Cyber Skills And Growth In The Industry

Salus Cyber is a community-focused cyber business and provides consultancy to impart expert advice on how a company can maximise strategy, increase profits, add value, and resolve issues. Cyber Security consultancy supports all those key elements and acts as a critical friend to a business dealing with complex issues where they lack internal capacity.

Salus was founded on strong values, integrity, accountability, and trust. These are the core factors that need to be considered when looking to the future and the next generation of talent within the industry.

The explicit needs of other businesses are significantly different to Cyber due to the regulatory requirements of NCSC in the CHECK space. Currently, most graduates entering the industry have specific skillsets based on their courses but not the general skills which are fundamental to understanding the wider cyber security implications of a business. Due to this, one of the biggest challenges being faced is that there is no natural fit from the University/Education pathways to provide Cyber businesses with the skillsets they require.

There is an ever-increasing number of pathways (Cyber degrees) however the critical elements such as penetration testing are not covered to the extent required by the industry, this is due to the ever-changing requirements and technologies which is something Cyber businesses need to consider due to the time and training required.

One of Salus’ graduate consultants, Cameron Doran, entered the industry through a Cyber degree pathway and provided insight into the process:

Brief overview of the University course

I undertook a four-year degree based on building the required skills to be able to perform a security audit of computer networks and systems. The course also built knowledge on how to prevent certain cyber-attacks from happening and included three modules based on ethical hacking.

Why I considered the course?

The reason I decided to do this University course, as opposed to another similar course was because this course covered the fundamentals to be able to progress into any sector of cyber-security. While the course did focus on learning how to perform a penetration test, the course also investigated areas such as, learning how to do coding with C++ (focusing on Data Structures and Algorithms), Digital Forensics (hard-disk drives and mobile phones), and Computer Networking (OSI Model, network traffic analysing, mapping a network). The course opened a lot of doors for exploring and discovering what areas of cyber-security I enjoyed and then in my final year allowed me to focus my honours project on that area. Another benefit of going through a University course is that there are plenty of opportunities to do work placements through the University. Being able to do these types of work placements will enhance your chances of getting a foot in the door.

I decided to do this course because during high school, the subject I enjoyed doing the most was computer science. This led to me wanting to pursue a career in computing. The reason for going into the cyber-security industry (specifically penetration testing) was because it seemed like the area that would open the most doors and a sector that was growing in demand. I also personally enjoy the challenge of a field that is constantly changing with new skills and concepts to learn.

Salus have continuously enabled new starters in cyber security to get high-quality work-related experience and a professional career pathway. Additionally, we hope to take on 1 – 2 apprentices through the University of Gloucestershire and CyberFirst whilst advising school children on how to get into the industry by sending books to them to help assist their journey.

Salus understands that to retain a healthy consulting team, a combination of graduates, senior consultants and experiences from other industry sectors which have links to Cyber are required to ensure we can continuously adapt to the specific needs of our clients. This includes having technical assessors appointed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to ensure that the skills within the UK market remain at the cutting edge and contributing to the work of an industry assessment body (The Cyber Scheme and the Cyber Trust) to give back and support the development of standards in the sector

Another challenge being faced within the Cyber industry is retention. The average length of an employee’s time with a company in the UK is just under 3 years and for Cyber it is even shorter. When factoring in development and continuous training, a Cyber business will usually have approximately 2 years of output from a consultant which brings into consideration the return on investment (ROI) cost issues associated. Salus has invested heavily in new talent and developing the next generation of specialists, seeing a 54% growth in its workforce over the past year, being able to pair this with a healthy work culture is vital to retaining this talent and limiting the challenges faced.

When looking out towards the next 5 years and how the industry will shape its approach towards recruitment, the main factor to consider is the technologies that will be in play. With the rise in automation, digital twins and artificial intelligence, the risk is that there will be a delta between humans learning to do a trade craft when during significant parts of their career it is machines that will do most of the work. The question which needs answering is, how do you become a specialist in a field when people don’t want to use you as a practitioner? The ability to keep humans in the lifecycle moving forward is going to the be the biggest challenge faced by the Cyber industry.

