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SBRC Reveals Cyber Community Awards Finalists

Michael Behr

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The awards, to be given out on February 25th, will recognise the winners for their contributions to Scotland’s cybersecurity.

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre has revealed the finalists for its inaugural Cyber Community Awards.

Each of the nominees has been recognised for their contributions to keeping Scotland’s online community safe, spotlighting those making an impact in their local area.

Taking part on February 25th, the virtual awards will feature as part of Cyber Scotland Week and be will hosted by Scottish comedian Fred MacAulay.

The winners will be determined by both the public and a judging panel. The nominees are:

SBRC Student Community Champion

  • Allan Goodwill, Abertay University
  • Lewis Binnie, St. Kentigern’s Academy
  • Kyle Williamson, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Rory Edwards, Peebles High School
  • Tia Cotton, Abertay University

SBRC Outstanding Cyber Community Event

  • Cyber in School Week – PwC
  • GCU Cyber Clinic @ Glasgow Central Station – Department of Cyber Security and Networking at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Getting it Right…Keeping Your Child Safe – Perth and Kinross Council, Education and Children’s Services
  • What on earth is cyber security? – Converged Communication Solutions in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise

SBRC Cyber Community Hero

  • Annabel Turner, CyberSafe Scotland
  • Colin McLean, Abertay University
  • Gordon Gray, Defcon Edinburgh Meetup
  • Robbie Ross, Converged Communication Solutions
  • Robert Smith, Serco NorthLink Ferries

SBRC CEO Jude McCorry said: “Protecting the cyber resilience of businesses has been a high priority for many this year. The last 12 months have been tough, but we were encouraged to see a high number of entries for these awards – the first time they have been held.

“As the Awards take place during Cyber Scotland Week, they serves as a positive reminder of the brilliant work being done by individuals and organisations across the whole country.

“The Awards also highlight some of the future cyber champions that will contribute to keeping Scotland safe online. It is always encouraging to see entrants from High School to University putting themselves forward against large organisations – another reminder of the great skill that will help to shape process and policy in the future. I look forward to celebrating with all our finalists next week.”

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The Cyber Community Awards were launched in response to the SBRC’s decision to postpone the national Scottish Cyber Awards ceremony, which were originally planned for 25th February 2021, in light of the evolving coronavirus situation.

Michael Behr

Senior Staff Writer

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