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CyberScotland Week Returns Today With Over 130 Online Events

Ross Kelly

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CyberScotland Week

Cybercrime has increased since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the NCSC defending the UK from more than 700 cyber-attacks in the past year, of which 1 in 4 were Covid related.

The third annual CyberScotland Week officially returned today (Monday 22nd) with more than double the number of events than last year’s programme.

The free event series, which runs online from 22nd to 28th February, will see 134 virtual events take place across five days of insight, discussion and networking.

Events hosted as part of CyberScotland Week will bring together a range of world-renowned cybersecurity experts to provide valuable insights on topics such as cyber protection, innovation, skills and careers.

The sessions delivered by partners across industry, business, education and the third and public sectors aim to help make Scotland a more secure and resilient place to live and work.

LeadScotland, Barclays, Forensic Analytics and Highlands & Islands Enterprise, are just some of the organisations taking part to share their expertise this year. The sessions include:

  • Online scams: how to spot them and what to do
  • How to successfully embed Cyber Security into your organisation’s culture
  • Your digital footprint: what does the internet know about you?
  • Remote auditing

Keynote speakers include Ciaran Martin, former NCSC Chief Executive, Carol Peters, Cyber Security Architect at Renfrewshire Council and Malcolm Graham, Deputy Chief Constable, Crime & Operational Support at Police Scotland.

Commenting on the launch of CyberScotland Week, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “The cybersecurity industry is an important contributor to our economic growth and CyberScotland Week is the perfect opportunity to showcase the innovative and exciting work that is happening across the sector.”

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Ciara Mitchell, Head of Cyber at ScotlandIS, added: “We have been working hard behind the scenes to put together a fantastic online programme packed with celebrated speakers and relevant topics which will inspire and ultimately, help make Scotland safer online.

“Surpassing 130 events is an incredible achievement and shows the level of interest and expertise in cyber in Scotland and further highlights just how important cyber resilience is for individuals as well as organisations of all types.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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