Scotland can’t be complacent about cyber security threats
Cyber-crime increasingly affects everyone – at home, at work and even in national government. It’s also borderless, requiring new approaches to prevent attacks. Recent reports highlight the escalating volume of the threat.
I’ve been working with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and the Scottish Government, as co-chair of the Scottish private sector steering group, to help develop the cross-sector action plan to safeguard all organisations into the future. Only by working together, sharing information globally and collaborating across sectors will we combat these constantly evolving cyber-threats.
BT manages the security networks for businesses around the world in their efforts to secure their data and networks from our security network centre in Edinburgh, using the expertise we’ve gained protecting our own networks. Indeed, the first BT firewall was installed in Edinburgh and BT has had a security team in the city since 1996.
Protecting organisations from harm is not just down to the IT department. From basic good housekeeping such as having secure passwords, to avoiding clicking on suspicious emails, to making sure security updates are applied, everyone in the organisation should play a part.
Being prepared for an attack will save time and minimise disruption, so organisations should draw up detailed plans outlining who will do what in the event of cyber-attack. Cyber security can’t be considered twice a year or after an attack, it needs to be built into everyday operational risk planning.
BT has also supported the development of a new Graduate Level Apprenticeship, which started as a pilot at Napier University this year and we have recruited some of the first cyber-security apprentices in Scotland, working alongside our team of more than 2,500 security specialists globally. Having a pipeline of the right people coming into cyber security roles will ensure Scotland has the right talent to secure the country’s digital prosperity.
Scotland is taking the right approach to investment, security practices and training, which will leave future generations with a secure digital legacy to build on.
Dave McClure of BT Scotland, Lead private sector representative on the National Cyber Resilience Leaders’ Board and member of the Private Sector Cyber Catalyst Working Group