems/services and to develop the necessary IT standards.

In the first instance, companies that provide products or services and have experience in any of the following areas are invited to complete the attached (please email me for this) submission template:

  • Business functions: in a law enforcement context, provision of the following services – identity verification, check status, enterprise search/look-up, data analytics/exploration including predictive policing, compliance/audit, alerting, federated access and ABAC controls
  • Value from interacting with the data: Analytics/Exploration – structured, unstructured and multiple data sets, predictive analytics, pattern analysis, exploring associations, search, entity resolution
  • Value from enriching data: Data services – data ingestion, identity resolution, business rules (to derive status), complex event processing (to trigger alerts)
  • Platform: open source structured and unstructured data storage for operational, reporting and analytical applications, capabilities to federate disparate databases, hybrid transactional and analytical processing (HTAP), management of Person, Object, Location and Event data and associations

Companies that respond will initially be invited to a workshop with the Home Office’s National Police Data Programme (NPDP), which is exploring the options for the future delivery of certain national systems operated by the Home Office on behalf of the police, including the Police National Computer (PNC), Police National Database (PND) and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system. This workshop will be held on Thursday 25 June

Responses using the attached template (email me at emma,philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com and I will send this to you) are due by Monday 15 June to Eleanor.Rice@adsgroup.org.uk. Apologies for the short notice.

2nd Annual Financial Services Cyber Security Summit

A One-Day Conference – 2nd July 2015. Preceded by two Pre-Conference Workshops – 1st July 2015 Cavendish Conference Centre, London. Special ‘SME Rate’ available only for UK Cyber Security Forum Members (50% discount off standard fees)

Chaired by William Brandon, CISO, Bank of England, the latest initiatives will be discussed, including vulnerability testing via the CBEST programme, the UK National Cyber Security Strategy and European and US responses to the rising threat. Delegates will benefit from personalised advice from world-renowned experts and hear about security issues facing global players.

AM and PM workshops on 1st July will review risk management practices with regard to CBEST programme vulnerability testing and aid understanding of existing cyber insurance policies coverage and future developments.

Key speakers include:

  • William Brandon, Chief Information Security Officer, Bank of England
  • Paddy McGuinness, Deputy National Security Adviser, Intelligence Security and Resilience, Cabinet Office
  • Sorin Ducaru, Ambassador, Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

For further information, please visit www.cityandfinancialconferences.com/CyberSecurityFS2015.

To book your place with your 50% discount, please email phooper@cityandfinancial.com.

Development of new Cyber Security Qualifications

AQA, one of the major exam boards, is calling employers within the UK Cyber Security Forum to become involved in the development of their new Cyber Security qualifications by asking them to provide feed back on the proposed content. The qualification is designed for learners aged 16 to 18 to prepare them for work in this sector and as a skilled technical qualification will need to be supported by employers if it is to be made available to colleges and schools.

If you or a member of your staff would like to be involved in this process, please contact bfishpool@aqa.org.uk. For further information or to discuss this please contact Bernie Fishpool on 01564 711903 or 07825 606321.

UKTI Webinar – Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Mexico

Business visit of the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Alan Yarrow, to Latin America, 9-23 July 2015

You are invited to join a webinar to find out more about the Lord Mayor’s forthcoming visit to Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Mexico. UK Trade & Investment is recruiting business delegates to join a programme of calls, events and networking opportunities in areas such as asset management, insurance, capital markets, financial technology, legal and professional services and PPP.

UKTI teams at the British Embassies and local financial & professional services experts, will discuss business opportunities in each country and how the forthcoming business visit can support your company’s interests in the region (see attached flyer for more details). There will also be an opportunity for you to input ideas and questions during a Q&A session.

Date: Tuesday 9 June 2015

Time: 14:00 (UK time/BST)

Contact: Pedro Ortega, UK Trade & Investment, British Embassy, Sao Paulo

Telephone: +55 (11) 3094 1889. Email: pedro.ortega@fco.gov.uk

Price: Free

Register Here https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1057097233891784449

PLACE HOLDER: 11-16 October 2015 – India – Financial Services Focussed Cyber Security Trade Mission

UKTI Defence & Security Organisation are seeking to arrange a Trade Mission for UK cyber security companies focussed on provision of products & services to the financial sector to meet key decision makers, customers and partners in the rapidly growing Indian cyber security industry. This mission will focus on the Indian financial services sector and will benefit UK companies who are already established in India and those wishing to explore new opportunities in this rapidly expanding market.

The mission will concentrate on the cities of Mumbai and Delhi. Mumbai is the financial hub of India where the focus will be on meeting key stakeholders in the Indian financial sector to discuss issues relating to cyber security in that sector. Delhi will host Cyfy 2015 – the largest cyber policy conference in India. The Cyfy conference/exhibition will provide an opportunity for companies to network, exhibit products and explore the Indian market.

Expressions of interest are now invited from UK firms whose primary business focus is cyber security in the financial services sector. Please provide an overview of the capability your company provides into this sector and why taking part in a Trade Mission to India will be beneficial to your company.

Expression of interest to be sent to Rebecca.pryce@ukti.gsi.gov.uk by Friday 19 June. Interested parties will be invited to attend an “Introduction to the Indian Cyber Security Market” briefing session being held in UKTI’s new Cyber Demonstration Centre.

British Growth Fund to Launch £200 Million Venture Fund

The Business Growth Fund (BGF) is a £2.5 billion equity investment fund established by the government to meet growth finance needs of UK companies. The fund is targeted at firms with a high potential for growth, and invests between £2 million and £10 million in return for a minimum equity stake of 10%.

The British Growth Fund is expanding its activities with the launch of the largest ever venture capital fund dedicated to earlier stage UK technology companies. Outline details of the BGF’s £200 Million Venture Fund were released in June 2015. The fund will be run by a new, dedicated team based in London and will open for business in autumn 2015.

BGF will provide £200 million of investable capital as well as support from its established regional platform, meaning the team can focus on investing in Britain’s best entrepreneurial talent. Earlier stage UK technology companies will be eligible to apply. The Fund is expected to launch in the autumn of 2015, at which point expanded information will be available.

Wales’ own annual technology event is set to return to Newport’s Celtic Manor in June with the aim of helping Welsh businesses and young people to use computers for economic growth. Digital 2015, which held its first two-day event at the venue in 2013 and repeated the very successful event in 2014, is expecting even more delegates this year from businesses and the education sector in Wales.

Speaking about last year’s event, Tom Kelly, chair of the Welsh Government’s ICT (information and communications technology) sector panel, said: “Economies all over the world have woken up to the enabling power of ICT and it’s crucial that Wales remains ahead of the curve. Digital 2014 will help ensure a digital culture is positioned at the centre of Welsh education and industry to secure our economic future and position Wales at the very forefront of the digital revolution.”

