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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration at 9.30am for 10am start

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

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

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

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

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

Speakers:

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

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

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

Register here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event Details:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding

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

Application process

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

Application Form

Click here to download the Application Form

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

 

Malvern Festival of Innovation


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

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

 

UK Research and Innovation strength in places fund


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

Find out more and apply

 

New Cyber 101 Bootcamp dates


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

 

Disability Confident Campaign


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

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

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

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

 

ECSEPA online survey


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

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

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

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

 

UK pavilion at Singapore International Cyber Week in September.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Expressions of interest should include:

  • A brief introduction to your company.
  • An indication of your key target sectors and 
markets.
  • An overview of recent activities in Singapore 
and the South East Asia region and any future 
plans.
  • An overview of the capability you plan to exhibit 
/ export to the region.


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

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

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

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

Many thanks and kind regards,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event Details:

Venue: National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia

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

ARCHIVED OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

With 45 exhibitor spaces available, early registration is advised:

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

Please feel free to run up on the day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many thanks in advance for your cooperation,

Best regards,

Danilo D’Elia, Ph.D

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

Download the Cyber Security Scaleup Competition Register Form here

Send it to wg4_secretariat@ecs-org.eu

Deadline 15th July 2018

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

 

IFSEC and Korean Electronic Association

19th June

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

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

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

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

 

IAAC Annual Symposium 2018 


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

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

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

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

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

The symposium includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

TriCyCIS  Event


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

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

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

 

Dutch Opportunity


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

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

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

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

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

 

JFK Airport- US Cyber


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

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

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

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

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


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

 

Qatar Central Bank – Cyber Security


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

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

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

 

Malvern Festival of Innovation


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

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

 

See you at InfoSec?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards,

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

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to the 3rd UK Security Trade Mission to Baltic States on 16-18 October 2018. The Baltics Department for International Trade (DIT) together with Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) have organised the second specialised Security Trade Mission to the Baltics.
 
Please submit your Expression of Interest by following the Eventbrite Link in the attachment or by using the following link: Eventbrite link  by 15 June 2018
 
Further information is contained in the attachment or you can contact: Ms Ieva Binkauskaite, Baltic Defence and Security lead, DIT Lithuania via E: ieva.binkauskaite@mobile.trade.gov.uk or T: +3705 246 9216

 

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

 

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

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

Link to the event:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alert from the Department for International Trade:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download the Expression of Interest Form

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

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

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

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

DATE AND TIME

Wed 9 May 2018

16:30 – 18:45 BST

Add to Calendar

LOCATION

Post Graduate Teaching Centre

Cardiff University

Colum Drive

Cardiff

CF10 3EU

 

To register click here

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

Wednesday 2nd May

17:45 – Arrival

18:30 – Quiz commences

21:00 – Close

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

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

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

Teams are made up of 4 or 5 people.

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

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

If you are interested, please RSVP here

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

Good evening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Cyber 101 Bootcamp dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The deadline for entries is the 5 April.

Following on from your interest in the NATO Communications and Information Agency I wanted to bring their ‘Defence Innovation Challenge’ to your attention: http://www.nitec.nato.int/defence-innovation-challenge/
The challenge is aimed at accelerating transformational, state-of-the-art technology solutions from small businesses and academia in support of NATO C4ISR and cyber capabilities.
It is open to SMEs and academic institutions operating at the cutting edge of technology from all 29 NATO Nations. This year the challenge focuses on digital innovation and they are looking for submissions in the following areas:
       Mobile apps for defence users.
       Mobile apps for government organisations.
       Data science: models for natural language processing and translation; speech to text.
       Data science: application of open source analytic tools.
       Data visualisation.
       Internet of Things (IoT): Autonomous sensors for the battlefield.
       IoT: Secure federation of IoT devices.
Those with the best submissions will be invited to showcase their tech solutions at this year’s NCI Agency Conference and AFCEA TechNet International (NITEC18), entitled ‘NATO’s Digital Endeavour: Expanding the Ecosystem’, taking place on 22-24 May in Berlin, Germany.
The top ten finishers will receive:
       One full registration waiver.
       Showcase space at NITEC18.
       Participation in the award ceremony with NATO leadership.
       Presentation slot during the plenary session.
       Inclusion in the NITEC18 report.
       Inclusion in the industry innovation report in the Communicator magazine.
       Bilateral meeting with an NCI Agency expert.
       Mentoring session with one of the SME mentors.
The deadline for submissions is 6th April and winners will be announced on 30th April.
The GDPR Alliance will be staging an event on April 20th at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The event is being pitched as a multi-disciplinary look at GDPR as we approach the legally enforceable date.
The lead sponsors for this event are Alliance members Watkins and Gunn Solicitors, Chris Roberts (B D Research) and Tony Dowling (Novo Consulting).
They would like to offer each of you the opportunity to support the event and promote your businesses.
There will be a limited number of speaking opportunities but there will be pre-event, coffee break and post event networking opportunities and an exhibition area where you will be able to display your company pop up banner and engage with prospects.
Please contact Chris Roberts for more information chris@bdresearch.co.uk

