The day began with some valuable meetings arranged by UKTI, and discussions with Venture Capitalists on access to finance. The delegation firstly heard from FireEye, a US cyber security company that recently teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to offer services such as incident response, on the vast opportunities for growth in the US.
It was interesting to hear their thoughts on the UK cyber security industry, particularly their view of GCHQ’s ‘Ten Steps to Cyber-Security’ as leading guidelines for the US insurance market.
Back at the Moscone Centre, the conference officially kicked off with a keynote speech from Secretary Jeh Johnson from the Department for Homeland Security (DHS), who stressed the importance of cyber security being a partnership between government and the private sector.
He also announced plans for DHS to open a satellite office in Silicon Valley to help strengthen the relationship between the public and private sector.
The evening ended with the “British Cheer with Beer” event at the UK stand, where attendees were treated to traditional British fish and chips, scones and beer. Hosted by UKTI, this was a perfect opportunity for other companies to meet the UK delegation and discuss opportunities for collaboration and a great way to end a busy, yet action packed day.