Great ideas take time, if the history of Byte25 is anything to go by. It’s been worth the wait.

The ever-cheerful Byte25 founders — Frank (left) and Dave (right)

“Dave and I first met around 1988, when we worked together at a computer supplier,” says Frank Canas of his co-founder, Dave Britt. “Our paths crossed a couple of times, but then we diverged.”

Frank got into computers, then into communications, computer networking, and then cybersecurity around 2005. He’s since…

Founders’ reasons for getting started are often fairly personal. Old uni mates Adam Laitt and Brad Smorgon’s motivations for founding TRAILD began with their families.

Uni mates Adam Laitt (left) and Brad Smorgon (right), TRAILD co-founders

“Both Adam and I were affected by fraud,” Brad explains. “My uncle received an email requesting a substantial payment to be made to Hong Kong and it went through the business’s full approval process while he was away on holidays.” The payment request was fraudulent, however.

“I was a lawyer…

At first glance, CyAmast co-founders Hassan Habibi and Adam de Jong might seem like very different people. Looking closer, it all makes sense.

Originally from Australia, Adam joined the US military where he built tactical data networks and worked in signals and intelligence. He then transitioned into GM functions, and was the 5th employee in Diamond Cyber Security, which he helped build into a saleable business that was ultimately acquired by CyberCX.


Thinking differently is what got SafeStack Co-founder Laura Bell to where she is today: running a successful global cybersecurity education platform from her home in New Zealand, with two young daughters playing nearby.

“I sort of accidentally got into software development at 16,” Laura explains. “I needed a job and stumbled into an apprenticeship as a software developer.”

After little time (and a University of Wales degree in computer science and artificial intelligence), Laura found herself working at CERN in Switzerland on the…

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