CyberUK, Glasgow - 24th April 2019

CYBERUK is the UK government’s flagship cyber security event. Hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), it features world-class speakers, solutions and opportunities for interaction between the public and private sectors.

This year Pervade Software took a Stand for the first time at this prestigious event to showcase the brand new solutions that are being rolled out in UK Police Forces and ROCUs to help with the fight against cyber crime, including Cyber Alarm™, Cyber Response™ and OpIndex™ Dark Web Intelligence Gathering.

Pervade Software also demonstrated proactive support for the MoD Army 2020 Strategy and in particular the strategy to develop tactical Cyber Protection Teams in the Army Reserve.  Business Solutions Manager at Pervade, Mark Howells, himself a Reservist with 53 Signal Squadron of the Royal Corps of Signals and a Cyber Troop Commander was given permission to man the stand in uniform to raise the profile of this important national initiative.  "The Army Reserve needs more cyber specialists" said Mark "and there are huge benefits for forces-friendly employers who encourage their staff to explore this exciting and rewarding service in their spare time".

Attended by over 2,000 delegates, CYBERUK is the authoritative event for the UK’s cyber security community. It demonstrates what businesses, government, law enforcement and academia can do together as teams and as organisations to deliver a digital Britain that leads the world in cyber resilience.

Counter Terror Awards 2019 - 6th March 2019

Pervade Software received a runner's up award at the 2019 Counter Terror Awards held at the ILEC Conference Centre in London along with a Commended Award from the panel of expert Judges who were rewarding contributions to reducing the threat from global terrorism.

Organisations from the UK and overseas attended the prestigious awards ceremony to congratulate organisations who have developed effective technologies to protect against the threat of cyberterrorism.

The event was also attended by Simon Clifford from the UK Police ICT Team who master-minded the bold new strategy that resulted in the selection of Pervade Software's Police Cyber Alarm™ Platform and Police Cyber Response™ Portal which in turn prompted the nomination for this award.

Speaking with journalists from Counter Terror Magazine at the event Simon said "The challenge facing all police forces is to find ways to identify, pursue and prosecute cyber criminals and the key to this is to find local criminals attacking local victims and the unique architecture of the Pervade platform makes this possible".  He went on to describe the Police Cyber Response™ Portal as "a secure collaboration portal that enables us to work much more closely with Cyber Volunteers in the Regions".

Pervade are delighted to have received this award and are looking forward to expanding both solutions.

Security & Policing, Farnborough - 5th March 2019

Security & Policing is an official UK Government event hosted by the Home Office’s Joint Security & Resilience Centre. The three day event was attended by senior Government officials who led a keynotes briefing programme and delegations from over 70 countries. More than 300 exhibitors showcased their products and services through product demos and immersive experiences in the areas of Policing and Counter Terrorism, Border Security, Transport Security, Cyber Security, Major Event Security and Critical National Infrastructure Protection.

Pervade Software were proud to be at the event showcasing their work with the UK Police which includes Police Cyber Alarm, Police Cyber Response and Police Dark Web Intelligence Gathering.

Jon Davies, CTO of Pervade Software and architect of the award-winning Police solutions was rushed off his feet at the stand, kept very busy doing systems demonstrations having popped into London on the first evening of the event to receive a prize at the UK Counter-Terror Awards for Pervade's Police solutions.  When speaking with journalists at the event Jon commented "These solutions are being made available to police forces from other countries through the UK Police ICT Team and it is great to have an endorsement like this when working with international crime agencies".

A presentation on the Pervade Dark Web solution was given by Mark Howells, Business Solutions Manager which prompted a lot of interest from police forces and security services from around the world.  "We are proud to be working with the UK Police and our software is proving to be very popular with overseas police forces as well" said Mark.

Japanese Cyber Summit, Tokyo - 28th February 2019

Pervade Software were part of a Trade Delegation to Japan which involved a number of cyber security companies who were invited to present to a range of industry representatives from all over Japan at an event held in the British Embassy in Tokyo.

The Delegation was hosted by the Japan Cluster of Security Professionals and their Founder & CEO, Sam Matsumoto, commented "It is a pleasure to host specialist UK cyber companies such as these businesses from Wales and we would like to encourage cooperation and collaboration in the fight against the growing global threat of cyber attacks".

John Davies, Managing Director of Pervade was a guest speaker at the event in the British Embassy and presented the latest findings from the company's work on indexing the Dark Web.  "Dark Nets can serve a vital purpose to those who legitimately need anonymisation" said John, "but unfortunately they are also used as a haven for malicious and criminal activity which knows no geographic boundaries and we need to work together to better understand and combat the threat".

In addition to the event, the trip involved a series of meetings with major companies on Japan including Telecoms, Energy and Security Service Providers which provided the opportunity to explore collaboration in more detail.

John was also lucky enough to have been among delegates who were interviewed for Japanese Television when they arrived at Tokyo Airport.

 

Counter Terror Awards Finalist - 18th February 2019

Pervade Software have been shortlisted for the 2019 Counter Terror Awards

Organisations from the UK and overseas will be recognised in various categories for their contributions to reducing the threat from global terrorism at the 2019 Counter Terror Awards in London.

Pervade Software have made it to the final 4 in the Cyber Security Category - presented to an organisation which has developed effective technologies to protect against the threat of cyberterrorism.

This recognition comes shortly after the UK Police selected Pervade's Dark Web Intelligence Gathering solution OpIndex™ to augment their Dark Web Strategy. OpView™ leverages unique Spider software that is custom-built to circumvent anonymisation measures and circumnavigate routing relays in order to search and/or index content with reporting and alerting as well as offensive capabilities to disrupt threat actors who operate in the Dark Web.

Jonathan Davies, CTO at Pervade, commented "We are delighted to have been recognised in this way for our ongoing work with the Police in the UK. We have seen fantastic results from our new Spider and we are looking forward to exploring what additional value we can add in the battle against anonymised crime".

Speaking at the CYBERSEC Forum - 8th October 2018

CYBERSEC EU is an annual public policy conference held at the ICE Congress Centre in Krakow, Poland dedicated to the strategic challenges of cybersecurity.  Launched in 2015, it is unique in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the top five cybersecurity events in Europe with four dedicated streams designed to define trends and catalyse innovation.

One of the Institutional Patrons of the CYBERSEC Forum is the Cyberwatching Project, the European observatory of research and innovation in the field of cybersecurity and privacy, and this year the Project ran their inaugural Annual Workshop in the Auditorium in Krakow.

John Davies of Pervade Software, who proactively support the Cyberwatching Project, was invited to speak on stage at the Forum and as a Panelist in the Inaugural Workshop. John joined: David Wallom, Associate Professor at Oxford University; Michel Drescher from the e-Research Centre at Oxford University; Raul Valera of AEI Ciberseguridad in Spain; Jose Ruiz, a senior cybersecurity expert at Atos; and Aitor Vieira from the CYBECO project, a collaboration between seven European institutions.

This was the 3rd year running that John has spoken at CYBERSEC and this time the topic was assessing research outputs within the cybersecurity and privacy landscape.

Police launch Pervade Cyber Platform - 5th October 2018

Platform to match volunteer skills to cybercrime investigations

A secure collaborative platform to help police officers tap into the expertise of the county’s highly-skilled cyber volunteers has been developed by members of the Cyber Security Forum run by Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold.

The platform will match the skills and capacity of the county’s cyber security volunteers with the needs of specific police investigations and it is now being tested with Northamptonshire Police. If it proves to be successful, the platform has the potential to be rolled out across the East Midlands region and offered to police forces across the country to manage their own cyber volunteers.

 

The Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Cyber Security Forum is a network of IT directors, security managers and cyber specialists who meet every month to discuss current and emerging threats and trends in cyber crime. The Forum is headed by Simon Clifford, Director of Technology and Digital Transformation for Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold.

 

Nationally, the threat from cybercrime is growing. A 2017 report by the Reform organisation, called Bobbies on the Net, said that a range of changes were needed to make police forces fit to fight digital crime and called for 12,000 expert IT volunteers to combat the threat posed by cyber crime.

 

Northamptonshire’s 50 volunteers are highly skilled professionals with considerable expertise, particularly focussed on business cyber security. They give their time to allow police to tap into their expertise that would otherwise need to be purchased from specialist agencies, and they can support police in the acquisition of evidence that could be useful in criminal investigations.

 

Simon Clifford, from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This platform is born out of a need for us to work together securely based on areas of expertise. Our members have made clear that they want to help policing protect and respond more effectively. We built that need into a set of requirements that led to this platform and I am excited to see how it develops from here. The platform is built to scale, and on completion of the Pilot phase will be available for other forces to use.”

 

The new platform will give Northamptonshire Police quick access the technical skills they need. A request for support with a particular issue can be securely posted on the platform. A registered Northamptonshire cyber volunteer with the right expertise and the time to help can then offer their support, carry out the necessary work and securely pass the information back to the police – all on the secure platform.

 

The platform also allows the cyber volunteers to keep in touch with each other and share ideas and information. Forum members are already considering other ways in which it could be used to support police investigations.

