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Cyber Champions Recognised at SBRC’s Inaugural Cyber Community Awards

Ross Kelly

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Cyber Community Awards

The awards recognised the contribution of organisations and individuals helping to keep Scotland safe online.

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) has revealed the winners of its first Cyber Community Awards.

Hosted virtually by comedian Fred MacAuley, the awards recognise and celebrate the contribution of individuals and organisations which help keep Scotland’s online community safe.

From mentors to educators, the inaugural awards have marked a moment to recognise how small changes can make a huge difference to the safety of people online – particularly amid an era when so much discussion around cybersecurity focuses on the negative impact.

Five awards were given to individuals and organisations from a range of industries and sectors, spanning education and the public, private and third sectors.

On the night, Allan Goodwill of Abertay University scooped up the SBRC Student Community Champion award while Annabel Turner of CyberSafe Scotland secured the SBRC Cyber Community Hero award.

Perth and Kinross Council’s Education and Children’s Services was also recognised in the Outstanding Cyber Community Event category for its Getting it Right…Keeping Your Child Safe programme.

Commenting on Allan and Annabel’s awards, the Cyber Community Awards judges said: “Allan’s clear passion for cyber security shone through. We were impressed with the involvement Allan has in programmes such as ‘TryHackMe’ and the ‘Capture the Flag’ (CTF) challenges, tackling serious issues through gamification and a creative approach.

“Annabel’s contribution to increasing online safety has been significant. We commend her for the work she has done to support schools from every learning cluster in Aberdeen as well as the huge success in using Facebook Live to reach parents.”

Special Recognition

In addition to the main categories at the Cyber Community Awards, Gordon McDonald of Police Scotland was recognised with a Special Recognition Award. Judges said Constable Macdonald has shown “incredible initiative when it comes to keeping people safe online in his constabulary”.

In the past year, Macdonald has engaged extensively with primary school parents and led online webinars aimed at improving online safety.

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The SBRC ‘Shine the Light’ Awards were also granted to Alison Stone, SCVO, Beverly Bowles, Police Scotland, Jana Vidis, IFB, Michael McCullagh, Police Scotland and Robbie Ross of Converged Communication Solutions.

Commenting on the awards, SBRC Chief Executive Jude McCorry said: “Last night’s awards highlight that despite the challenges every one of us has faced over the last 12 months, there continues to be an incredible amount of good being done to elevate cyber education and awareness.

“With the programmes and contributions supporting a broad range of people – from young people and their parents to peers and other professionals – I take great pride in all that is being done to increase cyber resilience across Scotland.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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