FUTURE talent has been shining at the annual awards ceremony for Scotland’s growing cyber sector.

The Scottish Cyber Awards – hosted by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) – saw Cyber Christmas Lectures, a volunteer-run programme founded in 2012, become Champion of Champions.

This year the team will visit six locations across Scotland talking to more than 2500 pupils and teachers.

The Outstanding Woman in Cyber was awarded to Catherine Fitzsimons, Amina Tahir and Rachel Cooper, three pupils at St Kentigern’s Academy in West Lothian, who comprise Turing’s Testers.

They have recently set up a nationwide cyber treasure hunt to encourage more schoolgirls to become involved with data science.

Other winners included students, academics and university teams – including big wins for Edinburgh Napier and St Andrews universities.

In his keynote address, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay paid tribute to an industry that is playing a critical role protecting the country economically and socially.

He said: “The Scottish Cyber Awards acts as a showcase for Scotland’s leading talent in cyber security and innovation, which is a growing and increasingly vital part of the Scottish economy.”

Mandy Haeburn-Little, chief executive of the SBRC, added: “What a real game changer Scotland is becoming in cyber security. The calibre and ambition shown in these awards confirms categorically that Scotland is on the map of cyber security.”