A Chat with Ed Macnair, Founder & CEO at Cybersecurity Company: Censornet

Ed Macnair, Founder & CEO, Censornet

Censornet is a cybersecurity company that’s on a mission to bring enterprise-grade security to the mid-market. We were founded with the belief that cyber security needs to be developed with the user in mind, not retrofitted from the network edge.

We also believe that cyber defences need to act autonomously to stop threats in their tracks. Our Autonomous Integrated Cloud Security Engine does just that – it provides real-time automated cyber-attack prevention by sharing attack intel across email, web, and cloud applications.

The key thing for customers is ensuring that enterprise-grade cyber protection is accessible. So, we’ve really focused on making our cloud platform simple to install and operate, whilst being highly effective. Importantly, we wanted to do this without the high price tag associated with enterprise-grade security.

Millions of users globally find our services simple and effective, not costly, or complex. They’re also fully supported by our award-winning team of customer support specialists in Shetland for times when they need to talk things through.
Autonomous Integrated Cloud Security | Censornet

How did you come up with the idea for the company?

When I acquired Censornet in 2014, I had a vision of creating a cloud platform that could solve the cyber security needs of the mid-market at enterprise scale. The technology architecture was already there, ready to be innovated into something truly spectacular. This is what attracted me to Censornet — it was already ahead of the market in so many ways from the very start, particularly with its mobile-first approach.

I saw an opportunity to centre cyber security around protecting the user — not just the network. What we’ve seen over time, especially in the last two years, is that an increasing number of users are remote, so traditional network defences have become almost irrelevant now.

With employees working outside of the physical company space, the focus needs to be on protecting the user, regardless of their physical location. This is why the integration of email, web and cloud is crucial. It’s always been one of Censornet’s USPs, so this has made the transition to supporting security within remote working environments seamless.


How has the company evolved during the pandemic?

It’s tricky to talk about growth in a pandemic, as it has first and foremost been a humanitarian crisis. Censornet has consistently achieved 100% year-over-year growth. As of this month (September 2021), that has grown to 110%, year-over-year.

With more people working remotely due to the pandemic, a need has arisen for better cyber security solutions to manage a remote workforce. Because Censornet has always been well-placed to offer just such a solution, in the past year we’ve found ourselves helping more business owners meet new security needs quickly.

What can we hope to see from Censornet in the future?

Censornet is poised to deliver continuous innovation, and our autonomous integrated security engine plays a key role in that. By leveraging AI, we can help our clients relieve their overstretched IT and security teams to provide enterprise-grade security that mid-sized businesses can truly rely on.