Cyber crime champions honoured at inaugural awards

Cyber crime champions honoured at inaugural awards

Scottish organisations, firms and individuals have been recognised for the ground-breaking roles they have played in the battle against e-crime by winning honours in the inaugural Scottish Cyber Awards.

Eleven awards were handed out at the ceremony at Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel before a sell-out audience of nearly 200, underlining the increasing importance of the cyber security industry in Scotland.

Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh-based ZoneFox were the big winners on the night, picking up two awards each, including the prized accolades of Cyber Evangelist of the Year and Champion of Champions.

The awards recognised female expertise in the sector with Dr Natalie Coull’s success in the Outstanding Woman in Cyber category while Harry McLaren of ECS showcased the value of the new generation of security professionals by winning the Best New Cyber Talent award.


The full list of winners:

Champion of Champions – ZoneFox (based in Edinburgh)

Best Cyber Start Up – Net Defence (Stirling)

Best New Cyber Talent – Harry McLaren, ECS (Edinburgh)

Cyber Evangelist of the Year – Bill Buchanan, Edinburgh Napier University

Leading Light Innovation – The Law Society of Scotland (Edinburgh)

Outstanding Woman in Cyber – Dr Natalie Coull, Abertay University (Dundee)

SME Defender of the Year – 7 Elements (Edinburgh)

Community Impact Award – Glasgow Caledonian University

Collaboration with Police Scotland – Edinburgh Napier University vSoc/DFET

International Contribution to Cyber Security – ZoneFox (Edinburgh)

Cyber Teacher of the Year – Scott Hunter, Kyle Academy (Ayr)


Chief executive of the SBRC, Mandy Haeburn-Little, said: "The night was a superb showcase of talent in what is a growing and increasingly vital part of the Scottish economy as the threat of cyber crime impacts every single person.


"Scotland has a proud history of innovation and we are making great strides to continue this tradition by becoming an international leader in cyber resilience - and to seize the opportunities that being at the forefront of cyber security can bring to our nation.

"The launch of the first Scottish Cyber Awards was a perfect platform to showcase and celebrate the great work that is happening in Scotland.

"We’d like to thank everyone that entered and attended the awards and made it the success it was. We hope it’s the start of something special for years to come."

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