Fighting cyber crime in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:52 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:58 16 February 2017

Cribb Cyber Security business development director Bill Osborne and managing director Conor Byrne.

Cribb Cyber Security business development director Bill Osborne and managing director Conor Byrne.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Two Welwyn Garden City computer security experts are fighting the growing threat of online fraud with their new business.

Conor Byrne, who founded Cribb Cyber Security as a spin-off from his computer support business ICE ICT in October, has recruited 58-year-old Bill Osborne as business development manager.

Bill, who lives in the Sherrardspark area, has given lectures to MOD counter-intelligence experts, and worked for high profile clients such as the Bank of England, the Home Office, and Amazon over 40 years in the data security field.

He said: “All of our data is stored many times in many places. Criminals use the data all the time.”

He knows one small business-owner whose bank account was cleared out after a computer disc fell into the wrong hands.

Bill continued: “The cyber security services Cribb offers are comprehensive, to educate, detect and protect companies from various forms of attack.

“The climate for attacks is getting worse.

“With the new EU data protection law next year, organisations really have to actively employ services such as ours.”

Although most clients are businesses, Bill claimed his services could be useful for anybody, as even apparently innocuous information can enable fraud.

After an initial health check, Cribb Cyber Security hopes to establish regular service agreements with clients, ensuring their computer security keeps pace with the criminals in this ever-changing field.

According to Bill, he often finds potential security gaps even in with businesses that have outsourced their IT to specialist providers.

He is understandably reluctant to disclose the company’s clients, but Bill told the Welwyn Hatfield Times they included a local medical business anxious to keep its research data confidential.

Cribb Cyber Security is located in the Biopark, Broadwater Road, alongside the offices of ICE ICT.

Conor Byrne, 50-year-old managing director of both businesses, lives in the Handside area.

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