What’s Cyber Scotland Week all about?

8 Feb 2022

We are delighted to be supporting Cyber Scotland Week 2022. Cyber Scotland Week is a fantastic opportunity for you and your organisation to learn how to stay secure online. Learn how you can protect yourself, protect your business and be more cyber aware.

Why is Cyber Security an important issue for everyone?

Did you know…

£190k is lost to cybercrime every day in the UK?

In a recent survey, it was found that four in ten businesses (39%) and a quarter of charities (26%) report having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. Like previous years, this is higher among medium businesses (65%), large businesses (64%) and high-income charities (51%) (Cyber Security Breaches 2021).

Cyber Crime is increasing rapidly. The cyber threat has grown, as is our dependence on cyberspace. It’s important and affects everyone. With personal, financial and health-related sensitive information stored on the internet it’s vital you know how to protect yourself. Gone are the days of simply implementing a firewall or antivirus software. Business owners can no longer leave information security to the IT department. We all have a responsibility to protect ourselves online and ensure our information is secure.

There are six key reasons why cyber security is increasingly important:

1. The rise in cyber attacks since the pandemic broke out is significant. As we all spend more time online, working at home, homeschooling, shopping, banking, communicating and socialising with each other more than ever on the internet, cybercriminals are increasing their efforts during this pandemic.

2. The rising cost of cybercrime with an estimated £190k per day in the UK is lost to cybercriminals. The risk level is potentially higher than ever under COVID-19, and businesses are finding it harder to administer cyber security measures during the pandemic. For example, fewer businesses are now deploying security monitoring tools (35%, vs. 40% last year) or undertaking any form of user monitoring (32% vs. 38%).

3. A sizeable number of organisations that identify breaches report a specific negative outcome or impact. On average, for those that do, the costs are substantial.

4. Smart devices – while smart devices make our lives easier and can simplify and speed up tasks as well as offer greater levels of control and accessibility they also present their own security risks.

5. Increasingly sophisticated hackers also pose a great risk to your security. They have a lot to gain from successful data breaches and there are a lot of examples of well-funded cyber-attacks against some of the UK’s largest companies which as customers can affect us all.

6. This year a significant proportion of attempted compromises was related to coronavirus – whether it was linking to bogus products or targeting people using their devices in a different way due to the pandemic.

Cyber Scotland Week is your opportunity to take action to protect yourself and your business by attending a range of great virtual events from the 28th of February – 6th March 2022, which will enable you to take action and keep yourself or your organisation cyber secure.

There is a range of industry events for:

● Businesses & organisations

● Education

● Public sector

● Third sector

● Individuals

● Cyber industry

Simply click here to find an event to attend and learn, protect and take action now to stay secure online.

Take action now!

They’ve got a wealth of information, top tips and toolkits available so you can take action now to learn and protect yourself and your business online.

Support Cyber Scotland Week

4 ways you can support Cyber Scotland Week:

● Book and attend an event

● Access the resources library and take action now

● Follow BC TrainingPlanB, and Cyber Scotland Week on social media and help us spread the word

● Like and share our posts and website to keep your colleagues, friends and family cyber secure