Entries have opened for the Scottish Cyber Awards 2018, recognising and celebrating the pioneers, innovators and leaders in Scotland’s critically important cyber security industry.
The competition is open to entrants from the public and private sector, as well as academia and individuals who are contributing to Scotland’s position as an innovator in the cyber world.
The awards were created and are hosted by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC). Following the first competition in 2016, the Cyber Awards have grown significantly, expanding into a larger venue and welcoming a growing number of applications and attendees over the last two years.
Applications open today – 7 June 2018 and will close on Friday 7 September 2018.
The Cyber Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 28 November, returning to the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh.
Individuals and companies are encouraged to apply on their own behalf, or nominate other candidates whom they feel deserve to be recognised.
The winners will be picked by an expert panel of cyber specialists from various industries and presented with one of the specially designed awards.
New to this year is the first category voted for by the public, Best Customer Experience, recognising organisations that have gone above and beyond to provide excellent service. The best nominations will be put to the public ahead of the awards in October.
The complete list of categories for the Scottish Cyber Awards 2018 awards are:
- Best Cyber Breakthrough
- Best Cyber Education Programme
- Outstanding Cyber Team
- Best Cyber Start-Up
- Best New Cyber Talent
- Collaboration with Police Scotland
- Cyber Evangelist of the Year
- Cyber Security Teacher of the Year
- Leading Light Innovation Award
- Outstanding Woman in Cyber
- Best Customer Experience
A Safer, More Prosperous Nation
Mandy Haeburn-Little, Chief Executive of the SBRC, said: “This event will undoubtedly help to shine a spotlight on Scotland’s increasingly global standing as leaders in the battle against cyber-crime.
“That is thanks to a huge body of established and new talent amongst the country’s cyber security influencers – and each year the number and quality of applications surpasses even our most optimistic expectations.
“The success of previous ceremonies reflects the need to recognise these individuals and companies, who work tirelessly to make Scotland a safer and more prosperous place for everyone.
“We should be proud to speak up about our cyber security success stories – and the heroes within the industry, whether they are preparing our next generation, or directly protecting us from often malicious attacks.”
Previous winners include: Toni Scullion of St Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn – Champion of Champions 2017 Award and Cyber Security Teacher of the Year Award, ID Cyber Solutions – Best Cyber Start-Up Award, My1Login – International Contribution to Cyber Award and Clydesdale Bank – Outstanding Cyber Team Award.
You can find more information on the 2018 Cyber Awards here.