Cluster meetings are held monthly. Below are details of our upcoming meetings.
- Date: 16th May 2019
- Venue: To Be Confirmed
- Registration: Coming Soon
The aims of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster are two-fold:-
- To support the members of the cluster by communicating National and International initiatives and trade opportunities, providing a networking platform to share ideas and best practice, encouraging collaboration and identifying partnership opportunities so that small cyber security specialist businesses in Wales can find new ways to grow.
- To support the Welsh Government's commitment to Cyber Security (and UK Government's Cyber Security Strategy) by building cyber security knowledge, skills and capabilities in the Region, to make businesses more resilient to cyber attacks and the Region one of the most secure places in the world to do business.
For further information please connect with us:-
These meetings are free to attend for any small company actively working in Cyber Security so if you, as a person or organisation are interested in finding out what Government initiatives can offer and exploring what you can offer to support the UK Cyber Security Strategy in North Wales then please contact us.
WOW... what a great start to 2019 at our January meeting in Wrexham. Attendance was fantastic as were all of our speakers and engagement with the session was very high.
Continuing on from this, we are heading over to St Asaph this month to visit our friends at the North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team. We have some great speakers lined up for you and are looking forward as always to catching up with everybody and enjoying a cup of tea and some biscuits...
Firstly we will be hearing from Les Pritchard, Neterix. Les works with a wide range of companies and charities, helping them to secure their networks, data and improve staff awareness. With a background in both technical security and information security, he helps organisations implement security solutions and achieve compliance.
The way organisations use technology has changed considerably over recent years with the adoption of cloud services. Whilst this shift has brought many benefits, it also introduces new risks that traditional security models struggle to prevent. This talk will discuss some of the most common risks using real case studies of companies who have been caught out. Les will also provide some live demos to help illustrate how data can be put at risk. The talk will conclude with a look at some of the steps that can be taken to help manage these risks and secure your data.
In addition, we will also be recieving an update from Peter Jarvis, Detective Sergeant at the North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team, about what h eand his team have been doing over the last few months including the joint work they are doing with TITAN (North West Regional Organised Crime Unit) and will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for the team in an open Q&A session
Following the continued success of the Cluster in 2018, we would like to welcome everybody to 2019 with January seeing the start of our new exciting lineup of speakers and events for the year ahead.
We will begin in Wrexham with some fantastic speakers;
Nigel Houlden, Senior Lecturer at Glyndwr University and Former Head of Technical Policy at the ICO
Nigel was in charge of overseeing technical policy for the ICO during the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). Nigel will be taking us through the thinking behind the technical requirements of the legislation and what businesses should be doing to ensure that they are compliant.
Rob Boyns, Managing Director at Boyns Information Systems
Rob will be sharing how the Cyber Essentials and IASME Accreditations are able to fit in with both the organisational and technical measures required under GDPR and how businesses can ensure that they are accredited to demonstrate their commitment to information security and protecting their data.
Christina Blakey, Business Development Manager at Wrexham Glyndwr University
Christina will then be offering companies the opportunity to hear about the new Fully Funded Degree Apprenticeships in Cyber Security available starting in 2019. Whether you have staff you are looking to upskill in 2019 or are looking to take on additional staff to meet these new data protection and cyber security needs, this scheme is a fantastic, cost-effective solution.
As always, there will be tea, coffee and plenty of networking opportunity for all.
I look forward to seeing everybody there.
December's meeting will not be taking place on the usual date. This December the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster and CyberWales are proud to say that we will be attending Emerging Tech Fest in Wrexham on December 13th and would like to encourage all of our members to join us there.
There are spaces available to exhibit at the event at various levels giving access to attendees / decision makers who are interested in new and emerging technologies with stands stanrting from £150. CLICK HERE for the exhibitor details including full price list..
The event is free to attend and whether you work in energy, engineering, manufacturing, technology or are currently studying for your future career then this is the event for you...
