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Cybersecurity is a growing


priority for senior management


Survey reveals failures


in cyber measures Lack of board-level involvement and incident response among criticisms


raising awareness of good cyber resilience practice and promoting a career within the industry. Te survey highlights the “per-


BY WILLIAM PEAKIN


Important measures to protect businesses and organisations from cyber-attack are “still relatively uncommon”, a UK Government-commissioned sur- vey has found. Te critical actions include board-level involvement in cyber security, monitoring suppliers, and planning incident response. Te finding comes ahead of the


launch on Tuesday of Cyber Scot- land Week, a joint initiative be- tween ScotlandIS and the Scottish Government. A first of its kind, the week draws together events across the country to showcase innovation in the sector, while


sistent threat” of cyber-attacks fac- ing businesses and charities. Ac- cording to the UK Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019, around a third of businesses (32%) and a fifth of charities (22%) have suffered a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months. Tat represent a “significant


fall” in the number of businesses identifying breaches (down from 43% in 2018, and 46% in 2017). Te charities result was similar to last year. However, cyber security is a growing priority for senior management, with over three- quarters of UK businesses (78%) and charities (75%) saying that cyber security is a high priority, an increase on last year. Europe’s General Data Protec-


tion Regulation has “encouraged many organisations over the past year to engage formally with cyber security for the first time,


and others to strengthen their existing policies and processes,” it said. But the survey also shows that there is more that organisa- tions can do to protect them- selves. Tis includes “important actions which are still relatively uncommon”, such as board-level involvement in cyber security, monitoring suppliers, and plan- ning incident response. Among organisations iden-


tifying breaches or attacks, the most common types identified are phishing attacks, followed by instances of others impersonat- ing an organisation in emails or online, and viruses or other, spyware or malware, including ransomware attacks. One of the headline events


taking part in Cyber Scotland Week is the UK Government’s flagship cyber event, CYBERUK 2019 which will take place for the first time at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow. Other events during Cyber Scotland Week include:


l A cyber-themed event for 500 school children at the Glasgow Science Centre offering three floors of interactive exhibits, hands on workshops, including a Cryptog- raphy and DIY Gamer workshop, with opportunities to ‘meet the ex- pert’ and learn about cyber career paths and opportunities. l Te Big Data Show, an interac- tive and fun piece of theatre that helps young people to see for themselves how criminals can hack their devices and steal per- sonal data, performed in Glasgow and elsewhere. l LEAD Scotland will be hosting a cyber resilience workshop for people with disabilities, carers and volunteers with the aim of encouraging those who attend to pass their learning on to others. l ‘Cyber Security for the SME’, an event hosted by the Perth College, University of the Highland and Islands, will provide an overview of the cyber risks associated with doing business in the modern landscape, and the approaches that can be employed to prepare and respond to incidents should they happen. Deputy First Minister, John


Swinney, said: “Cyber Scotland Week will see people of all ages and backgrounds come together to share and collaborate on how to become more cyber resilient.” l


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