Economy Secretary Backs Safer Business Stronger Scotland

by Catriona Quinn

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

October focus to be on cyber awareness – and how firms can improve security

Tech PR photography for the Scottish Business Resilience Centre

BUSINESSES across Scotland are being urged by Scotland’s Economy Secretary to get involved with a new national campaign to become more resilient and cyber secure.

Derek Mackay has pledged his support for Safer Business, Stronger Scotland – a pioneering campaign that will urge firms to make a pledge to improve their practices and policies, from cyber security to fire prevention.

Launched by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) with support from Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Government, the campaign aims to create a strong economic base by helping entrepreneurs and organisations to be more resilient to the diverse threats to them and their employees.

Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said: “I am delighted to support the Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s Safer Business, Stronger Scotland campaign which is encouraging businesses to pledge to make themselves more resilient. The more resilient our businesses are, the more resilient Scotland’s economy is as a whole.

“It is initiatives like this that help to demonstrate that Scotland’s business community is an active participant in maintaining Scotland’s position as one of the safest places to do business in Europe.

“As well as SBRC’s national campaign, the Scottish Government is helping businesses to become more cyber resilient by funding the Cyber Essentials voucher scheme delivered by Scottish Enterprise.

“There are other simple ways in which businesses can safeguard themselves against cyber threat, which SBRC will be highlighting throughout the campaign.”

During the month of October, focus will be placed on cyber awareness to help businesses identify the weaknesses in their online systems and put measures in place to reduce the risk of harmful cyber-attacks.

Eamonn Keane, Head of Cyber Security and Innovation with SBRC, said: “Only by being aware of the possible risks, can businesses be prepared and bounce back should the worst happen. We are here to help reduce these risks and keep your doors open.

“Having the incredible support of our Economy Secretary highlights just how integral the safety and resilience of our workplaces is to our health and prosperity as a nation. We can all do our bit.

“Our businesses are often our communities too – and this campaign aims to bring benefit to everyone across Scotland. We all stand to gain when our businesses do well while operating safely.”

As a key element of the campaign, Scottish businesses are being encouraged to sign up to the free #PadlockPledge to make a clear commitment to safety and resilience.

A #PadlockPledge could be anything from committing to make online passwords more complex to keeping staff safe through lone worker training. By signing up, businesses will join a national network committed to making a difference by taking proactive measures against potential threats.

As part of the wider campaign, SBRC and their team of seconded police and fire officers will be delivering a range of advanced training, support and intelligence sharing for businesses to help mitigate threats ranging from online fraud to serious organised crime.

For more information on how to take the #PadlockPledge visit

Funding for the Cyber Essentials Voucher has been extended to March 2020 for SMEs. To apply for the Cyber Essentials voucher scheme or find out more, visit

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