UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 11th February 2018

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 :

CyberUK 2018

CyberUk is The National Cyber Security Centre’s Flagship Event

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 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
  • 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

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 ( 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: To register for this event, please contact 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.

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