Below are some details about the event. Further information and free registration can be found at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emerging-tech-fest-tickets-51286142232
Join us for a full-day of thought-provoking talks, interactive sessions, lively discussions, hands-on demos and evidence-based insights into how emerging technologies are already impacting you, your business, your industry and your supply chain. In addition, let us help you to explore how emerging tech is going to continue to impact on you and your business in the future.
By the end of the day, you’ll have made good connections and gained a better understanding of what actions you need to take, and what tech you need to adopt, to stay a step ahead of your competition!
Book your place - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emerging-tech-fest-tickets-51286142232
As places are limited, please register to reserve your place. If you change your mind at a later date, please let us know so that we can offer your place to someone else.
- First class speakers and exhibitors will be announced in advance of the event.
- Registration, refreshments, networking and exhibition areas will be open from 9am to 6pm.
- The ‘key speakers’, ‘case studies’ and ‘meet the expert’ sessions will start at 10am and end at 4pm.
Note: A detailed agenda will be published closer to the event.
Main Stage Speakers have been announced...
Ashley Rogers, Founder & Director, Gill & Shaw
David Ramsay Harra, Head of Innovation & Development, Assembly Airbus
Debra Williams, Co-Founder & CEO, Motokiki
Anthony Rose, Co-Founder & CEO, Seedlegals
October sees us returning to Wrexham Glyndwr University for a Defence-themed meeting;
Detective Sergeant Peter Jarvis of the North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team will be taking us through the latest updates from the team including some examples of the latest cases and what they are seeing in the North Wales Region.
We will then be hearing from Col. John Davies, Honorary Colonel for 53rd Signals Regiment and Chairman of the Regional Employment Engagement Group (REEG) for the Armed Forces in Wales, about what it means to be an armed forces friendly employer in Wales and how employing members of the Armed Forces Reserve could benefit your business.
Stephen Townley, Armed Forces Liaison Officer at Wrexham Council, will then be giving us an overview of activity across North Wales designed to help armed forces veterans, currently serving members of the armed forces and their families to find the help they need and engage with employers across the region.
This month sees the cluster returning to the North Wales Police HQ in St Asaph Business Park to hear about the latest trends and actions across the region from the North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team.
Following this update, we will be hearing from Taz Wake of Halkyn Consulting who will be taking us through a case study looking at an Advanced Attack within a Manufacturing Business including how the attack was successful, how it was discovered and what was done in response to the incident.
The Digital Festival is the biggest tech event in Wales and will run for the 6th time on May 21st & 22nd at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Many of you will have attended this event in recent years, either at the Celtic Manor or at last year’s event at the Tram Shed. The Millennium Centre venue is a "step up” for the event this year with the aim of attracting many more business attendees from further afield (2,000+). Presentation and discussion topics at the event will include AI, IoT, Blockchain, 5G and of course Cyber & GDPR with over 100 specialist speakers.
A world of opportunity
Teaching and training tomorrow's tech. Accessing finance, pitching for investment. Celebrating the present. Changing the future.
A smart, connected world
Exploring the power of 5G for smart cities, transport, IoT devices, digitally inclusive societies, and digital healthcare. How we build them, and how they change the world.
An innovative, changing world
Arguing artificial intelligence. Playing with virtual reality. Busting bitcoin, blockchain, and cyber security.
A world of data
Considering the data economy. Developing marketing strategies. Examining digital identity and everybody's favourite acronym - GDPR - and its impact on you.
For lightbulb moments
Deep dive 5G, AI and IoT with visionary headliners.
Enjoy powerful talks and electric workshops that promise to spark your brain-bulb.
For a global audience
Last year, 1,300 live streaming views from 15 countries in 2017 and a #DigitalFest trend with 97% positive engagement put us on the map and earned us recognition from the BBC, Telegraph, TechRadar and more.
For new connections
With over 6,200 new business connections made last year, this is your one stop shop to meet innovators, creators and makers. More than half of delegates did business at last year’s Digital Festival, with two thirds thankful for the collaborative atmosphere.
