LDC Top 50 2022
In 2017, Andy Hague founded Cyberfort Group after spotting a need for an end-to-end supplier of data privacy and security services. “I’m classed as neurodiverse. I’ll look at a screen and see things in a different way to others,” he says. “I mapped out the structure of the business on what is now an infamous piece of paper,” he adds.
Hague acquired The Bunker, comprising two ex-MoD nuclear bunkers operating as ultra-secure data centres, and from there built a wide range of cybersecurity services. Today Cyberfort is turning over £20million, is 150 people-strong and clients include Premier League and Richer Sounds. His goal is to turnover £50million within three years.
I’m classed as neurodiverse, which lends itself massively to cybersecurity. I’ll look at a screen and see things in a different way to others.”
I’m classed as neurodiverse, which lends itself massively to cybersecurity. My brain works in a really interesting way; I’ll look at a screen and see things in a different way to how others see it. It also means I’m not a ‘normal’ employee. Working for other people is challenging and I’m far better suited to running my own companies.
What’s next for Cyberfort Group?
We started the buy-and-build strategy for Cyberfort Group as soon as I founded the business in 2017. It has been like a jigsaw puzzle, bringing together the technology, people, expertise, facilities and leaders to create a full-stack cybersecurity capability that’s second to none. We’re aiming to hit £50m-turnover in three years.
What advice would you give other entrepreneurs?
There’s a tendency to try and do everything yourself. Bringing in other people can feel like a massive risk but it’s far more efficient. You need to employ great people, trust them and accept that they’ll make mistakes. I learned that far too late.