Cyber security event held for transport sector and supply chain

Delegates from the transport and supply chain industry heard about current cyber threats as part of a seminar held by Transport Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre earlier this month. 

As well as cyber threats, those who attended the event, which took place at University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow on Wednesday 4th September, took part in discussions about the implications of a cyber incident and the potential impact for their organisation, partners and the wider Scottish community.

Speakers included Keith McDevitt from the Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Unit, Graham Bye CiSP and Cyber Essentials Co-ordinator and Moe Keir Ethical Hacker at Abertay University.

There were informative case studies from John MacLeod at Leask Marine in Orkney who explained how his organisation achieved Cyber Essentials accreditation and the benefits that has brought whilst Robert Smith at NorthLink Ferries explained their cyber journey and the work that they were doing as Private Sector Cyber Catalysts in Scotland.

Keith McDevitt said: "You should think of the risk from Cyber Attacks in the same way as you do other real world risks that can disrupt the business such as power loss or severe weather events. Think about the cyber risk as a potential storm, the difference being that you are unlikely to see it coming, but will feel it's impact when it's upon you, at which point you will be forced to deal with the consequences.

"Whilst you cannot see, hear or touch this storm we do understand the most common attacks therefore you can and should plan to prepare for, respond and recover from them."

Graham Bye explained how organisations could register for free on the NCSC Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) and gain access to information on the current cyber threats and scams and how the 5 simple technical network controls of Cyber Essentials can help organisations protect against the most common internet borne attacks.

He said: “In a digital world where the internet connects us all, criminals will look to exploit the basic weaknesses in your IT systems. This cyber threat is often seen as just an IT issue, however it's far more than that and should be seen as part of a wider business risk that needs prioritised and managed. That's why preparation and planning is key.

"The reality is that all businesses and organisations regardless of size or the sector they operate in are at risk unless they take some precautionary measures to protect themselves against cyber attacks and the transport sector is no different.”

In addition, the event showcased some of the free products that NCSC had launched recently to help organisations raise awareness of cyber security amongst staff and help increase their cyber resilience. These products are freely available through the NCSC website.


  • Stay Safe Online – Top Tips for Staff: A new online e-learning package to raise awareness of cyber security designed for staff with limited knowledge of cyber.
  • Exercise in a Box: A series of online cyber scenario exercises that organisations can work through and test their cyber resilience. 
  • Small Business Guide – Cyber Security: Advice and guidance aimed at small businesses to help protect against the most common internet attacks.
  • Small Business Guide – Response and Recovery: Advice and guidance on how small businesses can prepare their response and plan their recovery to a cyber incident.
  • Board Toolkit: Aimed at raising awareness of cyber security amongst Board members and how they can influence culture within their organisations to help become more cyber resilient. 

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