 

Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said the platform would allow police to make the best use of the considerable skills and valuable time of its cyber volunteers.

 

I am very impressed with our highly-skilled and incredibly committed cyber volunteers. These people are specialists at the top of their game who have a high degree of knowledge and expertise. They understand and deal with complex cyber threats in their business life and their time is valuable, so we need to use it well. This tool will help them match their skills to a particular problem when they have the time to help Northamptonshire Police. I am very grateful that they are prepared to volunteer to help protect the public from the threat of internet related crime and bring their considerable talents to support police officers in this challenging area".

 

Pervade Software, a founder member of the Cyber Security Forum and whose technical offices are based locally in Daventry, Northamptonshire created the volunteer portal and will securely host it in The Bunker, the same UK-based secure data centre as the main Cyber Essentials accreditation portal which Pervade also created and host.

 

We’re extremely pleased to be able to contribute to this exciting project, both as software providers of the portal and avid volunteers to help as often as we can” commented Jonathan Davies, Chief Technical Officer of Pervade. “The dramatic increase in cyber related crime has led to a huge demand on Police technical investigation resources, we very much hope this portal can connect Police to local experts to expedite investigations and lighten the load on these resources”.

 

Detective Inspector Hayley Costar who heads up Northamptonshire Police’s Cyber Crime Unit, said: “Thirty years ago, a criminal wanting to commit crimes such as fraud, theft, acts of paedophilia or stalking for example, would have had to leave their house. Nowadays, all they have to do is sit behind a computer screen.

 

“Cybercrime has created new challenges for police forces across the country that simply would not have existed thirty years ago and therefore the way we police has had to dramatically change with it.  I’m really pleased to hear about this new platform that the Cyber Security Forum has developed because I know how helpful it is going to be in assisting us in all manner of cybercrimes – from hacking to harassment to serious organised crime.

 

“Finally, I’d like to thank the cyber volunteers for the time they give up in helping us protect people in Northamptonshire from harm – their skills and expertise are truly invaluable.

The Hague Security Delta Cyber Congress - 4th October 2018

Several independently initiated and organised events guaranteed that the first week of October was all about cyber security in its most varied aspects.

On 4 & 5 October the Cyber Security Week Congress & Expo consisted of an exposition for national and international organisations to display their innovative cyber security solutions, a matchmaking programme with pre-arranged meetings, an Access to Capital Event, an Access to Talent Event and dozens of other cyber security related keynotes, sessions and workshops. The CSW Congress and Expo was powered by The Hague Security Delta and took place at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague.

Pervade Software's John Davies attended the event primarily to showcase Pervade's new Dark Net Search solution OpIndex, however he also had the opportunity to represent Cyber Wales and the Welsh Cyber Security Clusters at the GlobalEPIC Annual Symposium which was one of the independent events at the Congress.

Cyber Wales, which John Chairs, was one of the founding members of the Global Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnerships & Innovation in Cyber (GlobalEPIC) and the organisation has grown since it was launched last year to encompass no fewer than 26 Cyber Security Ecosystems, from 22 countries spanning 5 continents.

Mark Howells is a Warrior - 9th June 2018

Mark Howells, Business Solutions Manager for Pervade Software, was part of Team UK at the Warrior Games in Colorado!

The Warrior Games is a multi-sport event organized by the United States Department of Defense (DoD).  They were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and expose them to adaptive sports and they have taken place annually since. Prince Harry, at the time serving as a Captain and helicopter pilot in the British Army, opened the 2013 Games, which inspired him to create the Invictus Games.

The US Air Force hosted the 2018 Warrior Games at the United States Air Force Academy outside Colorado Springs in June 2018 and 300 service members and veterans participated in the competition. Teams included active-duty service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress. The athletes represented the US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command along with athletes from the UK Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force and Canadian Armed Forces who all went head-to-head in 10 sports.

 

The UK team, supported by the MoD and Help for Heroes, included 40 athletes and Corporal Mark Howells was among them. Together the Team won 52 medals at the event - 23 Gold, 17 Silver and 12 Bronze.

Mark served 12 years in the Army before becoming the Business Solutions Manager for Pervade and is also an active Reservist serving with 53 (Wales & Western) Signal Squadron of the Royal Corps of Signals based in the Ty Llewellyn Barracks in Cardiff.

Like many of his Pervade colleagues, Mark is an avid cyclist and takes every opportunity to be out on his bike training and this paid off in Colorado with a series of Personal Best times and very respectable placings.

Well done Mark, the whole team are very proud of you and your fellow UK Warriors!

InfoSec 2018, London - 5th June 2018

Pervade, had a fantastic time once again at InfoSec and we'd like to thank everyone who came to see us on Stand R20.

We were situated right next to one of our strategic Partners, Wolfberry Cyber again this year they were stand-sharing with another of our strategic partners, Acuity Legal.

John Davies was invited by UK Government's Department of Digital Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) to make an opening speech at the final of this year's competition to name the UK's Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company. Pervade Software were finalists of that competition in 2015 and John was asked to speak of Pervade's experiences to this year's crop of candidates. In addition. John then provided a "thought leadership" talk on the difference between Active Cyber Defense and Offensive Cyber, both areas of strength for Pervade Software.

Infosecurity Europe is the region's number one information security event featuring Europe's largest and most comprehensive conference programme and this year there were over 450 exhibitors showcasing the most relevant information security solutions and products to a staggering total of just under 20,000 information security professionals.

GISEC 2018, Dubai - 1st May 2018

GISEC is not just one of the most impactful cybersecurity shows in the region, but it is also the largest, overshadowing other events in terms of aspiration, diversity and scope.

In its 7th edition, GISEC welcomed over 7,000 cyber-specific visitors, and was co-located with IoTX and Future Blockchain Summit, which collectively delivered over 12,000 visitors.

Having visited the United Arab Emirates on a Trade Mission earlier in the year, Pervade Software joined other cyber companies from Cyber Wales at this event and presented the OpView™ and OpAudit™ solutions to attendees from all over the GCC Region.

The agenda was directed by a powerful Advisory Board of senior end-users from Dubai Electronic Security Centre, Dubai Police and Smart Dubai.

Tackling global cyber-security issues, it attracted a captive audience of decision makers from over 200 government departments and leading enterprises in the Middle East.

 

Welsh Cyber Summit, Newport - 19th April 2018

In September 2014 the NATO Summit was held in Newport in Wales. The agenda placed a major emphasis on cyber security and this event was closely followed by the first Welsh Industry Cyber Summit in early 2015 organised by CEMET (the Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies). The Summit was run again in April this year and this time it formed part of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.

Cyber Wales is an internationally recognised brand that encapsulates all aspects of cyber security in Wales and acts as a mark of expertise, quality and clarity in a complex and rapidly changing area of life. It also provides a single web-portal where interested parties from all over the World can find information about the plethora of cyber related activities going on in Wales.

The Cyber Wales Ecosystem includes cyber activities being carried out by Government, Business, Law Enforcement and Academia and this year's Summit included sessions from each of these allies in the battle against cyber crime.

In partnerships with Welsh GovernmentWales’ Cyber Security ClustersTARIAN, and the University of South Wales, this event brought together experts in each field so that delegates could learn about the ever-changing threat of Cyber Crime and how to better protect their businesses.

John Davies, Managing Director of Pervade Software and also Co-founder & Chair of Cyber Wales and the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster delivered a key note talk at the opening of this prestigious event, describing the growth of the cyber security ecosystem in Wales, which is now a recognised brand on the global cyber stage.

Cyber UK, Manchester Arena - 10th April 2018

CYBERUK 2018 is the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) flagship event on cyber security. Over three days, 2,000 people attended events covering both strategy (CYBERUK Leadership) and delivery (CYBERUK In Practice) – gaining up to date information and industry leading insights.

CYBERUK In Practice: Brought together 1200+ information security professionals including specialists in the design and development of online services and systems, plus professionals in procurement and delivery. It was an opportunity to share best practice, learn about the latest security threats and solutions, and consider the growing challenges we all face.

CYBERUK Leadership: The Government’s leadership event for business and public sector decision makers and strategists saw key senior staff – policy makers, CEOs and thought leaders – learning about and contributing to the development of the latest thinking on how cyber security and business acumen come together to deliver successful business outcomes. Speakers were drawn from the same community as the 600+ vetted delegates – Government, Academia, the Third sector, Critical National Infrastructure and Industry. Minister-led, this event featured senior representatives from GCHQ and the NCSC.

The Pervade Team exhibited at the event, demonstrating the gains that can be made when using a platform that is capable of gathering, correlating and reporting on ALL DATA TYPES in a single configurable system. This attracted attention from the newly formed Joint Cyber Unit, part of the Joint Forces Command as well as from various Government entities and cyber companies.

Pervade also supported the Welsh Government on their stand showcasing the Cyber Wales Ecosystem and the breadth and depth of cyber expertise in Wales.

BBC Wales Interview - 28th March 2018

The prime minister Teresa May was in South Wales as part of her whistle-stop tour around the UK to mark one year to go until Brexit. BBC Wales political correspondent James Williams interviewed key industry leaders in various sectors to highlight the anticipated impact of Brexit.

