Supporting Institutions

Welsh Government - The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales. We are working to help improve the lives of people in Wales and make our nation a better place in which to live and work. The Welsh Government consists of: The First Minister, Welsh Ministers, The Counsel General, Deputy Ministers. They are supported by civil servants who work across devolved areas that include key areas of public life such as health, education and the environment. We aim to be open and responsive to the needs of citizens and communities and are one of the few governments in the world that publishes Cabinet minutes and papers. Responsibility for most key areas of public life including health, education and environment is devolved. With offices across Wales, including Merthyr Tydfil, Aberystwyth and Llandudno Junction, we are getting closer to the people we serve.
Tarian ROCU - Tarian is the name for the Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) and was launched 2003 in response to the increased threat of Class A drugs in communities. During 2003 operation Tarian created a Regional Task Force (RTF) and Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU), both becoming fully operational in January 2004. The unit was further enhanced by the co-location of the Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART) in March 2004 and a new Regional Protected Persons Unit began operations in January 2013. The Regional Cyber Crime Unit (RCCU) was added to the Tarian family early 2014. The RCCU tackles those responsible for the most serious incidents of: Computer intrusion; Distribution of malicious code; Denial of service attack. The Unit, working closely with the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), provides a national investigative response to the most serious incidents of cyber-crime. The Unit are also working collaboratively with Welsh Government with the aim of developing a ‘secure digital nation’. Current information available suggests that 80% of Cyber crime is preventable and it is our intention through partnership engagement and education to develop Wales as a safe place to live, visit and do business.
eCrime Wales - With support from the Welsh Government, e-Crime Wales is a partnership of organisations and agencies committed to equipping Welsh businesses with the knowledge and tools to be aware, vigilant, informed and ultimately safe from the destructive effects of e-Crime in all its forms. By bringing together the four Welsh Police Forces, specialist public sector organisations and expert commercial businesses, e-Crime Wales shares and distributes the knowledge and intelligence vital for Welsh businesses to conduct business online both safely and securely. We hope that our website will aid your understanding and appreciation of the wide range of online threats, how these threats could impact your business and the ways in which you can significantly reduce your business’ exposure to risk online.
University of South Wales - The University of South Wales Group comprises the: University of South Wales; Merthyr Tydfil College; The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. These institutions share the common values of quality and excellence in delivering education across the full spectrum of the needs of the people of Wales and beyond. The University has developed partnership and franchise agreements with a number of colleges in Wales, throughout Britain and at many institutions overseas, so you can study a University of South Wales course at your local college. The MSc Cyber Security degree will equip you with the latest knowledge and understanding of the threats associated with the use of technology in business and how best to deal with them. You will cover both the technical and management/governance areas required to operate in the cyber security profession, allowing you to develop a range of key transferable skills valued by employers in both the public and private sectors. You will also benefit from being taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area.
University of South Wales - We are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Our world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. We provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students. Driven by creativity and curiosity, we strive to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. The university is the acknowledged leader of higher education in Wales, it is the principality’s only member of the Russell Group of research-led universities and has two Nobel Laureates on its staff. Cardiff University is also home to the brand new Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics located at Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics which is the first centre of its kind in Europe. This new research centre has been set up to provide world-leading research into the ever-growing problem of cyber security and was launched by the University and Airbus.
Swansea University - Founded in 1920, Swansea is a vibrant research-led university. Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. Set in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, the University's location is captivating. With 15,921 students and 2,510 staff, Swansea's multicultural campus community provides a global perspective and opportunities to gain skills that last a lifetime. The University is planning an ambitious campus expansion and development programme that will enable it to double in size and further enhance the student experience.
Coleg Gwent - We are amongst the best performing colleges in Wales and we’re also one of the biggest with over 23,000 students. Whether it’s your goal to go to university, get started in your dream job, work towards a promotion or learn a new skill, we can help get you where you want to be. Choose from an inspiring range of academic or vocational courses including A Levels and Apprenticeships, university level Higher Education options, professional qualifications or workforce training for employers. If you don’t know where to start, our specialist admissions advisors can guide you with your options and your next steps. We are in the top quarter of all colleges in Wales following Estyn’s Annual Review of Performance in 2014, so as a student at Coleg Gwent you can be confident of a high quality experience with plenty of personal support and guidance. We’re here to help you succeed. Our five unique campuses are accessibly located across the boroughs of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen - so there’s a whole world of exciting opportunity open to everyone in our local communities.
