Introducing The Cognisys Cyber Security Team

Published 9th Dec 2019 by Shaida Khan

Cognisys are a start-up cyber security consultancy based in Halifax, situated on the doorstep of The Piece Hall.

Cyber security is more important than ever before. The supply chain is increasingly demanding compliance and regulatory requirements. Businesses now need to provide a high level of assurance that they’re taking cyber security seriously. Evidence that every effort is being made to protect the network against malicious threat actors is paramount. Cognisys work in partnership with all of their clients to make sure all of this is achievable and provide many services including:

  • Penetration Testing
  • Cyber Essentials
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • SIEM
  • Cyber Security Audits

Additionally, they provide services such as phishing simulations, build/configuration reviews and provide consultation helping clients achieve ISO27001 and GDPR compliance. You can view their full range of their services here:

Their aim is to always provide a service that is of the highest quality and tailored to your individual needs. Alex Martin, Business Development Manager said "It’s important that our clients view us as an extension to their in-house team." Alex added "We also have excellent coffee (if we do say so ourselves...) so please come visit us at any time."

Who makes up the team?

Although the company are a new business, the team is NOT new to the industry. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Founding Fathers:

Steve Spence – CEO – 20+ Years in the industry. A local Halifax resident and former owner of one of the north’s leading MSP’s.

Mike Woodhead – Lead Technical Consultant – 18+ Years in the industry. A CREST Fellow and one of only a limited number globally. Highly respected and co-founder of Steelcon.

Technical Know-How:

Will Bates – Security Consultant – 5 Years in the industry. A young consultant but highly certified with real world experience.

Alex Warnes – Junior Penetration Tester - First year in the industry. A newcomer to cyber security but eager to learn and already proving himself on client engagements as a valued member of the team.

Operational Capability:

Adam Royds – Managed Services Lead – 20+ Years in the industry. A seasoned veteran within the MSP sector. Highly knowledgeable on all aspects of ISO27001, ISO9001 and GDPR.

Front of House:

Alex Martin – Business Development Manager – 15+ Years in the industry. Extremely high technical knowledge base with a commercial background.

Jay Maguire – Account Manager – 5+ Years in the industry. A young, enthusiastic and ambitious member of the team.

You can view their full range of our services here:


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