Does the future look bright? The answer is yes but;

The advance of technology across all facets of society and life provides significant benefits to all of us and needs to be embraced by all businesses. Alongside that comes the responsibility for effective assurance and security to be provided to protect the users of that technology.  The NCSC highlighted its views on the future of technology assurance in the UK and it promotes the concept of continual assurance through the life of the product or service.  

This means we must all think differently when embracing new technology but also be clear about how we maintain an effective understanding of risk within our current and legacy technologies which still prop up significant parts of society. An annual MOT type approach to cyber assurance testing will not be adequate to mitigate the growing business risks we face and have seen in real terms with the growth of Ransomware and data theft over the past few years.

Those that see criminal or political opportunity in the vulnerabilities in technology are growing their capabilities.  This has always been the case, but the digital world allows much more flexibility in how, when, and where from to ply that tradecraft. Cyber Security needs to grow and keep one step ahead of these challenges for the rest of society to have confidence in the services and systems they use. 

Salus lives the continual assurance life in how it functions, operates, and seeks to promote that with its clients and partners. We also seek to attract diverse talent that can define and develop new concepts and methodologies around technology assurance and embrace the different skills and experience they bring to enrich the team.  Cyber Security is a great industry to work in and provides significant professional development opportunities across a diverse range of technologies and services and a huge sense of reward in helping businesses manage risk better.  


Agri-Tech Discovery Update

Agri-Tech is an emerging area of interest within the cyber security sector, and is starting to transform UK food systems. With 78% of farmers across the UK using some form of AgriTech, it’s vital to understand the security and risk components that lie within these technologies. The 2022 Government Food Strategy identifies innovation as a key component in meeting its economic and sustainably objectives. 

Agriculture and food production is a major sector in Gloucestershire and a key part of the regional economy. It is also the home of two leading Universities specialising in the future of agriculture, Hartpury University and the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), the selected site for what is currently described as the world’s largest vertical farm[8], and the largest concentration of cyber technology businesses in the country.

 Inevitably increased digitisation brings with it a corresponding cyber security threat. CyNam (Cyber Cheltenham) has therefore created a discovery project to bring together stakeholders from the Agri-Tech and Cyber communities to better understand the challenges and opportunities in this space.

Click here to read the latest version of the ‘Agri-Tech Discovery Data & Threat Model report’AgriTech Discovery – Threat & Data Model UPDATE


CyNam 2022 Wrap-Up

What a year…

As we round off 2022, we have taken some time out to reflect on all the amazing achievements we have made. This year has been our most successful yet, and we have grown both our team and our community massively. Our internal team grew from 3 to 5 welcoming CyNam’s first Skills and Growth Lead, and Marketing Apprentice. We have worked with over 150 industries and around 4000 students over the year, developing and deepening connections within the community.

Here’s to 2023 and all the exciting opportunities it holds. We hope you have a happy and healthy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Madeline Howard- Chairperson at CyNam:

“Being the Chairperson of CyNam is a huge privilege, but being able to work alongside such a wonderful high performing team, well that is the real privilege. CyNam has achieved a lot in the last year as we’ve edged out of the pandemic and back to normality. It’s hard to pick one moment that I’m the most proud of. Each CyNam team member has given me multiple hairs standing up proud moments. I’d have to say it’s the stuff you don’t see that I’m most proud of. It’s the grit, the determination to do the right thing, and the passion to engage a community, drive growth and inspire a new generation that I’m most proud of. The CyNam team really is built of superhumans. I don’t think anyone in the industry will really fully appreciate how much the team cares about them, their organisations and the local ecosystem.”

Richard Yorke- Managing Director at CyNam:

It has been an honour to be CyNam’s managing director for another year! This year has been full of so many highlights, including Cyber Horizons and Empower events plus numerous Cyber days in schools across the county reaching upwards of 4,000 students. I’m very proud that Gloucestershire continues to lead the way in terms of the number of Cyber First Schools and thanks to the great work of the CyNam team we have more schools lined up to become recognised next year.