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Community SOC Project

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

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

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

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

CRESTCon & IISP Congress

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

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

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

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

Foundations of IoT security

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

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

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

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

DCMS consultation on security by design and IoT devices.

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

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

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

DIT CEE Cyber Security Showcase

Cyber security solutions for public and private sector

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As part of our on-going commitment to making UK SMEs aware of events, activities and opportunities that might encourage and facilitate overseas defence/security business, I am pleased to draw your attention to the following opportunity. 
 
The Nigerian Chief of Staff invites United Kingdom Defence industries/companies to participate in the Second Nigerian Army Research and Innovation Summit to be held at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Asokoro, Abuja from 17-20 April 2018. For those interested in attending the attachment will provide further information.
 
If you have any questions please contact the Defence Section at the Nigerian High Commission in London E:defencehclondon@yahoo.co.uk / defence@nigerianhc.org.uk  / T: 020 7839 1244 ext 250.

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

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

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

Good evening,

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

DCMS survey

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

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

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

Free Stand at InfoSec

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

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

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

The deadline for entries is the 5 April.

For full details

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

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

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

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

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

 IAAC Diversity Workshop Notes

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

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

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

3CDSE Three Counties Defence and Security Expo – 31.05.18

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

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

DASA Recruiting

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

DASA Operations Leads (x2)

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

DASA London Innovation Partner (x1)

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

Free Online Network 

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

DMARC and Quad 9

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

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

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

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

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

There are monthly DMARC webinars which get good feedback

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

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

About the GLOBAL CYBER ALLIANCE 

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

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

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

Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May 2018
Wales Millennium Centre, 

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

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

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

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

Keynote speeches will be given by:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


Sign up
 here

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in

Close of CyberCollaborate Platform

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

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

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

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

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

CyberUK

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

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

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

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

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

​More information available here.

Valuing the information Asset

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

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

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

If you would like to attend please register here.

Any queries should be addressed to info@iaac.org.uk

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

Could your ideas enhance and scale human expertise?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three winners will receive:

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

The Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation would like to invite you to an event on 4 April at RMA Sandhurst focused on exporting to the United States. This is an opportunity to hear from DSO colleagues about our experiences of exporting defence, security and cyber security capabilities to the US and to understand what support DIT can provide to you in doing so. There will be a range of presentations from the DSO USA desk, the cyber security export team, the space sector team and others. The staff from the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), US Embassy, will also be available during the morning coffee and lunch breaks for 1-2-1 meetings.
 
This workshop is designed to help get companies ready to sell their products to the US, to understand how to write a Quad Chart, the reasons why they are needed, to note the websites that US Acquisition Managers use to advertise their requirements and seek White Papers.
 
The timetable for the day is below. There are 100 seats available for this event at £100 plus VAT per seat, with a maximum of two reps per company. Queries should be directed to: craig.cabell@trade.gov.uk. To register for this event, please contact tajinder.chhina@trade.gov.uk with your name, company, telephone number, best email addresses (per delegate) and let us know if you will be entering Sandhurst on foot or intend to drive in (driver, make of car and registration number will be required for those driving in if we can secure permits). Closing date for registration is Wednesday 28 February, when companies will be given a seven day window to pay (details of how to do this will be forwarded on the closing date).
 
