Today is the start of CyberScotland week, a week long programme of over 90 events reaching people across Scotland. Its aim is to inform people about being cyber resilient, to showcase innovative work in Scotland’s cyber security sector and to promote careers opportunities. 

Whether you’re a business, social enterprise, voluntary organisation, individual or someone who works in the Cyber Security sector – you can find all the information and resources you need on the CyberScotland week website.

CyberScotland week is supported by the national CyberScotland Partnership, which marks its first anniversary this month. We joined the CyberScotland Partnership at its inception, recognising the risks associated with more people trading online and the need to stay cyber secure. The Partnership is made up of 16 organisations, including the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), working in collaboration with The Scottish Government to ensure there is a co-ordinated approach to creating a Cyber Resilient Scotland and to shape activities that will deliver the outcomes in The Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland.

The 2021 Digital Economy Business Survey of 1,150 businesses in the Highlands and Islands highlighted that:

  • The most common types of cyber attack experienced by businesses in the H&I were being directed to fake websites and email hacking.
  • 27% of businesses in the H&I had experienced a cyber attack, in line with the Scottish average (28%).
  • Businesses that did not feel equipped to meet digital technology needs were more likely to have a cyber attack (34%) than those that did feel equipped (27%).
  • Among businesses that had been victims of a cyber attack, the most common implications were that they required specialist services, incurred costs of replacing or upgrading equipment, and suffered financial loss.
  • One in 5 businesses feel poorly equipped to deal with a cyber attack.
  • Only 4% of businesses surveyed in the region have achieved Cyber Security accreditation.

There is advice and support available in the region to businesses and organisations working with our area teams, through specialist advice and grant funding.  However, many of our partners on the CyberScotland Partnership can also offer support with advice, training and access to information resources.  

You can hear more about them in these short videos:

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
Scottish Business Resilience Centre - Exercise in a Box
Scottish Business Resilience Centre - CyberScotland bulletin 
Skills Development Scotland
CENSIS – the Innovation Centre for Sensors and Imaging Systems

The weekly CyberScotland Bulletins are a fantastic resource to sign-up to and find out more about Cyber threats and how to address them as well as signposting to resources and help.

This week the Scottish Government has launched the Scottish Cyber Co-ordination Centre (SC3) and we look forward to working with it, collaborating on its early priorities and contributing our region’s expertise and experience where we can. The SC3 will build on existing close engagement with a range of partners, adding value through effectively sharing intelligence and responding to risk.

Why not get involved? Choose from a range of events all designed to help you make you and your organisation safer and more secure online.

Book your event: 
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For more information please see: 

Twitter: @CyberScotlandWk  
LinkedIn: CyberScotland: Overview | LinkedIn 
Facebook: Cyber Scotland Week - Home | Facebook 

 Or visit: 

Cyber Scotland – Up to the minute cyber services information across Scotland. 

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