Fast growing firm selected to take part in £1.9bn cyber security strategy

Website performance and security platform, RapidSpike has been selected to join the new Government led National Cyber Security Programme.

The Leeds-based firm specialises in client side attack detection, helping companies discover when hackers steal payment details from their websites will now benefit from the programme which is supported by Wayra – the innovation arm of Telefonica/O2 and is part of the Government’s £1.9bn cyber security strategy.

The programme, which is run collaboratively by the National Cyber Security Centre ad the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), is designed to enable tech entrepreneurs to help make the UK a safer place to live an work online, drive innovation and boost UK plc.

With more people utilising technology since the outbreak of Covid-19 and particularly the mass adoption of remote working, rates of security incidents have increased exponentially – according to one source, COVID-19 related spear phishing attacks increased by 667% between the end of February and March 23rd.

RapidSpike CEO Gav Winter said: “Being selected for this programme is a huge honour for RapidSpike. We are now able to work directly with some of the leading innovators in the UK cyber security market to help shape the direction of the UK’s cyber security strategy, in turn saving more companies and customers from damaging cyber security issues. It is also brilliant to be the first company selected from Leeds, so we can help represent Yorkshire in the national conversation on cyber security.”

This is the latest success for the firm founded in 2015 by entrepreneurs Andrew Mason and Robin Hill. Winter joined in 2018 and the firm has since grown over 500% attracting customers globally.

Alongside participation in the National Cyber Security Programme and work with the NCSC, it has announced plans to further expands its office at the Round Foundry media centre, with a number of new hires.