First national cyber awards shortlist unveiled

Scottish organisations battling cyber crime are to be recognised in the first-ever national ‘cyber awards’ ceremony.

Twenty-four nominees from business, academic and public sector bodies have been shortlisted in eight categories for the inaugural Scottish Cyber Awards in Edinburgh next month.

The awards, supported by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, are designed to raise the profile of an industry increasingly being seen as critical to the future robustness of the digital technologies sector.

As such the SBRC is scoping a potential ‘cyber hub’ that can act as a national service for businesses needing trusted and affordable advice on how to protect themselves from online attack.

Mandy Haeburn-Little, Chief Executive of the SBRC, said: “We set out from day one to ensure the awards mirrored the industry in Scotland – with excellent work taking place at major organisations, by individuals in the education sector, as well as within Scotland’s many fast-moving smaller firms.

“Scotland has a proud history of innovation and we are making great strides to continue this tradition by becoming an international leader in cyber resilience – and to seize the opportunities that being at the forefront of cyber security can bring to our nation.

“The launch of the first Scottish Cyber Awards is a perfect platform to showcase and celebrate the great work that is happening in Scotland.

“We’d like to thank everyone that entered the awards, as well as all our partners who help to make it possible – and we can now look forward to the big night itself.”

The industry will gather together on November 16th at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in the capital, where the overall winners will be announced.

Edinburgh’s Napier University received the highest number of nominations, with a chance to win in four categories.

Banks and other household businesses are among the nominees, with a strong showing for SME’s.

The important advancement of female expertise is also being recognised in the ‘Outstanding Woman in Cyber’ category, with further finalists still to be announced in the ‘International Contribution’ award.

The winners will be decided by a panel of judges from across a number of different sectors. Each winner will receive one of the first specially designed trophies, which are destined to grow in stature over the years.

Scottish Enterprise (SE), Scotland’s main economic development agency, is supporting the event as part of their Cyber Security Network Integrator project.

The full list of nominees for the awards:

Best Cyber Start Up

  • Symphonic Software
  • Cyan Forensics
  • Net defence

Best New Cyber Talent

  • Edinburgh Napier
  • ECS
  • Clydesdale Bank

Collaboration with Police Scotland

  • Perth and Kinross Council
  • Droman
  • Napier University

Cyber Evangelist of the Year

  • Skyscanner
  • Edinburgh Napier
  • 7 Elements

Leading Light Innovation

  • Net defence
  • Payfont / Edinburgh Napier
  • Law Society

Outstanding Woman in Cyber

  • Natalie Coull – Abertay University
  • Chelsea Sievewright – Prudential
  • Kirsty Mitchell – Digital Connections

SME Defender of the Year

  • Zonefox
  • Truststreams
  • 7 Elements

Community Impact Award

  • RBS
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Seric Systems