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Awards will recognise cyber security excellence

Mandy Haeburn-LittleKey public bodies, along with leading private firms will endorse a new awards ceremony to recognise Scotland’s commitment towards cyber security excellence.

Set to take place in November this year, the awards will feature categories that celebrate innovative new technologies, the good practice of both small and established companies and progress within the education sector.

The awards ceremony has cross-agency support, from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), Skills Development Scotland as well as a number of industry sponsors, including PwC.

The awards will be timed around the anniversary of the launch of the Scottish Government’s national Cyber Resilience Strategy, which enshrined the ambition that Scotland should become a lead nation for cyber resilience. The ceremony will also become a core part of an ongoing cyclical programme of activity with Scottish Enterprise and SBRC including an annual cyber conference and the well established Christmas lectures for schools.

The strategy emphasised the importance of a collaborative approach to cyber security, further establishing the role of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) in working alongside organisations to establish and encourage best practice.

Director of the SBRC, Mandy Haeburn-Little (pictured), said: “The decision to create Scotland’s first national cyber awards is a very significant step for Scotland.

“Not only does it follow closely on the launch of our Cyber Resilience Strategy, it also underlines very clearly the importance and value being placed on cyber innovation and security at National level. This is a very exciting step and will be open to all sizes of company. Scotland has a unique and really proud history of innovation and SBRC is delighted to be partner to these prestigious awards.

“We are genuinely very excited to see this step being announced and are already looking forwards to what will be a high profile endorsement for innovation.”

‎Martin Beaton, Cyber Security Network Integrator for Scotland, said: “The threat of cyber crime affects all of us in Scotland, from grandparents to children, businesses large and small. The array of criminals responsible for the attacks which cost Scotland an estimated £3bn per year are vast – teenagers, foreign states and organised crime to name but a few.

“Scotland is working hard to achieve the aim of being an international leader is cyber resilience. We are very pleased to announce Scotland’s national cyber security awards event scheduled for November this year. This will be a true celebration of the excellent progress Scotland has made towards the massive opportunity cyber security has become for our nation.

“Scotland is making great advances in mitigating this threat and the awards dinner is a way to recognise the fantastic progress Scotland is making in the areas of Education and Industry.”

The full list of categories for the awards, which will include most innovative product or service – as well as best use of technology for consumers – will be announced shortly.


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