In a news article which featured interviews with Rob Wainwright the Director of Europol, Alun Michael the Police Commissioner for South Wales Police and John Davies the Managing Director of Pervade Software and Chair of Cyber Wales, the BBC asked how efforts to fight cyber crime might be effected post-Brexit.

Speaking about the need for close collaborative links between law enforcement agencies and cyber experts around the world, John said "a hacker sitting at a laptop in Bulgaria can attack a specialist company in Blaengarw, so the effort we all need to put in to tackle cyber crime is going to rise above any political boundaries".

Rob Wainwright from Europol said "Wales plays its part in a very strong UK commitment in cyber and we are very pleased to have that association which we hope will continue in the future".

Mr Wainwright, who is stepping down as the Head of Europol later this year also said that he was "personally very proud of the Welsh cyber commitment" as he himself comes from Carmarthenshire.

Article in the Telegraph - 23rd March 2018

In a series of features on "Cybersecurity for small business", journalist Rob Waugh quoted Pervade Software in his article titled "What skills do we need to fight cybercrime?".

The article states that most small businesses mistakenly think that hackers will not target them, according to research by analyst KPMG, with 51pc believing they won’t be targeted.

This is, however, a myth. In fact, hackers now target small businesses as a matter of choice, says John Davies, Director at cybersecurity company Pervade Software and Chairman of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster.

Mr Davies says: “Recently we have seen a huge rise in extortion attacks being aimed at smaller companies. It is far easier to get a thousand small businesses to pay £100 than it is to get a large corporate to pay off a £100,000 blackmail threat".

"These attacks are indiscriminate. The best possible advice to small businesses is to prepare. Thankfully, this has been made easier through the availability of a best-practice framework, developed in the UK and readily available for all companies".

The Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme has been designed to prepare businesses for the most common cyber threats and serve as a first step, along with the Small Business Guide, to improving cybersecurity awareness”.

The article also quoted Ciaran Martin the CEO of NCSC, Kevin Chapman an SVP at Avast, Cath Goulding the Head of IT Security at Nominet and John Shaw a VP at Sophos.

Cyber Wales Trade Mission, Brussels - 28th February 2018

On the eve of St David's Day, Cyber Wales and the Welsh Government, with support from the Department of International Trade at the British Embassy to Belgium, organised a Trade Mission to Brussels. Throughout the day, a diverse group of Cyber Wales Cluster members, including 10 companies and 3 universities, were able to make short presentations to potential clients and private partners in Belgium and enjoy several networking opportunities to mingle with the attendees. Participating companies included Pervade Software and John Davies gave an overview Pervade's combined monitoring and compliance tracking platform. Keynote speakers included Sir Julian King the EU Security Commissioner, Alison Rose the British Ambassador to Belgium, Prof Mark Drakeford AM the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Alain Courtois the Chief of Contracting at NATO. The event was attended by representatives of other Global Cyber Ecosystems including The Kosciuszko Institute from Poland, a fellow founding member of the GlobalEPIC (the Ecosystem of ecosystems for Partnerships and Innovation in Cybersecurity), and the Bretagne Cyber Valley from Brittany, France. During the day John Davies, Co-founder & Chair of Cyber Wales signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with B-Hive, a European collaborative innovation fintech platform that brings together major banks, insurers and market infrastructure players. The day’s programme culminated in a fantastic networking reception at the Residence of the British Ambassador. More than 300 business people from Belgium, France, Brittany & Poland attended the event which featured specially imported Welsh cuisine including Welsh Cakes, Bara Brith and drinks from the Penderyn Distillery including seaweed flavoured gin!

Launch of the IP Wales Cluster, Swansea - 19th December 2017

John Davies of Pervade Software attended the launch of the new IP Cluster in the Great Hall of the amazing new Swansea University campus.

In October, Hillary Clinton visited the Campus to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of her commitment to promoting the rights of families and children around the world and to unveil a commemorative stone to mark the renaming of Swansea University’s College of Law & Criminology to the "Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law". Hillary Clinton's family originates in Wales with Great Grandparents from Abergavenny, Llangynidr and Pembrokeshire who emigrated to the USA to start the famous Pennsylvania family.

The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law sponsored the launch of a new member of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem - the IP Cluster - being run in conjunction with IP Wales, an award winning business support initiative operating out of the School. IP Wales recognises that cybercriminals are increasingly coming to recognise the value of confidential data held by Welsh SMEs, be it sensitive information about the business operation or customer information.

The aim of both IP Wales and the new IP Cluster is to help Welsh SMEs in their use of the Intellectual Property system with close working relationships with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the UK Intellectual Property Office. Andrew Beale, Associate Professor at Swansea University gave a presentation on the IP Wales Cybercrime initiative (2017-20).

Dr Kerry Beynon of Acuity Legal, Strategic Partner to Pervade Software, is a Trustee of the University and, like Pervade, the legal firm works hard to protect the IP of organisations large and small.

Cyber Threat Summit, Dublin - 24th October 2017

Now in its seventh year, this year's Cyber Threat Summit had a very European focus.

The largest event of its kind, this year attracted cyber security experts from all over Europe to discuss all aspects of cyber security including issues such as GDPR and the NIS Directive.

There were three distinct streams running concurrently; "Strategic", "Operational" and "Technical".

Delegates also saw the introduction of a Cyber Startup Zone giving innovators a chance to shine and network with potential investors.

The Pervade team were in the Expo Hall showcasing how to bring technical monitoring and documentary compliance together into a single configurable system to tackle complex new regulations like GDPR and NIS.

Meanwhile, John Davies was a main stage speaker at the event as a Country Representative for Wales.

Representatives from each European Member State were invited to present on the state of cyber security in their countries, current cyber threats and examples of innovations in cyber security emerging from their cyber communities.

Infosecurity Europe, London 2017 - 6th June 2017

Pervade Software had a great time exhibiting at InfoSec again this year, which took place at Olympia in London, 6-8 June 2017.

Infosecurity Europe is the founding brand of Infosecurity Group – a business unit of Reed Exhibitions UK Ltd.

It is Europe’s number one information security event, featuring the largest and most comprehensive education programme, with over 360 exhibitors showcasing the most diverse range of products and services to more than 13,500 visitors.

This year, the team were sharing a stand with strategic partner Wolfberry recognised as being one of the top cyber security consulting firms in the country who use the Pervade OpAudit platform to deliver their certification services.

The stand also backed onto the stand of The IASME Consortium, the leading Accreditation body in the UK for Cyber Essentials, IASME and GDPR assessments.

The team were showcasing OpIndex, a new feature set that is being developed for Police Forces to fulfil the new offensive cyber responsibilities that were delegated to them in January as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy.

Although the offensive features can only be used by the police, other capabilities such as indexing and searching Dark Nets like the Tor Network generated a lot of interest.

Launch of the GDPR Alliance - 25th May 2017

Pervade Software have joined forces with leading specialist organisations including law firms, compliance consultants, penetration testers, data protection and IT information security experts.

Infosecurity Europe is the founding brand of Infosecurity Group – a business unit of Reed Exhibitions UK Ltd.

12 Months ahead of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) into UK law, leading advisors on data management and compliance have formed an Alliance to provide advice and support for what has been described by the UK’s Information Commissioner as a “game changer for everyone”.

The changes that most organisations will need to make to become GDPR compliant range from improving cyber security measures, to re-writing supplier contracts and updating privacy notices & website cookies.

No single supplier can provide all of the advice, products and/or services needed but an alliance of GDPR experts, each with complimentary offerings, can combine forces to provide a single port of call.

John Davies, Director of Pervade Software who's OpAudit™ Compliance Tracking Platform is one of the only solutions on the market flexible enough tackle the complexities of GDPR, said "We are delighted to be involved in this unique coalition, this new Regulation is going to take people by surprise and no single supplier can do everything that will be needed. Collaboration is the key".

Wales Coast to Coast Cycling Challenge - 27th April 2017

Having already cycled across Wales, from West to East, in aid of charity avid cyclists from Pervade jumped at the chance to join North Wales Business Partner, Rob Boyns from Safonda and others in a gruelling 200-mile North to South coast to coast cycle ride.

The intrepid quest began at the Marina Quay in Rhyl, North Wales and took the team past Ruthin Castle and the beautiful Bala Reservoir before attacking the highest mountain pass in the country, Bwlch-y-Groes just under 2000 feet above sea level.

Dropping down to skirt Dyfi Forest the team rested overnight in the historic town of Rhayadr, nestled under the Cambrian Mountains having completed 104 miles.

Setting off early the next morning, the team headed past Llandrindod Wells and Llanwrtyd Wells before hugging the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park to emerge in Ammanford for a spot of lunch.

The last leg of the journey took the group through Gowerton, where John's family originate, before finishing their endeavours at the tip of the scenic Gower Peninsula having done another 102 miles.

Security & Policing Home Office Event - 7th March 2017

Pervade Software took pride of place in the Cyber Security Zone at the UK’s premier security and law enforcement event run by ADS.

