Blok launches as UK's first MSSP for micro businesses, self employed

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Blok has officially launched to become the UK’s first managed cyber security service provider dedicated to small businesses and the self-employed.

The Leeds-based firm aims to tackle cyber criminals targeting sole traders, start-ups, and businesses with 49 employees or less.

As much as 38% of micro and small businesses reported at least one breach or attack in the last twelve months, with 27% hit at least once a week, according to the Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021.

Where a breach has resulted in a loss of data or assets, the average cost of these attacks for micro and small businesses is £8,170, the research found.

To help tackle this, Blok is offering a range of cyber security subscription packages which are managed by a support team available 365 days a year. These include comprehensive endpoint protection, detection and response, as well as cloud security, malware defence, identity protection, network and perimeter security, plus technical support and training.

“We have launched Blok as we found that, although there is lots of advice, there was no organisation dedicated to providing managed security services specifically for small businesses and the self-employed,” explained Neil Peacock, co-founder of Blok.

“Drawing on our experience, knowledge and utilising industry-leading technologies, Blok is taking on the cyber criminals and making it easier and affordable for our clients to help protect their business and reputation.”

Based in Leeds, Blok has been founded by Peacock alongside business start-up expert Helen Phelan. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Peacock brings more than 20 years’ experience in the information and cyber security industry, as well as experience in auditing and providing solutions to protect small and medium businesses.

Phelan joins a pool of just eight percent of cyber security professionals in the UK who are women, and ten percent of females across the world that hold management positions in the industry.

Drawing on her vast experience of successfully launching and establishing businesses, she will be responsible for operations at Blok, the firm said, including finances, business development plans, recruitment and marketing activity.

“There is a real lack of female representation in the cyber security industry,” Phelan commented. “I am excited to launch Blok and join a growing number of women breaking the cyber security glass ceiling.

“Having a more diverse team means we are better placed to engage with our clients and provide the service they need.”

Daniel Todd

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