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Careers Hub employer Netcraft awarded double Queen's Award for Enterprise

Published: 26 May 2020
Netcraft has received awards for both Innovation and International Trade

Internet services provider Netcraft has been honoured with two successes in the Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

Netcraft, a longstanding affiliate company in the Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) Careers Hub, is one of just three businesses to receive awards in both of the scheme’s Innovation and International Trade categories.

Director Mike Prettejohn has praised the 'substantial contributions' of ECS graduates and interns to the services that have won these awards. which represent the highest UK Government award for British businesses.

The company has sponsored prizes to the top 10 second, third and fourth year Southampton Computer Science students for over a decade, offering a monetary award and summer internship opportunities.

Netcraft provides countermeasures against many forms of cybercrime. The company's approach reduces the cost of dealing with one extra attack to near-nil, and introduces transparency, consistency of process and relentless incremental refinement.

The business has continued to trade successfully since the advent of coronavirus, and so far has disrupted over two thousand coronavirus related cybercrime attacks. "Although our clients are spread around the world, we recruit locally," Director Mike Prettejohn says. "Year after year ECS students have made substantial contributions to the services that have won these awards."

Joyce Lewis, ECS Careers Hub Director, says: "Many congratulations to Netcraft on this outstanding recognition. We are very proud of our longstanding partnership with the company which has benefited hundreds of our students over the years, providing them with the opportunity to be part of a company at the forefront of business-focused and crucial technology innovation."

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are awarded on the Queen's Birthday each year and recognise considerable progress sustained over a six year period. This year, 128 companies received a Queen's Award for International Trade and 66 companies a Queen's Award for Innovation.

Netcraft's Queen's Award for International Trade recognises how the business evolved from the internet infrastructure industry to a broader community of banks, financial services and other large enterprises in over 50 countries, including five of the world's 10 largest companies by market capitalisation and 11 of the top 50 banks worldwide. The Queen's Award for Innovation has been credited to the company's cybercrime disruption services. In the UK, these are used by the British Government and seven of the eight constituents of the FTSE-350 Banking index. The same services underpin the growth in exports reflected in the International Trade award, representing a force for good across the whole internet. Netcraft now provides countermeasures against some 75 different forms of cybercrime and, on behalf of customers, disrupts at least a quarter of all phishing attacks worldwide.

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