Echoing the same sentiments this year, the organising Team are keen to elevate the event to compete with other International Expo events and all suggestions and ideas for content and structure are welcome.

The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster have expressed an interest in proactively supporting the event. If you wish to exhibit and/or if you have any suggestions for more active demostrations or activities, please let us know drands@wolfberry.uk.com

Infosecurity Europe is Europe’s number one information security event. Featuring over 345 exhibiting vendors and services suppliers with the most diverse range of new products and services, an unrivalled education programme and over 15,000 industry professionals travelling from over 70 countries, it is the most important date in the calendar for Information Security professionals across Europe

South Wales Cyber Security Cluster members have 3 options available to exhibit at this event:-

  • UK Cyber Forum Stand – The Forum is seeking funding from BIS to help subsidise a Forum Stand which can be manned by representatives from the Clusters. More information to follow.
  • BIS Subsidised Stand – It is possible that BIS will sponsor up to 10 additional stands in the Innovation Springboard zone at the show. If this is signed off, then Cluster members (from all Clusters) will be asked to express their interest and organisations will be selected based on the innovative nature of their offerings. Hopefully more information to follow.
  • Welsh Government Stand – Welsh Government have a Stand and it may be possible that it can be partially manned by representatives from the South Wales Cluster. More information to follow.
  • South Wales Cluster Stand – Stands cost around £8,000. If any Cluster members are interested in sharing this cost, then a Cluster Stand can be acquired and manned by those contributors with independant and joint marketing in the event literature. If you are interested in doing this please email jidavies@pervade-software.com

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in. If you are coming to InfoSec next week please do come to the UK Cyber Forum stand and see us (S70). We are announcing some new initiatives for the Forum members and also Associate members – see below for details.

Very short notice – needed by Monday 10am UK Defence Solutions Centre Call – Border Security

The UK Defence Solutions Centre, part of the Defence Growth Partnership (http://defencegrowthpartnership.co.uk) is coordinating the Industry input to a White Paper for an international customer that is seeking advice on how the UK might be able to assist with Border Security. The UK DSC has approached ADS to run a call for submissions from those organisations in our Membership who may have relevant capabilities. This is an urgent request for information given the customer’s deadline, so responses of maximum 1 A4 page per company are required by 10.00 on Monday 1st June, using the attached template (please email me and I will send it to you).

The threat profile at the long border that receives many incursions a day, includes:

  • Smuggling of drugs, cash, weapons, ammunition, chemical and biological (CB) materials
  • Illegal crossing of people, including through means such as identity theft and tunneling
  • Attacks by shells, mortars, RPG, snipers, AAA fire, blinding laser, IEDs, mines placed inside the border, CB materials, suicide attacks, organised incursion, public disorder, water supply poisoning
  • Small UAVs

Capabilities are sought in three areas:

Systems integration, including: coordination, integration and optimisation of existing local multi-agency response and assets (including legacy); effective capturing, management and targeted distribution of information; combining disparate systems to provide coherent situational awareness; effective communications interoperability with foreign partners and international agencies, with prioritisation/time urgency classifications of information.

Specific surveillance and detection systems, including: Counter IED at checkpoints for vehicles and people; ground penetrating radar; use of UAS; infrared CCTV and video analytics; unmanned ground sensors; communications systems and response technologies for border guards; mine clearance/counter mine (which is an immediate priority); and intelligence capabilities capable of integrating with and supporting a detection system. There is also interest in how space-based assets could be utilised in this environment and what additional situational awareness this might create, including latest geo-imaging techniques.

Services/consultancy, including: development of operation requirements, CONOPS and strategy; training needs analysis; through life support and logistics, training, maintenance and upgrades; availability/reliability/maintainability analysis; training and exercising for crisis management and response; best practice from international border security; continuous improvement.

Please return the attached form to Brinley.Salzmann@adsgroup.org.uk by 10.00 on Monday 1st June. In responding, please:

  • Provide evidence of how your capabilities have been used in a similar environment/operational context
  • Note that the capabilities should help meet international standards for border safety and security
  • Bear in mind that capabilities should be able to be part of an Open Architecture
  • Note that there will be an emphasis on skills and technology transfer

Responses will be compiled and inform an Annex to the White Paper. All information will be treated as COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE and only be used for the purposes of producing the White Paper. Companies should not include any commercially sensitive or IP information in this Expression of Interest, and should ensure that this information is safeguarded (i.e. through the use of NDAs) as the opportunity progresses.

The White Paper will be used by the potential customer to identify options that may be explored further and it does not constitute a formal request for proposals. The data collected will also provide a valuable data set in anticipation of further enquiries from other potential customers in this domain.

The UK DSC will ensure that respondents receive updates following submission of the White Paper.

Invitation to briefing by Major General Day on 23rd June at ADS Offices in London

Major General Day is head of Cyber and Information Security at the Australian Signals Directorate, and is the centre’s first coordinator.

The new centre was opened by the Australian Prime Minister in November 2014, and it brings together existing cyber security capabilities across Defence, the Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Australian Federal Police and Australian Crime Commission in a single location in Canberra. Importantly, it creates a hub for even greater collaboration and information sharing with the private sector, state and territory governments and international partners to combat the full breadth of cyber threats. FAQs about the ACSC are available through this link: http://www.asd.gov.au/infosec/acsc.htm.

The event on 23rd June will be as follows:.

09:30 – 10:00 – Registration.

10:00 – 10:05 – Welcome introduction.

10:05 – 10:25 – Briefing by Maj Gen Day.

10:25 – 11:00 – Questions and Discussion.

If you would like to join us please contact me (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com).

EDF’s Nuclear Knowledge Management and Cyber Security Conference (17-18 June, Cardiff)

Early in 2015 the NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) announced their information governance strategy and the cyber essentials scheme as their top priorities. As a result more and more cyber service providers are turning to the nuclear industry as a growth area for their business.

Richard Bach, Assistant Director of Cyber Security, Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills will be speaking alongside some of the leading names from across the nuclear and infosec/info management industries in June at the Nuclear Knowledge Management and Cyber Security Conference (17-18 June 2015, Cardiff). Website here: http://www.nuclearenergyinsider.com/cyber-security/.

Register your interest by sending Mike Vickery an email mvickery@nuclearenergyinsider.com with Company Name, Email and Contact number.

UK Cyber Security Forum Developments

When there were just a handful of companies in the Cluster / Forum I knew what they did and it was easy to link up potential customers / partners. Now with more than 300 of you it is not so easy. The solution is a capability mapping platform where companies can be searched by capability. Of course, once we have such a platform there are many other things we can do.

