New Glasgow-based cyber firm launches to protect modern businesses from complex cyber threats 24/7

26/03/2024

Acumen, an engineer-powered cyber security services provider, today announced its entry into the UK market. Acumen pledges to deliver unparalleled expertise and cutting-edge technology to assist organisations in maintaining security in an increasingly hostile digital landscape. 

Headquartered in Glasgow, Acumen offers clients a fully managed 24/7 Security Operations Centre (SOC). Its roster of market-leading technology partners includes CrowdStrike, Elastic, Fortinet, and Barracuda – turning it into one of very few MSSPs to offer such a powerful combination of world-leading products to the UK market.    

“Our 24/7 Security Operations Centre strives to combine the right people, technology, and methodologies. We set ourselves an ambitious goal – there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to cyber security challenges, but we believe we have assembled an impressive package tailored to our clients’ needs,” said Kevin Robertson, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Acumen.  

The dedicated team of 30 cyber professionals focus on keeping modern businesses secure, striving towards the unified goal of sustaining cyber resilience for its clients. Acumen’s core lies in its engineering excellence, adopting a unique approach that views security as an engineering challenge encompassing technology, processes, automation, and intelligent workflows, tipping the balance in favour of defenders.  

Acumen has been established as an independent MSSP by the leadership team of Silver Cloud. Kevin Robertson, COO, alongside Mark Robertson, Acumen co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), joined Silver Cloud with the sole mission of establishing a dedicated cyber security business that delivers world-leading talent, tooling, and expertise to organisations. 

Operating under the Silver Cloud brand, Acumen has enjoyed nearly two years of well-funded innovation, research and development. It launches today as a fully independent entity, solely focused on addressing the diverse and persistent cyber security threats damaging organisations today. 

“As modern organisations digitise their operations, cybercrime poses threats to their physical and virtual existence. The threat is no longer siloed to IT departments; it spans the entire business.  We recognised early in the Acumen journey, that it would have to be a standalone business and not delivered under the Silver Cloud umbrella. Silver Cloud delivers IT, Acumen delivers cyber security; the two can no longer be combined when cyberattacks have the potential to put businesses completely out of operation.  Acumen’s services are driven by people, supported by leading vendors, and executed by cyber security experts. Our team comprehensively understands what organisations need to navigate the digital realm safely. Acumen is committed to delivering it,” said Anthony Quinn, CEO of Acumen.  

The organisation has been established to bring organisations bespoke and tailored packages to help them tackle their most complex cyber challenges. Organisations can benefit from managed Extended Detection and Response (XDR), Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), training, and consultancy, with the Acumen team being available round the clock, operating from its state-of-the-art SOC in Glasgow.  

“By extending a service typically reserved for large enterprises to the broader market, I am confident we will realise our vision of becoming one of the top five Managed Security Service Providers in the UK within the next five years,” said Mark Robertson, CRO of Acumen. “This market has long been underserved by managed service providers relying solely on software solutions for security. This approach inundates organisations with alerts devoid of context or feedback. We’re taking a different route. While leveraging market-leading technology, it’s our team of expert engineers who will provide guidance, support, and genuine value to our clients. Cyber security is not a destination; it is a journey. Acumen is the partner that will accompany you every step of the way,” he concluded. 

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