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

Email: tom.ilube@crosswordcybersecurity.com

 

ISDX Corporate Advisor 

Nick Michaels and Jon Isaacs, Alfred Henry Corporate Finance Limited

www.alfredhenry.com

Tel: +44 207 251 3762

 

Rakesh Shaunak

Chairman and Managing Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson 

Mobile: 07979 517 231 

Email: Rakesh.Shaunak@mhllp.co.uk

 

Neil Boom

MD, Gresham PR Ltd.

Tel: +44 (0) 7866 805 108

Email: Neil.boom@greshampr.co.uk

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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Cyber security consultancy, Qonex, has signed an agreement with Crossword Cybersecurity, to use Rizikon in its baseline security assessment service across its small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) client base.

The official launch of the partnership takes place today at the National Space Centre in Leicester during the East Midlands Cyber Security Conference and Expo.

Rizikon is a 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.

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.

The tool is now an integral part of Qonex’s baseline security assessment service, designed to analyse an SME’s security preparedness, giving boards actionable advice and guidance. The service also demonstrates the organisation’s readiness to undertake a Cyber Essentials certification. 

Achieving the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials certification is mandatory for some government contracts. It is also useful for any supplier to show to its prospective customers that it has taken the necessary steps to protect itself from the harm of cyber-attacks. 

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 maximise their effectiveness.”

Colin Robbins, Managing Consultant of Qonex, said:

        “Many approaches to cyber security attempt to stimulate companies into action using fear, uncertainty and doubt. The use of Rizikon enables us to provide quantitative evidence, based on current threat intelligence, to support our actionable advice and guidance.  

    ”For many of our clients, there are regulatory or customer requirements to demonstrate that effective cyber security protections are in place. We believe Rizikon will be a great help here, generating a focused report to either support a Cyber Essentials certification, or as part of continuing business improvement”

About Qonex

Qonex enables organisations to maximise the value from technology, by establishing business strategies to prevent cyber-attacks causing harm.

Its approach is to work with senior decision makers, to assess the impact a security failure could have on a business, and implement strategies and governance structures to manage the risks.

Qonex recognises good cyber security is a combination of processes, people and technology, and work with businesses to identify the appropriate combination of cyber security controls via a suite of services.

Further information, please contact:

Tom Ilube
CEO, Crossword Cybersecurity
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8973 2350
Email: info@crosswordcybersecurity.com

Kevin Spencer
Marketing Communications Manager, Qonex – the consulting arm of Nexor
Tel: +44 (0) 115 952 0573
Email: kevin.spencer@qonex.com

ISDX Corporate Advisor (Crossword)
Nick Michaels and Jon Isaacs, Alfred Henry Corporate Finance Limited
www.alfredhenry.com
Tel: +44 (0)207 251 3762
 
ISDX Corporate Broker (Crossword)
Claire Louise Noyce – CEO, Hybridan LLP
Tel: +44 (0)203 764 2341
Email: claire.noyce@hybridan.com

Crossword Cybersecurity are delighted to be showcasing their capabilities as innovation partners and members of Lockheed Martin’s Virtual Technology Cluster. The demonstration days are being held at Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS innovation centre during Farnborough Air Show 2016.

Crossword are presenting their two released cyber security products, Rizikon and Nixer as well as four R&D projects in areas such as IOT, Smart Cities, Blockchain controlled documents, Steganography and Computation on Encrypted Data.