A host of events, many which have been curated for the voluntary sector, will take place later this month
Organisations are being invited to learn about cyber security at a festival of free events.
CyberScotland Week takes place between 22-28 February.
The week will bring together influencers, experts, and the next generation of talent for the third consecutive year to increase awareness of staying safe and secure online.
The festival will be bigger in scope, reflecting the need to boost awareness of safe use of online technologies following a rise in cyber-attacks on businesses and organisations. Events will not only educate attendees in identifying such attacks, but also outline how they can manage the risks accordingly. A recent study conducted by Trend Micro highlighted that 39% of workers use their personal devices to access corporate data, increasing risks significantly to organisational security.
An array of events has been created which will provide useful information for those in the voluntary sector. Those of particular interest to the charity sector include How to successfully embed cyber security into your organisation's culture, engaging your staff and volunteers on Monday 22 February and Crisis recovery: lessons learned for charities on Wednesday 24 February.
Events and workshops over the week-long event will utilise secure video conferencing technology, and innovative ideas to make events engaging will be a key component to ensure the week is a success.
Kirstie Steele, cyber resilience community lead at the SBRC, said: “The last nine months has reinforced how much we rely on technology as part of our everyday lives – allowing us to keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues as we navigate the pandemic. However, this has created an opportunity for hackers to take advantage of our vulnerability for their own gain. Now more than ever, it’s vital that we know what to do look out for and put steps in place to reduce the chance of us becoming a victim, and the impact if we do.”
CyberScotland Week events for the voluntary sector
Monday 22 Feb
Lead Scotland - How to Create Strong Passwords, 10am; SCVO - How to successfully embed Cyber Security into your organisation's culture, engaging your staff and volunteers, 11am; Lead Scotland - Online scams: how to spot them and what to do, 3pm
Tuesday 23 Feb
Lead Scotland - How to remember your passwords, 10am; ACOSVO - Cybersecurity - Protecting Your Organisation and Beneficiaries, 10am; SCVO - DigiShift - Starting your journey in cyber resilience, 11am; SCVO - Your digital footprint. What does the internet know about you?, 2pm; Lead Scotland - Learn More about Complex Online Scams, 3pm
Wednesday 24 Feb
Learning Link – Network Meeting, 10.30am; Techfest Digital - Cyber Security Basics for Charities – a chance to learn, question and build cyber confidence, 11am; OSCR - Crisis recovery: lessons learned for charities, 11am; Lead Scotland - Cyber Attacks: what to do and where to get help, 12pm; SCVO - Avoiding scammers and schemers - keeping users safe online, 3pm
Thursday 25 Feb
SCVO - Cyber Essentials - Ask the Experts. An introduction to the scheme, 9.30am; AZACUS and Burness Paul - Cyber Security for Board Members: Responsibility, Accountability and Risk, 9.30am; Lead Scotland - How to promote digital safety in an accessible manner, 12pm; Young Scot - Young Scot Cyber Scotland event, 4pm; Digital for Good - The Evolving Threat Landscape 2021 - Digital for Good presents... Garry Scobie, 6pm; Siccar, Food Train and SCVO - The opportunity for better digital collaboration between the health & social care community and the voluntary sector, 2pm
Friday 26 Feb
Lead Scotland - How to promote digital safety to those with low IT confidence, 12pm; SCVO - Cyber 101 - Resilience advice for small charities in association with Police Scotland, 2pm