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Halo to focus on tackling cybercrime

Marie Macklin
Marie Macklin: digital focus (photo by Terry Murden)

A new development in Ayrshire will be a focus for developing skills to tackle the growing threat of cybercrime.

The Kilmarnock-based Halo, backed by entrepreneur Marie Macklin, is to host one of Scotland’s national network of Cyber Hubs and is working with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) to scope the facility. 

She said: “As a society, cyber crime represents one of the most significant threats that we face today.

“Through The Halo, we will recruit, train and arm a cyber town of young, digital experts who will take a front line role in keeping the area and its retailers safe.

“Our young people are our future and equipping them to tackle this important issue will ensure that Scotland is at the forefront of the digital growth.

“We intend to make the Hub a fulcrum of real-time learning input and engagement, from nursery and primary schools to further education institutions, businesses and community organisations.”

Mandy Haeburn-Little, chiefexecutive of the SBRC, said: “The Halo vision is a truly great one, I have been very impressed by the energy and ambition of Marie and the whole Halo team.

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