Written 22 posts

Cyber Security Challenge UK partners with Scottish Government and YoungScot to address growing need for diverse thinkers in cyber security

13th March 2019

Neurocyber in Scotland is the first event of its kind in Scotland, designed to help build a pipeline of diverse talent in response to the growing cyber skills gap   Hosted by Cyber Security Challenge UK in partnership with Young Scot, and funded by the Scottish Government, this event aims to promote an open conversation…

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Cyber Scotland Week

4th March 2019

This year the Scottish Government and ScotlandIS, with key partners from across Scotland, will launch a new initiative, Cyber Scotland Week (22nd April – 28th April 2019).  A host of events will showcase the exceptional innovation taking place in the sector, while raising awareness of good cyber resilience practice and promoting a career within the…

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CyberFirst Girls Competition 2019 – a chance to shine

14th January 2019

  The CyberFirst Girls Competition is back for 2019 and it promises to be bigger than ever before. In 2017, when we developed the idea of holding a competition to encourage more young girls to study GCSE computer science, I don’t think we appreciated the huge interest that it would generate and the fantastic talent that it…

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Government challenges Scotland’s cyber savvy women of the future

10th December 2018

  ·         12-13 year olds can now register for CyberFirst Girls Competition  ·         Finals will be hosted in Edinburgh for the first time  ·         Competition designed to increase global female cyber workforce from 11%     CYBER savvy girls in Scotland have been challenged by the Government to pit their digital wits against one another in…

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New action plan to boost Scotland’s cyber security industry

26th September 2018

A new action plan will encourage the growth of innovative Scottish cyber security research to deliver world-leading cyber security goods and services. The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise will work with key partners to ensure Scotland fully exploits the economic growth opportunities of the increasing demand for cyber security goods. Scottish Enterprise will receive just…

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Scotland can’t be complacent about cyber security threats

27th June 2018

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…

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Cyber resilience is at the heart of digital learning and teaching

15th May 2018

  This week is National Digital Learning Week — an opportunity for Scotland to showcase and celebrate the added value that digital and online technologies bring to young people’s learning. It’s also a chance to restate the importance of cyber resilience in our learning system and curriculum.   What is cyber resilience?   Cyber resilience…

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Strengthening cyber resilience – New action plan puts cyber-skills at the heart of learning and development

7th March 2018

A digitally connected economy and society that is more vulnerable to cyber threats requires its citizens to be more resilient, and for Scotland to have a strong talent pool of cyber security professionals.   That is why we, as the Co-chairs of the Learning and Skills Steering Group, along with the Scottish Government, key educational…

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National Cyber Security Centre publishes cyber threat assessment for charity sector

1st March 2018

    Culture of openness makes small charities more vulnerable to cyber fraud and extortion Charities falling victim to a range of attacks with potentially devastating consequences Accompanying guidance will help protect charities from common types of cyber crime DEVIOUS tricks to defraud small charities through online attacks have been exposed in the first ever…

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The ‘One Reset’ you need to protect your emails from hackers

21st February 2018

Do you use the same password across all of your online accounts or share personal details via email? If so, you’re not alone. A new survey from the Government’s Cyber Aware campaign and global information services company Experian has revealed over half of respondents (52%) aged 18-25 and 27% of respondents from all age groups…

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