2018, an Awesome Year for Cyber Security Associates

2018 has been an awesome year for Cyber Security Associates (CSA). Not only has our team more than doubled in the last 12 months, but we have taken on a new office to allow for our expansion. Without doubt our biggest highlight was winning ‘Business of the Year’ at the Believe in Gloucester Awards. We are certainly going in the right direction and are ready for an even busier 2019!

Our people have been at the forefront of such a successful year, where our Founders (Dave and Jamie) have hired 6 new permanent employees (3 of which are university and college graduates). At the heart of our business is the Security Intelligence Operation Centre (SIOC) which provides cyber managed services for all our clients. As a result of the hard work of SIOC team we have doubled our client base and were awarded a large monitoring contract from a FTSE 100 Company.

In February this year, we launched our Cyber eLearning capability and now have 5 courses available. Our initial  target was to provide training to 500 learners, but after a year of the courses being live we have exceeded our target and have worked hard to brand our courses for our partners.

One of the biggest turning points for us this year was our decision to invest more time and effort into marketing and networking. By joining Circle2Success  so many business opportunities have arisen for us and has enabled us to really promote the CSA brand. Since becoming a member, the whole team has enjoyed numerous seminars and business events which have always been interesting and worthwhile. We have connected with some fantastic businesses and charity’s and we really believe we have made a good impression within the Gloucestershire Business Community. We are also proud to be permanent members of the Cyber Cheltenham (CyNam) initiative and were lucky enough to have organised the CyNam Cyber Skills and Education event during the Cheltenham Science Festival.

We have been on BBC Radio Gloucestershire twice, featured in Punchline Magazine, Circle2Success Magazine, Business and Innovation Magazine and the Citizen and Echo newspapers. We were also honoured to have the MP for Gloucester, Richard Graham, to officially open our SIOC.

Throughout the year we have opened our doors to a staggering 20 work experience students and 1 work placement student. Due to our good connections with local schools we have supported careers fairs, cyber days, careers presentations, inspiring women in cyber talks and led computer science lessons. This year we have also become industry partners for the National Cyber Security Centres (NCSC) Cyber Schools Hub initiative. Our contribution to the initiative has allowed us to develop our own cyber immersive zone and develop a number of projects based on the Raspberry Pi (CyberPiProjects) All of these capabilities are available to any school, college or university in an attempt to encourage more students into the cyber industry.

Finally, we made the conscious decision to support as many charities as possible in 2018. We were the first successful match in The Local Charity Business Awards initiative with ‘Gloucestershire Bundles’, who we helped to understand their requirements for data protection under GDPR.  Our work with Gloucestershire Bundles resulted in CSA reaching the final of the ‘Gloucestershire Local Charity Business Awards’. We have also supported CCP through their Easter Egg collection, Hamper Scamper and a Bake Sale for the Sleepout. During the summer the team also had a summer BBQ to raise money for the Children’s Hyperinsulinism Charity.  Lastly, after attending a Circle2Success Meet a Charity event we are also now supporting NightStop and Teens in Crisis.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to such a wonderful year. If you’d like to come over for a coffee and a chat with the team in the New-Year please don’t hesitate to get in touch: info@csa.limited.

James Griffiths