Start-Up Sector Spotlight: Security

22 February, 2016

Start-Up Sector Spotlight: Security

22 February, 2016
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The emergence of cyber-security Start-ups is unrelenting at the moment, as entrepreneurs develop new technologies to battle the ever-increasing cyber threat.

The expertise of these new companies range enormously, from encryption products to detection of malicious wireless activity and more. Overall, the industry has grown by more than 100% in the last 5 years. With that kind of growth, cyber security is definitely worth getting involved with.

Why is security now in such demand?

Let’s face it, if you’ve heard the word ‘security’ in the last couple of years, it was probably coupled with the word ‘breach’. In the aftermath of the Sony-North Korea affair and other high-scale hacking situations, the need for some smart technology was paramount.

As we have already seen, wearable devices are becoming increasing popular. So much so, that by the end of 2018, there will apparently be 780 million wearable devices on the market. With this comes more and more personal data being recorded, and therefore more and more opportunities for hackers.

Not only that, developments like ApplePay and other mobile payment methods are another channel for attack from cyber criminals.

Three UK Security Start-ups

1. Darktrace:

Founded in 2013 by mathematicians at the University of Cambridge, Darktrace is arguably the most successful UK cybersecurity startup of all time. The firm’s Enterprise Immune System anomaly detection technology is now resold by BT. In the last 2 years, they’ve won countless awards, raised over $40 million of funding and opened offices in London, Paris, Milan, Singapore, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C, Boston, LA, Dallas, Toronto, Auckland & Sydney.

2. GeoLang:

Winner of the ‘Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company’ award in 2015, Wales-based GeoLang has pioneered a sophisticated data protection solution.  They’ve already scored some high-profile customers, including Jaguar-Land Rover. It might not sound like the most glamourous of industries, but companies like GeoLang have the potential to make huge waves.

3. CyberLytic:

A core group of BAE Systems engineers founded CyberLytic with an aim to make security intelligence more efficient. Their automated tool allows teams to profile and respond to high-risk cyber-attacks within seconds. With a seriously impressive and experienced management team behind them, CyberLytic are set to experience some rapid-growth over the next few years.


If these companies have inspired you to establish your own company, have a read of our interviews with 3 impressive entrepreneurs at the University of Warwick. Alternatively, search for graduate jobs & internships at exciting UK Start-ups over on our jobs board.

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