Scottish SMEs to benefit from £1.7m in cyber security funding

Scottish organisations will soon find it easier to receive cyber security advice, as the Scottish government announced last month that it was providing an extra £1.7 million for digital training advice.

The money will be used to fund DigitalBoost, a programme that helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland get the most out of their technological capabilities. It provides a range of digital training, including online tutorials, practical guides, one-on-one support and workshops on topics covering social media, cyber resilience, data analytics, digital marketing strategies and e-commerce.

Tailored training

The decision to renew DigitalBoost’s funding was confirmed by Keith Brown, deputy leader of the Scottish National Party, at a visit to Dalkeith-based bakery William Robertson & Sons Ltd, one of the programme’s beneficiaries.

Alex Robertson, the organisation’s office manager, said: “We have always had a strong focus on trade customers, but we knew that there was also a significant consumer market that would appreciate our quality products. Although we did have a website I knew that it could be working better for us[.]

“Through the DigitalBoost programme we received 21 hours of tailored 1:1 support from a digital expert which resulted in a rebranding of the business to the original William Robertson & Sons and also the creation of a new ecommerce website that we are confident will help boost sales. Our new Facebook page is also helping to raise awareness of the company and we are now looking to build on this further through Twitter and Instagram.”

This kind of support has been typical from DigitalBoost. Since the programme launched:

  • 12,000 business people across Scotland have attended workshops;
  • 5,000 businesses have undertaken a digital health check;
  • 15,000 digital guides have been downloaded;
  • 16,000 hours of one-on-one advice has been provided to more than 1,000 businesses; and
  • 4,000 businesses have benefited from online tutorials.

Go the extra mile

The help and advice offered by DigitalBoost is certainly a good thing for Scottish SMEs, but it shouldn’t be relied upon as your organisation’s main source for information security training. If you can get the help, that’s great, but you should also take proactive steps to become more secure and give your employees the knowledge they need to maintain that security.

If you don’t know where to begin, we’d recommend our ISO27001 Certified ISMS Foundation Training Course. It teaches you everything you need to know about ISO 27001, the international standard that describes best practice for an information security management system (ISMS).

ISO 27001 is one of the world’s most popular cyber security standards, offering a broad range of insights into how to prevent data breaches and other cyber security incidents.

Our one-day course explains how ISO 27001 works, the benefits of certification and the core elements of implementing an ISMS.

It will run in locations across the globe over the next few months, including Glasgow on 18 September, as well as London and Birmingham on various dates between July and December. Alternatively, you can take the course using our Live Online or distance learning formats.

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