Cyber Scotland Week 2022

Here we are again…Cyber Scotland Week 2022! This important week is all about making businesses, organisations, and individuals more cyber aware and resilient.

I want to take this opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months in the cyber security world and the great work we’ve been doing at Proact.

Expanding the team

Prior to the pandemic, we were engaging with customers on a record level, hiring three new Graduate Security Operations Centre (SOC) Analysts and we were working in the office! Then in an instant, we were working from home, wearing masks and isolating from each other. However, our transition to the home office was almost seamless. A few team members needed monitors and cables, but by the next day, after the “work from home if you can” orders were announced, we were doing the job remotely and staying safe.

Our three new hires developed and settled in well, despite the unprecedented circumstances. From learning how to work in a SOC with limited face-to-face time; adapting to virtual meetings and virtual learning; attending virtual coffee mornings (plus, plenty of real coffee to get through the night shifts); to joining a new company with new people – they adapted excellently.

We’re so pleased and proud of the work the SOC team do to keep Proact and its customers safe.

Protecting more organisations

Although business initially dropped globally, as COVID-19 took some time to adapt to, we have seen increased threats and vulnerabilities, and some very scary and frightening use cases such as the SolarWinds attack.

As a result, more businesses have been turning to Proact to help improve their cyber security strategies and implement new solutions. It has been a pleasure to onboard new customers throughout the pandemic, helping them to secure their colleagues and customers.

And in case you’ve missed it, Proact’s security experts have been blogging about cyber security and producing podcasts, guiding organisations in their IT security planning.

Inspiring the next generation

Our partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) continues to be strong. Sadly, due to the pandemic, we’ve been unable to work as closely as we would have liked with the students and the GCU Hacking Society. However, I’ve been grateful to have the opportunity to present (remotely) to their fantastic students about my career, my expectations of the industry and the reality of identifying threats and vulnerabilities and protecting against them.

It’s a rewarding relationship to have with the university. GCU continues to allow us to inspire the next generation of cyber security gurus.

Throughout the rest of the week, we’ll continue to recognise Cyber Scotland Week 2022. We’ll be sharing profiles about our fantastic security team, publishing informative and interesting blog posts and opinion pieces and supporting our partners at GCU. We’ll also be engaging with our customer base and showing why cyber security is a big part of our future and yours too! So, keep an eye on our LinkedIn feed and get involved!

Cyber Security Euan Birch

Euan Birch

Security Operations Lead, UK

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