Exist Insight ISSUE 04

Securious expands at Exeter Science Park Centre as South West investment in cyber security increases

Securious expands at Exeter Science Park Centre as South West investment in cyber security increases

By Exeter Science Park

Written: 09 August 2017

Cyber security compliance company Securious has relocated into larger office space at Exeter Science Park Centre to accommodate its growing workforce.

Securious is expanding operations to meet an increased demand from South West businesses for cyber protection. The company has recently appointed two new staff and two placement students from Plymouth University.

As the only South West qualified security assessor for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and with industry accreditation for information security management (ISO:27001:2013), Securious says its expansion is due to the growth of the technology sector in the region.

Since relocating to Exeter Science Park in April 2016, the firm has worked in partnership with other companies to develop new products and to ensure best-practice security compliance.

Roz Woodward, Director of Securious said: “Our business has been built on word-of-mouth referrals, so our reputation is crucial and being at the Science Park gives us significant credibility. It has also allowed us to work with other tenants, helping to grow their projects and design in cyber security during the development stage rather than having to fix it as an after-thought.”

To accommodate the company’s growth to nine members of staff, including its two placement students, Securious moved to a larger office suite within the Exeter Science Park Centre. “The Plymouth University students are an exciting step forward for us and we are keen to support and develop local talent,” explained Roz.

Securious provides external verification and cyber security compliance for businesses and its growth has been, in part, due to increased recognition of the vital role that cyber protection plays in business.

Earlier this year, Securious, alongside fellow Exeter-based Lightfoot, developers of revolutionary vehicle and driving technology, was awarded a grant by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV).

The grant, given as part of the Government’s commitment to make the UK a global leader in connected car and autonomous vehicle technology, is funding a consortium that also includes IAM Roadsmart (formerly The Institute of Advanced Motorists), Revolve Technologies, and the University of Bath. As part of the consortium’s activities, Securious will research and implement, with Lightfoot, innovative new solutions for connected car and autonomous vehicle cyber security.

Roz added: “We are in a fantastic position for future growth as we aim to become the cyber security partner of choice for businesses across the South West.”

Dr Sally Basker, CEO of the Exeter Science Park, said: “Securious fully utilises the benefits of being at the Exeter Science Park, creating opportunities to work alongside tenants who also benefit from the early intervention of Securious’ expertise. Their success is no surprise and we look forward to continuing to support their future growth.”

Joe Pearce, Business Support Manager of the Science Park Centre, said: “The technology sector in Exeter has soared in recent years and companies like Securious are a significant part of this thriving industry. Cyber security is a critical issue for all businesses and Securious has the expertise to enhance the safety of businesses in the South West.”

The building of the Science Park Centre has been made possible with shareholder equity from Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council, the University of Exeter; the Heart of the South West LEP which committed £4.5m loan from the Growing Places Fund; and a £1 million grant from the Regional Growth Fund.

For more information about Exeter Science Park visit www.exetersciencepark.co.uk, call 01392 247047 or follow the Exeter Science Park on Twitter @ExeterSciencePk or LinkedIn.

For more information about shared working space, laboratory and office accommodation, please contact the Science Park Centre on 01392 249 222 or @innovexeter.

To find out more about Securious visit www.securious.co.uk or follow the team on Twitter @SecuriousNS.