In a few weeks a capability mapping platform will be complete and you will have the opportunity to input your company capability, certifications and insurance cover if you want. Please note that you will have the option to make this searchable or not. If you do not want capability searches to identify you that is fine. Capability searches will only be permitted by organisations I think are genuinely looking for partners or suppliers. Each one will pay and need to be authorised by us. You will have the opportunity of being visible to these organisations or just to the UK Cyber Security Forum administrators who can then alert you of potential opportunities, rather than directly by the searching companies.

At least for now, membership will remain free of charge for any small company actively working in cyber security with a working presence in the UK.

Individual Continuous Professional Development Profiles

Individuals will soon be able to create a personal profile that includes their skills and certifications in Cyber Security. They can use this to track their on-going Continuous Professional Development (CPD) as they progress through their career. Companies can use this feature to manage the CPD across their staff and as evidence of their CPD commitment within the organisation.

Associate Membership

Any organisation is now welcome to join the Forum as an Associate Member. The annual fees are affordable and more details can be found on the website from next week . Different membership options will suit the different kinds of company.

Preferred Supplier Status

The core Forum members work in the cyber security market and so therefore take the security of their own suppliers seriously. We would rather use companies who can prove that they protect their data with good practice.

Associate Members of the Forum can choose to be guided through the certification process (Cyber Essentials and governance) to demonstrate that they have the basics of good practice within their organisations. Once they have achieved this level of compliance, they are listed and promoted to the Core Members as preferred suppliers. It will also be noted if these companies have the audited version of these certificates. The companies can then use the “Associate Member” badge. They can also advertise special offers on a private bulletin board for core members.

Academic Interest

Academic Members will have the opportunity to post an overview of their research projects so that the Core Members can view these opportunities and make contact if they feel they would like to work with them in that area. Equally, details of Intellectual Property in cyber security held by Universities can be promoted to SMEs working in the sector, thus improving the chance for the IP to be licensed or new spin-off companies created.

Investment Opportunities

The large membership of cyber security SMEs represents a rich pool of investment opportunities. The investor option within the Associate membership offers a view of investment summaries posted by companies looking for finance (it will be free for the core members to post these summaries – a template will be circulated).

Capability Mapping & Search

Organisations increasingly recognise the benefit of working with small companies. SMEs are more flexible, innovative and responsive than many of the larger companies. In the cyber security market there is the added benefit that many of the technology leaders have chosen to work in small companies. One of the biggest challenges with using small companies is finding the right capability to match the project requirement and also knowing that company is legitimate.

The UK Cyber Security Forum Capability Mapping service will facilitate the use of small companies in cyber security. Capabilities can be searched upon, as can other supply chain requirements such as insurance cover and company certifications, such as Cyber Essentials. The Forum itself can take on aspects of the supply chain and project management if required.

The Capability Mapping & Search service can also allow organisations of all sizes from outside the UK to find the best partners or suppliers.

We have interest in this already from three Primes and one overseas technology centre looking for UK company partners.

Here are some opportunities, events and news items you may be interested in. Have a lovely long weekend.

Funding

Unfortunately, we have been informed that the UK Cyber Security Forum will not receive any further grant funding from BIS after our current grant runs out in June. They have advised that the Forum duplicates Tech UKs Cyber Connect programme and so they will continue to fund that initiative instead of the Forum.

Our Forum has now reached a scale where it is not possible to maintain it on a voluntary basis, and so we are now considering alternative commercial approaches to enable it to continue to grow sustainably. To this end, we have now created a new social enterprise called UK Cyber Security Forum CIC (Community Interest Company), and our aim is to ensure cyber security SMEs to continue to benefit from free or very low cost membership. The Forum and its members are a powerful body with much influence and potential, and we have some very exciting plans in the pipeline. We’ll keep you posted as we progress these as we think there will be some very exciting opportunities for Forum members

Brochure

In the remaining project funding from BIS we are tasked with creating a brochure advertising the Forum which UKTI can take around the world with them. I need your help on this please.

The brochure will be glossy A4 and the pages will be as follows:-

  • Introduction
  • Clusters
  • Working with the Forum
  • Case Studies
  • Capabilities – 8 pages with one capability on each page

You will not all be happy with the capabilities we have decided upon but they seemed the most relevant during the LinkedIn discussion:-

  • Vulnerability analysis, testing and technical system certification
  • Forensics, data analysis, intelligence and recovery
  • Surveillance and counter surveillance
  • Control Systems, SCADA security
  • Governance, risk management, assurance and certification
  • Managed services (SOC, monitoring, protection, recovery)
  • Cyber security solutions (Crypto, software, hardware, middleware)
  • Training and education

For each Capability I need the following:-

  • Introduction (<200 words)
  • Overview of breadth / depth of that capability across the Forum (<400 words)
  • Case Studies of companies working in this area (<100 words per case study)

This is obviously going to take a bit of collaboration to get right. I hope we are about to start on a much wider piece of work where we can better understand the capabilities across the Forum – but for now we will just have to do our best

If you are able to help with this please could you let me know:-

  • Which of the capabilities above (1 – 8) you can help with
  • Please draft an introduction and overview, which we can edit and compile
  • Please write a case study (we will include as many as I can and any remaining can go on our website)
  • We will then circulate to all the contributors to do a final review
  • Any suitable pictures you might own that we could use also much appreciated

Any company contributing to this will have a name check on the back page(and my thanks forever)

Please let me know if you can help by Wednesday 6th May and I will ask for the submissions by the following Wednesday 13th May. It would be great if we can get some of these brochures ready for InfoSec (2nd June!)

Congratulations

Many congratulations to the 11 companies who were picked by BIS to have their own stand at InfoSec.

  • Abatis (UK) Ltd
  • Cambridge Intelligence
  • Cryptosoft
  • Geolang
  • Minded Security UK Ltd
  • Purelifi
  • Sedicii Ltd
  • Westgate Cyber Security Limited
  • ZoneFox
  • Cyberlytic
  • Pervade Software Ltd

There was a pitch-off event last week where all these companies completed and four were chosen for the final. Congratulations to the winners

  • Pervade Software Ltd
  • Geolang
  • ZoneFox
  • Purelifi

These four companies will give a longer pitch and be judged at InfoSec so one of them will be given the crown of most innovative small cyber security company.

Big Company meeting in Malvern 13th May

The next Malvern Cluster meeting is open to any members of the Forum on a first come first served basis. It will be one of the twice yearly “Big Company” meetings

Big Companies who are looking for small companies to be partners or suppliers have been invited to attend this meeting. 6 SMEs will give a 10 minute pitch and then there is networking between everyone attending the meeting. QinetiQ, Nothrop Grumman, Weightmans, IBM and HP have confirmed so far. If you know a big company who would like to attend please ask them to contact me

If you would like to attend then please register here. Spaces are limited and the event gets booked up quickly so please do not delay if you would like to attend

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-cyber-security-forum-big-company-meeting-tickets-16566691420

SINET in Washington

SINET 16 Innovators Application

Date: November 3-4, 2015

Location: The National Press Club, Washington D.C.

