Thinking corporate: Bulletproof's first quarterly update
Written by Joe A. J. Beaumont on 31/08/2018
A company’s first few years can often give an indication of where it’s going, allowing us to make assumptions about its future. Bulletproof is still in its early phases, being just a couple of years old, but having been privy to the first official quarterly update, it’s clear that the business has a great deal of potential. I’ll avoid clichés about ‘watch this space for big things’ and instead give you a rundown from the point of view of a humble employee (me) – hopefully to give you an insight into what it’s like working here.
Everyone loves Mondays
The first thing I have to say, as cheesy as it may sound, is that there’s definitely an excited energy rippling through the company right now. Everyone’s passionate about what they do, and this has a big impact on a company. As well as a nice environment to call ‘work’, this attitude also helps really drive the business forward. The downside to this is that it does make recruiting cycles slower, and we hunt for the magical combo of technical expertise and culture fit. In that regard, you could say Bulletproof is staffed by unicorns.
Cyber security is big business and only stands to get bigger as time goes on and technology improves. We at Bulletproof are hungry for our share of it.
Spoiler alert: we’re doing well
We are currently going from strength to strength. We’ve built up a good reputation for our penetration tests, our roster of clients for threat protection (managed SIEM with threat hunting) is growing fast, and our compliance team, so it seems, can’t stop growing. That’s not all we do, of course, but there’s no point in me ticking off all our many services. Instead I’ll just say that our modest start-up has its fingers in many pies and all of them are delicious.
Of course, big things take time. Don’t expect the Bulletproof brand to become a global powerhouse overnight but, if things continue as they are, that will eventually become the reality. As mentioned before, the focus and drive to achieve is definitely shared by staff at all levels. The C-level execs believe it, the tech teams believe, and I believe it. It’s an exciting time to be working for Bulletproof and there is opportunity in abundance.
Lulled by numbers
I’m not going to bore you with statistics, because as well as being phenomenally dull, there’s a good chance it won’t mean anything to you. Instead, I’ll give you the headlines: growth is strong across the board and we’ve taken on some extremely high-profile clients (I’d love to brag about them, but we’re under a few NDAs). This means yet more staff – in fact we’ve doubled our headcount in the last year, taking on more pen testers, SOC analysts and devops and growing our sales and marketing teams. That’s a lot of areas. With more openings waiting to be filled by fun, tech savvy people, this doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down any time soon. Of particular note is our compliance division, which has all but tripled (GDPR had a lot to do with this and now organisations are wising up to the need for a DPO).
Mission, vision or value?
Also included in our company-wide update was a good dose of corporate indoctrination (totally joking). Jesting aside, it was useful to have Bulletproof’s mission, vision and values explained to us. We’d all seen them in operation, and knew it was our way of working, but it was good to have them codified. I won’t bore you with the full spiel, but the values I think are quite interesting. I can’t emphasise enough that these are not just buzzwords or empty, top-down proclamations. I’d hope that our customers will recognise these in the services we deliver:
This is the most important one and really defines who we are. Driving innovation through our products is what we do, like engineering our own powerful SIEM platform or developing our cutting-edge machine learning/AI platforms.
Simplicity and ease of use is important, even for our more involved and complex services such as managed SIEM. Everything we produce, from portals to reports, must be user-friendly
- Value for money
This doesn’t mean cheap and cheerful – this means getting a good service for your money. We will try our best to be cheerful though.
It’s important for every business to prove they can be a trusted partner, but in the cyber security industry it’s absolutely vital.
Whether it’s working closely with our partners and clients, or helping to keep businesses safe, we’re always looking to build a sense of community
Building a brand for the world
With two years under our belt we’re already established in the UK. As I mentioned above, global brands don’t happen overnight, so with this in mind, we’ve been focussing our marketing efforts on pushing out great content (like these blogs, white papers, etc) as well as expanding our presence at the big industry events, like FoCs, Infosecurity Europe, and IP EXPO. You’ve possibly even already seen us at these events. If so, hi, we hope you enjoyed dropping by. Sharing knowledge is a good thing, so we also give seminars at these events, as well as our popular ‘Live Hack’ demos with local Chambers of Commerce. We also host regular webinars on a variety of topics.
I was also surprised to learn that there are already plans to test the waters in an international market. If we can replicate our current success and build our reputation to the same level it is within the UK, then becoming a global brand won’t be out of the question. There are already plans afoot to expand into the US and other overseas markets.
Paving the way
So, there was a lot to digest. Next week we’ll return to blogs of a more technical bent, but I hope this gave you an insight into our world of tech, security, and corporate strategy. Our hard work is paying off and it seems our enthusiasm is not misplaced. These are exciting times for us, and I know I speak for all the staff when I say that the future is looking like an intriguing prospect.
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