Meet Our Trusted Partners

Our Trusted Partners are certifying bodies operating throughout our region that have been accredited by Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises Consortium (IASME), who have been selected by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as the body to oversee Cyber Essentials.


Our Trusted Partners can help your organisation achieve Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus Certification, and like ourselves, are focused on promoting continuous improvement in cyber resilience.

Our Trusted Partners offer a range of cyber security services tailored to suit any business, click on their logo to learn more. 

Morton Bell


TecSec was established in 2006 to

deliver disaster recovery services

nationwide. The company holds a

unique position in the IT arena delivering a sophisticated level of provisions across: IT Support Services; Cyber Security; Risk Management and Disaster Recovery. 

As a qualified and experienced assessor of both Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance, Morton uses his knowledge to steer TecSec in the delivery of right sized and comprehensive security and governance solutions to businesses of all sizes. Morton brings many years of first-hand experience working for and with businesses across multiple sectors to the client base at TecSec Services Ltd, offering a real understanding of their needs along with the solutions to best meet their requirements.

Stewart Hogg


Stew Hogg founded the Cyber Resilience team at Waterstons and has been bringing his problem-solving knowledge from a Masters degree in Astrophysics into the world of Business

Resilience and Cyber Security for over 10 years. 


As an ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, Certified Information Security Manager and Cyber Essentials

Assessor, Stew and his team have assisted organisations from a range of sectors to establish and

deliver their cyber strategies. 


At Waterstons our view is that being cyber resilient starts with getting the basics right and ensuring the domains of people, process and technology are optimised to allow you to both survive and thrive in a digital world.

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Rick Jones


Rick Jones is the CEO and co-founder at

DigitalXRAID; he has an impressive career

spanning 20 years delivering cyber security

strategies and network security architecture to

large corporate businesses across the UK.

Before launching DigitalXRAID, Rick ran a successful security consultancy where he honed his skills for developing and growing technology business.

Having both a technical and commercial mindset, Rick can spot an opportunity and nurture it into a market-leading offering. 

Having accomplished several globally recognised security qualifications and graduating the GoldmanSachs 10,000 small businesses with Oxford University, Said Business School, he is fully equipped with the knowledge and passion for steering DigitalXRAID on its continued path of success.

Christopher Tait


Dr Christopher Tait has over 15 years in the IT Security industry and since opening Layer 7 IT Security in 2010, has focused on delivering specialist security services to Public Sector and their supply chain in the areas of Security Architecture, Information Assurance and penetration testing.


In recent years Chris has focused upon defensive AWS security architectures and Continuous Security Integration pipelines.  

Scott Cardow 

Precursor Security 

Scott Cardow is Managing Director of Precursor Security Ltd, an innovative CREST member company specialising in Penetration Testing, Test Automation and Continuous Security Testing. Precursor also provide a range of security services from Cyber Essentials certification to bespoke phishing assessments and adversary emulation exercises.



Scott has spent the last 15 years helping some of the largest UK organisations across multiple sectors deliver complex IT programmes, more recently leading Precursor and enjoying seeing the organisations reputation go from strength to strength through their technical excellence and by putting their clients at the heart of everything they do.

Neil Peacock


NGS are a specialist cyber security services and support provider. In addition to support and managed services, NGS can provide Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance certifications along with a Virtual CISO service, Cyber Risk Profiling and Security Posture Reviews.


Our resident CISO, Neil is (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) in good standing with 20+ years in the IT industry. An excellent communicator, skilled in building effective long term relationships, driving business benefits, managing expectations and leading and motivating teams. Neil has the adaptability and capability required to deliver consistently high quality results in the challenging and fast moving digitally connected world.

Lucy Sharp 


Lucy has over 18 years of experience in

the cyber-security sector, having joined

ECSC at it’s inception in 2000. Lucy worked

as an ISO 27001 Consultant helping a wide range of organisations achieve the standard for many years. She then

became Operations Director in 2012, leading the consulting team to deliver a whole range of cyber security consultancy services from Penetration testing, Cyber Essentials, PCI DSS and Cyber Security Reviews. Lucy then took on the role of Managing Director of ECSC in 2017 and remains heavily involved in the delivery of consultancy services.

ECSC Group plc, is the UK's longest running, full service cyber security provider.  Its consultancy-led approach, in addition to its custom methodologies and in-house proprietary technologies, enables ECSC to support all organisations across every sector. 

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Marcus Dempsey

InfoSec Governance

Marcus Dempsey is the Director of InfoSec Governance Ltd, which is an information security company aimed at helping reducing cyber related threats against businesses of all sizes. InfoSec Governance provides penetration testing as well as Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance certifications.


Marcus is an experienced security consultant who has come from a technical background and has over 25 years in the implementation and managing of networks of all shapes and sizes. In the last 10 years he has moved towards helping businesses secure their systems through awareness and security solutions. 

David Johnson

Communicate PLC

David Johnson is the Cyber Director at Communicate Technology PLC. Based in Wynyard in the North East of England, Communicate Technology PLC is one of the UK’s leading secure network infrastructure and telecoms providers in the UK, with revenues in excess of £4m per annum. Established in 2011 they have been listed as one of the fastest growing companies in Europe for the past four years and now have over 5 million square feet of property and business parks connected to their converged infrastructure and provide related security and telecoms services.


David is an expert on IT compliance with over 10 years’ experience in Cyber Security and Incident Management, and is a frequent speaker on topics including but not limited to ‘How to avoid a breach’, ‘Securing the cloud’, ‘Security breaches’, ‘Big data’, ‘Audit and compliance’.

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