Cybersecurity start-up aims to help overcome skills shortage

Cybersecurity start-up aims to help overcome skills shortage

A cybersecurity start-up is aiming to transform the industry by developing automated software to help overcome skills shortages and reduce the need for small firms to hire specialist staff.

Titan Labs has been founded by four cybersecurity professionals - Rob Brewer, Tom West, Tim Charrot and Phil Johnson – who between them have over 40 years’ experience in organisations including HP, Serco, the MoD and other UK government bodies.

Tim also founded EdgeSeven, which was acquired by Accumuli before being sold on to NCC Group.

The company, based in Malvern in the West Midlands, is currently opening an office in Milton Keynes.

Titan Labs offers consultancy services and has quickly secured a number of big name client wins.

However, the company is also developing a new cloud-based software, which will use algorithms to help detect threats and provide best practice guidance on how to deal with them.

The product, Titan View, is due to launch in autumn.

The company has been using income from consultancy work to fund the development, but plans to seek backing from investors after launch to support further development work to incorporate advanced technologies including artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Rob Brewer, Titan Labs’ director, says: “The cybersecurity threat is growing exponentially and regular attacks are bringing chaos to organisations at all levels.

“Big firms can spend six-figure sums on hiring teams of professionals. However it is a real problem for small firms who typically have one person to manage all aspects of their IT.

“Through our consultancy work, we can see ways to automate the process and allow small firms to identify threats and benefit from industry best practice at an affordable cost.”

Director Tom West added: “The UK has a serious skills shortage which is leaving organisations vulnerable to cybercrime.

“We aim to reduce the reliance on expert security staff and change the market for the better.”