In November, we were the fourth business of 2017 to receive the Silver Defence Employer Recognition Scheme's silver award from the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset.

We were delighted to receive the award in recognition of the demonstrable effort we make to support, recruit and develop armed forces’ personnel.

These include:

  • Our recruitment agency supplies its clients with cyber security experts of whom more than 40% have been veterans or personnel leaving the military.
  • We provide assistance to service leavers, reviewing and editing their CVs to ensure their military cyber security skills and experience are understood by civilians.
  • We actively employ staff who are leaving the military, over the last 10 years CND has taken on members of the forces who have been medically discharged, and the spouses of service personnel who are currently serving.

Andy Cuff, our Managing Director has over 36 years of military service himself, said: “We recognise the valuable skills, professionalism and dedication that service leavers can bring to industry and especially within cyber security.

“We are all incredibly proud to have been awarded the ERS Silver Award and we’re committed to continuing our support for the defence community.”

The Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Anne Maw, is pictured above presenting Andy with the award and said: “It is vitally important that we look after those who are serving, and have served, in our armed forces.

“CND is a company that is absolutely dedicated to supporting these personnel and it was a pleasure to meet Andy and present him with the award.”

Jeff Ames, our Chief Technology Officer, a former RAF SNCO of 22 years’ service, said: “Service personnel are a known commodity, they not only have a great deal of integrity, reliability and professionalism but they are also extremely well trained and can quickly adapt to any situation or requirement.”

We employ reservists as members of staff, offering a number of incentives such as paid leave to help their staff fulfil their reserve commitment and flexibility to attend training. These reservists have also been mobilised for active service on a number of occasions.