By Claire West

A new London firm - in only their second year of operation - has been awarded a prestigious award on the back of their Olympics cyber-security work.

The 'Company85' submission highlighted a vital security role during London 2012 - in both their direct work with LOCOG and their efforts to help other London businesses retain IT services during the Games.

Despite the previous Olympics becoming the victim of the greatest cyber-attack onslaught of all time - with Beijing enduring a record 12 million cyber attacks a day - London 2012 faced no major cyber breaches and enjoyed global acclaim for a faultless IT performance.

In only its second year of operation, 'Company85' CEO Adrian Spink, said that the award was a humbling acknowledgement of their efforts. “This award is a major honour and a huge shock. London 2012 presented a huge challenge so for us so to receive this award, in only our second full year of operations, it seems out of this world," revealed Spink. "I'd like to think it reflects our focus on innovation and quality of service delivery. London had a faultless Games. We have also built trusted relationships with clients across the UK, Europe, Africa the Middle East and the US.”

The UK IT Awards are sponsored by Computing and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. They provide a platform for the entire profession to celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence.

In total, this year’s Awards featured 23 categories which covered: project, organisation, technology and individual excellence. The categories were open to organisations and individuals involved in IT across the public, not for profit and commercial sectors.

Stuart Sumner, editor of Computing commented: “I would like to congratulate the winners and those who were highly commended on their achievements. The UK IT Industry Awards are rigorously judged and truly celebrate innovation and best practice in IT today.”

David Clarke, MBE, group CEO of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said: “On behalf of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, I would like to congratulate all the winners. Our awards celebrate the professionalism and innovation that exists in the IT profession and demonstrates the extent to which IT is the enabler in so many businesses in the UK today. To qualify as a finalist is tremendous — to win one of our prestigious Awards is a fantastic achievement.”

Company85, is an independent IT consultancy specialising in cyber security, storage, backup, and data centre transformation. Case studies ranging from private cloud design to rapid backup deployment and managed security services were highlighted in its submission.