Bristol and Bath is home to a growing, exciting and innovative cybersecurity cluster. We recently highlighted some of the key cyber organisations here in the region, and now we’re sharing the stories from some of these top startups.

“It has to be working on a program to give back to the community, providing students, teachers, parents and guardians with non-technical information about security”

We caught up with Andy Yam, Director of Operations at 4FOX Security to learn more about what the team of 4 have been up to since founding the business just this year in 2024. Brought to you as part of Cyber Month, sponsored by InfoSec People.

1 – In your own words – what do you do?

Our goal is to make managing security risks accessible to everyone, using real-world examples in easy-to-understand language. We are looking to support small to medium size businesses and sole traders by providing cyber security health checks.

2 – What’s the most exciting thing about what you’re doing?

As a team we have so many ideas, for now we are keeping focused on 3 things:

  1. Providing security health checks to small to medium size businesses and sole traders, supporting organisations with Cyber Essentials certification.
  2. Den Defender – providing a free assessment for individuals to carry out their own cyber security health checks and then guiding them to resources to help keep themselves and their families safe online.
  3. Supporting schools with their e-safety workshops and providing cyber security guidance to students, parents, guardians and teachers.

3 – What are you most proud of so far?

So far, it has to be working on a program to give back to the community, providing students, teachers, parents and guardians with non-technical information about security and how to report cyber crime, helping them create habits to keep themselves secure. I genuinely believe that the more the cyber security community can help support and inform these groups, the fewer people will fall victim to cyber crime; and if they do, they’ll know where to go for help straight away.

4 – What have you found most difficult about being a startup?

Lots of things! The financial investment needed, having enough time and energy and confidence to keep going and believe in your abilities.

5 – What would you do differently if you started now?

It would have been great to have more time to spend on developing the business; working full-time takes a lot of energy and balancing a startup, a family, and a full-time job is a lot!

6 – Where do you think you’ll be in 12 months?

It would be great to be in a position to support more and more businesses and individuals, demystifying cyber security so they’re able to help themselves improve their security and resilience.

7 – What tools/people/services/organisations from the cluster have helped you most?

For me personally, as cheesy as it sounds, my wife. Without her support and holding down the fort at home, I wouldn’t have been able to put as much into getting the business off the ground. Also, Ash Philips from Dffrnt has provided so much valuable advice and guidance. SWX management for allowing us to hold our launch event at the venue. 

8 – What’s the best thing about the Bristol & Bath tech cluster?

There are so many startups and well-established businesses, everyone is so busy with their own growth but it’s great how people still make the time to support and encourage new startups!

9 – Who will you be nominating for a SPARKie next year?

I am going to be bold here and say 4FOX Security! We are going to put our name out there as the ones who want to support those most in need. It’s also our passion to give back to the community as much as we can.

10 – Where can we find out more about you?

To find out more about us, please visit 4Fox’s website and what we are up to on our LinkedIn page.

Shona Wright

Shona covers all things editorial at TechSPARK. She publishes news articles, interviews and features about our fantastic tech and digital ecosystem, working with startups and scaleups to spread the word about the cool things they're up to. She also oversees TechSPARK's social media, sharing the latest updates on everything from investment news to green tech meetups and inspirational stories.