News & Opportunities

The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster is run for the benefit of small companies specialising in cyber security in the South Wales Region. Below are details of the news, initiatives, opportunities and ideas that have been shared with the Cluster.

PLEASE NOTE: Some opportunities are intended for Core Members (Cyber SMEs) only, to access these please click here

 

Opportunities with deadlines

Innovate UK’s Emerging and Enabling funding competition - Deadline: 10th May 2017

Innovation funding available for Enabling technologies that can demonstrate a step change in performance and the potential to disrupt existing industrial approaches, such as, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, data analytics, big data, distributed ledger technology, Internet of Things (IoT), virtual reality, satellite applications, electronics, sensors, photonics and robotics.

Alongside any disruptive emerging technology in energy harvesting, imaging technologies, graphene, biological computing or biofilms.

Money

Projects should last between 6 months and 3 years. Projects are expected to range in total costs between £35,000 and £2 million.

For technical feasibility studies and industrial research, you could get:

  • up to 70% of your eligible project costs if you are a micro/small business
  • up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 50% if you are a large business

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get:

  • up to 45% of your eligible project costs if you are a micro/small business
  • up to 35% if you are a medium-sized business
  • up to 25% if you are a large business

Dates

The competition opens on 6th March and will receive applications until 10th May 2017.

Interested?

Innovation Point are here to help increase your chances of securing the funding you need to grow. Please contact us about this and other funding opportunities to discuss how we can help you:

Roger Hiscott, Head of Business Development

Email: roger.hiscott@innovationpoint.uk Tel: 07973 122 295 Web: www.innovationpoint.uk

USW Capture the Flag Competition - Deadline: 20th May 2017

University of South Wales are running a competition as part of the Cyber Security Challenge series.

Come and compete against other University teams in a Capture the Flag competition devised and run by the Whitehatters Academy and Raytheon Cyber.

Entry is in teams of 4. This CTF is a series of jeopardy games and challenges for novices.

Where? University of South Wales (USW) Treforest, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, Room TRJ233

When? Saturday 20th May 2017 1000-1600

Lunch will be provided.

To sign up please contact: universities@cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk

UK Defence and Security Accelerator: Enduring Challenge - Open Until: 20th February 2018

Innovation funding available for The Accelerator Enduring Challenge funds innovative proof - of - concept research that could lead to a cost effective advantage for UK armed forces and national security.

There are 10 broad defence and security challenge areas to position proposals against

  • 1. Data: cyber, information, big data, management and processing, sensemaking, visualisation, delivery, interoperability
  • 2. Communications: secure, unsecure, mobile, novel forms
  • 3. Protection: personnel, platforms, facilities, digital systems, materials
  • 4. Situational awareness: sensors, precision navigation and timing, reduced dependability on GPS, surveillance, status of digital systems
  • 5. Power: provision, sources, non fossil, hybrid, management, fuel efficiency
  • 6. Communications: secure, unsecure, mobile, novel forms
  • 7. Lethality: weapons, conventional, novel, directed energy, defence, less than lethal
  • 8. Mobility: platforms, air, land, sea, space, human, means of propulsion
  • 9. Human performance: physical and mental, systems interface, survivability, sustainment, training, medical
  • 10. Lower cost of ownership: platforms, equipment, facilities

Money

The MOD typically fund proposals for proof - of - concept research in the range of £50,000 to £90,000 for work of 3 to 9 months duration for the first phase of work. The Challenge will fund 100% of eligible costs.

Dates

The Challenge is open now and will receive applications on a monthly basis from 5th April 2017 to 20th February 2018.

Interested?

Innovation Point are here to help increase your chances of securing the funding you need to grow. Please contact us about this and other funding opportunities to discuss how we can help you:

Roger Hiscott, Head of Business Development

Email: roger.hiscott@innovationpoint.uk Tel: 07973 122 295 Web: www.innovationpoint.uk

 

 

Opportunities that are open-ended

Volunteer SMEs for NCSC website user testing - Deadline: ASAP

CESG are recruiting volunteers for usability testing of the new National Cyber Security Centre website between now and launch. They are developing the website in 'sprints' and would like groups of users to do some testing after each sprint - roughly every 2 weeks.

The first date is 8th July in London and they are specifically trying to pin down non-cyber security SMEs - see link below. It will take about an hour.

https://www.cesg.gov.uk/news/ncsc-website-usability-testing-underway-and-we-need-volunteers

Information provided by Kevin Lowrie, Assistant Director Communications Cyber Security, Department of Culture Media and Sport.

Cyber Security Technologist & Risk Management Opportunities with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT - Open-ended

BCS are searching for a number of subject matter experts with a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to assist us in the development of Exam Banks and End-Point-Assessment model for the following Digital Industry Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards over the forthcoming months.

Your role as a subject matter expert on the development panel would include the following:

  • Cyber Security Technologist and Risk Analyst pathways
  • Providing industry expertise and knowledge
  • Creating a bank of questions (items) for each knowledge module
  • Tailoring our end-point-assessment model to the Standard, including developing a Grading Framework
  • Building a bank of synoptic projects for the end-point-assessment
  • Creating or reviewing courseware

Our aim is to develop a valid, fair and reliable assessment that meets the knowledge, skills and behaviours defined in the standard which are documented in the Occupational Briefs located here: https://www.thetechpartnership.com/standards-and-quality/trailblazer-apprenticeships/available-now/

If you are interested in being involved in this opportunity, helping people embark on their career in IT, please contact us.

Please email product.development@bcs.uk with an expression of interest and a copy of your current CV.

Information provided by Stuart Lewis, Head of Cyber Security, University of South Wales

H2020 Cyber Experts Programme - Open-ended

Help design European cybersecurity policy and evaluate Horizon 2020 cybersecurity proposals

The EU is seeking individuals with expertise in cybersecurity and digital privacy to be appointed as independent experts to assist with research and innovation assignments including the evaluation of Horizon 2020 proposals, monitoring of projects and design of policy. Experts are paid for their time and are reimbursed for any travel costs.

If this is of interest, you can register as an expert at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/experts/index.html

Information provided by Simon Renault, Head of Special Projects, Innovation Point.

CSIT Incubator, Belfast - Open-ended

CSIT Labs – An incubator programme designed to engineer viable ventures in cyber security. Based at CSIT, the UK's national Innovation & Knowledge Centre for cyber security.

https://www.csitlabs.com/?utm_campaign=625511_CD%20January%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dotmailer&dm_i=2VFU%2CDENB%2C1KEU5Z%2C1CI2R%2C1

Information provided by Sian Jones, ESNR-Sectors & Business-ICT Sector, Welsh Government.

 

 

Old & Archived Opportunities

 

Wales Space Exhibition, Cardiff - Event: 5th April 2017

Cardiff City Stadium

Wednesday 5 April 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alania Space are among speakers confirmed for the Wales Space Exhibition to be held at Cardiff City Stadium on 5 April.

Martin Lee from the bids and programmes procurement team, will represent Airbus Defence and Space who are actively seeking SME’s in Wales to deliver a value added contribution in:

  • Spin-in technologies
  • ALM / 3D Printing
  • Contract Electronics Manufacturing
  • Graphene applications
  • Novel energy sources
  • Photonics
  • Data analytics
  • Machine learning
  • High performance computing

Thales Alania Space and Airbus Defence and Space join the UK Space Agency, Satellite Applications Catapult, Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, Wales Space Group (WASP) and others at the event.

The event is open to all technology companies in Wales with an appetite to work in the sector, especially if you work in software technologies: big data, analytics, internet of things, and cyber-security.

The UK space industry is reaching out to the technology sector in Wales to develop partnerships in this high-tech, fast-growth sector. Book your place today and be one of those partners.

Book to attend here

If you would like to exhibit then please contact Avril.Lewis@estnet.uk.net by 21 March.

Information provided by Sian Jones, ESNR-Sectors & Business-ICT Sector, Welsh Government.

Capital Law - Invitation to cyber event, Cardiff - Event: 29th March 2017

Cluster member Nick de Figueiredo of Capital Law would like to invite you all to an event titled "Cyber Security - how to protect your business and people" which is being run at their offices in Tyndall Street, Cardiff on 29th March, 09:00 - 12:30.

