7 November 2017

Press release

Boost resilience to make Scotland a global leader in cyber security - CBI Scotland

CBI Scotland hosts its third annual cyber security conference at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.

Boost resilience to make Scotland a global leader in cyber security - CBI Scotland

At an event hosted by CBI Scotland, Deputy First Minister John Swinney will announce the publication of a new Public Sector Action Plan on Cyber Resilience, aimed at protecting Scotland’s public sector against cyber-attacks. The new plan will encourage all public bodies across Scotland to improve resilience by implementing common baseline cyber security protocols across their organisations.

Today’s event, taking place at Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth and sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, marks the third annual CBI Scotland Cyber Security Conference. CBI Scotland has long been at the forefront of efforts to champion cyber resilience among Scottish businesses, helping companies adapt to new legislation and promoting Scotland’s fast growing cyber security sector.  

Hugh Aitken, Director of CBI Scotland, serves as chair of Scotland’s National Cyber Resilience Leaders’ Board, a cross-sector group that brings together leaders and experts in cyber resilience to help provide advice, challenge and support to the Scottish Government’s work on cyber resilience.

Speaking ahead of the event, CBI Scotland Director Hugh Aitken said:

“Now more than ever cyber security has to be an important priority for Scottish businesses and public bodies. From WannaCry to NotPetya we’re all familiar with the significance of recent cyber attacks and recognise just how important it is that we stay vigilant and do what we can to get on the front foot.  

“The Public Sector Action Plan on Cyber Resilience marks an important step on the journey to making Scotland a more cyber secure country. Ensuring all public bodies have a baseline standard for cyber resilience could be the difference between repelling an attack or having to deal with a raft of legal and reputational consequences.

“While we’re naturally focussed on cyber resilience and preventing vulnerability, increasing cyber resilience also offers huge opportunities for the Scottish economy. Cyber security is a rapid growth sector and, with significant expertise in software development, tech innovation and fintech, Scotland is ideally placed to take advantage and become a global leader in the field.”

Malcolm Buchanan, chair, Scotland Board, Royal Bank of Scotland, said:

“Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to support the CBI Scotland Cyber Security conference. The growth of digital technology has brought positive opportunity for business within Scotland. It is crucial that the public sector and the business community work together to not only create a stable, safe and secure space for organisations to operate but to create an environment which allows us to make the most of the opportunities it offers.”