Issue 7 2019

CORPORATE VISION / Issue 7 2019 27 , Jun19169 An Organisation Built on Commitment, Integrity and Trust Meta Defence Labs offers global services, with a range of both cybersecurity and infrastructure services. Recently, the firm found success in CV’s 2019 Corporate Excellence Awards where they were selected as the UK’s Leading Experts in Cybersecurity & Infrastructure, 2019. Following this win, we profile the firmand caught up with co-Founder andManaging Director, Chani Simms who provided us with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the innerworkings of the innovative company. Meta Defence Labs, established in 2015, is a highly skilled team of cybersecurity and IT infrastructure experts, with over 40 years of combined experience in the IT industry. Supported by a team who have a wealth of experience in working alongside clients from large multinational organisations, small medium businesses through to charities both around the UK and internationally, Chani begins by going into further detail about how the team at Meta Defence Labs approaches clients and what she believes is integral to an organisation’s overall success. “Here at Meta Defence Labs, our approach to new clients is through our extensive network which we have built up over our careers in the IT industry, in addition to referral partnerships and strategic alliances. We believe that cybersecurity and IT infrastructure are integral to an organisation’s operations and believe in nurturing our prospec- tive and current clients through our service and skill set.” Enabling the firm to deliver these award-winning services is the experienced, hard-working and committed team which forms the backbone of Meta Defence Labs. When discussing the internal culture, Chani is keen to highlight the significant role the team play in the overall success of the firm. “As the success of our company depends on the confidence and trust of our stakeholders, we ensure all our team members at Meta Defence Labs under- stand our values; Commitment, Integrity and Trust. Each member of the team lives the values, and combined with their skill set, contribute to the overall success of Meta Defence Labs.” Looking ahead to what the future holds for the firm, the team at Meta Defence Labs will continue to assist their clients to prepare their organisations against cyber threats by enabling their staff, processes and technology to pre- vent such breaches. Bringing the interview to a close, Chani ends by revealing what plans lie in the pipeline for Meta Defence Labs, touching on the team’s approach to compliance going forward. “Moving forward, one of our focus areas for 2019, is to assist companies in attaining the basic foundation of compliance. If com- pliance is not the default posture, then companies will not achieve their security goals. GDPR and data protection legislation, which came into effect in May 2018, has seen many organisations still battle to interpret and tackle the compliance requirements of the regulation. Meta Defence Labs can assist with those pain points with our offerings.” “Looking beyond 2019, we hope to grow our team of cybersecurity specialists to tackle the persis- tent problem of cybersecurity through talent acquisition and retention. This complements our SHe CISO Exec. initiative that promotes gender equality and diversity in the cybersecurity in- dustry by growing a talent pool of emotionally intelligent and skilled cybersecurity leaders.” Contact: Chani Simms Company: Meta Defence Labs Address: 30th Floor, 40 Bank St, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5NR, United Kingdom Telephone: +44 (0) 203 222 4060 Web Address: www.metadefencelabs.com

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