Full details can be found at http://dmtrk.net/173X-4S5AH-49MSNQVW08/cr.aspx

Welsh Government - Invitation to exhibit at the DSEI event, London - Deadline: 24th March 2017

Please click here for an invitation for your company to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to attend and exhibit on the Welsh Government stand at the DSEI event, which will take place in the ExCel in London between 12-15th September 2017.

f you are interested, complete and return the attached form to Richard Hearne (richard.hearne2@wales.gsi.gov.uk) and copy Neil Sandford (neil.sandford@wales.gsi.gov.uk) by 24th March 2017 so that each application can be considered in detail.

Welsh Government are hoping to confirm decisions on all EOIs by the end of March and they will advise you if this date changes.

It is likely that it will cost each company between £500-£1,000 to exhibit.

Information provided by Neil Sandford, Business Development Manager – ICT Inward Investment, Welsh Government.

SFBW - Invitation to LinkedIn breakfast and networking event, The Orbit Centre, Merthyr Tydfil - Event: 15th March 2017

We'd like to invite you all and your colleagues to a special LinkedIn breakfast meeting and networking event we're running in Merthyr on 15th March, 8am - 10am.

This is an added value event which is being run in addition to our event programme. It is open to Local Authorities, other public sector, banks, accountants, and any organisation which provides a service to businesses as well businesses themselves.

I've attached the bilingual event flyer - can you please forward the flyer to your colleagues and partners within your organisations and also out to your networks and businesses?

We hope that you are all able to attend. Booking is online via https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/superfast-business-wales-linkedin-to-promote-your-business/

Information provided by David Elsmere, Partnership Manager, Superfast Business Wales.

Opportunity to Exhibit on the UK Pavilion at RSA 2017 in San Francisco - Event: 17th February 2017

A space has become available at late notice to exhibit on the UK Pavilion at RSA 2017 which takes place in San Francisco, 13-17 February.

RSA is the world’s largest cyber security conference and trade event, with 35,000+ visitors and 500+ vendors.

The cost to exhibit on the UK pavilion is £5,000 per company and applicants must be UK-based cyber security organisations who have not exhibited at RSA before or are not currently contracted directly with RSA to exhibit in 2017.

For further information or to express an interest, please contact me by email at andy.williams@mobile.trade.gov.uk

Information provided by Andy Williams, Cyber Envoy, Defense and Security Organisation, DIT.

South by South West (SxSW) event panelist needed - 10th March 2017

Another opportunity has come up working with our Welsh Government colleagues in the US.

The opportunity would be relatively cheap – the event side of things would be looked after and we can explore opportunities to contribute to the T&S side. Is this something that would be of interest to the Cluster members.

I appreciate that we haven’t got much to go on in terms of info to publicise the opportunity, but we’re trying to react to the opportunity from our end. In essence we’re asking if anyone is interested in going to SXSW in March to talk about Cyber and Wales, have a nice time and see if they can do any business. Details to be finalised…

Just wanted to mention that the portion of SXSW that we’d be looking at is Interactive, dates March 10-14. We could look to do our panel event one of the earlier days so as to not overlap too much with CyberUK.

As a bit of background on the context of the activity surrounding this:

The GREAT campaign and DIT are sponsoring an official SXSW venue at Interactive, a “house” with 5 days of programming. It will be a hub for showcasing British tech, creativity and culture. This is DIT led with partners such as last year’s London & Partners, Invest Northern Ireland, TechCity, TechNorth and this year likely Scottish Development International and ourselves.

SXSW Interactive gets 34,000 attendees and SXSW altogether draws 85,000 participants from 85 countries to Austin. The UK has been the single largest international delegation, with more than 1,500+ attending in the past. The conference is a vehicle to highlight ‘the next big thing’ in technology and innovation and cybersecurity is a frequent topic for many of the sessions and events. It’s a great opportunity to showcase cybersecurity in Wales on the UK platform, with relatively little cost.

US contact is Erica Stevens, Senior Representative, Welsh Government, British Consulate-General, 133 Peachtree St NE Suite 3400 Atlanta, GA 30303, E: erica.stevens@wales-uk.com

If you, or one of your associates, can attend this event in the USA then please contact Jonathan Fortune, Strategy Manager ICT for Welsh Government on Jonathan.Fortune@Wales.GSI.gov.uk

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona - Event: 27th February 2017

Are you interested in next generation technology? The latest mobile innovations? Do you want to discover how Mobile Technology can help your business? Then visit the Mobile World Congress as the World’s largest gathering for the Mobile Industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, 27th Feb – 2nd March 2017. To find out more https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/

Welsh Government will be present at the event in partnership with the Department of International Trade therefore please get in touch to discuss how you could get involved in our networking events.

Overseas Business Development Visit support is available – an OBDV can provide support and assistance to companies (SME and large) to carry out international trade development activities and projects.

Welsh Government are not taking a trade mission in 2017, but they will have a presence on the DfIT stand and are offering companies support through the Overseas Business Development Visit programme to attend. Through OBDV they can contribute up to 50% of travel and subsistence costs for the show.

For further information of the support available please contact Jonathan Fortune, Strategy Manager ICT for Welsh Government on Jonathan.Fortune@Wales.GSI.gov.uk

Petition to Parliament to guide BRexit - Open until: 12th January 2017

UK access to EU R&D programmes stimulates £billions of investment and gives the UK access to skills and technologies that it does not have. Ending our access to these programmes will weaken our economy which depends on exploitation of innovative science and technology.

If you have an interest in EU funding for research and innovation this may be relevant to you.

The BRexit negotiators could request associate country status as part of the deal, preserving much of the value of the collaborations. Of course, the UK could replace the funding lost from the EU, but it cannot replace the research collaboration with like-minded researchers across the EU. They would have no incentive to collaborate with UK researchers without financial incentives. The UK would thus lose influence and damage an economy dependent on ideas generation and exploitation.

A petition has been set up to maintain UK access to the EU R&D programmes – if interested click on this link to sign the petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/150220

Information provided by Professor Andrew Blyth, PhD. Director of the Information Security Research Group, University of South Wales.

Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship Comments - Open until: 2nd January 2017

The Tech Partnership has published the draft standard for a pioneering Degree Apprenticeship in Cyber Security, and is now looking for feedback from employers and other interested parties.

The proposed new apprenticeship will allow employers, for the first time, to take on bright school leavers and train them up as cyber specialists to degree level. Successful candidates will spend between three and five years combining on the job training and academic study, and graduate with a BSc (Honours) as a Cyber Security Technology Professional.

Roles likely to be filled by Cyber Security Degree Apprentices include Cyber Risk Management, Cyber Systems Architect, and Cyber Deep Technology Analyst.

The closing date for contributions is Monday 2 January 2017. Click here to view the standard and comment.

Information provided by Damon Rands, Managing Director, Wolfberry IT Security.

International Cyber Security Forum - Deadline: 8th December 2016

The next edition of the International Cyber Security Forum takes place in Lille on 24 & 25 January 2017. This is the largest cyber security exhibition in France so it will give UK companies good exposure to the French market.

DIT France has worked with the organisers to negotiate a special offer for UK companies (€3500 instead of €5000 to exhibit).

Stand space is selling out faster than in previous years so I would encourage interested companies to contact sophie.clark@fco.gov.uk as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

Information provided by Philip Heald, Cyber Security Exports Advisor - Gulf Region, Cyber Security Export Team, Defence & Security Organisation, Department for International Trade.

The Cheltenham Cyber Hub relaunch event - Event: 1st December 2016

After 9 months out, the Cheltenham Cyber Tech Hub are resuming their meetup event with added impetus.

There are 55 people already confirmed and details can be found here: https://www.meetup.com/cybertechub/events/234780434/

The focus of the group is 4-fold:

  • SMEs: Provide a collaboration and support network for small and startup Cyber companies locally
  • Investors and Business Support: Provide “shop front” for suitable Investors and trusted local businesses (legal, insurance, accountants, etc.) who can actively support and invest in these companies
  • Government and Academia: Provide a direct communication path for GCHQ (and Cyber Accelerator), local Government and Universities to support and communicate relevant updates and support opportunities
  • Industry: encourage trusted corporates and established businesses to actively engage with, collaborate, support and potentially invest in small, growing SMEs

Information provided by Duncan McDonald, Operations Director, IRM Security.

Request for B-to-B event - European Cyber Week - 23-24 November 2016

Dear colleague from South Wales,

On the 23rd and 24th of November, DG GROW (European Commission) will organize in Rennes (France), in partnership with the Bretagne region and its agency Bretagne Développement Innovation, a european B-to-B event, during the European Cyber Week in Rennes (France).

