Cy­ber awards suc­cess by school’s cham­pion

St Kentigern’s top teacher and over­all award win

West Lothian Courier - - News - Mar­jorie Kerr

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

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