UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 24th February 2018

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 ( 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!!



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.


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 ( 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. or Mike Miller E.


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

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,


Steven Borwell-Fox / Managing Director

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