Join us for FutureScot’s Cyber Security Leaders’ Summit – a key opportunity to engage with the Scottish Government’s strategy for leveraging the nation’s investment and expertise in cyber security.
The strategy’s goal is to “differentiate Scotland as an attractive and secure place for investment and innovation in the high-value and high-growth technology sector”
Following the launch of the Government’s Cyber Economic Opportunity Action Plan, the summit will be the forum to learn more about its forthcoming work with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International to build and promote Scotland’s reputation for robust cyber security products and services.
Hear from agency and industry leaders about new seed funding of more than £350,000 for a Cluster Management Organisation to support the growing number of businesses in this sector.
Explore the opportunities provided by the new dedicated funding of £250,000 for a cyber-resilience innovation call, to stimulate fresh thinking in our private sector and help meet the future cyber-resilience challenges our public sector will face.
Join us for FutureScot's 2018 Cyber Security Leaders’ Summit – and hear the latest on the challenges and opportunities facing the nation.
The event will also examine:
• How to keep people and organisations safe from cybercrime
• The development of technical skills necessary for cyber security-specific roles
• Scotland’s public, private, and third sectors becoming cyber resilience exemplars
• Provision of advice and support to prevent cyber-attacks
• The establishment of robust systems of response when cyber-attacks succeed
• Building on cyber resilience capabilities to realise new economic opportunities.
Now, more than ever, it is crucial that organisations and businesses are able to prepare for and prevent cyber-attacks, that security is part of organisational design and workflow, and that they employ best practice across their workforce regarding information governance, password strength, physical integrity, and human interaction.
People are increasingly regarded as a key line of defence. Phishing, social engineering, banking Trojans, ransomware, information-stealing malware; the list of email-borne threats is growing. In the past five years, global losses stemming from business email compromise – so-called CEO fraud - exceeded £9.7bn, according to the FBI.
Technological defences remain a target, however. Ciaran Martin, the head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of GCHQ, and GCHQ’s Director, Jeremy Fleming, have both warned that another major cyber-attack on the UK’s critical infrastructure is a matter of “when, not if”.
While the threats may be significant, conversely, Scotland also has the potential to derive significant economic benefit from its strength and expertise in cyber security, with a strong pipeline of talent, a fast-growing SME sector, secure infrastructure, and world-leading research.
Digital technology offers huge opportunities for Scotland as a modern, progressive nation. But its ability to flourish in the global digital economy will increasingly rely on its ability to design and deliver innovative products and services that are resilient to ever-evolving cyber threats.
In its recently published Programme for Government 2018-2019, the Scottish Government said it wants to “ensure people, businesses, charities, and public institutions are protected, and to make Scotland a centre of global excellence for cyber resilience”.
To achieve this, it will:
• Invest in advice and support for workplace training on cyber security and make £500,000 available to smaller businesses and charities, to at least double the number of Scottish businesses and third sector organisations with critical controls in place to defend against the most common cyber threats.
• Work with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International to build and promote Scotland’s reputation for robust cyber security products and services.
• Provide seed funding of more than £350,000 for a Cluster Management Organisation to support the growing number of businesses in this sector.
• Provide dedicated funding of £250,000 for a cyber-resilience innovation call, to stimulate fresh thinking in the private sector and help meet the future cyber-resilience challenges the public sector will face.
• Work with key partners to provide clearly defined learning pathways into cyber-security careers (including for career changers) and support children and young people in schools, colleges and universities, and also in non-formal learning settings such as youth work, to develop key cyber skills.
• Support teachers and college lecturers by providing additional learning resources and building quality content into teacher training and professional learning programmes.
• Fund central cyber security posts for local government, health bodies and the universities and colleges sector.
• Develop guidance and tools for public bodies to help them understand and comply with the legal and regulatory landscape around cyber security and to make sure that any suppliers they work with meet appropriate cyber security standards.
Who should attend:
Chief Information Officers
Chief Technology Officers
Chief Security Officers
Directors of IT
Directors of Security
Directors of Information Security
Directors of Finance
Directors of Procurement
Directors of Personnel
Stakeholders working in:
SMEs developing new technologies
Universities and colleges
Business Continuity Planning
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