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

NXTAsia 2019 
18th – 20th June 2019 – Marina Bay Sands

NXTAsia is Asia’s definitive event that showcases emerging technologies and enterprise solutions. A comprehensive global showcase awaits at NXTAsia – including AI, VR/AR, Blockchain, Big Data, Cloud, 5G, Cybersecurity, IoT and Smart Cities. The show also features the dedicated Disrupt+ zone where start-ups put forth their innovations. NXTAsia is the must-attend event for conglomerates, enterprises and start-ups plus government representatives.

Tradefair are organising the UK Pavilion at NXTAsia 2019, on behalf of techUK and in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Only 1 grant of £2,500 remaining for eligible UK companies!

Pod package available from £365* + UK VAT, include:

UK Pavilion Stand 
  • Superior stand design
  • Construction
  • Overhead branding
  • Furniture package
  • Stand cleaning
  • Access to group hospitality/meeting area
  • Group internet
  • Access to refreshments area
  • Power and lighting
  • Carpeting
  • Stand cleaning

Event Management 

  • PR & social media
  • Management of stand contractor
  • Onsite management throughout build-up, event and breakdown
  • Post event grant claim and reimbursement support

Register your interest –

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.


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.

If you would prefer you can also complete the survey via this link

G-Cloud 11 will open for applications on 25 March 2019.

View the provisional timetable for the framework:

If you’re a supplier on G-Cloud 10 you must reapply to G-Cloud 11 to continue selling your services on the Digital Marketplace. Log in to your account to reapply:

You’ll need to create a supplier account if you have never applied to sell on the Digital Marketplace and want to apply to G-Cloud 11. Create an account here:

The Digital Marketplace team

Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

National Cyber Awards

Closing date for nominations 22nd March
Here is a link to information on the National Cyber Awards 2019 in Cheltenham in April.
This is dedicated to recognising individuals in our sector in particular The Cyber Citizen of the Year 2019.

GM Cyber Foundry

This is an opportunity for any company in the Greater Manchester region.

A business may have (1) an opportunity that they know about – or that the Cyber Foundry team can see in it – that can be developed to make their business activity safer on line. Some companies might even want to productise what we or they see as potential. Part (1) is called ‘Business Assist’ and (2) is called ‘Technical Assist’.

The GM Cyber Foundry is a consortium project combining the expertise of the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Lancaster University and the University of Salford to deliver innovative cyber security support to Greater Manchester SME businesses. Over three years, with the support of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Cyber Foundry project will support 150 SMEs by stimulating business innovation through the application of cyber security research.

Eligibility requirements for this free support:

  • Must be within Greater Manchester. Regional trading offices are eligible as long as they meet the criteria below.
  • Number of employees less than 250.
  • Annual turnover must be less than €50m or balance sheet less than €43m.
  • Business is not more than 25% owned by another company group (Unless owning group is also an SME). University owned subsidiaries must not be more than 50% owned by the university.
  • Almost all business sectors are welcome to participate with the exception of: Fisheries and Aquaculture; Processing and marketing of agricultural products; Shipbuilding; Schools/school age educational establishments; Insurance Companies; Primary productions, coal or steel, synthetic fibres; Banking or Nuclear industries.

You can find out more here

Disability Confident Scheme

The disability confident scheme is a good way to show support to the employment of people with a disability.  Also, Access to Work give grants to help employees overcome barriers caused by their disability, both physical and mental.  We have used this funding for things like help with transport to work, in-work mentoring, noise cancelling headphones and assistive software – worth a look!

Find out more about the Disability Confident scheme here
Find out about Access to Work

New Security Event in Birmingham

There is a new Security Event in Birmingham and it is free entry.  I will be there on IASME’s stand on the second and third day so do stop by and say hello if you go!
In addition to the security event you get access to The Health & Safety EventFire Safety Event and The Facilities Event.

