Cheltenham Cyber Business Park Talk

Jeremy Williamson from Cheltenham Development Task Force (an advisory body to Cheltenham Borough Council) will give a talk on the proposed Cheltenham Cyber Business Park to be constructed on the west of the town close to GCHQ. This is an exciting prospect for those connected and already working in Cheltenham’s security and technical community. Jeremy will explain the proposal in detail including the all important timelines. He’ll also ask for input from the very people that will be the end users – us!  

2nd Speaker for CyNam 17.4 Announced

Graeme Simpson from Roke will be talking about the challenges facing the adoption of autonomous vehicles in the UK and how manufacturers can make sure future vehicles are cyber secure. Graeme Simpson has enjoyed a 20 year career in IT industry, most of that spent in what would now be called Cyber Security. His work has taken him from hot and hostile Middle Eastern deserts, to African jungles and the dustier but rather less dangerous corridors of UK Government. He currently works at Roke as Business Area Lead for Cyber Protection.

CyNam at GCHQ/Wayra Event

CyNam board members were privileged to be invited to the GCHQ-Wayra Cyber Accelerator event in Cheltenham on the evening of 9 November. The Cyber Accelerator is part of the £1.9bn National Cyber Security Strategy announced by the Chancellor and the event offered an opportunity to welcome them to Cheltenham.

The nine emerging companies are leaders in their sector and were keen to introduce themselves to the emerging cyber eco system in the area and the unique opportunities Cheltenham offers cutting-edge tech start-ups.

The event was attended by the mayor of Cheltenham, council leaders, members of academia from Gloucester University, government representatives from DCMS, Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham and local investors and businessmen.

Footage of the event can be seen on ITV News South West on 10 November at 18:00.

First Speaker Announced for CyNam 17.4

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The first of our speakers for the final CyNam event of the year on Thursday  30 November has been announced.  Andy Monaghan from Context IS will talk about security blunders found in previous product security evaluations and provide pointers to ensure products do make make front page news for all the wrong reasons.  

Andy has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry covering a variety of roles such as IT technician, software engineer, technical and security consultant in both public and private sectors. His current role involves finding flaws in software and hardware using skills in reverse engineering (ARM, MIPS), vulnerability research and exploit development.

CyNam Patent Workshop

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Albright LLP hosted an interesting and informative workshop on patenting software at their premises on 2 November. Those attending commented on how useful and valuable it was and also how much it had alerted them to the fact that it is a very real and sometime ambiguous issue that requires clarifying when applied to anything technical. Albright, in the capable hands of patent attorney, Freddie Noble, were able to do this explaining in clear and simple terms the issues that arise when designing and inventing software.  

Our thanks to Albright for hosting and for making the event such a success.

Cheltenham Cyber Business Park Talk

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Jeremy Williamson from Cheltenham Development Task Force (an advisory body to Cheltenham Borough Council) will give a talk on the proposed Cheltenham Cyber Business Park to be constructed on the west of the town close to GCHQ. This is an exciting prospect for those connected and already working in Cheltenham’s security and technical community. Jeremy will explain the proposal in detail including the all important timelines. He’ll also ask for input from the very people that will be the end users – us!  If you’d like to attend please click here to sign up.  

Date: Tuesday 21 November

Time: 15:00-17:00

Place: Pittville Room, Municipal Offices, Promenade Cheltenham GL50 9SA

CyNam - Patent Workshop

Patent protection for software is a complicated, uncertain and controversial business. The aim of this session is to explain the status of the law and enable you to understand what computer-implemented inventions might be protectable and in what countries. DATE AND TIME

Thu 2 November 2017 15:00 – 17:00 BST

LOCATION

Albright Patents LLP Bayshill Road Cheltenham GL50 3BA

If you are interested in attending please click here

CyNam - Speakers Confirmed.

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The final two speakers for the CyNam event on 28 September have now been confirmed. They are: Graham Mitchell who is a qualified business psychologist. He is a former Director of People & Performance with an award winning legal recruitment company and has a wealth of people management experience. Proven to have a substantial impact on key business outcomes Employee Engagement isn’t a nice to have, it’s a hard-nosed commercial essential, yet 80% of employees are still not actively engaged? Graham is going to share his thoughts on why this is the case and outlines steps to enhance that engagement.

 

Andrew McClelland, Director for Strategic Development from Silver is going to discuss setting up a brand and how cyber security and IT companies are marketing themselves in the current very fast paced climate.

CyNam 17.3 - first speakers announced

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The next CyNam event on 28 September welcomes:  

James Geary from Randall and Payne who will give a brief explanation as to how R&D Tax Credits can help IT and cyber technology businesses to grow and fund the development of their unique offerings.  The talk will focus primarily on practical case studies to illustrate how the tax credits are much more accessible and wide-ranging than many people believe.

 

Ian Maxted, Digital Investigations and Intelligence Manager of Gloucestershire Police who will explain how the constabulary are at the forefront of digital research and development on behalf of all the forces in the UK. His talk will focus on the challenges faced by law enforcement, the extent of cyber crime and how we can protect ourselves.

More speakers will be announced here soon!

 

 

Government Cyber Survey

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have launched a survey of cyber security companies to inform some of the work they are doing around the size of the UK's cyber sector. It is an important piece of work for them and the information gathered will be used to shape future interventions to support cyber companies. They would really appreciate input from companies. If you have 10 minutes to spare, please complete the survey by clicking here. Surveys to be completed by 31 August.

CyNam 17.3 has arrived!

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The third CyNam event of 2017 gets under way on Thursday 28 September at Jury’s Inn, Cheltenham. Once again it is proving enormously popular. We have another set of engaging and interesting talks lined up with the speakers being announced as soon as they are confirmed. Please watch this space for further details.  

If you or your company would like to sponsor the event or give a presentation, please get in touch.

CyNam Workshop - Patents for Software ***POSTPONED***

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****POSTPONED**** A new date in the autumn will be announced soon

Patent protection for software is a complicated, uncertain and controversial business. The aim of this session is to explain the status of the law and enable you to understand what computer-implemented inventions might be protectable and in what countries.

DATE AND TIME

Thu 20 July 2017 15:00 – 17:00 BST

LOCATION

Albright Patents LLP Bayshill Road Cheltenham GL50 3BA

If you are interested in attending please click here

CyNam Workshop - IP Untangled

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A lively introduction to patents, trade marks and designs. Robert Games and Freddie Noble, chartered patent attorneys from Albright IP, explain what you can protect, how to go about it, and give some good business advice based on illustrated examples.

DATE AND TIME

Thu 29 June 2017 15:00 – 17:00 BST

LOCATION

Albright Patents LLP Bayshill Road Cheltenham GL50 3BA

If you'd like to sign up please click here