A former Superintendent with Police Scotland is to play a key role in tackling cyber crime across the country, focusing on making sure businesses understand cyber risks.
Graham Bye, from Falkirk, retired from law enforcement in 2015 and previously performed roles as a detective within Criminal Investigation and Covert Intelligence Development during a career spanning over 30 years.
Now, he has taken up the position of Cybersecurity Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) Coordinator aligned to consultancy work with the SBRC.
The role will see him use his experience to ensure Scottish businesses are aware of malicious scams doing the rounds and engaging with the intelligence sharing platform.
Graham said: “I’m very excited to have taken on this new role. Cyber attacks are taking place at an alarming rate across the UK, the vast majority of which are unsophisticated and can be easily prevented.
“The problem is that too many of these attacks are getting through and are impacting organizations – so there’s a real need to share cyber threat intelligence and information in ‘real time’ so that businesses can respond as quickly as possible.”
Graham’s appointment marks a real endorsement by the Scottish Government to promote online safety and to help as many smaller companies as possible to join the CiSP.
The CiSP is a joint industry and government scheme based in the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). It is a secure social networking platform that enables its members to exchange information on cyber threat and vulnerabilities as they occur in real time.
Graham’s role will also include promoting Cyber Essentials, a Government backed baseline standard in cyber security enabling businesses to demonstrate that they both understand and address the cyber risks.
The majority of cyber-attacks exploit basic weaknesses in IT systems and software. Cyber Essentials shows how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks that could result in the loss of money, personal customer data and intellectual property.
With the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to take effect in May 2018, loss of data could lead to fines or prosecution. Holding a Cyber Essentials badge will go some way to demonstrating that organisations take security seriously.
Graham continued: “I believe that an intelligence led security approach to cyber crime is key and the CiSP provides the ideal platform to do this.
“By sharing cyber threat information in a trusted environment, businesses will better understand the threats and be able to put measures in place, like Cyber Essentials, to prepare for and withstand the attacks.”