1000hrs Registration tea/coffee/networking opportunity
1030 Welcome and house rules
1035 DSO US Strategy for 2018 (information about Quad Charts, registering products on the DSO/DIT/BDS Pipeline and High Value Contract spreadsheets, route to market, UK support, in-country support, exhibition programme and how to register)
1105 Export Support Team support in the US
1120 US Special operations command and routes to market
1130 Cyber Pipeline and RSA registration 2019
1145 Policing and Security – as two sectors
1155 Space sector
1215 ADS briefing
1230 Lunch
1300 End
 
Regards,
 
Pete
 
Pete Thompson | Assistant Director, Cyber Security | Defence and Security Organisation |
Department for International Trade | 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW
1:30 – 3:30pm, 15 March 2018, Mercure Hotel, Cardiff   Register here
Funding opportunities abound for those who collaborate, but finding the right partners is difficult. We propose a short workshop that will introduce the Vanguard Initiative – a network supporting collaborations across European regions.  Bangor University will talk about their experience of international collaboration, and we will also highlight the support available to organisations seeking collaboration opportunities.  
 
The Vanguard Initiative is bringing regions and clusters together – to learn, connect, demonstrate and commercialise.
 
Pilot projects currently cover the following topics:
 
  • Bio-Economy – Interregional cooperation on innovative use of non-food Biomass – Lignocellulose refinery, Bio-aromatics, Turning (waste)gas into value, Biogas Beyond Energy Production, Bio-Aviation Fuel, Food & Feed Ingredients from Agrofood Waste, Food & Feed Ingredients from Algae.
  • Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing (ESM) – De- and re-manufacturing, personalised products, surface and coating materials, digital and virtual factories, nano-enabled products.
  • High Performance Production through 3D-Printing
  • Making EU the global leader in components for marine renewables and offshore energy applications
  • Vanguard Initiative pilot project on New nano-enabled Products – wires for ICT and energy,nano-bio systems, production of nano-materials, printed nano-electronics (including application on buildings)
 
H2020 Annual Event, 10:00am, 15 March 2018, Mercure Hotel, Cardiff
 
If you haven’t already registered for the H2020 Annual Event you can do so here.
 
Themed around Forging partnerships, driving success, the 2018 event builds on Wales’ success inHorizon 2020 in order to prepare for 9th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9).  We will explore how continued commitment to collaborate with Europe and the rest of the World will help drive Wales’ competitiveness and growth.
 
With already over 100 people signed up, places are going fast so please don’t forget to register or contact us directly. H2020@gov.wales

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

DCMS Cyber Security Skills Immediate Impact Fund launched… READ MORE

Neurodiversity programme update… READ MORE

Cyber Exchange sponsorship opportunities… READ MORE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,
Cyber Exchange Team

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

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in…

UK Cyber Security Forum  Community SOC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CyberUK

10th – 12th April

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

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

 

Cyber 101 

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

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

Attend a bootcamp

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

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

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

 

Legal Cyber Security Expo

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

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

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

 

Joint Security and Resilience Centre – Recruitment of Secondees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

UK Security Expo 

Message from Steve Borwell (one of our members):

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

UK Security Expo – 28-29 November, London

https://www.uksecurityexpo.com/

See attached photos

1m pod £2,000 plus VAT

I have space for 7 pods in total.

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

Please let me know if you want one?

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

As a value add my team will:

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

Please let me know asap.

Kind regards,

Steve

Steven Borwell-Fox / Managing Director 

steven@borwell.com

Good morning!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

CyberThreat 2018 – 50% off

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

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

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

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

CyberUK 2018

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

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

Cyber security trade mission to Qatar

Expressions of interest by 16th February

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

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

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

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

IAAC Management Committee

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

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

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

Relevant dates for the elections are:

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

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

JARCS WorkPlan

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

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

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

Each project will be categorised against our three main objectives.

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

Exporting to the United States

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

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

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

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

Living in the Internet of Things

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

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

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

Good afternoon!

