Equilibrium Risk have joined Dr Simon Parkinson and two placement students, James Bray and Daiyaan Shreef, in an aim to develop a bespoke cyber security solution, tailored specifically for SMEs.
The project will run over the course of the student’s 12-month placement, and conclude with a tangible, physical product which will be the answer to cyber security threats.
The partnership comes in the wake of recent numerous cyber-attacks, as well as an attempt to answer the needs of numerous SME’s who will be obliged to comply with the upcoming GDPR regulation. It will also help those SME’s which aim to comply with ISO 2007, PSSID and Cyber Essentials certificates.
Dr Simon Parkinson, lecturer in Informatics within the school of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield, said: “Many security monitoring organisations are developing one-time solutions that examine vulnerabilities based on a snapshot of a system, but vulnerabilities are arising so quickly that a security audit is out-of-date within hours.”
“Equilibrium Risk are developing innovative software solutions capable of providing continuous monitoring, which have huge potential to address the shortage of cyber-security expertise and knowledge within SMEs.
“This is particularly important with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an increasing public awareness of data privacy, as well as the need for cyber-essentials compliance in B2B activity.”
Jason Donaldson, Equilibrium Risk’s MD, said: “We are extremely excited to be embarking on such an interesting project. We deeply believe that it’s outcomes will provide real value to SME’s, which will allow them to be compliant with the regulation and feel safe knowing their business are fully protected from cyber threats.
“This project gives Huddersfield University students a chance to employ their knowledge in a practical environment, giving them experience and employing them with tools useful for their further development. We are hoping to prolong this relationship and contribute to Huddersfield being one of the best places to live, work and study.”