University spin-out Cyan Forensics secures fresh investment

Digital forensics firm targets new markets after £1.3m funding round

Date posted

9 December 2019

16:39

Edinburgh Napier spin-out Cyan Forensics – whose technology helps police investigators to find evidence faster – has secured a further £1.3m from a consortium of investors.

The funding, which has come from Triple Point Investment Management, Mercia, SIS Ventures, the Scottish Investment Bank and private investors, will support the company’s expansion and allow it to target new markets in Northern Europe.

It follows its recent contract with the UK’s Home Office, which will see the technology being used by the Child Abuse Image Database (CAID) and rolled out to police forces nationally.

Cyan Forensics’ technology has been built by experts in digital forensics, originally off the back off three years of research and development with Edinburgh Napier.

Its digital analysis tool can find terrorist handbooks or child sexual abuse material on devices within minutes, minimising forensic analysts’ time and allowing police to make decisions quickly and confidently. It can also help social media companies and cloud providers to find and block harmful content.

The company has recently signed a partnership with the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in the US and been named as a winner of the prestigious PitchGovTech competition at the GovTech Summit in Paris.

Cyan Forensics was founded in 2016 by Bruce Ramsay, a former police forensic analyst and now the company’s CTO, and Ian Stevenson, the CEO. Mercia backed the company from its inception, and has worked with the team to attract other investors. The latest funding round brings the total raised so far to £2.8m.

Portrait of Ian Stevenson with Edinburgh city centre in the background

Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan Forensics, said:We’re excited to have raised the funds which will now allow Cyan Forensics  to deliver the next stage in our significant growth plan.

 

“We’re grateful to our existing investors for their continued confidence and support, and delighted to welcome the new investors joining us on this journey. A key focus will be expanding our reach within the UK as a result of our partnership with the Home Office and into international markets.”

 

Marcus Henderson, Investment Director with Mercia, said: “Cyan Forensics’ technology addresses some of the major challenges facing police and society – such as how to detect terrorist activity and child sexual abuse and prevent the spread of harmful content in the age of social media and the internet. The company has already achieved some major milestones and this investment will help it scale up its operations.”

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