We’ve also seen a significant increase in the number of cyber apprentices and young adults studying cyber and computing degrees at the regional Universities which is a good measure of our impact of work… to inspire the next generation.

Another highlight was hosting a range of events over the year hitting key components of our ecosystem. We secured UKC3 funding to enable engagement with the Agri-Tech and Food production sector. The project is in progress and we are building a good understanding of how the opportunities for the cyber ecosystem to protect this critical sector.

CyNam 22.1 at Pittville Pump Rooms was another highlight. Over 350 people attended including visitors from Canada and the Cheltenham Culture Board. There were some fantastic talks, including a super keynote from Priya Guha discussing ‘Why ecosystems matter’. But it was the young, next generation talent that stole the show with their Apprenticeship panel.

I also connected CyNam with UKC3 and under my tenure as Chair, because of this it has seen formal recognition of 13 cyber clusters covering most parts of the UK.

The List could go on, but without the support of everyone that is part of CyNam none of this would be possible, so a massive thank you to my team and I look forward to see what 2023 has in store for us!”

Charlotte Smith – Enterprise Co-ordinator:

“What a year! Where do I start…

Lets kick it off with the number of school students we have engaged with from March 2022 as a result of Covid. Approximately a whopping 4000**,** with ages ranging from different age groups from 11- 20 years until December 2022. We also have 20 Stem Cyber Ambassadors that have completed induction and DBS or awaiting the finalise the process covering the South West with more being attracted as we build our relationships with CWS and the Careers Hubs in the South West.

At present we have 8 Cyber First Gold Schools/Colleges in Gloucestershire out of a total of 17 in the UK, 6 Silver out of 28, and 2 Bronze out of 11. But we have not only been working in Gloucestershire… but we are now spreading into the wider South West region where we work with Techspark and Graphic Science. We have then added, 5 Bronze schools dotted throughout Cornwall, Wiltshire, Devon and Bristol and then another 6 Silver to the Cyberfirst Contract!

We also can’t forget about the 15 non- Cyber First schools we have engaged with, where we have started serious conversations and hope that more can be achieved. In the wider south west I would suggest the number of serious conversations is also about the same!

Let’s walk the walk and change lives. Here’s to 2023!”

Daisy North- Marketing Executive Apprentice:

I joined CyNam in August 2022 as their first apprentice, and my first job in the industry. And what an amazing experience it has been so far! I have been exposed to so many opportunities and met so many new people! So far I have attended 6 events we have hosted and been involved with all marketing around them. I have been pushed to achieve the best of my ability and made to feel very valued within the team. I feel very blessed to say I am a part of such an amazing organisation and I look forward to see what next year has in store for CyNam and be involved with all the excitement from the start. Roll on 2023, well done to the whole team, you should all be proud!

Eleanor Hardman- Ecosystem Engagement and Events Lead:

“2022 you have been amazing! 2022 has been the biggest year for CyNam in terms of event delivery and ecosystem engagement activities. We have levelled up how we bring our community together and we look forward to hosting bigger and better things in 2023. In total, we have delivered 24 events this year which all fall into our three pillar criteria which are as followed: Cyber Tech ecosystem development- 8, Cyber innovation and growth- 7, and Cyber skills and growth- 9

My event highlights of events are as followed:

International Women’s Day:

To help spread the word and capture the spirit of International Women’s Day, we teamed up with Savient, Bamboo Technology, and Hub8 to help celebrate the incredible female talent in the cyber tech industry in Gloucestershire. We went live with a campaign on social media asking for inspirational women nominations, and then we invited them to a celebratory event! It was so heartwarming to see so many incredible women in the same room, reflecting on their endless successes.

CyNam 22.2 – Web3: Worldwide Wellbeing or Worldwide Weapon?

Our June headline event saw us partner with the Cheltenham Festivals team to bring our community an evening of arcade fun and thought provoking conversation about all things web3, blockchain and decentralisation. It was amazing to be part of the Science Festival agenda.

Personally… I have 2 standout highlights. Becoming a mentor to an Apprentice from the Hub8 team, and becoming a mentor and Line-Manager to our own legendary Daisy North.