Meet the Expert: Exporting to Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar

8 April – Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

In collaboration with Britain in South East Asia (BiSEA) and UK-Asian Business Council we are pleased to host an exciting meet the expert opportunity.

In a series of 25 minute 1:1 meetings you can meet with the in-country experts from the following markets:

You will also have the chance to meet with UK Export Finance to discuss financing your exports.

Why South East Asia?

South East Asia is a region where economic growth and development is expected to exceed the global average for the foreseeable future. With a wealth of natural resources, low-cost skilled labour, and a regional Free Trade Agreement, the great diversity of markets and opportunities are attractive across a wide range of sectors.


Click here to request your 1:1 meeting slots. Please note that they are limited and will be allocated between 11:00-16:00

A German University for Applied Sciences will submit a H2020 project to the call SU‐DS03‐2019‐2020. Aim of the project is to develop a software platform granting micro, small and medium enterprises access to fraud detection within their ERP‐system. ERP software companies are sought as project partners to provide their solutions to a client base of SME and provide expertise in this technology sector and further knowledge of the customer requirements regarding functionalities and market potential.
Partner sought

Type of partner sought: industry, SME Specific area of activity of the partner ERP providers Tasks to be performed by the partner: data provision, demonstrate and showcase ERP system connected to the newly developed fraud system

Widespread use of IT solutions in business processes opens the door to fraudulent behaviour and attacks. The central objective of the project to the call – SU‐DS03‐2019‐2020: Digital Security and privacy for citizens and Small and Medium Enterprises and Micro Enterprises – is the development of a software platform solution granting access to fraud detection within their ERP‐system (Enterprise Resource Planning) to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

This will be achieved by gathering of anonymized data from various companies with different ERP‐systems; provision of real time monitoring of business processes in the connected ERP‐Systems; analysis of data considering frauds and risks using machine learning techniques; detection of new fraud/risk patterns and derivation of rules for future prevention. By considering several ERP‐systems (commercial systems but also open source tools), various companies of different sizes are addressed to participate and profit from joint fraud detection. Consequently, this enlarges the database for proper fraud analysis and thus facilitates the derivation of new audit rules to prevent fraudulent behaviour.

Furthermore, network effects can be exploited as detected fraud patterns and corresponding rules for their prevention become instantly available for all participating enterprises instead of remaining only in the affected company – inaccessible for others. The project consortium as it stands involves universities and a research-driven SME as partners from Germany and is now searching for partners from all around Europe (except Germany). Collaboration is foreseen with ERP software providers from Europe and beyond contributing with their expertise to develop customer-fit solutions to the problem.

The software company sought shall be established on the EU market as providers for ERP solutions to small, medium- and micro sized enterprises. The ERP providers will work within work packages that refer to anonymous data provision and analysis, and also contribute to a demonstrator to showcase the ERP system connected to the fraud detection platform described above. Partners will profit by the knowledge transfer and the generation of exploitable results/solutions. Total project budget shall be around 4-5M€; funding rate for participating SME will be 70%;

Submission Deadline: 22 August 2019; in case of approval, the project will approximately start spring 2020. Deadline for EOIs: 15 April 2019

Register Interest:

We are thrilled to announce that we are now set to host a Israeli Delegation, following our recent visit to Cyber Tech Tel Aviv.

Worcestershire is one of the UK’s cyber hotspots. Worcestershire LEP is focused on growing this and showcasing our expertise in the region and abroad. In light of this, Midlands Cyber (which the LEP leads on) has exhibited at several sector conferences including the Cyber Tech Tel Aviv conference for the past few years, building excellent relationships with the tech ecosystem there. Israel has a world class reputation for cyber particularly in the R&D space.

