16th December 2019

Cyber Security Scotland has had an amazing few months, winning 4 awards and is finalist for a 5th to be awarded in 2020. But it’s not over for 2019! The firm’s year has ended on a Christmas high – winning a contract worth over £300,000 to audit every health board in Scotland.

Founder Dr Keith Nicholson (a keen astronomer) is over the moon! “This is fantastic news” he said “winning this contract in the face of fierce competition is testimony to our innovative approach to cyber risk audit and standards assessment.  Through our research and modelling of security standards we have developed an unparalleled expertise in this area and our novel, practical and down-to-earth approach was a factor is us winning the contract.”

“It is particularly satisfying to win work like this, Dr Nicholson continued, because we know that the results of our work will have a wide impact and help to improve health board services across all Scotland.”

The contract was awarded by the Scottish Health Competent Authority to audit the compliance of health boards with the Network Information Security Regulations which were introduced in May 2018. These are a legal obligation for health boards and the SHCA monitors progress on an annual basis.

Dr Nicholson explained “Our approach to audit is to review against the regulations and to provide evaluations and prioritised recommendations for organisations to improve security. Our clients have praised this approach as risk-based prioritisation it is more helpful than the more traditional negative red-pen method of just creating a To-Do list.”

“I also feel that winning this significant contract is important for Caithness. It demonstrates that it is possible to build a successful technology consulting business in Far North Scotland and combine quality of life with business success.”

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