Cyber Academy Spin-out - Cyan Forensics - Tipped As 'Most Likely to Succeed' for the Next Skyscanner


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Cyan Forensics, the third highly successful from The Cyber Academy, has been tipped to be tomorrow’s 'most likely to succeed' young companies, and achieve the levels of Skyscanner:

Cyan Forensics features chief executive Ian Stevenson and his team providing ultra-fast software tools to scan suspect computers for illegal images and video doing in minutes what currently can take hours or days. “Finding evidence faster improves decision-making. It also reduces risk as well as cutting costs enabling a secure sharing of intelligence used to drive these searches,” he says.

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".

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Associated people

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
+44 131 455 2759
Richard Macfarlane
+44 131 455 2335
Owen Lo
Research Fellow
+44 131 455
Bruce Ramsay
Senior Research Fellow
+44 131 455 2746
Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.