Public Sector Cyber Security Scotland 2022

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Holyrood Connect held the in-person return of its hugely popular Public Sector Cyber Security Scotland conference at Dynamic Earth on 1st March 2022. The conference will once again act as the premier event for public sector professionals during Cyber Scotland Week.

Our 2022 conference examined the progress in the implementation of the Scottish Government’s recently published Cyber Resilient Scotland: Strategic Framework and discussed the major cyber issues for Scotland’s public sector as it shifts to a model of hybrid working post-pandemic.

Further sessions examined the intersection of cyber security and emerging technologies such as 5G and AI, and how Scotland can become a world leader in creating a diverse cyber security workforce.

You can watch the on-demand recordings of the event for free now!

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Holyrood Connect publish leading Public Sector ICT news in Scotland and host renowned Public Sector Tech events & conferences. You can view all of Holyrood Connect’s upcoming events here.

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Jack Waland
The Scotland 5G Centre
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Robert Hayes
Quorum Cyber
Mark Mitchell Headshot
Mark Mitchell
Check Point Software
Phil Taylor Headshot
Phil Taylor
Palo Alto Networks
Simon Moore Headshot
Simon Moore
Palo Alto Networks
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Craig Steele
Digital Skills Education
Pranum Codur
Okta
Jon Hope Headshot
Jon Hope
Sophos
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Ian McCormack
NCSC
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Gemma Diamond
Audit Scotland
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Stuart Duncan
Scottish Business Resilience Centre
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Chair: Dr Karen Renaud
University of Strathclyde
David Lowe-Robertson
HEFESTIS CISO-Share
Frederico Charosky
Quorum Cyber
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Nicola Whiting MBE
Neurocyber
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Phil Packman
BT Plc
Dan Pitman
Bitdefender
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Prof. Amir Hussain
Edinburgh Napier University
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Claire Gillespie
Skills Development Scotland
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Jude McCorry
Scottish Business Resilience Centre
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Dr Cade Wells
CENSIS
Gerry Grant Headshot
Gerry Grant
NHS Tayside
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Keith McDevitt
The Scottish Government
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Declan Doyle
Scottish Business Resilience Centre
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Ivan McKee MSP
Scottish Government
As well as being a politician, Ivan's career has involved a number of senior roles in manufacturing and business; managing companies in the UK as well as Poland, Finland, Croatia and Bosnia.
Mark Cunningham-Dickie
Quorum Cyber
Mark has spent the last few years lawfully hacking ICT systems in order to identify vulnerabilities and compliance issues across tens of thousands of devices on disparate and converged networks.
Chair: Chelsea Jarvie
Neon Circle
Chelsea is an advocate and leader with regards to diversity in digital and has been a STEM ambassador since 2012. Chelsea was named as a "Woman of the Future" by Equate Scotland in their "Leading Women of Scotland" publication.

The Scottish Government’s recently published Cyber Resilient Scotland Strategic Framework highlights how the past two years have challenged how our society runs and the ever-increasing important of digital technologies in our daily lives. With this shift to digital comes an added need for security and resilience. This session will focus on the current landscape of cyber resilience in the public sector and give an overview of how Scotland is dealing with cyber security in the midst of a global pandemic.

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Join us in this session to learn how Palo Alto Networks’ customers have taken a novel approach to cybersecurity.

Providing and managing critical infrastructure and many vital services to a large, local community, Public Sector organisations are a prime target for cyber-attacks.

Last year was an extremely disruptive year, with ransomware cyber-attacks remaining a considerable threat to public sector organisations. With the impact of continued uncertainty and the shift to remote and hybrid working models, threat actors are also increasingly compromising IoT devices and using them as part of wider attacks, from utilising IoT devices as part of (D)DoS style attacks to providing an initial point of compromise into home or business’ internal networks.

Now is the time to evaluate your organisations’ security posture and Incident Response readiness – but knowing where to start can be daunting. In this scenario-based workshop, we will walk through a cyber security incident, including what actionable first steps you can take today to be better prepared and how to get the most out of your IR plans.

In today’s dynamic workforce, people access applications from different locations using a variety of devices and at a time that works best for them. Organisations are modernising their services to meet the requirements of such a dynamic environment. 

Join Pranam Condur, Okta’s Senior Solutions Engineer to:

- Discuss the latest trends and adoption techniques 

- Learn about the common challenges we are all faced with when it comes to securing a dynamic workforce

- Find out how some of our customer’s have modernised and secured their digital services using an identity centric strategy.

The last year has seen a handful of major public sector organisations face sophisticated ransomware attacks, including the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and the University of the Highlands and Islands. This worrying trend demonstrates the need for strong, organisation-wide cyber security readiness. This session will consist of a panel discussion between experts examining areas of improvement and best practices, such as regular incident response practice, in order for organisations to be prepared as possible for evolving cyber threats. 

Scotland’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy, published in March 2021, recognises the opportunities that artificial intelligence and machine learning has within the cyber security sector. These cutting edge technologies can be employed to create safer security systems and protect organisations from suspicious activity or unwanted intrusions. This session will examine the current role artificial intelligence and machine learning play in the Scottish public sector, as well as further potential and possible challenges to incorporating the technology within cyber security. 

This session will focus on the next generation of cyber security workers and how Scotland is actively looking to expand the workforce through programmes and workshops focused on the industry. Experts will engage in a panel discussion looking at different aspects including the growing number of females in cyber security leadership roles, the effort to engage with the younger generation about the industry and skills development, and the untapped potential of neurodivergent individuals within cyber security.

If even after significant preparation an attack occurs, how can organisations limit the aftermath and impact of these cyber threats? Public sector organisations must know how best to react in order to respond and recover successfully. This session will examine best practices for resilience and how Scottish organisations can efficiently react so as to maintain delivery of services to the public.

The past two years have challenged how society runs and highlighted the ever-increasing important of digital technologies in our daily lives. This shift to digital brings an added need for security and resilience, and in order to achieve these feats a practice of collaboration amongst sectors must be developed. The recently published National Cyber Strategy 2022 highlights the importance of this by placing it as one of the three core pillars of the strategy. The closing session of Public Sector Cyber Security Scotland 2022 will welcome an senior representative from the UK National Cyber Security Centre who will broaden the scope and look at the approach to cultivating a UK-wide ecosystem of collaboration regarding cyber security.

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