On the 19th of April 2018 at the Celtic Manor in Newport, CEMET will be holding the Welsh Industry Cyber Security Summit where we will bring together the four pillars of Cyber Wales:
- Law Enforcement
CEMET is working in partnerships with Tarian, Welsh Government, Qinetiq, Alert Logic and Wales’ Cyber Security Clusters to bring you experts in each field so you can learn about the ever-changing threat of cyber and how you can protect your business. Gain insight into the innovative development happening in Wales to combat the threat of cyber and how Cyber Wales was a founding partner of the EPIC Global Eco system.
February sees the cluster heading to Bangor University and being hosted by North Wales Tech, a bunch of like-minded people working in the IT and software development industries in North Wales...
Firstly, we will be hearing from Carwyn Edwards who is co-founder at North Wales Tech (http://northwales.technology/) about what the group has been up to and how you can get involved. Carwyn will also be talking about a data visualisation project which the group organised last year...
"Our digital devices regularly share information with government agencies and third party companies for both surveillance and commercial purposes. ‘Veillance’ is an interactive artwork which visualises information generated by its audience's internet browsing on digital devices. Data is intercepted and reconfigured in real time to create an immersive audio-visual experience intended to raise awareness about this covert conversation with which we are unknowingly engaged."
Attendees will then have a chance to catch up with the latest from Dr Les Pritchard who is Director of Neterix (www.neterix.com). Neterix pride themselves in being able to explain the terminology clearly. We believe there are many companies who seek to confuse customers with buzzwords and marketing terms. We are here to help you get to the information you need.
Les will discuss a number of topics...
"Most organisations know they need to do more to secure their IT systems from attack. Time and money will be put into installing the latest security appliances, but often the most critical assets are missed - the staff. In this talk, Les will take you through real world examples of how companies have fallen victim to well-crafted attacks. He will also include case studies of recent security testing Neterix has conducted, explaining how the team gained access to key systems."
16th November 2017
Attendees will hear from Andrew Beale, Director at IP Wales, about the great work him and his team are doing to help protect businesses Intellectual Property.
Intellectual Property (IP) is the area of law used by businesses to differentiate their products and services in the commercial marketplace via distinctive branding or endorsement; new inventions or creations; novel appearance or design. IP can be a critical asset for your business but one which is at risk of attack from cyber criminals if your business trades online, has a website or even just email.
IP crime is traditionally viewed as counterfeiting (false branding) and piracy (illegal copying) but cybercriminals are increasingly coming to recognise the value of confidential data held by your business, be it sensitive information about your business operation or customer information such as credit card details (made even more topical with the advent of the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016).
IP Wales is a £4m award winning business support initiative. The mission is to provide Welsh small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with the knowledge and financial means to commercialise their intellectual assets. The aim is to raise levels of awareness and understanding of intellectual assets, allow businesses to make informed commercial choices about protecting these assets, and to help Welsh SMEs sustain and grow their businesses, by integrating an intellectual assets strategy into the heart of their business plan. Since its launch IP Wales have provided strategic advice to over 750 clients, helped to capture and protect 205 patents, 60 trade marks and 12 industrial designs around the World and furnished financial support for 25 IP licensing deals.
Following Andrew's presentation, Peter Meehan, SVP International & Partnerships at Cyber Workforce Alliance will be talking us through CWA's industry led "Epic Challenge" along with the other cross-curricular cyber focussed programmes that the CWA has been running in the USA and are looking to bring to Wales.
21st September 2017
The Cluster meeting for September 2017 will be hosted by Moneypenny at their award winning offices in Wrexham. Attendees we be given a tour of the bespoke building and hear from Martin King, Head of IT for Moneypenny, about how Moneypenny face the unique challenges in their global market place.
Following Martin's presentation, Bethan Bonsall, Lead Policy Advisor from the ICO will be talking us through the latest guidance and changes coming from the ICO in advance of the introduction of GDPR next May. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in group discussions with Bethan around any areas relating to GDPR.
20th July 2017
We are pleased to announce that we will be hearing from a Director of the NCSC at the July Meeting of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster. This presentation will include the latest guidance and information from GCHQ along with a Q&A.