This year the team took a stand right next to strategic partner MASS Consultants Ltd who use Pervade's products as a platform to deliver leading edge Police Digital Operation Centre services (PDOC).

The event is aimed at police, law enforcement and security professionals who are tasked with security, civil protection and National Resilience. Security & Policing showcases world leading products and services, taking advantage of the unique opportunity to bring together people with operational needs with companies that have the relevant solutions, all within a secure environment.

The event enables exhibitors to display products which would be too sensitive to show in a more open environment.

Pervade took the opportunity to showcase some of the more covert work that has been made possible by the incredibly powerful new forensic engines that drive it's commercial products.

As well as presenting insights into ways to "light up" the Dark Net, Pervade demonstrated a unique use case to provide Cyber Crime Units with a "Fast Tangible Response to Reported eCrime" which attracted a lot of attention from law enforcements agencies from 75 countries.

Law Firms & Cyber Attack Conference - 5th October 2016

At the Law Firms & Cyber-attack Conference 2016 Pervade Software joined other high level speakers from government, law and cyber security presenting their views on how to defend law firms from cyber-attack.

Salford Professional Development are leaders in conferences and events. Their events provide a platform for learning and networking. Every year, thousands of delegates attend conferences from across the public and private sector.

John Davies presented plain English explanations of some of the ket threats facing the IT departments in law firms with some critical advice on how to identify these threats so that they can be mitigated - "if you can't see it, you can't fight it" Other topics covered at the Law Firms & Cyber-attack Conference 2016 included the threat cybercrime poses to law firms, why law firms are particularly at risk and how law firms can protect themselves from attack.

Securing Online Gaming - 4th October 2016

Pervade were speaking at the 2nd Annual Securing Online Gaming Conference in St Pauls, London supporting this year's theme of The Challenge of Continuous Security.

The Team were also be exhibiting at the event, showcasing the unique new capabilities of version 3.2 of the award-winning OpView security monitoring solution.

This year's Securing Online Gaming event looked at the key technological developments in cyber-security to keep the online gaming industry up to date with products, trends and regulations including the latest risk management and fraud prevention solutions that need to be cost-effective, easy to implement & manage and scaleable.

Security IT Summit – London - 5th July 2016

Pervade Software were presenting and were available for one-to-one meetings at this year's Security IT Summit, one of a series of events organised by the Forum which was held at the Tower Bridge Hotel in London. Key Security leaders from a wide range of organisations were able to sit with us and ask questions about our unique approach to security monitoring and compliance tracking in a relaxed environment without the normal hustle and bustle of an Expo.

The Security IT Summit is an excellent platform for collaboration between those working in the IT industry, and those who provide the latest solutions and services in this sector.

A highly focused event that brings together delegates and suppliers, the Summit consists of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities; all to enable you to create lasting business relationships.

Infosecurity Europe, London 2016 - 7th June 2016

Pervade Software had a great time exhibiting at InfoSec again this year, the 21st edition of the event which took place at Olympia in London, 7-9 June 2016.

Infosecurity Europe is the founding brand of Infosecurity Group – a business unit of Reed Exhibitions UK Ltd.

It is Europe’s number one information security event, featuring the largest and most comprehensive education programme, with over 315 exhibitors showcasing the most diverse range of products and services to more than 12,000 visitors.

Having exhibited last year in the Cyber Innovation Zone, as finalists in the competition to find the "Most Innovative Cyber Security Companies in the UK", the team were delighted to have a unique stand right next to this year's finalists along with a speaking slot on the Cyber Innovation Zone Showcase stage.

The team were showcasing release 3.2 of Pervade's award-winning software at the show using new branded backdrops and collateral and unveiling a demo version packed with new capabilities.

Digital 2016, Celtic Manor Newport Wales - 6th June 2016

"Digital" is the annual festival of digital inspiration and innovation, hosted by the Welsh Government and attended by more than 1,800 people from all corners of the digital economy who came together to learn, share ideas, make connections and develop business opportunities.

John Davies, Director at Pervade Software delivered a keynote talk on the latest cyber attacks that are proving to be completely invisible to modern SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) systems.

Following the theme of Cyber Security on Day One of the event, the Welsh Cyber Security Clusters were invited to deliver a Discussion Panel on Cyber Security and John Davies, Director Pervade Software chaired the session on the Main Stage.

John was joined by the co-founder and Chair of the North Wales Cyber Security Cluster Jason Davies, Managing Director of Hashtag, a development company specialising in "Zero Vulnerability Websites". Also fellow members of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster included Rhodri Evans Cyber Security Lead at PwC, Ben Milsom Managing Director of EchoSec and Kevin Weekes Managing Director of ZenRS.

The discussion explored many aspects of cyber security such as risk assessments, pen testing, security monitoring and compliance with standards such as Cyber Essentials.

Security & Policing Home Office Event, Farnborough - 8th March 2016

Pervade Software took pride of place in the Cyber Security Zone at the UK’s premier security and law enforcement event run by ADS.

Since its inception over 30 years ago Security & Policing has provided a platform for professionals from the UK and across the world to engage with the very highest level of security expertise.

The event is aimed at police, law enforcement and security professionals who are tasked with security, civil protection and National Resilience. Security & Policing showcases world leading products and services, taking advantage of the unique opportunity to bring together people with operational needs with companies that have the relevant solutions, all within a secure environment.

The event enables exhibitors to display products which would be too sensitive to show in a more open environment.

Pervade took the opportunity to showcase some of the more covert work that has been made possible by the incredibly powerful new forensic engines that drive it's commercial products.

As well as presenting insights into ways to "light up" the Dark Net, Pervade demonstrated a unique use case to provide Cyber Crime Units with a "Fast Tangible Response to Reported eCrime" which attracted a lot of attention from law enforcements agencies from 75 countries.

The Keynote talk given by Jonathan Davies, Director of Engineering at Pervade, highlighted some of the more dangerous attacks that are being delivered out of the Dark Net.

Central and Eastern European Cyber and Information Security Showcase in Vienna - 23rd February 2016

The UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) team in Vienna together with other UKTI teams in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) staged their third Central and Eastern European Cyber and Information Security Showcase at the British Embassy Vienna.

The Vienna Cyber and Information Security Showcase provided attendees with a unique insight into applications designed to avert the threats from ‘the fifth realm of defence’ - after land, water, air and space.

Along with Pervade Software were 12 other British companies including two members of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster.

They delivered cutting edge cyber security solutions to an audience of 170 government and corporate officials from 121 different organisations and over ten Central and Eastern European countries.

Delegates and exhibitors were not only able to make promising contacts with industry professionals but were also able to discuss concepts, strategies and future trends in cyber security.

The products and services offered focused mainly on the high system integrity standards of military, government and corporate organisations.

They provided strategies and utility solutions to implement sector standards by a variety of means; ranging from securing multilevel networks or portable devices, to digital forensics.

Cyber Security Conference Tallinn, Estonia - 9th February 2016

Pervade Software joined a select group of UK-based Cyber Security businesses on a visit to the British Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia to take part in a seminar on the Cyber Security of Operational Technology.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ministers from Estonia have launched a TechLink Programme to bring together entrepreneurs from the two countries to tackle challenges in financial technology, cyber security, digital government and biotech.

The aim of TechLink is to help more in the UK technology sector to get into the know too as to what is on offer in and from Estonia, to the benefit of the technology sector and wider economies in both countries.

The seminar explored cyber risks faced by Estonian industry and critical national infrastructure and provided an opportunity for visiting companies to present solutions from the UK.

John Davies presented Pervade's unique capability to monitor industrial control systems and IT infrastructurein a single configurable system. Other presentations included protective solutions and compliance frameworks.

The group were also invited to take part in a dinner with cyber security discussion panel at the Kau Palace in Tallinn hosted by the British Ambassador, the Estonian Ministry of Defence and representatives from the NATO Research Centre in Estonia.

Pervade quoted in The Epoch Times - 2nd December 2015

Following the ISIS attacks in Paris and California, several groups within the hacker collective Anonymous declared war on the architects of the ISIS online presence who call themselves Cyber Caliphate. This month, the "independent voice" newspaper Epoch Times, ran a feature article on the efforts of GhostSec, the anti-terrorist hacker group.

The terrorist organization ISIS established its first official website on the Darknet in mid-November, and by hosting the site on the Darknet, the ISIS users would be more difficult to track, and it would give them an online base that should have been virtually immune to cyberattacks.

However, just a week after the bulletin board website was launched, GhostSec took it offline using an incredibly powerful new attack. There are only two known hackers capable of carrying out such attacks on Darknet websites. One goes by the name “TorReaper” The other calls himself “Commander Xavior” says The Epoch Times article.

In March this year, Pervade Software's unique new OpView™ solution was the first protective monitoring system in the world to identify this new generation of DoS attacks which have proved to be completely invisible to SIEM or Log monitoring products.

Jonathan Davies, Director of Engineering at Pervade Software exposed the new attack at the UK Home Office Security & Policing Expo in March and having reverse engineered its source code in the Pervade labs, provided updates on-stage at InfoSecurity Europe in June. The cyberattack method developed by TorReaper has many cybersecurity experts interested.

