This discovery opened up a whole new world and direction for me. After spending time self-studying and being mentored, I was offered a placement on the graduate training scheme within a large consultancy company that my mentor worked for, and after only 6 months of on-the-job training, I started working on client projects and gradually progressed to leading teams and projects. It was then that I felt that I had found my professional calling in cyber security protection.
During my time with the consultancy, I became aware that many of the larger corporate clients saw cyber security as mostly a box-ticking exercise imposed on them by regulators. It was very common for us to be viewed as some sort of adversary who was there to make more work for the already overworked IT team. However, I noticed some of the smaller clients viewed us in a completely different light and were genuinely glad and appreciative of the advice we gave them to ensure that their networks were more secure, and their business protected as a result.
I, therefore, decided to leave the consultancy and start my own business and Ronin-Pentest was formed. It struck me that I'd enjoy my work much more if I was helping smaller companies improve their cyber security rather than just helping big corporations tick boxes.
That revelation then became my inspiration and focus for Ronin-Pentest, which is now a leading provider of cyber security solutions for small businesses in the UK. For the past three years we have been working with clients who are really engaged and for whom we can genuinely make a difference; potentially between staying cyber safe and continuing to trade or alternatively getting hacked and going out of business.
I am extremely proud of what Ronin-Pentest has achieved so far and the work we undertake with our many clients. Ronin is now an established and recognised cyber security consultancy, but with big differences from a traditional cyber security company. We are all seasoned ‘white hat’ ethical hackers with extensive experience and expertise, spanning over 20 years. We have an unwavering single aim and desire to help and protect all SMEs from breaches and cyber-attacks.
Our mission is to ensure that all businesses, regardless of their size are able to get access to robust cyber security solutions, and at an affordable, realistic price. No business should feel that cyber security protection is out of their reach.