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…We’re the people behind The Cyber Highway

Cyber Essentials Direct logo

…We’re the people behind The Cyber Highway

Cyber Essentials Direct logo

…We’re the people behind The Cyber Highway

Our Board.

John Lyons

Chief Executive

John Lyons is Founder and Chief Executive of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd, the creators of The Cyber Highway, a new and unique solution which allows companies and organisations of any size achieve a baseline of good cyber security, in accordance with the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials Certification Scheme. John is also the Founder of the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA), a not-for-profit organisation established in 2010 and which works with governments, law enforcement agencies and business communities globally in the fight against cyber-crime.

View John’s full biography here

 

Lord David Blunkett

Chairman

David brings to his role as Chairman of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd. unrivalled experience of public policy and its implementation.  With a distinguished career of more than 45 years in public service and as one of the longest serving senior UK Cabinet Ministers of recent years, David has been influential in driving change and successful outcomes across the most important leadership roles in UK, European, and local political action

David has led the Home Office (including Justice Ministry), Department of Education and Employment, and Department of Work and Pensions.

View David’s full biography here

Linda Bentley

Director

Linda Bentley is a founding director of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd and co-creator of The Cyber Highway.
Linda has served as Business Development Coordinator for the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance: a business-led, not-for-profit global organisation established in 2010 with the support of the UK government, to fight Cyber-crime since its inception in 2010.

During her previous extensive engagement in the public sector Linda played a leading role in the development and implementation of key national strategies.  Linda has also run her own independent consultancy, employing quality assurance methodology, to deliver high-impact training, education and awareness programmes.

View Linda’s full biography here

Miles Clee

Director

Miles has worked as an owner and investor within the technology market for over 23 years working specifically with software businesses.  Miles has an Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and started his first business in Industrial Automation aged 24 which he then sold seven years later to a major U.S. company for over seven figures.

Another notable business startup was Funky Pigeon, an on-line personalised gifting website which was then sold to W H Smith.   Miles has recently worked in the Cyber Security market for over 8 years, during which time he has provided leading edge security solutions to the Government and Defence markets.

View Miles’s full biography here

Serge Desprat

Board Member

Serge Desprat is a professional with more than 30 years of international experience in private equity (“PE”), Financial Institutions M&A and business development globally.

During this time, Serge developed his personal interest in international security issues, ultimately leading to his involvement and investment in Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd. 

View Serge’s full biography here

Thierry Malleret

Director

Thierry is the managing partner of the Monthly Barometer, a succinct predictive analysis provided to private investors, global CEOs and some of today’s most influential opinion and decision-makers. He and his partners also invest in adjacent businesses. He was until 2011 a senior partner at IJ (Informed Judgement) Partners, an investment boutique for ultra-high-net-worth individuals based in Geneva, and prior to that managing partner at Rainbow Insight, an advisory boutique which he founded, providing tailor-made intelligence to investors.

View Thierry’s full biography here

 

John Lyons

Chief Executive

John Lyons is Chief Executive of the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA), a business-led, not-for-profit organisation which aims to provide private and public sector funding and support globally to law enforcement agencies engaged in the fight against cyber crime.

Lyons previous public service included 20 years in the Royal Air Force (Security Branch) and subsequently at the UK’s National Hi Tech Crime Unit where, as Crime Reduction Coordinator, he established “Get Safe Online”.  Lyons work in the private sector included engagements with Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Unisys.

View John’s full biography here

Lord David Blunkett

Chairman

David brings to his role as Chairman of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd. unrivalled experience of public policy and its implementation.  With a distinguished career of more than 45 years in public service and as one of the longest serving senior UK Cabinet Ministers of recent years, David has been influential in driving change and successful outcomes across the most important leadership roles in UK, European, and local political action

David has led the Home Office (including Justice Ministry), Department of Education and Employment, and Department of Work and Pensions.

View David’s full biography here

Linda Bentley

Director

Linda Bentley is a founding director of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd and co-creator of The Cyber Highway.
Linda has served as Business Development Coordinator for the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance: a business-led, not-for-profit global organisation established in 2010 with the support of the UK government, to fight Cyber-crime since its inception in 2010.

