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Holker ‘secure’ a key player in cyber crusade

Holker ‘secure’ a key player in cyber crusade
Ric Derbyshire (right) is welcomed to Holker IT by Financial Director James Dewhurst.

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.”

Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire.Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.