When James Hadley first scribbled down his idea, he had no idea it would later become a platform that the likes of Goldman Sachs and Summit Partners would want to invest in. This is our story…
A brief history
After delivering GCHQ’s cyber summer school, James realised that passive classroom-based training suited neither the people nor the pace of cybersecurity. The content dated quickly, and its one-dimensional nature meant the creative minds in the room quickly disengaged. He knew that a practical online solution was needed – one that would allow learners to continuously hone their skills, get to grips with new threats, and become familiar with the latest tools and techniques. In short, they needed a platform that would help them keep up with the attackers.
On the flip side, businesses have never struggled more to ensure their security teams are well resourced, well trained, and well prepared. Their focus has been on building their tech stacks – not on the people behind the screens. As a result, the skills shortage is only growing as security teams are overworked and undertrained, and organizations are left scrambling to catch up with the ever-shifting threat landscape.
Enter Immersive Labs. Human cyber readiness is our mission: we empower organizations to increase, measure and demonstrate human capabilities in every part of their cybersecurity. Our challenge-based cybersecurity content is developed by experts and powered by the latest threat research. Covering everything from spelling the word cyber to technical tools, threat hunting and reverse engineering malware, our ‘labs’ help organizations to align human capabilities across entire workforces to the actual cyber risks that they face. Our platform delivers continuous challenges, scenarios and crisis simulations that can be used by businesses to battle-test and evidence their preparedness to face emerging cyber threats.
Since then we’ve grown to over 200 employees across the UK, US and Europe, with HQs in Bristol, UK and Boston, MA. To date, we’ve secured $123 million in investment from Insight Partners, Menlo Ventures, Citi Ventures, Summit Partners and Goldman Sachs. Our technology is already helping over 300 enterprises around the world, including AirBnB, P&G, Citibank, Sophos and the NHS, while around 5,000 labs are completed every single day.