Scotland’s Cyber and Fraud Centre launches cyber advance to strengthen SMEs and charities’ digital resilience

11/01/2024
Jude McCorry, CEO of the Cyber and Fraud Centre – Scotland

Scotland’s Cyber and Fraud Centre introduces Cyber Advance, aiding SMEs and charities in affordable expert-guided cyber resilience with assessments and training.

Scotland’s leading organisation for building cyber resilience, the Cyber and Fraud Centre – Scotland, introduces the Cyber Advance service, aimed at guiding SMEs and charities with limited IT resources to strengthen their digital resilience. 

The program provides a Vulnerability Assessment, leveraging ethical hackers to identify system weaknesses, assess severity levels, and recommend mitigation actions—offering expert evaluation at an affordable cost. The comprehensive cyber training component educates organisations and teams on cybercrime and fraud prevention

Street Soccer Scotland, a charity, benefited from the program, accessing affordable expert advice and vulnerability assessment for the first time. Cameron Black, Central Operations Manager at Street Soccer Scotland, praised the invaluable support, emphasising the significance of data security for their services.

Black, said: “the Cyber Advance service has been invaluable to us as an organisation. Due to the nature of the services we provide, the security of our data is of the utmost importance, and we found that a member of the Cyber and Fraud Centre – Scotland team was always on hand to reassure us and answer our questions. Thanks to the clear, concise recommendations that we received we were able to put our learnings into action quickly, and we have really benefitted from the expertise that the Cyber and Fraud Centre have shared with us”.  

Jude McCorry, CEO of the Cyber and Fraud Centre – Scotland, highlighted the service’s adaptability for organisations of all sizes, offering expert insights to identify and mitigate cyber risks effectively.

Emphasising, “we know that for many SMEs and charities looking to improve their cyber security, it can be difficult to know where to start. The Cyber Advance packages up several services into one, while accounting for individual organisations’ size, existing staffing knowledge and financial constraints. With this service, we’ve developed an opportunity for organisations to access expert insight at an affordable cost. With businesses of all sizes at risk of cybercrime and fraud, Cyber Advance provides a means to identify risks in existing cyber plans and mitigate them before they become a problem”.  

Organisations interested in the Cyber Advance service can learn more and access it here.

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