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SBRC Announces Launch of New Cyber Community Awards

Ross Kelly

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Cyber Community Awards

The awards will celebrate the tireless work being done by Scottish businesses, academics and individuals to improve online safety.

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) has announced it is now accepting entries for the first Cyber Community Awards.

The awards will recognise and celebrate the work being done by businesses, academics, and individuals to keep Scotland’s online community safe, spotlighting those making an impact in their local area.

Held on Thursday 25th February 2021 during CyberScotland Week, the online awards ceremony will be hosted by Scottish comedian Fred MacAulay.

Entries are being accepted in the following categories:

  • Cyber Community Hero
  • Student Community Champion
  • Outstanding Cyber Community Event

SBRC revealed that, in keeping with the theme of celebrating community, the public will help to choose the winners alongside a judging panel.

The shortlist for each category is set to be announced on 15th February 2021.

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Commenting on the awards’ launch, SBRC Chief Executive Jude McCorry said: “We have all adapted in 2020 to follow a digital first approach, with people working remotely and choosing to do business online.

“Unfortunately, this led to a corresponding uptick in cyber-attacks, but thankfully Scotland is home to a remarkable cyber defence community.”

McCorry added: “Now is the time to celebrate the dedication and commitment of these unsung heroes of cyber. The SBRC Cyber Community Awards will champion those that are going to extraordinary lengths to keep Scottish citizens and organisations safe online.

“While we look forward to hearing from people throughout Scotland, we particularly encourage entries from communities outwith the Central Belt including the Highlands & Islands, the North East, the South East and the South West.”

The launch of the Cyber Community Awards follows the recent decision by SBRC to postpone the national Scottish Cyber Awards ceremony, originally planned for 25th February 2021, in light of the evolving coronavirus situation.

The Scottish Cyber Awards will now take place on 17th June 2021 in Edinburgh.

Further details on the rescheduled Scottish Cyber Awards are available here: www.scottishcyberawards.co.uk/

More information on the awards and details on how to enter can be found here: www.sbrcentre.co.uk/home/cyber-community-awards

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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