The 2017 Scottish Cyber Awards take place in central Edinburgh tonight, recognising and celebrating the most innovative, pioneering and successful work being done in Scotland.
As the number of high profile attacks against, public sector organisations, private sector companies and – more worryingly – critical infrastructure continues to grow, the role of cybersecurity in Scotland’s future economic growth and overall safety has also increased.
This recognition has also led to a significant growth in the awards themselves. A larger number of high calibre entries, across a greater number of categories has led the awards receiving its highest ever number of entries and moving to Edinburgh’s glitzy Sheraton hotel.
Categories in this year’s awards include: Best Cyber Start-Up, Best Cyber Breakthrough and Outstanding Woman in Cyber, among many others.
This year’s awards has also attracted major backing, with lead sponsor PwC joined by key partners Zonefox, Symantec and DIGIT.
Mandy Haeburn-Little, the chief executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, which hosts the awards, told DIGIT: “Following the success of last year’s event I am sure everyone is really looking forward to tonight.
“There is truly amazing, ground-breaking work happening in Scotland and it ranges from small but brilliant innovations, to work in schools and universities and by crime-fighting authorities.
“These awards help recognise the importance of this rapidly growing and sector to Scotland and give us an opportunity to celebrate the talent that we simply must do our best to keep hold of.
“It really does make a difference too. As an example, ZoneFox was able to use its awards success last year as a catalyst to go on and secure major funding and – as a result – create a large number of important jobs in the past 12 months.
“Good luck to everyone nominated for an award, you have already achieved so much and we hope you continue to do such inspiring work.”
Colin Slater, Cyber Security Partner at PwC in Scotland said:, said: “This is our second year sponsoring the Cyber Awards and we’ve been absolutely delighted to be involved. It’s an interesting time for the industry given the ever-increasing profile cyber security is receiving in Scotland and events like this are not only raising that awareness further but also encouraging others to see the cyber security industry as an attractive career path.”
The complete list of categories and nominees for the 2017 awards are:
Best Cyber Start-Up
Best new Cyber Talent
Collaboration With Police Scotland
Cyber Evangelist Of The Year
- Professor Bill Buchanan OBE (Edinburgh Napier University)
- Stuart Hirst (Capital One)
- James Kwaan (iSACA Scotland)
Cyber Resilient Community Impact Award
Cyber Security Teacher of the Year
- Colin Drummond (West Lothian Council)
- Toni Scullion (St Kentigern’s Academy)
- Gareth Rae (Girvan Academy)
Outstanding Women In Cyber
- Alison Brogan (ECS Security Ltd.)
- Laura Sullivan (ZoneFox)
- Naghmeh Moradpoor (Edinburgh Napier University)
International Contribution to Cyber Security
Leading Light Innovation
Best Cyber Breakthrough
Best Cyber Education Programme
Leading Diversity in Cyber
Outstanding Cyber Team
Ray Bugg, the managing director of DIGIT, said: “Cyber security can no longer been seen as an added benefit, but is absolutely fundamental to the social and economic well being of the country. Scotland has produced many pioneers in the field and will, we hope, continue to do so. The Scottish Cyber Awards are a fantastic showcase for the sector and allow us to highlight the most pioneering, creative and successful companies and people in the field today.
“The very best of luck to all of the nominees.”