We're very passionate about our work and put a lot of love into this company. We've bootstrapped it from the beginning, starting out with a small investment of our own money and adding in a lot of blood, sweat, tears, tech and airmiles to serve 52 clients in 2018 alone, turning a profit essentially from day one.
2018 was a big year for us, both personally and professionally. First and foremost, we got married 👰🤵🎊
Alongside that, as a company, some of our achievements included:
- employing two amazing people
- delivering 102 talks at conferences and private company events
- flying over 127,000 miles around the world, to 17 countries in 4 continents (carbon-offsetting these)
- giving outreach talks to over 5,000 school pupils in the UK
Last but not least, we also re-branded the company in 2018. Behind the scenes, it took a lot of work to manage the re-brand whilst growing the business and delivering to our clients. It was also emotionally challenging to let go of our original brand (yes, when I said blood, sweat and tears above, there were tears). We were really touched by the support of so many of you and the overwhelming positive response to our new look.
So, why the name Cygenta? We bring together the human, technical, physical and business dimensions of this field, blending the red (offensive) and blue (defensive) sides of cybersecurity. When you mix equal amounts of red and blue on a computer screen, you get magenta. And, we're obviously all about cybersecurity so that 'Cy' had to lead the way :)
There is a final easter egg in our name, referencing the fact that the human side of cybersecurity is so fundamental to everything we deliver. Answers on a postcard (or twitter!) if you think you know what it is... (or you can just scroll to the bottom of this page*).
Meanwhile, in the week that we move into our first proper office, FC and I wanted to say thank you to our friends, families, supporters, clients and employees. We're so lucky that we get to do what we love and we couldn't do it without you all.
*And now for the easter egg: DNA is composed of nucleotides. Each nucleotide is composed of one of four nitrogen-containing nucleobases (cytosine [C], guanine [G], thymine [T] or adenine [A]) and a couple of other things to be able to function. CyGenTA brings human nature to cybersecurity.