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SDP offers more free webinar training on Scottish Cyber Assessment Service (SCAS)

Participant Feedback from April 2020 Cyber Assessment Service Webinar

SMEs and supported businesses often ask: "Why would anyone attack us?" but in this climate of ever increasing cyber threat, supply chains are often seen as an easy route to attack larger organisations, such as public sector buyers. The Supplier Development Programme invites suppliers and buyers to be among the first to be trained on the Scottish Cyber Assessment Service (SCAS) on Thursday, 11 June by participating in a free webinar that can be accessed remotely.

Suppliers and buyers that missed previous webinars are encouraged to register and attend.

The Scottish Government has released the Scottish Cyber Assessment Service (SCAS) which seeks to improve supply chain cyber security by helping public sector bodies adopt a more consistent approach to cyber security during procurement. SCAS will also help suppliers to assess their cyber security against authoritative National Cyber Security Centre guidance.

According to the Scottish Government:

  • Completing a SCAS questionnaire can require time and effort, depending on (i) the risk profile of a contract and (ii) how well you understand your organisation’s cyber resilience arrangements.
  • It is vital that you leave sufficient time for your organisation to complete the SCAS questionnaire ahead of any procurement deadlines.

All suppliers may be asked to use the SCAS in the future, so SDP is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to ensure that suppliers are prepared and "tender ready." SDP is also providing free training via webinar to public sector buyers that may require to use the tool in upcoming procurement exercises.

Two sessions will run on 11 June 2020:

You can attend a webinar from the comfort of your own desk - wherever you are based, and the joining instructions and link will be emailed to you the day before this event. To learn more about how to access webinars, view SDP's Top Tips on How to Join a Webinar or read SDP's latest article on webinars.

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