The Scottish Government launched the publication of the Private Sector and Third Sector Action Plans on Cyber Resilience at the end of June 2018. These action plans have been developed in close collaboration with the National Cyber Resilience Leaders’ Board (NCRLB), the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and key partners from across Private and Third Sectors.

The action plans set out how Private and Third Sector organisations in Scotland will work in partnership with government to help tackle the cyber threat and continues the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to develop a suite of action plans in support of Safe, Secure and Prosperous: A Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland.

In furtherance of these plans, Scottish Government has made £500,000 available under the National Cyber Security Programme for a voucher scheme to support small and medium-sized private and third sector organisations in Scotland to achieve the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) endorsed Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certificate.

Applying for funding

  • Scotland-based SMEs and voluntary organisations can apply for vouchers worth up to £1000 to achieve Cyber Essentials certification.
  • Organisations can apply for the grant funding online and if approved will be eligible to access the money once they have achieved the Cyber Essentials accreditation.

Scotland based small and medium-sized private sector organisations can apply via a portal on the Scottish Enterprise website:

Third sector organisations can apply via a portal on the Scottish Council Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) website:

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