Scots cyber awards

by Mark Rowe

The winners of the first Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) Cyber Community Awards were announced at a virtual awards ceremony last night, hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay. They were:

SBRC Student Community Champion: Allan Goodwill, Abertay University, Dundee;

SBRC Outstanding Cyber Community Event: Getting it Right…Keeping Your Child Safe – Perth and Kinross Council, Education and Children’s Services; and

SBRC Cyber Community Hero: Annabel Turner, CyberSafe Scotland.

Besides, a Special Recognition Award went to Gordon Mcdonald, of Police Scotland. Judges said: “PC Macdonald has shown incredible initiative when it comes to keeping people safe online in his constabulary. While passionate about the area of cyber security for several years, in the last year alone, PC Macdonald has worked hard to create cultures and processes to engage a wide set of stakeholders. From engaging with primary school parents to leading online webinars and distributing Cybercrime Harm Prevention alerts, it was clear from those who nominated him that he has gone above and beyond the line of duty. Our congratulations are extended to him.”

And SBRC ‘Shine the Light’ awards went to: Alison Stone, of SCVO; Beverly Bowles, Police Scotland; Jana Vidis, IFB; Michael McCullagh, Police Scotland; and Robbie Ross, Converged Communication Solutions.

Jude McCorry, CEO of the SBRC, pictured, said: “Last night’s awards highlight that despite the challenges every one of us has faced over the last 12 months, there continues to be an incredible amount of good being done to elevate cyber education and awareness. With the programmes and contributions supporting a broad range of people – from young people and their parents to peers and other professionals – I take great pride in all that is being done to increase cyber resilience across Scotland.”

The awards came during the CyberScotland Week of online events.

About the winners

Judges said that Allan Goodwill’s passion for cyber security shone through. We were impressed with the involvement Allan has in programmes such as ‘TryHackMe’ and the ‘Capture the Flag’ (CTF) challenges, tackling serious issues through gamification and a creative approach. He has become a mentor for many in cyber security – not only within Abertay University where he studies, also through his involvement in wider events like Security-Tay2020 (Europe’s largest student-run cyber security conference). Allan is always willing to go the extra mile and has made a massive difference to many students at Abertay.”

On ‘Getting it Right…Keeping Your Child Safe’, judges said: “Making online programmes for parents engaging can be a difficult task. However, this event series by Perth and Kinross Council, Education and Children’s Services positively impacted parents and professionals across the local region, sharing knowledge and practical advice to empower them to become more cyber resilient and to help keep homes and communities safer from the risks that exist online. We were impressed with the amount of people that attended the events in addition to the high caliber of speakers that contributed.”

And judges commended Annabel Turner for the work to support schools from every learning cluster in Aberdeen as well as the success in using Facebook Live to reach parents. “All the work that Annabel has led has resulted in positive and meaningful parental engagement around online safety at such an important time. Overall, Annabel’s work is profound and she’s one of the first in Scotland to provide advanced cyber advisory for children, working for the public good.”

Alison Stone, SCVO Cyber Resilience Co-Ordinator – As part of the cyber bulletin team, Alison has brought a voice to the third sector community. She has been part of the delivery team for the third sector Cyber Essentials grant which has led to hundreds of charities achieving this cyber security standard.

Beverly Bowles, Police Scotland – Has delivered numerous presentations across Scotland to school groups, charities and businesses sharing key messages to stay secure online. She has also been involved in the cyber bulletin team.

Jana Vidis, IFB – For raising the profile of cyber with organisations in Aberdeen, in particular her support of the SBRC Exercise in a Box programme in Aberdeen.

Michael McCullagh, Police Scotland – Working within Police Scotland’s cybercrime unit Michael has been pivotal in assisting companies who have experienced an attack.

Robbie Ross, Converged Communication Solutions – For spreading the message around the importance of cyber. He is constantly organising and speaking at events, doing what he can to help people expand their knowledge.

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