Following the most recent visit, we are hosting 5 Israeli cyber companies here in Worcestershire and the environs. We are showcasing ‘Cyber Valley’ (the area covering Malvern, GCHQ and the Herefordshire) and the wide ranging regional expertise with a view to attracting the businesses to locate in the region. As you will see from the attached, the companies are interested in meetings with relevant stakeholders, potential partners and customers, resellers. The key areas of interest are:

· Automotive
· Aerospace/Military
· Manufacturing
· Critical infrastructures
· Cloud companies
· legal tech solutions/GDPR

We are hosting the 5 companies, along with some other organisations (universities, local professional services, Department for International Trade) on the morning of the 20th March 9-11.30 am at Malvern Hills Science Park.

If you know of any other networks that you think might be interested please do forward.

Look forward to hearing back from you. Places are limited. Please email to confirm your place.

Security Project Sandpit – a collaboration initiative for local industry and Swansea University academics

We will hold a sandpit day at Computational Foundry on 21st May. Academics from Swansea University will work with participating industry to scope a project that will address industry-led challenges. The day will start with a casual speed networking, followed by people getting into groups to discuss the challenges in detail and plan a research project. Each group must have a Swansea University academic who will be the Principal Investigator of the project. After a long working lunch, the groups will present their project ideas to a panel consisting of a senior academic, an industry representative and someone from a non-technical background. A funding pot of up to £20k will be available and will be awarded to the Principal Investigator of the project.

Timeline of the Sandpit:

Expression of Interest (EoI)
Deadline 2nd April
Any industry keen to take part will need to send an expression of interest. This is simply a title of the industry challenge they wish to address. Under one EoI, an industry can send more than one industry challenge. Each industry challenge title can be up to 30 words.
Please email your EoI with industry challenge title(s) to Heidi Rees ( )
We will send weekly reminders.

Invitation to submit a sandpit idea
Deadline 7th May
We will review the EoI and ask you to elaborate on your challenge title(s) in one paragraph. This paragraph can be up to 150 words.
In the submission, you are also required to write keywords of the expertise you are looking to work with at Swansea University (examples: blockchain, security protocols, visualisation, penetration testing, soft security). And to help you get a broad picture of our expertise within Computer Science, please browse our academic staff profiles here:

Please email your Sandpit ideas to: to Heidi Rees (
We will send weekly reminders.

We will circulate your sandpit ideas to academics within Swansea University and invite them to collaborate with you on Sandpit Day on 21 May.

A detailed programme of the Sandpit Day will be circulated nearer the time

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in.

Digital Innovation Hubs – FED4SAE: Boosting development and adoption of cyber physical systems

Opportunity closes on 5th March

  • Digital Catapult is the UK hub for FED4SAE, that is part of a network of innovation hubs across Europe that boost and sustain the digitisation of the European industry by strengthening competitiveness in cyber physical systems (CPS), those that integrate physical and computer based processes, and embedded system markets
  • FED4SAE is funded by the EU as part of its Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It supports startups, scaleups and mid-cap companies to:
    • Build new products and services enabled by CPS
    • Establish innovator-supplier cross-border partnerships
  • Get up to €60K funding, access to industrial platforms and business coaching.
  • Open date: Dec 04, 2018
  • Close date: Mar 05, 2019
  • Read more here


AFCEA UK West Chapter

The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 14th March at Brickhampton Golf Club.

We are most fortunate that Jacqui Chard – NCSC Deputy Director for Defence and National Security has kindly offered to speak at the meeting.

Please be aware that this is Cheltenham Gold Cup day so accommodation will be at a premium if staying over.

Details will also be updated at the AFCEA website;

Automotive cyber security sector offer

The Cyber Security Export Strategy commits DIT to focusing on exports in a range of sectors, from financial services through to automotive. As part of this we are developing new marketing material to support sector engagements and the first to be produced is an automotive sector brochure (attached). Designed in consultation with the Cyber Security Export Working Group the two-page brochure is designed to give potential buyers a quick overview of what the challenge is and why the UK could be the solution. Most recently we ran an automotive focused trade mission to Japan and will be working up options for more activity focused on this sector.