Clare Bourne – Head of Delivery, Innovation & Growth at CyNam :

“It’s been a year of exploration both internally as an organisation and externally as a community. It’s been great to get back into our stride post-pandemic engaging the next generation of cyber professionals with our work experience programme and also the return of the Empower event”

Other highlights of the year include venturing into new areas such as agritech, and taking CyberFirst deeper into the South West, as well building the foundations for an investment community here in Gloucestershire”

Bruce- Director at CyNam:

“My highlight of the year has to be EmPower Cyber! The glitter, the pink, the music, the dancing, the surprise, the energy, the noise. It’s an event that is trailblazing cyber to be more diverse, more inclusive, and more progressive.”

Reid Derby- Strategic Director at CyNam:

“We kicked off 2022 by hosting Amy MacBeath right at the start of the year. She was with us as a volunteer to help us write our strategy. Amy has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters student in cybersecurity at Oxford and a management consultant at McKinsey at the time of volunteering. As a result of Amy’s help we were able to produce a high quality strategy for CyNam and give Amy valuable experience of the community.” Find out more about Amy here LINK

Chris Dunning-Walton- Director at CyNam:

“What a year! So many highlights and fantastic achievements across 2022 for CyNam. Stand-out moments included the epic jazz band in Pittville Pump Rooms after a phenomenal Cynam 22.1 in collaboration with IBM with 400 attendees. Another highlight was the start of our investor events and seeing us successfully build momentum in the space. And of course, the rockstar effort with EmPowerCyber to round off the year. It is humbling to see such an impact within the community being achieved by a small, but incredibly dedicated and talented team who are unified by a vision and purpose to see Cheltenham and the surrounding regions reach their potential as the capital for cyber security innovation in the UK. Here is to making 2023 an even more exciting year for everyone involved after a well earned break!”

The biggest highlight for the team:

On the 25th November EmPowerCyber 2022 was a real tear-jerker! We had the absolute privilege of delivering not only one event in our home turf but also working with our friends at CyberNorth to deliver the second event in Newcastle. A prime example of sharing best practices! Both events captured the imaginations of 1,300 Y8 girls and showcased the possibilities that a career in cyber security and technology can offer you. There was glitter, music, drones, and a huge amount of fun in the room! We’re constantly trying to change how the cyber security industry is perceived and we’re sure EmPowerCyber did this in bucket loads! We had the absolute privilege of working alongside nearly 40 organisations, universities, and government departments to excite and inspire the girls…..dare I say see you next year?

Check out the highlights from the day:

We want to take this opportunity to thank our community, supporters, sponsors and partners again for your ongoing support. We can’t wait to bring you bigger and better things in 2023 and continue to make a positive impact within our community.


CACI becomes our Next Generation and Diversity Sponsors

CyNam are pleased to welcome CACI to our journey to inspire the next generation.

By providing sponsorship and support, CACI aims to help students find out more about the industry and all the opportunities available.

We are excited to be working with the team at CACI as our Next Generation and Diversity Sponsors.

Cathy Sutherland, Head of IIG at CACI Ltd:

“We are delighted to be a Next Generation and Diversity Champion for CyNam. We are passionate about building a generation of Cyber professionals that are more socially equitable and accessible across the ecosystem.”

From the team at CACI:


“CACI are proud to support the next generation of cyber professionals by becoming a Next Generation & Diversity Champion. Our culture is built through our people and their relationships with our partners & customers. We look forward to working with CyNam to support the cyber ecosystem.”


Atkins become CyNam’s Strategic Partner for 2023

We’re delighted to announce that Atkins has become CyNam’s Strategic Partner for 2023. 

Atkins are a key player in the Cheltenham Cyber Community and regularly supports work to inspire and create opportunities for the next generation.

We are looking forward to growing the company with the support of Akins and seeing what opportunities and ideas we can collaborate on within the next year.

James Partridge – Atkins quotes:

“Atkins are delighted to become CyNam’s 22/23 Strategic Partner. We look forward to deepening our connection with the flourishing Cyber ecosystem in Cheltenham, helping enrich the experience of local start-ups, partners, and clients.”

