UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 13th April 2019

Good afternoon!
Here are some opportunities you might be interested in:

LORCA Cohort 3 Open Call

Deadline 15th April
After speaking to industry about their cybersecurity needs, LORCA’s launched an open call for its third cohort of cyber innovators.  If you (or an organisation you know) address one of the challenges (by design, basics and beyond), apply by 15 April at    
Challenge areas

  1. By design.  Great leaps are being made to develop products that are increasingly secure by design.  More can be done, though, to make products easy to configure and implement securely, and we need cheaper or more efficient ways to secure a code base.  Blockchain, AI, autonomy and robotics companies all have a part to play in this regard.  Ultimately, markets need secure products rather than more security products.
  2. Basics.  In a market saturated with cybersecurity products and solutions, even the most mature sectors (like financial services, for example) are asking how they can get the basics right and establish a business-focused view of foundational cybersecurity.  This challenge area focusses on essential aspects of security including best-in-class patching and vulnerability management; more effective management of identity (people and assets); and, accurate and automated regulation and compliance metrics for the reporting of fundamental security controls.
  3. Beyond.  In addition to the basics, this challenge area seeks to support innovative and new approaches that go beyond current offerings.  These solutions should provide proactive, intelligence-led security and shouldn’t be constrained by traditional views of risk or security models.

Our 12-month programme is free and we take no equity or ownership over the IP of our members.
Cyber innovators accepted onto the LORCA programme will receive a year of bespoke, world-class support to engineer and iterate their solution and scale their businesses quickly – all within a dedicated space at LORCA’s base at innovation hub Plexal.  
Participating companies will receive support from leading experts, including one-to-one commercial and technical support from Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Service team and world-class academic and engineering support will be provided by the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast.  Plexal’s innovation services team, together with external experts brought in as part of the programme’s curriculum, will help the members develop their business, iterate products and scale in the UK or globally.
More information can be found at and

Defence and Security Accelerator Open Call

DASA are looking for security solutions in the following areas:

  • Finding suspected threats on passengers during airport screening
  • Matching passengers with their x-ray trays during airport screening
  • Improving aviation cargo screening speed
  • Assistive technology for rail staff
  • Screening train carriages

If you have any innovative ideas that match these areas or have any colleagues/friends that might be interested, please feel free to apply to the DASA Open Call. The next closing date for receipt of applications is 2 May.

More info on what DASA is looking for and how to submit can be found here. 

National Cyber Security Centre – Assurance Survey

The NCSC is looking to better understand how we can support the cyber security landscape. To better understand the key services you need today and the foreseen future. We also want to look at how services are assured; and encourage use of our assurance schemes to better protect the cyber landscape as a whole.
To do this, we have created two quick surveys which will look to gather your perception on the assurance of cyber security services. By answering the most applicable survey you will allow us to focus on key elements in an assurance service, helping the NCSC shape its cyber assurance schemes to suit the markets need. 
If you consider yourself a buyer of cyber products – Buyer survey
If you consider yourself a supplier of cyber products – Supplier survey
Responses to the survey should be in by close of play on 26th April – thank you for your input which is greatly appreciated.

Export Licence Breakfast

30 April | 08:00-11:00 | Hereford Business Solutions Centre
Join this free of charge Business Breakfast is to see how UK Export Controls can help companies who are new to using export licensing or even yet aware of the controls.  Evidence has been found in non-compliance across a variety of business sectors so why not join this seminar to help understand how to use licences correctly.

The seminar will cover:

  • Background to Controls – explaining the controls, the legislation, goods and technology that are controlled, types of activities that are controlled, the key Control Lists, the main activities and end use controls
  • Types of licenses available to exporters, the differences between them, the problems ECO experience when handling license applications, the licensing process and the Criteria we have to follow
  • Compliance – why we visit companies who use open licenses, explain what to expect, the problems we come across on such visits and guidance on best practice
  • Open License Exercise’s – Attendees get opportunity to look at scenarios and consider whether a particular license could be used or not
  • Open Q&A, which concludes with the two compliance officers being present providing 1:1 surgery for attendee’s specific questions Click here to secure your free ticket.

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