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Holker ‘secure’ a key player in cyber crusade

A Lancashire specialist in cyber security has enlisted one of the leading lights in the field.

Holker IT, with offices in Colne and Preston, has welcomed Ric Derbyshire – Chair at the NW Cyber Security Cluster – as its InfoSec Director.

The progressive move will enable Holker IT to offer increased support to local businesses concerned about the on-going threat of ‘hacking’.

And Ric, 27, of Southport, who is currently studying for a PhD in cyber security at Lancaster University, believes there will be many mutual benefits.

“Holker IT is already ahead of the game through having an in-house cyber security department and this is also a great opportunity for me to get more hands-on experience in the cut and thrust of day-to-day business.

“Cyber security is a very big deal and no company is safe from attack. My part-time role as a penetration tester with Holker IT means I can get out to businesses and perform ‘cyber attacks’ to illustrate vulnerability and outline the solutions available.

“Studying for a PhD makes it difficult for me to run a company of my own so this involvement with Holker IT is perfect.”

Holker IT Financial Director James Dewhurst, who invited Ric on board after working with him at the NW Cyber Security Cluster, said: “Ric’s knowledge of cyber security and all the many complexities is clear to see.

“He is a young man with an excellent pedigree and a growing reputation. It is a key appointment for us and we are delighted to secure his services.”

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