You can register on the platform: https://www.b2match.eu/ECWbusinessmeetings

Besides, a scientific event will occur at the same time, with plenary conferences. The agenda is available on https://european-cyber-week.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ProgSymSECv9.pdf

Lastly, a symposium relating to the regional strategies of civil/military dual-use, will be also organized during this Cyber week, in the framework of the European Network of Defence-related Regions. This symposium will focus on a session known as “peer review” during which regional representatives will present the development and key elements of their regional dual-use and cybersecurity strategy. It will provide an excellent opportunity to exchange best practices and get information on the latest policy developments. The meeting will also be held in English. The agenda: https://european-cyber-week.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Agenda-peer-review-ECW.pdf

If you are interested by these events, we would be glad to provide you further information.

Sébastien CHÂBLE

Chargé de mission projets européens

European project development

+33 (0)2 99 67 71 14

s.chable@bdi.fr

Showcasing the UK´s Cyber Security Capabilities in The Netherlands - 29-30 November 2016

Gents,

Welsh Government have secured an exhibition stand at the attached event and where we plan to push the Wales Cyber Security Cluster expertise and the ‘why invest in Wales’ message.

Full details can be found here

It sounds like an excellent business development opportunity for cluster members and relatively straight forward and in expensive to get to compared to other European events. It would be great to have some members on the stand!

Any chance you can push out to the North & South Clusters.

Neil Sandford

Business Development Manager – ICT Inward Investment

Department of Economy and Infrastructure

Tel +44 (0) 7769 883253

E-mail: neil.sandford@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Cyber Security: Opportunities and Threats conference free exhibition stands - Event: 13th October 2016

As part of European Cyber Security Month, the CHERISH-DE Centre is hosting a conference and accompanying exhibition Cyber Security: Threats and Opportunities.

The informative, engaging event has an over-arching theme of how organisations should align their skills and infrastructure with Cabinet Office advice with regards to cyber security (The UK Cyber Security Strategy).

Speakers include:

  • Cabinet Office (tbc)
  • Andy Greene, Aprose Risk
  • Damon Rands (live hacks)
  • TARIAN, South Wales Police Cyber Security Unit
  • Exhibitor speed talks including GSW Connections, ABMU Healthboard and DVL

When

Thursday, 13 October 2016 from 09:00 to 16:00 (BST)

Where

Liberty Stadium - Landore, SA1 2FA

Eventbrite page, where cluster members can register to attend and/or exhibit http://bit.ly/2ae6UB4

Information provided by Kelvin Jones, Accelero Digital Solutions Ltd.

Scholarships for both PhD and MRes studentship projects. - Deadline: 10th October 2016

The next CALL FOR PROPOSALS under the KESS II Programme is now open

The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) II programme supports Doctoral and Research Masters awards in Welsh Universities,jointly sponsored by external partners based in the Convergence areas of Wales. KESS II is funded under the European Structural Investment Funds – ESF Programme through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). The programme is a collaboration between all Welsh Universities, led by Bangor University. The programme is likely to run for 7 years (2015-22), supporting an allocation of 35 PhD and 29 MRes scholarships at USW.

There will be both PhD and MRes Studentships available under this competitive call (Limited number of PhD scholarships remaining. A large allocation of MRes scholarships are still available.)

KESS is closely aligned to meeting the higher-level skills needs of Welsh Government’s grand challenge areas, and will prioritise project proposals in the following sectors:

  • ICT and the Digital Economy
  • Low Carbon, Energy & Environment
  • Advanced Engineering and Materials
  • Life Sciences and Health

Please note, there is additional eligibility and approval criteria for this competitive call, including internal and external approval criteria.

Further information, including the full application package, is now available via our website

Byte Night - the Cluster sleeping rough for charity - Event: 7th October 2016

At the July meeting, Cluster member Mark Edwards from Capital Networks presented a wonderful opportunity for the Cluster to do something for charity and have some fun at the same time.

Have you heard of Byte Night? It is the technology and business industry sleep out event in aid of Action for Children and quite a few technology and other big companies are taking part (including Capital Networks, Acorn Recruitment, KPMG, Spindogs, BT, Admiral and Cap Gemini).

Byte Night has been running for 19 years and raises funds and awareness to tackle the root causes of youth homelessness. Since the event began, it has raised over £8.4 million for Action for Children - last year raising over £1 million!

Sadly homelessness is a reality for many young people across the UK and it is estimated up to 100,000 young people were homeless last year. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 homeless young people will attempt suicide and 1 in 7 will have been physically or sexually assaulted resulting in them ending up on the street

To raise funds and awareness of this pertinent issue, this year the sleep out will take place on October 7th at 10 locations across the UK: Edinburgh, Belfast, Thames Valley, Cambridge, London, the North West, South West, North East, Midlands and of course, in the Wales. This will be the first Byte Night Wales event, so we need your help make this first year a great success!

In Wales, Action for Children are aiming to have 145 sleepers taking part; they ask each sleeper to raise £500 each, or £2500 for a team of 5, and they provide fundraising tips, materials and support to help sleepers reach their target.

Here is a video from last year’s event which gives a fantastic insight into Byte Night.

For further details please visit the Byte Night website

To register for the event go to http://www.bytenight.org.uk/register-for-byte-night. You are able to register as an individual or create a team of your own (if your business wants to enter a team). However, the Cluster has also formed a team and if you'd like to join that then please make sure you look for the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster in the "Company" drop down menu in Step 2 and then select "Individual" in Step 4.

If you are unable to attend but you'd like to support the Cluster Team members then please feel free to sponsor us at http://www.justgiving.com/south-wales-cyber-security-cluster-south-wales-cyber-security-cluster

Breakfast Networking Opportunity at Malvern Festival of Innovation - Event: 6th October 2016

During October the Malvern Festival of Innovation will be taking place and on the 6th October they will be focussing on Cyber Security and IoT. The day is going to bring together like-minded individuals and companies to discuss various topics within the industry. Some of the key note speakers will be Mike Gillespie (Advent IM LTD), Professor Colin O’Halloran (D-RisQ LTD), Zubair Khan (Tranchulas) and Irra Ariella Khi (Vchain Tech). Here’s a link to the day - http://www.festival-innovation.com/programme/cyber-security

On the 6th October, IntaPeople is pleased to be hosting a VIP breakfast and panel discussion around skill shortages in cyber security. The expert panel includes:

  • Nicola Whiting, COO at Titania - a rapid growth, award-winning software house, will be discussing how the use of language within cyber security can alienate the public and how this can impact attracting the best talent
  • Stuart Lewis, Head of Cyber Security at the University of South Wales, will cover how the university are preparing students for a career in cyber security.
  • Ian Blackburn, Head of Delivery at IntaPeople, cyber security recruitment specialists, will be talking about the talent shortage and how we are able to find the skills that companies require.
  • A member of the Cyber Security Challenge UK, will be talking about their approach to the skill shortage and how they are looking to boost the national pool of Cyber Skills through events.

If you are interested in attending please click here to register and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Panel Expert needed in Philadelphia - Event: 6th October 2016

The British American Business Council are looking for a cyber securty expert, from Wales, to take part in a panel discussion in Philadelphia.

The event, titled Once More Unto the Breach: Cybersecurity Trends & Initiatives is a breakfast networking session which includes a panel discussion where experts will discuss current pressing cybersecurity issues affecting the US and the UK; recent regulations; what you need to know and do to safeguard your company; and what you can expect from government regulations in both the short and long term.

The request has come from Jonathan Walters, Deputy Head of North America for Welsh Government who is based in Washington DC.

If you, or one of your associates, can attend this event in the USA then please contact Jonathan Fortune, Strategy Manager ICT for Welsh Government on Jonathan.Fortune@Wales.GSI.gov.uk

Cluster member needs your votes! - Deadline: 5th October 2016

Arrow Value Recovery has been selected by Computing Security as a finalist for the Secure Data Erasure Company of the Year 2016 and the winners will be selected through a voting system.

Cluster member Lance Channon has made an appeal to see if fellow members of the Cyber Security Cluster would like to vote for Arrow.

If so, the link is: http://www.computingsecurityawards.co.uk/?page=csa2016vote

You're invited to Armed Forces Pathway schemes - Launch Event - 29th September 2016

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

 

Thursday, 29 September 2016 from 17:00 to 21:00 (BST)

Coleg Y Cymoedd

Parc Nantgarw

 

Nantgarw

CF15 7QX

Rhondda Cynon Taf

If you would like to learn more about the Armed Forces Pathway schemes and how your organisation can partner with defence in Wales, then why not join us at our Armed Forces Pathways launch event.

