Cyber awards success by school’s champion
St Kentigern’s top teacher and overall award win
A West Lothian school enjoyed great success at Scottish Cyber Awards 2017.
Toni Scullion at St Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn won Cyber Security Teacher of the Year as well as being presented with the Champion of Champions award.
St Kentigern’s Academy, along with ZoneFox and ECS Security, was one of the highest achievers of the night taking home two awards each.
Toni Scullion, teacher at St Kentigern’s Academy, said: “I’m overwhelmed. It was unbelievable to have even been considered, and actually winning the award was unthinkable.
“It’s nice to see people recognising the hard work I’ve been doing with the girls at St Kentigern’s Academy. I’m trying to get more of them into a code called ‘Dress Code’.
“It’s important to get young people involved as early as possible. Cyber security is the future and it’s in every aspect of life, so making those links in the classroom is essential.”
The hugely successful awards ceremony, hosted by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, is in its second year and shines a light on innovative work and thinking across Scotland.
It focused on the positive aspects of what is a critical industry for Scotland’s future economic development, and with an increased number of high calibre entries submitted, the event was a sellout success.
Chief executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, Mandy Haeburn-Little, said: “The evening was a huge success and everyone had a great time. It was brilliant to see the industry come together and celebrate some really inspiring work.
“There is truly amazing, groundbreaking work happing in Scotland and it ranges from small but brilliant innovations, to work in schools and universities and by crime- fighting authorities.
“These awards help recognise the importance of this rapidly growing sector to Scotland and give us an opportunity to celebrate the talent that we simply must do our best to keep hold of.
“It really does make a difference too. As an example, ZoneFox was able to use its awards success last year as a catalyst to go on and secure major funding and – as a result – create a large number of important jobs in the past 12 months.
“Congratulations to everyone who not only won an award but to those who were nominated, they’ve all achieved so much during a challenging time and helped to create the foundations of our future economy.”
Presentation the Year Toni Scullion of St Kentigern’s Academy won Cyber Security Teacher of