Fending off cyber attacks is an increasing priority for businesses that need their IT systems to run smoothly and securely. This Cheshire company’s Privilege Guard software is used by big financial institutions, defence and technology clients to protect data, restrict downloads of harmful software and to provide secure internet connections for staff who are working remotely. Avecto was founded six years ago by chief executive Mark Austin, 45, and Paul Kenyon, 42, and its sales hit £8.4m this year. It employs 97 people and in February opened a new office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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