  • 17:00 - Opportunity to network and visit military stands
  • 18:00 - Launch presentations
  • 19:00 — Curry Supper with further opportunity to network and visit stand

Please register your attendance armedforces-afplaunch.eventbrite.co.uk

or contact Major Craig Middle

email 160x-mci-ee-so2@mod.uk

Tel: 07720038283

UKTI DSO - How to Win Business in the Defence & Security Markets-Airbus - 13th September 2016

The UKTI Defence & Security Organisation is delighted to offer you the chance to visit one of our biggest and most prestigious defence & security companies – Airbus, Defence & Space - to learn more about HM Government’s support for UK SMEs in the defence/security markets. Airbus Defence & Space will be our hosts at their Broughton site on Tuesday 13 September 2016 for a day of Government and Industry presentations, networking and hands-on opportunities all designed to increase your sales potential. The cost of this event will be £72 (incl VAT)

The attached promotional flyer provides full details of the event and what it has to offer.

To register please complete the Security questionnaire below and send to sme.enquiries@ukti.gsi.gov.uk Successful applicants will be sent a link to make an online payment.

Airbus have kindly allocated a limited number of car parking bays for this event which can be booked on a first come, first served basis. Please include your requirements and information on the form below.

2 Wish Upon a Star Event Sponsorship Opportunity - Event: 13th August 2016

You may be aware of a South Wales based charity called 2 Wish Upon A Star. It was established in 2012 following the sudden death of my son George and husband Paul. Our aims are to support families who lose a child suddenly and traumatically in Wales.

We work predominantly with Emergency Units and Critical Care Departments to offer support immediately to families and are there to support for as long as they need a hand on their shoulder.

We have been lucky enough to be awarded a community day at the Principality Stadium on Saturday 13th August. We are attempting a world record of the number of people dressed as elephants in one place and are expecting at least 2000 elephants – which will be the largest community event to be held at the stadium this year . The attempt has been accepted by Guinness and the planning is now underway. You are probably wondering why elephants? Gorgeous George is not only our elephant mascot named after my son George but elephants never forget and the topic of child death is often seen as the elephant in the room. We hope to use this event as a huge awareness raising campaign and will be inviting children from every primary school and youth group across Wales. The event is to be launched on Monday 20th June at the stadium.

We are currently looking for sponsors for the event and thought you may be able to help. To have an official adjudicator from Guinness there on the day and for them to support with the planning it will cost us £6000 and £600 for the stewards. This money will have to come out of our charity pot unless we find a generous donation and a wonderful company to support us. We would also love you to be involved on the day.

I was wondering if this is something you possibly would consider. I am more than happy to pop along and have a chat about the event at your convenience.

Your support would mean so much to us all.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Rhian Burke 01443 853125 info@2wishuponastar.org

Digital 2016 Exhibition Stands - Event: 6th June 2016

The Digital2016 website is now live and open for expressions of interest and Cluster members have been granted a reduced rate of £1,300 + VAT for their stands. This is a discount of £450 off the list price, or just over 25%.

Follow this link (http://digital2016.com/en/contact/) to register your interest in exhibiting. In order to access this rate, once you have followed the link below, you should start your message with the wording "Cyber Sec Cluster Discount".

This offer is strictly limited to members of the cluster and is not transferable.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with Mike Walmsley mike@digital2016.com or the Sponsorship and Exhibition Sales team on 02920 100 888

Atradius looking for a Security Analyst - Deadline: ASAP

Atradius has an internal IT Services (ITS) department that covers the full range of ICT support, including IS development, IT deployment, and operations. Within that department, we are recruiting for the role of Senior Information Security Analyst, reporting to the Group Information Security Manager.

Atradius (www.atradius.com) is a leading credit insurer with a total revenue of around €1.6 billion and a worldwide market share of 31%. With 160 offices in over 40 countries, Atradius employs 3,500 committed and knowledgeable professionals who are responsible for servicing customers worldwide. We have access to credit information on more than 52 million companies worldwide and will make more than 22,000 credit limit decisions daily.

Interested parties should contact: UKjobs@Atradius.com with the subject line, “Senior Information Security Analyst”, a copy of their CV and covering letter.

IAC Open Day Exhibition Opportunities - Event: 11th-12th May 2016

IAC is one of the leading industrial control systems integrators in the UK, with operations world-wide. The company operates from a modern facility in Newport, South Wales, employing over 65 people at this site and another 30 around the world.

Now in its 12th year the IAC open day has established itself as the national control systems exhibition of Wales. Bringing together key suppliers of state of the art equipment, we are proud to offer you an invitation to this exclusive event.

With a defined focus on the issues of this dynamic and fast growing sector, the IAC exhibition offers an unparalleled platform to meet with engineers, managers and key decision makers. With its full programme throughout the two day event offering opportunities to meet and do business with contacts from across the region and beyond.

Previous attendees include: 3Phase Design, Aerospace Wales, AG Electrical, Amazon, Anstee & Ware, APD Ltd, AWE, BAE, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Celsa, Distec, DNV GL, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Eastman, Enersys, ETA, Evoqua, Halo Foods, Hollingsworth and Vose, Ilecsys, IMTECH, Industry Wales, JWM, Kerrco Automation, Knauf Insulation, Knight Prescision Tooling, Mercurious, Motion 29 Ltd, Murray Controls, NE UK, Orb Electrical Steel, Origin Fertilisers, Ovivo, Pamargan, Parkegate, Parker Environ, Princess Soft Drinks, Proctors, Royal Mint, SAT Automations, SEM services, Siemens Metal Technologies, Simataic, SPS Electronic, Tata Steel, Terasaki, The Bristol Port company, Tri-Wall, TWI Ltd, Tycon, Wessex Water.

Theer are exhibition spaces available and with a choice of 3 different exhibition packages the open day has plenty of flexibility to suit your budget.

  • £350 - 2.7m x 1.5m Stand, 2 tickets to exhibit and to the dinner on Tuesday evening
  • £460 - 3m x 3m Stand, 3 tickets to exhibit and to the dinner on Tuesday evening
  • £730 - 5m x 3m Stand, 5 tickets to exhibit and to the dinner on Tuesday evening

For further details please contact Kath Lewis on 01633 293000 or e-mail klewis@iac-ltd.co.uk

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) Call for Proposals - Deadline: 22nd April 2016

I am pleased to announce the next CALL FOR PROPOSALS under the new KESS II Programme is now open.

The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) II programme will support Doctoral and Research Masters awards in Welsh Universities, jointly sponsored by external partners based in the Convergence areas of Wales.

KESS II will be funded under the European Structural Investment Funds – ESF Programme through the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO). The programme is a collaboration between all Welsh Universities, led by Bangor University – University of South Wales is a partner. The programme is likely to run for 7 years (2015-22), supporting a total of 35 PhD and 29 MRes scholarships at University of South Wales.

Please note that there will be both PhD and MRes studentships available. Further information can be found at the following link: http://www.southwales.ac.uk/business/utilise-our-expertise/kess2/. Please note that to qualify you must be located in the convergence zone.

The Information Security Research group at the University of South Wales would like to collaborate with members of the South Wales Cyber Cluster on PhD/MRes relating to cyber security and computer forensics. Should any member of the South Wales Cyber Cluster wish to collaborate then please contact Professor Andrew Blyth at andrew.blyth@southwales.ac.uk

Indian Cyber Security Delegation - 14th April 2016

There is a large (about 25 people) senior cyber security delegation from India who are visiting the UK because they want to set up Cyber Security Clusters across their country. They are visiting Malvern to find out more about us on 14th April.

I am hoping to persuade them to let us help them set up Clusters and use the CyberCollaborate platform too - then we can start to get collaboration and partnerships (and sales). It is also a great opportunity to showcase our great technology and capabilities to these senior people.

I am not sure of the times for the event or exactly where it will be held – I have asked QinetiQ if we can use their facilities but not heard back yet.

I am hoping for an agenda something like this:

  • Welcome and introduction – the host
  • Overview of UK Cyber Security Forum – Emma Philpott
  • Running a Cluster – John Davies (Welsh Cluster Manager)
  • 4 x 10 minute pitches from the small companies (2 from Malvern and 2 from Wales)
  • lunch and networking with as many as possible SMEs having pull-up banners around the room

I am sorry about the uncertainty about the times / location but we do need some idea of the companies involved by the end of next week.

If you would like to be part of this event then please email me with a brief (100 words) overview of your company.

