CGI recognise that the development and continued evolution of a workforce with sufficient cyber skills is a real challenge for societies across the globe. Regions that put in place strategies that succeed in addressing this challenge will gain a real advantage in the development of thriving economies in the future. One of the features of the ‘cyber workforce’ is the broad range of skills and competencies required to address cyber across the broad range of needs that it demands.

That is why CGI is hosting ‘Evolving cyber skills for a growing economy’ in collaboration with Dundee City Council, Abertay University and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre. This informative half day seminar, taking place at The Steeple in Dundee, looks to explore the cyber skills challenges we face across the spectrum of evolving cyber needs and, through a set of plenary sessions and interactive workshops, will allow attendees to consider the topic and develop strategies to address the challenge.


  • Cyber Governance, policy and training considerations in the context of the Digital revolution. From boardroom to engineering floor or office desk, a broad approach.

  • Allowing the accelerated adoption of emerging technologies through the development of a modern cyber framework integrated to approaches such as Agile development and native cloud services.

  • How Ethical Hacking fits within a balanced approach to cyber and how it is evolving in the context of Cloud, 5G and the Internet of Things.

  • Detection and Response – Spotting bad things happening in your cyber world and successfully mitigating them. What does the future hold with the rise of Automation and sophisticated data analytics?

The sessions will be of interest to both the technical and non-technical alike, aiming to bring this important topic to life through informative and interactive discussion.


Mandy Haeburn-Little, Chief Executive, Scottish Business Resilience Centre will discuss Why Scotland and the Tay Region are best placed to drive innovation for the UK. Other presenters include:

  • Gregory Colgan, Executive Director of Corporate Services, Dundee City Council
  • Natalie Sparks, Digital Economy Specialist, Scottish Enterprise
  • Richard Holmes, Head of Cyber Services, CGI UK.

There will also be a panel discussion chaired by John Morrison of Morrison Media, including:

  • James Baird, Head of Response and Engagement Team, Scottish Government Resilience Team
  • Richard Holmes, Head of Cyber Services, CGI UK
  • Chris Martin, Chief Executive, Waracle
  • David Hamilton, Vice Chair, Scottish Police Federation
  • Mark Lamb, Technical Director, M3 Networks


    The plenary sessions will include panel discussions with a range of leading stakeholders including: Abertay University, CGI’s cyber security group, Dundee City Council, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, and local businesses and leading cyber evangelists.

    The event is completely free and registration is open to anyone who finds this subject of interest and use, including SMEs, larger organisations and students. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and the session will conclude with networking over drinks.

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