Published: 15 May 2015

Surrey research helps Welsh SME GeoLang towards Most Innovative Cyber Security Company award

Wales-based Cyber Security SME GeoLang recently progressed to the final round of techUK’s Most Innovative Cyber Security Company awards, sponsored by HP, with just 3 others.

GeoLang’s patented Cyber Security solutions, under the Ascema banner, emerged following GeoLang’s participation in an Innovate UK (previously, the Technology Strategy Board) collaboration with the University of Surrey and Jaguar Land Rover, under the research leadership of Dr Lee Gillam (a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Computing), in a project called IP Protecting Cloud Services in Supply Chains (IPCRESS).

IPCRESS investigated the tracking of IP through supply chains to prevent IP leakage or inappropriate retention.

Background research at the University of Surrey had already produced two patent filings for a system and method for finding IP without needing to expose the IP, a kind of ‘private search’ which acted as the catalyst both for IPCRESS and subsequently Ascema.

Ascema was presented to the TechUK panel by GeoLang CEO Debbie Garside following a previous successful pitch which took GeoLang into a shortlist of just 11.

GeoLang were then selected from these 11, and go forward to pitch at the final to be held on the 4th of June 2015 in London at InfoSec Europe.

“It is a privilege to have made it this far already”, comments Debbie, “particularly given the strength of the competition. The GeoLang team can already take pride in getting to this stage, no matter the final result, as it confirms the value of hard efforts. That said, it would still be very nice to win”.

About techUK and the Award

techUK represents more than 850 member companies that collectively employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups.

Finalists will be presenting on the Keynote Stage and exhibiting in the exhibiting in the UK Cyber Innovation Zone at the 20th Infosecurity Europe Conference & Exhibition which claims to be “Europe's number one information security event”.

The UK Cyber Security Innovation zone at Infosecurity Europe 2015 is supported by The Cyber Growth Partnership, in association with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and will showcase eleven Small Innovative UK Cyber Security Businesses.

The eleven were chosen following a pitch event in London on 27 April by a panel of industry judges selected by the organisers and an industry audience.

More about the competition and finalists can be found one the Infosecurity Europe pages at here and here.

More About Ascema

GeoLang’s Ascema offers a portfolio of integrated solutions that can locate, secure, and control the movement of sensitive content and intellectual property both within an enterprise and through cloud collaboration environments, email systems, and other externally hosted systems.

Ascema features drag-and-drop simplicity for protecting documents and document templates, yet operates quite uniquely on the document content itself.

Key to the effectiveness of Ascema is the ability to efficiently recognise when snippets of protected content are being shared or edited, allowing for continuous and active control over sensitive content and intellectual property as it is adapted, repurposed and transmitted – where allowed.

With its automated classification, smart workflow and real time contextualised visualisation, Ascema can offer substantial reinforcement to enterprise content management, and significantly enhances the data leak prevention capabilities offered by vendors such as Symantec and McAfee.

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