7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition


2018 Cyber Security & Quantum Computing


Themed Symposium

Thursday 11th October 2018 (all day)

Malvern Theatres, Great Malvern, WR14 3HB

Cybersecurity is now a household term, with more and more security breaches affecting businesses and their customers around the world. In the wings, the disruptive new technology of quantum computing could make our current cryptography protocols redundant whilst introducing new approaches to digital security. Find out how cyber security is evolving and what's on the horizon as we tame the quantum world...

GU UKCSF 50pxhThe session will showcase cutting-edge developments from some of the UK's fastest growing and most advanced cyber security SMEs alongside thought provoking insights from multinational experts in the field. Symposium organised in collaboration with the UK Cyber Security Forum CIC.


The exhibition and symposium were free for all to attend. 


European Cyber Security Month

ECSM is the EU’s annual advocacy campaign that takes place in October and aims to raise awareness of cyber security threats, promote cyber security among citizens and provide up to date security information, through education and sharing of good practices.

@CyberSecMonth, #CyberSecMonth




VIP Networking Breakfast in the Cafe Bistro

Recruitment: Why it shouldn’t be a dirty word…

Opportunity to meet with others ahead of the day, and join the discussion around skills and recruitment in cyber security.

Kindly sponsored and hosted by Infosec People @InfoSecPeople


Registration & Exhibition Opens

Tour the exhibition ahead of the symposium.

@festivalofinnov #InnovateMalvern #cybersecurity #quantum #cryptography



Presentations begin in the auditorium

Dr Adrian Burden, Festival Founder & Managing Director of Innovate Malvern CIC @apburden

Dr Emma Philpott, Managing Director of UK Cyber Security Forum CIC @emphilpott



Quantum technologies and their implications for cyber security

Quantum technologies are new disruptive technologies in which fundamental aspects of quantum physics provides advantages over the current, conventional technology. Examples include quantum computing, sensing, imaging and communications. This presentation will provide a brief overview of what is being pursued in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme. The talk will also outline various example technologies and illustrate their "quantum advantages", before discussing their implications for the future of cyber security.

Professor Tim Spiller (Director, York Centre for Quantum Technologies & Director, Quantum Communications Hub)

Tim moved to York in 2014 as founding Director of the York Centre for Quantum Technologies and he is now also Director of the UK's Quantum Communications Hub. Prior to this he was at the University of Leeds in the roles of Head of the Quantum Information Group and Director of Research for the School of Physics and Astronomy.  Prior to 2009 Spiller was Director of Quantum Information Processing (QIP) Research at HP Labs Bristol and a Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Scientist. He has spent 30 years researching quantum theory, superconducting systems and quantum hardware and technologies.




Opportunities for optimising cyber threat assessment and management using quantum computing algorithms

This presentation will show how results from a recent InnovateUK project on quantum algorithms for optimisation problems could be applied to optimising cyber threat assessment and management. This would address the problem of finding the most threatening cyber activities across massive datasets, correlating the information to determine the most threatening actors, and determining the most effective response to the greatest threats. The talk will finish with a brief review of the top ten applications of quantum computing to the cyber security domain.

Dr Roberto Desimone (Manager, Strategic Innovation (Disruptive Technologies) at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence)

Roberto is responsible for managing strategic innovation with disruptive technologies at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. He has a strong background in Artificial Intelligence with a PhD in Machine Learning from the University of Edinburgh. He worked on US DoD/DARPA programmes in early 1990s, for UK MoD for 15 years exploiting AI for military command decision-making and more recently exploiting AI plan recognition techniques for complex cyber threat assessment for government and commercial clients. He got involved in quantum computing in 2013 and has been supporting the UK Quantum Technology Programme by holding commercialisation workshops for InnovateUK since 2016 and has recently completed an InnovateUK grant for exploring quantum algorithms for optimised planning and scheduling tasks.




Building a Quantum Technology Enterprise in the South West

Almost 4 years into the National QT Programme, startups and spin outs are starting to emerge from the four Quantum Technology Hubs and their partners across the UK. This talk will focus on the ecosystem currently developing in and around the South West and experiences of starting up a company in this fast emerging industry. 

Dr Caroline Clark (Director of Operations, KETS Quantum Security)

Caroline is the former COO of QETLabs at the University of Bristol, leading the growth of the centre from 20 to 100+ people and overseeing a grant portfolio of £50M. A mechanical engineer who has worked in academic research and as a consultant in the civil nuclear industry, she is experienced in managing large research and technology programmes and delivering support for business innovation.

@kets_quantum, @carolinehclark



Community SOC to offer affordable Internet protection for the most vulnerable

Following the training of a group of neurodiverse individuals in Worcester in collaboration with the UK Cyber Security Forum, this presentation will outline the plans to employ the trainees in a new community security operations centre (SOC) to help protect vulnerable people and organisations from cyber crime. The presentation will also include some insights from the trainees experience on the course.

