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.

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This event is free to attend for those working in the public and third sectors. Limited spaces are available for private sector attendees. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email eventsadmin@holyrood.com and we will notify you if a place becomes available.

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?

*please note that each masterclass will run twice, allowing delegates to attend two from 11:00 - 11:30 and 11:35 - 12:05

During this conversation with Falkirk Council, we will discuss how automation, consolidation and a pro-active remediation approach can help eliminate your cyber risk at speed and scale.

*please note that each masterclass will run twice, allowing delegates to attend two from 11:00 - 11:30 and 11:35 - 12:05

Detect, Defend and Educate in a world of AI

This masterclass will cover both how Generative AI can be both deployed as a force for good and source of threat within the cyber security landscape. Join Netskope to discover practical ways and methods to:

- Strengthen threat detection and response with AI-enabled security solutions
- Detect and defend against cyber threats augmented with GenAI
- Avoid sensitive data loss from cloud-based, GenAI-enabled tools
- Build awareness of GenAI risks across your organisation - ensuring safe and responsible use

*please note that each masterclass will run twice, allowing delegates to attend two from 11:00 - 11:30 and 11:35 - 12:05

Cyber Security - Crisis Communication Plan

In this breakout session you will learn how to combat communications breakdown during cyber threats, to optimise your Mean Time to Respond (MTTR). Discover the significance of a well-crafted Communication and Incident Response Plan for fast, coordinated and effective crisis management.

*please note that each masterclass will run twice, allowing delegates to attend two from 11:00 - 11:30 and 11:35 - 12:05

During this conversation with Falkirk Council, we will discuss how automation, consolidation and a pro-active remediation approach can help eliminate your cyber risk at speed and scale.

*please note that each masterclass will run twice, allowing delegates to attend two from 11:00 - 11:30 and 11:35 - 12:05

Detect, Defend and Educate in a world of AI

This masterclass will cover both how Generative AI can be both deployed as a force for good and source of threat within the cyber security landscape. Join Netskope to discover practical ways and methods to:

- Strengthen threat detection and response with AI-enabled security solutions
- Detect and defend against cyber threats augmented with GenAI
- Avoid sensitive data loss from cloud-based, GenAI-enabled tools
- Build awareness of GenAI risks across your organisation - ensuring safe and responsible use

*please note that each masterclass will run twice, allowing delegates to attend two from 11:00 - 11:30 and 11:35 - 12:05

Cyber Security - Crisis Communication Plan

In this breakout session you will learn how to combat communications breakdown during cyber threats, to optimise your Mean Time to Respond (MTTR). Discover the significance of a well-crafted Communication and Incident Response Plan for fast, coordinated and effective crisis management. 

In an era of work from anywhere, how do you implement consistent security across all users and devices in all locations while simplifying operations? Hear from Blake Cloughley, who will show how this can be achieved with a Fortinet SASE Architecture.

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. 

This comes with associated 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.

With the creation of the Digital Security Hub in Manchester, UK, this northern region is fast becoming a hub for cyber start-ups as well as a collaboration focus between academia and large organisations. Stuart will share with you case studies from DiSH, as well as lessons learned from the initial years of operation.

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) is strengthening the cyber resilience across its social landlord portal. This case study will explore how SHR achieved Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, and what steps you should take to improve your organisation’s cyber resilience, in order to obtain this.

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 developing and retaining talent.

Sponsored by Fortinet

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Professor Basil Manoussos
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Paul Chapman
Head of Public Sector Cyber Resilience
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.
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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.

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For sponsorship and partnership enquiries, please contact: steven.perrie-clyde@holyrood.com

For all other enquiries, please contact: eventsadmin@holyrood.com

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