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Cyber Scotland Week to Showcase Country’s Flourishing Sector

Ross Kelly

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Cyber Scotland Week

Cyber Scotland Week will focus on three key areas – protection, innovation and skills & careers.

Cyber Scotland Week 2021 is set to bring together experts, influencers and the next generation of industry talent to explore and improve Scotland’s cyber resilience.

Set to run virtually from 22nd to 28th February, the event series is delivered by partners from across industry and academia, as well as third and public sectors, and hopes to educate businesses and citizens alike on cybersecurity.

As part of Cyber Scotland Week, free webinars, resources and learning opportunities will be delivered to a wide audience, with over 124,000 people attending last years’ programme.

A host of world-renowned cyber experts will also take to the virtual stage to provide attendees with valuable insights across topics such as cyber protection, innovation, skills and careers.

Commenting on the series launch, ScotlandIS’ Interim CEO, Karen Meechan, said: “Cyber security has never been more important, with even more elements of society and business moving online during the pandemic than ever before.

“Cyber is no longer an IT issue, it affects all of us in many ways. The industry is a crucial contributor to Scotland’s economic growth, and we’re thrilled to showcase the invaluable work and innovation across the sector throughout Cyber Scotland Week.”

From financial fraud to hacking, cybercrime has been on the rise. Statistics published by the UK Government show that nearly half (46%) of businesses and charities across Britain reported a cyber-attack during 2020.

Of those, one-third claimed they experienced a cyber breach at least once a week last year – marking an increase of 22% since 2017.

Meechan added: “We have been working hard behind the scenes to put together a fantastic online programme packed with celebrated speakers and relevant topics which will enlighten and inspire.”

LeadScotland, Barclays, Forensic Analytics and Highlands & Islands Enterprise, are just some of the organisations taking part to share their expertise this year.

The sessions include:

  • Online scams: how to spot them and what to do
  • How to successfully embed Cyber Security into your organisation’s culture
  • Your digital footprint: what does the internet know about you?
  • Remote auditing: do’s and don’ts

Information on how to register for Cyber Scotland Week, as well as the event schedule, can be found here: cyberscotlandweek.com/events

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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