Team Cymru ramps up UK business with new hire

Team Cymru has expanded its UK operations by appointing Kevin Williams, formerly of the National Crime Agency's National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), to head up TC-UK Internet Security, the cyber-security research arm based in Winchester, Hampshire.

The independently registered company opened late last year and is staffed by UK nationals. Its primary focus is to build relationships with local companies needing information security insight.

Steve Santorelli, director of analysis and outreach at Team Cymru, explained in an email to SCmagazineUK.com why the community-focused internet security research company from the US decided to launch in the UK.

“I started my career in infosec in the UK and I've always keenly watched developments in the UK community and we've come to realise that there was definitely a major gap in the market outside of the USA.

“There are a growing number of threat intelligence companies in this space, in every geographic market, and whilst many of them are staffed by talented folks that we've collaborated with for many years, they are businesses that are focused primarily on maximising revenue.

“In addition, these same businesses are often part of US corporations and that often poses a barrier to full trust on the part of some of their European and Middle Eastern customers. We hope to bring our unique community support projects to the UK market and give UK firms an alternative to the 'usual suspects' over here: a firm that cares more about the internet and it's future than we do about billing the maximum possible hourly rate.”

Team Cymru is known for its community services, such as malevolence monitoring, IP to ASN mapping, Bogon Reference Project and Malware Hash Registry. TC-UK will also be providing these community services, with a local focus on the UK.

In a meeting with SC last week, Williams described his work at NCCU – where he was the lead for partnership engagement with UK industry, government and academia. He also briefly touched upon his previous role at the Police Central e-Crime Unit (Pceu) and his work in protecting UK citizens from cyber-threats during the London Olympics, Commonwealth Games and NATO Summit in South Wales.

“The ambition is to build the reputation of the UK office, ensuring we bring together a group of highly skilled and experienced analysts, enhance the reputation of the Team Cymru brand by engaging with the internet security community across the UK and beyond,” he told SCMagazineUK.com.

“We are always open to suggestions however esoteric or eccentric they may seem, please feel free to make contact so we can consider how we might help or how we could work together to build a safer community.

“As the general manager of TC-UK Internet Security Ltd in Winchester, Hampshire, I work with a team of world class cyber-security analysts and malware engineers who will be able to provide expert advice and opinion to the threats impacting the UK and beyond. This will be under both commercial agreements and separate community support programmes.”