Female innovators leading the way in cyber security recognised at national awards

Female innovators leading the way in cyber security recognised at national awards

Scotland’s most dynamic cyber security talent was celebrated at an annual award ceremony last night – with a fantastic representation of women working in STEM.  

The hugely anticipated Scottish Cyber Awards, hosted by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), is now in its fourth year and attracted more than 300 of the sector’s leaders across business, law-enforcement and academia.  

This year saw over 100 applications from across the country, with a considerable number of entries submitted under the categories, ‘Outstanding Woman in Cyber’ and ‘Cyber Evangelist of the Year’.

Dominating the evening by picking up a double award was Emily Beeney, Vice-President in Technology Risk at Morgan Stanley, Glasgow.

Emily was firstly presented with the ‘Outstanding Woman in Cyber’ accolade, before being announced as the overall winner of the night when she was announced as the ‘Champion of Champions’ for her inspirational work in cyber security.

Speaking of her win, Emily said “Being a woman in technology is not about me being a woman in technology, it’s about being able to stand up and be an inspirational figure for the younger generation.

"They can look up to me and say, “I can be a woman in technology!” as I didn’t have that when I was at school.

 “To be able to influence the younger generation to get into technology is so big and so rewarding.”

Judge Eamonn Keane, Head of Cyber and Innovation at SBRC said on the night, “The Scottish Cyber Awards has once again cemented the immense talent we have in the cyber security industry in Scotland. It is a chance to showcase the everyday heroes who are demonstrating real leadership and ambition in their ideas, passion and drive to combat some of the issues we face in the current cyber landscape.

“I’m very proud of the achievements highlighted tonight and hope we can continue to inspire future generations into work in the cyber field. Speaking as a judge, we are always overwhelmed by the high calibre of applications and Emily’s was no exception.

“Emily inspires a generation of female leaders as an active STEM Ambassador, Women in Technology Chapter Leader and avid volunteer. Her technical skills, impactful solutions and commitment to giving back to the community made her our well-deserved winner of the night.”

The prestigious Cyber Evangelist of the Year Award was awarded to Toni MacKenzie and Clara O'Callaghan of The Turing Testers, who helped launch a nation-wide cyber treasure hunt to engage more schoolgirls with data science.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay delivered the keynote speech on the evening, praising nominees for their work protecting and educating the people of Scotland against cyber threats.

Also celebrating on the night were; FullProxy (Best Cyber Start-Up), Maria Khokhar, Seric Systems (Best New Cyber Talent), Young Scot (Collaboration with Police Scotland), Quorum Cyber (Leading Light Innovation), Information Services, Strathclyde University (Outstanding Cyber Team).

The awards were backed by global sponsors, with this year’s headline support from Adarma alongside other key partners, CGI, Clydesdale Bank, SQA and SOPHOS.

The Scottish Cyber Awards was held on Wednesday 20 November at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh.


For more information on the Scottish Cyber Awards 2019 visit www.scottishcyberawards.co.uk


Best Cyber Start Up


Outstanding Woman in Cyber

Emily Beeney, Morgan Stanley

Best New Cyber Talent

Maria Khokhar, Seric Systems

Best Cyber Breakthrough

Edinburgh Napier University/Cyan Forensics

Collaboration with Police Scotland

Young Scot

Cyber Evangelist of the Year

Toni MacKenzie and Clara O'Callaghan, Turing Testers

Cyber Security Teacher of the Year

Toni Scullion, St Kentigerns Academy

Leading Light Innovation

Quorum Cyber

Best Cyber Education Programme

NCSC-Certified Undergraduate and GCHQ-Certified Postgraduate Programme in Cybersecurity

Outstanding Cyber Team

Cyber Security Team - Information Services, Strathclyde University

Best Customer Experience (public vote)

Check Point Software Technologies LTD

Champion on Champions Award

Emily Beeney, Morgan Stanley Glasgow

For more information on the Scottish Cyber Awards 2019 visit www.scottishcyberawards.co.uk

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