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Cyber Resilience

This page is dedicated to cyber resilience and includes regularly updated cyber news and resources which will be useful to adult learning practitioners.

Third Sector Cyber Catalyst Network

Learning Link Scotland is an active member of the Scottish Government’s third sector cyber catalyst network. In this role we are ambassadors for cyber education and support the Scottish Government in its delivery of its  action plans which you can read here:  

There are three networks – a private, public and third sector one. Here are all the third sector cyber catalyst organisations:

  • Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
  • Aberlour Child Care Trust
  • The Wise Group
  • Housing Options Scotland
  • Sight Scotland
  • Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO)
  • British Red Cross
  • Enable Scotland and SENSE Scotland
  • Health and Social Care Alliance (The Alliance)
  • Learning Link Scotland
  • Fife Voluntary Action
  • Scottish Sports Association
  • Alzheimer Scotland
  • Citizens Advice Scotland
  • The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Food Train
  • Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA)


More Cyber Security Resources from NCSC (17/6/21)

We have added more NCSC resources for small charities to the Resource section on this page. This includes ‘The Small Charity Guide’, Training, Infographic and Webinars. Check them out as they will help you improve your organisation’s online security.

Everyday Computer Skills course from Lead and Open University (1/6/21)

A beginner’s course for getting online and staying safe with a focus on accessibility, co-produced by Lead Scotland and the OU in Scotland: online course

May 2021: Training for Small Organisations and Charities

Most small organisations do not have an IT department, or technical staff responsible for cyber security. And with so much cyber security advice out there, it can be difficult for small organisations to know where to start.

This is where the NCSC’s new training for small organisations and charities can help. It guides you through all the actions you need to take to reduce the likelihood of you becoming a victim of the most common cyber attacks. Find out more: New Online Training – Cyber Security 

Launch of the Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland
On 22nd February 20221, the Deputy First Minister launched The Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland, setting out a vision of a Scotland that thrives by being a digitally secure and resilient nation. You can read the strategy here
The Framework has four outcomes:
1.    People recognise the cyber risks and are well-prepared to manage them
2.    Businesses and organisations recognise the cyber risks and are well-prepared to manage them
3.    Digital public services are secure and cyber resilient
4.    National cyber incident response arrangements are effective.
The Framework will be delivered collaboratively and using a whole-of-government approach, strengthening the place of cyber resilience across multiple policy areas. Four action plans, relating to the public, private and third sectors, and to learning and skills, will drive activity during 2021-23.
The Framework will link to our work on digital more widely, including the forthcoming Digital Strategy, and our ambitions for growing the digital economy. It aligns with the UK strategy, and we will continue to work with the UK Government and the National Cyber Security Centre, to deliver a cyber resilient Scotland.

Cyber Resilience – Bulletins

The CyberScotland Bulletin is designed to provide you with information about the latest threats, scams, news and updates covering cyber security and cyber resilience topics. Learning Link Scotland will share each of these bulletins on this page as they are published. Please share far and wide amongst your own contacts and networks.  You can sign up to receive the Bulletins direct to your own mailbox here.

September Bulletin 2021

August 2021 Bulletin

July 2021 Bulletin

June 2021 Bulletin

May 2021 Bulletin

April 2021 Bulletin

March 2021 Bulletin

February 2021 Bulletin


On this page we will share resources around cyber resilience which will be helpful to everyone working in the third sector. If you have any cyber resilience resources you would like to share with other adult learning practitioners send them in to us and we can place them here.

June 2021: NCSC Small Charity Guide Resources, now all in one place!

The NCSC resources listed here will guide you step by step to improve cyber security in your third sector organisation. This includes ‘The Small Charity Guide’, Training, Infographic and Webinars.

NCSC’s Small Charity Guide

May 2021: Training for Small Organisations and Charities

the NCSC’s new training for small organisations and charities guides you through all the actions you need to take to reduce the likelihood of you becoming a victim of the most common cyber attacks.

The training demonstrates how you can improve your organisation’s resilience, and covers five key areas:

  1. Backing up your organisation’s data correctly
  2. Protecting your organisation against malware
  3. Keeping the devices used by your employees secure
  4. The importance of creating strong passwords
  5. Defending your organisation against phishing

You can either use the training as it is or adapt the content to suit your own organisation: online training course

Good resource around everything you need to know about GDPR (April 2021)

This Video Conferencing App Infographic gives a useful overview of current video conferencing Apps, and reviews the privacy and security measures of each. 

Zoom etiquette and security advice from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, along with a host of other cyber security resources.   

Great resource pack from SCVO on remote working and many other digital information   

Video conferencing resources and how to use them safely   

Working online with people with mental health issues 

Learn how to use the internet safely – Lead Scotland Easy Read Booklet

Lead Scotland have produced an Easy Read booklet to help people stay safe online. The booklet gives information about creating and remembering strong passwords, identifying email and website scams and what to do in the event of a cyber attack. Find out more and download a copy of the booklet here:

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