Prestigious cyber award for Lancaster University spinout Mindgard

Representatives from Mindgard - winners of the The UK’s Most Innovative Cyber SME 2024 at Infosec.

Lancaster University spinout company Mindgard has won the award for the ‘UK’s Most Innovative Cyber SME 2024’ at Infosecurity Europe 2024.

The highly regarded and sought after accolade celebrates the achievements of the UK’s most creative and original cyber security companies.

The annual competition took place as part of Infosecurity Europe and centred around the theme of innovation. To bring new and emerging businesses to the fore, the competition spotlighted micro, small and medium cyber security businesses and their latest cyber security technologies and solutions.

Judged by a panel of cyber security experts, the 14 finalists including Mindgard exhibited in the Cyber Innovation Zone. To an audience of technology leaders, buyers, and cyber security experts, the finalists showcased their products and innovative solutions to tackle the cyber security challenges of the future.

As recipients of the 2024 award, Mindgard join an impressive list of previous winners.

Professor Peter Garraghan, Co-founder, CEO and CTO of Mindgard and Professor at Lancaster University said: “We’re delighted to be the recipient of this award, as it is a testament to the strength of UK science to disrupt and create new industries. Cyber security is a critical component in AI and GenAI adoption. Organisations are either frantically getting AI/GenAI out the door without considering security repercussions, or blocking its deployment entirely, leaving them unable to reap its commercial value”.

Mindgard is a deep-tech startup specialising in cybersecurity for AI. Founded in 2022 at world-renowned Lancaster University and now based in London, Mindgard empowers enterprise security teams to deploy AI and GenAI securely. Mindgard’s core product – born from ten years of rigorous R&D in AI security – offers an automated platform for continuous security testing and red teaming of AI. Learn more at

In 2023, Mindgard secured £3m in seed funding to bring its unique enterprise platform to market and accelerate growth and expand operations. The flagship Mindgard AI Security Labs are based on world-class research and development.

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