February 27, 2022 12:01 a.m.
New coordination center to combat cyber threats
Scotland’s ability to prevent and respond to the growing cyber threat will be strengthened with the establishment of a new Scottish Cybersecurity Coordination Center (SC3).
The £1.5m central coordination function will build Scotland’s resilience to withstand the highest level of cyber threat.
The Scottish Government’s Covid Recovery Strategy is committed to establishing a recognised, authoritative and collaborative function to tackle the growing threat of cyberattacks. This led to the creation of SC3, which will pool expertise to: share intelligence; provide early warning of cyber threats and attacks; manage incidents and direct recovery. Recruitment of a center manager is already underway, with SC3 due to officially launch later this year.
SC3 has been announced ahead of the start of CyberScotland Week tomorrow (Monday 28 February), which will feature over a hundred events and activities across Scotland focused on building the cyber resilience of individuals, businesses and organizations.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “In times of heightened international tension, it is more important than ever to ensure Scotland is ready to defend against cyberattacks.
“To maintain and increase Scotland’s cyber resilience, we must continue to harness the power of working in partnership and scale it up at all levels.
“The creation of a new cybercrime coordination center is a bold and ambitious development for Scotland.
“By providing a central coordination function that brings together the expertise of a number of existing or developing centers of excellence, we can maximize our ability to work together to address cyber threats and attacks – whether is to share intelligence, provide early warning, manage incidents or lead recovery.
“During CyberScotland Week, I urge individuals, businesses and organizations across Scotland to consider what they can do to protect themselves and others from emerging threats. The National Cyber Security Center has reliable and up-to-date advice for staying safe online.”
The Scottish Cyber Co-ordination Center (SC3) will be unique in the world, providing a central co-ordination function that brings together expertise from a number of existing and developing Centers of Excellence (CoEs). These include the UK National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), Scottish Government, Scottish Police, NSS (health), Digital Office (local authorities), HEFESTIS (higher education). It will also work closely with the cybersecurity industry to support its ambitions.
SC3 will initially focus on the public sector and in its first year will look at how Scotland can manage large-scale threats and vulnerability; how to build public sector cybersecurity capabilities and how incident responses can be identified, managed and investigated more quickly.
Including the post of Head of Centre, it is expected that nine dedicated staff members will be recruited in the first year. Initially, staff will be located within the Scottish Government.
All the details on CyberScotland Week 2022 can be found on the website.