Here are some more opportunities you might be interested in.

West Midlands Cluster Meeting
6th February
Free to attend

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

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

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

Legal Cyber Security Expo

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

Legal Cyber Security Expo and Legalex enough offer:

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

Good afternoon

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


“Cyber Security Academic Startups Programme” grant funded competition

Applications close on 31st Jan (noon) .

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

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

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

Estonia – Cyber security solutions

Very tight deadline – 2 February 2018

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

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

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

To apply you should have:

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

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

For more information about this tender, please click here

Improving Crowd Resilience and H2020 Secure Societies Collaboration Event

Reply by 31 January 2018

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

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

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

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

The future of ENISA

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

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

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

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

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

 

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

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

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

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

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

France – Cyber security solutions

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

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

 SC Congress London

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RSA San Francisco

16 – 20 April 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Your company should:

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

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

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

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

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

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

Pitch at the Palace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)

To let you know about a few opportunities that have been expected in  2018 from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in the cyber domain.

The CAF are in the process of looking into and upgrading its cyber posture. I have 2 RFAs – please email me (info@ukcybersecurityforum.com) if you want them and I will forward them to you. These are to inform industry and to seek input on the possible procurement and costing for the Defensive Cyber Operations – Decision Support Project (DCO-DS) and the Cyber Security Awareness Project (CSA). As the projects are closely linked, until further notice, they are under this single RFI and solicitation number.

The following 2 Request for Information have been released:

1.      Cyber Defensive Operations Project

2.      Cyber Security Awareness Project.

There are four more proposed RFI’s to come (tbc).

DIT Canada have very good links into the Cyber Force Development team, if you have any queries that we could help on please do get in contact with philip.heald@trade.gsi.gov.uk and Debbie.Goodleff@fco.gov.uk.

 

Discounted GCHQ Certified Penetration Course

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

Please contact zubair@tranchulas.com for more details.

 

IAAC Diversity Workshop

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

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

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

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

If you would like to attend, please register your interest

 

Bath University Research project

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

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

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

 

IAAC North-West Regional Community Workshops

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

The workshop

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

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

​ ​To attend please register here

 

Tech Nation survey

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

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

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

Take the survey!

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

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

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

Don’t worry….we’ve got you.

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

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

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

So enough of that, now for our featured speakers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CyberFirst Girls Competition 2017

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

Good morning!

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

Here are a few items you might be interested in:

Funded trip to Israel
Short deadline 11th Januray

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

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

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

Call for expression of interest in Cyber Security Academic Startups Programme

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

See more details here

Cyber Careers Show
Wednesday 17 January 2018, London

See details here

The Future of Trust

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

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

Village Hotel, Cardiff. CF14 7EF

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

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

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

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

For example:

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

Are the current qualifications delivering what you need?

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

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

Cyber 101 is a national programme running from January 2017 – March 2021 as part of DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security sector and the capability of cyber security SMEs. This programme is linked to the Develop strand of UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, a series of activities that will be supported by £1.9bn public investment over the next five years.

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

Who should apply?

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

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

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

Interested in applying?

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

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

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

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

WHY ISRAEL?

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

CYBERTECH TEL AVIV

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

KEY BUSINESS SECTORS

· Cyber Technology

· Cyber Security

· Threat Intelligence

· Cryptography

· Cryptocurrency

· Blockchain

· Fintech

· Defence

FUNDING

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

BENEFITS OF ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME

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

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

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

• A programme of meetings with key players and stakeholders

THE COST

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

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

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND SUBSIDIES

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

ELIGIBILITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Date: Wed 31 January 2018

Time: 08:45 – 16:15 GMT

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

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

Good morning!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in….

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

When: Week of February 5th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cyber Security Training Consultation Forum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Money

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

Dates

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

Interested?

