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A new Executive Education programme will provide non-technical business leaders throughout Scotland with the skills needed to better understand and manage their organisation’s cybersecurity risk. Unlike many cybersecurity programmes it will not rely on technical language, to ensure accessibility for participants who may have less experience with technology.

Run by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) and funded by Scottish Government, the free course is aimed at helping CEOs, directors, and non-executive directors in the public and private sectors become more involved in cybersecurity in response to escalating cybercrime and increased remote working.

Ciaran Martin, Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations at the University of Oxford, will deliver the programme in the form of three modules taught online across four sessions. The course will detail how and why cyberattacks happen; how to manage cybersecurity risk; and the effects of cyberattacks on a business. It will be interactive, including case studies and real-life examples that lean on Professor Martin’s 25 years' experience in the public and private security sectors.

Professor Martin said: “Recent cyber incidents reinforce a key message: Cybersecurity must be viewed as a mainstream business concern, and is a board imperative, and lack of awareness is no longer an excuse. However, many business leaders are prone to labelling cybersecurity a concern of the IT department. What we’re doing with the SBRC in Scotland will help non-technical-minded executives to understand why that’s no longer sufficient and learn how they, too, have a role to play in keeping their business secure, and how to fulfil that role.”

Jude McCorry, CEO of SBRC, added: “There has been an unprecedented rise in cybercrime over the past year, and it is vital for all business leaders – even those who don’t normally work with technology – to be more engaged and contribute to reducing the risks of cyberattacks in businesses throughout Scotland.

“We are conscious that many CEOs and directors will not necessarily have the technological know-how required to manage cybersecurity. This course has been specifically designed with that in mind and will include an introduction to the technology used in cybersecurity, as well as identifying how and why cyberattacks happen. This is a rarely used tactic, but one we hope will become more common as cybersecurity is demystified for the business community.”

The course will initially be delivered over four sessions lasting up to three hours each on the following dates:

  • Monday 8 March
  • Thursday 25 March
  • Monday 12 April
  • Thursday 22 April

Further dates will be announced. More information and registration details are available on the SBRC website.

Kate Buckle
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