Below is more detail about the NCSC and what they do.
The NCSC was set up to help protect our critical services from cyber attacks, managing major incidents and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations. Their vision is to help make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.
Who we are
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is the UK’s authority on cyber security. We are a part of GCHQ. The NCSC brings together and replaces CESG (the information security arm of GCHQ), the Centre for Cyber Assessment (CCA), Computer Emergency Response Team UK (CERT UK) and the cyber-related responsibilities of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI).
The NCSC has access to some of the most sophisticated capabilities available to government. We acknowledge the sensitivity of these resources, whilst working to make the benefits of our expertise as widely available as possible. Further information is available by downloading and reading the NCSC overview.
How we work
The NCSC is open and accessible. We work collaboratively with other government agencies and departments, law enforcement, defence, the UK’s intelligence and security agencies and our international partners. We recognise the value of diversity and different perspectives and bring together a unique range of talents, skills and experience to tackle the hardest cyber security challenges that we face.
We are expert and look to the future. We exchange talent with other organisations through secondments and interchanges; this allows us to foster the technical innovation needed to succeed in an ever changing landscape.
Prior booking is advised for this event.
18th May 2017
- Presentation by Simon Renault, Project Manager at Innovation Point. Simon will be talking about funding opportunities that are available to SMEs thoughout Wales and how Innovation Point are able to help SMEs gain access to these projects and grants.
16th February 2017
15th December 2016
- Presentation by Dr Stuart Cunningham and Dr Nigel Houlden, Senior Lecturers at Wrexham Glyndwr University. Stuart and Nigel are looking to get feedback on Glyndwr's new cyber security degree modules prior to their GCHQ accreditation review.
17th November 2016
- Presentation by Anthony Hogbin, Senior Linux Engineer for HostingUK.net. Anthony will be talking to the cluster about some of his experiences with securing a web hosting datacentre.
- Presentation by Helen Williams from the Northwest Response to Organised Crime Unit (TITAN). Helen will be talking us through the CiSP Portal and ways it can benefit the members of the cluster.
20th October 2016
- Presentation by Stuart Whitfield, Economic and Business Development Officer for Denbighshire County Council. Stuart will be talking to the culster about the councils goals to help businesses with their technology and what the cluster can do to get involved.
15th September 2016
- Presentation by Taz Wake and Jim Simpson - This presentation will be a technical demonstration on the dangers of public / guest access WiFi. Taz and Jim will explore some of the exploitation paths used and highlight issues around using these kinds of networks.
18th August 2016
- Presentation and discussion led by Lee Speakman, Thaddeus Eze and Lucas O'Mahony from University of Chester about the new Cyber Security Masters Degree courses and opportunities for businesses to get involved with the University.
Download the presentation slides - HERE
21st July 2016
- Detective Sergeant Peter Jarvis of the North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team and Geraint Jones, Partner at CGI will be presenting details of the Cyber Made Simple initiative and welcoming feedback from attendees on the scheme.
23rd June 2016
- Presentation by Jason Davies on the achievements of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster in its first year.
- Presentation by Graeme Brand from Barclays about how they are helping to spread the value of Cyber Security to Small Businesses around North West and North Wales.
21st April 2016
- Taz Wake, Security Director at Halkyn Consulting Ltd will be delivering a LIVE HACKING DEMONSTRATION to show how easy it can be for a professional to access the average SME business network.
This excitng session will demonstrate how experts are able to help defend your network against malicious activity by demonstrating some of the attack vectors used commonly by illegal hackers.
17th March 2016
For our March meeting, we have been invited to participate in an All-Wales meeting as part of the Horizon 2020 scheme hosted jointly by Innovation Point and WEFO in Cardiff.
It is clear that Horizon 2020 is more competitive than its predecessor Framework Programme 7 (FP7). This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the various cyber security related Calls in the Work Programme, what a successful bid looks like and the support available to help Welsh businesses be part of a winning bid.
Welcome David Warrender, CEO Innovation Point
What are the opportunities?
