The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) has recruited five graduates from Dundee's Abertay University ‘Ethical hacking and Countermeasures' BSc degree to provide affordable services to protect companies - particularly small firms - from cyber-criminals and scammers.
SBRC director Mandy Haeburn-Little issued a statement saying: “We have been working with digital forensic students and ethical hackers for some time now – it is another example of trying to find low cost, yet excellent quality solutions for small to medium sized businesses to keep them safe online.
“They are state of the art in terms of new learning in this field and really creative in their approach to supporting business.
“It's the first time that a subsidised service has been provided to Scotland's business community to root out where security breaches could happen or weaknesses in networks, passwords and privacy settings.”
Assessments range from a £200 cyber-footprint review which assesses what information is available online about a business or an individual and how that can be better managed, to £1,500 upward for a full online security test which looks to identify the risk of unauthorised intrusion from an external or internal source; supply chain assessments can also be made to check the information security of suppliers and sub-contractors.
A newly launched consultation; A Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland: Safe, Secure and Prosperous Online is underway to gather views on what can be done to raise awareness and increase resilience online.