Last year’s event saw a record-breaking 350 people in attendance on the night to celebrate and recognise the finest cybersecurity talent Scotland’s growing sector has to offer. The wide range of award categories will showcase the brightest minds in the Scottish cybersecurity ecosystem – many of whom often work behind the scenes.
Last year’s top award, the Champion of Champions, was won by Cyber Christmas Lectures, a volunteer-run programme founded in 2012.
The programme is visiting six locations throughout Scotland this year, talking to more than 2,500 pupils and teachers.
First held in 2016, the Scottish Cyber Awards has grown significantly both in regards to applications and attendance, with the event being held at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand hotel from the second year onward. The SBRC said that the growing popularity of the awards reflects the growth of what is a critical industry for Scotland’s economic prosperity and the safety of its population.
Mandy Haeburn-Little, chief executive of the SBRC, commented: “This year in Scotland we have seen unprecedented traction in the cyber agenda and this is something we welcome hugely. The successes we have seen have been substantial – from Cyber Scotland week and the inaugural NCSC Cyber UK event being held here, through to a whole new plethora of new tech businesses, this has been an amazing journey.
“Scotland has so much to shout about and we should be raising the roof in celebration of our activity. It is time we made much more noise about our success. So, if you are involved in cyber activity in any way, now is your time. Please enter and if you can’t enter, encourage someone else to.”
This year’s award categories include:
- Best Cyber Breakthrough
- Best Cyber Education Programme
- Outstanding Cyber Team
- Best Cyber Startup
- Best New Cyber Talent
- Collaboration with Police Scotland
- Cyber Evangelist of the Year
- Cyber Security Teacher of the Year
- Leading Light Innovation Award
- Outstanding Women in Cyber Award
Individuals and companies are being encouraged to apply or nominate other candidates they believe deserve recognition at the awards. The winners will be chosen by an expert panel of cyber specialists operating across a broad range of industries.
Last year saw the introduction of a category voted for by the public – Best Customer Experience. This award recognised organisations that have gone above and beyond to provide excellent service. The best nominations will be put to the public ahead of the awards in October, the SBRC confirmed.
Applications for the 2019 awards, sponsored by cybersecurity firm Adarma, will close on Friday 13th of September 2019, with the ceremony being held on the 20th November at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh.