At the NCSC CyberUK 2018 exhibition we were exhibiting as part of the DCMS Innovation Zone, alongside 12 very interesting and innovative SMEs. It was a great to exhibit, plenty of good discussions with new contacts and existing.
On the first day, as part of the innovation zone, the 12 companies had too each give a 2 minute dragons-den style pitch to 4 judges from NCSC, NCC Group and Amazon Web Services followed by 3 minutes of questions and answers. It was a tough competition as the various companies were strong, and the questions from the judges were tough.
The Awen Collective pitch and Q&A session covered:
- The problem of an ever increasing number of cyber-attacks to our critical infrastructure and manufacturing.
- Our solution, in the form of a suite of tools from pre-incident compliance and planning, through to post-incident analysis and case report building.
- Our team, particularly the cofounders - Daniel Lewis & Prof. Andrew Blyth.
- Our route-to-market, selling to service providers, whether they are professional services companies, MSSPs or DFIR specialists, and our direct partnerships with utilities, manufacturers and police forces.
We had to wait until the second day to find out the results, and straight after a speech by Amber Rudd MP given to an audience from the whole CyberUK event including news reporters from the BBC, ITV, Sky, the Daily Mail and The Register, was the announcement of the winner by Ian Levy, Technical Director at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), announcing that Awen Collective won the title of Cyber Den Champions of 2018. Our prize is a strategic partnership from the NCSC, which includes technical direction and some PR/Marketing.
We are very much looking forward to working closely with the NCSC in the forthcoming year, and beyond. It endorses the need for our solutions, our approach and our team.
If you did not get an opportunity to speak with us at the CyberUK Exhibition at Manchester in April 2018, then please do contact us we love to talk about problem solving in Digital Forensics and Incident Response for control and automation systems.