Richard Yorke – Managing Director of CyNam says:

“Working with Atkins as a strategic partnership enables us to follow and elaborate on our values which are: Community, creating inspiration, love, and peace, and doing what’s needed.”

Atkins’s generous sponsorship will assist Cynam and its community in achieving its strategic objectives and initiatives across all three pillars of cluster activity: Cyber Skills, Ecosystem Development, and Innovation Join Up


‘Who we are and what we do to the NCSC for Startups Alumni Week participants’ – CACI

CACI were delighted to be invited to introduce ourselves and give an overview of who we are and what we do to the NCSC for Startups Alumni Week participants. We spent the first hour of the day with an introduction to CACI and how we support our SME partners, helping them to navigate government contracts and comply with security requirements whilst also supporting their growth into wider ecosystems.

The rest of the day was spent in one to ones with the startups, discussing in greater detail what they do, what stage they are at and how we might be able to either partner with or support them in the future.


It was, for us, a very educational and fascinating day and we hope we had a positive impact on those individuals and businesses we spoke to. Supporting SME’s and partnering with other companies is a key facet of CACI’s strategy, and events such as the NCSC for Startups Alumni Week are a great opportunity for everyone to benefit from shared knowledge and access to decision makers across a wide range of the technology sphere.


Cyber Tech West – Launch Announcement

CyNam are excited at today’s announcement by CBI President, Brian McBride, regarding the launch of Cyber Tech West, a cluster that will bring together world-leading cyber and technology capability from across the West of England to drive economic growth, regional prosperity and better protect UK plc in the online sphere. 


As a key partner in Cyber Tech West, CyNam will work with CBI and regional stakeholders from across the public and private sectors to establish a cluster of both national and global significance, anchored in the West and underpinned by values of collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship. 



The Geography

This geography boasts a rich concentration of  anchor institutions, as well as a density of cyber expertise. The broader region is home to universities with world-leading expertise in cyber and related fields: University of Bristol, UWE, University of Gloucestershire, University of BathUniversity of Wolverhampton, University of Cardiff, University of OxfordDSTL MOD in Wiltshire and GCHQ / NCSC in Cheltenham, key government institutions, are based in the region with many primes and Tier 1s also having a strong presence, including Raytheon, BAE, NorthroGrumman, BT, CGI, Atkins, Sopra Steria, Deloitte, CACI, Roke, Airbus, Leonardo, and Qinetiq. 


The West is also home to a thriving Cyber Tech Start-up, Scale-up & SME community with over 75 companies actively growing in the region with
the NCSC for Start-ups program
supporting the growth and development of over 20 Cyber tech start-ups each year.



Building on initiatives already underway Cyber Tech West will deliver activity across 5 areas of focus

If you are a Cyber and Technology businesses and want to get involved to shape the initiatives, then please get in touch with us: 



CyNam MD, Rich Yorke says: “Since 2016 CyNam have been on a mission to grow the Cyber ecosystem by being the catalyst for cross sector collaboration, innovation, and skills development. 


We believe the conditions for long term, sustainable growth are in place with an extensive range of infrastructure and innovation assets, an amazing and growing talent pool, leading edge research & technological capability and investor engagement. Cyber Tech West aims build on this to activate greater innovation and investment. 



Cyber Tech West represents a clear opportunity to join up across the cyber, defence and national security communities to further establish the region and the wider UK as a global technology super-power and in doing so, drive meaningful economic growth that will engage and benefit the whole of society.


‘From Cheltenham to the world’ A summary of our epic trip to Lisbon

'From Cheltenham to the world’. A summary of our epic trip to Lisbon

Last month, team CyNam jetted off to Lisbon with a group of key stakeholders from the Cheltenham ecosystem. The aim of the trip was to experience first-hand Lisbon’s exciting tech start-up scene and learn about how it has transformed the city into a tech hub of international significance. 

So, what did we get up to whilst we were away?

Thanks to the brilliant organisation of Jeremy Bamberg and the Factory x HBD team, we had a jam-packed whistle stop tour of Lisbon.