These brochures will be used to support sector-specific trade missions and other engagements and will be updated over time. We plan to roll them out to the six sectors identified in the Cyber Security Export Strategy over the coming months.

Tech Nation Cyber

Tech Nation Cyber is a national scale-up programme for the cyber security sector, aimed at ambitious tech companies ready for growth at home and abroad. Offering peer-to-peer learning, masterclasses led by expert scale coaches, meetups, and an international trip, the programme will provide cyber security scale-ups with invaluable skills, a powerful network – including peers, investors and potential clients – and the ability to implement changes to help their companies grow.

Tech Nation Cyber is seeking applications from fast-growth UK start-ups with seed to Series A funding, or £500,000 revenue, and 10+ employees, to join its growth programme, led by the UK’s most notable founders, CISOs and investors.

Forthcoming DIT events

A range of activity is planned for the coming months, with upcoming missions to Brazil and Madrid planned and others in the pipeline. We will be hosting delegations on the DIT pavilions at RSA in San Francisco in March and GISEC in Dubai in April, alongside other activity in the margins. We also expect to host some foreign governments and buyers with an interest in UK commercial cyber security capabilities shortly, and further information on this will follow in the coming weeks.

Wider DIT events can be found here, alongside details for DIT ministers’ travel.

Financial support for exports

We recognise that finance for exporting can sometimes be difficult. UK Export Finance is the UK’s Export Credit Agency and a Government Department, with nearly 100 years’ experience in helping buyers globally to purchase goods and/or services from the UK. The UK Government has an ambition that no viable trade with the UK should fail for lack of finance or insurance. UKEF help ensure that purchases of capital goods and/or services from the UK are supported with attractive financing terms. This support is predominantly through the provision of guarantees that facilitate loans to overseas buyers to purchase supplies from UK exporters as part of an overall contract package. UKEF guarantees (typically 100% and unconditional) commit the full faith and credit of the UK Government and can support exports for any size of company and across all sectors, from capital goods to services and intangibles such as intellectual property or licenses.

For further information please contact:

As part of the government’s efforts to support UK exporters through digital tools, a cyber security sector page has launched online. Part of the website, it showcases UK cyber security firms to potential overseas buyers, as well as providing information and guidance to UK firms at all stages of their exporting journey. We would encourage all UK cyber security businesses to register on it.

Alongside this UK companies can register their business on the Cyber Exchange directory.

Developing digital roads and improving air quality (feasibility study and development or pilot, 2 phases): SBRI competition

  • Highways England is funding 2 parallel competitions for solutions and ideas designed for use on UK roads. This competition is for unproven feasibility projects (low TRL).
  • Competition opens: Monday 11 February 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 1 May 2019 12:00pm
  • Read more here


North East IoT challenge – Things Connected

  • Things Connected North East consists of free-to-use LoRaWAN and Sigfox gateways deployed across North East and Tees Valley for the use of testing, experimentation, demonstration and piloting of IoT products and services.
  • Why you should get involved?: This is a unique opportunity for startups and scaleups to solve real life challenges whilst developing revenue-generating products and services.
  • Who should apply?: Startups and scaleups who have an interest in developing their business technically and commercially through IoT technology and exposure to real-life challenges set by public and corporate partners.
  • Open date: Mar 22, 2018
  • Close date: Mar 30, 2019
  • Read more here


Police custody welfare, remote screening and monitoring system: SBRI competition

  • Organisations can apply for a share of £150,000, including VAT, to develop an integrated remote monitoring and screening solution for the care of people in custody
  • Police Scotland is seeking an integrated technological solution that can remotely monitor individuals and provide an early warning and intervention alert system. This should improve custody health and welfare outcomes.
  • The solution will ideally have: 1) a biometric capability to allow healthcare professionals to carry out remote consultations; 2) The ability to indicate whether any potential internal concealment presents a clinical risk
  • Deadline: Wednesday 20th March 2019, 12.00pm
  • Read more here. 


