Firm made by Royal Marines earns award

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A CYBER security firm founded by Royal Marines to help find veterans work in the industry has been presented with a top award.

Crucial Academy helps military veterans make the transition to civilian careers in cyber security. It has now been presented with a silver award in the defence employer recognition scheme (ERS).

The accolade was handed over to the company during a ceremony on HMS Victory, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Neil Williams, chief executive of the firm – which was founded by four Commandos – said: ‘It is an honour to receive the ERS silver award. I was proud to serve my country and I wanted to help other people leaving the military to find a pathway to Civvy Street.

‘People who have spent time in the forces have an incredible work ethic, resilience and a security-driven mindset that makes many very well suited to a career in cyber security. We’re proud to support them to realise their potential.’