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July’s Headlines in the Scottish Cyber Community

A few updates from myself and the cyber sector as July draws to a close.

We have had lots of good news stories recently between some major investments being made (Quorum Cyber and Boundary to name a few), successful applications to CyberASAP, and also announcements in regards to the successful applicants for the CENSIS IoT cyber security accelerator competition. I won’t list them all here but it would be great to hear any good news stories from the cluster, and we can make sure to add to our website as well as promote on social media. Every little helps in letting the world know of our successful Scottish cyber security community!

I recently wrote an article on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships as a great route to starting innovative projects in your company through collaboration with academia, and which can be part funded by a grant. You will see that one of our community, Seric Systems, is highlighted in the article, as a company already benefiting from their involvement with KTPs. Do please take a read if you can find 5 minutes!

Take a look below at the upcoming events and opportunities in Cyber:


  • Next Cyber bootcamp 101 in September – this is a 1 day course for early stage cyber security companies
  • The Data Cluster is running a cluster event which I wanted to highlight as it may be of interest – speakers from Innovate UK and SE Funding Information Support team (details here)
  • The next Women in Cyber event is being scheduled for August 26th. Please get in touch if you would like an invite or look out for the details which will be on our website shortly
  • 22nd February is the week that Cyber Scotland Week will be held next year so please mark this in your diaries – information regarding getting involved will come out later in the year


  • Applications are open for the NCSC Accelerator 
  • DCMS are looking for views on regulation for consumer smart product cyber security – see here
  • For the Women in Innovation – the awards applications are now open
  • Scottish Cyber Awards are scheduled for 25th February 2021 and applications will open on 1st September. If any company is interested in getting involved in other ways then get in touch with SBRC who will be more than happy to discuss this with you

Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey and also to those who made the last cyber cluster meeting. I will look to schedule another one later in the year.

And I couldn’t finish off without highlighting that ScotlandIS are now a silver accredited cluster management organisation, making us currently the only one in the UK and the first in Scotland – details are here if interested in knowing more!

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