Martin Bannister

Martin Bannister


Cybersecurity: how can you protect your business from a breach?

Recent events such as the attack on the NHS have highlighted the threat of cyber crime to businesses and organisations in every sector. We look at how important cybersecurity is in the current climate and the measures firms can take to protect themselves.


Can you explain what you do in a single sentence?
I am managing director of Kogo Limited, a cybersecurity professional services business, I am a cybersecurity professional with nearly 30 years’ experience in the IT industry.

How important, out of 10, is digital technology to your business?
10 – digital technology is so important to our business as it enables us to work faster and more efficiently.

What do you think is the most important digital innovation from the last 20 years?
Mobile phone applications have changed the way business applications are used. 20 years ago phones were not used at all for email and applications but now we use phones to manage a lot of digital work.

What digital tool, innovation, or technique, is most vital to your business?
Cybersecurity solutions.

How has digital technology affected your career, your business and your sector?
I’ve been in digital for a long time and have seen a lot of changes over the years.  As a result, I’ve got used to adapting to change and determining what is good for my business

What do you think will be the next ‘big thing’ in digital?
Electric cars: Advances in battery technology will bring massive shifts to the automotive industry

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing businesses in terms of digital?
Keeping up with new security and new innovations. The pace of change is huge and it can be difficult to stay on track without the right tools and advice.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt so far in your career?
Listen, understand and then speak!

What advice would you give to entrepreneurs starting out on their business journey?
Plan! Make sure you are focusing on making money, and keep overheads to a minimum.

What mottos or philosophies do you use in your working life?
Stay in control in life and don’t be a passenger.

What business figures do you most admire?
Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs

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