The SINET Workshops & Showcase brings together innovative early stage and emerging growth companies and representatives from the investment, research, system integration, industry and Federal Government communities.

SINET seeks to provide entrepreneurs from all over the world an opportunity to increase their product awareness to a select audience of sophisticated investors, builders and buyers

Applications open: May 1, 2015

Applications close: July 17, 2015

I have the flier so let me know if you would like more details

National Standards for Police IT – industry involvement & survey on data models

At the Police IT Suppliers Summit hosted by the Home Office and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) in October 2014, it was agreed between all participants, including industry, that police forces should develop/adopt common or open standards. The police national Operational Requirements Board (ORB) owns this work and has requested that industry be engaged as widely as possible. ADS is facilitating industry engagement.

Following consultation with police forces, the ORB has asked for an initial survey to be undertaken in the area of data models. The deadline for responses is 18 May

Following this survey, a formal industry working group will be established. The ORB has indicated that work later on in 2015 will look at standards for interoperability, mobility (including mobile devices and remote access) and GIS mapping

Hereford Security and Defence Group meeting – Thursday 21stMay

Free of charge event in association with Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Speakers:-

  • Ricahard Freeman – DSO covering Europe, Middle East, Africa and Central and South Asia
  • Vicky Buckle – DSO responsible for the Gulf
  • Jane Humby – Knipe Whiting Heath speaking about R&D tax relief

Time 4pm onwards

Venue: Studio Theatre, Courtyards Theatre, Edgar Street, Hereford

RSVP rwheeler@hcrlaw.com

I have the flier if you want more details

The Welsh Government, in conjunction with Airbus, Tarian and the University of South Wales are staging a new event aimed at CEO level executives in organisations that are generating IPR, across all sectors. The first Welsh Industry Cyber Security Summit will have discussion panels chaired by Dr Robert Nowill, Director of Cyber Security Challenge UK as well as keynote speakers from the organisers and BIS, which will follow three themes:-

  • Threats
  • Solutions
  • Opportunities

Wayne James, Cyber Lead in the Welsh Government ICT Exploitation Unit, has very kindly secured the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster a free Stand at the event to promote the aims of the Cluster and the capabilities of the Core members.

Other Stands will include the Cyber Security Challenge UK, Airbus Innovation Display, Get Safe Online and the Tiger Scheme (USW). It is intended to be a “no sell” type event but there will be engagement opportunities with the 150 attendees if interest is expressed.

It is proposed that the Cluster make the following arrangements:-

  • Pop-up Stand – The production of a rollup banner and some supporting collateral to advertise the Cluster.
  • Manning the Stand – No more than 2 or 3 people can comfortably attend the table-top stand at any given time. However, any Core Members who are interested in attending are able to register and we can agree a rota for who will be at the stand while the others mingle with the other delegates.
  • Managing Engagements – A list of Core Members in attendance, with mobile telephone numbers, will be available on the stand at all times and if a delegate enquires about a particular product, service or capability then that person can be contacted (if they are not already on the stand) to pop back to the stand and engage the delegate.

If you are a Core Momber of the Cluster (individuals or companies with less than 250 employees, actively involved in cyber security and located in South Wales) and you would like to attend this event and help man the Cluster stand, please contact John Davies so that preparations (and contributions towards the collateral) can be made.

It is possible to register for the event by emailing your details to cemas@southwales.ac.uk. There is also a LinkedIn Group which is progressively releasing details of the event at “Welsh Industry Cyber Security Summit”. When you register, please be sure to mention that you are a member of the Cluster (so that you are sure of a place if the event is over-subscribed).

There are a few places left on the Master Class detailed below. Full details and a registration form can be found on the website www.walesfraudforum.co.uk

  • Title: Insolvency, Misfortune or Crime?
  • Presented by: Liam Mannell, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
  • Time: 8.30am coffee and networking | 9am-11.30pm Master Class
  • Date: Thursday, 23 April 2015
  • Venue: Companies House, Cardiff

Insolvency splits neatly in two, personal insolvency [bankruptcy] and company insolvency [liquidation]. They intertwine to an extent, for example a bankrupt cannot be a company director or act in the management of a company during the period of bankruptcy.

If you wish to register please contact Paula Thomas, Chair, Wales Fraud Forum on paula.thomas@southwales.ac.uk or 01443 483607

Here are some opportunities and events you may be interested in.

Free briefing from Digital Intelligence and Investigations Strategy Lead for the Police Service

On Tuesday 28 April, Giles Herdale, will be brief companies. Giles is the Digital Intelligence and Investigations Strategy Lead for the Police Service, supporting Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh who is leading on national capability development in this area

Giles and Chief Constable Kavanagh have produced a study on future requirements for Digital Intelligence and Investigations, which is currently being considered by the Home Office

Giles will brief companies on this study, identified future requirements for policing capability, and also wishes to explore with companies different ways of delivering digital intelligence and investigation capabilities (for example, as a service, through increased use of private sector training, etc)

This briefing will therefore be an important part of developing an implementation plan for the Study

The briefing will be held between 1030 and 1230 (with a 1030 start) at the ADS London Office, Salamanca Square, 9 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SP

Companies should register by emailing Mark.Phillips@adsgroup.org.uk

Big Company meeting in Malvern 13th May

The next Malvern Cluster meeting is open to any members of the Forum on a first come first served basis. It will be one of the twice yearly Big Company meetings

Big Companies who are looking for small companies to be partners or suppliers have been invited to attend this meeting. 6 SMEs will give a 10 minute pitch and then there is networking between everyone attending the meeting. We are expecting quite a few big companies – QinetiQ, Nothrop Grumman and Weightmans have confirmed already. If you know a big company who would like to attend please ask them to contact me

If you would like to attend then please register here. Spaces are very limited and the event gets booked up quickly so please do not delay if you would like to attend https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uk-cyber-security-forum-big-company-meeting-tickets-16566691420

If you would like to be one of the companies to give a pitch please contact me (emma@key-iq.com)

IC tomorrow Fin-tech contest

This Innovate UK contest presents five challenges, of which cyber security is one theme:- https://ictomorrow.innovateuk.org/web/financial-technology-innovation-contest/department-for-business-innovation-skills-bis-

Details on how to apply and more information can be found here: https://ictomorrow.innovateuk.org/web/financial-technology-innovation-contest

Free Emergency Services Event

BlueLightCamp is an annual two-day event, bringing together people who work in and around emergency services from across the UK. It includes a Hackathon