1:30pm Cyber Security: A view from Europe.
Dr. Helen Almey, Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for Secure Societies & support for SME instrument
2:00pm Making it happen: Supporting a successful bid.
Colin Batten, Head of Partnerships, Innovation Point
2:20pm SCoRE Cymru Overview
A View from those that know
2:30pm Case Study: A success story
The Power of Many
3:00pm The Cyber Security Cluster.
John Davies, Chair of South Wales Cyber Security Cluster
Open Forum session Chaired by Innovation Point
3:30pm Securing the Opportunity.
Identifying the germ of a project idea and the businesses that will work in partnership, supported by Innovation Point, leading to winning Horizon 2020 monies.
Mae’n amlwg bod Horizon 2020 yn rhaglen fwy cystadleuol na’i rhagflaenydd, Rhaglen Fframwaith 7 (FP7). Bydd y gweithdy hwn yn darparu trosolwg o’r gwahanol alwadau yn ymwneud â seiberddiogelwch yn y Rhaglen Waith, beth sy’n gwneud cais llwyddiannus a’r gefnogaeth sydd ar gael i helpu busnesau Cymru i fod yn rhan o gais buddugol.
Croeso David Warrender, Prif Swyddog Gweithredol Yr Arloesfa
Pa gyfleoedd sydd ar gael?
1:30pm Seiberddiogelwch: Gair o Ewrop
Dr. Helen Almey, Swyddog Cyswllt Horizon 2020 ar gyfer Cymdeithasau Diogel a chefnogaeth ar gyfer BBaCh
2:00pm Gwneud iddo ddigwydd: Cefnogi cais llwyddiannus.
Colin Batten, Pennaeth Partneriaethau, Yr Arloesfa
2:20pm Trosolwg o SCoRE Cymru
Gair o brofiad
2:30pm Astudiaeth achos: stori llwyddiant
Mewn undeb mae nerth
3:00pm Y Clwstwr Seiberddiogelwch.
John Davies, Cadeirydd Clwstwr Seiberddiogelwch De Cymru
Sesiwn Fforwm Agored dan gadeiryddiaeth Yr Arloesfa
3:30pm Sicrhau’r Cyfle.
Adnabod hedyn o syniad am brosiect a’r busnesau a fydd yn gweithio mewn partneriaeth, gyda chefnogaeth Yr Arloesfa, gan arwain at ennill cyllid Horizon 2020.
18th February 2016
- Dr Les Pritchard, Managing Director at Neterix and Pete Jarvis, from North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team will be our main speakers. They will be delivering a real world example of a cluster member working with the Police to help businesses in North Wales.
This month's talk will be a case study of a recent randsomware attack on a north Wales based business. DS Pete Jarvis from the North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team and Dr Les Pritchard from Neterix will explain how the victim company had all their business data held to ransom and the effect this had on the business. They will also discuss how the Cyber Crime Team responded and give practical advice on how to avoid falling victim to similar, increasingly common attacks.
21st January 2016
- Jason Davies, Director at Hashtag Marketing Ltd and Co-Founder of North Wales Cyber Security Cluster will be the opening speaker for 2016 with the new year welcome and some information from the Cyber Security Sector.
- Tim Mobbs from High Tech Investigations will be our main speaker talking about the following:
- Brief background about myself
- Information about Computer Forensics - how it came about and devices worked on
- High Tech Investigation Unit [Police work & cases]
- High Tech Investigations [Digital PI] - work I have done and future challenges and projects.
19th November 2015
North Wales Cyber Security Cluster November Meeting will take place on 19th November 2015 at 14:00 - 16:00 in Conwy Business Centre, Junction Way, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9XX.
This is a fantastic opportunity for the cluster as this event will be part of Conwy Business Week and will provide an open forum for businesses attending the event to join in with Cyber Security Discussions at the cluster meeting.
The format for the meeting will be as follows:-
- Andy Orriell, Operations Director at Intelligent Analytical Solutions, will be talking about how to use Threat Intelligence and Data Analysis to aid in Cyber Security.
