Scottish Cyber Awards 2021 to celebrate excellence in Scotland

ACC McLaren, Executive lead for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence, Police Scotland and panel judge of the 2021 Scottish Cyber Awards.

THE SCOTTISH Cyber Awards 2021 are now open to enter. Now in their fifth year, the awards celebrate the individuals and organisations working to make a difference to Scotland’s cyber security.

The awards, comprising 11 categories, are set to take place on Thursday 25th February 2021 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.

As ever, the Best Customer Experience category is chosen by the public and this year is no different. 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 which was won at the 2020 awards by Emily Beeney of Morgan Stanley.

The awards celebrate the hard work being conducted to combat cybercrime across industry and the public sector in Scotland.  Individuals can vote or themselves/their organisation or nominate someone who they feel is deserving from now until Wednesday 25th November. Winners from the 2020 awards included Full Proxy, Young Scot and Strathclyde University to name a few.

Jude McCorry, CEO of SBRC, 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.

“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.”

As part of the 2021 awards the Scottish Business Resilience Centre has brought together a new judging committee from across the emergency services, public sector and industry. The 2021 Scottish Cyber Awards judging panel includes:

  • ACC 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

ACC McLaren, Member of the judging panel and Executive lead for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence, Police Scotland added: “The Scottish Cyber Awards judging panel represents a cross section of those with a close relationship to all things cyber – whether that is in defining policy, combatting crime or shaping business resilience plans. The efforts of the few within the cybersecurity sector are there to benefit the many, and so it is fitting that we recognise the hard work being done in this area across the length and breadth of Scotland.”

Confirmed sponsors for 2021 awards include Adarma, Checkpoint (Bronze Sponsor), Sapphire, ScotlandIS, Scottish Qualifications Authority and Varonis (Bronze Sponsor), with more to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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