Government Office for Science – UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme

The Government Office for Science offers UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence communities. The Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure, Department for Transport, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Home Office, and the National Cyber Security Centre are among the organisations represented in the programme.  Closing date is Monday 1 April and further information can be found here.

Latin America and the Caribbean UK Roadshow

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Pegasus Business Park, East Midlands Airport DE74 2TZ
Date: 26 March 2019

Attend this free event for experienced UK exporters and gain a unique insight into business opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to attend the East Midlands leg of this year’s Latin America and the Caribbean UK Roadshow as it makes its way across the UK during 25-29 March 2019.

By attending, you will hear from senior Latin America and Caribbean experts who will be showcasing the very latest business opportunities in these vibrant markets. Companies will also benefit from dedicated 1-2-1 meetings to obtain up-to-date information on opportunities within their specific industry.

The roadshow will look at opportunities in the following markets:

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Peru
  • Mexico

Why attend?

The Latin America and Caribbean region is home to over 650 million people where growing economies are demanding ever-higher quality products and services. British companies have seen their business expand in the region in recent years and we fully expect this growth to continue. Political change in the region means that Latin America and the Caribbean is more open to UK business than ever.

There are particularly strong opportunities in:

•  Education
•  Financial Services
•  Food & Drink
•  Healthcare
•  Infrastructure
•  Marine
•  Mining
•  Oil & Gas
•  Renewables
•  Security


See here for details on how you can attend. Please note, places are free but limited and the registration deadline is February 28th, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For any other enquiries contact or call 0117 906 4574.

Iraq: New Land of Opportunity? Meet the British Ambassador

18 March | 09:00-13:00 | iCentrum, Birmingham

You are invited to join Mr Jon Wilks, CMG, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, and his Department for International Trade colleagues to explore the opportunities for business in this market… 

This is an exciting time for doing business in Iraq. Perceptions of the country are dominated by conflict and security concerns. But look deeper: Daesh has been territorially defeated and the security situation is stabilising. Exports of goods and services from the UK are increasing (reaching £0.5bn in 2017). So the opportunity is there for UK firms to get into this market early – not least through UK Export Finance which has been offering support in the market since 2017 and recently completed £1bn of business, with more will follow.

To reflect the close ties between the UK and Iraq, our Embassy in Baghdad has been working with the new Iraqi government to boost our economic partnership. Priorities for the next 4 years have been identified in the following sectors:

  • oil & gas
  • power
  • infrastructure
  • security & defence
  • healthcare and life sciences
  • education
  • financial & business services
  • technology
  • retail
  • agriculture

The international community is also increasing its activity in Iraq, which is creating opportunities for aid-funded business. And donors are moving into the economic space to create the conditions to stimulate the private sector and improve the ease of doing business.

So whilst Iraq is still a challenging business environment, the opportunities are there and the British Embassy and DIT Iraq are on hand to help. Come along to our event on 18 March and hear from the Ambassador and his team direct.


09:00-09:30 – Registration and refreshments
09:30-09:35 – Welcome from DIT Midlands Engine
09:35-09:55 – Business environment in Iraq – Mr Jon Wilks CMG Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq
09:55-10:15 – Doing business in Iraq – DIT Iraq
10:15-10:30 – HE links between UK & Iraq: Prof Colin Raban
10:30-10:45 – Company case-study
10:45-11:05 – Refreshment break
11:05-12:05 – Panel discussion / Q & A
12:05-13:00 – Networking lunch

Register today to secure your free ticket. 

For those of you who may be attending and/or exhibiting at the DSEI event in September, the event team are running a series of regional briefing events:-

1. Southampton
Date: Friday 15 March
Time: 0900-1300hrs

2. Newport
Date: Monday 18 March
Time: 0900-1300hrs

3. Bristol
Date: Monday 25 March
Time: 0900-1300hrs

So if you are interested in seeing how you can get the most out of DSEI you can book in at: