Public Sector Cyber Security Scotland 2024

Holyrood Connect’s flagship annual cyber security conference, Public Sector Cyber Security Scotland, will return to Edinburgh on 1 February 2024.

In the weeks leading up to Cyber Scotland Week 2024, the event will act as the premier opportunity for public sector cyber security professionals to connect in person, exchange ideas, and learn from each other.

Through keynote addresses, panel discussions and interactive masterclasses, delegates will gain insight into:

  • How to achieve a digitally secure and resilient Scotland
  • Bridging the cyber security skills gap
  • How to spot and prevent cyber attacks
  • Emerging technologies and how they can benefit organisations
  • How to future-proof organisations’ security

You will also have the opportunity to pose questions to our expert speakers during the Q&A portions of sessions.

Public Sector Cyber Security Scotland 2024 will also feature an exhibition, providing an opportunity for delegates to explore relevant solutions for their organisations.

This event is free-to-attend for those working in the public or third sectors. If you work in the private sector, please email to be added to our waiting list.

Holyrood Connect

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

Silka Patel
Chair and Founder
Scotland Women in Technology
Nadin Kokciyan
Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence
University of Edinburgh
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Senior NCSC Representative
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John Fitzgerald
Digital Evolution Manager
Professor Lynne Coventry
Prof. Lynne Coventry
Paul Chapman
Paul Chapman
Head of Public Sector Cyber Resilience
The Scottish Government
Paul has worked in the civil service for almost 15 years, predominately in the areas of critical infrastructure resilience, emergency planning, and finance with a particular focus on energy resilience.
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.
Keith Nicholson
Dr Keith Nicholson
Founder & Executive Chair
Cyber Security Scotland
A recognised, multiple-award-winning expert in cyber security, Keith was a contributing author to the Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Strategy, authored the 2018 NHS Scotland Information Security Policy Framework and the created the Cyber Resilience Framework adopted by the Scottish Government and issued to every public body in Scotland.

Cyber resilience is a crucial part of public services and businesses in Scotland. So where are we in our journey to achieving the vision set out in the Scottish Government's Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland, where Scotland thrives by being a digitally secure and resilient nation?

According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2023, 32% of all UK businesses reported a cyber breach in the past year. So what steps can you take to enhance security and protect your organisation from cyber threats?

Our panelists will provide an overview of the various tools which are available to public sector organisations to ensure they keep their data, customers and employees secure, even on a low budget.

A digital identity is a digital representation of your identity information, like your name and age. The Scottish Government is working on implementing a single digital identity which would enable citizens to access services far more quickly and efficiently, meaning they only have to enter their data once, which is then sent to all relevant parties. 

However, this also comes with associated with risks, where sensitive data may be jeopardised if the appropriate security measures are not in place. 

Our panellists will discuss the latest challenges and developments in keeping citizens’ data secure.

A prolific cyber-crime gang issued an ultimatum to victims in the recent MOVEit hack, which targeted organisations around the world, including the BBC, British Airways and Ofcom. This is just one of many examples, where employees have been urged not to respond to ransom requests.

So how do we establish a workforce which is equipped with the right skills to be able to deal with the latest cyber threats? Our speakers will explore key areas where additional skills are most needed, upskilling of staff, and the role of diversity, equality and inclusion in building skills.

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