In the article, Jonathan connects the dots between the invisible attacks and the current GhostSec successes, “TorReaper is able to take down Tor sites. This is a very, very new phenomena. Thankfully TorReaper is a right-wing hacker, which means you don’t need to worry about him taking down your corporate or government networks." He added, however "if the attack method fell into the wrong hands, it could cause trouble.".

European Cyber Security Month - 20th October 2015

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) organised, for the 3rd year, the European Cyber Security Month initiative and during the month of October 240 activities were staged across 32 countries to raise awareness and share knowledge of cyber security.

In Wales, an event was organised by the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster in conjunction with the Research, Engagement & Innovation Services Team at Swansea University.

In the morning, delegates were able to browse table-top stands set up by cyber security specialist companies from the Cluster and research teams from the university and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. This provided a relaxed environment for people to ask questions, explore current issues and learn more about cyber security from experts in the field.

In the afternoon, the following presentations were run:-

Policy Theme - Jonathan Fortune, ICT Strategy for Welsh Government
Research Theme - Dr Madeleine Carr, Aberystwyth University
Education Theme - Dr Markus Roggenbach, Swansea University
Law Enforcement Theme - Detective Constable Craig Gillespie, Southern Wales Regional Cyber Crime Unit
Industry Theme - John Davies, Pervade Software Ltd
Small Business Theme - Kelvin Jones, Accelero Digital Ltd

The talk given by John Davies, Director of Sales & Marketing, provided an overview of the products and services that are provided by the cyber security industry within a framework for addressing cyber risk within an organisation. "There are certain things that organisations simple have to do" said John, "such as risk assessments, pen tests and security monitoring, which combine to provide the situational awareness needed to make decisions about more specific solutions".

The event was a great success and it will be staged again next year as an integral part of European Cyber Security Month in Wales.

Pervade Cycle across Wales for charity - 27th September 2015

Pervade Software is committed to raising money for charity and the fact that there are a number of ex-servicemen in the team provides a focus for that commitment. Continuing their support of Help for Heroes, the Pervade Team rise to the challenge of cycling across Wales.

Jonathan, Mikey, John and Jason all set off from the Royal Pier in Aberystwyth and headed East towards the border with England.

The ride through the historic seaside town lulled the team into a false sense of adventure which was soon cut short by the gruelling 5 miles of steep climbing straight up the side of Old Goginan.

The pain didn't end there however, after a short drop down around Devil's Bridge, the climbing resumed for a further 4 miles before the team stopped for a well earned water break in the shadow of the mighty Plynlimon Massif, the highest peak in Mid-Wales and the source of the great Severn and Wye Rivers.

"The scenery was breathtaking" commented Jonathan, Director of Engineering "although grinding up the Cambrian Mountains might have had something to do with it as well".

Having reached this high point, the Team were able to relax and enjoy the picturesque rolling countryside of Powys until, after passing through Newtown, they arrived at the foot of the aptly nick-named "Blood Hill". After more than 50 miles of riding this hill lived up to its name and sent heart rates climbing upwards with the bikes. Cresting the summit however left the team with a gentle downhill cruise to the Shropshire border.

A great time was had by all and money was raised for a very worthy cause.

Pervade’s Innovations presented to NATO Delegates - 17th September 2015

Pervade Software were selected as one of two exemplars of innovation in cyber security to be showcased at the NATO conference on "Advancing Cyber Defence Collaboration and Innovation" held in Mons, Belgium.

Each delegate nation was asked to bring two businesses to the conference as representatives of the kind of innovations in cyber security that are emerging from their home countries.

Pervade Software were asked to showcase the new database that is revolutionising protective monitoringand breach forensics by enabling cross-datatype correlation.

Abatis UK Ltd were also selected to present their ingenious new Host Integrity Technology (HDF) which provides advanced malware detection.

The NCI Agency is the provider of NATO-wide IT services and state-of-the-art C4ISR capabilities including cyber and missile defence. NIAS is the Agency’s premier Cyber Security Symposium, addressing today’s strategic and technical issues in an unrivalled programme and showcasing the most diverse range of new and innovative products and services to members of NATO Headquarters, NATO Agencies, Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries, the European Union and associated Agencies and members (public and official) from the 28 NATO Nations.

"This was a real honour" said Jonathan Davies, the architect of the new database, "recognition for our work at this level means the world to the whole development team back in Wales".

Jonathan's presentation prompted a lot of interest and discussion about a wide range of use cases for defence and cyber warfare and Pervade are very grateful for the opportunity to present at the Symposium.

ISSA Product of the Year 2015 – Runner Up - 16th July 2015

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is the largest international, not-for-profit association specifically for information security professionals. The ISSA-UK Chapter was founded in 2003 and has grown to become the world's largest ISSA Chapter having boarded over 1,700 members since it began.

In a Dragon's Den style event entitled "Security in the Spotlight", ten security software/solution vendors battled it out for the top award by delivering a 10 minute pitch to earn the votes of over 150 security professionals.

Spotlight companies included Qualys, Varonis, OpenDNS, Threatscape, Pen Test Partners, ITC, Menlo, Codenomicon and Harvey Nash. Pervade attended the event with strategic partner, leading international consulting group UKL.

The unique format gave delegates an opportunity to learn about existing and emerging technologies. Keynote talks, including one from Lord Erroll, Cross Bench Peer in the House of Lords and Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Internet, provided a full day which was staged on HMS President, floating on the River Thames.

John Davies, Director of Sales & Marketing, who delivered the pitch said "This was a fast-paced and lively event in a terrific atmosphere. The ISSA members are all experienced security professionals and a demanding audience".

After the prize giving, John said "It was a very close call and we were delighted to be voted in second place. Qualys are one of our development partners so we really don't mind being pipped at the post by them".

The Hero Ride in support of Help for Heroes - 21st June 2015

Pervade Software is committed to raising money for charity and the fact that there are a number of ex-servicemen in the team provides a focus for that commitment. Over the years, Pervade team members have swum, cycled and run for a number of charities including the Army Benevolent Fund, the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.Help for Heroes was launched on 1 October 2007 to support Serving and Reservist Personnel and Veterans who have suffered injuries or illness as a result of their service to the Nation.

A key part of this support is organising "Challenges" to help motivate injured servicemen in their recovery and they extend this same approach to their fundraising by inviting fundraisers to participate in similar Challenges.

One of the signature H4H cycling challenges is the "Hero Ride" which this year saw 100 ‘wounded’ riders collectively cover 18,000 miles from 14-21 June, accompanied by 1,000 fundraisers.

John Davies, Director of Sales & Marketing accepted the challenge this year and cycled the 107 mile West Ride from Tedworth House in Wiltshire. The ride started at midnight (which is why it has earned the nickname "The Dawn Raid" as cyclist pedal their way through the hours of darkness to arrive in Windsor the following morning).

"Great team, great route and a great cause" said John, "very tiring but a wonderful experience and I'd definitely be up for doing it again next year".

Nuclear Industry Cyber Security Conference - 17th June 2015

With many power industry projects in the pipeline over the next 10 years, the Welsh Government took the initiative and invited Nuclear Insider to stage the first Nuclear Industry Knowledge Management & Cyber Security Conference in Cardiff.

The event was attended by senior names from every level of the nuclear project life cycle as well as subject matter experts from the cyber security industry to discuss how to enhance knowledge and information transparency along the nuclear supply chain whilst at the same time maintaining the highest standards of cyber security in an environment of increasing cyber threats to critical national infrastructure.

As Host Sponsors of the event, the Welsh Government were invited to officially open the conference. However, in recognition of the critical role cyber security businesses play in the industry, the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster were invited to make the opening speech.

The honour fell to John Davies, Director of Pervade Software and Co-Founder of the Cluster, to welcome the nuclear industry delegates to the Principality and open the event.

"Many generations in Wales have supported the power industry" said John, "and, although we no longer work the coal mines, we as a nation are still committed to supporting the quest for clean and affordable energy. The strong and vibrant ecosystem of cyber security expertise in the Region is also committed to protecting this quest from the kind of malicious cyber attacks other countries have suffered to their national infrastructure."

The conference coincided with the announcement that the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Power Plant project had been given the go ahead and heralds the first of many such projects in the years to come.

Digital 2015 - 8th June 2015

"Digital" is the annual festival of digital inspiration and innovation, hosted by the Welsh Government and attended by more than 1,800 people from all corners of the digital economy who came together to learn, share ideas, make connections and develop business opportunities.

Pervade Software had an exhibition Stand at the event and were one of a dozen members of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster to form a Cyber Zone at the show's exhibition.

Director of Engineering, Jonathan Davies gave a keynote speech on the Cyber Security Stage on Day Two warning organisations to be vigilant against evolving DDoS threats.

Also on Day Two, John Davies, Director of Sales & Marketing chaired a Discussion Panel on the Digital Innovation Stage.

John was joined by fellow Co-Founder of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, Cerian Jones of UDL and Cluster members Damon Rands of Wolfberry, Mark Edwards of Capital Network Solutions and Kelvin Jones of Accelero.

