With the nominees spanning business, academia and the public sector, the expanding – and increasingly vital – industry cyber security industry will come together on 16 November at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Edinburgh, where the overall winners will be announced.
Edinburgh’s Napier University received the highest number of nominations, with a chance to win in four categories. While banks and other household businesses are among the nominees, there is a strong showing for SME’s, reflecting the diversity and strength of the industry in Scotland.
The important advancement of female expertise is also being recognised in the ‘Outstanding Woman in Cyber’ category, with further finalists still to be announced in the ‘International Contribution’ award.
Chief executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, Mandy Haeburn-Little, is delighted to have had such strong interest in the very first year of the awards.
Mandy said: “We set out from day one to ensure the awards mirrored the industry in Scotland – with excellent work taking place at major organisations, by individuals in the education sector, as well as within Scotland’s many fast-moving smaller firms.
“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 is a perfect platform to showcase and celebrate the great work that is happening in Scotland.
“We’d like to thank everyone that entered the awards, as well as all our partners who help to make it possible – and we can now look forward to the big night itself.”
Cyber crime continues to be a massive concern in Scotland, costing an estimated £3bn every year. As the first awards to recognise Scotland’s ever-growing reputation as a world leader in countering the threat of cyber crime, the Scottish Cyber Awards will seek to showcase Scotland’s commitment towards the cyber security excellence and acknowledge the place Scotland has within this industry.
The winners will be decided by a panel of judges from across a number of different sectors. Each winner will receive one of the first specially designed trophies, which are destined to grow in stature over the years.
The full list of nominees for the awards can be found below:
Best Cyber Start Up
Best New Cyber Talent
Collaboration with Police Scotland
Perth and Kinross Council
Cyber Evangelist of the Year
Leading Light Innovation
Payfont / Edinburgh Napier
Outstanding Woman in Cyber
Natalie Coull – Abertay University
Chelsea Sievewright – Prudential
Kirsty Mitchell – Digital Connections
SME Defender of the Year
Community Impact Award
Glasgow Caledonian University