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Crossword signs agreement with MHA MacIntyre Hudson to co-market Cyber Risk Analysis Tool ‘Rizikon’

Crossword Cybersecurity has signed an agreement with Top 20 accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson to co-market Crossword’s Rizikon cyber risk analysis tool to its clients.

Under the terms of the agreement, MHA MacIntyre Hudson, with 85 partners and over 550 staff servicing the whole country, will introduce Rizikon to its large client base of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Rizikon is a new cyber risk assessment tool based on research undertaken by Professor David Stupples and his team at the Centre for Cyber and Security Sciences at City University, London. It is Crossword’s first commercial product, building on four years of research and development at the University.

Rizikon is targeted at busy bosses running growth enterprises, and is particularly valuable to financial and legal businesses where there is a regulatory requirement to demonstrate effective cyber security.

Among Rizikon’s benefits are its jargon-free summaries of a company’s existing security, broken down into the areas of greatest risk. It also recommends adjustments to existing protections, such as anti-virus and firewalls, to maximise their effectiveness.

Tom Ilube, founder of Crossword, said:

“Many SME bosses have neither the time nor the in-house expertise to stay on top of online threats, many of which can inflict substantial commercial and reputational damage to their businesses.
“We developed Rizikon as tool for the real world. it doesn’t demand technical expertise, hours of form filling and it works in tandem with existing online protections to maximize their effectiveness. We are delighted to be partnering with Rakesh and MHA MacIntyre Hudson and look forward to bringing the benefits of Rizikon to its clients.”c

Rakesh Shaunak, Chairman of MHA MacIntyre Hudson, said:

“I’m very pleased to be working with Tom Ilube, the founder of Crossword, whom I’ve known for many years and is a genuine innovator whom I respect greatly.
“Crossword has brought Rizikon to the SME market, which we share. Rizikon offers our clients peace of mind, and is designed to spare their time and also, importantly, not baffle them with bewildering technical jargon.
”For our client firms in financial and professional services, there are regulatory requirements to demonstrate that effective cyber security protections are in place, and we believe Rizikon will also be a great help here.”

Further information, please contact:

Tom Ilube

CEO, Crossword Cybersecurity

Tel: +44 (0) 208 973 2350


ISDX Corporate Advisor

Nick Michaels and Jon Isaacs, Alfred Henry Corporate Finance Limited

Tel: +44 207 251 3762

Rakesh Shaunak

Chairman and Managing Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Mobile: 07979 517 231


Neil Boom

MD, Gresham PR Ltd.

Tel: +44 (0) 7866 805 108


About MHA MacIntyre Hudson

MHA MacIntyre Hudson is a top 20 UK accounting firm, offering a full range of compliance and advisory services to entrepreneurial businesses, groups and multinationals with operations in the UK. The firm has 85 Partners and over 550 staff in twelve offices in London and the South East, and across East Anglia and the Midlands, servicing the whole country. An independent member of MHA, a national association of accountancy firms. UK member of Baker Tilly International, a global association of independent accountancy and business advisory firms, and is registered to carry on audit work and regulated for a range of business activities by The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


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