New IT security workshop aims to protect organisations against data leaks

A NEW IT security training workshop is aiming to help organisations protect themselves against the risks associated with data leaks.

The free-to-attend Sensitive Data Leaks workshop is a new scenario facilitated by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) as part of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) Exercise in a Box programme.

Launched yesterday, the sessions will be available to attend both virtually or in person in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.

The sessions will explore how organisations should handle a threat as a result of a data leak, securely offboarding an unhappy employee and the steps that should be taken when escalating a security incident internally.

Jude McCorry, CEO of the SBRC, urges that “no business is immune to the threat of a cyber attack”.

The workshop will also include guidance on what legal action may be needed following such an incident.

Sensitive Data Leaks is the fifth scenario that the SBRC has brought to Scotland as part of Exercise in a Box, alongside Working from Home, Digital Supply Chain, Ransomware and Micro Exercises. 

The 90-minute sessions provide organisations with real-world scenarios to find out how resilient they are to cyber attacks and practise their response in a safe environment.

The sessions require no previous cyber security experience and are available to public, health and social care, housing associations and other third sector organisations.

Jude McCorry, CEO of the SBRC, said: “Data leaks can be a significant threat for organisations – particularly if they come from a disgruntled employee, who might have insider information on how to access sensitive files.

“As so many organisations operate online, nearly every company will hold personal or sensitive data that must be kept safe.

“No business is immune to the threat of a cyber attack; Exercise in a Box workshops are designed to give organisations the support needed to start their cyber journey in a safe environment.

“We have seen a huge demand for these free sessions and encourage all organisations to take every available step to prevent or limit the fallout of a cyber attack.”

Steve O, Head of Cyber Exercising and Exercise in a Box Service Owner, NCSC, said: “Exercise in a Box provides crucial support to organisations across the globe, encompassing a number of challenging exercises for organisations to practice their response to a cyber incident in a safe and private environment.

“SBRC’s team of Ethical Hackers will challenge your data protection policies and processes in a discussion-based exercise aimed at improving your organisation’s resilience to extortion and sensitive data leaks.

“The support provided by the Scottish Government to the Scottish Business Resilience Centre to successfully run Exercise in a Box workshops across Scotland is commendable.

“I strongly recommend all organisations to consider taking it up and strengthen their cyber defences.”

The workshop is being launched at a time when 39% of businesses have reported falling victim to a cyber attack according to the UK government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey.

The SBRC has so far delivered over 100 sessions to over 550 businesses since bringing the workshop series to Scotland in 2020.

In August, the organisation was awarded the contract by the Scottish Government to extend Exercise in a Box for a third year.

The first Sensitive Data Leaks session will be held online on 10th November, further details on this session are available on the SBRC website here. Details on all Exercise in a Box workshops, are available on the SBRC website here.

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