Cyber security provider launches to offer service dedicated to small firms

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A managed cyber security service business dedicated to small businesses and the self-employed has been launched in Leeds.

Blok will be taking on the cyber criminals and helping to protect sole traders, start-ups and organisations with 49 employees or less against rising threats.

The company has been founded by Helen Phelan and Neil Peacock.

Peacock has over 20 years experience in the information and cyber security industry, and has specialised in auditing and providing solutions to protect small and medium enterprises.

A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), he has worked across financial, education, retail, manufacturing, health, and public sectors, identifying vulnerabilities and advising organisations on the best solutions to prevent cyber attacks.

Phelan is among only eight percent of cyber security professionals in the UK who are women, and 10% of females across the world in management positions within the industry.

She is responsible for operations at Blok. Drawing on her vast experience of successfully launching and establishing businesses, she will manage the finances, implement and execute business development plans, liaise with clients, undertake recruitment and marketing activity.

Peacock said: “Small businesses and sole traders don’t think cyber attacks will happen to them, but they’re no less vulnerable.

“We have launched Blok as we found that although there is lots of advice, there was no organisation dedicated to providing managed security services specifically for small businesses and the self-employed.

“Drawing on our experience, knowledge and utilising industry leading technologies, Blok is taking on the cyber criminals and making it easier and affordable for our clients to help protect their business and reputation.”

Phelan added: “We saw an opportunity to provide small businesses and sole traders with a high quality cyber security service to ensure they receive immediate protection and peace of mind.

“There is a real lack of female representation in the cyber security industry. I am excited to launch Blok and join a growing number of women breaking the cyber security glass ceiling.

“Having a more diverse team means we are better placed to engage with our clients and provide the service they need.”