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Safer surfing for suppliers in ‘Cyber Scotland Week’

February 21, 2022 by No Comments | Category Best practice, cyber security, Procurement news, Scottish Procurement, Supplier Development Programme

Cyber Scotland Week runs from 28 February to 6 March 2022. The aim of the week is to “keep everyone cyber aware and resilient.” We want public procurement in Scotland to be #OpenAndConnected – but also safe and secure for suppliers and buyers.

In this climate of ever increasing cyber threats, supply chains are often seen as an easy route to attack larger organisations. In light of this, the Scottish Government has developed the Cyber Security Procurement Support Tool (CSPST) which is used by public sector buyers to assess the cyber security of bidding suppliers.

To kick off Cyber Scotland Week, we are hosting a free, online webinar on Wednesday 2 March* (2pm – 3.30pm) in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme (SDP). You may be required to use the tool as part of bidding for contracts, so this webinar has been set up to help using the tool, giving a bit of background on why CSPST was developed and a walkthrough of how to use it. (*new date – previous date was 1 March)

Once you have entered your answers into the CSPST, they can be reused for contracts with the same/similar risk profiles for any public authority using CSPST. This can significantly reduce the amount of time spent answering questions on cyber resilience overall.  You can also use this free, online tool to assess your cyber security needs.

Visit the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) website for more information and to register for the webinar

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