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Sopra Steria confirmed as Bronze sponsors of CyNam 20.2

Sopra Steria are a European leader in digital transformation providing one of the most comprehensive portfolios of end to end service offerings on the market: Consulting, Systems Integration, Software Development, Infrastructure Management and Business Process Services.

CyNam are proud to annouce that Sopra Steria are also the bronze sponsor of CyNam 20.2, a unique and exciting online broadcast event hosted by CyNam – registration will be opening very soon, so watch this space!

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LORCA Confirmed as silver sponsor for CyNam 20.2

CyNam is proud to announce the Silver sponsors for our virtual event, CyNam 20.2 “The Changing Scene of Cyber” are LORCA.

LORCA is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. It’s delivered by Plexal, an innovation centre and coworking space, with support from Deloitte and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies.

Our first virtual event is on June 18 – watch this space for further details!

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Capita PLC confirmed as headline sponsor for CyNam 20.2!

We are thrilled to announce Capita PLC as the Gold sponsor for this summer’s CyNam 20.2.

As headline sponsors of this exciting global broadcast event, Capita will also be joining us to deliver a talk on the theme for this event – The Changing Scene of Cyber.

We look forward to inviting you to register for this broadcast over the next few weeks as well as announcing our special guest speaker from Capita – watch this space!

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New speaker announced – Madeline Howard

The first CyNam networking event of the year, CyNam 20.1, will be held on Thursday 5th March at Cheltenham Racecourse. We are pleased to welcome Madeline Howard, Socio-Technical Engagement Manager at Cygenta to our growing line-up of speakers for the evening.

As specialists in cyber security culture, Cygenta understand that security means having digital, human, and physical aspects working in harmony. With this in mind, Madeline will be discussing why it is important for organisations to support and empower individuals to report security issues. Her talk will provide a fresh perspective on security awareness and culture with a specific focus on recognising positive security behaviours.

To join us and Madeline for CyNam 20.1, you can reserve your free seat here: We look forward to you joining us!

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The new CyNam networking event is coming soon

With 2020 well underway, it means that a new CyNam networking event is coming soon! The first of the year, CyNam 20.1, will be taking place on Thursday 5th March at the Cheltenham Racecourse. You can reserve your space here:

Joining us in our line-up of speakers for the evening will be Joe Giddens. Head of Content, Concepts and Community at London cyber security and data analytics company, CybSafe.

With our topic for the evening being ‘The Human Element of Cyber Technology’, former Metropolitan Police Cybercrime Unit detective Joe will be exploring why most cyber security behaviour campaigns fail.

He’ll be looking closer at how human cyber risk has changed over time, what security interventions are most effective at reducing risk, and crucially, what we can do to make our next campaign a success.

As always, tickets are free but limited. You can register your place from our Eventbrite page

We look forward to you joining us again soon!

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Introducing our first ‘Cyber Start-up’ sponsor

With less than a month to go until the next CyNam networking event, we would like to thank our very first ‘Cyber Start-up’ sponsor – CybSafe!

This newly formed sponsorship category provides an opportunity for us to shine the spotlight on smaller cyber technology companies and CybSafe fits the bill perfectly.

As a next generation online cyber security awareness platform, CybSafe measures what people know about security, security habits, and cyber risk. Using a combination of AI, machine learning, intelligent phishing simulation, and security interventions, CybSafe helps businesses to improve cyber security attitudes and improve the culture and attitudes towards security of the people within it.

So, join us for CyNam 20.1 on Thursday 5th March at the Cheltenham Racecourse to learn more about CybSafe in our Cyber showcase.

To join in with the discussion, you’ll need to register a space. Seats are limited, so act fast to reserve your place

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First speaker announced for CyNam 20.1!

As we count down the weeks to the opening CyNam networking event for 2020, we’re delighted to announce our first speaker joining us on March 5th.

Emma, Head of Advice and Guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), will be delivering her presentation, ‘The People Side of Cyber Security’.

Security is a complex, sociotechnical system. Yet, while the technical side of cyber security is prioritised, it is often at the expense of the important role that humans play.

At CyNam 20.1, Emma will be sharing what the NCSC is doing in this space, and how businesses can be helping people to develop better security practices, and meet some of their cyber security pain points.

Places for CyNam 20.1 are limited to 400 and we’d love for you to join us. Book you FREE place here:

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Tickets for CyNam 20.1: ‘The Human Element of Cyber Technology’ are now available!

On Thursday 5th March we are will be hosting our first #CyNam Headline event of 2020, this time at the iconic Cheltenham Racecourse. Doors to the UK’s largest regular cyber cluster event will open at 5.30pm and we have a stellar line up of Headline Speakers confirmed on the night.

CyNam 20.1 will be exploring the topic of ‘The Human Element of Cyber Technology’. From the fallibility of end-users and raising the “human firewall”, to the motivations of the malicious actors behind sophisticated attacks, the evening promises to be a deep-dive into this fascinating theme.

