How Lockdown was born

We are the only cyber hub that uses a visionary methodology incorporating global experts and cyber insurance to improve cyber posture.

Demystifying the complexities of Cyber Security

The word ‘Lockdown’ has taken on additional meaning post COVID 19, as our nations implemented social distancing and quarantine strategies, to reduce the spread of the Corona virus. That was far from our thoughts, when Lockdown was created in 2019. However, the premise was the same, we wanted to suppress cyber threats on people and organizations. Back then, Lockdown conjured emotions of war, military strategies; digging into the trenches, fortify the position and reduce access, when under attack.

We recognised the value of data and the need to protect it. It was about protecting what you had, defending your position and limiting damage. And we thought it was the perfect analogy for a forward thinking Cyber Security company.

Data breaches have become common place, as the frequency of attacks increase year on year. This incremental rise has created global headlines as companies, poorly prepared to deal with incidents, have seen a fall out of negative PR, reputational damage, legislative fines and a significant loss of earning. Let alone any remediation costs.

The cost of remediation and redress is always more than cost of proactivity, but not all executives understand that. Lockdown wants to train and educate to raise cyber awareness and to minimize financial impact.

Karen Morrall, CEO

Karen has worked in numerous global Enterprise level and many SME businesses. An experienced Finance Director within the IT, service sector and M&A activity. Karen is very interested in digital transformation: AI, Robotics, IoT and 5G. She has held director roles in numerous technology businesses involving big data, cyber security and digital forensics.

She sees cyber security through a different lens, through the eyes of a Finance Director, not a cyber expert. She couldn’t find a cyber methodology that was right, so they created one endorsed by both Academia and Cyber experts. Her motto in life is: be kind, be fair and never give up. She was a member of the two percent club and wants to help the diversity agenda.

William Taaffe, COO

William is an experienced business development director and key account manager. Having held a variety of sales and management roles over the last 10 years, William has dedicated himself towards his passion of Cyber Security; a topic of interest since his early teens.

An accomplished presenter, William has spoken on behalf of major British retail banks, RBS, NatWest, the British Dental Association, the Builders Merchants Federation, and numerous professional bodies. In addition, William has been published and featured in Industry magazines, educating on the topic of Digital Risk.

Richard Benham, Chairman

Richard Benham is best known globally as a pioneer in the world of Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Warfare.

As an academic in 2014 he created the first MBA in Cyber Security that was launched at a cross party event at The House of Commons and received the personal support of the Prime Minster.

In 2016 he formed the charity The Cyber Trust to help protect vulnerable groups using technology. In 2017 he was nominated for the UK Digital Leader of the Year for his Cyber4Schools initiatives which has been adopted nationally by the National Police Chiefs Council.

As well as holding numerous visiting chairs at U.K. Universities, he is a council member of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and acts as an adviser to governments, law enforcement agencies and the U.K. Ministry of Defence.

Richard holds numerous visiting chairs at UK Universities, acts as an advisor to governments, law enforcement agencies the UK Ministry of Defence.

The Chairman of Lockdown Cyber Security since 2022, Richard is tasked with overseeing company growth and strategy.

Mike Allen, Non-Executive Director

Mike has 30 years’ experience in leadership positions, transforming blue chip and mid-market businesses.

Much of that time was spent operating at MD/Board level in companies ranging from FTSE 250, through private equity ventures to two of his own. He has an excellent track record of developing strong, market-focused organisations, with a particular emphasis on growth, authentic leadership and delivering change.

A calm, knowledgeable and experienced head, Mike advises Lockdown around all aspects of its business and market propositions.

Ian Dyson, Non-Executive Director

Ian retired in 2022 from a 38-year career in policing, the last 6 as the Commissioner of the City of London police. In that role he was the National Police lead for Fraud, Economic Crime, Cyber Crime, Financial Investigation, and Business Crime. He was also the National Police lead on Technology and Information Management, and for 6 years was the National Police Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). He is now trustee of a number of charities, and sits as a NED or Advisor to a number of companies in the crime, tech or cyber security sectors. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2016, is a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and in 2022 became a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) for Greater London.

As a Lockdown Non Executive Director Ian advises around Cyber Fraud, Public Sector and Law Enforcement, key components of Lockdown Cyber Securities strategy.