Day 1:

We kicked off the trip with a bang. The first stop on our agenda was a trip to City Hall to meet Lisbon’s Mayor and Municipal Director of Innovation. This was a real eye opener into understanding the steps Lisbon have taken to put themselves on the map for innovation and start-up growth. Carlos Moedas (The Mayor) was also the former EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation. 

For some context… back in 2010, post financial crash, Lisbon was facing a crisis of high youth unemployment and little to no prospects for young, talented people. This was the key factor that, led to new entrepreneurs starting up tech companies, out of necessity. The city council recognised this and invested in a start-up incubator which became Start-up Lisboa, a focal point for the start-up scene to convene around. 

So, after our first stop, we headed over to the famous Carmo Rooftop for a relaxed start-up event. It was great to see such a range of organisations there and experience the beauty of Lisbon at night.

Day 2:

Our second day was the real showstopper. We had a day jam packed with site tours, educational talks and behind the scene event action.

The first stop on the agenda was a morning of ‘meeting the ecosystem’ at Factory Lisbon on a former military site in the Beato district. We were lucky enough to have a site tour of the flagship Factory building, followed by talks from local stakeholders who shared their stories and explored the importance of story-telling, community cohesion and stakeholder engagement. 

With everyone in the group now feeling fully inspired, we headed for our tour and concept pitch at Hub Criativo do Beato. During the tour, we were told about the concept of Factory’s development and how it is ‘more than just a building’. The building itself saw a disused military food manufacturing building (mainly used to produce cookies and pasta!) transform into an innovation hub oozing with potential for both the local and overseas population. The Hub Criativo is the surrounding area, which was kept at the forefront when the development began, meaning opportunities remained for both local residents and business stakeholders. A great example of what’s to come in Cheltenham.

And now for something really cool. Our final stop of the day before the main evening event was a visit to the Now_Beato co-working space to meet some inventors from the Jack the Maker lab. A huge thanks to the team for the awesome demos. Their office was like an inventors paradise! Check them out.

And last but not least…. The Europas. On our final evening of the trip, we all got suited and booted and headed over to the Opening Night of Web Summit & Night Summit.

A bit about the Europas:

Founded in 2009 by Mike Butcher, editor-at-large at TechCrunch, the Europas was originally formed to recognize and celebrate the innovation emerging from Europe’s burgeoning tech startup scene. In this year’s fourteenth edition a number of companies were shortlist for various awards, including our very own Immersive Labs, and we got to be there!

Day 3:

Before heading back to the airport, we soaked up the last of the sights in Lisbon and reflected on what we had learnt on the trip.

So, what were our key take away’s from the trip?

  • The importance of storytelling/celebrating and shouting about entrepreneurial/start up successes 
  • The importance of having a flagship, internationally recognised event such as Web Summit in bringing together tech entrepreneurs from across the globe
  • The importance of having an organisation that can bring the various ecosystem members together under a single “brand” to champions the ecosystem and any subsequent development work
  • How creativity must be allowed to flourish and challenge the status quo. We saw this on a big scale with Start-up Lisboa and Factory Lisbon but, also on the smaller scale with Jack the Maker

For us, it was great to see how disruptive developments can help drive innovation and community join up in an area. We look forward to seeing what continues to develop within Cheltenham.

Another huge thank you to our hosts Factory and to everyone we met along the way.

Adeus for now, Lisbon.


CyNamInvest02- Yes! You’ve got funding… now what?

In September 2022, we hosted our second investor event. CyNamInvest02 was part of an ongoing series of events and explored the realities a post investment world for founders, entrepreneurs and investors.

During the event, we heard from founders who discussed their their investment journeys and their realities of working with investors. We also heard from a range of other companies, from start ups and rapidly growing SME’s to established investors who also shared their experiences of funding rounds and their top tips for a successful investment process.

HCR, our headline sponsor from the event have answered all questions asked from the audience via Slido on the night. Tim Ward, a panellists from the investor panel has answered them to help continue the conversation. Take a look below and stay tuned for updates about CyNamInvest03.

