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Emily Beeney Named Champion of Champions at the Scottish Cyber Awards 2019

Dominique Adams

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Scottish Cyber Awards 2019

Leading members of Scotland’s cybersecurity community gathered tonight to celebrate the industry’s thriving ecosystem at the fourth annual Scottish Cyber Awards. 

Full Proxy, Turing Testers, Check Point and Quorum Cyber are among the winners of the 2019 Scottish Cyber Awards.

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), a Scottish organisation that champions cyber resilience across the UK, hosted the award ceremony at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand Hotel.

The event served as a platform to celebrate Scotland’s booming cybersecurity ecosystem and the outstanding talent of those behind that progress. It also recognised the contributions of organisations helping to tackle the issues facing the current cyber landscape and to promote Scotland as a centre of cybersecurity excellence.

Judge Eamonn Keane, head of Cyber and Innovation at SBRC, said: “The Scottish Cyber Awards has once again cemented the immense talent we have in the cyber security industry in Scotland.

“It is a chance to showcase the everyday heroes who are demonstrating real leadership and ambition in their ideas, passion and drive to combat some of the issues we face in the current cyber landscape.

“Speaking as a judge, we are always overwhelmed by the high calibre of applications and this year was no exception. I’m very proud of the achievements highlighted tonight and hope we can continue to inspire future generations into work in the cyber field.”

The event attracted more than 300 guests from a wide variety of private and public sectors, with Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy & Fair Work , Derek Mackay, giving a keynote speech.

Speaking to DIGIT, Mackay described the ceremony as the highlight of the year, and said it was important to have events like the Scottish Cyber Awards to help celebrate the achievements within the cyber industry -, a sector that is hugely important to Scotland’s economy.

And the winners are…

Best Cyber Start Up – FullProxy

Best New Cyber Talent – Maria Khokhar

Cyber Evangelist of the Year – Turing Testers

Collaboration with Police Scotland – Young Scot

Cyber Security Teacher of the Year – Toni Scullion

Leading Light Innovation – Quorum Cyber

Best Cyber Breakthrough – Edinburgh Napier University / Cyan Forensics

Best Cyber Education Programme – NCSC-Certified Undergraduate and GCHQ-Certified

Postgraduate Programme in Cybersecurity

Outstanding Cyber Team – Cyber Security Team – Information Services

Customer Experience – Check Point

Outstanding Woman in Cyber – Emily Beeney

Champion of Champions – Emily Beeney

Speaking to DIGIT on the night, Mandy Haeburn-Little, former CEO of SBRC and now CEO at BRIM, said: “What a night and what amazing talent! If ever one wanted to see the very, very best of Scottish talent, then this tonight has really been an extraordinary snapshot of that.

“It is a real privilege in every sense, to be able to acknowledge the enormous talent, skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship that is coming through more and more every year in Scotland. This innovation and the spirit of collaboration is, in many ways I believe, quite unique to the Scottish cyber community and tonight’s event has been the real culmination of that.

“This year the winners changed again in profile, with so many more women now coming forward and, overall, such a significant increase in numbers of applications. It is very easy for the judges to see that it was a really hard process but believe me this was seriously hard!”

Commenting on her win, Beeney told DIGIT: “It was so totally unexpected! For me, winning isn’t about what it means to me. It’s about what it means to the future generation. I never had a female technologist I could look up to when I was studying computing or anything STEM-related, and the fact that young people can now say ‘that could be me’ is what winning is all about for me. Tonight was totally embarrassing but if it means just one person is inspired to have a career in IT then it was worth it.”

Roddy Maccallum, regional sales manager for Scotland at Check Point, said: “It’s real to privilege to gain recognition at an event like this and it really reflects all the hard work put in by our phenomenal team over the past three years.

“We’re delighted to win an award, but particularly one that is all around customer service, because that is what Check Point’s DNA is built on – delivering great service to our customers.”

 

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