As always, tickets are free but limited by numbers and you can only reserve one ticket per person. Register your place for CyNam 20.1 now via our Eventbrite page here:

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Everything you need to know from CyNam 19.3

Author: InfoSec People

CyNam 19.3, the final headline event of 2019 took place on Thursday 10th October with a record turn-out. Focused on Operational Technology, “Virtual Threats, Operational Realities” dug deep into the very real, everyday threats facing organisations, both in and out of the cyber space. Very excitingly, over 70 students from local schools came along to learn more about careers in cyber, a great step towards addressing the need for engagement in the cyber sphere from a younger age and encouraging young people into careers in information security to help with the skills shortage across both the cyber and technology industries.

Here’s what you missed:

Simon Townsend, PWC – Simon Townsend opened his talk with “why is an accountant talking to me about Operational Technology?” A fair question, until you understand more about Simon’s background within cyber & GCHQ.

Simon spoke of his work to mitigate risks and create preventative measures in CNI. He also told us that the most famous SCADA in the world is Homer Simpson!

Connect with Simon here.


Neil Madden, ForgeRock – Neil Madden discussed Industrial IoT and the importance of understanding the growing risks surrounding this. Industrial devices are increasingly connected, so it is ever more important to understand what is connected and who or what is connecting them.

Authenticate all the things! Neil spoke of the importance of authentication and appropriate cryptography in preventing risks, along with the importance of eliminating insecure defaults, planning for upgrades and establishing trust. He’s also writing a book to be published next summer, which you can find here!

Connect with Neil here.


Tim Atkins, Cheltenham Borough Council – “Stop being good and strive for excellence”, Cyber Central is something which the team at CyNam is very excited about, and every time we meet Tim Atkins, he has more to tell us about the development. At CyNam 19.3 Tim spoke about just how integral Cyber Central will be to Gloucestershire and creating a future-proofed county with a thriving job market and genuine appeal for young people.

Tim envisages a space which he described as ‘not just another business park’, with a flourishing community and a design which may not be ‘Cheltenham-esque’. Innovation is what Gloucestershire needs in order to remain relevant, with focuses on carbon neutral space and modern design.

Importantly, cyber is crucial to the safety and success of all industry and Tim believes that this will transcend politics and Brexit, making now the perfect time to begin to focus more efforts on creating a truly world-class cyber hub in Cheltenham. This, Tim explained, is why the council spent £37.5m on a field!

Connect with Tim here.


Bruce Gregory, Hub8 – Another exciting fixture for Cheltenham’s dynamic cyber scene is Hub8, the newly opened town centre co-working space headed up by Bruce Gregory.

Boasting 7000sqft of the most innovative workspace in Cheltenham, Hub8 launched in September and is already so popular that Bruce’s team are planning their next venue, with plans to open in 2020!

You can find out more about Hub8 here and connect with Bruce here.


Thomas Ballin, Secarma – Thomas joined us for his first ever CyNam event to discuss both Secarma and BSidesCheltenham.

Secarma is a testing and training consultancy which ensures businesses digital infrastructures are secure from threats. Thomas told stories of his experiences in contextualising threats and the knowledge gaps we are still facing as an industry.  

BSides Cheltenham is part of one of the largest InfoSec events in the world and will be taking place on Thursday 5th December at The Queens Hotel. Find out more.

Connect with Thomas here.


Cavus Batki, EDF Energy – Cavus spoke to us about Hinkley Point C, a power station designed to significantly reduce carbon emissions. Beyond the positives, Hinkley Point C has faced its challenges from a security standpoint, including the changing political landscape and any number of balancing acts!

Connect with Cavus here.



We also heard from a couple of TOP SECRET specialists, but we can’t talk about that here. Join us at the next CyNam so you don’t miss a thing…

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Fantastic last headline CyNam event for 2019

A brilliant evening to wrap up the headline CyNam events for 2019!

A huge thank you to everyone who made Thursday night’s CyNam 19.3 event such a success. It was a fantastic evening for a very diverse audience to network, innovate and collaborate and help continue to build and develop the Cheltenham cyber community.

Thank you also to our incredibly generous sponsors: BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Sopra Steria, Hazlewoods for making the evening possible and to our speakers: Simon Townsend from PwC UK, Neil M. from ForgeRock, Tim Atkins from Cheltenham Borough Council, Bruce Gregory from Hub 8, Thomas Ballin from Secarma Ltd, the team at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Cavus Batki from EDF Energy and the senior representative from the National Cyber Security Centre.

Following this, we would like to encourage you to continue giving generously to the fantastic charity GDA who we have been supporting in the run-up and during 19.3. Please help us support them in all the amazing work they do:

Once again thank you to the fantastic CyNam Board of Directors and to you the community for all your support. We can’t wait to welcome you back next year for CyNam 20.1!