The Summit will take place on Thursday 10th of September 2015 over a half day at Edinburgh’s prestigious National Galleries with confirmed speakers from National Pubwatch,The BII, Tennent’s Training Academy and Best Bar None. Click here for more information.
The 2015/16 Scottish Academy of Business Resilience Excellence Prospectus is packed full of new and updated courses that help make businesses and their staff as resilient as possible. Click here to find out more.
Welcome to the
Scottish Business Resilience Centre
We are a unique organisation comprising contributions and secondments from Police Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, major banks, industries, investors and private membership. We aim to provide our members with a wide ranging one stop shop for business security services and advice and to date have established ourselves as a hub of innovation and business improvement in support of our partners and the business community.
The SBRC Summer 2015 Newsletter is out now! (To view the newsletter please click on the cover image below)
In light of Today's (01.09.15) news story about charities selling on the data of vulnerable customers, which can be viewed here , we have released the following advice.
The SBRC works hard across all areas of business and public sector agencies to maximise awareness of and risks posed by unscrupulous traders who seek to target the most vulnerable people in our communities across the country via telephone cold calling, mail drops or fraudulent e-mails. We would urge the following;
Businesses and charities have an ethical responsibility to ensure that vulnerable customers are treated with respect, dignity and most of all, fairness. While it is understood that some marketing practices are legal, they can nevertheless be unethical if the recipient of mail, e-mails or phone calls is vulnerable.
Members of the public who are aware of people who live alone or are vulnerable should make it their business to provide a "sounding board" for their friends or neighbours so that the early signs of abuse can be recognised. It is a known fact that loneliness is often a precursor to financial harm.
Customers themselves should always ensure that they are totally confident in the companies or businesses they are dealing with by post, on the phone or via the Internet. If there are any doubts whatsoever always take the advice of a friend or relative.
Lastly, anyone who has received a lump sum of cash through pension, redundancy or any other source should take financial advice from a properly regulated financial advisor. Never, ever invest money before taking time to consider all aspects and always seek professional, qualified and regulated advice.
If you have concerns about any business or charity that might be a scam, contact your local authority trading standards office and if you have concerns about a person who appears to be vulnerable contact your local authority adult protection lead (every local authority has a trading standards and adult protection function)
Don't hesitate to report concerns - if everything turns out to be fine no damage will have been done, however ,if you report something that leads to the identification of harm you will be contributing significantly to the safety and security of vulnerable folk in our communities.
The recent hack attack against Mumsnet highlights the importance of making sure that you are visiting secure and 'real' websites while online. The below video about staying secure while online shopping contains details on how to check whether websites you are visiting are secure or not. More information about the Mumsnet attack is also below.
Mumsnet fell victim to a targeted DDoS attack which caused the site to experience downtime. It seems that the hackers stole some user passwords via phishing. The phishing used in this case was most likely an e-mail that appeared to come from Mumsnet and included a link that took the victim to a fake Mumsnet login page. If the victim had checked the url they would have noticed that it didn’t read mumsnet.combut most likely a similar domain such asmumsnet.net or m.umsnet.com.
SBRC in the News
Cyber Security Advice videos from our Ethical Hacking Team
Our ethical hackers have recorded several videos which provide advice on different cyber security issues. The latest video is below and you can you can view the full range of videos by clicking here.