During her previous extensive engagement in the public sector Linda played a leading role in the development and implementation of key national strategies.  Linda has also run her own independent consultancy, employing quality assurance methodology, to deliver high-impact training, education and awareness programmes.

View Linda’s full biography here

Miles Clee

Director

Miles has worked as an owner and investor within the technology market for over 23 years working specifically with software businesses.  Miles has an Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and started his first business in Industrial Automation aged 24 which he then sold seven years later to a major U.S. company for over seven figures.

Another notable business startup was Funky Pigeon, an on-line personalised gifting website which was then sold to W H Smith.   Miles has recently worked in the Cyber Security market for over 8 years, during which time he has provided leading edge security solutions to the Government and Defence markets.

View Miles’s full biography here

Serge Desprat

Board Member

Serge Desprat is a professional with more than 30 years of international experience in private equity (“PE”), Financial Institutions M&A and business development globally.

During this time, Serge developed his personal interest in international security issues, ultimately leading to his involvement and investment in Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd. 

View Serge’s full biography here

Thierry Malleret

Director

Thierry is the managing partner of the Monthly Barometer, a succinct predictive analysis provided to private investors, global CEOs and some of today’s most influential opinion and decision-makers. He and his partners also invest in adjacent businesses. He was until 2011 a senior partner at IJ (Informed Judgement) Partners, an investment boutique for ultra-high-net-worth individuals based in Geneva, and prior to that managing partner at Rainbow Insight, an advisory boutique which he founded, providing tailor-made intelligence to investors.

View Thierry’s full biography here

 

Our services.

We have a range of specialist services designed to support your business. From helpline advice and guidance, to on-site and remote technical assistance – you can rest assured we can provide help whenever or wherever it is needed.

 

CYBER ESSENTIALS CERTIFICATION

The Cyber Highway journey is much more than a basic alternative to other CE compliance routes. It presents companies with a fresh and practical approach to Cyber Essentials certification delivered via an intuitive online portal, with a range of support features designed for ease-of-use. The Cyber Highway is a unique cyber risk management platform which helps businesses maintain a strong cyber resilient footprint.

ENTERPRISE SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY

The Cyber Highway is the only online portal that offers Enterprise companies the opportunity to help secure their supply chains by on-boarding thousands of suppliers simultaneously. Furthermore, it provides access to a management dashboard which offers a comprehensive overview of the cyber-health of companies in their supply chain while they are part of The Cyber Highway.

POLICY PROVISION

We take out all the hard work of policy development with our range of bespoke templates and sample documents – all readily available to help support your business operation.

CONSULTANCY

We provide a bespoke range of consultancy services to help your business – whatever its size, implement effective cyber-security practices and better secure your infrastructure.  Our Cyber Security Industry specialists are best placed to guide and assist you.

EDUCATION

Our close links and partnerships with expert training providers across Industry, the Private Sector and Academia, help us signpost companies to high-quality training and development routes designed to best match the requirements of their business teams.

CYBER THREAT AWARENESS

As part of a company’s annual subscription to The Cyber Highway portal, we offer access to bespoke cyber-threat intelligence feeds which provide up-to-the-minute information about your particular business sector.  This helps to ensure that your company has the knowledge it needs to stay one step ahead when it comes to protection of your systems. Regular alerts about the latest cyber scams and frauds are available as part of a company’s annual subscription to The Cyber Highway.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND TESTING

Whatever your problem, whatever your need, whatever your budget – we have access to a dedicated team of accredited technical support practitioners who can provide you with first-class remote or on-site assistance, giving you the best possible chance of mitigating threats from cyber attacks.  When a business decides to apply for Cyber Essentials Plus certification or wishes to provide a higher level of assurance to clients through external testing of its cyber security systems, we can arrange for vulnerability assessments and penetration testing to be carried out.

CYBER LIABILITY INSURANCE

Everyone’s waking up to the fact that good practice in basic cyber hygiene is worth rewarding. And so, we have negotiated reduced cyber liability insurance deals on behalf of companies using The Cyber Highway as their chosen route to Cyber Essentials Certification. Like us, these insurance companies have confidence that, by adopting our robust quality assurance system, you are on the right track to protect your business interests.

Our partners.