UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 22nd July 2018

Good evening

Here are some opportunities you may find of interest


Working with Bristol and Bath – Young People in Cyber Security

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

Our work will focus on the following areas:

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

For further information and to link up with this Cyber project contact Elaine Brown;


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

If you would like a copy of the workplan please let me know ( and I will email it over to you


Proposals for developing the UK Cyber Profession

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

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

The DCMS proposals draw substantially on IAAC’s research on the issue of professionalization.  Here’s a link to the research report on IAAC’s website:


 Work with the USA in the defence space sector 

The Gallifrey Group 

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

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

The Gallifrey Group want to promote themselves as a one-stop shop for all serious Space prospects to the USA. They are currently in discussion with Academia to progress their prospects up the Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) in order to provide more developed, cutting-edge technology, to tackle the various challenges in the Space sector, satellite technology or the prospect of future manned missions to the Moon and beyond.

The University of Exeter was the first university to formally sign-up to the Gallifrey Group. They are already involved in the UK Space offer, via a proposed Space Port based in the South West, and look forward to creating student programmes, research and technology partnerships with the Gallifrey Group, including think tank sessions and hands-on engineering tasks.

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

If you are interested in exporting to the USA and think that your cyber security offer could be applied to the space industry please contact Craig Cabell –


Hague Cyber Security week 2-5th October

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

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

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

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

If you think you may be interested in this opportunity please contact


Fintech trade mission to Mexico

September 11-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 1

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

Days 2 and 3

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

Day 4

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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