Raytheon looking for re-sellers

I know many of you are not interested in this but some of you may be:-

Raytheon Cyber Products offers defence-grade cybersecurity solutions that allow organizations to detect, contain and control cyber threats. The SureView® solution suite provides public and private sector entities with analytical capabilities that go beyond security alerts, delivering end-to-end visibility and the context necessary to make decisions and action

Through its own R&D resources and on-going collaboration with customers and partners, Raytheon Cyber Products has cultivated a thriving partnership program that will continue to grow in 2015 and beyond. VARs are armed with extensive training, access to industry experts and the recognition of Raytheon’s 90+ years of experience with deploying scalable and mission critical products. Unlike other companies in the cyber security space, Raytheon’s partners can leverage the company’s unique and pragmatic view of security, which is centred on employing analytics to understand the scope and impact of a breach and models the approach taken internally to secure Raytheon’s own networks. For additional information regarding partnership opportunities, please contact Dawn Starling, EMEA Sales at dstarling@trustedcs.com; mobile: +44 [0] 7903 517105

Here are some opportunities and events you may be interested in. Happy Easter!

InfoSec 2015

If any of you would like to join the UK Cyber Security Forum stand you would be most welcome. It will cost each company £100 and that money will be used for costs such as the wall art and printing etc. You can have a representative on the stand for as much or little time as you like, we will take a note of all enquires to the stand (in a note book) and share the contacts with all companies taking part. We will ensure all companies taking part have their logo displayed on the stand and every company will be able to bring one set of leaflets. We will also design and print a flier with a summary of all the companies represented there.

So – let me know if you would like to join us – it will be fun!

Defence Supply Chain requirements

The UK government have published Information about the DCPP initiative and the proportionate cyber security controls to be implemented as part of all MOD contracts. If you are in a Defence supply chain you should take a look and make sure you comply with the requirements they will be mandating.

For more information go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-cyber-protection-partnership-cyber-risk-profiles

Publicity

If any of you would like to advertise your products or services to the rest of the Forum we are starting the following offers:-

  • An advert section in these bulletins which can click through to your website (One paragraph of 100 words will cost £30 per bulletin). The bulletin goes to about 350 recipients in about 300 individual companies
  • A small advert on the UK Cyber Security Forum website which can click through to your site. This will cost £50 per quarter

Skills

You may be interested in two further cyber security skills/research announcements made by Francis Maude last week

  • A pilot scheme led by GCHQ to support the next generation of cyber security experts through a package including help with university fees, work experience and a guarantee of employment upon graduation. The pilot will start this year with 20 students, with wider roll-out envisaged in 2016
  • The certification of two new Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security at Surrey and Kent universities

Further details in the press release at the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cyber-first-improving-cyber-skills-in-the-uk

Korean / UK report

Birkbeck, University of London, has been involved in the Korea-UK Cyber Security Research Network and to date, four main research workshops have been held in Seoul and London. The fourth workshop was held at the BIS Conference Centre in London in February this year and a follow up applied research workshop was held at Birkbeck the following day

The fourth cyber security research network workshop built on the work of the previous three workshops, developing and facilitating the growing cooperation in the area of cyber security between the two nations, exploring areas of research and policy interest, and sharing information and best practice so that the range and intensity of cyber attacks experienced by both the UK and the Republic of Korea can be dealt with in a timely manner. The two main workshops and the additional applied research workshop held earlier this year, considered in particular UK-Korea collaboration with industry regarding cyber security research

The combined report for both governments entitled Korea-UK Initiatives in Cyber Security Research: Government, University and Industry Collaboration has now been made public and is expected to assist the process of cooperation

Here are some opportunities and events you may be interested in…

InfoSec 2015

InfoSec is one of the best attended Cyber Security events of the year. It will be 2nd – 4th June this year in Olympia.

I have now had the great news from BIS that they will fund the basic cost of a 3m x 3m stand at InfoSec for the UK Cyber Security Forum companies to share. The stand will be in the Innovation Zone area.

The Malvern Cyber Cluster shared a stand for the last 2 years. It worked well and was really enjoyable – it was great networking to spend time with the other companies on the stand as well as to be present at the show.

I suggest that any of you who would like to be join us and be represented on the UK Cyber Forum stand let me know. It will cost each company £100 and that money will be used for costs such as the wall art and printing etc. You can have a representative on the stand for as much or little time as you like, we will take a note of all enquires to the stand (in a note book) and share the contacts with all companies taking part. We will ensure all companies taking part have their logo displayed on the stand and every company will be able to bring one set of leaflets. We will also design and print a flier with a summary of all the companies represented there.

If you are planning to have your own stand – please come and say hello to us and we will direct visitors over to your stand.

So – let me know if you would like to join us – it will be fun!.

UK Cyber Security Forum Brochure

We have received some funding from BIS to produce a brochure about the UK Cyber Security Forum which can be taken on trade missions by UKTI and promote us all.

There are well over 300 small cyber security companies in the Forum now and so it is hard to have you all in a brochure individually, especially as more are joining all the time, some unfortunately go under and we want the brochure to last a few years.

At first I thought we could have a section on each of the geographical Clusters, but if the brochure is for overseas readers then the locations will not mean much. So now I think we should split the brochure into capability groups of companies within the Forum (Pen testers, IA consultants, SCADA security etc). We can describe the breadth of skill, depth of expertise and give some case studies. Then I would like links to webpages where we can list the companies with those skills and keep those lists up-to-date.

I am going to start a discussion about this on the LinkedIn platform you should all have access to – please do join in and put your suggestions on that platform if you want. Particularly we need to narrow down about 8 ‘capability descriptors’ which will be of interest to customers and will describe big groups of our companies. What do you suggest?.

Cyber Security Skills Development

The Minister for the Cabinet Office made a number of cyber security skills announcements, linked to broadening entry routes to the cyber security profession, and embedding cyber security in digital qualifications. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-pathways-for-the-uks-future-cyber-security-experts

Key announcements from the Cabinet Office and BIS, in conjunction with delivery partners, include:-.

  • 50 new cyber security apprentices in Government (as part of broader industry take-up of new cyber security apprenticeships);
  • a new cyber security strand in the Government’s digital faststream;
  • cyber security to be included in all level 3 and 4 digital vocational qualifications;
  • a new guide to cyber security education resources for schools and FE colleges;
  • a new curriculum framework to help universities understand and meet requirements for cyber security to be included in computer science undergraduate degrees accredited by the IET and BCS;
  • a new cyber security option within the National Citizenship Service for 15-17 year olds.

Oxford Cluster

One of our members is starting a Cyber Security Cluster in Oxford. If you are interested in helping him get this started or want more information then please contact him on stewart.benger@securitydialog.com.

