Upcoming events

Below you will find details of any upcoming events and links to sign-up:

UK Innovation & Tech Show

Wednesday 15 March 2023

The Square Brussels Meeting Centre
Brussels, Belgium

We will be exhibiting at UK Innovation & Tech Show, an event that brings together innovators, companies and thought leaders from across the UK and Europe for a stunning exhibition and a series of policy discussions around cutting edge technologies, including DSbD.

This event is organised by The UK Mission to the European Union (UKMis Brussels). Their mission is to ensure the UK’s interests are promoted and explained to EU member states and the EU institutions. Free to attend.

CHERITech 23

Friday 31 March 2023

University of Glasgow, Advanced Research Centre
11 Chapel Lane, Glasgow G11 6EW

The UKRI Digital Security by Design (DSbD) government-led programme is working to create an ecosystem around the adoption of CHERI concepts to significantly increase the protection of next-generation products and services from cyber-attack. #cheritech23 is a workshop providing a venue for technical discussion around CHERI infrastructure of all kinds, including hardware, software, verification, and applications. The focus is to bring together people working on or interested in CHERI technology, and to share existing work and future ideas to develop the CHERI ecosystem.

Attendance is free, with lunch and refreshments provided.


Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 April 2023

ICC Belfast, 2 Lanyon Place
Belfast BT1 3WH

We will be attending the NCSC’s flagship event, CYBERUK 2023 at the ICC Belfast, Northern Ireland. The theme for 2023 is securing an open and resilient digital future. While the unprecedented growth in digital and technological development brings huge benefits, it also has the potential to threaten security interests.

DSbD will have a stand presence, including funded project demonstrators showcasing their work with Arm Morello board based on CHERI architecture as well as a speaking presence. More details will be made available closer to the event date.


Previous events

If you missed an event or want to rewatch a presentation, catch up below-

London Internet of Things Meetup

Thursday 23 February 2023

Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Road
London NW1 2RA

Digital Catapult hosted the London IoT community for their 127th meetup. Featuring leading speakers in the IoT London scene, followed by Q&A and interactive networking. Plus a quick fire, “over to you” round where attendees shared any projects or needs within this community:

  • Talk 1: Connectivity Standards Alliance and Matter Introduction. Christopher (Chris) LaPré, Head of Technology, Connectivity Standards Alliance
  • Talk 2: How to better utilise spaces with IoT? Speaker TBC, Mindshare
  • Talk 3: Digital Security by Design and IoT – happy marriage? Dr Ramona Marfievici, Lead IoT Engineer & Gavin Burns, Innovation Delivery Manager, Digital Catapult, Richard Gonzalez, Director, Sensor IT

The DSbD Team offered an overview of Digital Security by Design, CHERI and how this technology could significantly enhance cyber security of IoT ecosystems.

State of Open Con 23

Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 February 2023

Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary
London SW1P 3EE

We attended this event to present the Digital Security by Design (DSbD) programme and its aims, as well as exhibit the Morello Board demonstrator to sample its capabilities. Beside showcasing the hardware we answered questions about the technologies (Morello/CHERI), and promoted the opportunity to join DSbD through the recently launched Technology Access Programme, accepting applications until 26 March.

The Morello Board demonstrator gave the opportunity to an audience unfamiliar with Morello and CHERI to get a quick overview of the capabilities for read/write out of bounds, and how these technologies have been designed to defend against this type of memory attack.


Security Research Showcase

Thursday 26 January 2023

Cambridge University West Hub, JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0US

This Security Research Showcase highlighted some of the security work going on in areas from software compartmentalisation to cybercrime. It featured a series of lightning talks by early-career researchers.

Two researchers discussed aspects of the CHERI cybersecurity technology – which leads the government’s Digital Security by Design programme – including CHERI software compartmentalisation.

In his talk on ‘CHERI memory safety: software stack and ecosystem’, Research Associate and PhD student Konrad Witaszczyk discussed the current state of available memory-safe software for CHERI.

Then fellow PhD student Dapeng Gao talked about ‘Library-based software compartmentalisation for CHERI’.

