Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  

 

Practical Steps To A Cyber Strong Business - Highlands And Islands Tour Launched

15th September 2018

Businesses and social enterprises across the Highlands and Islands which want to head-off cyber attacks in their online work are being offered jargon-free, expert advice.

The Cyber Strong Business programme, introduced by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) last year, is back with a second series of workshops, one-to-one consultations, and a Cyber Cafe in venues across the region.

Run in collaboration with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), The Scottish Government and Business Gateway, the Cyber Strong Business project hopes to reach businesses, social enterprises and communities interested in taking the first steps in protecting themselves and their clients when online.

The new Cyber Strong project, which will tour locations across the region from September to March, was launched (Wednesday Sept 12) at #hellodigital in An Lochran at the Inverness Campus.

Theresa Swayne, Senior Digital Economy Manager at HIE said: "Businesses know there are cyber security risks for anyone who is online - getting started in addressing those risks can be daunting. Cyber Strong Business will offer an experienced team of advisers who can explain simple measures to reduce cyber threats or to resolve attacks if they happen. We will share trusted resources and tips, through our partners NCSC, The Scottish Government, Business Gateway and Police Scotland and can signpost to other support that may help."

A list of locations confirmed so far is below and includes Stornoway, Orkney, Benbecula, Shetland, Thurso, Golspie, Elgin and Inverary.

An NCSC spokesperson said: "There's around a one in two chance that an SME will suffer a cyber breach. That can have a huge impact on the business and livelihood of the people involved in it. And, when you consider the economic importance of SME's to the UK, it is not good news for the country as a whole.

“While staying secure might seem daunting, it no longer needs to be. We can provide you with advice that is simple and low cost, allowing you to protect yourselves against the majority of threats. Our guidance will be available throughout the Highlands and Islands tour."

‘CyberBus’, originally part of a Scottish Government cyber education pilot, will also be touring parts of the region for the first time. The customised programme has worked with a wide range of people so far including schools and community groups.

Dr Martin Beaton, Cyber Security Cluster Co-ordinator for Scotland, said: “Our cyberBus sessions allow participants to take on the role of cyber victim and attacker to experience how phishing and other techniques happen. They can see the full lifecycle of a cyber attack, helping them to spot and better understand how to protect themselves. We’re looking forward to bringing this practical approach to SMEs across the Highlands and Islands as part of the Cyber Strong programme.”

Brian Currie, Business Gateway’s DigitalBoost programme manager, said: “Recent Business Gateway research shows that more than half of SMEs manage their own IT, and while they recognise the need for basic controls, many do underestimate the risks they face. We’ve developed a range of online tools which can help businesses with cyber basics. Cyber Strong’s hands-on advice and support will be valuable to SMEs across the region.”

Events can be booked at http://hellodigital.scot/events/

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

New grants to support young entrepreneurs
Start-up businesses in the Outer Hebrides could receive a welcome injection of capital from a new joint initiative by Business Gateway Outer Hebrides and Highlands and Islands enterprise.   The Outer Hebrides Young Entrepreneur Start-Up Scheme (OHYESS), will provide grants of up to £2,500 to support entrepreneurs age 18-40 to set up businesses in key sectors across the Outer Hebrides.  
Equiniti welcomed to Thurso Business ParkThumbnail for article : Equiniti welcomed to Thurso Business Park
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has welcomed an international technology-led services and payments specialist as the newest tenant to Thurso Business Park.   The agency has developed the park to enable local firms to expand and to attract new companies into the area.  
Foula Signs Up To Clean Islands Energy Transition PledgeThumbnail for article : Foula Signs Up To Clean Islands Energy Transition Pledge
Residents of Britain's most remote inhabited island have stepped up efforts to move towards a cleaner energy system.   The people of Foula off Shetland have signed up to the Clean Energy Transition Pledge, which commits them to producing a decarbonisation plan over the next 12 months.  
Update To Cairngorm Strategic Plan Is PublishedThumbnail for article : Update To Cairngorm Strategic Plan Is Published
The authors of far-reaching 2018 report on potential investment priorities at Cairngorm Mountain have reviewed and updated their findings.   US-based consultants SE Group were commissioned last year by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), owner of Cairngorm estate.  
Enterprise Agencies Invest In Scotland's FutureThumbnail for article : Enterprise Agencies Invest In Scotland's Future
Scotland's enterprise agencies have launched ambitious plans to help build a more economically vibrant country.   Collectively, and as part of the broader skills and enterprise community, Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) have set out how they will invest to support sustainable and inclusive growth in every part of Scotland.  
New Face At Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration PartnershipThumbnail for article : New Face At Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership
In April 2019 Peter Faccenda took over the role of Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership manager.   He takes over from Eann Sinclair who was appointment as Caithness and Sutherland area manager for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Weeks commencing 20th & 27th May Energy & Business Services: The Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project this week reached an output capacity of 587.9MW (its installed capacity is 588MW), which is the highest output from any renewable source in Scotland.  And as the construction phase of the Beatrice Offshore project comes to an end it is good to see that offshore piling operations have begun for the Moray East offshore windfarm development.  
Business Opportunities In Canada - Two Weeks To Go!Thumbnail for article : Business Opportunities In Canada - Two Weeks To Go!
Join us in Inverness next month for a free seminar about doing business in Canada.   Inverness - Thursday, 6 June Sign up today and hear from experts as they share information, insights and expertise to help you maximise the opportunities in Canada.  
New life sciences building opens on Inverness CampusThumbnail for article : New life sciences building opens on Inverness Campus
A new £4.5m life sciences building was officially opened at Inverness Campus by the Deputy First Minister Mr John Swinney, on Monday 20 May 2019.   Called ‘Solasta House', it offers flexible space for new and expanding technology and life sciences companies and is already home to eight companies and could be 75 percent full by the summer.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
SpaceHub Sutherland: The team continued with a programme of drop-in events on the ground around the area this week, running drop-in events at the Village Hall in Skerray and the Kinlochbervie Hotel.  For details on the project and the programme of events see http://www.hie.co.uk/regional-information/area-information/caithness-and-sutherland/uk-space-port/community-engagement.html Energy & Business Services: As previously highlighted, a meeting was held in Thurso to highlight the newly-established DeepWind Offshore Supply Chain Cluster.  

[Printer Friendly Version]