MHA MacIntyre Hudson signs agreement with Crossword to co-market a leap forward in Cyber Security

13th Jan 2016

Top 20 accountants MHA MacIntyre Hudson has signed a deal with technology commercialization company Crossword Cybersecurity to co-market Crossword’s new Rizikon cyber threat risk analysis tool to its clients.

Under the terms of the agreement, MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s partners will introduce Rizikon to its large client base of SMEs.

Rizikon is a new cyber risk assessment tool based on research undertaken by Professor David Stupples and his team at the Centre for Cyber and Security Sciences at City University, London. It is Crossword’s first commercial product, building on four years of research and development. 

Rizikon is targeted at busy bosses running growth enterprises, and is particularly valuable to financial and legal services businesses where there is a regulatory requirement to demonstrate effective cyber security.

Among Rizikon’s benefits are its jargon-free summaries of a company’s existing security, broken down into the areas of greatest risk. It also recommends adjustments to existing protections, such as anti-virus and firewalls, to maximize their effectiveness.

Rakesh Shaunak, Chairman of MHA MacIntyre Hudson, said:

“I’m very pleased to be working with Tom Ilube, the founder of Crossword, whom I’ve known for many years and is a genuine innovator whom I respect greatly. Crossword has brought Rizikon to the SME market, which we share. Rizikon offers our clients peace of mind, and is designed to spare their time and also, importantly, not baffle them with bewildering technical jargon.

For our client firms in financial and professional services, there are regulatory requirements to demonstrate that effective cyber security protections are in place, and we believe Rizikon will also be a great help here.”

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 tool for the real world. It doesn’t demand technical expertise, hours of form filling and it works in tandem with existing online protections to maximize their effectiveness. We are delighted to be partnering with Rakesh and MHA MacIntyre Hudson and look forward to bringing the benefits of Rizikon to its clients.”

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About Crossword Cybersecurity

Crossword Cybersecurity is a technology commercialisation company focusing exclusively on the cyber security sector. Crossword works with research intensive European university partners to identify promising cyber security intellectual property (IP) from research that our industry partners tell us meet emerging real-world challenges.

Our specialist cyber security software engineering team work with our university partners to develop the research concept into a fully fledged commercial product that we then take to market.

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