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


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.