Lessons from integrating Morello into vehicle systems

Tuesday 17 January 2023

Online, 14:00 – 16:00 GMT

Beam Connectivity led this workshop to discuss their experiences in porting vehicle telemetry applications to Morello. This workshop was organised by Beam Connectivity and hosted by UKRI. Beam Connectivity’s engineering team gave an overview of their experience porting vehicle telemetry applications to Morello. The focus was on their experience through the learning curve, highlighting specific topics which we hope will be of value to others embarking on similar developments.

This is ideal for technical teams who are looking to port their own applications to Morello and particularly to those in vehicle related projects who are also interested in CAN integration. Recording available below.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Morello in AutoCHERI
  • Our experience selecting operating systems
  • Porting our existing applications: lessons and challenges
  • CAN integration (topic of specific interest for automotive sector projects)
  • Q & A

Digital Security by Design – how Discribe Hub+ are contributing to this important initiative

Tuesday 8 November 2022 18:00 – 20:30

University of Bath 10E – Pavilion Café, Claverton Down
Bath BA2 7AY

Join the Bristol & Bath Cyber Cluster for another fascinating networking event for you – this time being hosted by the University of Bath.
Professor Adam Joinson will talk about Digital Security by Design and how Discribe Hub+ are contributing to this important initiative.

Adam is Professor of Information Systems at the University of Bath, and is Director of Discribe. His background is in behavioural science applied to security and new technology.

Hardware Pioneers Max

Tuesday 25 October 2022 9:00 – 17:30

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St
London N1 0QH

We were on Stand 27 at Hardware Pioneers Max, the annual gathering of product innovators in IoT and electronics. Dedicated to all engineers, as well as technical and business leaders whose companies are developing IoT devices and systems. We had the opportunity to meet over 40 visitors who wanted to learn more about the Technology Access Programme and see cutting-edge prototype hardware by Arm displayed on stand.

Over 60 delegates joined us at 11:50 for a panel discussion on the topic ‘Security Challenges for Hardware/IoT Makers’. Dr Ramona Marfievici, Lead Engineer – IoT, Digital Catapult chaired the session with guests from Academia and the industry to discuss the current state of hardware security, the most pressing threats on the hardware side and approaches to secure it.

Digital Government 2022

Wednesday 19 October 22 9:00 – 17:00

Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Way
Belfast BT3 9EP

Nuala Kilmartin, Innovation Lead, Digital Security by Design, Innovate UK presented at this prestigious event to provide an overview of the Challenge and its role in creating a more resilient and secure future.

This annual event provided a valuable opportunity to bring together key stakeholders to gain insight into the government’s objectives for digital transformation and hear directly from those responsible for driving this forward. Taking place as a fully in person event, reconnect and network with your peers and colleagues, key senior policy makers and decision makers. The conference also featured an exhibition zone featuring some of Northern Ireland’s leading expert solution providers.

High Integrity Software 2022

Tuesday 11 October 2022 8:00 – 17:00

Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street
Bristol, BS1 3AD

We had a speaking presence at the High Integrity Software conference, designed to share challenges, best practice and experience between software engineering practitioners. The conference featured talks from industrial and academic specialists which disseminate experience and knowledge of important techniques and methods that are applicable across industry sectors.

Prof. John Goodacre, Challenge Director – Digital Security by Design, UK Research and Innovation delivered a talk about the impact the Arm Morello technology prototype – based on CHERI security features – could provide to businesses and researchers developing High Integrity Software (HIS).

IoT Security Foundation Conference ‘22

Wednesday 5 October 2022 9:00 – 17:00

ILEC Conference Centre, 47 Lillie Rd, Hammersmith
London SW6 1UD

DSbD were proud to be sponsoring and delivering a Keynote at the IoT Security Foundation 8th Annual Conference. The Conference delivered talks by leading cyber security experts with multi-track sessions for executives, developers, engineers, managers and security professionals as well as benefitting from ample networking breaks and a drinks reception. The Conference also featured an executive networking dinner after the drinks reception to allow for further networking in a more relaxed environment.

Prof. John Goodacre, Challenge Director – Digital Security by Design delivered the keynote speech on ‘Past, Present and Future, the imperative of change’ as part of the Future of IoT Security session at 9:15.

This talk referenced back to the 1970’s through to the next decade when new technology must fundamentally change the way computers run software and deliver secured products by design. Touching on the CHERI approach, we investigated some of the evolving new techniques to secure devices by design and ponder how the world of IoT may change.

Watch all the sessions via the button below.

