London Calling For Scottish Cyber Experts

by Raymond Notarangelo

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Story of crime fighting boss poached by London Mayor’s office told thanks to tech PR

PR photography of Mandy Haeburn-Little, director of SBRCA SCOTTISH organisation dedicated to helping businesses to trade and prosper securely has received a ringing endorsement of its success – a request to replicate one of its key services in London.

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre is working with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to create the first Digital Security Centre for SMEs in London.

The project to launch the LDSC is being led by SBRC Director Mandy Haeburn-Little and the new Centre will be launched in May of next year .

SBRC, whose goal is to ‘create a secure Scotland for business to flourish in’, has played a major role in raising awareness of the threat to individuals and companies from cyber and digitally enabled crime.

Edinburgh PR agency gets coverage for SBRC after they're sought out by Boris Johnson's officeCheck out the powerful, positive media coverage generated by this media list, helping to establish Mandy Haeburn-Little as a cyber crime thought leader

Mandy said the partnership model of SBRC had initially attracted interest from the Mayor’s Office in London, and after several months of discussion, an agreement was reached to provide a similar service to support SMEs in London.

She said: “This is fantastic recognition of the work and success of the SBRC.

“By developing this digital centre in London – which offers the potential to connect with huge numbers of businesses – we will be able to leverage much greater support and technical know-how from the private sector, which in turn can be used to better assist and protect SMEs in both Scotland and London.

Offices of SBRC captured in a tech PR photo

“We also should be able to identify best practice methods and techniques which can be replicated north of the border.

“This is a hugely challenging, but highly exciting, time for the SBRC and we are looking forward to delivering a successful project with the Mayor’s office for Policing and Crime.”

Mandy added the London will include the SBRC innovative ‘ethical hackers’ and ‘cyber footprint’ services and discussions have taken place with London universities to provide the services working with their students.

The SBRC’s key activity around cyber security has included staging Scotland’s first e-crime summit and developing the website.

The SBRC was set up with the objective of creating a secure Scotland for business to flourish, encompassing everything from cyber security to all aspects of premises and employee safety.

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Raymond Notarangelo, co-founded Scottish PR agency, Holyrood PR after spotting a gap for colourful and innovative public relations in Edinburgh. He now leads a team providing media relations, social media, video, photography, brand newsrooms, crisis communication and media relations.

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