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New CyberScotland Partnership to Support Nation’s Cyber Resilience

Ross Kelly

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CyberScotland Partnership

A new partnership has been formed to address the growing need for clarity on cybersecurity for citizens and businesses.

10 strategic organisations across Scotland, including the SBRC, Scottish Government and Police Scotland, have joined the CyberScotland Partnership.

The Partnership will work to ensure individuals and organisations throughout Scotland can easily access correct and up-to-date guidance on cybersecurity and resilience. The organisations will also be supported by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which joins as a technical advisor.

Commenting on the launch of the partnership, Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Innovation and Public Finance said: “The new Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland launched by the Deputy First Minister earlier this week, outlines Scotland’s intention to be a digitally secure and resilient nation.

“The CyberScotland Partnership will help drive forward this ambition.  As well as providing advice and guidance, improved coordination of skills opportunities, the Partnership will help to promote Scotland’s flourishing cybersecurity products and service industry.

“Greater awareness of the cyber risks leads to greater demand for solutions and our cybersecurity industry can produce innovative solutions and offer high quality employment.”

McKee added that the partnership will “further reinforce Scotland as a global leader” in the fight against cybercrime.

The collaboration’s first move is to launch CyberScotland.com, which is now live. The website is a single online resource for individuals and organisations across the public, private, and third sectors seeking information and support across a range of cybersecurity and resilience issues.

Information on skills development for anyone seeking to start a career in cybersecurity will also be available through the website.

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Jude McCorry, CEO of the SBRC, said: “The events of 2020 drove home the importance of remaining focused on cybersecurity.  The reliance on technology for work and socialising grew alongside a corresponding rise in cyberattacks.

“The SBRC has discussed the formation of a collaboration between the organisations involved in the CyberScotland Partnership for some time, as we have seen some confusion from the public about where to get the support they need. Together, we can improve awareness and share knowledge of cybersecurity threats around Scotland.”

The 10 participating organisations in the CyberScotland Partnership are: Scottish Government, Cyber Resilience Unit; Police Scotland; Scottish Business Resilience Centre; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; Scotland IS; Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations; Young Scot; Skills Development Scotland; and Education Scotland.

Ross Kelly

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