Let me know if you have any questions! (emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com)

Alert Logic Cyber Security Now Event - 23rd March 2016

Alert Logic are pleased to announce the return of Cyber Security Now, a free annual independent meet-up in South Wales. Due to the success of last year’s event we are delighted to reveal that this year there will be two tracks of content running simultaneously; cyber security alongside DevOps.

 

DevOps track

Session 1 - Jeremey Barrett, Principal Engineer

Microservices are becoming a popular paradigm in software engineering; they sound compelling on paper and provide many obvious advantages for separation of concerns, system availability, and enabling devops practices. However, they come with a set of foundational challenges that must be addressed in order to realise those benefits.

In this talk Jeremey will present what we have found to be the cornerstones to an effective, practical microservices architecture and our specific choices for implementation of each.

Session 2 - Jakub Kubiak, Senior Engineer

Many modern development technologies tend to claim their functional orientation, optimisation for concurrency, high-availability, fault tolerance, etc. Nowadays developers meet all those buzz words almost everywhere even when it comes to what is naturally a scripting language. However, do we really have good examples of having that mix implemented in the same core technology and available to you out of the box? Erlang is not the ideal instrument though, but may serve as a good example of such a thing.

Jakub will take a deep dive into the question of “Why Erlang is awesome and why companies chose it”.

 

Cyber security track

Session 1 – Jon Davies, Director at Pervade Software

This presentation will explore the latest trend in intelligent attacks that are invisible to modern threat detection technologies.

Since 2010 we have seen an increase in the number attack vectors that are specifically designed to evade traditional corporate security strategies. This talk will look closely at the anatomy of 2 example attacks, explain why they would go undetected using today’s threat detection technologies and explore enhancements that could be made in order to detect such attacks.

Whilst this talk will provide a technical “deep dive” into each attack based on the research of Mendicant/FireEye and Pervade Software the talk as a whole will be suitable for people of all levels of technical knowledge and will finish with a question and answer session.

Session 2 - Industry experts

A live demonstration of what a cyber-attack looks like. How do hackers do it, how easy it is to find information, what toolsets are out there and more importantly why do they do what they do?

This session is an informative, open discussion and we welcome the views and opinions of anyone who would like to attend.

The content of these sessions are individual opinions and not the view of the companies the individuals work for.

 

Schedule of events

  • 17:30 Arrival
  • 18:00 Introductions
  • 18:15 Session 1
  • 19:00 Break with beer and pizza
  • 19:30 Session 2

Venue: Alert Logic European Headquarters, Floor 5, 1 Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF10 4BZ

 

This event is free to attend

Book your place today at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyber-security-now-meets-devops-tickets-22536053944?aff=JD

March Cluster meetings will merge with Horizon 2020 Annual Event - Event 17th March 2016

Horizon 2020 is the biggest European Union (EU) research and innovation programme. It is aimed at securing the global competitiveness of Europe. The programme focuses on excellence in science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for public and private sectors to work together.

The Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) have set up a Horizon 2020 Unit specifically tasked with managing the delivery of the EU Structural Funds programmes. The Unit was set up in January 2013 as part of the Research & Innovation Branch of WEFO's ERDF Division in anticipation of the increasing emphasis on synergies between the ESI funds and Horizon 2020. The Unit works closely with key stakeholders in Wales, the UK and Europe to co-ordinate and facilitate actions that will maximise the Horizon 2020 opportunities for Welsh organisations.

WEFO commissioned CM International to carry out a Scoping Study in 2014 into how best to support Welsh organisations to maximise their uptake of Horizon 2020. The Study's recomendations are being taken forward by the Unit under five key objectives:

  • Build a 'stairway to excellence' - using ESIF to build capacity for accessing Horizon 2020;
  • Increase the engagement and success of businesses - targetted support mechanisms for businesses using ESIF (SMART Innovation);
  • Develop a Horizon 2020 culture and comminuty in Wales - events and communication activity, including an annual Horizon 2020 event;
  • Maximise the impact of existing and emerging support - best practice network and other engagement; and
  • Support and develop our experts and evaluators - develop a community of practice for Welsh Horixon 2020 experts and evaluators.

It is expected that these objectives and associated actions will help increase both the number of Welsh organisations applying to Horizon 2020 and the success rate of those that do.

The Unit hosted Wales' first Annual Horizon 2020 Event in February 2015. With the theme of "Building a stairway to excellence in Wales – maximising the impact of EU funding for research and innovation", the event not only set the scene in terms of the strategic approach to research and innovation in Wales but also the practical support available for Welsh oganisations to access Horizon 2020. This support includes SCoRE Cymru (Supporting Collaborative Research and innovation in Europe), which as part of the 'stairway to excellence' has committed over £150,000 to support around 40 organisations with the travel and bid-writing costs involved in developing Horizon 2020 applications. 76% per cent of this funding has gone to Welsh SMEs.

The 2016 Horizon 2020 Event is being held in March at the Future Inns, Cardiff Bay and will have the theme "Strategies for Success". Researchers, businesses, public bodies, practitioners and policy makers alike will have an opportunity to hear from key note speakers and an expert panel during the morning to highlight some of Wales' early successes under the EU's largest research funding programme, whilst also providing a unique opportunity to explore the strategies for success. It should inspire experienced campaigners and those with hidden potential to pursue the many opportunities available from Horizon 2020, as well as other EU funds that support research and innovation.

The afternoon will offer detailed H2020 workshops on:

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing - Jointly organised with Welsh Higher Education Brussels;
  • Eurostars Programme - Jointly organised with the Enterprise Europe Network Wales; and
  • Cyber Security - Jointly organised with Innovation Point and the Welsh Cyber Security Clusters.

We are taking this invitation to stage an H2020 workshop on Cyber Security as an opportunity to bring the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster and the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster together for the first time and to run a series of talks aimed specifically at how the Welsh Cyber Security community can target, bid for and win available European funding.

More details and registration information will follow.

An opportunity to meet with the US Department of Defence - 16th March 2016

Information provided by Neil Sandford, Business Development Manager – ICT Inward Investment, Welsh Government

 

Trust all is well and thought the following maybe of interest

To coincide with the MOD Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) event on 16thMarch 2016 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff (http://www.dprte.co.uk) we've been advised that the MOD's Defence Trade Office at the UK Embassy in Washington is coordinating a visit by the US Department of Defence's Comparative Technology Office (CTO).

The CTO manages the US Foreign Comparative Testing and Rapid Innovation Fund programmes. The purpose of the visit is to facilitate contact between UK suppliers and the US Department of Defence open to acquiring UK equipment.

The delegation will include Colonel Scott Wallace – Director of the Comparative Technology Office, and representatives from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Special Operations Command etc.

The delegation will spend some time at the DPRTE conference on the morning of the 16th March and will hold one-to-one meetings with selected companies at the arena.

In addition, on the evening of the 16th March, Welsh Government is hosting a Reception at the St David's Hotel in Cardiff which will give further opportunity for invited Welsh companies to engage with the CTO team. To ensure companies get maximum exposure to the US team at the reception we are limiting total external invites to circa 35.

Please can you let Neil.Sandford@wales.gsi.gov.uk know if you’d be interested in a one-to-one and/or an invite to the reception.

Entrepreneurial Skills Training Workshops - 16th March 2016

Enterprise Europe Network at Swansea University are now taking bookings for the next Entrepreneurial Skills Training Workshops which will be happening 2016:

 

Building, Managing and Leading Winning Teams – 16th March, 2016

http://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/content/events/2016/03/entrepreneurial_skills__building__managing_and_leading_winning_teams_1982/#1982

 

You can book by clicking on the links or contacting Marie Greaves Research, Engagement and Innovation Services (REIS), Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales, SA2 8PP

Entrepreneurial Skills Training Workshops - 17th February & 16th March 2016

Enterprise Europe Network at Swansea University are now taking bookings for the next Entrepreneurial Skills Training Workshops which will be happening 2016:

 

Web Fuelled Business – 17th February, 2016

http://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/content/events/2016/02/entrepreneurial_skills__web_fuelled_business_2113/#2113

 

Building, Managing and Leading Winning Teams – 16th March, 2016

http://www.enterprise-europe.co.uk/content/events/2016/03/entrepreneurial_skills__building__managing_and_leading_winning_teams_1982/#1982

 

You can book by clicking on the links or contacting Marie Greaves Research, Engagement and Innovation Services (REIS), Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales, SA2 8PP

Doing Business in the US - 10th March 2016

Information provided by Jonathan Fortune, Strategy Manager – ICT, Welsh Government

 

South Wales Chamber of Commerce Seminar - Doing business in the US

Date: 10th March 2016

Venue: TEC Marina, Penarth, CF64 1SA

Come and find out how you can grow your business by exporting to the USA. Learn the marketing techniques to help you enter, market, locate and sell products and services in the USA more effectively.

