Scunthorpe-based IT specialist given unique and unexpected honour for promoting computer security

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 28 Nov 2017

An IT specialist based in Scunthorpe 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.

Mr Pearson said it was an award which came out of the blue.

He said: "It was totally unexpected, because we hadn't done anything that wasn't business as usual.

"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.

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"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."

The HBP Systems office in Scunthorpe

Mr Pearson said he thought there would be significant growth in the demand for IT security products through next year.

And after winning the award, he insisted business would go on as usual.

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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Joanne Dixon, managing director of HBP Systems, said although she had not expected the award, she was not surprised by it.

She said: "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."

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