Cyber Security

The Dynamo Cyber Cluster is supported by   


Phil Jackman GUERRILLA WORKING, Director
Philip Anderson Northumbria University, Principal Lectur…
Emily Bentley Communicate Technology, Business Develop…
Charlie MacDowall Northumbria University, Digital Client R…
Steve Hood Jitterbyte, Head of Channel Partner Prog…
Nicola Japp Accenture, Senior Technical Security Ana…
Graham Jordan ISNorthEast and NEICT Partnership, Partn…
Beverley Robinson Waterstons, Senior Info Security Consult…
James Holmes NEPIA, Chief Information Officer
Tony Burgess Information Security & Systems Manager, …
Alastair Irons Academic Dean, University of Sunderland
Robin Fewster Red Team Manager, Sage

Overall purpose
of the group

Supporting growth in the North East’s cybersecurity industry:

  • A region of high cyber awareness and infrastructural resilience
  • A centre of excellence in the delivery of Cyber related services
  • A centre of excellence in the delivery and development of high quality students and employees
  • Noted for research and development in cyber


Key aims and

Every threat is an opportunity. Cyber security is a global threat and an enormous opportunity. It’s a $5 trillion annual spend opportunity and we are well placed to take advantage. We want a piece of that action.


CyberNorth is the cyber security cluster for the North East. We are working to grow the industry across the region to position it as a great place to do cyber security business. We are working to grow jobs – highly skilled, well paid and interesting jobs.


We’re doing this in three ways:


  • Make a lot of noise to raise awareness and build belief. We do this through events culminating in #CyberFest in September, the North East’s biggest cyber festival (read more)
  • Develop a mechanism to help existing business to grow in a collaborative yet competitive framework, like an online retail park (read more)
  • Create new businesses by developing a cyber innovation centre across the region along the lines of LORCA (read more)

To help us with this last initiative we need to gather infrmoation about the region’s cybersecurity industry. Please help by filling in our survey


Get on board, be part of CyberNorth!


Read the latest CyberNorth newsletter here.

Read December’s newsletter here.

Read November’s newsletter here

Read October’s newsletter here

Read September’s newsletter here

Read August’s newsletter here.

Read July’s newsletter here.

Read June’s newsletter here.

Regional Ecosystem

We are working to build a cyber security ecosystem across the region and gather details of individuals and companies that are either working in or who have expressed an interest in this space.

Regular updates on events and meetings are sent to this group. If you are interested in hearing more, or being involved, please contact


The diagram above is to help the regional discussions around cyber security.  It aims to identify classes of organisations.  The blue boxes represent organisations which the cyber work stream should engage with.

Dynamo cyber factsheet


#CyberFest, the North East’s largest cyber security festival has now been running for three years. With events across the region throughout September, the aim of #CyberFest is to raise awareness of cyber security activities across the region as part of our mission ‘To Make the North East the place for cyber security.’

View the videos of #CyberFest2020 events

Find out more about #CyberFest 2020

Find out more about #CyberFest 2019

Find out more about  #CyberFest 2018

A range of useful resources including how to report a cyber attack and strategy development can be found here.




To find out how to be involved in the Cyber Cluster, please contact Phil Jackman on 

@NorthumbriaUni and @ucl are seeking the views of information professionals on the shifting opportunities and threats for the ICT/information sector in the light of Brexit. If you can help please complete this survey:

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