Cyber Security Breakfast Events in Scotland

  • Samantha Leeman
  • 02/06/2017
  • 07:00
Tags:
  • Recruitment
  • Insights
  • Candidate
  • Client

Rebecca Hastings and Samantha Leeman from Spring Technology held business breakfasts in Glasgow and Edinburgh this week, focusing on the skills and employment landscape across Edinburgh, Glasgow and London within cyber security, along with an update on GDPR and the challenges and opportunities this presents.

Rebecca highlighted that cyber security skills are more in demand in Edinburgh than Glasgow, with Glasgow having below average demand compared to the rest of the UK. Candidates’ soft skills are the key to their success in finding roles; communication, stakeholder management and problem solving skills are highly sought after. Interestingly candidates still view relevant qualifications and training as a priority when considering joining a new organisation, however less than 2% of roles advertised have asked for sector specific qualifications; indicating this is less of a priority to businesses. Due to the pressures of the skills shortage, more companies are looking for the finished article rather than investing in skills.  There was a consensus that retaining talent was a key priority for the sector and Rebecca explained some of the ways you can build retention into your recruitment process.

Murdo Thomson, Senior Manager at PwC, delivered an excellent update around GDPR, covering key things that organisations should be focusing on to prepare for this change.  With fines of up to 4% of global annual turnover, ensuring compliance for May 2018 is high on the agenda for all businesses.

Keith McDevitt, Cyber Integrator for the Scottish Government joined us for the Edinburgh breakfast and led a strategy think-tank looking at how to engage companies to take action and assess their risks in order to understand what they need to have in place to be ready for the change in legislation. We also discussed how to ensure cyber security stays on their agenda long after the WannaCry outbreak. There was a lively debate with some fantastic actions and outcomes.

Excellent feedback has already been received after the event, and follow up events are being planned in the shape of further round table discussions in the coming months.  

If you’d like to join us at our cyber breakfasts, or for us to present our cyber market overview, please get in touch with me: Samantha_Leeman@Spring.com.