The BOPSIG group was established in October 2017 by Jon Edney to bring together like-minded ICT professionals with a responsibility for, or genuine interest in, Cyber Security. The group is completely voluntary; nobody (presenters, members, venues or organisers) receive any payment or expenses for their participation in the group. BOPSIG's mission is to "Improve cyber security capability in the Bay through monthly presentations, industry news and peer networking".