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Hopefully you have all recovered from what was a hectic but fun Cyber Scotland Week! I know Scottish Government are looking for feedback so please provide this if you were one of the companies involved, we are looking to make it bigger and better each year and feedback will be really useful to help achieve this.

After the whirlwind of that week I imagine it will be a bit quieter on the event side, however there are still plenty ongoing so be sure to keep an eye out. ScotlandIS Cyber held a Women in Cyber roundtable, along with Accenture, who kindly hosted, and Morgan Stanley. It was a very collaborative and inspiring discussion and we will look to repeat these events. Get in touch if you would like to get involved.

Our next cluster event is on March 31st which is a financial services marketplace industry insight bringing together large FS, Fintechs with Cyber and Data companies – the aim is to bring together these communities while sharing learning and knowledge. Details on the ScotlandISCyber website.

There are a number of opportunities currently available so here are some of the ones I wanted to highlight:

  • DCMS have launched a competition to find the the UK’s most innovative Cyber SME. The competition, in its 6th year now, offers the winner headline position at the DCMS Innovation Zone at Infosec Europe this coming June as well as industry press coverage at the event. A further 13 runners-up are invited to exhibit in the Innovation Zone as well as to speak at thought leadership slots within the event’s Cyber Innovation Showcase. 

Details can be found at: Applications must be in by Friday 20th March

  • CENSIS are launching their Internet of Things (IOT) Secure by Design challenge with an event on the 19th March in Glasgow – see here for details.
  • Innovate UK are running a competition to solve industry-focused major cyber security-related challenges in IOT. They will invest up to £4 million in collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects. These projects should result in a new product or products, industrial process or service, which must be proven in as part of a demonstrator. See here for more details.

The Digital Technology Awards 2020 which showcase excellence within the industry rewarding the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses large and small – and the people who drive them, take place on 30th April. There is still a chance to get your entries in – and there is a new category – Innovation in Cyber Security – so be sure to get your nominations in. Entries close this Friday!

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