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Cyber Community Awards open to north-east entries


By Kyle Ritchie

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North-east businesses, academics, and individuals can now enter the first Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) Cyber Community Awards.

The accolades will celebrate the work being done to keep the online community safe, spotlighting those making an impact in their local area.

Taking place on Thursday, February 25, 2021 during CyberScotland Week, the online awards ceremony will be hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay.

Entries are welcomed in the categories Cyber Community Hero, Student Community Champion, and Outstanding Cyber Community Event.

In keeping with the theme of celebrating community, the public will help choose the winners, alongside a judging panel, of each category from a shortlist to be announced on February 15, 2021.

The shortlist for each category will be determined by a panel of judges in advance, and the winners will be announced during the awards ceremony.

CEO of SBRC Jude McCorry said: “We have all adapted in 2020 to follow a digital first approach, with people working remotely and choosing to do business online.

"Unfortunately, this led to a corresponding uptick in cyber attacks, but thankfully Scotland is home to a remarkable cyber defence community.

CEO of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre Jude McCorry.
CEO of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre Jude McCorry.

“Now is the time to celebrate the dedication and commitment of these unsung heroes of cyber. The SBRC Cyber Community Awards will champion those that are going to extraordinary lengths to keep Scottish citizens and organisations safe online.

"While we look forward to hearing from people throughout Scotland, we particularly encourage entries from communities outwith the Central Belt including the Highlands and Islands, the north-east, south-east and south-west.”

More information on the awards and details on how to enter can be found at www.sbrcentre.co.uk/home/cyber-community-awards

The launch of the Cyber Community Awards follows the recent decision by SBRC to postpone the national Scottish Cyber Awards ceremony, originally planned for 25th February 2021, in light of the evolving coronavirus situation.

The Scottish Cyber Awards will now take place on June 17, 2021 in Edinburgh. Further details on the rescheduled Scottish Cyber Awards are available at scottishcyberawards.co.uk


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