Dr Emma Philpott, CEO The IASME Consortium

Emma is also founding Managing Director of the UK Cyber Security Forum. She is a Chartered Engineer, has an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and completed a PhD in ceramic matrix composites whilst working for DERA (now QinetiQ).  Emma later became the Business Group Manager of QinetiQ's Aerospace Facilities. She then spent more than six years working in both Singapore and Italy to assist small companies commercialise emerging technologies.

@IASME1, @emphilpott, @UKcyberforum



Cyber security – getting the basics right

The latest insights from the UK's National Cyber Security Centre about evolving cyber security threats, the role of Cyber Essentials and how businesses, small and large, can stay secure.

NCSC Representative



Networking Lunch

Opportunity to tour the exhibition



Accelerating economic growth through research and innovation in cybersecurity

In 2008 Queen's University Belfast's Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology was chosen to host The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT). This presentation will provide an overview of CSIT's current programme and its impact in growing a vibrant cyber industry in Northern Ireland, as well as the growing number of linkages nationally and internationally, including involvement with the new London Cyber Innovation Centre.

Professor Sir John McCanny CBE

Sir John is an international authority on special purpose silicon architectures for Digital Signal and Video Processing and Cryptography. He has published 5 research books, 360 peer reviewed research papers and holds over 20 patents. He was appointed Regius Professor in Electronics and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast in 2016. Sir John co-founded two successful high technology companies based on the work of his research teams, Amphion Semiconductor Ltd (later acquired by Conexant, then NXP, then Entropic) and Audio Processing Technology Ltd (acquired in 2011 by Cambridge Silicon Radio, in turn acquired by Qualcomm in 2015). He co-chaired the Royal Society Policy Steering Group on Cybersecurity leading to the publication of its report "Progress and Research in Cybersecurity" in July 2016.



Police Cyber Alarm & Cyber Response Portal, and their genesis through Northamptonshire Cyber Security Forum

The Police Cyber Alarm is a new Police capability to capture and profile cyber dependent crime in near real-time, allowing improved intelligence gathering to support investigations and threat profiling. The Cyber Response Portal is helping to improve coordination and engagement of cyber capable resources. It introduces a new model of citizen and business participation in support of law enforcement at this new frontier. This presentation will outline these new capabilities, progress to date with the pilot in Northamptonshire, and future expected national availability. 

Simon Clifford, Director of Technology and Digital Transformation at Northamptonshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC)

Simon has over 25 years as a digital transformation specialist leveraging technology and innovation to support improved business efficiency & productivity growth across multiple industry sectors, from start-up to multi-national. His current goal is to support increased capacity and capability in Policing. To that end he is actively supporting Police Forces and national technology programmes supporting and developing the response to the current and emerging demand landscape.

@simonaclifford, @NorthantsPolice



Update on the National Cyber Skills Centre

Some exciting news for the National Cyber Skills Centre that was started at Malvern Hills Science Park will be discussed and more information on how cyber security SMEs and professionals can get involved.

Neil Coker (Group Vice Principal, Curriculum at WCG)

Having worked in further education for over 20 years, Neil has a wealth of experience in curriculum, partnerships, teaching and learning, and quality. Neil has successfully managed provision from creative arts and media to science, A-levels, English and maths and community learning before moving into senior leadership. Neil is leading on the introduction of a digital strategy for WCG and is the College Director for Rugby College.




Swarm intelligence to enhance cyber security

D-RisQ have developed an extensible and expressive specification language to capture complex distributed cyber-attacks and more general suspicious cyber activity. The language affords the user a way of building up a library of named cyber-attack descriptions that are unambiguous and against which software agent swarms deployed on a network can be formally verified. Human understanding aligned with automated verification techniques can rival AI techniques to exploit swarm intelligence to defend a network against cyber-attacks. This presentation will discuss recent results in validating the approach.

Dr Colin O’Halloran (Technical Director, D-RisQ)

Colin has worked on the mathematical verification and validation of software based systems for over 30 years. He has worked on the foundations of secure software systems before turning to assuring the safety of software based systems. In 1996 he served on the European Space Agency’s board of inquiry into the explosion of Ariane 5 during its first flight. In the mid-nineties he proposed the approach and led the team responsible for the machine based proof of correctness for the avionics control systems for the Typhoon Eurofighter from 2000-2009. He is recognised as a leading practitioner in applying formal methods to industrial problems and was until recently a Professor at the department of Computer Science at Oxford University.


Networking Session

Opportunity to tour the exhibition



Join us at the Festival's Formal Dinner during the evening.



Please register to exhibit.