WJEC - formally the Welsh Joint Education Committee, is a consortium of 22 local education authorities in Wales providing qualifications and support for teachers and students. We believe in the personal and professional development of all our learners and we want to help each and every one of our students realise their potential. Our aim is to bring out the best in students and teachers by providing distinguished examinations and assessment which are highly valued by both employers and universities. As well as providing qualifications WJEC also offers professional development, educational resources, and support for adults who wish to learn Welsh. WJEC also manages the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Wales, The National Youth Theatre of Wales and National Youth Dance Wales. These are part of National Youth Arts Wales, which is supported by WJEC in partnership with Tŷ Cerdd.
The ESTnet - The ESTnet is the electronic and software technologies network for Wales. It represents companies who design, develop, manufacture and integrate some of the world’s most advanced technologies. The ESTnet industry drives the global economy and is vitally important to Wales, with over 520 companies, a workforce of about 24,000 people and a turnover of circa £7billion a year. The ESTnet exists to help you grow your business through collaboration and to give your business access to new opportunities and markets.
CompTIA - is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, we focus our programs on four main areas: education, certification, advocacy, and philanthropy. Our vision of the IT landscape is shaped by 30 years of global perspective and more than 2,000 members and 1,000 business partners. We are driven by our members and led by an elected board of industry professionals. All proceeds are directly reinvested in programs that benefit our valued members and the industry as a whole. Headquartered outside of Chicago, we have offices across the United States and in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
National Virtual Incubator (NVI) Wales - At Cisco we are creating a ground-breaking digital platform, opening up new opportunities to help you explore and expand your ideas. Since its launch in 2011, the British Innovation Gateway (BIG) has introduced a variety of national initiatives to support entrepreneurs and technology start-ups and encourage wider collaboration between them. As a critical component to BIG, the National Virtual Incubator (NVI) is a pioneering new network supported by the UK government. The NVI connects incubation centres, research facilities, science parks and academic institutes through its growing number of national bases. These hubs are the NVI nodes. At these nodes you will be able to gather virtually in an online community and share common interests and goals regardless of physical location.
TechHub Wales - creates spaces around the world for tech entrepreneurs to meet, work, learn and collaborate, and runs a load of great events, advice sessions and more. We provide physical and virtual spaces that enable technology startups to work smarter, develop faster and increase their chance of success. How? Through our one-vision global community. Every TechHub Member is working on a tech product. Entrepreneurs and their teams drop in or set up shop, advice flows freely (so does beer and pizza), angels appear, relationships blossom, and the likes of Jimmy Wales or Eric Ries may even pop in for a chat. TechHub offers flexible workspace, access to an energetic community, the resources of a global company, the energy and shared knowledge of a tech conference and the buzz of a social networking event rolled into one!
The aim of TechLink is to help more in the UK technology sector to learn what is on offer in and from Estonia, to the benefit of the technology sector and wider economies in both countries. Using the knowledge of its team and partners, it has been set up to: Link together specific people, teams and projects in the two countries on specific technology issues; showcase early stage R&D projects and explore the opportunities for collaboration and continued funding, to the benefit of both Estonian technology developers and UK investors; and use its user-friendly web presence to share information on activity in key sectors. No sector is excluded, but the focus will be on areas of Estonian technological strength and expertise including Financial Technology, Cyber Security, BioTech, Digital Government, Smart City development, Robotics and Education. For more information please contact kenneth.kopamees@fconet.fco.gov.uk
Founded in 1989, the Information Security Forum (ISF) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a Membership comprising many of the world’s leading organisations featured on the Fortune 500 and Forbes 2000 lists. We are dedicated to investigating, clarifying and resolving key issues in information security and risk management, by developing best practice methodologies, processes and solutions that meet the business needs of our Members. The ISF provides Members with a trusted and confidential environment within which their in-depth knowledge and practical experience can be shared. This approach enables the ISF to harness the collective insights and knowledge of its Members to deliver leading-edge solutions that are comprehensive, pragmatic and effective. By working together, Members avoid the major expenditure required to reach the same goals on their own. For more information please contact june.chambers@securityforum.org