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Converged trains collaborative business community in cybersecurity


Aberdeen-based internet service provider, Converged Communication Solutions, has added cybersecurity to the mix of training topics covered in CeeD's Growth500 programme, which is like a mini MBA for CeeD members.

Robbie Ross, CSO of Converged, delivered their first G500 training session on cybersecurity at the University of the West of Scotland’s Lanarkshire Campus in Hamilton last week. He explains:

“Having benefited from a number of learning and networking opportunities since joining CeeD in 2018 ourselves - with several of our staff having completed the Growth500 training programme in that time - we were keen to share our skills and expertise to ensure that fellow members are armed with the tools they need to protect their own businesses.”

Robbie’s 2.5 hour module covered the cyber fundamentals, from the definition of cybersecurity to the steps an organisation should take to be better protected, including a tabletop exercise in which participants worked through a series of scenarios to form an action plan for their business.

“We’re delighted to partner with CeeD on a programme that has proved invaluable to countless members and their employees, and I’m happy to provide advice to any members keen to continue the conversation after the training,” continues Robbie.

“I hope these sessions will enable businesses to proactively manage their own security, and maybe even encourage a longer-term culture of security that future-proofs them against cyber-attacks as they continue to grow.”

Converged has co-hosted several awareness sessions with CeeD, most recently at a hybrid in-person/online event in June which attracted an audience from all over Scotland.

CeeD Business Development Manager, Dave Nicholson, added:

“Our Growth500 training programme teaches our members’ employees every aspect of business to ensure a smooth transition through survival to growth, with topics presented by academics, private practitioners and business experts. Cybersecurity is a vital consideration for any business these days, so it’s fantastic to be able to offer this training through our partnership with Converged.”

To find out more about the CeeD Growth500 programme, contact David Nicholson or Victoria Souter.