Edinburgh Castle and Lessons About Security

Edinburgh Castle and Lessons About Security

24 October 2017

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Edinburgh Castle stands prominently at the heart of the capital; a domineering structure that is impossible to miss from either end of the city centre. From April 2016 – 17, the ancient structure attracted over 1.7 million visits from tourists. It is central to some of the biggest events in Scottish history and is famous the world over.

Perched on top of Castle Rock, the castle has been a military base, a prison and a royal residence throughout its history. The recognisable form that it takes to do was built by David I, son of Margaret of Scotland. The structure has a tumultuous past, with several attacks and invasions seeing ownership of the castle change hands several times.

The Jacobite uprising, the Scottish Wars of Independence and Cromwell’s invasion of Scotland are just some examples of when the mighty fortress was defeated and lost to its Scottish owners. On these occasions, those in charge simply did not assemble enough protection – there was one time when we literally managed to lose ownership in our sleep – to maintain the secure status of the castle.

In a similar vein, one of the biggest concerns in the Edinburgh IT market is security and cyberattacks. All industries across the world – from email giants Yahoo to the NHS – could find themselves vulnerable to breaches of data and hacking. That is why the impending GDPR laws are also proving to be a very large talking point in all circles of industry.

Smartphones, watches, televisions and fitness trackers could be used to hold people to ransom over personal data, cyber security experts have warned. A lot of potentially sensitive information is at risk and traditional anti-virus software simply cannot counter these attacks. Everything from your date of birth to emails; from car alarms to your sort code is up for grabs. This poses an even bigger problem for companies who store a wealth of data.

The need for a sufficient cyber defence force is growing. The effect of compromised customer and client records, as well as the loss of intellectual property, can cause significant damage to the reputation of a company. The Undercover Recruiter reports that 86% of global business and IT professionals believe there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals. That’s a real call to arms for IT candidates looking to secure a role within the cybersecurity and data protection space.

Being a cybersecurity expert calls for a blend of strong technical and interpersonal skills. Yes, you might certainly be qualified to expertly read the data, but can you also communicate with non-IT savvy staff about any potential threats? Key skills here such as strategic, forward thinking, flexibility and a willingness to keep up to date with the latest developments will prove essential to a good cybersecurity expert.

The risk to businesses is currently marked as “significant and growing” by the National Crime and Security Centre – so there are set to be plenty of opportunities for IT roles within this specialism. If you would like to speak to me about data protection or cybersecurity roles within the Edinburgh market, I would be delighted to talk you through the positions I currently have available. Get in touch: itcontractor@hrconsultancy.co.uk





Written By David Stark


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