An Inverclyde business is leading the fight to help protect businesses from cyber-attacks through additional support from Scottish Enterprise.
Port Glasgow-based Software Training Scotland (STS) is a Cyber Essential’s practitioning body, with the organisation already carrying out fifteen certifications for local businesses to help protect them from 85% of all cyber attacks.
The certification is free for businesses in Scotland for those that apply through Scottish Enterprise, who provide funding support of up to £1,000 for SMEs to organisations that are successful.
Businesses that have taken advantage of the scheme so far include AGM Group in Glasgow, Coffee Conscience in Port Glasgow, Greenock-based Homefinders, Swordfish, BEP Signs and ARB Growth and Remix Hairdressers in Gourock.
Andrew Bowman, Managing Director of ARB Growth, said:
“Paul Brooks and the team at STS were a fantastic help in making cyber essentials accreditation effortless and ensuring our customers are safer from online attacks.”
Roddy MacPhail, Business Development Manager of AGM Group, said:
“Software Training Scotland provided us with all of the advice and support we required to gain Cyber Essentials Certification.
“I am grateful for their every effort, the way they instantly understood our IT and integrated with our team. They could not have been more helpful or accommodating.”
STS Co-Founder, Paul Brooks said:
“Cyber Essentials is a critical yet relatively easy certification to obtain for businesses. It is becoming more common for organisations to be targeted as they are viewed as an easy target.
“It is very common for businesses to contact us after a cyber-attack, at which point it can often be difficult to recover anything for the businesses without paying the ransom.
“Therefore, this grant and subsequent certification are vital for local businesses to help protect themselves with a baseline of security measures and I implore more organisations to contact STS for support.”
STS is an SQA approved learning centre based in Scarlow House Business Centre. Since 2011, the organisation has been providing digital learning to individuals, groups and organisations and can be carried out within the training centre in Port Glasgow.
Any businesses keen to learn more can visit Software Training Scotland’s website.
To apply for the Scottish Enterprise Grant scheme, click here.