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Case Study: Cyan

Meet Cyan

Cyan was founded in 2016 by Ian Stevenson, CEO, and Bruce Ramsay, a former police forensic analyst and now the company’s CTO. A new generation of technology born out of a research project at Edinburgh Napier University, Cyan Forensics’ tools enable police to find evidence of child abuse or terrorist activity on suspect’s computers in just minutes. Thereby replacing processes that previously took many hours in a forensics lab, weeks or months after an arrest.

An Edinburgh-based tech company, Cyan has created new technology that aspires to solve a serious and growing issue faced by society today. Its tools find and block harmful online content including child sexual abuse and terrorist activity. Since its inception, Cyan has raised over £8m from investors and has been recognised by the UK Government as offering “game-changing” tech. In March 2021, Cyan successfully completed a Series A investment round of just over £5 million led by Par Equity.

Involvement in the Cyber Cluster

Cyan has been a ScotlandIS member since 2016. Since then, Cyan has presented for ScotlandIS at several online safety technology talks and webinars, including the Tech For Good Scotland Summit in 2020. 

As a member they have achieved exposure to important audiences through their membership of ScotlandIS, through continued promotion of their achievements and company milestones via our social media and media platforms as well as events and award ceremonies.

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Cyan is a team of 20 employees with ambitious plans to double in size year on year until the end of 2022 across sales, marketing, product and technical roles. In addition to its toolkit that blocks harmful content, Cyan has also developed an effective protection for social media, cloud and messaging apps. Cyan Protect provides a first line of defence against harmful and illegal content, allowing social networks and platforms to check user uploaded content against blocklisted material in real-time and with practically no overhead. The Cyan-patented technology enables secure data sharing without compromising user privacy.

In addition, Cyan empowers governments with the ability to fully utilise existing data assets of harmful content and achieve policy goals around online safety.

Cyan is a founding member of the Online Safety Technology Industry Association (OSTIA), the industry body for UK organisations operating in the field of online safety. Chaired by Cyan’s CEO, in the past year membership of the association has grown by over 60%, with 37% of UK safety tech businesses now members. The body provides a voice of hope for the thriving UK industry, creates collective influence and maximises networks.

Awards

  •  Winners “Product Innovation Award” – Digital Technology Awards (2020)
  • Winners “PitchGovTech Award” – GovTech Summit (2019)
  • Winners “Best Cyber Startup” – Scottish Cyber Awards (2018)
  • “Highly Commended” Awards x2 – Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET)’s Innovation Awards (2018)
  • “Safeguarding the Nation” Award – ACE Awards (2018)
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