UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 24th November 2018

Good evening!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

IAAC Diversity by Design Report

IAAC are pleased to announce the publication of our report on diversity by design, which can be found at the following link:

Diversity by Design Report


London, December 3-6, 2018

UK Cyber Security Forum will be at BlackHat on 5th and 6th November.  We will be on stand BB4 so do come by to say hello and find out more about our neuro-diverse cyber security training programme.  IASME will be on the stand with us to talk about the Community SOC team they have recently set up using only neuro-diverse employees.  We will be running a panel session on 6th from 13:35-14:25

Free entry to the Business Hall! 

Healthcare Cybersecurity Conference: Protecting the NHS against cyberattacks

30th January 2019

There apparently a limited number of complimentary tickets available to public health professionals. Please contact for further information

RSA 2019

Deadline of 29th November
Event date 4-8th March

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) invites
you to attend the world1s largest cyber security conference and exhibition, RSA San Francisco, which brings together over 700 exhibitors and 43,000 visitors.

Pete Thompson, the Assistant Head of Cyber Security, DSO will be running an intro/training session in February for companies chosen for the RSA mission that will cover detailed plans for the mission, pitch training and advice from previous mission attendees.

This year, in response to company feedback, DIT is delighted to offer participants two different tracks:

The first track will enable eight first-time exhibitors at RSA to showcase their capabilities at the UK pavilion. DIT offers these exhibitors a series of US market briefings, buyer and investor introductions, and multiple networking opportunities throughout the week. For approved companies, there will be a pre-RSA briefing session in February. Cost: £6,000 (VAT excluded).

The new second track includes all the above activities except an exhibition slot on the UK pavilion. Since most of the DIT organised events are in the morning or evening, there is plenty of time to meet some of the many potential buyers, which DIT can assist with. Cost: £1,000 (VAT excluded).

UK cyber security companies interested in participating in either track at RSA 2019 should contact no later 
than Thursday, 29th November.

Please specify whether you would like to participate in the first or second track, and provide a brief description outlining:
–  Company capability and issue being addressed
–  Overview of current clients and sectors
–  Target markets and sectors
–  Interest in US-based funding (seed, VC, etc.)
–  Prior engagement with DIT (if applicable)

Call for solutions: Disrupting online abuse and exploitation

The Home Office has allocated budget to invest in up to 5 innovative projects that are designed to disrupt live online child sexual abuse and exploitation. Projects should investigate new methods and technologies. The competition is being run under the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative). Full details can be found here

DASA Real-World Incident Response Hackathon

Sorry – very short notice this is on Monday!

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seeking participants for a Real-World Incident Response Hackathon on 26-27 November 2018 in Central London. This hackathon will focus on improving the way we investigate incidents through the application of Multimedia Analysis and Artificial Intelligence. Participants will be asked to process large amounts of real-world incident multimedia data and rapidly identify key information for on-site experts – people, places, events, in fact anything that may assist an investigations team.
To find out more and sign up to attend, please use the following link here

Interested in working with JSaRC?

The JSaRC team has a really unique structure, roughly 50% of the team are civil servants, and the rest of the team is made up of staff seconded from industry and academia. Our current secondees originate from organisations such as Thales, Airbus, BAE Systems, Hart International, ADS, Aecom, Intel, QinetiQ, Civica, Secure Cloud+, Chapel Associates, Sopra Steria and the University of Kent. We are keen to hear from organisations who might be interested in providing a secondee to help support the important work that JSaRC does. If interested, please email

Cyber security opportunities in South Africa, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and Brazil

The FCO Digital Access programme has released five Digital Market white papers, outlining high level opportunities for UK digital, cyber security and telecommunication companies, in five of the fastest growing digital economies: South Africa, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and Brazil. The FCO recently hosted a workshop to discuss opportunities and barriers in South Africa, and will be running briefing sessions on the four further markets in the coming months.

Forthcoming DIT events

A range of activity is planned for the coming months, with upcoming missions to Doha for the Qatar Central Bank Information Security and Financial Services conference, Copenhagen around cyber security for transport and an automotive targeted engagement in Japan. Planning has also commenced for the first of the three major trade shows the team supports each year, with RSA happening in San Francisco in March 2019. Further information on this will follow in the coming weeks.

Wider DIT events can be found here, alongside details for DIT ministers’ travel.

Financial support for exports

We recognise that finance for exporting can sometimes be difficult. UK Export Finance is the UK’s Export Credit Agency and a Government Department, with nearly 100 years’ experience in helping buyers globally to purchase goods and/or services from the UK. The UK Government has an ambition that no viable trade with the UK should fail for lack of finance or insurance. UKEF help ensure that purchases of capital goods and/or services from the UK are supported with attractive financing terms. This support is predominantly through the provision of guarantees that facilitate loans to overseas buyers to purchase supplies from UK exporters as part of an overall contract package. UKEF guarantees (typically 100% and unconditional) commit the full faith and credit of the UK Government and can support exports for any size of company and across all sectors, from capital goods to services and intangibles such as intellectual property or licenses.

We plan to run a briefing session for cyber security companies with UKEF and techUK in the coming months, but for further information before then please contact:

As part of the government’s efforts to support UK exporters through digital tools, a new cyber security sector page has launched online. Part of website, it showcases UK cyber security firms to potential overseas buyers, as well as providing information and guidance to UK firms at all stages of their exporting journey. We would encourage all UK cyber security businesses to register on it.

AFCEA UK West Chapter – December Meeting

The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 13th December at Brickhampton Golf Club.

The presentation for the evening will be from  Peter Williamson (CEO, SecureCloud+) “The Continuous Need for Dynamic and Intelligence-led Cyber Controls Testing”

Last Call for Papers – Living in the IoT

1-2 May 2018 | IET London: Savoy Place

This 2nd Living in the IoT Conference combines academic research with industry case studies, demonstrating safeguards for IoT cybersecurity as well as exploring critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability and security.

The IET and PETRAS invite you to participate by submitting your innovation, project or research focusing on solutions for IoT challenges.

Attend Living in the IoT to gain invaluable insight into how society can benefit from the power of interconnected devices and industry improve efficiency whilst every domain remain safe, secure and resilient.

Last Call for Papers deadline: 1 December 2018
For more information and to view the technical scope, visit:

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