UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 20th January 2018

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 –

If you do apply please let me know ( 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 ( 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 and


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.

Please contact 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:

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!

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