KETS named “UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company 2018” at Infosec Europe

We were honoured this week to be named winner of the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company of the Year 2018.

After the Semi-final last month, we were one of 13 companies selected to feature in  the UK Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe at London’s Olympia. Infosec is the region’s number one information security event and features Europe’s largest and most comprehensive conference programme with over 400 exhibitors showcasing the most relevant information security solutions and products to 19,500+ information security professionals.

KETS’ co-founder and Technical Head of Sales, Jake Kennard pitched in the final on Wednesday to an expert judging panel including:

– Dave Palmer, Director of Technology, Darktrace
– Nicola Whiting, Chief Strategy Officer, Titania
– Chris Marwood, GM Managed Security Services, BT
– Nazo Moosa, Senior Strategic Partner, Paladin Capital Group
– Gary Brailsford-Hart, Director of Information & CISO, City of London Police

The final was chaired by Martin Chalmers, Managing Director, Aerospace Defence, Security & Technology of competition sponsors, SNC Lavalin Atkins. Competition was tight and the judges took some time to deliver their final decision.

After receiving the award, Jake said, “Being recognised as the UK’s most innovative small cyber security company amongst such strong competition is a real honour and testament to all the hard work that our team has put in to KETS.”

KETS’ CEO and co-founder, Chris Erven, who was there to support Jake in the final added, “We didn’t expect this at all, the competition from the other finalists was really strong and all the pitches were excellent. We’re very excited about 2018 and bringing KETS’ technology to the market; none of which would be possible without the support of DCMS and the Academic Cyber Start-ups Programme. As a bonus, in Jake’s next career he’s going to be a model; he was excellent at taking photographic direction!”

 

 

KETS through to final of “UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company 2018″

KETS has joined 3 other startups as a finalist for the title of UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company after winning the semi final of the DCMS Cyber Innovation Competition.

KETS will be joining some of the brightest stars in the UK cyber innovation industry after taking part in the “Pitchfest” event to reach the shortlist for a national competition to find the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company of the Year. The event, organised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and sponsored by SNCLavalin Atkins, and celebrating its fourth year, was hosted by EY saw 25 small cyber security businesses present their new technologies in a series of two-minute timed pitches. From these pitches, 13 winners were selected to win a stand in the Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe 2018, the region’s no.1 information security event, taking place at Olympia, London in June.

As part of the winning package, all 13 companies win a stand at this year’s Infosecurity Europe in the show’s Cyber Innovation Zone, two 15 x minute speaking opportunities in the show’s Cyber Innovation Showcase theatre and marketing and PR support. From the 13, the top four companies, including KETS,  were chosen to go through to the final to compete for the title of the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company 2018. Each company will pitch their technology/service to the Keynote Stage audience and an expert judging panel at Infosecurity Europe on Wednesday 6 June, 14:00-16:00, in Olympia’s Conference Centre.

Cate Pye, Executive Director at Ernst & Young, and competition judge, said; “Cyber is now a C-Suite issue. There are a large number of disruptors coming over the next year and the future of cyber is innovation. What we have seen in the winners is the ability of UK companies to spot the next challenge and start addressing them today”.

Dave Butler, Client Director at SNC-Lavalin Atkins business, added: “It is wonderful to see such great innovation in the cyber world and Atkins is pleased to sponsor the event. I am continually impressed with the breadth and depth of innovation that we see each year.”

Jake Kennard, KETS Head of Technical Sales (pictured below) commented“the opportunity to have a presence at Infosec Europe is massive for an early stage SME like KETS and will allow us to reach a vast array of potential clients. Of course, we’re also delighted to be through to the final four and to be in contention for the title of UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company.” 

KETS has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport since 2017 through the Cybersecurity Academic Startups Programme. Since the end of the pilot programme, the company has continued to work with the DCMS team, recently joining them as one of a number of supported SMEs in the innovation zone at CYBERUK.

 

About Infosecurity Europe.

Strategically held annually in London, Europe’s centre for technology start-up businesses, Infosecurity Europe is Europe’s largest and most comprehensive Information Security event. Featuring numerous analysts, policy experts, journalists and over 400 exhibitors, Infosecurity Europe presents an invaluable business platform, as well as staging the world’s largest complimentary conference programme containing 240+ free to attend conference sessions which have been accredited by leading industry associations (ISC)² and ISACA since 2012. The event attracts over 19,500 unique information security industry professionals attending from every segment of the industry and presents the most important date in the calendar for information security professionals across Europe.

KETS founding team attend TIP Summit in California, USA

KETS founders Chris Erven, Phil Sibson and Jake Kennard.

Last week, our founding team were one of three UK SMEs showcasing their technology at the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Summit 2017 in Santa Clara, California. With thought-provoking keynotes and insightful technical presentations from BT, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Reliance Jio and Telefonica, this was an excellent opportunity to KETS to showcase our QKD and Integrated Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) technologies.

The TIP conference didn’t disappoint and allowed us to gain huge exposure for KETS, particularly with Mansoor (Hanif) from BT, June (Shin McCarthy) from TIP, and the other Telcos really highlighting the TEAC companies throughout the Summit. The footfall we got from potential investors, partners, and customers was much heavier than anything we expected – with lots of great contacts we’re already following up with.

