Strong Scottish Presence at Digital Leaders Awards 2018

Scottish Digital Leaders

The shortlist for this years Digital Leaders Awards shows that organisations and figures from Scottish digital sectors are playing a key role in the UK’s digital transformation.

Scottish digital sectors have strong representation at this years Digital Leaders 100 (DL100) awards, with nominations for ZoneFox, 7 Elements, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) and a nomination in the Digital Leader of the Year category for The Data Lab’s Gillian Docherty.

Digital Leaders, the nationwide initiative for promoting effective, long-term digital transformation across a host of sectors including government, industry and charities has announced the finalists for this years awards today. The independently compiled list recognises pioneering figures and innovative organisations from a broad range of sectors who are leading the UK’s digital transformation.

This year’s shortlist shows Scottish industry is playing a major role in the UK’s digital transformation, with businesses leading the way in the Cyber Resilience category and accumulating 10 nominations overall

Scottish Digital Sectors Leading the Way?

Of the 100-strong shortlist, 10 nominees are Scotland-based; tying it with the North-West as the region with the most nominations outside of London. Included on the list are local councils and transport organisations, which have been nominated for work in public service innovation.

The nominees are:

Pioneering Cyber Resilience

Scottish firms are leading the way in the Cyber Resilience Category with three nominations (ZoneFox, 7Elements and the SBRC). For comparison, London and Northern Ireland as a whole have but two nominations.

David Stubley, CEO of 7 Elements said the company is: “delighted that our Incident Response Partnership has been shortlisted for the second year in a row in the DL100 Cyber Resilience Innovation of the Year category.

“We are very proud of our incident response service and are excited by the external recognition we are gaining from our peers.”

Scottish industry appears to be a key component in improving the nations’ cyber resilience strategies, and David believes this is down to Scotland having a close-knit, vibrant cyber ecosystem in which industry and academia regularly cooperate.

“A major advantage is the close geography of all the major technology hubs within Scotland and the close collaboration with academic institutions and a vibrant start-up community,” said David. “Collaboration between established companies, academia and start-ups has created a fantastic cyber security ecosystem. It is very true that in Scotland, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and Scotland has an exciting future within this sector.”

Resilience As a Business Enabler

David was also keen to point out that as British businesses adopt new technologies, the issue of cyber resilience grows in importance.

“Today the global business environment is more complex and interconnected than ever before. Organisations rely on electronic data as their lifeblood, and the systems that enable the storage, transport, access and manipulation of this data have become critical.

“Given this, cyber resilience will become ever more important and seen as a key business enabler rather than an IT issue.”

Dr. Jamie Graves, CEO & Founder ZoneFox told DIGIT: “To be nominated for the second year running for these awards is a source of real pride for us. And that’s not just in regards to the forward momentum we have here at ZoneFox, but for Scottish security and technology more widely. There are so many fantastic companies and innovations happening in Scotland, it’s great to be a part of that community.

“Working in such a dynamic environment constantly challenges us to be better. It’s not in our DNA to stay still. In the last 12 months, we’ve moved to new offices, released three major new iterations to the ZoneFox product, signed new partners, made senior hires to drive growth and developed a team based in London. These awards feel like recognition of these milestones and we are really excited about the future.”

Pioneering Figures

The most hotly contested category this year is the Digital Leader of the Year Category; one which has previously included prominent industry figures such as Martha Lane Fox, Mike Bracken and Maggie Philbin OBE.  This year’s list includes:

Gillian Docherty, The Data Lab CEO, told DIGIT “It’s an honour to be recognised in this way.  This nomination is testament to the work, passion and enthusiasm of the whole of The Data Lab team in its drive to position Scotland as an epicentre of data innovation internationally. The fantastic success of DataFest 18 which saw over 3000 delegates attend data focused events throughout Scotland in March demonstrates the great strides being made in this exciting and dynamic sector. With data at the top of the news agenda it makes it ever more important to underline the benefits of using data in an ethical way.”

Celebrating Diversity

The Digital Leaders category features eight women out the ten nominees, pointing toward the strength of pioneering female figures in the UK’s digital transformation. Overall, the DL100 list has 65% female members; a glimpse into the significant role of female leaders in the UK’s digital sectors. Robin Knowles, CEO of Digital Leaders said: “There are few digital communities that can claim they have crowdsourced an open list with over 65% female representation in the top 100. Particularly as ‘diversity’ is not a category or even mentioned in the shortlisting criteria.”

The final list order and category winners will be announced at the DL100 Awards Dinner at St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel on 21st June 2018.

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