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Scottish cyber award entries are open

Scottish cyber award entries are open

The Scottish Cyber Awards 2021 are open to enter. Now in their fifth year, the awards in 11 categories celebrate the people and organisations working to make a difference to Scotland’s cyber community.

The winners are due to be named on 25 February, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh. New categories for 2021 include Cyber Educator of the Year sponsored by the SQA; and Diversity Champion sponsored by Sapphire. Other categories recognise the Best Cyber Start-Up, Outstanding Woman in Cyber and Best Cyber Breakthrough.

A Best Customer Experience category is chosen by the public. The public vote will open once entries close with the company receiving the most votes crowned as the winner of that category. On the night, judges will also recognise a ‘Champion of Champions’.

Individuals can vote for themselves/their organisation or nominate someone who they feel is deserving until 25 November. Winners from the 2020 awards included Full Proxy, Young Scot and Strathclyde University.

Jude McCorry, CEO of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, which oversees the awards, said: “The cyber resilience shown by individuals and businesses over the last 12 months has been inspiring. Unfortunately, cyberattacks show no sign of slowing, but we know that Scotland is home to a united cyber defence community.

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“The Scottish Cyber Awards 2021 will recognise the dedication and commitment of those within the industry to combat threats that might not only impact their own organisation, but the wider population. Now, more than ever, we need to honour the achievements of those in this community and I can’t wait to celebrate with you all.”

The SBRC has brought together a new judging committee from across the emergency services, public sector and industry. The judges include:

ACC Angela McLaren, Executive lead for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence, Police Scotland
Theresa Swayne, Senior Development Manager at Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Jude McCorry, CEO, Scottish Business Resilience Centre
Paul Atkinson, Partner – Par-Equity, Entrepreneur, and serial angel investor
Clare El Azebbi, Head of the Cyber Resilience Unit in the Scottish Government
Ellen Wong, Principal Officer, U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh

Confirmed sponsors for 2021 include Adarma, Checkpoint (Bronze Sponsor), Sapphire, ScotlandIS, Scottish Qualifications Authority and Varonis (Bronze Sponsor), with more to join in.

Visit https://scottishcyberawards.co.uk/. The awards will feature as part of Cyber Scotland Week.

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