As Sam Routledge, the chief technology officer at Softcat, a UK-based IT infrastructure provider, explains, cyber security is less of a separate entity these days than a continuous thread that must be woven into every industry and new product release.
“With increasing regulation — GDPR, the ePrivacy regulation, NIS directive, etc. — and an ever-increasing threat landscape, we need to build security in rather than wrap it around the outside [of a business model],” explains Routledge. In the UK, cyber security focussed companies such as Sophos and Cyberlytic are helping make this holistic mindset a reality.
A security-first approach will be particularly important as industries collaborate with one another and as more and more sensitive data is moved to the cloud. Within the medical field, technologies like automation and robotics are becoming more common. Startups like Echo, an app that enables seamless NHS prescription ordering and delivery, are revolutionising how people obtain their medications. Even once-unfathomable concepts like remote, robotic surgery may not be so far-fetched in the next half-decade.
Technology startups are making inroads within other traditional fields like law, too. The Link App, for example, is intended to help law firms improve client communication. The company provides a platform for lawyers and clients to seamlessly connect, and uses bank-level encryption to ensure utmost data security.
Both The Link App and Echo made this year’s list of Best British Mobile Startups, an annual competition led by KMPG; the companies recently appeared on stage at Mobile World Congress 2018 to pitch their concepts to industry experts. In the end, Echo was awarded first place.