  • 07:30 Welcome and Refreshments
  • 08:30 Introduction and Overview of Workshop – Russ Froneberger
  • 08:45 An Overview of the USA
  • 09:00 Marketing Techniques; Communication Styles - How to Find Partners; Building Trust Selling vs. Marketing – There Is a Difference
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:30 Locating in the USA - C.A.S.E (the Council of American States in Europe)
  • 11:15 Q&A
  • 12:00 Networking Lunch
  • 13:00 Private discussions available

This event is free to attend

Book your place today at events@southwaleschamber.co.uk

For enquiries, please call Rebecca Davies T: 01633 242746

Exhibit free at the Cyber Security Show - 8th-9th March 2016

Information provided by Debbie Garside, MD – GeoLang

 

This s a short notice opportunity for a small number of Cluster members to exhibit at the Cyber Security Show (8th & 9th March) for free

If you would like a small exhibition space in the Innovation Zone (http://www.terrapinn.com/conference/cyber-security-show/C60052.stm) plus up to 3 free exhibitor passes then please let me know. You must be a small, pre-profit start-up company with a product which is market ready. If you fit this criteria and would like to be considered for one of these free spaces please email me a paragraph describing your product to emma.philpott@ukcybersecurityforum.com

Graduate Technology Recruitment Fair - 17th February 2016

10:00 to 15:30

Cardiff & Vale College City Centre Campus, Cardiff CF10 5FE

 

We would like to invite your company to be part of a new type of graduate recruitment fair hosted by the ESTnet on 17 February 2016.

The digital technologies industry in Wales is expanding rapidly, with 70% of companies expecting to grow in the next 2 years.

To manage this growth the industry need a pool of talented young people. The ESTnet Next Generation Graduate Recruitment Fair will bring these young people to you.

We will invite engineering, software, maths and business students from universities and colleges in Wales and West of England to Cardiff to give them an opportunity to experience the industry, to talk to you about the skills and attributes required, and for you to make first contact with a potential employee or placement.

Stands are competitively priced, with special rates for ESTnet members.

To book your place, please click here.

 

Information provided by: Piera Sidoli-Price, Business Development Executive ICT, South East Wales, Department for Economy, Science and Transport, Welsh Government

Opportunity to exhibit at CX2016 - Deadline 31st December 2015

CX on 5th February 2016 is not an expo, or a show! It is a carefully selected presentation of invited companies showing their latest products. The delegates and guests are also 'invited' and have been chosen from all walks of life relevant to what's been shown. The organisers have researched and identified key people from around Europe, and invite them to spend a few hours with CX companies with plenty of hospitality throughout the day.

By invitation only to companies and guests, CX 2016 showcases the latest leading and cutting edge technologies in production, R&D and OTS. As always, no press, no outsiders, just invited guests and key decision makers from the UK and European Police, Defence and Security Organisations. Already confirmed for CX 2016 are companies showcasing innovative cyber software, optics, cameras and EOD equipment.

The organisers, The Blaythorne Group, are keen to create a Cyber Security Zone at next year's event and have invited the Welsh Cyber Security Clusters to be part of that zone.

The normal price for a stand at CX for newcomers is £1,750 for 1 x 6ft table ex. VAT. In order to get a good size group of companies to attend and exhibit this price has been lowered to £800 per company.

Also, on the evening of the 4th after exhibitors have set up we have a private reception for the exhibiting companies and a very select group of invited guests. This is normally a group of roughly 50 -100 guests – diplomats, chief of police, MP's etc.

More information about the event can be found at http://cxshow.co.uk/

If you are interested in exhibiting, please let John Davies know so that we can co-ordinate a response from the Cluster.

Cyber Security Innovation Vouchers, Round 14 - Deadline 5th January 2016

Key features: Up to £5k funding for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. This voucher is only for cyber security advice including advice leading to certification under the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

  • Opens: 29 Oct 2015, 09:00
  • Registration closes: No deadline
  • Closes: 05 Jan 2016, 12:00
  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is funding a special strand of Innovation Vouchers to help UK businesses get expert advice in protecting their business from cyber crime which could help them to achieve certification under the Cyber Essentials scheme.

You can get an Innovation Voucher worth up to £5,000 to pay for an external expert. This expert will give you advice on cyber security for your business and may be able to help you acquire certification through Cyber Essentials. You can also use the voucher for advice on how to protect new business ideas and intellectual property in cyber security.

The Cyber Essentials scheme helps organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks. It can help you develop a secure platform for your business activities. You can also get certification to show that you have taken these precautions.

You may need Cyber Essentials if you are a supplier bidding for a government contract. Since 2014, all suppliers handling sensitive and personal information need Cyber Essentials.

There are 2 levels of certification available through the scheme:

  • Cyber Essentials – an external assessor reviews your responses to a questionnaire
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS - an external assessor carries out tests of your IT security systems

If you need advice and certification you will need two separate providers. You can use an Innovation Voucher towards the cost of Cyber Essentials PLUS. You cannot use it for Cyber Essentials alone but you may be able to use it to get extra advice that leads to Cyber Essentials.

You can use an expert from one of the following:

  • universities and further education colleges
  • research and technology organisations
  • technical consultancies
  • Catapult centres
  • design advisers
  • intellectual property advisers

You can get more advice on choosing a cyber knowledge expert by downloading the guide.

Cyber Security Workshop at Innovation Point - Event 27th January 2016

The Innovation Point team have invited Cluster members to attend a Cyber Security Workshop - identifying and shaping project(s) leading to EU Horizon 2020 funding bids.

The aim of the workshop is:

To Identify and generate project ideas that can seek to address the key problem areas around the theme areas of the security of:

  • a) Internet of Things, and/or
  • b) Personal Data and Trust, and

which offer business benefit that could be used to attract focussed funding from among a variety of sources including UK central government and the EU Horizon 2020 programme

Objectives:

  • To bring together problem owners (business working in the relevant industries, domains and markets), innovators (technology specialists) and thought-leading stakeholders to generate business-case led propositions around which attendees would be willing to form collaborative Horizon 2020 projects;
  • To indicate companies that would be willing to lead a project bid;
  • To discuss more widely the relevant problem owner’s businesses, and seek to identify other business-case led propositions which may be used to stimulate future calls;
  • To agree a process for selecting appropriate calls, and schedule a further meeting to process a shortlist

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

from 10:30 to 13:00 (GMT)

Innovation Point Ltd

11 Devon Place

Newport

NP20 4NW

Parking at Devon Place is limited but we are 90 second walk from Newport Station

Registration: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/20054470461

Competition to pitch at the Global Cyber Security Summit - Deadline 19th November 2015

Win a slot to pitch during the Innovators Showcase, at the Global Cyber Security Innovation Summit, presented by SINET, British Museum, from the 26th to 27th January 2016

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has launched a competition to identify 4 UK cyber security businesses, with innovative technology / services interested in pitching during the Innovators Showcase at the Global Cyber Security Summit, presented by SINET.

The Global Cyber Security Summit aims to stimulate cyber security innovation and support the growth of the UK cyber security sector through providing an opportunity for organisations to connect with decision makers from Industry and both the US and UK Governments. it will also allow attendees to meet and connect with potential funders and develop new domestic and international partnerships that can lead to new business opportunities in the UK and US. The event is supported by both the US and UK Governments.

14 companies will feature during the Innovators Showcase, which will be split over two sessions on 27th January. 5 companies will feature from the UK and USA, with 4 from other countries. The chosen companies will have 4 minutes to present their technological solutions to representatives from the ecosystem of the entrepreneur: venture capital, investment banking, system integration, academia, science, legal, policy, private industry and officials from participating governments. The Showcase's objective is to increase awareness of innovative solutions that may lead to an investment in, or the purchase of, advanced technologies or services.

Further information about the event at - http://www.security-innovation.org/global-summit_2016.htm

How to enter, process and timing:-

  • 1. Complete entry form (available to download) return to steve.williams@culture.gov.uk by Thursday, 19th November 2015 @ 15:00 UK time
  • 2. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges and 4 companies will be selected to feature at the event as part of the UK entry.
  • 3. Companies will be informed of the status of their application by end November/early December 2015.
  • 4. Please see full Terms and Conditions in application.

