Outstanding Women in Cyber is among the categories to be celebrated at tonight’s Scottish Cyber Awards in Edinburgh
One of Scotland’s most exciting and fastest-growing industries will gather tonight (Wednesday 22 November) to celebrate the Scottish Cyber Awards.
Following last year’s inaugural event hosted by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), the awards will shine a light on innovative work and thinking across Scotland.
Focusing on the positive aspects of what is a critical industry for Scotland’s future economic development, the event has moved to a larger setting at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand Hotel. & Spa.
Four new categories will reflect the diversity and growth of the cyber security industry in Scotland.
Chief Executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, Mandy Haeburn-Little, said: “Following the success of last year’s event I am sure everyone is really looking forward to tonight.
“There is truly amazing, ground-breaking work happing in Scotland and it ranges from small but brilliant innovations, to work in schools and universities and by crime-fighting authorities.
“These awards help recognise the importance of this rapidly growing and sector to Scotland and give us an opportunity to celebrate the talent that we simply must do our best to keep hold of.
“It really does make a difference too. As an example, ZoneFox was able to use its awards success last year as a catalyst to go on and secure major funding and – as a result – create a large number of important jobs in the past 12 months.
“Good luck to everyone nominated for an award, you have already achieved so much and we hope you continue to do such inspiring work.”
Categories in this year’s awards include: Best Cyber Start Up, Best Cyber Breakthrough and Outstanding Woman in Cyber, among many others.
Napier University, ECS Security Ltd and ZoneFox top the shortlisted nominations with four each – with nominations for a large range of individuals and organisations based throughout Scotland.
This year’s awards has also attracted major backing, with lead sponsor PwC joined by key partners Zonefox and Symantec.
Colin Slater, Cyber Security Partner at PwC in Scotland, said: “This is our second year sponsoring the Cyber Awards and we’ve been absolutely delighted to be involved
“It’s an interesting time for the industry given the ever-increasing profile cyber security is receiving in Scotland and events like this are not only raising that awareness further but also encouraging others to see the cyber security industry as an attractive career path.”
The nominees are…
Best Cyber Start Up
ID Cyber Solutions
Best New Cyber Talent
Alexander Young – ECS Security Ltd
Carson Leonard – ZoneFox
Gary Ennis – NSDesign Ltd
Collaboration with Police Scotland
Droman Solutions Ltd
Cyber Evangelist of the Year
Bill Buchanan – Edinburgh Napier University
Stuart Hirst – Skyscanner
James Kwaan – iSACA Scotland
Cyber Resilient Commuinty Impact award
Law Society of Scotland
Abertay Ethical Hacking Society
Cyber Security Teacher of the Year
Colin Drummond – West Lothian Council
Toni Scullion – St Kentigern’s Academy
Gareth Rae – Girvan Academy
International Contribution to Cyber Security Award
ID Cyber Solutions
Leading Light Innovation
Best Cyber Breakthrough
Edinburgh Napier University – Symphonic
Best Cyber Education Programme
Edinburgh Napier University
Leading Diversity in Cyber
ECS Security Ltd
Outstanding Cyber Team
Turing Testers – St Kentigern’s Academy
ECS Secuirty Limited
Outstanding Woman in Cyber
Alison Brogan – ECS Security Limited
Laura Sullivan – ZoneFox
Naghmeh Moradpoor – Edinburgh Napier University