Meet the MD: Anish Chauhan of Equilibrium Security Services

Meet the MD: Anish Chauhan of Equilibrium Security Services

As managing director of Equilibrium Security Services, Anish Chauhan has a lot on his hands. He spoke with BQ to tell us how he manages a busy company day-to-day.

What is it you do?

As the technical director, my role is to ensure our relationship with the vendors that underpin our services is always optimal.

Working with vendors like Cisco, Check Point and Fortinet, I regularly meet with clients to align security solutions with their existing systems.

I also work very closely with my team of sales, marketing and technical engineers to ensure they get to voice opinions on our company direction.

I also work closely with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and enjoy attending the networking events that are organised as this gives me the opportunity to learn from other local businesses and share our experiences.


What is it the company does?

We’re a cyber security company that provides businesses, both big and small, with network security services that protects businesses from most forms of cyber crime. We do this through consulting, designing and implementing cyber security solutions.

We also provide a fully managed cyber security service that allows customers to carry on running their business while we take on the cyber criminals!


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

I started in the security arena more 15 years ago, working for Birmingham Airport managing their firewalls, I then moved to Fujitsu Services where I was part of a highly-skilled team of security engineers; working with customers’ firewalls day in day out was excellent experience to delve deep into the security concerns that were facing many big businesses even back then.

I then moved onto working for a much smaller network consultancy and support company which is undoubtedly where I gained the commercial expertise to start Equilibrium Security Services which is now in it’s 4th year of trading. 


What do you believe makes a great leader?

I try to lead by example. I wouldn’t ask anyone in our company to do anything that I wouldn’t be prepared to do myself.


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

I started the business single handedly and I think that was probably the biggest challenge I had to face.

Dealing with all aspects of the business was tricky since I had to take responsibility for non-tech related areas such as marketing and finance which are not where my skills lie!


How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

I discovered running about 6 years ago and find it’s perfect for clearing the mind and keeping me in shape!

But stress is an overused word. Most of the time the anxiety that comes with running a business can stem from a feeling of being overwhelmed.

There are only so many hours in a day and I always set realistic expectations both to our clients and employees.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I don’t remember. I know I never said, footballer, astronaut or Jedi! My father growing up in India lost both of his parents at a very young age so never learned to properly write, however he still started his own business in clothing manufacturing! So I think he’s always been an influence.


Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about then?

Lying. As a company integrity is extremely important and delivering false expectations without being able to deliver is a short path to failure.


Where do you see the company in five years’ time?

We’re planning lots of expansion; the biggest is being able to assist companies in the event of a security breach. Being able to respond by coming out to customers and help them stop and contain the attack and then undertake the forensics that could ultimately lead to a prosecution is something that we’re really keen to do. This would need more technical experts and perhaps some superman style outfits with a big ‘E’ on the front!


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader? 

“He who makes no mistakes makes nothing.” It’s really easy not to try new things in case they don’t work and more often than not they won’t work and plans need to be taken back to the drawing board.

But that doesn’t mean your business won’t succeed or you don’t have what it takes.