THE Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) 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 across the country will be able to take part in the nine month programme.

Organisations will be able to participate in the programme through a blended model of tabletop meetings and online sessions. Participants will gain a range of skills allowing them to continue refining their cyber resilience policies in their own time.

It is estimated that 65,000 cyber security attacks occur daily, and of these around 4500 are successful. With further data suggesting that cyberattacks are on the rise since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

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.”