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

Roger Hiscott, Head of Business Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


First Meeting of West Midlands Cyber Security Cluster


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

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

Security by Design Revisited Workshop


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

CSIT Labs


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

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


Black Hat in London


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

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


IAAC Strategic Research Programme


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draft for discussion and comment only Without commitment October 2017

Professional Body Consultation Workshops: Read-out and Next Steps

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Overview

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

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

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

Read-out from workshops 

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

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

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

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

Some areas for focus and possible challenges were:

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

Next Steps

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

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

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

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

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

Good evening!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

 

Poland – Cyber security solutions

Expiry date 30 November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Black Hat in London

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

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

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

Register Now to Save £200 off Briefings with Code UKCSF17

 

Service provision partner in the field of Academia for JSaRC

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

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

 

Security by Design Revisited Workshop

Free event

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

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

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

 

Cyber Security for Industrial Control Systems

Secure solutions for cyber-physical systems

7 – 8 February 2018. IET London: Savoy Place

www.theiet.org/cyber-ics

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

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

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

Wales Investing in Healthcare Technology

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

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

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

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

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

 

GP2GP completes national rollout 

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

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

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

 

My Health Text helps slash missed appointments  

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Making sure the road ahead is standardised   

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

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

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

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

 

New printers for GP practices  

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

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

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

 

Valuing Our Workforce 

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

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

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

 

Cymraeg Commendation 

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

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

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

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

Fully furnished 6m² stand space

Access to business networking platform

Company profile via the FIC catalogue and website

Special negotiated price €3,000

When: 23 & 24 January 2018

Where: Grand Palais, Lille

Cost: €3,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good evening!

Here are some opportunities and events you might be interested in

 

UK-South Korea ICT Joint Eurostars call

Short Notice – sorry!

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

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

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

Jonny.Voon@innovateuk.gov.uk

 

Looking for NGO experience

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

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

 

MSC Survey

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

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

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

 

PhD Studentship on offer

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Innovation Loans

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

 

West Midland Cyber Security Cluster

Free event

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

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

 

IISP Survey

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

Click here to complete the survey

 

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

Tuesday 7 November in Paris

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

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

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

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

When: Tuesday 7 November 2017

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

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

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

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

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

In order for me to successfully evaluate whether my policy will be usable I need a company that can provide feedback and also as a case study so I can write the policy. I will not be recording any personal or company data, just views and opinions from staff and managerial staff on wearable devices; the types they use, if they wear them to work, etc. I would also wish to look the current security policy in place to see if wearable devices are already incorporated into it.

Sharan Johnstone is my dissertation supervisor and will be over seeing my project. If you have any questions or are willing to help feel free to email me jodie.kill@students.southwales.ac.uk or phone me on 07456028355 or Sharan sharan.johnstone@southwales.ac.uk or phone her on 01443 483408.

Cluster members are invite to the upcoming Tech Against Terrorism event on October 16th at the Swansea Tech Hub. This event, organised by ICT4Peace and Swansea University’s College of Law and Criminology, is a United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN-CTED) backed global campaign to fight terrorist exploitation of technology in support of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.

The Tech Against Terrorism event is an opportunity for Welsh technology start-ups to network with one another and engage with discussions around preventing terrorist use and exploitation of your services. It will also provide an opportunity for start-ups like yourselves to voice your concerns and identify how Tech Against Terrorism can assist and support you in responding to terrorist exploitation of technology.

The event will run from 1000 until 1630 on the 16th October 2017. During this time, experts from Swansea University’s Cyberterrorism Project will discuss how terrorist groups have exploited technology in the past to achieve their key aims and objectives and how they are predicted to do so in the future, and Tech Against Terrorism staff will run a series of workshops on how to effectively plan, prepare and respond to potential or suspected terrorist activity on your platform. Lunch will be provided and attendance at the event is entirely free.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please sign up via our Eventbright: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tech-against-terrorism-swansea-startup-workshop-tickets-37912583558.

Cyber 101 is a national programme running from January 2017 – March 2021 as part of DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security sector and the capability of cyber security SMEs. This programme is linked to the Develop strand of UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, a series of activities that will be supported by £1.9bn public investment over the next five years.

On 12 October 2017, in partnership with Innovation Point, the Cyber 101 bootcamp will be run in Newport, Wales.

Who should apply?

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

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

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

Interested in applying?

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

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

Good morning!

