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Helping businesses to navigate the complex world of cyber security is the aim of a new event taking place in Scotland on Friday 2nd June, organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) in partnership with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC).


Taking place at Tulliallan Police College in Kincardine, the informative seminar is free to attend and includes presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts as well as a fascinating demonstration from SBRC’s ‘ethical hacker’, who will highlight the surprising vulnerabilities in the systems and technology we use every day. Keith McDevitt, Cyber Security Integrator at Scottish Government, will also be presenting alongside SBRC’s Graham Bye.

Guidance will also be given on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to which all businesses must be fully compliant by May 2018. Advice for SMEs on preparing for the impact of GDPR will be covered in a presentation by Federico Charosky of Quorum Cyber, while Ian Kerr of event sponsor, ID Cyber Solutions, will provide an introduction to Cyber Essentials.

Speaking about the event, John MacAskill, Scottish Regional Representative for the BSIA, comments: “Computer-enabled crime and fraud now accounts for a higher proportion of UK crime than all other forms of crime, so it’s more important than ever for companies to ensure they’re adequately protected from this growing threat.”

In fact, a report published earlier this year by the Institute of Directors (IoD) revealed that, while 95% of respondents considered cyber security ‘very important’ or ‘quite important’ to their business, almost half of them had no formal security strategy, with 40% not knowing who to contact if their business suffered a serious security incident.

Chief Inspector Ronnie Megaughin, Deputy CEO of SBRC, said: “Cyber security breaches pose a very real and often underestimated threat to businesses in Scotland.

“It is vital that businesses are made aware of the precautions they can take to fight this danger and who to contact if things go wrong. By getting the basic defences right, businesses of every size can protect their reputation, finances and operating capabilities. Events like this are a great way of shining a light on this issue.

“If we are to see commerce in this country continue to flourish it is key that all businesses take online threats seriously.”