Below is our recent interview with Ian Stevenson, CEO at Cyan Forensics:
Q: What is Cyan Forensics?
A: Cyan is a Scottish tech company that helps law enforcement, social media and cloud companies find and block harmful content from paedophiles and terrorists.
Cyan was founded in 2016 by Bruce Ramsay (CTO), a former police forensic analyst and key member of the research team behind its technology, and Ian Stevenson (CEO).
We have two side to our business – Cyan Forensics and Cyan Protect.
Since it’s inception, Cyan Forensics has made considerable impact in UK law enforcement. Cyan forensics’ tools allow police to find evidence of child abuse or terrorist activity on suspect’s computers in just minutes, replacing processes that previously took many hours and typically happened in a forensics lab weeks or months after an arrest.
At the highest level Cyan technology works to empower governments to achieve policy objectives in child protection, and the reduction of radicalisation and terrorist activity.
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Q: Could you describe us briefly your product, Cyan Protect?
A: Cyan Protect is ultra-fast moderation and blocking of criminal content, and will be a big focus over the next 12 months. Based around the same powerful cutting edge technology, Cyan Protect helps social media platforms, messaging and cloud content sharing companies find and block child abuse and terrorist content, providing a vital first line of defence. The technology also enables better regulation, data sharing and uniquely it works in end-to-end encrypted messages without compromising user privacy.
Our product portfolio includes also COOPER – 9 in 1 environmental IoT multisensor and EMBER – IoT hotspot for deploying private LoRAWAN networks.
Q: Who would be your ideal customer? Who buys your software the most?
A: Law enforcement, Governments, social media platforms, messaging and cloud content sharing companies.
Q: You’ve recently raised £5 Million in Series A funding; can you tell us something more?
A: Our rapid digital triage technology has been described by the UK Government as “game-changing” tech and has been assessed by the USA’s National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) as “having the power to make a big impact in the fight against online child sexual abuse and imagery”.
Cyan Forensics has a contract with the UK’s Home Office to provide their tools to police forces across the UK as part of the Child Abuse Image Database (CAID).
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Q: Where do you see the future of Cyan?
A: We have an ambitious global growth plan over the next two years. Our technology is already making a significant impact within counter terror and child sexual abuse investigations in the UK, and we’re excited to build on this momentum in mainland Europe and the US. We’ll be scaling up and strengthening our global position.
We’ve also built a great network of partners to support our ambitious growth plans, and our team will double in size during each of the next two years to support this growth.
We believe globally we are at an inflection point, and that the UK is at the forefront of online safety tech and has a significant role to play in the global picture. Greater conversation, policy and integrated global change is needed to drive transformative solutions to safeguard online. Cyan is very much at the heart of this picture and we aspire to solve a serious and growing issue facing our digital society.
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