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Cybersecurity consultancy utilises City’s research

Qonex has signed an agreement to use Rizikon, a cyber risk assessment tool developed by a team of cybersecurity researchers led by Professor David Stupples.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Cybersecurity consultancy, Qonex, has signed an agreement with Crossword Cybersecurity to use Rizikon, a cyber risk assessment tool which is based on research undertaken by Professor David Stupples and his team.

David StupplesProfessor Stupples is a specialist in internet security, particularly organised cyber terrorism, with extensive experience in advising the UK Government, private enterprise and military administrations around the world.

The partnership agreement between Qonex and Crossword Cybersecurity was signed on 11th July during the East Midlands Cyber Security Conference and Expo.

Commercial and reputational damage

Rizikon is Crossword’s first commercial product, building on four years of research and development at City.

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 a tool for the real world. It doesn’t demand technical expertise or hours of form filling and it works in tandem with existing online protections to maximise their effectiveness.

Crossword Cyber SecurityColin Robbins, Managing Consultant of Qonex said:

“Many approaches to cyber security attempt to stimulate companies into action by 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”.

Professor David Stupples said:

"We are delighted by the adoption of Rizikon by Qonex. It further strengthens the confidence of the SME community in our cyber risk analysis tool. Crossword Cybersecurity Plc is making great strides in making City's research valuable to the business community".

Definition
Cyber terrorism

Cyber terrorism is the act of Internet terrorism in terrorist activities, including acts of deliberate, large-scale disruption of computer networks, especially of personal computers attached to the Internet, by the means of tools such as computer viruses.

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