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In response to the growing need for clarity around cyber security for individuals and businesses, 10 strategic organisations in Scotland including Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) have formed the CyberScotland Partnership. 

In addition, the UK National Cyber Security Centre joins the partnership as a technical advisor. The Partnership will work to ensure individuals and organisations throughout Scotland can easily access correct and up-to-date guidance on cyber security and resilience. 

The collaboration’s first move is to launch which is now live. The website is a single online resource for individuals and organisations across the public, private, and third sectors seeking information and support across a range of cyber security and resilience issues. It also has information on skills development for anyone seeking to start a career in cybersecurity.   

Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Innovation and Public Finance said:

“The new Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland launched by the Deputy First Minister earlier this week, outlines Scotland’s intention to be a digitally secure and resilient nation. The CyberScotland Partnership will help drive forward this ambition.  As well as providing advice and guidance, improved coordination of skills opportunities, the Partnership will help to promote Scotland’s flourishing cyber security products and service industry. Greater awareness of the cyber risks leads to greater demand for solutions and our cyber security industry can produce innovative solutions and offer high quality employment.  

“The organisations involved in this partnership play leading roles in effectively delivering the new Strategic Framework.  A formal collaboration will further increase our effectiveness and reduce duplication of effort. The Partnership will further reinforce Scotland as a global leader in the battle against cybercrime and a champion for ensuring a secure online environment for all.” 

Jude McCorry, SBRC CEO, said: 

“The events of 2020 drove home the importance of remaining focused on cyber security.  The reliance on technology for work and socialising grew alongside a corresponding rise in cyberattacks. The SBRC has discussed the formation of a collaboration between the organisations involved in the CyberScotland Partnership for some time, as we have seen some confusion from the public about where to get the support they need. Together, we can improve awareness and share knowledge of cyber security threats around Scotland. The website is a seamless solution to ensure everyone can access the right information from the right source.”

The 10 participating organisations in the CyberScotland Partnership are: Scottish Government, Cyber Resilience Unit; Police Scotland; Scottish Business Resilience Centre; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; Scotland IS; Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations; Young Scot; Skills Development Scotland; and Education Scotland. is funded by the Scottish Government and launched on 22 February 2021, the first day of CyberScotland Week, a week-long series of events aimed at making Scotland cyber aware and resilient.