First national cyber awards scheme launches in Scotland

Mandy Haeburn-Little, Scottish Business Resilience Centre
Key public bodies, along with a number of leading private firms, are set to endorse a new awards scheme that’s being rolled out by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) to recognise Scotland’s commitment towards cyber security excellence.
Cross-agency and cross-sector support from the likes of Scottish Enterprise (SE), Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and sponsors PwC will see the programme culminate in an awards ceremony in November – timed around the anniversary of the launch of the Scottish Government’s national Cyber Resilience Strategy. 
According to organisers, 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 ceremony will also become a core part of an ongoing cyclical programme of activity between SE and SBRC which will include an annual cyber conference.
Director of the SBRC, Mandy Haeburn-Little, 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 £3 billon 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 awards categories, which will include most innovative product or service, as well as best use of technology for consumers, are set to be announced shortly.

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