- Following the speaker, each attendee will have an opportunity to tell the group who they are. In addition, a group discussion based on questions and answers will take place for anybody in attendance to join in with
- Once introductions have been made, the group will be free to network for the remainder of the meeting.
17th September 2015
So... the time had come to take this cluster on the road for our first meeting outside of Glyndwr University moving westward to Mold. One of our members, Solvings Ltd offered to host the meeting at their conference and hot-desking facility aptly named Silicwmvalley.com. Steve Lysaght, Managing Director at Solvings Ltd, got the meeting rolling by telling the cluster about the ethos and activities at Solvings Ltd as well as giving a fantastic insight into working within the MoD and the importance of Cyber Essentials certifications. Jason Davies, Managing Director at Hashtag Marketing, then delivered a presentation created by Pervade Software Ltd about invisible DDOS attacks originating in the DarkWeb and why traditional SIEM and other monitoring systems are unable to detect them, calling for systems that can unify NOC and SOC.
After our speakers, Jason Davies invited members of the cluster to register their interest in joining the All Wales CiSP trust group. Finally, the group were introduced to the designs for the all new Cyber Security Online Forum which will be coming soon to help facilitate further interaction between Cyber Security Professionals and those needing their services.
20th August 2015
Following on from our very successful initial meeting, we once again headed to Glyndwr University, Wrexham for our second installment. Les Pritchard, Managing Director at Neterix, kicked off the meeting talking about Risk Assessment, how to identify your valuable data and the risk it represents. This was followed up by Damon Rands, Managing Director at Wolfberry Cyber Security, who spoke about Footprinting, Social Engineering and Penetration Testing. Discussing what can be done with the information available about a person or company online.
After our speakers, Jason Davies announced the launch of the new "members only" area of the website containing the latest opportunities for cluster members.
23rd July 2015
Having received much publicity in the days building up to the first meeting of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster, ranging from Printed, Radio and TV coverage, the cluster organisers were unsure what the response would be.
It turned out that the response was fantastic! With turnout of over 20 companies, and more getting in touch to register their interest for future meetings, North Wales Cyber Security Cluster successfully completed its first meeting.
The attendees were a broad range of Industry, Education and Law Enforcement showing that North Wales is serious about Cyber Security.
After some brief introductions from Jason Davies, Director at Hashtag Marketing and Co-Founder of the North Wales Cluster, the speakers were ready to go
John Davies, Director at Pervade Software and Co-Founder of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, kicked things off with a great walk through of the history of cyber security clusters including the approach of government, industry and law enforcement. John went on to detail some of the ongoing initiatives that the South Wales Cluster have been involved with including the All Wales Regional CISP (Cyber Information Sharing Partnership) scheme which is open to all cluster members in Wales.
Vic Grout, Professor of Computing Futures at Glyndwr University and Co-Founder of the North Wales Cluster, was next up and took the cluster on a predictive walk down what he believes to be the future of cyber security threats discussing some of the biggest potential weaknesses in current and future systems.
To close out the meeting Peter Jarvis, Detective Sergeant of the North Wales Police Cyber Crime Team, spoke about the challenges facing law enforcement in the cyber security arena and ways in which they are hoping to work with the cluster moving forward to help aid in their efforts. Peter also detailed existing projects and objectives of the department including some of the ways that they are able to help ensure that threats can be prevented and responded to efficiently helping to limit exposure to future threats.
2nd June 2015
Although the cluster's first official meeting does does not take place until July 23rd 2015, two of the cluster members were lucky enough to be invited to represent the Cluster at InfoSec 2015 at Olympia.
Hywel Mallett from Option 13 Ltd and Jason Davies from Hashtag Marketing Ltd spent three days helping to man the UK Cyber Security Forum and Welsh Government stands at the event.
Throughout the course of the event, Hywel and Jason had conversations with many organisations including Government Bodies, Large Businesses and SME's. The response to the founding of a North Wales Cyber Security Cluster was overwhelmingly positive.