Sponsored Exhibition Pods at RSA 2016 - Deadline 20th November 2015

With over 30,000 industry professionals, 500 vendors, 600 conference speakers, 400 conference sessions and attendees from 84 countries, RSA 2016 29th February - 4th March 2016 represents the single largest opportunity for UK companies to engage with the US cyber business and end user communities.

For the second year, UKTI DSO has secured exhibition space at RSA 2016 and is planning a UKTI Pavilion.

We have up to 10 pods in our pavilion that we would like to offer to UK cyber security firms. We estimate a maximum charge of £5k plus VAT per pod for this event. This will include:

  • A pod
  • An exhibitors only pass
  • Branding presence
  • Access to meeting space near the Moscone Center (bookable)
  • Invitation to a networking reception.

In addition, a number of other networking opportunities will be organised for UK companies alongside the event. This event is being supported by the UKTI Team in San Francisco and the US based UK Cyber Envoy Andy Williams.

The offer does not include accommodation or flights.

Full details of the conference can be found at http://www.rsaconference.com/events/us16

Expressions of interest are now invited from UK firms whose primary business focus is cyber security and who have not already reserved exhibition space at RSA 2016.

To register your interest in attending this event, please complete the attached proforma and return it via the following email cyber@ukti.gsi.gov.uk by no later than 20 November 2015.

Please note that this is not confirmation of attendance. Eligibility criteria will apply (as set out above) and if we are oversubscribed we will review the bids to give a balanced representation of the UK's cyber security sector. Priority is likely to be given to companies who have not previously exhibited at RSA with UKTI before. Confirmation of acceptance or otherwise will be issued to companies by the end of November 2015.

 

The Welsh Government can support companies through our Overseas Business Development Visit grant with their flights and accommodation.

Please let Damon Rands know if you are interested in this event. Once we have an idea of numbers we can discuss specific sponsorship of travel with Welsh Government.

Access India Event - 23rd November 2015

We thought you might be interested in attending the 'Access to India: Opportunities for trade; technology and innovation' event which will be held in partnership with EEN South West on the 23 November at Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3RA.

The event explores how to access one of the world's largest emerging economies, how to protect your technology and innovation and take advantage of the UK financial incentives for innovation and intellectual property. There will also be members of the European Business Technology Centre available to discuss their support to clean tech related companies looking to enter India, specifically in the Biotech, ICT, Energy, Environmental and Transport Sectors.

The directions to Leigh Court can be found here: http://www.leighcourt.co.uk/contact/. I can confirm that there is plenty of free parking on site.

The closest train station to Leigh Abbots Court is Bristol Temple Mead.

I would be most grateful if you can please register on the link to confirm attendance: https://accesstoindia.eventbrite.co.uk

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Information provided by Research, Engagement and Innovation Services, Swansea University.

EU Commission Visit - 24th November 2015

We have been invited to video conference in to a session at the Cyber Demonstration Centre in London to speak with members of the EU Commission.

Representatives from the Commission will be in London to discuss their upcoming priorities for cyber security. Two of their main areas of interest are:

  • How to grow and develop the EU's cyber security industry; and
  • Where to focus the spending for upcoming cyber security research and innovation projects.

The consultation on these issues will be published by the Commission and, given the upcoming work is likely to focus on the cyber security industry the Cyber Security team at DCMS (was BIS) thought it would be extremely useful for the Commission officials to engage with a selection of cyber firms and academics.

They have arranged for their session to be run in the new Cyber Demonstration Centre which means that Clusters can video conference in and share their views and ideas. DCMS have only invited 2 Clusters to join this meeting and South Wales Cluster in one of them.

So, if you would like to input to the EU Commission's spending plans for next year and you have some time at 14:30 on Tuesday 24th let me know.

In the meantime, we are trying to sort out a venue for the VC.

University of South Wales Job Opportunities - Closing Date 28th November 2015

We are recruiting more full-time staff with digital forensics and computer security backgrounds for academic posts. Said posts will consist of teaching, research and consultancy activities. Please review these listings for more details:-

Senior Lecturer (Cyber Security) - Two Posts

  • Location - Pontypridd, Treforest
  • Categories - Academic
  • Salary - £39,685 - £45,954
  • Reference - CES159
  • Closing Date - 16/11/2015

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University of South Wales is currently seeking applications for a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security.

The School of Computing & Mathematics is a dynamic part of the University which is active in research and consultancy, underpinned by a rapidly expanding Cyber Security Degree Programme. The School has a wide range of research interests, which this post is intended to enhance.

The successful candidate will possess a range of skills necessary to complement and enhance scholarly activity within the School, and to assist its growing reputation both locally and internationally. With excellent communication skills and a commitment to high quality teaching, the successful candidate will lecture on a range of undergraduate/postgraduate modules within the field of Cyber Security. Your contribution to research and consultancy will be strongly encouraged and supported by the School as a member of the Information Security Research Group.

See listing for details: https://jobs.southwales.ac.uk/vacancies/2308/senior_lecturer_cyber_security_post_1

New MOD SBRI Competition - Deadline 11th November 2015

Autonomy and Big Data for Defence

Up to £2 million of funding is available for Phase 1 of this SBRI competition, with a further £2 million for Phase 2.

CDE, the MOD Centre for Defence Enterprise, is operating this SBRI competition in association with the UK Defence Solutions Centre as part of the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge.

The competition aims to address the challenges associated with big data in defence. Proposals are invited for proof-of-concept research into innovative component technologies and techniques to acquire, process, visualise and analyse autonomous data. Proposals can relate to any military environment, in the air, on land or at sea.

The competition is based around four challenge areas:

  • Challenge 1: acquiring data for autonomous vehicles
  • Challenge 2: sourcing big data in difficult environments
  • Challenge 3: validating sources of big data
  • Challenge 4: managing and visualising big data

Further details can be found at https://interact.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/RqEt2AKmEBhi/content/autonomy-and-big-data-for-defence

Note that the call will close on 11th November 2015

 

SBRI is the Small Business Research Initiative from Innovate UK aimed at bringing together government challenges and ideas from business to create innovative solutions. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/sbri-the-small-business-research-initiative

New SBRI Competition - Deadline 29th October 2015

 

Security for the Internet of Things

This SBRI competition is being run by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) on behalf of the UK Intelligence Agencies. Up to £1 million is available for phase 1 with a further £1 million available for phase 2.

The internet of things, as a network of multiple connected sensors capable of communicating with their environment, creates security challenges. This competition is looking for research proposals to identify innovative technologies or approaches to meet these challenges.

Further details can be found at https://sbri.innovateuk.org/competition-display-page/-/asset_publisher/E809e7RZ5ZTz/content/security-for-the-internet-of-things/1524978

Note that the call will close on 29th October 2015

 

SBRI is the Small Business Research Initiative from Innovate UK aimed at bringing together government challenges and ideas from business to create innovative solutions. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/sbri-the-small-business-research-initiative

DISA Regional Meeting - 26th August 2015

DISA (Defence Industry Security Association) acts as a collective representative body interacting with HM government and agencies within the defence arena. DISA is able to provide advice and support to its members and offers an extensive training program prepared and delivered by experts who are members of the organisation. The organisation has been running for over 50 years and up until 12 years ago was called the Guild of Security Controllers.

Basically, the Government has classified some locations in the UK as List-X sites. Each of these sites must have a nominated "Security Controller". On larger sites this is a full time job. On smaller sites, this job tends to be bundled up with H&S or other roles. DISA helps these Security Controllers to understand the complex policies and procedures that are typically written in MOD gobbledegook, acronyms and military terminology and helps them to do their job.

DISA run an Annual Conference for all members which runs for 3 days in October with speakers from the MOD, Cabinet Office etc. But there are also 4 Regions – Northern, Southern Central and Western - and each Region tries to run at least 2 regional meetings per year.

The Western Region covers Wales, some of the West Midlands and the South West. The last meeting was at Tewksbury earlier this year and they are holding the next Regional meeting on the 26th August. This meeting will be hosted by PGI in their Academy building in Bristol. They are expecting 20-25 people to come to the meeting.

DISA & PGI have asked if the Clusters in the Region (Malvern, South Wales, Bath and South West) would like to come to the event, put up some stands/banners and provide the members with some information about security.

