Cluster meetings are held monthly. Below are details of our upcoming meetings.
- Date: 29th June 2017
- Time: 14:00 - 16:00
- Venue: Welsh Government Office, Rhodfa Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, SY23 3UR
- Registration: Click Here
For the first time since they were formed 3 years ago, the North Wales and South Wales Cyber Security Clusters will be coming together for a joint, ALL WALES CYBER SECURITY CLUSTER meeting.
This special event, being run as part of the Wales Festival of Innovation, will also bring the very latest advice and best practice to Mid Wales for the first time - helping businesses and individuals in the Region to better protect themselves from ever changing cyber attacks.
Jason Davies - co-founder and chair of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster and cyber specialists on "zero vulnerability websites" will present on “The Must Do’s of Cyber Security - what businesses can do to better protect themselves from the rising threat of cyber attacks and how to stay ahead of the cyber attackers".
John Davies - co-founder and chair of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster will talk about “Differentiating your business - using certifications like the Cyber Essentials Scheme and GDPR Data Protection Compliance to show that you are better than your competitors at protecting data and computer systems"
In addition, existing members of both the Welsh Cyber Security Clusters, who work on the front lines of the cyber war responding and adapting to innovations in cyber attacks, will be on hand to share their experience and expertise - so come along and pick their brains!
This event is aimed at individuals and businesses who are interested in cyber security and/or data protection and want to learn more about this very broad and highly topical issue. Typical attendees of meetings include owners of small to medium sized businesses, IT professionals, compliance managers, university faculty members and students working on computer related courses, people interested in re-training and finding new job opportunities in cyber security and/or compliance (there is a massive skills shortage!) and people who have heard stories about the cyber attacks and want to know what it’s all about and how to stay ahead of attackers.
The afternoon will be run as an informal networking meeting with plenty of time to meet new people, chat over tea and welsh cakes and learn more about this fast moving area full of danger and opportunity.
- Date: 20th July 2017
- Time: 14:00 - 16:00
- Venue: North Wales Police HQ, St Asaph Business Park, Saint Asaph LL17 0HQ
The format for the meeting will be as follows:-
- Presentation by Director of NCSC. A Director of the National Cyber Security Centre will be keeping us up to date with the latest advice and plans from the NCSC along with discussing SMEs concerns and how global events are impacting businesses and government cyber security.
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.
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.
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.