Cyan is already working with UK law enforcement agencies to help them catch more paedophiles and terrorists. It is targetting applications worth £100m a year within a fastgrowing digital forensics market expected to reach almost £4bn a year by 2020.
The work grew out of the advanced research work of Dr Phil Penrose (who received a PhD for his work and who published two ground-breaking papers in the area), Bruce Ramsay, Dr Owen Lo, Richard Macfarlane and Prof Bill Buchanan. Overall the team managed to go from an idea to spin-out within three years.
Prof Bill Buchanan, who received an OBE for his contribution to Cyber Security, says, "Our research has always focused on fundamental issues in our society, and we put in-place the right research to match the challenges, and then develop the right team to create a maximum impact. Overall we aim, in the long-term, at a world-leading impact and showcase that Edinburgh is an amazing place to grow technology-focused companies".