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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06055: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to help Scottish firms equip themselves to deal with threats of cyber security, in light of the recent Bank of Scotland Business Digital Index report, which shows that 60% of Scottish firms still need to invest in cyber security.

Answered by: Keith Brown 19 January 2017

In November 2015, the Scottish Government launched “Safe, Secure and Prosperous: A Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland” which provides a framework for improving Scotland’s cyber resilience and helping to keep people, businesses and the public sector safe when using digital technology. The strategy sets out its vision to ensure Scotland can become a cyber resilient nation by 2020. A key outcome is to ensure our businesses and organisations recognise the risks of the digital world and are well-prepared to manage them.

Over the last four years, the Scottish Government has funded the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) to enable it to work with SMEs to improve awareness of and resilience to cyber-attacks. The SBRC are one of many key stakeholders the Scottish Government is working with to improve Scotland’s cyber resilience. The Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership, a collaboration involving public and private sector bodies, is supporting various projects including the development of a Cyber Resilience Toolkit for Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Business Gateway staff to ensure they are adequately skilled to offer information and guidance on cyber resilience when advising businesses. The toolkit is also being made available to the wider public.