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Cybersecurity Business Leading the Charge Against Business Threats

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Last year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the world saw a nearly 600% increase in cyberattacks as the world went into lockdown. At the same time, the global security market was valued at $167.13 billion and is expected to have an annual growth rate of 10.9% between 2021 and 2028.

Despite the prevalence of cybercrime and the extensive growing cybersecurity industry, many UK SMEs do not have the right protection in place to safeguard their business and their customers, with around 43% of data breaches affect small businesses.

That’s where companies like Computer Network Defence Ltd (CND) play a vital role in helping small UK companies build the tools and knowledge they need to trade safely in the increasingly digital world of business.

Based in Corsham, Wiltshire, CND has expanded its reach internationally since it was founded in 2004 by CEO Andy Cuff and his partner Amanda. Andy’s background in military communications, computers, and technology led him naturally into information security services and the emerging cybersecurity industry. The family business has gone from strength to strength across the past seventeen years, with teams in the Isle of Man, USA, Europe, and the Middle East. The company was recently awarded Best Tech Security Company at the 2021 Techies Awards. Specialising in cybersecurity consultancy and recruitment, the company offers a range of services from insider threat prevention to vulnerability and cyber health checks.

Initially focused on providing their insight and expertise to the UK public sector, a few years ago they chose to pivot and readjusted their business model to work with SMEs and supply reliable, affordable solutions to a sector of the economy that is becoming more and more at risk.

Since opening their Isle of Man office in 2016, CND have become a highly regarded member of the flourishing cybersecurity community on the Island. They are regular attendees and presenters at the Isle of Man’s flagship cybersecurity event, CyberIsle, and are deeply committed to giving back. The company has assisted the Isle of Man college with lectures on cybersecurity and supported the charity Chab Dai by advising them on their cybersecurity infrastructure to ensure they are operating safely. Chab Dai are on a global mission to abolish all forms of abuse, trafficking, and modern slavery.

What makes CND unique? The company does not have a dedicated sales team, growing their business through glowing customer testimonials and maintaining their reputation as exceptional cybersecurity professionals and the UK’s oldest, independent cybersecurity recruitment agency. They currently work with several businesses from a wide variety of industries, from finance and agriculture to superyachts and local governments.

Andy’s main advice for entrepreneurs and new business owners is that you should have your cybersecurity infrastructure in place from the moment to set out to launch your new venture. It is as essential as registering your trademark, building your website, or setting up a business bank account. The damage cyberattacks can cause businesses is terrifying and often crippling, especially if they gain access to customer information and those affected seek financial compensation. It is your responsibility to not only protect your business, but to also protect your customers, partners, and investors so cybersecurity should be at the top of your to do list.

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