When should you start thinking about creating an employee options pool?

It is never too early – if the business is successful and its value increases, so do the cost of options, but bear in mind there is a two-year qualifying period to get the tax break. An employee options pool attracts the key staff without you having to pay bonuses and links them to the right objectives that will help grow the business and its value. You should put aside what is agreed with your investor – possibly up to 15% – and maybe grant these over time as and when you recruit the right people or those you have, have proven their worth.

At what stage should founders and management teams start thinking about the next funding round or exit?

With so much uncertainty in the current climate, it is always better to be able to turn cash down than be desperate for it – if you are, you will never attract the best terms. Before exiting, you need to have a growth plan and be ready to progress it – you don’t want to receive offers without an understanding or agreement as to what can be done. So before you close a round, you should be preparing for the next.

How should investors be supportive in a rough patch? What to do if you have a rough patch?

It depends on the terms agreed, but founders should not be so onerous that they give an investor ultimate control at an early-stage business. Hiding issues will break trust so if something isn’t working, explain why and work collaboratively. I have often seen investors push out timeframes and put in a short term cashflow loan – this may leave founders diluted for the interim but they can always agree a follow-on i.e., if there is emergency funding to invest in further down the line and on the same terms.

What sort of due diligence will investors do on founders and what should you do on investors?

Investors, if sophisticated, will ask you to warrant a questionnaire so do not hide mistakes and bad deals – these will be known and if they find out about it, it can not only break the trust but trigger legal consequences. For founders, talk to other companies who have also received investment and ask candid questions. When speaking with investors directly, establish how supportive they can be, what doors they can open and who can they introduce you to. It’s important to game plan different outcomes at the outset.

What makes cybersecurity unique compared to other investments say in Ecommerce?

The cybersecurity market is a growing one, especially in a technology-driven business society – accelerated by the pandemic – where advancements in tech are growing exponentially. Investing in cybersecurity is certainly a necessary step and as for founders consider a) that cybersecurity is a specialist narrow field so produce has to be focused and b) how you can be different in a crowded space of providers.


Gloucestershire College and UWE Bristol join forces as CyNam Academic Sponsors 2022/2023

We are pleased to announce that our long-term academic partner Gloucestershire College has continued its sponsorship support of CyNam for another year.

Not only has Gloucestershire College pledged to continue its support of CyNam into 2023, but we are delighted to announce that the University of West of England (UWE) has partnered with Gloucestershire College as our academic sponsors for the coming year.


“We’re thrilled to sponsor CyNam for a third year running, and to further strengthen our partnership with UWE Bristol in what promises to be an exciting year. Our joint NCSC-accredited cyber degree apprenticeship continues to prove invaluable to employers and we look forward to launching the new Digital and Technology Solutions (DATS) degree apprenticeship in September 2023.”


“CyNam is a key driver in the region’s cyber skills growth agenda and our sponsorship reflects the continued alignment of our strategies and mission to attract, develop and retain talent in Gloucestershire.”


The key drivers for Gloucestershire College and UWE in further developing their relationship with CyNam have been the recent successes in engaging young people in not only the Cyber Apprenticeship Degree program but promoting the virtues of the level 3 & 4 apprenticeships too.


This year the plan is to further bolster the communications to employers about the value of Level 3 & 4 apprenticeships and upcoming new courses available as apprenticeships such as Software and Networking and DevOps.


And the effort doesn’t just stop at apprenticeships and young people – the Glos Col/UWE offer is open to more mature members who may be looking to reskill and retrain.


UWE is recognized by NCSC as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education and is committed to developing cyber security education across the region, through our teaching, research, outreach and industry engagement. We offer our MSc Cyber Security and BSc Cyber Security and Digital Forensics courses in Bristol, as well as our BSc Information Technology (Top Up) and our BSc Cyber Security Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship that both run in Cheltenham in conjunction with Gloucestershire College. We host a variety of events in the region to help upskill teachers and industry, as well as outreach events for school students including our Unlock Cyber events and our support of the CyberFirst Schools initiative.