19 May 2022

Midlands Centre for Cyber Security announces online event

Online Fringe Festival puts cyber security on the international map

After its successful premier in 2020, which featured 42 talks with delegates from 23 countries, the academic team behind the new Midlands Centre for Cyber Security in Hereford have announced that the Cyber Fringe Festival 2021 will once again be delivered primarily online with some face-to-face workshops and will focus on various topics of importance around cyber security.

The Festival, which is due to run from Monday 6 December until Friday 10 December, will feature over 50 guest speakers from across the world delivering a range of Strategic, Operational and Technical sessions, covering Cyber industry, defence and emergency services as well as diversity, government, acceleration and skills.

Academics from the University of Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute, alongside sector partners, developed the fringe programme of online sessions in support of the cyber security industry, drawing on expertise from across the globe.

Professor Prashant Pillai, Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Exchange and Centre Director Cyber Quarter – Midlands Centre for Cyber Security, said: “We were overwhelmed by the interest from across in the globe in the Cyber Fringe Festival last year with speakers sharing their experiences, strategies and knowledge and this year looks to be even more exciting with 50 speakers already on board and others being added daily.

“Now, more than ever as globally we collectively try to recover following the Covid-19 pandemic, the sessions will be of real value to people who are launching or growing their business.

“The expertise and specialist focus of the new centre will be part of a wider, growing campus of cyber sector companies based within the Cyber Quarter on Skylon Park. The area is already home to a highly regarded cyber economy, and the knowledge, expertise and opportunities that the centre brings will help to establish Herefordshire as one of the capitals of the cyber security sector.

“The Festival concept was, and is continuing to be, very well received and covers some of the specialisms we offer, whilst helping us to forge strategic partnerships and relationships with some of the world’s leading expertise in cyber and security, really putting Herefordshire and the Midlands on the international map.”

Herefordshire is home to the UK’s leading centre of excellence in cyber security with the new Midlands Quarter – Centre for Cyber Security now open at Skylon Park on the Herefordshire Enterprise Zone.

The £9m state-of-the-art hub supports innovation and industry in the sector. The Centre is a joint venture between the University of Wolverhampton and Herefordshire Council and part-funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund, via the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Cyber Quarter – Midlands Centre for Cyber Security offers a package of tailored security testing, training, Research & Development and sector expertise to businesses and investors.

Supported by the university’s Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute (WCRI), the centre offers space for up to 16 cyber SMEs as well as offering product testing and certification, CPD and short courses and cyber conferences attracting experts from across the globe.