The discussion explored many aspects of cyber security such as risk assessments, pen testing, security monitoring and compliance with standards such as Cyber Essentials.

During the event, John also took a seat on the South Wales Digital Steering Group to coordinate cyber security initiatives in the Region and was also invited onto the Innovation Point & Digital Catapult Collaborative Workgroup exploring cyber security within the Internet of things.

The UK’s Most Innovative Cyber Security Companies 2015 - 4th June 2015

Having already been selected as one of the 11 "Exemplars of Cyber Security" by TechUK and the Department of Business Innovation & Skills, Pervade Software were invited to a Pitch-Off style event at TechUK's HQ in London on 27th April.

Each exemplar gave a 3 minute pitch of their business and products followed by 4 minutes of questions by the panel of Judges made up of HP, Atkins, CESG and InfoSecurity Magazine. After some deliberation, the 4 Finalists were selected.

Pervade Software were announced as one of the Finalists!

The Finals were conducted on the Keynote stage at InfoSec on the last day of the show. Once again, there was a Pitch-Off with each of the 4 Finalists presenting for 3 minutes followed by questions by fresh judges from Elsevier and C5 Capital.

Jonathan Davies, Director of Engineering who delivered both presentations, was very proud to be announced Runner-up in this final, saying "This has been a wonderful experience for us, the whole process has raised our profile and generated a lot of interest in our innovative new solutions".

Congratulations to Geolang, the overall winners, and fellow finalists Zone Fox and Pure Lifi. We are proud to have been associated with them.

InfoSecurity Europe 2015 - 2nd June 2015

Infosecurity Europe is Europe's number one Information Security event. Featuring over 325 exhibitors, the most diverse range of new products and services, an unrivalled education programme and over 13,000 unique visitors from every segment of the industry, it is the most important date in the calendar for Information Security professionals across Europe.

This year, Pervade Software had a Stand in the Cyber Innovation Zone showcasing the unique architecture of OpView.

Speaking slots on day one and day two also provided opportunities to enlighten attendees on the merits of using a single system that can merge the monitoring power of both the SOC and the NOC into a single configurable platform.

As sophisticated APTs and the latest generation of DDoS attacks are proving, it takes more than just a SIEM to identify modern threats and Pervade Software is finding attack vectors that traditional systems are missing.

Helping to man the stand was Jason Davies, the MD of Hashtag Marketing Ltd, a "zero vulnerability" website security firm based in North Wales who use Pervade Software as a configurable security auditing tool to pen test, vulnerability scan and continuously monitor the business critical websites of his customers.

"Pervade Software puts the querying capabilities of half a dozen separate systems at our fingertips" said Jason. "We have forensic capabilities to out-perform global MSSPs and while they spend a fortune on multiple systems, we have everything on a single dashboard for a fraction of the cost".

If you missed the presentations and rolling demonstrations at this year's show, contact us for a private viewing.

The UK’s Most Innovative Cyber Security Companies 2015 - 1st April 2015

In a series of features on "Cybersecurity for small business", journalist Rob Waugh quoted Pervade Software in his article titled "What skills do we need to fight cybercrime?".

The article states that most small businesses mistakenly think that hackers will not target them, according to research by analyst KPMG, with 51pc believing they won’t be targeted.

This is, however, a myth. In fact, hackers now target small businesses as a matter of choice, says John Davies, Director at cybersecurity company Pervade Software and Chairman of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster.

Mr Davies says: “Recently we have seen a huge rise in extortion attacks being aimed at smaller companies. It is far easier to get a thousand small businesses to pay £100 than it is to get a large corporate to pay off a £100,000 blackmail threat".

"These attacks are indiscriminate. The best possible advice to small businesses is to prepare. Thankfully, this has been made easier through the availability of a best-practice framework, developed in the UK and readily available for all companies".

The Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme has been designed to prepare businesses for the most common cyber threats and serve as a first step, along with the Small Business Guide, to improving cybersecurity awareness”.

The article also quoted Ciaran Martin the CEO of NCSC, Kevin Chapman an SVP at Avast, Cath Goulding the Head of IT Security at Nominet and John Shaw a VP at Sophos.

Welsh Government Interview with Pervade Software - 27th March 2015

Getting a job in Cyber Security in 2015 Beth Roberts Financial & Professional Services Stakeholder Manager at Welsh Government spoke to John Davies, Director of Sales and Marketing at Pervade, about what it takes to be successful in this emerging industry.

The interview questions focussed on what skills are needed to get employed in cyber security, the university system and the talent pool in South Wales.

John did his best to offer genuine advice to budding cyber-security professionals in his answers.

At the same time as highlighting the fact that cyber security is a fast-growing and fast-moving industry and South Wales is emerging as a hub for cyber security expertise in the UK.

John summarised by saying "There are plenty of opportunities in Wales, you’ve just got to be active enough to ensure you’re well placed to take advantage of them".

To read the full interview go to https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/getting-job-cyber-security-2015-beth-roberts.

Pervade Software in Secure Computing Magazine - 19th March 2015

Hackers route via Tor for stealthy 'slow-death' DoS attacks an article by Doug Drinkwater

"Vigilante hactivists have been taking down pornography, Jihadi and other websites by using a new type of "slow-death" Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack that is virtually undetectable, bypassing some leading security solutions. Jonathan Davies, director of engineering at Pervade Software, revealed to SCMagazineUK.com how his company had been testing layer 7 DoS techniques in a lab environment prior to noting that hackers named ‘Tor Reaper' and ‘Bitcoin Baron' were using a similar method to hit numerous sites, including child and animal pornography sites, one of which had a membership of more than 39,000 users".

This is the opening paragraph of a feature article in this month's Secure Computing Magazine.

Industry specialist feature writer Doug Drinkwater, broke this story within days of the new attack vector being identified and spoke with Pervade Software just as the analysts in the Pervade Lab had replicated the attack.

Although these new attacks are completely invisible to SIEM & Log security monitoring systems, the unique architecture of the OpView system means it can identify these attacks and mitigate them automatically.

To read the full article go to http://www.scmagazineuk.com/hackers-route-via-tor-for-stealthy-slow-death-dos-attacks/article/404363/.

Security & Policing Home Office Event 2015 - 10th March 2015

Pervade Software took pride of place in the brand new Cyber Security Zone at the UK’s premier security and law enforcement event run by ADS.

Since its inception over 30 years ago Security & Policing has provided a platform for professionals from the UK and across the world to engage with the very highest level of security expertise.

The event is aimed at police, law enforcement and security professionals who are tasked with security, civil protection and National Resilience. Security & Policing showcases world leading products and services, taking advantage of the unique opportunity to bring together people with operational needs with companies that have the relevant solutions, all within a secure environment. The event enables exhibitors to display products which would be too sensitive to show in a more open environment.

Pervade took the opportunity to showcase some of the more covert work that has been made possible by the incredibly powerful new forensic engines that drive it's commercial products. As well as presenting insights into ways to "light up" the Dark Net, Pervade demonstrated a unique use case to provide Cyber Crime Units with a "Fast Tangible Response to Reported eCrime" which attracted a lot of attention from law enforcements agencies from 75 countries.

The Keynote talk given by Jonathan Davies, Director of Engineering at Pervade, caused quite a stir and demands from delegates who had heard about the talk afterwards prompted the organisers to ask for the talk to be repeated later in the event for those who missed it.

Secure Computing Magazine’s Showcase UK Event – SC Congress - 3rd March 2015

Information security professionals flocked to the ILEC Conference Centre to network and sit in on insightful panel discussions featuring prominent industry figures during SC Congress 2015 in London.

Pervade Software were Gold Sponsors for the event and Director of Engineering, Jonathan Davies provided delegates with insights into the threats posed by next generation DoS attacks such as the new variant of "Slow Death" which is invisible to all SIEM systems and incredibly difficult to block.

"New attacks like this, along with some of the more devious APTs, can only be identified by correlating clues from multiple systems and CISOs have to turn to the Availability, Performance and Asset systems which are more commonly the domain of the NOC rather than the SOC" Jonathan explained.

Whilst running demonstrations of the ground-breaking OpView system, Jonathan showed security professionals at the Congress how cross-referencing multiple data types can reveal behaviours and anomalies that are invisible to even the most expensive monitoring systems.

In its second year, SC Congress has generated enough recognition to attract the largest cross section of cyber-security executives in the UK. In just one day, SC Congress London featured a full agenda: keynote addresses, panel sessions, CPE accreditation, countless networking opportunities and meaningful dialogues with representatives of some of the premier brands in information security today.

"We were delighted to be given the opportunity to share our ideas with such a broad spectrum of security specialist" said Jonathan, "We look forward to being invited back next year".

Pervade supports The National Assembly for Wales – at a Rugby Game - 6th February 2015

The opening match of the 2015 6 Nations Championship was Wales vs England, played at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff on the 6th February.

On the same day, tucked away at the north end of the Welsh shrine to its national sport, another important game was being played on the hallowed ground of the Cardiff Arms Park. The National Assembly for Wales XV rugby team played the Commons & Lords RUFC from Westminster in another Wales vs England showdown.