Our CEO, Chris commented: “The TIP programme is crucial for start-ups like KETS, as VCs typically shy away from those looking to engage with large Telcos because of their long sales cycles. TIP and the TEAC programme really shows that Telcos are investing in next generation innovation and trying to move more quickly; this is great for KETS, since we believe we really have something of value to protect our telecommunications networks with the unprecedented security our chip-scale quantum encryption can offer.”

TEAC companies at the TIP Summit 2017

 

Bristol to be the centre of the quantum tech industry in the UK

Photo of KETS CTO Phil Sibson

The University of Bristol has this week, announced plans to establish the world’s first open access Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre, focusing on taking quantum research from the lab and into the commercial world and positioning the UK as a global leader in the field.

The £43 million Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre (QTIC) has been funded in partnership by £15 million from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), £21 million from industrial partners and £7 million from the University of Bristol. It will be based in the University’s new enterprise campus, to be built in the heart of the city.

KETS CEO, Chris Erven said “Together, we can capitalise on the very large investment in quantum technology in the UK. We look forward to being one of the first tenants of QTIC, as we strive to grow KETS into a vibrant, expanding, and innovative digital communications security company empowering next generation IT systems and leading the Quantum 2.0 revolution.”

“QTIC looks to bring networks of people and different application areas together with new technologies to foster radically different ideas and this is exactly what companies like ours will need to be successful in this new and emerging market.”

The Government has already shown its commitment to making the UK a ‘go-to’ place for the development and commercialisation of quantum technologies, investing £270 million over five years into a National Quantum Technologies Programme to accelerate the translation of quantum technologies into the marketplace.

The University of Bristol, where KETS technology was developed, is a major partner in two Quantum Hubs and predicts through its current QT enterprise programme that it will help to establish over 40 new quantum businesses as a result, which in turn will benefit from the facilities on offer at QTIC.

 

KETS announced as Telecom Infra Project start-up competition winners

BT, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and Facebook today announced KETS as one of the first three small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to be admitted into the UK Telecom Infra Project Ecosystem Acceleration Centre (TEAC), based at BT Lab facilities in London’s Tech City and Adastral Park, Suffolk.

The TEAC initiative is part of TIP which was founded last year by EE, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Nokia, Intel and SK Telecom. TIP is a global movement comprising more than 450 operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators, and other technology companies who want to challenge and transform the traditional approach to building and deploying telecoms network infrastructure.

KETS, along with the two other SMEs (Zeetta Networks andUnManned Life), will join the TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centre (TEAC) in the UK, a programme announced by BT, TIP and Facebook earlier this year, which will help SMEs working in the field of network infrastructure to bring their innovative ideas to market more rapidly.

This is a fantastic opportunity for KETS and QKD technology development in the UK. We are extremely grateful and excited about our involvement in the project.

Read more on this story from BT

KETS’ CTO Joins the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre

Dr. Philip Sibson, KETS CTO, has become one of the first Quantum Technology Enterprise Fellows. QTEC is a collaboration between the University of Bristol and The Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University and aims to create a world-leading hub to train entrepreneurially minded quantum systems engineers. It brings together companies, investors, and the facilities and skills essential for incubation of early-stage businesses in the emerging quantum technology industry.

It is part of the £270m government investment in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, with a mission to support the translation of revolutionary technology from the lab into the commercial market.

Find out more about QTEC via their website.

KETS’ ‘Game changer’ technology scoops top prize in the New Enterprise Competition

Enterprise Dinner 2015, University of Bristol

KETS new quantum technology to ensure data is secure has won the University of Bristol’s equivalent to Dragon’s Den and a share of over £35,000 prize money. KETS uses quantum cryptography to improve data encryption – ensuring information is safe in all situations, from bank transactions to critical infrastructure, and to individuals shopping online from the comfort of their own home.

Their concept beat 103 entries to scoop the top prize in the New Enterprise Competition which was judged by a panel of industry experts. The team won £10,000 in cash, £2,000 worth of legal support and a year in the Bristol SETsquared Centre – the University’s double award-winning business incubator – to help develop the technology further, explore potential uses and how it can be licensed to industry.

KETS CEO, Dr Chris Erven, said: “It’s fantastic to win and the judging panel were very receptive to our pitch. It’s really starting to snowball now and this extra investment and support will make a huge difference. KETS technology will provide for secure communications in a fundamentally new way.”

Dr Kennard added: “It’s been a real team effort, building on all the excellent work which has been going on in Bristol for the last 10 years. We’re the first of hopefully many spin-outs to come from the Centre for Quantum Photonics at the University of Bristol, focusing on building devices that real people will use.”

This year’s competition entries were judged by a panel of industry experts from sponsoring organisations including Deloitte, Wyvern, SETsquared, Santander, IP Group, Airbus, Motorola, Watertight Marketing, Social Enterprise Works, Marketest and Veale Wasbrough Vizards.

Find out more here.