"The second year of the Scottish Cyber Awards has just launched and, as I have said on the SBRC website, I am delighted that PwC has chosen to be involved again. Having said that I am hopeful that we see an evolution of last year’s celebrations.
"Celebration is the right word to use because the last year has seen not only a growing appreciation in the mainstream of the work carried out by cyber security specialists but we have seens some incredibly talented individuals and companies in Scotland step up, so it is only right to see them recognised for their efforts and the increased number of categories should help with that too.
"But what I really hope to see this year is a lot more around not only the ideas that are going to develope cyber security but the increased commercialisation of these ideas because this is where the industry needs to develop more.
"In Scotland there are some incredibly astute, forward looking people developing great products and we need to see these further developed to help the InfoSec community as a whole. To me, that’s the next big area in cyber and I’m hopeful that this year sees us take great leaps around that."
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