UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 27th May 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:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mireille Owen-Hughes at


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:

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 ( 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


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 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

  • 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.

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