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Ethical hacker to run workshops for Argyll businesses

19 September 2016

An ethical hacker is to lead workshops on cyber security for Argyll and Bute businesses.

The workshops will take place on Wednesday 2 November at the Corran Halls, Oban, as part of Argyll Enterprise Week.
Kyle, who works with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, will cover the steps businesses can take to protect their online operations from cyber attacks, which can cause havoc. He will be joined by Keith McDevitt, a cyber-resilience integrator for the Scottish Government.

Argyll Enterprise Week is being hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Argyll and Bute Council’s Business Gateway from 31 October to 4 November, to support the business sector and encourage enterprise.

The cyber workshops are part of a day dedicated to digital, exporting and innovation. The digital sessions will be hosted by DigitalBoost, an IT support programme offered to businesses and social enterprises by HIE and Business Gateway. It includes a workshop on 360 degree video, which will demonstrate the difference between this and traditional video and photography methods.

The theme of exporting will be covered in a workshop by Stewart Miller of 9SM consulting. Stewart works with HIE and Business Gateway clients and draws on his first-hand experience with global brands and SME's, particularly in the food and drink, textiles, sports and the creative industries. His session is for companies who export or are thinking of exporting, and will also look at the skills needed to grow businesses overseas.

Ewen Macaulay, HIE's intellectual assets and innovation adviser, meanwhile will offer advice on intellectual property (IP) including copyright and trademarks and how these can help businesses grow.

David Smart, head of special projects with HIE in Argyll and the Islands, said: “More and more businesses now depend on their ability to innovate and export; themes that run strong across the Highlands and Islands. Digital meanwhile underpins all sectors and we need to make sure that businesses get the support they need to maximise their use of digital technology but also of course to be resilient against things like cyber attacks. We are delighted to be able to offer businesses access to such a wide range of experts covering some of the most important themes and challenges facing business today.”

Places at each of the workshops are free and can be booked on


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