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Strengthening Your Organisation's Digital Defences: Why Third-Sector Organisations Should Embrace CyberScotland Week


Every organisation faces the ever-present threat of cyber crime in today's digital landscape.

These threats can pose significant risks to operations, data, and, ultimately, the very mission of your organisation. Third-sector organisations have higher stakes, as they often operate with limited resources and play a crucial role in supporting vulnerable communities.

The CyberScotland Partnership is organising its sixth annual CyberScotland Week, a week-long event dedicated to boosting cyber awareness and resilience across Scotland. This week-long event provides an invaluable opportunity for third-sector organisations to empower themselves with essential cyber security knowledge and safeguard their operations against evolving threats.

CyberScotland Week: A Collaborative Effort for a Stronger Digital Future

CyberScotland Week will take place from February 26th to March 3rd, 2024, and will focus on fostering collaboration, diversity, and cyber resilience. This emphasis on collective action highlights the importance of uniting professionals and organizations under a shared vision to combat cyber threats. We can create a stronger and more resilient digital ecosystem by sharing intelligence, strategies, resources, and ideas.

Empowering Your Organisation with Practical Cyber Security Skills

During CyberScotland Week, third-sector organisations will have access to a wealth of resources and training opportunities to enhance their cyber security posture. Employees can attend talks and workshops covering essential cyber hygiene practices, from identifying phishing attempts to creating strong passwords and implementing proper data backup procedures. These skills can then be shared with volunteers and service users, amplifying the event's positive impact.

Tailored Events for Specific Needs and Communities

CyberScotland Week encourages organisations to host their own events tailored to their unique mission and community. For instance, a charity supporting older adults could conduct sessions on avoiding online scams, while non-profit running youth programs could incorporate cybersecurity education into their curriculum to instil digital safety and ethics in young minds from an early age.

Raising Awareness and Strengthening Brand Recognition

Participation in CyberScotland Week not only enhances your organisation's cybersecurity capabilities but also provides a valuable platform to raise awareness of your brand and offerings. Organisations hosting CyberScotland Week events will receive promotion through the event's social media channels, expanding your reach and visibility.

Investing in a Secure Future for Your Organisation and the Communities You Serve

CyberScotland Week plays a pivotal role in ensuring that third-sector organisations can continue to fulfil their missions in an increasingly digitised world. Cyber security becomes paramount for non-profits as more service delivery and fundraising activities shift online. By empowering teams and communities with digital resilience, organisations safeguard their ability to support essential causes for years to come.

We invite all third-sector organisations to join us in making CyberScotland Week a resounding success. We can create a more secure and resilient digital landscape for our communities.

Find out more on the CyberScotland website here:



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