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Barron McCann to use Rizikon Assurance from Crossword Cybersecurity plc

17 March 2020 – London, UK Crossword Cybersecurity Plc (AIM: CCS, “Crossword”, the “Company” or the “Group”), the technology commercialisation company focused on cyber security and risk, has today announced that Barron McCann, the IT Services company, will use Rizikon Assurance to automate their supplier onboarding process. This announcement comes off the back of the launch of the second version of Rizikon Assurance in September 2019.

Barron McCann will use Rizikon Assurance to provide a holistic risk overview of their top 250 suppliers, in order to mitigate the potential risks originating from their supply chain. Rizikon Assurance automates the supplier onboarding workflow, provides standardised questionnaires, and offers a scalable secure centralised platform for the collection, review and sharing of compliance data. Rizikon Assurance will replace manual, time consuming and resource-intensive supplier management workflows that Barron McCann currently has in place, helping them to assess and visualise the risk of each supplier more effectively and efficiently, whilst also identifying risks in their supply chain as a whole.

Barron McCann will take advantage of the new, fully customisable features that Rizikon Assurance has to offer, including leveraging the scorecard module that provides a 360-degree view of risk across their supply chain. Bespoke scorecards will be generated that will visualise Barron McCann’s suppliers’ current level of risk across multiple, relevant dimensions.

Richard Johnson, Leader for Procurement & Supply Chain at Barron McCann, commented: “The solution developed by Rizikon Assurance will become one of our key tools in identifying, quantifying and managing the risk and compliance with our suppliers and service providers.  The customisable nature of this system has enabled Barron McCann to focus the attention on the areas which are of the greatest significance to our business.  The Rizikon Assurance system will enable Barron McCann to re-evaluate our supply base more frequently, efficiently and effectively than ever before.”

Jake Holloway, Chief Product Officer, responsible for Rizikon Assurance, commented: “We are delighted to work alongside Barron McCann to catalyse their supplier onboarding and third-party risk management. There are many challenges for organisations with complex supply chains when managing third-party assurance risk. Technology can play a key role in giving risk and compliance professionals the control and visibility they need, moving risk compliance from a siloed and reactive activity, to a connected, proactive continuous process that delivers a complete view of third-party risk. Third-party assurance is particularly important for IT services companies, which outsource to other organisations. By taking proactive measures to mitigate third-party risk, as Barron McCann has done, this prevents cyber-crime from flowing further up the food chain. Crossword is now really getting traction with business customers for Rizikon Assurance.  Every business needs to do a better job of third-party risk management – and we believe that we have a unique system that helps them take control.”

About Crossword Cybersecurity plc

Crossword Cybersecurity plc focuses on the development and commercialisation of university research-based cyber security related software and cyber security consulting.  The Group’s specialist cyber security product development and software engineering teams work with its university partners to develop the research concept into a fully-fledged commercial product that it will then take to market. The Group’s aim is to build up a portfolio of revenue generating, intellectual property based, cyber security products. Rizikon Assurance, Crossword’s leading product, is a SaaS platform that enables medium to large companies to assess the cyber maturity and GDPR readiness of their suppliers. Crossword’s team of expert cyber security consultants leverages years of experience in national security, defence and commercial cyber intelligence and operations to provide bespoke advice tailored to its clients’ business needs.

About Barron McCann

Barron McCann provides class leading IT management services across a number of sectors throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. With the capability to deliver consultation, design, deployment and maintenance services, BMc utilises a comprehensive logistic network and a highly trained team of engineers to deliver first time, every time, everywhere.

Barron McCann’s customers include many of the UK’s leading retailers as well as customers in the banking, charity, leisure and QSR/QSF sectors.


Crossword Cybersecurity plc – Tel: +44 (0) 20 3953 8460


Tom Ilube, Chief Executive Officer

Mary Dowd, Finance Director

Barron McCann Communications Contacts

Tim Clifford, Leader- New Client Sales & Marketing

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Hybridan LLP (Broker) – Tel: +44 (0)203 764 2341

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