Here are the latest opportunities and events you may be interested in…

Changes to CLAS Scheme

CESG are changing the CLAS scheme and I know some of you are concerned about how this will impact on your small companies, especially sole traders / single person independent consultants. The new rules about certification of training also seems as if it will have a significant effect on companies who do training as well as other cyber security activities. It may not be a bad thing to make changes to the schemes but we must ensure that small companies are not unfairly disadvantaged in whatever they want to replace it with.

The CESG team said that they would involve the UK Cyber Security Forum in the discussions and consultation over these changes. Please let me know if you have thoughts / concerns in this area and we will try and get some coordinated responses.

UK Forum Annual Dinner

Thanks to those who attended this – we had about 60 in all and it was a really great evening! I am looking forward to next year already!

Cyber Security Mission to Estonia – short notice

The UK Trade & Investment and The British Embassy in Tallinn invite British companies to take part in the cyber security mission Wednesday 25th until Friday 27th March in Tallinn, Estonia.

The objective of the event is to present cyber security sector business opportunities to the UK suppliers and introduce potential buyers as well as partnering opportunities in Estonia.

We would especially encourage participating UK companies offering cyber risk assessments, technical cyber defence/security training and solutions for CNI protection. Also companies who have a wider interest in Estonian digital services and opportunities related to that are most welcome to participate. The main focus of the mission will be the workshop and 1-2-1 meetings scheduled for the 26th. This workshop is organised in cooperation with Estonian State Information System Authority and the target audience will include relevant providers of CNI in Estonia.

Deadline for registration is 13th March. Places are limited and subject to selection process.

Please email me for the flier if you are interested emma@key-iq.com and all enquires to Lynn.sutt@mobile.ukti.gov.uk

Potential suppliers to Home Office’s Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme

On Wednesday 25 March, the Home Office’s Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) / Emergency Services Network (ESN) team will be holding a supplier briefing event in central London. The purpose will be for suppliers to learn about the latest developments in mobile policing and fire, to stimulate the development of Apps that promote more effective and efficient working.

More information, including the briefing programme, is available (please email me emma@key-iq.com). The Home Office is particularly keen to attract App developers.

If you would like to attend, please register by e-mailing ESNapps@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk with your name, organisation and contact number. Numbers are limited so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, and only those registered in advance will be given access to the event.

Looking for Partners – Geolang

GeoLang (a Forum member) have a great new product, Ascema. Ascema is a new technology for locating, securing and controlling the movement of sensitive data and intellectual property within cloud collaboration environments, email systems and more. They are looking for some pilot customers. Their product is currently optimised for Box for Business or Box for Enterprise. If you use either of those cloud services and would be prepared to try out as a pilot user please contact debbiegarside@geolang.com.

Looking for Partners – Dashlane

I had this message from Dashlane, a New York / Paris start-up. I know nothing about them but please do contact them if you want.

We are a well funded 3M users company that helps consumers and SMB to manage their passwords and personal data in a simple and secure way. See http://www.dashlane.com..

We are increasing our presence in the UK and look for revenue share partnerships here.

Feel free to contact us by email if you are interested. We will be happy to send you free premium licenses (usually £29 each) so that you can test our product. Guillaume.Desnoes@dashlane.com.

Cyber Security Cluster launched in East Midlands

A Cluster has been started in the East Midlands – do contact them and go along to the meetings if you are in the region! http://www.nexor.com/press-releases/2015/uk-cyber-security-forum-cluster.

Cyber Security Challenge Mentoring Partners

As you may be aware, Cyber Security Challenge UK have been asked to establish a mentoring programme in universities to inspire the next generation of cyber security professionals. Having spoken to many industry professionals over the past two months, and following agreement by the Cabinet Office, BIS and Tech UK who are supporting this project, it has been decided that the mentoring programme will form part of an online platform which has been in development for three years by an industry associate. The platform will be totally interactive and easy to use for both mentor and mentee and all communications can be easily recorded. This platform is in the final stages of being tested and will be ready to populate in the next few weeks.

They are asking for anyone who may want to mentor a student, an ex-student who cannot find suitable work, or a young professional trying to get into the industry, to please sign up today. They will then contact you as soon as the platform becomes live. Please rest assured all of the permissions/legal requirements are in order.

All prospective mentors will be issued with an expectations document and also be invited to a launch event in May/June. It is likely that the scheme will start in earnest in September / October when the students return for the new academic year; due to timings it will be difficult to engage students from Easter onwards.

We ask that mentors give a minimum of 3 hours for each mentee. We would prefer at least one face to face meeting but it is understood that this may not always be possible, so it is not being made a pre-requisite to joining the scheme. http://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/education/university-mentoring-and-cyber-camps/mentoring-scheme/.

The CGI SME Accelerate Programme is the formal programme to engage SMEs in CGI projects and CGI’s Director of Cyber Security would like to encourage members of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster to apply, as it can be a great source of additional work.

If you are interested, please contact chris.jamieson@cgi.com or 07785 545 211.

Good afternoon, here are some things which may be of interest….

Home Office Workshop

The Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) are expanding their interest in video analytics from applications used for the protection of the critical national infrastructure to include law enforcement applications.

All Police Forces and law enforcement agencies have contributed to a list of 89 potential scenarios where law enforcement considers video analytics to be of value. This list has been rendered to the 6 that are considered the most valuable.

A workshop will be held on 31 March at the British Transport Police Headquarters in Camden, London. At this workshop, all 89 scenarios will be revealed and discussions can take place with Home Office staff and Operational Police on the 6 most valuable scenarios and how it is intended to further them. At this stage the Home Office would like expressions of interest from industry and academia to attend the workshop.

It is asked that only one representative from each company or university should attend as it is anticipated that there will be a great interest in this use of technology for law enforcement. If it is found that interest is greater than logistics will allow, consideration will be given to holding a further meeting. All scenarios will be sent electronically to all interested parties in all cases.

Expressions of interest for this event must be submitted to the following mailbox SIDC@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk by 3 March.

If any interested party is attending the Police and Security exhibition at Farnborough from 10 to 12 March and would like a brief description of the project, please contact Martin O’Farrell, Capability Adviser, Protective Security through the Home Office reception at the Exhibition.

Looking for a PenTester

I have had an enquiry from BigBank in the Nordic Baltic region. They are looking for a PenTest company to work with them. If any of you offer PenTest services and would like to be considered then please do email me. They are going to send me more details of what they need.

Free access to online cyber security research database

Over 300 projects already. Launched by Crossword CyberSecurity one of the Forum Members. Crossword Cybersecurity Plc has partnered with the Partnership for Conflict, Crime Security (PaCCS), a Research Council UK (RCUK) initiative, to build and launch a comprehensive online database of cyber security projects taking place across UK universities.

