Military badge of honour for Wiltshire cyber security firm

By Nick Batten on 18 July, 2022

Computer Network Defence, a cyber security consultancy and recruitment agency headquartered in Corsham, has been awarded the Gold Award for the Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme 2022 for its forces-friendly credentials. 

The company is one of only 19 regional winners to receive the Gold Award in the Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme 2022. 

Representing the highest badge of honour for civilian organisations, the award goes to companies and organisations which employ and support veterans and their families, as well as those in active service as reservists. 

A signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant, Computer Network Defence is also a cyber security recruitment agency with 56 staff at its headquarters in Wiltshire and on the Isle of Man, although many staff work remotely throughout the UK. 

Andy Cuff, Chief Executive and Founder of Computer Network Defence, said, “The scheme salutes private and public organisations that provide exceptional support to the UK Armed Forces, going beyond the Covenant pledges. 

“Gold is the highest accolade granted under the scheme and is reserved for businesses with the strongest commitment to supporting the military community; it is testament to Computer Network Defence’s dedication to actively engaging with and supporting the Armed Forces community.” 

He continued, “I am truly humbled to work with such a fantastic team here – nearly one-third of our permanent employees, and half of our sub-contractors, are veterans. The award is national recognition of our steadfast and practical support for the military community. 

“It can be difficult for serving personnel and veterans to make the transition to civilian life – we hope other employers in the private sector will be inspired to help.” 

Support programmes for reservists, military spouses and veterans have been embedded in the company, which received the scheme’s Silver Award in 2017. 

Computer Network Defence provides cyber security services to a multitude of clients ranging from spacecraft to superyachts and from energy farms to offshore banks. The company was founded in 2004 as a family business by Andy and his wife Amanda after he completed 23 years’ service in the RAF. 

Paying tribute to Computer Network Defence, one Armed Forces veteran said, “Computer Network Defence has been an invaluable resource – the company has gone out of its way to ease my apprehensions in my transition to civilian life; they have provided me with CV support, interview techniques and even the opportunity for work experience. 

“If there are any service leavers who are finding themselves lost on where to start and are looking to get into the cyber security industry it may well be worth reaching out. With a friendly and approachable team, I really cannot thank them enough.” 

Pictured above: Andy Cuff, Chief Executive and Founder of Computer Network Defence