The sport of Rugby Union has been a major influence in the lives of the majority of Pervade Software's close-knit team. Although the company was formed and has its headquarters in South Wales, members of staff hail from England and South Africa which are also great rugby nations and the company recognises the values of the game including personal courage, The importance of teamwork, striving for success, self-discipline, respect & sportsmanship.

Pervade staff, along with other cyber security companies were hosted by Paul Costelloe of CIPROS International. It was a great game, played with passion and skill, by politicians and staffers ranging from 23 to 63 and the final score was 33-14 to the Welsh Assembly team. At the end of the game, the group was invited down to pitch-side to meet players from both teams.

A group of us were treated to a photograph with great representatives of the game and government - Lord Addington and the Rt.Hon. Stephen Crabb Secretary of State for Wales.

The experience was topped off with access to the clubhouse to meet the teams and share in the post-match curry and rice. Banter was exchanged, shirts were presented to the organisers and it was announced that over £7,500 had been raised in aid for Bowel Cancer UK.

A great time was had by all and we at Pervade came away from the event determined to provide more support for this ingenious use of the wonderful game of rugby to help worthy causes.

Pervade Software in the Guardian Newspaper - 30th January 2015

John Davies, Director of Sales & Marketing for Pervade Software provides useful insights for a Guardian Newspaper feature on how to protect a business from the most common hacks.

In an enlightening article by Sean Hargrave, renowned for his interviews with Lord Alan Sugar and Steve Jobs, John Davies shares his experience of helping organisations to protect themselves from cyber attacks.

Hargrave has produced a series of articles over the last 12 months highlighting the threats of cyber crime and revealing some best practices to bolster defences. The articles, which are a regular feature in the Small Business Network section of the Pulitzer Prize winning national newspaper, have explored areas such as:-

  • * Organised cyber crime
  • * How to protect a supply chain
  • * Spotlight on IT Security Standards
  • * How to rebuild a small business after a cyber attack

“A reasonably priced firewall cannot always protect against the more advanced attacks" quotes John in the article "but there’s only so much any company can do without the resources and know-how of a large IT team”.

Pervade Software's OpView solution provides far greater visibility of cyber threats by being able to collect, correlate and report on all data types, doing the job of 5 or 6 security monitoring products in a single configurable system. This unique capability brings comprehensive visibility and situational awareness into the price range of smaller businesses who cannot otherwise justify the huge price tag normally associated with cyber protection.

The article points out the work done by Pervade Software, as a co-founder of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, in helping small and medium businesses to deploy the level protection normally only enjoyed by larger enterprises..

Pervade Software releases Version 3.0 - 6th January 2015

Version 3 is the second major release since the platform was launched in 2012. First and foremost, the aim of Pervade upgrades is to improve extensibility and there are a number of groundbreaking new features which extend functionality (see Extensibility ShowCase documents for more details).

The first extensibility feature is a unique new Language Builder. This intuitive wizard provides the ability to create new languages and customize existing languages through the user interface. Any vocabulary and terminology typed into these boxes, including Roman script, Cyrillic or Asian characters, is stored under a new language file that can be used by any user.

The second extensibility feature is a new Report Builder. This comprehensive wizard provides an HTML Editor enabling users to create very advanced reports with cover pages including logos and pictures, contents pages, indexes and embedded media as well as incorporating charts from the system, compliance components or free text. These fully customized reports can then be run and/or scheduled by the user.

Other brand new features that have been added include:-

Setup Wizard - a simple wizard to perform the tasks required to set up a new system in a fraction of the time of previous versions.

New Query Types - query types are constantly being added based on customer demand. A number of new query types have been added including Agentless File Integrity Monitoring (FIM) and NMAP (Open Port Detection & OS Detection).

System Backup Utility - allows complete backups of the Pervade system configuration including all monitoring settings, compliance answers and system settings.

Core Data Base Upgrade - new indexing features increases the rate at which source data (forensic analysis of log data) can be searched from 20,000 to 26,000 records per second.

This new release, which coincides with the re-branding of the products as OpView and OpAudit, is immediately available to all existing customers (at no cost - Pervade does not charge for updates or new versions) and all new installs will be v.3.0 at the same standard price.

Pervade hosts the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 18th November 2014

Pervade Software had the honour of hosting the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster at their head office in Cathedral Road, Cardiff.

The first guest speaker at the meeting was Tony Neate, Chief Executive of Get Safe Online who presented an overview of the initiative and answered questions about how it applies to members and their organisations.

Next, Brian Lightowler, Managing Director of QG Business Solutions Ltd and a member of the North West Cyber Security Cluster spoke about Cyber Essentials, how it applies to the cluster and how it can instil trust amongst members.

Then, Helen Benjamin, Tender Advisor from Business Wales presented an overview of Sell2Wales eTendering support and gave details of a tender opportunity for a framework agreement for the supply of IT Security Assurance being announced by the National Procurement Service and invited members to a Meet the Buyer session organised by Business Wales.

The meeting attracted some new attendees including Crystal IT, PGI Ltd (Protection Group International), Silcox Information Security Ltd and Prudential.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Welsh Government’s ICT Cyber Teams and the Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit's eCrime Team.

The co-founder of the Cluster, the leading patent attorneys firm Urquhart-Dykes & Lord, were there to help host and existing members present included cyber security focussed businesses Skybrid, Capital Network Solutions and Wolfberry IT Security Specialists.

In addition to having a speaker who is a member of the North West Cyber Security Cluster, the meeting also had two visitors from the new Bath & Area Cyber Security Cluster. Georgina Pendrey and her colleague Yvette from Computer Network Defence Ltd are planning the first meeting in Bath on Thursday 18th December and John Davies, Director of Sales & Marketing at Pervade was asked to attend and give a talk at this inaugural meeting.

Pervade at the Malvern Festival of Innovation Cyber Security Showcase - 2nd October 2014

Pervade Software were asked to showcase the innovative new Object Persistent Database that is the foundation for both the award-winning products OpView and OpAudit.

Each year Key IQ, the business and technology catalyst firm, runs the Festival of Innovation in Malvern.

This region is the feeding ground for GCHQ, CESG and many of the country's biggest cyber security primes, like QinetiQ and Lockheed Martin. It is also recognised as the heart of the UK Government's Severn Valley Cyber Security Launchpad.

Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, called Malvern "a hotbed for internet security" and proactively supports the local companies who specialise in the field of cyber security, many of them in a military and defence capacity, but increasingly in the private sector.

The Festival of Innovation is a perfect opportunity to showcase some of the technologies coming out of these companies and Pervade Software were proud to be among a handful of innovators from outside the region to be asked to exhibit at this year's Cyber Showcase.

Global Cyber Security Innovation Summit - 16th September 2014

Pervade Software were invited to attend The SINET Cybersecurity Global Summit hosted by the US Department of Homeland Security.

The Security Innovation Network (SINET) is a community builder, strategic advisor and catalyst whose vital mission is to advance innovation and enable global public and private sector collaboration to defeat Cybersecurity threats in the U.S. and abroad.

To this end, SINET run a series of events to connect the ecosystem of the entrepreneur, including thought leaders, builders, buyers, researchers and investors across the global security community with the goal of promoting and advancing Cybersecurity innovation. One such event is The SINET Cybersecurity Global Summit which this year was hosted at The British Museum in London.

The Cybersecurity Global Summit’s objective is to build and maintain international communities of interest and trust that foster vital information sharing, broad awareness and the application of our nation's most innovative technologies to enable a safer and more secure homeland for the United States, United Kingdom and our trusted allies. The US Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate supports this event along with Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) as the UK representative.

Keynote speakers included Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, President of the Board of Trade, UK, and Sir Iain Lobban KCMG CB Director Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Pervade Software's attendance at the Summit was subsidised by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills as part of their aim to encourage emerging UK cyber security firms to play a more role on the global security stage.

Other UK attendees included 6 of the recipients of the UK Technology Strategy Board's cyber security funding grants; Babble IT Systems Ltd, D-RisQ Ltd, Infinite Precision Ltd, Montvieux Ltd, PixelPin Ltd and Westgate Cyber Ltd.

Pervade Software exhibits at the ESTnet 2014 Members Exhibition - 10th September 2014

Pervade Software recently became a Corporate Member of ESTnet (the Electronic & Software Technologies Network for Wales).

Created in 2011, the ESTnet is a network of technology organisations whose members design, develop, manufacture or integrate electronic and software technologies.

ESTnet's associated members include supply chains and the professional services which support it. Their affiliate members provide the industry with professional services, and their academic members provide the industry with good quality graduates and opportunities to collaborate on research and innovation.

The network provides a collaborative environment in which people and organisations working with these enabling technologies can create strong business relationships, exchange knowledge and share ideas

ESTnet is the voice of the industry for the industry.

Pervade Software initiated this exciting new membership by exhibiting at the ESTnet Members Exhibition held at the Millenium Centre in Cardiff, which was followed by the ESTnet 2015 Awards Launch Event.