If you are interested in attending and/or exhibiting at this event, please contact mark.wootten@pgitl.com

ESTnet Go Digital, 30th June 2015

Go Digital will show how technology drives the Welsh economy and how business from all sectors can benefit. More information can be found at http://www.estnet.uk.net/future-events/the-estnet-software-exhibition/

The day has 4 pertinent themes:-

  • Digital Transformation: - transforming your business or organisation to be “Digital by Default”.
  • The Cloud: - how to make the most of it to improve agility and get cost-benefits
  • DevOps: - how to use it to effectively manage software and service
  • Cyber Security: - how to secure a potentially diversified set of data and applications

Each theme will have its own expert speaker, which will be followed by a breakout panel session to give you an opportunity to discuss the issue with colleagues and quiz the experts. The Cluster has been invited to run the Cyber Security theme and we need members of the Cluster to attend as "experts" in the panel discussion. If you are available for this, please let us know drands@wolfberry.uk.com

Go Digital will also have an extensive exhibition area to continue the discussion and showcase your own company’s expertise. Exhibitor space is available at a reduced rate for ESTnet members, and free for ESTnet Start-up members. To reserve your exhibition place please click here

Welsh Festival of Innovation, June 2015

The Wales Festival of Innovation is set to showcase innovation here in Wales through a number of events, run by companies and academia. It will take place throughout June 2015, providing innovators with the opportunity to network with industry experts, showcase their products and services to potential customers and members of the public from across Wales and beyond. More information can be found at www.festivalofinnovation.org

The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster have published two events in June as Festival of Innovation events and we need Cluster members to support each of them.

The events are as follows:-

  • Tuesday 16th June - our "normal" Cluster meeting has been opened to the general public to attract business people from many different industries to come and find out more about Cyber Security.
  • Tuesday 23rd June - we will be running a special Cluster meeting, also open to the public, in Swansea to attract business people from West Wales who would not normally travel to Cardiff for our normal meetings. This event is being run in conjunction with NVI Wales and TechHub.

Both of these events will revolve around some set piece presentations, a Q&A session and some networking (sales) time supported by Banner-Stands at the back of the room to showcase the capabilities of Cluster members.

If you have any ideas for what we can do at this meeting or for demonstrations, please let us know drands@wolfberry.uk.com

Nuclear Knowledge Management & Cyber Security Conference 2015, Hilton Cardiff, 17th-18th June 2015

The world's first conference to confront the nuclear skills gap and nuclear security in one.

With cyber-crime estimated to cost the UK £27billion per annum and an influx of high profile cyber-attacks on a number of multinational conglomeratesm companies around the world are investing heavily in their cyber security strategies. The UK's civil nuclear industry is no different with the NDA receiving nearly 30,000 cyber-attacks every day.

To address these pressing issues Nuclear Energy Insider brings you the Nuclear Knowledge Management ansd Cyber Security Conference 2015. This two day conference will bring together leading stakeholders from the civil nuclear industry, knowledge management and cyber security indisutries to solve the biggest challenge facing the UK nuclear industry. Over 150 leading names from the regulators, utilities, SLCs amd service providers will be coming together at the only event with this unique focus.

The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster have been offered preferential rates to exhibit and/or attend this event. If you would like more information go to www.nuclearenergyinsider.com/cyber-security or contact Ieuan Phillips iphillips@fc-bi.com or on 0207 422 4304.

Digital 15, Celtic Manor, 8th-9th June 2015

Wales' own annual technology event is set to return to Newport's Celtic Manor in June with the aim of helping Welsh businesses and young people to use computers for economic growth. Digital 2015, which held its first two-day event at the venue in 2013 and repeated the very successful event in 2014, is expecting even more delegates this year from businesses and the education sector in Wales.

Speaking about last year's event, Tom Kelly, chair of the Welsh Government's ICT (information and communications technology) sector panel, said: "Economies all over the world have woken up to the enabling power of ICT and it's crucial that Wales remains ahead of the curve. Digital 2014 will help ensure a digital culture is positioned at the centre of Welsh education and industry to secure our economic future and position Wales at the very forefront of the digital revolution."

Echoing the same sentiments this year, the organising Team are keen to elevate the event to compete with other International Expo events and all suggestions and ideas for content and structure are welcome.

The South Wales Cyber Security Cluster have expressed an interest in proactively supporting the event. If you wish to exhibit and/or if you have any suggestions for more active demostrations or activities, please let us know drands@wolfberry.uk.com

InfoSec Europe, London Olympia, 2nd-4th June 2015

Infosecurity Europe is Europe's number one information security event. Featuring over 345 exhibiting vendors and services suppliers with the most diverse range of new products and services, an unrivalled education programme and over 15,000 industry professionals travelling from over 70 countries, it is the most important date in the calendar for Information Security professionals across Europe

South Wales Cyber Security Cluster members have 3 options available to exhibit at this event:-

  • UK Cyber Forum Stand - The Forum is seeking funding from BIS to help subsidise a Forum Stand which can be manned by representatives from the Clusters. More information to follow.
  • BIS Subsidised Stand - It is possible that BIS will sponsor up to 10 additional stands in the Innovation Springboard zone at the show. If this is signed off, then Cluster members (from all Clusters) will be asked to express their interest and organisations will be selected based on the innovative nature of their offerings. Hopefully more information to follow.
  • Welsh Government Stand - Welsh Government have a Stand and it may be possible that it can be partially manned by representatives from the South Wales Cluster. More information to follow.
  • South Wales Cluster Stand - Stands cost around £8,000. If any Cluster members are interested in sharing this cost, then a Cluster Stand can be acquired and manned by those contributors with independant and joint marketing in the event literature. If you are interested in doing this please email jidavies@pervade-software.com

Welsh Industry Cyber Security Summit, Celtic Manor, 29th April 2015

The Welsh Government, in conjunction with Airbus, Tarian and the University of South Wales are staging a new event aimed at CEO level executives in organisations that are generating IPR, across all sectors. The first Welsh Industry Cyber Security Summit will have discussion panels chaired by Dr Robert Nowill, Director of Cyber Security Challenge UK as well as keynote speakers from the organisers and BIS, which will follow three themes:-

  • Threats
  • Solutions
  • Opportunities

Wayne James, Cyber Lead in the Welsh Government ICT Exploitation Unit, has very kindly secured the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster a free Stand at the event to promote the aims of the Cluster and the capabilities of the Core members.

Other Stands will include the Cyber Security Challenge UK, Airbus Innovation Display, Get Safe Online and the Tiger Scheme (USW). It is intended to be a "no sell" type event but there will be engagement opportunities with the 150 attendees if interest is expressed.

It is proposed that the Cluster make the following arrangements:-

  • Pop-up Stand - The production of a rollup banner and some supporting collateral to advertise the Cluster.
  • Manning the Stand - No more than 2 or 3 people can comfortably attend the table-top stand at any given time. However, any Core Members who are interested in attending are able to register and we can agree a rota for who will be at the stand while the others mingle with the other delegates.
  • Managing Engagements - A list of Core Members in attendance, with mobile telephone numbers, will be available on the stand at all times and if a delegate enquires about a particular product, service or capability then that person can be contacted (if they are not already on the stand) to pop back to the stand and engage the delegate.

If you are a Core Momber of the Cluster (individuals or companies with less than 250 employees, actively involved in cyber security and located in South Wales) and you would like to attend this event and help man the Cluster stand, please contact John Davies so that preparations (and contributions towards the collateral) can be made.

It is possible to register for the event by emailing your details to cemas@southwales.ac.uk. There is also a LinkedIn Group which is progressively releasing details of the event at "Welsh Industry Cyber Security Summit". When you register, please be sure to mention that you are a member of the Cluster (so that you are sure of a place if the event is over-subscribed).

Wales Fraud Forum Masterclass, Cardiff 23rd April 2015

There are a few places left on the Master Class detailed below. Full details and a registration form can be found on the website www.walesfraudforum.co.uk

  • Title: Insolvency, Misfortune or Crime?
  • Presented by: Liam Mannell, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
  • Time: 8.30am coffee and networking | 9am-11.30pm Master Class
  • Date: Thursday, 23 April 2015
  • Venue: Companies House, Cardiff

Insolvency splits neatly in two, personal insolvency [bankruptcy] and company insolvency [liquidation]. They intertwine to an extent, for example a bankrupt cannot be a company director or act in the management of a company during the period of bankruptcy.

If you wish to register please contact Paula Thomas, Chair, Wales Fraud Forum on paula.thomas@southwales.ac.uk or 01443 483607