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Cyber Scotland Week is taking place for the third year in a row between 22nd and 28th of February 2021 – and it promises to be action-packed with a series of events designed to increase cyber awareness and resilience!

Since the pandemic took hold this year, there has been a staggering rise in cybercrime with 1 in 4 attacks being Covid related. 

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reported that the overall number of serious hacker attacks reached an all time record of 723 over the past year. 

With this in mind, it has never been more important that we educate and support businesses, organisations and individuals to protect themselves from cyber-attacks.

How can you get involved?

There are two ways you can get involved:

  1. Host an event and share your cyber expertise and knowledge. We can help you set up your event and promote it. It can be anything from a 30-minute webinar to a two-hour training course. 
  2. Offer to speak at a virtual event and we will match up with an event host who will run and promote the event.

What could I share and present?

Anything you are experienced in and passionate about. Your presentation and event could be designed to educate and engage with others in the cyber industry sharing your expertise, products and services.

Or designed to educate businesses, organisations, charities or individuals. For example, popular topics include:

  • How can businesses and charities protect themselves from cyber-attacks?
  • What plans and response should you have in place if your organisation is attacked?
  • Password security and management for businesses and individuals.
  • How to maintain security and compliance when your team works at home.
  • How to protect your organisation and yourself from phishing attacks?
  • How to protect your businesses from the impact of ransomware attacks.
  • How can we keep people safe online?
  • How do we keep our young people safe online?

To offer to host and event or speak at one please contact Nicole Brownlie on [email protected].

How to host an engaging event

On the 20th January Craig Steele and David Hewitson from Digital Skills Education, will be hosting a session on, ‘How to livestream an engaging online event for CyberScotland Week’.

During the session the presenters will show you what they’ve learned from the past four years of live-streaming workshops to thousands of people across Scotland, and give you some practical hints and tips about adapting your events or training for an online audience. Register here.

Nominate someone deserving for a Cyber Community Award

Taking place virtually on the 25th of February, the Cyber Community Awards will play a part in Cyber Scotland Week. The awards will celebrate both the amazing work which is currently being carried out locally within the cyber community and shining a light on the unsung heroes of cyber across the length and breadth of Scotland. If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone you know, click here.

For further information visit the Cyber Scotland Week website. For all Cyber Scotland Week news, you can keep up to date on social media: