Doing ‘business as usual’ earns unique surprise honour for HBP Systems director

By HBP Systems Ltd | Posted: 28 Nov 2017

A Humber region IT specialist has been singled out for a unique and unexpected honour by security software supplier Sophos.

Tony Pearson, Operations Director at HBP Systems, has been given the UK’s only Individual Contribution Award for his work in promoting computer security – but it’s an award that came right out of the blue.

“It was totally unexpected, because we hadn’t done anything that wasn’t ‘business as usual’,” said Tony, who is based at HBP Systems Scunthorpe office.

“IT security is very important to everyone, and is only going to get more so when the General Data Protection Regulations become law in May next year. We have a duty of care to our clients to make sure they understand the regulations, and what they need to do to work within them. That’s why we’ve been working hard on that; we’ve had two security days in the business; the first was to highlight our own security framework, and the second was a product day specific to Sophos.”

Tony said he believed there would be a significant growth in the demand for IT security products through next year. “It’s going to get more important all the time,” he said. “Not only will GDPR make a difference, but people generally are more aware of the risks of not protecting their data properly, and the consequences that can have.”

HBP Systems’ MD Joanne Dixon said she hadn’t expected the award, but wasn’t surprised by it. “Tony is very enthusiastic about IT security, and has been ever since he joined the company 20 years ago this year. It’s a richly deserved honour, and I’m pleased that his peers in the industry have recognised his contribution and honoured it.”

But for Tony, ‘business as usual’ goes on. He said: “We won’t be easing up in spreading the gospel about the need for security. We already have some GDPR webinars planned, and the numbers booking in for those are the highest we’ve ever seen from this kind of initiative. It’s reassuring that people are being proactive in protecting themselves and their livelihoods, and we’ll continue to help them to do that.”

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