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Exclusive: Dark threats to Scotland’s data – hacked credentials are ‘wake up call’ for public sector

By Kevin O'Sullivan

Tens of thousands of email accounts belonging to public sector officials have been found on the dark web following a Futurescot investigation. More than 42,000 “leaked credentials” and “compromised accounts” are listed on underground hacker forums, raising fears about potentially crippling cyberattacks. According to our…

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Scottish coding influencers lead the way

There could be no better campaign for the importance of computing science than a global pandemic. As the…

By Poppy Watson

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Come fly with me – Covid digital vaccination certificate prepares…

When it comes to testing technology on users Deryck Mitchelson turned to an unusual focus group. He asked…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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The e-school ‘in the right place at the right time’

It’s hard to imagine many teachers would relish the opportunity to lead Scotland’s “most scrutinised school” through a…

By Poppy Watson

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Minister targets support for most vulnerable to close digital divide

Distributing a further 40,000 devices to the people who “most need them” is the top digital priority in…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Charting a safe pathway through echo chambers

Globalisation and digitalisation have connected people, cities, countries and continents in ways that vastly increase our individual and…

By Poppy Watson

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How the tech-savvy Estonians delivered education during Covid

When Covid struck last year, schools globally were thrown into disarray - but there is always an exception…

By Poppy Watson

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Opening doors

How a device for every child will change the culture of learning and teaching “I was about eight…

By Poppy Watson

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Why Scotland must ask 100 questions to unlock AI potential

Can you think of a question, which if answered, could transformsociety? Scotland must identify 100 such questions to…

By Poppy Watson

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Data hits all the right notes for creatives

As pandemic restrictions are increasingly eased for most of us, businesses across every sector are looking for creative…

By Poppy Watson

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Online Scottish history resources are helping to lay the ghost…

As a history teacher at Leith Academy in Edinburgh, Jesanna Gooch has worked tirelessly to engage her students’…

By Poppy Watson

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Vast sensor network heralds new data dawn

South-east Scotland is about to pass a major milestone on its journey to becoming a more joined-up region.…

By Poppy Watson

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Working as ‘one team’

I often read in tenders that organisations are “seeking a strategic partnership” – but unfortunately, once the contracts…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Taking innovation to the next level

The public sector has been slow to embrace artificial intelligence but there are signs that the appetite for…

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The rise of ransomware and what to do

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) recently surveyed more than 250 businesses in Scotland about their cyber preparedness…

By Poppy Watson

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Strong connections count

If you trace the roots of the American tech company Cisco, its foundation – and its future success…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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The 17 digital initiatives helping a health board through the…

A Scottish health board has highlighted the 17 digital initiatives that have helped it respond to the Covid-19…

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NHS recovery demands bold thinking

After an election campaign where restart and recovery took centre stage, it’s now up to the Scottish Government…

By Poppy Watson

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Did ‘exposed’ data on dark web lead to ransomware attack…

Police and national cyber experts are investigating after a Scottish university – which had thousands of leaked email…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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‘How you deliver on the strategy is what really counts’

Scotland’s innovation minister has committed to a quarterly review of a new government digital strategy in order to…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Building Scotland’s reputation on the world stage for data and…

The Data Lab is helping startups develop cutting-edge tech – fit for the pandemic. It’s been a difficult…

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‘Major boost’ to digital connectivity and cybersecurity across Tayside

Three projects that will significantly enhance rural broadband and cybersecurity across Tayside while creating new job and enterprise…

By Poppy Watson

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Investing in innovation

Data Driven Entrepreneurship programme supports post-Covid recovery Despite the many unknowns of the Covid pandemic, one thing has…

By Poppy Watson

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From the Editor

Government needs to get serious about cybersecurity. As a nation we invest heavily in supporting data-driven innovation and building the technologies of the future. But we spend far too little on securing that data, which is so vital to the success of start-ups and established industries alike. The recent cyber-attack on SEPA is painful evidence of the yawning gap between our efforts to digitally transform, whilst protecting critical government services. As we go to print, another cyber-attack has downed systems at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We investigated this ‘incident’ as we did with SEPA, with the help of a global darknet threat intelligence firm in Israel and found that there were thousands of leaked credentials and compromised accounts belonging to the university on underground web forums. The university has perhaps understandably not responded to our inquiries – as it is in the middle of a police investigation – but the question is surely how many more of our public sector agencies, healthcare providers, companies, schools, universities and colleges alike are exposed on darknet sites. If we don’t the answer to these questions, we aren’t even at the beginning of trying to solve what is a massive – and growing – problem.