Cyber Security Pioneers Recognised as Awards Finalists Announced

by Catriona Quinn

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Leading Lights in Crucial Sector Revealed

Table setting from Scottish Cyber Awards Tech PR in Scotland

A FLOURISHING cyber security sector is well-represented with a high quality range of finalists for this year’s Scottish Cyber Awards.


Now in its third year, the glittering ceremony has become a key fixture in the calendar of a sector that is fast emerging as one of Scotland’s most important.


Those at the forefront in the battle to protect Scottish people and businesses against cybercrime will again be recognised at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh on 28 November, where the winners will be announced.


Finalists have been announced from all corners of Scotland, bringing together the nation’s cyber security leaders for the most prestigious event in the industry.


Mandy Haeburn-Little, Chief Executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the hosts of the awards, believes that Scotland has the potential to be a country of excellence in cyber security and innovation.


She said: “The judging this year was even harder than last year and that just further underlines the sea change in the number of cyber innovation and technical companies that Scotland is seeing grow.


“This year we had more applications, the decisions were tougher and the suite of finalists really does read like a who’s who of the best of that talent.


“As a sector this is a hugely valuable part of our economy and I am really supportive of recognising that hunger for success and for excellence.


“This year we have seen much greater diversity than before and that includes a much higher entry level to ‘Outstanding Woman in Cyber’.


“In addition, ‘Best Cyber Talent’ saw an excellent field of young and emerging bright stars and we need to do all we can to keep that talent here, even for a short while. Now more than ever, talented people here in Scotland are getting on the front foot, creating solutions, training others and setting new standards of excellence.


“Congratulations to all who have been nominated, it may sound a cliché but the standards truly were higher than ever before – and being represented is a sign of quality.”


Categories in this year’s awards include Outstanding Woman in Cyber, Best Cyber Breakthrough and Cyber Security Teacher of the Year.


For the first time ever, an award will be judged by the public – with Best Customer Experience now open to a public vote and will be live on the Scottish Cyber Awards website ( until 30 October.


Richard Holmes, Vice President Cyber Security Services for CGI and Scottish Cyber Awards judge, said: “The entries were of a very strong standard and the judging process gave an excellent insight into the truly innovative approaches being taken in Scotland to fight the cyber threat.


“We are very much looking forward to the awards ceremony as an opportunity to further recognise and celebrate this expertise.”


The Scottish Cyber Awards will be held on Wednesday 28 November at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh.


For more information on the Scottish Cyber Awards 2018 visit where you can find full details, sponsors and buy tickets.


The full list of nominees for the awards:


Best Cyber Start Up


Cyan Forensics


Best New Cyber Talent

John Young – People’s Postcode Lottery

Peter Aaby – Edinburgh Napier University

Kinga Kieczkowska – ZoneFox


Best Cyber Breakthrough


CyberShell Solutions

Quorum Cyber


Collaboration with Police Scotland

ID Cyber Solutions



Cyber Evangelist of the Year

Rory Alsop – HSBC, ISF, B-Sides, ISACA, IISP, Security Stack Exchange

Basil (Vassillis) Manoussos – Edinburgh Napier University

Harry McLaren – ECS Security


Cyber Security Teacher of the Year

Scott Hunter – Kyle Academy

Steven Whyte – Gracemount High School

Robert Quigley – Highland Council – Care and Learning


Outstanding Woman in Cyber

Kirsty McFaul – Education Scotland

Catherine Fitzimons, Amina Tahir and Rachel Cooper (Turing’s Testers) – St. Kentigerns Academy

Rachel Jones – SnapDragon Monitoring


Leading Light Innovation

SOCLAB – Satisnet/Edinburgh Napier University


CyberShell Solutions


Best Cyber Education Programme

MSc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics – Edinburgh Napier University

Cyber Christmas Lectures

Learning & Development Team – City of Edinburgh Council


Outstanding Cyber Team

University of St Andrews IT Security Team – University of St Andrews

Police Scotland Cyber Crime Prevention Team – Police Scotland

Turing’s Testers – St. Kentigerns Academy


Best Customer Experience:

Quorum Cyber


Seric Systems


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