South Wales Cyber Security Cluster - 16th July 2014

Pervade Software is proud to be founding member of the latest Cyber Security Cluster to be formed in the UK.

The UK Cyber Security Strategy, published by the UK Government, sets out how the UK will support economic prosperity and protect national security by building a more trusted and resilient digital environment.

Supporting four Strategy Objectives that were published in that Strategy:

  • * Make the UK the most secure place to do business in cyberspace
  • * Make the UK more resilient to cyber attack
  • * Help shape an open, vibrant and stable cyberspace
  • * Build the UK's cyber security knowledge, skills and capability

 

A UK Cyber Security Forum was formed out of a Technology Strategy Board programme, funded by the Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) and supported by CESG. The Forum helps set up informal "Clusters" of small companies who are actively working in cyber security across the UK and represents those companies at a National level.

Clusters are being formed in Regions across the UK by cyber security organisations and individuals who want to directly contribute to the UK Cyber Security Strategy Objectives by pooling their knowledge and expertise, sharing their experiences and combining their capabilities to provide a broader range of advice, products and services to their existing and prospective customers.

A South Wales Cyber Security Cluster has been formed, with the pro-active support of the Welsh Government, by a number of cyber security focussed businesses in the Cardiff area including Pervade Software and Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP.

The first meeting of this new Welsh Cluster took place on the 16th July 2014 in Cardiff and was attended by representatives of the Welsh Government's Cyber Teams and the South Wales Constabulary Cyber Crime Unit.

Dr Emma Philpott from the UK Cyber Security Forum formally welcomed the new Cluster and the guest speaker was Professor Andrew Blyth from the University of South Wales' multi-million pound forensic security lab.

The success of this inaugural meeting has led to the establishment of monthly meetings which are free to attend and open to any person or organisation involved in providing cyber security and tackling cyber crime.

Israeli Cyber Security Trade Mission - 26th June 2014

Pervade Software were one of 10 leading UK cyber security companies chosen to welcome an Israeli trade delegation visiting London for a programme of business meetings and high-level introductions.

This delegation visit to London - the first of its kind in Europe - is already proving to be one of the most successful programmes to date for the Economic and Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel in London.

Israeli ingenuity in cyber security truly stands out as being one of the most exciting areas of development, both in the Israeli tech scene and also in the global cyber arena? said Idan Ben Yaacov, the Delegation Lead from the Israel Trade & Economic Office. "This bilateral cyber industry engagement session, organised with help from the UK Government, has brought our delegates together with ten UK cyber security companies to explore possible avenues for joint projects, where the fruits of such endeavours can be jointly exported to markets around the world".

As one of the cyber security companies selected for this engagement session, Pervade Software were able to showcase the breakthrough technology that underpins Pervade's truly unique Security Monitoring, Reporting & Compliance Tracking solution and John Davies told the delegation "jumping ahead of all other monitoring technologies by leveraging an innovative new architecture has resulted in the world's first combined SIEM and GRC solution".

John closed his presentation to the delegation by saying "Any organisation looking to bolster their armoury in the cyber security battle and at the same time leverage the best practice and recognition that comes from pursuing compliance, can make huge gains by deploying Pervade Software" and offering to "lift the bonnet" and share components of the Pervade solution, for OEM or technology partnerships, prompted a lot of interest from the Israeli technologists and follow-up meetings have already been scheduled.

Pervade selected as platform for UK Govt Cyber Essentials Scheme - 5th June 2014

Today the UK Government, through the Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), launched the new Cyber Essentials Scheme, a product of the UK Cyber Security Strategy, which will be hosted on the Pervade Software Compliance Tracker.

It has been created with contributions from IASME, ISF and CESG and it is aimed at small businesses who are not large enough to tackle the cost and complexity associated with more comprehensive standards such as ISO27001. The Government want to promote this to as many small businesses as possible to generally improve cyber defence in the UK but also to demonstrate to the world at large that the UK is a safer place to do business.

This scheme can also offer a lot of value to larger organisations by providing something simple, cheap and formal to offer to their own supply chains. In fact, from 1 October 2014, the Government will require all suppliers bidding for certain contracts which are assessed as higher risk to be Cyber Essentials certified. The suppliers and contracts affected are likely to be from the following sectors: IT managed or outsourced services, commercial services, financial services, legal services, HR services and business services.

John Barry from Opt-Sec, the Managed Compliance Service Provider, said: "This is a great way for large organisations to steer their suppliers towards best practice, provide a recognised benchmark and push their security perimeter outwards"

BAE Systems, Barclays, Hewlett-Packard and Pervade Software are among the first businesses to apply for the award. Small businesses such as Skyscape, Nexor and Tier 3 are also adopting the scheme, along with the University of Derby, the Confederation of British Industry and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Research by the Federation of Small Businesses conducted last year found that small businesses lose about 800 million pounds every year as a result of online crime and the Rt. Hon. David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, who launched the new standard, said: "The recent GOZeuS and CryptoLocker attacks, as well as the Ebay hack, show how far cyber criminals will go to steal people's financial details, and we absolutely cannot afford to be complacent."

"We already spend more online than any other major country in the world, and this is in no small part because Britain is already a world leader in cybersecurity. Developing this new scheme will give consumers further confidence that business and government have defences in place to protect against the most common cyber threats."

Currently the only certifying body with the ability to conduct the Self Assessments required for certification to the new standard is the IASME Consortium and their assessment is hosted on the Pervade Software Compliance Tracker.

Pervade provides instant ISO27001 Gap Analysis - 26th May 2014

Earlier today, Compliance Managed Service Provider Opt-Sec used their Pervade Software Compliance Tracker to generate a full Gap Analysis between ISO27001:2005 and the updated ISO27001:2013 at the push of a single button!

ISO/IEC 27001:2005 is an information security management system (ISMS) standard published in October 2005. Eight years on, and the first revision of ISO27001 was released but, rather than being an update, it has actually proved to be a major overhaul. For example:-

  • * The number of Sections has increased from 11 to 14
  • * Companies can now write their own Controls (not just use Annex A)
  • * The senior management responsibility has been re-written
  • * It is more aligned with other policies (ISO901, ISO14001, ISO22301 and ISO31000)

 

Pervade Software's ISO27001 Policy, one of a wide range of pre-configured policies for the Pervade Compliance Tracker, breaks down the ISO Controls into easy-to-answer questions which simplifies the task of getting compliant and staying compliant for the compliance manager and other contributors. The 2005 version of the policy in the Pervade system breaks down into 250 questions.

Opt-Sec, who use the Pervade platform to offer managed compliance services, had answered all of the questions in the software in preparation for an ISO27001 audit. The 2013 version of the policy (which has 305 questions) was loaded into the software and, at the touch of a button, all of the questions that were common to both policies were instantly auto-answered in the new policy.

John Barry of Opt-Sec said "We have done a lot of work getting our systems and processes to a compliant state but we were working to the 2005 Controls and we were keen to see how this work translated to the new Controls".

178 of the 250 questions also appear in the 2013 policy and were immediately answered (so only 70% of their previous work was valid).

72 of the questions they had already answered were not required in the 2013 policy (so almost 30% of their previous work was now useless in the context of compliance).

127 new questions are asked in the 2013 policy that are not in the 2005 policy (so the work required to complete the 2013 policy is half as much again as the work they had already done to complete the 2005 policy).

These stats clearly show how much work is needed to complete the ISO27001:2013 policy, even by companies who have already got ISO27001:2005 certification. "The real magic was in seeing the 2013 policy fill up with answers before our very eyes" said John Barry, "we got a comprehensive gap analysis, with tasks allocated to appropriate team members, in a matter of seconds, and there wasn't a consultant with a clipboard anywhere to be seen".

Pervade Software releases Version 2.5.0 - 1st October 2013

Today, at the start of the second year of general availability, version 2.5.0 of the award-winning monitoring & compliance tracking solution was released to the customer base.

The first aspect of this update that users will notice is the increase in the speed of processing. A series of internal caches have been added to the query engine, the charting process and the compliance answer database. These caches more than double the speed of these functions and make a massive difference when there are many users all beavering away on the systems at once.

There are a series of brand new features that have been added in response to customer demand. These include:-

Edit Mode - at the click of a button, the entire user interface now switches into an editable view where all elements can be changed in real time. Tabs, dashboards, charts, graphs and displays can be added, edited and deleted and all these changes are remembered on a per user basis.

Chart Builder - a brand new chart building wizard has been added so that users can use all data gathered into the system to create charts, graphs and tables in a wide range of styles, which will be immediately available for adding to custom dashboards.

Instant Reports - in addition to the customisable reports, a new button has been added that runs the current screen as a printable report so that data can be pulled from the system in seconds for taking into meetings or working incidents across teams.

Forensic Search - last, but by no means least, an incredibly powerful search function for running the most in-depth forensic analysis of any product on the market - one of the best weapons in the cyber security battle.

This new release, which incorporates even more ground-breaking functions that the last, is immediately available to all existing customers (at no cost - Pervade does not charge for updates or new versions) and all new installs will be v.2.5.0 at the same standard price.