Many thanks to those of you who attended the UK Cyber Forum showcase event in Malvern last Thursday – it was a great day!

Here are some Opportunities and Events you might find useful.

 

Fingerprint authentication

One of our members – Cloud-pin Ltd of Cambridgeshire – would like to talk to anyone who has worked in the field of fingerprint authentication, in connection with a project they’re working on. Contact Jonathan Craymer at jcraymer@shayype.com or 07770 875659.

 

Panama – Consultancy for cyber security strategy

One of the deadlines for this has passed (sorry) but not the other so you could contact them if interested

The government has issued a call for an expression of interest looking for consultancy firms specialised in cyber security

Expiry date: 8 October 2017

The prospective firm will be require to:

diagnose the current situation of the national cyber security strategy

prepare a road map or plan of action agreed with the institutions for the implementation of the national strategy for cyber security

carry out a security architecture analysis in order to know its current state.

Deadline for bids 10 October 2107

UK companies can bid directly, but the consultant must have the skills to fully operate in Spanish. Apply for more information from the Department for International Trade team in Panama

Contacts: Julissa Monterrey julissa.monterrey@fco.gov.uk, Ariel Perez ariel.perez@fco.gov.uk

 

DIT France’s Cyber Security workshop

DIT France’s Cyber Security workshop “Cyber Security: Testing France and the UK’s Digital Defences”, which will take place on 7th November 2017 at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Paris.

The objective of this event is to explore opportunities for Franco-British commercial, academic and research collaboration in the cybersphere.

DIT are inviting British companies to join major players from the cyber security industry in France and the UK for a one day event, which will include conferences with keynote speakers, pitching sessions and pre-arranged B2B meetings

When:  Tuesday 7 November 2017

Where:

British Ambassador’s Residence,

39 rue du Faubourg St Honoré,

75008, Paris

Registration fee for UK companies

£630 ex. VAT

2 attendees per company

RSVP by

20 October 2017

Click here to register

Contact:

Richard Ellis

Defence & Security

Business Development

richard.ellis2@fco.gov.uk

+33 (0)1 44 51 31 82

Sophie Girardon

Defence & Security

Campaign Manager

sophie.girardon@fco.gov.uk

+33 (0)1 44 51 32 80

 

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Cyber Summit (in association with Get Safe Online)

31 October, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Edgbaston stadium, Edgbaston Road, Birmingham, B5 7QU

The free one-day West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Cyber Summit will feature:

Expert keynote speakers from RBS, Kaspersky, Get Safe Online and IRM.

Practitioners with real-world knowledge from West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner including the National Crime Agency.

Regional businesses with real-life cybercrime case study experience.

Join us and find out first-hand how to protect your business and staff against the latest online threats.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-midlands-police-and-crime-commissioner-cyber-summit-in-association-with-get-safe-online-tickets-38392506019

 

About Secure IoT 

17th October 2017

Green Park Conference Centre, 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading RG2 6GP

Internet of Things (IoT) Security is a real concern for end users and organisations due to the ever-increasing number of attacks by hackers on consumer products, medical devices, vehicles, SCADA, Industrial Control, Building Management Systems, IT and OT Systems and networks of: retailers, public sector organisations, utilities, transport, energy sector, production, manufacturing, plant, process and control companies e.g.:

To gain an understanding of the potential threats and risks to your organisation and security best practice meet leading cybersecurity experts from: Arm, Cisco, Device Authority, IBM, IoT Security Foundation, Microsoft, Pen Test Partners, Symantec, Trustwave, T&VS, UL & University of Southampton.

You can see the agenda and book tickets using the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secure-internet-of-things-tickets-34656095314

You can use the following Discount Code to get 15% off the standard ticket price of £70 +VAT:

IOTTV17

To use the code: Click on the green “Tickets” rectangle and a “Select Tickets” pop-up should appear. You can then enter the discount code into the “Enter Promotional Code” box in the ‘Select Tickets’ pop-up

 

BIG DATA CORRIDOR EVENTS

OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2017

A wide range of events you might find interesting – some are free but some have charges

Further details about the courses can be found at http://bigdatacorridor.com/events/

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