AstonUni 150pxw

Aston University is offering tailored solutions to help small or medium-sized enterprises grow. Think Beyond Data is a £1.7m project that is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to bring you artificial intelligence expertise at no cost to you. Data is at the heart of every company. From logistics, medical technologies, construction and manufacturing to marketing, research, education and design, they can help you make better sense of your data. [Stand B01]


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BAE Systems is a leading supplier of cyber, intelligence, and security capabilities to government agencies, and a growing supplier of cyber and network security capabilities to commercial customers. [Stand B06/07]


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Bob’s Business is a cyber security awareness company on a mission to help you bridge the knowledge gap between IT and end users. They specialise in delivering security awareness and education in an innovative way that engages the user and results in a culture change within the workforce. [Stand B09]


BizInno 150

Proud Media Sponsor Business & Innovation Magazine is your essential source for business and industry news.  They cover regional business news, topics and sectors, and national business news through a regional perspective.  [Stand B20]


cocidius 150

Cocidius Defence works with their customers to protect and secure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their mission critical infrastructure, improve the interoperability of their systems and help them test, evaluate, train and accredit their employees in defending their critical business systems to reduce and overcome threats before they happen. [Stand B13]

Crossword 150

Crossword Cybersecurity is a technology commercialisation company focusing exclusively on the cyber security sector. That means they turn research into reality by covering the entire commercialisation process from paper to product. They examine research from across Europe to identify promising cyber security intellectual property (IP) that can meet the demands of their industry partners. [Stand B10]


Cybercorre 150

The threat landscape in our digital world is evolving every second;  Cybercorre respond to this through embracing innovation and recognising the importance of staying ahead of the game. Cybercorre are always prepared for new legislation and threats. [Stand B05]


CyberSmartLogo 150pxw

CyberSmart provides CE Smart, an automated compliance platform that helps you to identify, secure and certify against Cyber Essentials. They also provide ongoing protection via continuous security checks and complimentary cyber insurance coverage. [Stand B02]


DRisQ 150pxw

D-RisQ has built an expert team of consultants, analysts and implementers to “change the way the world develops software” by bringing advanced automated software development tools to safety critical, security critical and business critical systems developers. [Stand B04]

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Ericom Software is a global leader in securely connecting the unified workspace. Ericom empowers today’s connected workforce and the IT organizations that support them by securing and optimizing desktop, application, and web content delivery to any device, anywhere. [Stand B03]


IASME 150pxw

IASME is one of the four Cyber Essentials accreditation bodies appointed by the UK Government. Together with their Certification Body companies, they can certify you to the Cyber Essentials scheme required for many government tenders. They also offer the IASME Governance standard which, based on international best practice, is risk-based and includes aspects such as physical security, staff awareness, and data backup. [Stand B16]


InfosecPeopleLogo 150pxw

InfoSec People is a leading UK Cyber Security and Technology recruitment business. They offer traditional Contingency Recruitment solutions on a contract and permanent basis as well as Executive Search & Retained Campaigns for clients of all sizes. [Stand B08]


IOP 150pxw

Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society; a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application.  [Stand B18]

@IOPMidlands, PhysicsNews

Lujam 150

LuJam Cyber was founded in 2014 when it was realised that small and mid-sized businesses need similar levels of cyber security to that enjoyed by major enterprises, but delivered in a way that was easy for a business owner or manager to use, without having to be an IT specialist. Four years and extensive trials later LuJam launched its Cyber Protection Service. The inexpensive subscription service offers a jargon free customer experience that gives visibility of all the devices connected to a network, while protecting it 24/7 against the latest cyber threat. [Stand B12]


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The Malvern Cyber Security Cluster is a group of small / medium cyber security companies centred around Malvern in Worcestershire, cooperating on a range of initiatives to grow their businesses. [Stand C01]


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ROCU - The West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit is a collaboration between the police forces of Staffordshire, West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire to fight organised crime across the region. The aim of the WMROCU is to reduce the impact and increase the disruption of serious and organised crime within the region and beyond. They target those areas of criminality they believe pose the greatest regional threats to the people and businesses of the area they cover. [Stand B19]


UKCSF 150pxw

The UK Cyber Security Forum represents small medium enterprises who are actively working in cyber security across the UK, helping to set up informal local "Clusters" for the industry. With over 500 SME members, the forum provides a collaboration portal, industry news and business opportunities both in the UK and overseas. [Stand B15]



Worcestershire Business Central is Worcestershire's Growth Hub; a single point of contact for all Worcestershire business support needs - whether it be for start-ups, growing businesses, developing skills, finding property, networking or finance. With a dedicated web presence, helpline and enquiry system, Worcestershire.Business.Central brings all available business support into one place. [Stand B14]


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The Wyche Innovation Centre is a business accelerator and technology incubator situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the side of the Malvern Hills in the heart of the UK's Cyber Valley. It is home to over 40 businesses & organisations, including companies involved in the cyber security sector, operating from serviced offices, hot desks or as a virtual office. [Stand C01]




2018 Cyber Security Day Sponsors

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