WITH instances of cyber crime and fraud on the rise, the CyberScotland Partnership is preparing to launch a week of events aimed at engaging the country’s businesses, organisations and individuals with cyber security and awareness.
This year’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has estimated that there were over 2 million instances of cyber fraud across all UK businesses within the last twelve months, with an additional estimated 49,000 instances of fraud as a result of cyber crime in the same period.
To help educate businesses on how to tackle cyber crime and fraud, the sixth annual CyberScotland Week – a collaboration between partners including the Scottish Government, Cyber and Fraud Centre – Scotland and Police Scotland – brings experts together for a packed programme designed to build cyber resilience across the country.
Taking place between February 26th – March 3rd 2024, CyberScotland Week will focus on the themes of fostering collaboration, diversity and cyber resilience, in acknowledgement of the importance of uniting professionals and organisations under a shared vision and collaborating across intelligence sharing, strategies, resources and ideas.
Last year’s CyberScotland Week delivered over one hundred events online and in person, attended by Scottish organisations and individuals looking to improve their cyber security knowledge, with 2024’s edition expected to reach even greater numbers. Several events will be taking place, offering guests an opportunity to educate themselves about online safety, while businesses can learn how to build more robust cyber defences. FutureScot, for example, will be uniting government and industry figures to analyse and discuss how to improve cyber resilience levels across the country.
Clare El Azebbi, Chair of the CyberScotland Partnership, said: “CyberScotland Week offers businesses, individuals, and organisations a chance to learn about the support available across the partnership. Events taking place across Scotland, from Lerwick to Lockerbie, will not only educate business owners on how to embed resilience within their practices, but will also provide valuable insights for individuals of all ages on how best to protect themselves online. By raising awareness of online threats and sharing accessible, comprehensive advice on how to combat it, CyberScotland Week is set to help create a more resilient and protected Scotland’.
Cyber security experts can share their knowledge by hosting an event, while those keen to further their expertise can sign up to attend as many events as they’d like, either individually or as a team. Full details of CyberScotland Week events can be found at http://cyberscotland.com/cyberscotlandweek.