CLUE, the cyber security research database, covers nearly 300 cyber security research projects from over 50 UK universities, representing over £150m of research grant investment since 2007. It provides industry with a searchable view of the UK’s cyber security academic research landscape to enable organisations to collaborate with academia more effectively.

Crossword and PaCCS are making CLUE freely available to all organisations to encourage and facilitate technology transfer and commercialisation of research in the cyber security sector.

To be granted free access to CLUE, the online cyber security research database, please contact tom.clark@crosswordcybersecurity.com

Investment event

There will be a UK Government / Tech UK investor pitching event in London on 16 April at the BT Tower. 15 UK cyber companies will be selected to pitch to a substantial group of UK and overseas investors, and they would be happy to consider expressions of interest from any cluster companies who are actively seeking external commercial investment. To be considered, companies must have:

  • A cyber security product solution (no consulting firms)
  • A commercially viable capability (i.e. beyond concept stage)
  • A management team (no one-person companies).

Please let us know if you are interested!

Why don’t you want internships?

e-skills (now Tech Partnership) would like to know. Please follow this link and answer a few questions to tell them why. It is very short and takes about 2 minutes: http://creativetalentsolutions.com/Internship_survey/

Funding Project

Innovate UK (the Technology Strategy Board) have just launched a funding competition based around cyber security – details are here http://bit.ly/protectingdataand I have a brief I can send you if you want (just email me)

This competition seeks better ways for UK organisations to mitigate these risks when operating in a digitally enabled environment, either within the UK or globally.

These may include (but are not limited to) innovative software, hardware, infrastructure or processes that target legacy, existing or new internet-based systems that are part of an organisation’s digital supply chain.

They have allocated up to £4 million to fund collaborative RD projects that address the technical challenges outlined in the scope.

Successful applicants can attract grant funding towards their eligible project costs. The percentage of costs that they pay varies, depending on the type of research being carried out and the type of organisation involved.

For this competition projects must be business-led and collaborative. They should last 1 to 2 years. They are primarily seeking to fund industrial research with a business partner attracting 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).

They expect total eligible project costs to range in size from £150,000 to £750,000. They may consider larger projects but applicants should contact them directly before making their application to discuss further.

The competition doesn open until the 23rd of March but they are trying to give potential applicants as much notice as possible.

Events

A ‘last call’ for those who would be interested in supporting a ‘Cyber Security Forum’ stand at the IA Practitioners event being held in York 3rd 4th March. This is an even run by SBL on behalf of CESG and attracts 600+ attendees across central and local Government, MoD, Law enforcement and this year 3rd sector. With a stand at £5,500.00 +VAT (not forgetting other costs such as printing, additional event passes etc.) it’s not something that most of us would consider. But with around 10 or more it becomes quite doable. Only a maximum of 20 main stands are available so good access to potential clients.

Original efforts in this area only resulted in three of us Forum members prepared to pitch in hence this last call. Please, if possible, let me know tomorrow (by preference) or next Monday morning (23rd) at the very latest. Peter Wenham Direct: +44 (0) 1473 834982 Mobile: +44 (0)777 911 2245 eMail:peter@trusted-management.com

Exeter Cluster

New Cyber Security Cluster starting in Exeter – do come along if you are in the vicinity!

Cluster Launch 3pm – 5pm Thursday 26th February,2015, Georgian Suite, The Devon Hotel, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8XU

The aim of the South West Cluster is to gather local stakeholders together to enable the South West to achieve a Cyber presence within the business community. Membership is primarily aimed at small and medium-sized companies actively working in or alongside cyber security sectors, whilst acknowledging the need for collaboration with local and central government, larger employers in the region, universities and schools.

Membership is free of charge and following the launch on Thursday 26th February regular themed meetings are planned with specialist speakers covering sector-specific areas including:

  • Cybercrime, digital forensics and intelligence, investigations and admissible evidence
  • Innovative cyber security product design – success stories, collaboration with academia, challenges and opportunities
  • Legislative compliance requirements e.g. PCI DSS, ISO27001, DPA, etc
  • Training and awareness, insider threat and culture change

Good evening, here are a few things you may be interested in…

Security Clearance

As most of you know, ADS kindly sponsor security clearance up to SC for any member in the UK Cyber Security Forum. They had some issues with the process last year but this has now been revamped and should go ahead smoothly. If you have applied for this before you should hear something very soon (if not please let me know). If you would be interested in this service please do contact me.

CERT UK and CISP

I am discussing UK Cyber Security Forum link up with the CERT UK team. I hope that any company in the UK Cyber Security Forum will be able to join CISP by being sponsored by the Forum. We may also have our own part of the site where we can share threats etc. More news on this soon.

https://www.cert.gov.uk/cisp/

Investors

This week there have been two major announcements of incubators / investors setting up schemes for small cyber security companies. Words from their press releases / email are below.

Not sure if you want investment or how much you need?

There is also a scheme which will be announced soon for seed / early stage cyber security investment. This scheme will work with the potential investee on their plans to determine exactly what the investment could do for them. At that point both the investor and the company will be able to decide whether an investment is sensible or not. If you would be interested in this let me know and I will pass your name on – more details soon.

Restoration Partners / Lockheed

Restoration Partners is looking to make a series of seed-stage investments in exciting technology businesses in the run-up to the end of the tax year. If this is of interest to you or your wider network, please get in touch with our Principal Sam Forman (sam.forman@restoration-partners.com) who will provide you with more information and a short application form.

You may have heard the Managing Director of long-standing client Paythru, Keith Brown, on Radio 4 recently. Their flagship project at St Pancras International Station went live on 12th January, with the StP app, the first of its kind in the UK. The Ignite platform has features that allow intelligent messaging across digital channels (push, email, text, social media) through precise geo-location technologies, merchant-friendly mobile payments and an intuitive management dashboard to communicate with consumers and drive business into stores. So far, Paythru has contracted with 15 new merchants to use the platform, including blue-chip brands such as John Lewis, Boots, and Searcys – with many more to follow.

Hot on the heels of the launch of our Virtual Technology Cluster, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, we can announce that another client, Osirium, was a successful participant in the initial VTC pilot programme. Founder and CEO David Guyatt commented: “As one of the UK’s leading cyber-security SMEs, we have enjoyed ongoing support from Lockheed Martin UK through it’s VTC initiative. We have benefitted from exposure to more than 200 Lockheed Martin customers enabling us to demonstrate our unique approach to cyber-security and look forward to securing new customer contracts as a direct result.”

Amadeus / Epsilon

The launch of Cyber London (CyLon), https://cylonlab.com, Europe’s first business accelerator programme and incubator space dedicated to developing and supporting cyber security startups, was announced today by a team of experienced investors and entrepreneurs.

