Sutton-based Next Generation Security Software Ltd (NGS) has been named as South-East England regional winners of the 2008 International Trade Awards.

The International Trade Awards, sponsored by HSBC, recognise companies of all sizes which have excelled in creating new international business, in exporting, importing or investment.

NGS started trading in 2001, drawing on the experience and expertise of their founder-directors in both national and international security services and IT. The company has focused on providing vulnerability scanners and consulting services to the world’s largest corporations, banks and governments with an online internet presence.

It has built a global reputation for excellence within the security industry with cutting edge research, reference works and white papers, software vulnerability advisories and presentations at international conferences.

NGS now earns nearly 80 per cent of its revenues outside the UK, and turnover has grown by a massive 4,000 per cent since 2001. Its award winning total security package includes security application testing, network penetration testing, code review and training services.

Its client base reads like a directory of the industry majors — ranging from software vendors such as Microsoft to major government and corporate entities. In the competitive field of security consultancy NGS were recently selected by CESG as one of only three security companies in the UK to evaluate new Government systems before going live under the Tailored Assurance Scheme.

With 63 per cent of its business emanating from the US and sales and marketing operations now based in the US, Australia and Thailand, NGS has established a truly 24/7 global consulting presence. NGS has won a number of awards in recent years, including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2007 for success in international trade.

In 2008 to date, NGS Software has been judged ‘Best Security Company’ in the prestigious industry-wide SC Awards Europe; Managing director David Litchfield was pronounced ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the South London Business Awards.

For the judges of the 2008 international Trade Awards, Ian Campbell, Consultant editor of organisers International Trade Today magazine said: ‘We were very impressed by the huge global footprint established by the six founding directors of NGS in the fiercely competitive world of internet technology. We all know, from personal disasters stemming from computer viruses to media stories of government and banking failures to protect our data, that this burgeoning industry is creating its own breed of criminals. Companies like NGS offer the industry the tools and the know-how to fight back and protect the rest of us.’

The Head of Trade and Supply Chain at HSBC, Stuart Nivison said ‘From a very strong list of applicants, Next Generation Security Software Ltd stood out as the very clear winners. The pace of overseas growth whilst competing against some of the major players in the market is truly outstanding. Above all it was the clear commitment, vision and passion for the founding management team which clinched our decision.’

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