Both physical and cyber security during the extensive two-week event has been the priority for both the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) and Police Scotland, who are expecting 30,000 people to visit the city during this time.
To combat potential threats, the SBRC has launched a digital information hub for businesses in Glasgow, which provides information and resources to keep organisations secure.
The hub has been created to act as a signpost to relevant information from partners, including various trade organisations along with Scottish Government and Police Scotland.
It will serve as a one-stop shop for businesses and organisations based in the city that will be affected by the upcoming event.
Businesses will also have access to a range of services including an Incident Response line, the first of its kind in the UK, which will aim to help those who have been victims of cybercrime.
The SBRC will also offer a free and non-technical workshop in collaboration with Exercise in a Box, for businesses to practice their response to cyber attacks in a safe environment.
Additional features the hub will supply include providing advice on the best practices for cyber security, tips for keeping businesses secure, and information on how to mitigate the effects of protests and counter-terrorism activities.
CEO of the SBRC, Jude McCorry has said: “During this conference, the City of Glasgow will be focused on keeping the city safe.
“While it’s wonderful to see so many people planning to visit, we must also recognise that the increased focus on Glasgow can put its businesses at risk, especially as cyber attacks have been on the rise over the past year.
“However, there are additional security measures that businesses can put in place. Our new digital hub is an opportunity for businesses to take a closer look at their security, with a particular emphasis on cyber security.
“Programmes and workshops, which are developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), give businesses a chance to act out their response to a security breach without risk to their business. Now is the time to test out security plans before people flock to the city.”
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Adding to this, Police Scotland’s Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins, the Gold Commander for COP26, has said: “Police Scotland is pleased to support the Scottish Business Resilience Centre in providing important information to allow businesses to prepare and plan for COP26.
“Specialist resources will be in place for the duration of the event to ensure the safety of everyone involved, including world leaders and heads of state, delegates, and the wider public within Scotland.
“Police Scotland officers and staff will continue to work in association with the UK Government and other partners to support the delivery of external communication and engagement to ensure people and businesses are able to plan ahead for any potential disruption.”
To find out the latest information from the SBRC on COP26, click here.