UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 28th January 2018

Good afternoon

There are quite a few short notice opportunities I have been sent this week so here is an extra bulletin…

“Cyber Security Academic Startups Programme” grant funded competition

Applications close on 31st Jan (noon) .

Successful applicants will be informed on 9th February and will commence the 6-week programme on the week of the 12th February.

The recording (slides and audio) of the competition briefing webinar is available via the above link under the Dates tab.

To join the programme applicants must:
– be based in a UK academic institution
– have an idea related to cyber security
– be interested in commercialising the idea

Estonia – Cyber security solutions

Very tight deadline – 2 February 2018

A tender has been issued to supply a ICS network intrusion detection system.

An electricity distribution network operator in Estonia is looking to buy and deploy a network-based intrusion detection system (IDS) for SCADA and AMI network with vendor support.
You should be able to provide the following:

– delivery of IDS sensors for SCADA and AMI systems (hardware and software)
– delivery of IDS management console
– assistance in the initial setup and configuration
– initial user training
– composing and presenting IDS documentation
– vendor support for 5 years

To apply you should have:

– an annual general turnover of at least £668,000 per year during the last 3 financial years
– fulfilled at least 3 sales contracts on network-based intrusion detection system with at least £223,000 each in the last 4 years
– an ability to provide operative vendor support in Estonian or in English for the network-based intrusion detection system
The estimated contract value is £445,000.

Proposals will be accepted both in Estonian and English. The submission deadline is 2 February 2018 at 13:00 UK time.

For more information about this tender, please click here

Improving Crowd Resilience and H2020 Secure Societies Collaboration Event

Reply by 31 January 2018

*Important note*- please feel free to circulate this to your community but we kindly request that the details are not be posted on a public facing website.

The Defence and Security Accelerator and the Home Office are holding a joint event for stakeholders, users and suppliers interested in secure societies and protecting public places. The event will take place in the London on 22 February 2018. This email is seeking expressions of interest for attendance at this event.

The morning will include presentations from the winning bidders from the Accelerator’s Improving Crowd Resilience competition. This competition sought innovative ideas to reduce the threat from terrorist and malicious use of explosives and weapons in public spaces. Attendees will have the chance to see details of the projects funded through the Accelerator and explore potential collaborations or exploitation of the work. The afternoon will include a briefing and Q&A on Horizon 2020, the EU’s open fund for research and innovation, providing attendees with an opportunity to hear more about some of the projects funded and other opportunities for collaboration.

Attendance at this event is limited to a maximum of 200 people. Therefore, if you are interested in attending, please reply to by 31 January 2018 with the subject title of ‘ICR and Horizon 2020 Secure Societies EOI’ stating your name, company, and why you’d like to attend. Successful applicants will then be sent a link to register for attendance. Please note that if the event is oversubscribed, the organisers will have to limit the number attending from a single organisation.

The future of ENISA

The Government has launched a consultation on the future of ENISA and coherence in cyber security certification.

Please see the link below with details of how to respond and timelines.

“Call for views on the European Commission’s proposed Regulation on ENISA, the “EU Cybersecurity Agency”, and on Cyber Security Certification.

This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 13 February 2018”

More info can be found at


Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Distributed on behalf of Cyber Security Challenge UK are details of ​their recruitment campaign for a new Director of Finance and Corporate Services.

Reports To: CEO
Location: Home based
Position: Part Time (3-4 days per week envisaged), occasional UK travel
Start Date: April 1st (earlier preferable to enable handover with outgoing FD)
Salary:  £60-65k, pro-rata, depending on experience, plus company pension and appropriate expenses

If you want to see the rest of the detailed job advert please let me know and I will email it over to you (

Any queries please direct to  Nina Roberts,Operations Manager, Cyber Security Challenge UK

France – Cyber security solutions

A multinational wants to identify innovative start-ups with solutions in Internet of Things cyber security
Expiry date – 31 March 2018

For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please use the following link;

 SC Congress London

SC Congress London is next month – February 15 at the ILEC in central London – register here to apply for your  FREE place (end users only).

In one day they cover all bases, from GDPR and wider regulation to cyber-crime, critical infrastructure and skills shortages. On offer as well are masterclasses on ransomware and breach recovery as well as hacking demos and a mock trial.

£50,000 grants for digital solutions to vocational adult learning (VocTech)

Ufi is launching its latest seed funding call, offering up to £50,000 for projects which aim to provide innovative digital solutions to vocational adult learning (VocTech).

Technology can transform how vocational learning happens and ‘scale up’ this impact to provide better, quicker, digital learning.  Ufi’s VocTech Seed fund aims to raise skill levels across the UK by funding development and testing of innovative, creative projects with new ideas for vocational learning delivery. The fund is open to any sector, industry or technology.
This call is open from 13 February 2018 to 14 March 2018.

Workshops where you will be able to learn more about funding and discuss your application with Ufi staff are being held in Birmingham (7 Feb), Newcastle (22 Feb) and London (6 March).  You can sign up for these here:

If you cannot attend a workshop, there will also be webinars on 14th Feb, 21st Feb, and 7th March, and you can sign up for these using the same link.

There is more about Ufi at, and on Twitter @UfiTrust,

RSA San Francisco

16 – 20 April 2018

RSA San Francisco invites you to attend the world’s largest annual cyber security conference and exhibition that brings together over 700 exhibitors and 43,000 visitors.

Each year the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosts 8 first-time exhibitors at RSA to showcase their capabilities at the UK pavilion.

In addition to the opportunity to exhibit at RSA at a discounted rate, DIT also offers UK pavilion companies a series of US market briefings, buyer and investor introductions, and multiple networking opportunities throughout the week.

UK cyber security companies interested in exhibiting within the UK Pavilion at RSA 2018 should contact For approved companies, there will be a pre-RSA briefing session on Friday 2nd March. Cost:£7,000

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