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Cyber Security 2023

the annual conference for Scotland's cyber communities

Monday 27 February 2023
Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow

Public Sector Cyber Security – kicking off Cyber Scotland Week 2023

Defending public services and critical digital infrastructure from cyber harm is everyone’s business, as the global rise of threat actors, and insidious ransomware, reshapes our IT landscape.

As the leading event of Cyber Scotland Week, Cyber Security 2023 will focus on what the public sector can and must do to protect data from online threats – through collaboration, partnerships, intelligence sharing and security ops.

Join us for Scotland’s largest public sector cyber event featuring world-class speakers engaged in protecting our treasured national institutions – from government to the NHS – from cybercrime.

Cyber Security 2023 is proudly helping to kickstart Cyber Scotland Week – throwing light on government policy and the latest industry best practice to better protect critical digital infrastructure.

With global cyberattacks on the rise, we analyse the resilience levels across key national digital infrastructure and how organisations can best improve their cyber postures.

Join us as key government, industry and academic stakeholders gather to map out the next steps for the national cyber action plans as well as incident response, security operations, skills and training, and attend peer-group leadership sessions and cutting-edge industry masterclasses.


National Cyber Resilience Advisory Board

Chief Executive
Scottish Business Resilience Centre

Business Development Manager
cyberQuarter, University of Abertay

National Cyber Resilience Advisory Board

Deputy Chief Constable, Crime & Operational Support
Police Scotland

Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans
Scottish Government

Cyber Resilience Integrator
The Scottish Government

Associate Professor in Usable Security and Human-Computer Interaction
University of Glasgow

Professor of Cryptography
Edinburgh Napier University

Conference Agenda

27 February 2023

Session 1 – A Cyber Resilient Scotland

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration & refreshments

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Chair’s opening remarks

Jude McCorry
Scottish Business Resilience Centre
9:05 AM – 9:15 AM

Ministerial keynote:

The strategic framework for a cyber resilient Scotland

Keith Brown
Scottish Government
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Strengthening Scotland’s online defences

Senior NCSC Representative
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

International keynote:

Perspectives from a global pioneer of ‘govtech’ and cybersecurity

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

Cyber warnings and indicators:

Sharing intelligence at a global level, and why it matters to stay ahead in the fight against cybercrime

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Defending Scotland:

The collaborative law enforcement approach to protecting communities from cyber harm

Malcolm Graham
Police Scotland
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Expert panel:

The importance of building strength in depth: the role of partnerships, community and knowledge exchange in cyber resilience

Senior NCSC Representative

Malcolm Graham
Police Scotland
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

Networking & refreshments

Session 2 - Masterclass & Knowledge Exchange Session

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM

Parallel masterclass sessions

12:20 PM – 1:20 PM

Lunch, supplier showcase & networking

Session 3 - Leadership Streams: Threat Intelligence, Incident Response and Security Operations; Workforce & Community

1:20 PM – 2:40 PM

Threat intelligence, incident response and security operations:

Detecting, responding to, and maintaining constant vigilance against the backdrop of rising global Cyber harms

David Ferbrache OBE
National Cyber Resilience Advisory Board

Police Scotland Cybercrime Investigations Unit (Invited)

Kevin Gray
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) - (Invited)
1:20 PM – 2:40 PM

Workforce & community:

The Human Factor: Strengthening Cyber Skills in the Workforce through Community Building and Developing Nationwide Cyber ‘Clusters’ of Expertise

Maggie Titmuss MBE
National Cyber Resilience Advisory Board

Cheryl Torano
cyberQuarter, University of Abertay

Keith McDevitt
The Scottish Government
2:40 PM – 2:55 PM

Networking & refreshments

Session 4 – Cyber Innovation

2:55 PM – 4:15 PM

Cyber innovation

The future of cybersecurity: Offering citizens a safer digital world, from digital signing, to quantum, AI defence and the blockchain

Dr Mohamed Khamis
University of Glasgow

Bill Buchanan OBE
Edinburgh Napier University
4:15 PM

Conference close