International Cyber Expo

Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 September 2022 9:30 – 17:30

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington
London, W14 8UX

We were on stand H41 at Olympia, London to spread the word about our industry-leading programme and how companies can access Arm’s prototype hardware, based on CHERI developed by University of Cambridge, and technical support from Digital Catapult, including £15,000 in funding. Visitors had the opportunity to see Arm’s Morello board and ask questions to our experts.

We also hosted a roundtable discussion titled ‘Security in telecoms networks virtualisation/cloudification – challenges and opportunities’, aimed at Telecommunications companies. Chaired by Paul Ceely, Director of Technology Strategy at Digital Catapult, it explored areas where this pioneering technology architecture could bring substantial security benefits.


Tuesday 6 September 2022 10:00 – 18:00

King’s College London, Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, Strand Campus,
London, WC2R 2LS

The UKRI Digital Security by Design (DSbD) government-led programme is working to create an ecosystem around the adoption of CHERI concepts to significantly increase the protection of next-generation products and services from cyber-attack. CHERITech22 was a workshop providing a venue for technical discussion around CHERI infrastructure of all kinds, including hardware, software, and verification. The focus is to bring together people working on or interested in CHERI technology and to share existing work and future ideas to develop the CHERI ecosystem. Sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with future DSbD events.

Technology Access Programme Funding Opportunity: Live briefing and Q&A

Monday 5 September 2022 11.30 – 12.30pm

Watch on-demand the Live briefing and Q&A webinar to find out how your organisation could receive £15,000 in funding from the Digital Security by Design programme and gain access to the cutting-edge Arm Morello board incorporating CHERI architecture.

Through the Digital Security by Design Technology Access Programme, UK-based companies can use these technologies to uncover security vulnerabilities in their own systems before they become a problem, and provide findings to influence the design of future computer systems.


Is the future for secure computer systems open source?

Will our industry end up completely open source? How are tech companies already embracing open source as an ethos and practically? Will it make our systems safer and more secure? Is there an alternate future?

Hosted by renowned cybersecurity journalist and author, Geoff White, the event started with a keynote address by Bruce Perens, co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, before proceeding to a panel discussion, ’Does open sourcing code make for less vulnerable code?‘ with audience Q&A. Perens was joined by Amanda Brock – CEO of OpenUK, the UK body for Open Technology, Andy Martin – CEO and Founder of ControlPlane and Mark Inskip – Programme Director, Morello Program, Arm.



You can watch all the highlights, full event recordings and individual presentations on the Digital Security by Design YouTube channel.

UK Four Nations roadshows

From 21 February to 10 March 2022 Digital Security by Design hosted roadshow events across the four nations. We heard from historians, researchers, tech journalists, engineers and thought leaders on a range of different themes around the evolution of digital security by design in computer systems and where our future may be heading.

21 February: The history of computers

3 March: Exploring new technologies in cyber security

8 March 2022: Strengthen the foundations and make the world more secure

10 March: The future for trusted computers



You can watch all the highlights, full event recordings and individual presentations on the Digital Security by Design YouTube channel.

Can future hardware make our software more secure?

Are you interested in trialling a new technique that stops buffer overflows and other memory-safety issues — even in C or C++?

If you missed the in person event at Cambridge’s Bradfield Centre on March 15, you can catch up on the presentations and Q&A with presenters to find out about:

– Cambridge University’s new CHERI architecture: Capability Hardware Enhanced RISC Instructions.
– Why Arm partnered with University of Cambridge to develop prototype silicon.
– How you can use this prototype — the Arm Morello Board — to find bugs and memory safety issues in your existing code.
– How you can get hold of a Morello board plus £15,000 funding to trial the Morello prototype architecture in your organisation.


What is Digital Security by Design?

Technology Access Programme launch event and digital security webinar

On 25 January 2022 we launched the Digital Security by Design Technology Access Programme. The programme offers tech companies of all sizes the opportunity to trial Arm’s prototype Morello Board and CHERI, a new instruction set architecture developed by the University of Cambridge. These prototype technologies have the potential to change the way we develop future software and hardware – making software less vulnerable to memory safety issues and systems more secure and resilient.

Here’s Digital Security by Design Challenge Director, John Goodacre explaining the Digital Security by Design project and how companies can get get involved.

The full event recording is available on our YouTube channel.

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