Scottish Business Resilience Centre appoints cyber security chief


Former Police Scotland detective inspector, Eamonn Keane is to become head of cyber security and innovation at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC).

The appointment comes after management restructuring at the centre saw its chief executive Mandy Haeburn-Little leave her post. Mr Keane will now share Haeburn-Little’s responsibilities with current COO, Lynsae Tulloch.

In a statement, the SRBC underlined the great work Haeburn-Little had done for the centre over the nine years of her tenure. Under the former chief’s guidance the SRBC had now become a “revered model for the bringing together of the business community with law-enforcement,” the statement read.

Haeburn-Little was at the centre of a partnership initiative with the Mayor’s Office in London, and still plays a key role in advising the city of Manchester in cyber. She will leverage her experience as she helps to launch another cyber centre in Yorkshire.

Bridging Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Services, and the business sector in Scotland, SBRC offers guidance and services concerning cyber threats to enterprise. It delivers prevention help on issues such as fraud, internal threats and crimes that undermine organisational logistics.

The centre has been at the heart of Scotland’s drive to combat increasingly diverse and complex cyber threats on a domestic and international front. It helped to create Curious Frank, a body that facilitates companies as they draw on the skills of white-hat hacking students. The SBRC also hosts the annual Scottish Cyber Awards.

Discussing stepping-down from her former role, Haeburn-Little said:

“I’m a great believer in knowing when is the right time to stand aside to enable new talent and prospects to come through.

“In both Eamonn and Lynsae we have two proven operators who will be able to focus on the cyber and non-cyber elements of what we offer. This will ensure the business community and all of our members and stakeholders see continued innovation and support.

“I am indebted to and very touched by the many people who have helped me and SBRC to develop to the scale it is now, during this time of my tenure and who have given so freely of their time and advice.”

Paddy Tomkins, chair of the SBRC, said:

“Mandy has exceeded what she promised when she joined SBRC: truly transformational leadership which has built a fantastic team and made Scotland one of the world leaders in developing active partnerships between public authorities and businesses of all sizes.

“The models Mandy has developed are now being emulated across the UK, ensuring that more and more communities reap the rewards of being safer places in which to invest, do business and create high-value jobs.

“We are tremendously grateful to Mandy, and sad to see her leave SBRC, but we are also excited by her ambitious plans for the future, plans in which SBRC will play a prominent role and from which we and the business sector in Scotland will benefit.”

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