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Birmingham cyber security business hardwired for exporting success

Birmingham-based cyber security business, Forensic Pathways, is poised for international success after securing a new contract in South Africa, along with the release of a Dark Web search engine, which can be used to monitor and investigate Dark Web activity, as part of its fraud investigation services.

Established in 2001, the business develops forensic software, products and services for clients in law enforcement, security services, and legal and financial sectors. The company also provides due diligence, fraud investigation, cyber security services, and dark web monitoring and investigation services to its corporate and private sector clients.

Forensic Pathways has been working with DIT since 2003 to help capitalise on international demand for sophisticated, British-made forensic software, products and services. The business has already established a strong presence in overseas markets including France, America, Canada, Zambia and South Africa.

Exporting currently accounts for 60% of the firm’s annual turnover and this is expected to grow by 15% in two years, with the retention of contracts in South Africa and the launch of its new Dark Web Monitoring and Investigation offering, along with potential new opportunities in France and Germany.

The success of Forensic Pathways’ international expansion is being celebrated in DIT’s Exporting is GREAT campaign. The campaign is currently showcasing 30+ UK businesses – from a range of sectors and regions – to inspire and support firms up and down the country to export.

Deb Leary, CEO and founder of Forensic Pathways, said: “Forensics is a small but global market, meaning that exporting is fundamental to what we do. When branching out to new regions we have been able to get in touch with DIT representatives in the area, who have helped us establish a clear exporting strategy and in some instances introduced us to buyers.

“Throughout our exporting journey, DIT has given us the information and guidance to export confidently and avoid any costly errors. If we can do it with support from DIT, so can other businesses in the Midlands.”

Ian Harrison, director of exports, The Midlands, Department for International Trade, said: “Forensic Pathways quickly recognised that there was strong international demand for its software, products and services and by working with our advisers, was able to establish an exporting strategy across a growing number of countries.

“Businesses looking to export shouldn’t hesitate to contact one of our many teams located across the West Midlands. Our advisers can offer a whole range of exporting support to help businesses capitalise on the many international opportunities that are out there.”

Ashleigh Smith
Article by Ashleigh Smith
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