Building on the United Kingdom’s world class heritage in computing and information security technology, from Babbage to Bletchley Park, CyLon combines a business accelerator programme and a physical incubator space. A planned curriculum and experienced volunteer mentors will help a new generation of entrepreneurs to build businesses around cyber security technology with global applications. CyLon also serves as a bridge between the public and private sector, linking key centres of UK cyber security expertise such as the Bristol/Cheltenham/Malvern cluster with London and the South East, where many international corporate clients and business partners are based.

Established as a not­for­profit enterprise by a team of cyber security practitioners, entrepreneurs and venture capital investors, CyLon receives financial and in­kind support from venture capital investor Amadeus Capital Partners, global investment manager Winton, and international law firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Fried Frank.

About the CyLon programme

The CyLon accelerator will combine intensive collaboration, professional training and mentorship, drawing upon the expertise of seasoned entrepreneurs, academic cybersecurity researchers, government officials and senior executives of customer organisations.

CyLon is open to applications from entrepreneurial teams with innovative business ideas in the broad field of information and communications, aka cyber, security.

Applications will be reviewed according to the terms and conditions and timetable set out on the programme website https://cylonlab.com/applications. Applicants judged successful will be invited to participate in the first programme during Q2 2015. Successful applicants will also receive a per capita cost of living allowance of £5,000 for the duration of the programme. No equity will be taken by CyLon in the companies selected.

CyLon is now accepting applications for its first programme, commencing in Q2 2015. The closing date for applications is Monday, 2nd March 2015.

Founders

CyLon has been founded through the collaboration of an experienced team of cyber security practitioners, entrepreneurship and public policy experts, and professional investors.

  • Alex van Someren is Managing Partner of Early Stage Funds at venture capital firm Amadeus Capital Partners. He is currently a member of the Royal Society Cyber Security Research Steering Group, has been an expert panel member for the Government Chief Scientific Advisor’s report on the Internet of Things, and has advised the Cabinet Office on commercialisation of UK National Security assets. Previously, Alex co­founded UK cryptography company nCipher plc, which was acquired by Thales SA in 2008. Alex was appointed an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005.
  • Jonathan Luff and Grace Cassy are co­founders of Epsilon Advisory Partners who share 25 years of foreign, security and innovation policy experience in the UK Government, including at No.10 Downing Street. Epsilon works with leading technology companies to grow their business and expand internationally through innovative commercial, intellectual and social partnerships.

Programme Managers

Managed by Ignite, the UK’s leading seed accelerator programme, the CyLon accelerator programme will deliver a structured curriculum to participants over a 12­week period. They will take care of day­to­day operations at the co­working space, facilitate the programme and logistics, as well as provide other services for the participating teams.

Advisory Board

To support the founders and programme management team, an advisory board has been convened to add diverse expertise and help to define the strategy and content of the programme. Initial members include:

  • Eileen Burbidge, a technology entrepreneur and an investing Partner in Venture Capital firm Passion Capital.
  • Jon Bradford, MD of Techstars London, is co­founder of Ignite and advisor on entrepreneurship and business acceleration.

Location

CyLon’s business incubator is hosted in spacious 4,000 sq. ft. facilities generously provided by Winton in Hammersmith, West London, offering fully furnished office space, breakout and meeting areas, a 130­seater auditorium and on­site catering.

Events and Exhibitions

InfoSec 2015

Great news about this – BIS have requested funds to pay towards a stand for the UK Cyber Security Forum. We are still waiting to hear if the grant is approved and how much it will be. If it is I suggest we share the stand among as many of you as want to join in. I suggest a payment of about £100 per company and then we will get artwork to suit our budget. It is in Olympia this 2nd – 4th June this year. I will let you know if / when we get the money and then I will need to know who would be interested in joining us on the stand.

http://www.infosecurityeurope.com/

Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) conference, 22nd – 24th April in London

I now have the prices for this – quite expensive and no discount for us. But I think it is a good event if you are aiming for commonwealth countries.

To exhibit:

3m x 2m Single Exhibition Space – Price £2,250 – 2 delegate passes, Exhibitor’s logo in the conference agenda and the event site

1m Pull-up Banner Exhibition space – Price £1,250 – 1 delegate pass, Exhibitor’s logo in the conference agenda and the event site

To attend £400 if booked before March

http://www.cto.int/events/upcoming-events/commonwealth-cybersecurity-forum-2015/registration/

Opportunity to Exhibit in Saudi

Tangent Link (TL) are an organization who are scheduling an event for Saudi Arabia on 7th & 8th December probably at the Marriott Hotel (which is adjacent to the Interior Ministry) or KACST (King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology).

Saudi Arabia is the single largest procurer of Hardware/Software and consultancy services for Cyber Security in the Middle East.

They would like to know whether there is any interest in Tangent Link (TL) putting together a subsidised SME participation rate eg £1,495 to include 2mx2m display space (worth £4,950) and a delegate pass (worth £1,495)?

Saudi Arabia offers a significant number of opportunities in the commercial and public sector for CS solution providers The UKTI has earmarked Saudi Arabia as a priority export market citing current Saudi programmes likely to involve substantial cyber security elements include the Saudi Railway Development Programme, the Sadara Petrochemical Complex and the Healthcare Development Programme, comprising 138 hospitals and 12 new medical cities.

In fact 38 percent of companies in the Kingdom are unsure how secure their data is against hacking attempts! VDEP estimated that with an annual investment growth of 30%, the Saudi Arabia CS market is expected to invest up to $37.5bn in Cyber protection from 2013-2016. KACST itself suggested that Saudi Arabia is considered the most spammed country in the world for three years in a row with a 83.3% spam rate and is ranked as the 12th most attacked country receiving 1.81% of the world’s known attacks. It’s ranked 18 out of 19 in the Cyber Power Index, an index which aims at measuring the ability of the G20 countries to withstand cyber attacks and to deploy the digital infrastructure needed for a productive economy.

There are only two other forums in the Kingdom scheduled this year. The first is quite a low level event in May and the second is a technical event (IEEE) in November. The Saudi Cyber Security Summit (tag line is Defending the Kingdoms Critical Infrastructure) will be the only dedicated event in Saudi Arabia in 2015 with MOI support which is crucial for access to the government installations and key personnel. They will also be engaging with the main verticals such as Energy, Transport Infrastructure and Finance to address the platform and attend as delegates. An event website will be up by Mid February and a conference programme in place by the end of May.

Please do let me know if this is something you would be interested in participating in.

Intern Placement

There is someone looking for a summer intern placement. Let me know if you are interested and I will send you her contact details:

I am a mature student, currently studying a degree in Computer security with forensics at Sheffield Hallam University. This particular degree is on a sandwich program, and in 2016 I will undertake a years work placement. At the moment I do not have any cyber/computer security related work experience, and although the work I produce at university is of a very high standard, I feel that I could benefit greatly from on the job gained knowledge.