SBRC to lead Exercise in a Box programme in Scotland

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre has won a tender from the Scottish Government to launch and deliver the National Cyber Security Centre’s Exercise in a Box to businesses in Scotland.

More than 250 organisations will be able to discover how resilient they are to cyber attacks and test their response in a safe environment, without worry about repercussion to their business.

The Exercise in a Box toolkit provides a set of training tools to allow organisations to test their preparedness to the most common cyber attacks, and record and learn lessons from the exercising sessions.

It is estimated that 65,000 cyber security attacks occur daily, and of these around 4,500 are successful. With further data suggesting that cyberattacks are on the rise since the coronavirus pandemic hit, organisations need to be ready and able to deal with such an attack on their own organisation – and know who to call on for support should such an event happen.

Jude McCorry, CEO of SBRC, said: “The stress that businesses are currently under has placed an incredible strain on their overall resilience. Hackers are very opportunistic and have not missed an opportunity to prey on those working remotely. Businesses therefore cannot afford to skip a beat; Exercise in a Box will allow them to review their existing cyber resilience policies – and for many will help to shape these – to ensure they are ready to handle and respond to an attack on their organisation. The countrywide roll out of this programme will be integral in helping us to ensure Scotland is one of the safest and resilient places to live, work and do business both on and offline.”

The nine-month programme will be run by the SBRC’s cyber team with input from Police Scotland and other stakeholders.


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