New Head of Cyber Security and Innovation Seconded to SBRC

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Eamonn Keane
Eamonn Keane

One of Police Scotland’s foremost cyber security officers has been seconded to the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) tasked with boosting business resilience and cyber security in Scotland.

Detective Inspector Eamonn Keane, previously of Irish and Scottish Police Forces will bring 33 years of experience to the role of Police Scotland Cyber Lead at SBRC.

Joining the senior management team during the indefinite secondment, he will work closely with the force to reach out to provide accessible advice, training and advice to organisations of all sizes.

Eamonn’s decades of experience have seen him work across a diverse range of police investigation, including terrorism and serious organised crime, criminal investigation and child and public protection.

His most recent role was on the frontline of the cyber battle, as Police Scotland’s Head of Cybercrime and Investigations, playing a vital role in the forensic investigation of many national and international digital crimes.

Eamonn said: “I am thrilled to be on board with SBRC, helping to service businesses of all sizes across Scotland facing significant digital threat – so much of which is indiscriminate.

“The need is greater than ever for collaboration between business, the public sector and academia in order to prepare Scotland for modern-day attacks on workplace digital systems.

“However, it is much easier to prevent than to predict. Simple, clear guidelines and advice for businesses - such as always updating software when it prompts you to do so - is the key to prevention.

“By also working alongside Scotland’s universities, we can help to keep our emerging talent working here at home, nurturing the impressive skills of today’s young coders and developers and preparing the future workforce for potential threat that they may face.”

Mandy Haeburn-Little, CEO of SBRC said: “As a friend of the SBRC for a number of years, Eamonn will make an enormous contribution to the ongoing development and growth of SBRC and its services.

“We recently restructured the cyber activity we offer to business and this is a key milestone for us. We will now be able to push on with additional resources and expertise available through SBRC. This is a key appointment for us.

“In Scotland, we are developing new and excellent skills and products to help our businesses prepare for modern-day risk – as a small nation, that unique collaboration is easier to achieve than in other larger countries.”

The SBRC is a unique organisation comprising of contributions and secondments from Scottish government, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, major banks and private membership.

It offers help to all Scottish businesses, especially SMEs who perhaps do not retain the resources to manage threat in the same way as larger corporations.