30 Most Valuable Companies to Watch 2019
In a year where cyber attacks and data privacy have dominated the headlines, cybersecurity has become a key priority for organizations as they realize the massive implications that a data breach can have on their business. Despite much emphasis and investment being placed on protecting the endpoints, it's time to acknowledge that employees are one of the top cybersecurity risks to organizations. This has demonstrated that a greater focus needs to be placed on strengthening the human defenses to ensure that staff are equipped to deal with evolving security threats.
Despite being key business concerns, Cybersecurity often receives the least attention. A major reason for this, is that the subject is dull and boring. This results in a natural aversion to the subject matter amongst users and management. MetaCompliance alleviates this problem through an innovative approach. This involves a blend of high-quality eLearning, best in class automation and support from experienced awareness professionals – an Integrated User Awareness Management solution.
Founded in 2005, MetaCompliance is a privately-held cybersecurity and compliance organization that helps transform company security culture and safeguard valuable data and reputation.
Designed to meet the needs of businesses operating in a constantly evolving cybersecurity landscape, the MetaCompliance product range combines eLearning, phishing, GDPR, and policy management software with an extensive InfoSec and Privacy eLearning library.
MetaCompliance has an extensive and varied customer base. They have assisted over 600 organizations with their Data Protection and Information Security Awareness campaigns. Their clientele includes Vodafone, Jaguar, ITN, BUPA,Volkswagen, ESB, Schroeders, Dentons, City of London Police, Hexagon Inc and one of the largest banks in the world with a network of over 360,000 staff in 172 countries.
Products & Services
The innovative MyCompliance Cloud platform provides a one-stop-shop solution for staff awareness and compliance. The platform is populated with the highest quality cybersecurity and compliance e-learning content available on the market. Its ease of use, engaging user experience, and regularly updated content ensures staff participation and enables cyber and compliance professionals to easily track implementation progress and demonstrate ongoing accountability.
Furthermore, this solution provides automation for the mid-market, which lack the dedicated InfoSec and Compliance teams. Thus, making it easier for organizations to manage their cyber awareness and privacy needs in order to meet regulatory requirements.
Growth Factors – Cyber Security has gone mainstream – Innovation needed!
“Our customers are at the heart of our business and we have a dedicated support team on hand to ensure that each client campaign is a success,” says Robert O’Brien, CEO of the company. “Innovation is the key; something that is essential to stay ahead of emerging developments within the industry.”
MetaCompliance has a company culture that welcomes opinions, ideas, and creativity. Domain expertise may not be enough to survive in the industry. A company must also have a “deep understanding of the challenges customers are facing whilst trying to keep their staff safe online,” he said.
The company takes customer satisfaction surveys seriously and brings in actionable feedback to use it to identify improvable areas within the business. At the same time, MetaCompliance also has a policy of not letting the competition inform their product development strategy. “We have a vision of our end goal which I believe is much bigger than that of any of our competition… [Also]… it’s more fun, leading the way and avoiding the “Me Too” follower approach to the market,” the CEO added. “We have a laser focus on creating value from our solution for our customers.”
Some of their very happy customers include Maxol Group, an Irish Oil Company. The company said: “Since we started using MetaCompliance, we have raised security awareness within our company on a major scale. The content is relevant, informative and interesting for the end user.”
MetaCompliance continues to evolve and so does their delivery model. “I don’t think we will ever be satisfied with it! However, by market standards it’s the best,” Mr. O’Brien concluded.
The ‘Entrepreneur’ CEO, Robert O’Brien
Robert O’Brien is Founder and CEO of MetaCompliance - a leading Information Security and Compliance software vendor today. With more than 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, Robert is a serial technology entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in executing and developing strategies for high growth businesses.
He is also the Founder of Intertech Ireland Limited, E-Host Europe Limited, and co-founded AMT-Sybex Limited. The alumnus of the Queen’s University Belfast, Mr. O’Brien also made it to the final list of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Ireland. Instrumental in driving the business forward, Mr. O’Brien ensures that his company remains at the forefront of innovation.
"We are continually innovating and releasing new products to ensure our customers stay cyber secure and regulatory compliant."
"Our vision is to create a better security culture for our clients."