DCMS recognises company for making security training accessible, fun and flexible for people from all backgrounds and at all skill levels
Infosecurity Europe, ExCeL London, 23 June 2022: TryHackMe has been announced as the winner of the UK’s Most Innovative Cyber SME 2022 contest, live on the Innovation Showcase stage at Infosecurity Europe 2022. The competition is run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) in partnership with Infosecurity Europe and technology trade association techUK.
TryHackMe provides hands-on, immersive cybersecurity training through real world scenarios, via a platform anyone can access through their browser. Users learn through bite-sized, gamified lessons that make learning fun and interactive – training through actionable scenarios that are transferable to job roles in the industry. Guided, objective-based tasks and challenges enable users of all skill levels to upskill, whether a complete beginner or seasoned hacker, with blue, red, and purple team content. TryHackMe caters to individuals looking to break into the market, businesses upskilling teams, and education bodies training students.
Erika Lewis, Director, Cyber Security and Digital Identity, DCMS, presented the award. She says: “DCMS is really pleased to be a part of what’s going on here today. Innovation is the lifeblood of the cyber sector, and it’s really key to us that innovation happens in cybersecurity, so it’s absolutely fantastic to see a small business like TryHackMe change and grow. We’re really happy to see them win here today.”
Ashu Savani, Co-founder of TryHackMe, says: “We’ve had an incredible journey since setting out to make cybersecurity training fun, gamified, and accessible. We’ve helped over a million users across groups such as 11 year olds learning at school, construction workers looking for career changes, and technical professionals aiming to break into or upskill in the industry – seeing amazing progress and heartwarming successes. It makes everything we set out to do hugely rewarding. We’re grateful to DCMS and Infosecurity for recognising the work we’re doing, and are elated to have won this competition which will enable us to continue making security accessible for everyone, everywhere, contributing to pillar one of the UK Cyber Security Strategy. We want to ensure that no matter where people are based or what their background entails, they can come to TryHackMe, launch their learning journey, and smash their goals. We’re feeling delighted, humbled, and proud of our team and wider community – we can’t wait to see what’s to come!”
This is the seventh year that the DCMS, Infosecurity Europe and techUK have teamed up for the prestigious contest, which was open to micro, small and medium cybersecurity businesses registered in the UK. Fourteen of the UK’s most creative and original information security businesses were shortlisted. The 13 finalists alongside TryHackMe were, in alphabetical order:
- Cyber threat intelligence and aggregation platform Blackwired.
- Vendor risk management experts C2 Cyber.
- Conatix, which applies recent advances in AI and other fields of technology to insider fraud.
- CyberHive, provider of cybersecurity solutions that help organisations move into the cloud.
- Ioetec, a specialist in securing data for IoT devices.
- iQuila, creator of a military-grade encryption and security communications protocol that protects the device as well as the connection.
- NquiringMinds, which specialises in data sharing and data analytics from edge to cloud.
- Praeferre Ltd, which enables people to control and monetise their data.
- Zero Trust expert RKVST.
- Technical cybersecurity consultancy and product company Red Maple Technologies.
- Risk Ledger, a platform that helps clients keep on top of their supply chain security.
- SafeShark, which helps manufacturers navigate cybersecurity standards for IoT.
- Secure communications expert Worldr.
Nicole Mills, Exhibition Director at Infosecurity Group, comments: “It’s immensely exciting to be a part of this competition, which recognises and honours the remarkable work done by companies that are pushing the boundaries. TryHackMe embodies the ethos of democratising security training, giving people from all backgrounds an accessible and flexible way of building skills that are of immense value to the industry. Huge congratulations to the winner and their fellow finalists – we can’t wait to see what you all do next.”
The contest was judged by a panel of cybersecurity experts. TryHackMe receives top billing in the DCMS Cyber Innovation Zone at Infosecurity Europe, two showcase speaking slots, and a feature article in Infosecurity Magazine. The runners-up also receive an exhibition package, including an event stand, two showcase speaking slots, and marketing. All the successful companies will have the chance to demonstrate their products and solutions in the Innovation Showcase.
TryHackMe joins an impressive list of past winners including CAPSLOCK (2021), Hack the Box (2019), KETS Quantum Security (2018), Check Recipient (now trading as Tessian) (2017), Device Authority (2016) and Geolang (2015).
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