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New cyber scenario for Scots

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) reports an update to its facilitation of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) ‘Exercise in a Box’ which it has been running with businesses across Scotland since late 2020.

Besides a ‘Working from Home’ scenario, already delivered to businesses in Scotland, the SBRC has launched the NCSC’s ‘Phishing attack that leads to a ransomware infection’ scenario. The programme sees workshops delivered to businesses focused on cyber resilience where they can explore various scenarios to test their response in a safe environment, without worry about repercussions.

As part of the new scenario available to Scottish businesses from later this month, workshops will explore how an organisation would experience a phishing attack that leads to a ransomware infection. The scenario will test how users can detect and respond to phishing attacks, besides what security controls can limit the impact of ransomware infections when they do occur.

Businesses that attend the free, 90-minute workshop will be able to test how well they would cope if they were infected with ransomware and gauge the effectiveness of their current back-up, as back-ups (that ransomware cannot reach) are one way to minimise disruption from such a cyber-attack.

Delivered with support from the Scottish Government, SBRC’s cyber team are continuing to run these sessions virtually with input from Police Scotland and others.

Jude McCorry, CEO of SBRC, pictured, said: “The extension of the scenarios explored within our workshops provide businesses with more opportunity than ever to extend their cyber resilience. While news around ransomware infections has increased recently, businesses must feel reassured that these types of attacks are by no means the most popular type of cyber-attack. However, as part of increasing the resilience of a business, organisations must be informed and prepared for any eventuality.

“The Exercise in a Box workshops have so far received extremely positive feedback from attendees. The specificity of the scenarios which are explored provides attendees with the opportunity not only to see how they might respond to such a situation but also hear how others might, which opens their mind to new approaches and processes. Given that businesses continue to face a bumpy road to recovery, I encourage all to attend this free programme to ensure that cyber resilience is one area of the business owners don’t need to be concerned about.”

The workshops specific to the ransomware scenario are running on:

Tuesday 23 February;
Tuesday 2 March;
Wednesday 10 March; and
Wednesday 17 March.

And besides, regional sessions specific to the ransomware scenario will run on:

Tuesday 23 March – Fife;
Wednesday 24 March – Dundee; and
Tuesday 30 March – Aberdeen

Workshops are delivered via either Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Details on the SBRC website.


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