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WELCOME EDITORIAL


Kevin O’Sullivan 0131 357 4472


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CONTENTS


4 Briefings 6 Digital reboot 7 Why we need a digital identity 8 Data & AI vision 10 Agritech buzz 12 Covid recovery 13 Caroline Lamb 15 AWS in the cloud 16 Servelec’s healthcare focus 18 Innovation vision 20 Health data revolution 22 Te DataLoch 23 Life sciences first 24 SEPA’s long road back 26 We need our own NCSC 28 Capita’s cyber excellence 30 Cyber apprenticeships 32 Justice transformation 34 Axon 35 NICE 36 Remote learning 38 Solving the digital skills gap 41 A video education 42 Digital libraries investment


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FutureScot’s young and aspirational readership of 60,000 business leaders and innovators (The Times Scotland) is supplemented by direct distribution to politicians, civil servants, academia, and the wider technology sectors. If you would like to see your organisation or client featured in FutureScot magazine, or on Futurescot.com please contact us now.


“I think a lot of people would sleep better in Scotland if we did have some sort of collective agency, like a smaller version of NCSC.”


Jude McCorry, chief executive, Scottish Business Resilience Centre


Untangling the web


Scotland 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. Te 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. Te 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 know the answer to these questions, we aren’t even at the beginning of trying to solve what is a massive – and growing - problem.


Kevin O'Sullivan, Editor


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