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  • Scottish Business Resilience Centre to also host first Exercise in a Box workshop from cyberQuarter for Tayside businesses on 22nd June.
Abertay University cyberQuarter

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) will take space at the newly launched cyberQuarter in Dundee and become one of the founding members of the cyber security research and development centre, it has been announced.

This increased presence in the city will boost opportunities for the organisation to engage with businesses from Tayside as it hosts workshops and meetings, as well as provide a space for its 20-part-time ethical hackers based out of Abertay University to work and collaborate. By maintaining a presence at cyberQuarter, the SBRC will advance the support it provides to organisations beyond its current base in the central belt and contribute to the Dundee centre’s aim to bring together students, academics, and organisations to help solve global cyber security challenges.

Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s Ethical Hacking Team with Colin McLean, Lecturer in Ethical Hacking; Jude McCorry, CEO; Declan Doyle, Head of Ethical Hacking; Janka Hudak, Business Development Manager; and Graham Bye, CyberScotland.

Jude McCorry, CEO of the SBRC, said: “Abertay has long held an excellent reputation in the cyber industry. This week’s launch of the brand new cyberQuarter at Abertay University will extend this, and we have no doubt that it will be a positive space where academia and industry can unite to tackle cyber threats. Becoming a cyberQuarter founding member was important for us given Dundee is already home to our brilliant team of ethical hackers who work assiduously alongside their studies to support organisations across Scotland in becoming more cyber aware. I can’t wait to see the centre live up to its potential.”            

The SBRC will kickstart its presence at cyberQuarter with an on-site Exercise in a Box workshop on Wednesday 22nd June focused on ransomware.

Tayside businesses can attend the free, 90-minute workshop which will explore how they can detect and respond to phishing attacks, as well as what security controls must be implemented to limit the impact of ransomware infections. The session will also provide a setting where attendees can test the effectiveness of their current cyber strategy.

The workshop will be delivered with support from the Scottish Government, SBRC’s cyber team with input from Police Scotland and other stakeholders. Participants will gain a range of skills allowing them to continue refining their cyber resilience policies in their own time.

McCorry added: “More access to practical training sessions is the feedback we hear from organisations time and time again. A lack of awareness on how to manage cyber resilience could create not only operational but also reputational ramifications which, in a time when many organisations are still recovering from the pandemic, could be devastating. This will be the first of many workshops that we host from the cyberQuarter, and I encourage anyone that feels they could benefit from evaluating their cyber security strategies in a safe environment to sign up.”

SBRC has been delivering Exercise in a Box workshops since late 2020, to businesses across Scotland focused on cyber resilience.

More details on the session and how to register to attend are available here:

Exercise in a Box Dundee