SCOTLAND’S cyber security community is preparing to recognise the contributions of companies, individuals and academics as the Scottish Cyber Awards open for their seventh round.
The awards are run by the Cyber and Fraud Centre – Scotland and are a highlight of the Scottish cyber security calendar, providing an opportunity for networking as well as a celebration of achievements in the industry.
Hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay on 30th November, the awards will for the first time be taking place at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. This year’s awards will also see the introduction of the Financial Fraud Team of the Year award, which will recognise a team that has demonstrated exceptional innovation, dedication and expertise in the fight against financial fraud, a rapidly growing crime in Scotland.
Experts from across the industry will be awarded for going above and beyond in their contributions to cyber and fraud in Scotland in a range of categories including Leader of the Year, which will acknowledge an individual at the forefront of the field, and Young Person of the Year, which will reward an exceptional young person who shows great promise in improving the nation’s cyber and fraud landscape.
The awards will also serve to encourage diversity in the field, with the Most Inspiring Woman award recognising a trailblazing woman studying or working in the cyber security and fraud industry despite the recruitment and retention obstacles often faced by women. Several categories will recognise collective efforts, including the Cyber Team of the Year award and the Community award, which will honour those fostering the development of cyber and fraud security knowledge within communities.
Jude McCorry, CEO of the Cyber and Fraud Centre – Scotland, said: “With the landscape of cyber security and fraud in Scotland constantly evolving, the expertise, capabilities and skills of our community are crucial to helping us to protect the nation’s digital integrity and wellbeing. This year’s awards will allow us to acknowledge the importance of these contributions, as well as creating an opportunity to unite professionals and students of cyber and fraud to connect, share ideas and celebrate one another, on a greater scale than ever thanks to our new venue at the Assembly Rooms”.
Applications for the awards are now open, and tickets will be on sale from 2nd October. More information about the awards can be found at https://scottishcyberawards.co.uk/home.