A cyber security start-up hoping to transform the industry is developing automated software to help overcome skills shortages and reduce the need for small firms to hire specialist staff.

Titan Labs is based in Malvern in the West Midlands and is currently opening a second office in Milton Keynes.

It was founded by four cyber security professionals - Rob Brewer, Tom West, Tim Charrot and Phil Johnson – who between them have over 40 years of experience in organisations including HP, Serco, the Ministry of Defence and other UK government bodies.

Along with providing consultancy services to a number of “big name clients”, Titan Labs is also developing a new cloud-based software which will use algorithms to help detect threats and provide best practice guidance on how to deal with them.

The product, Titan View, is due for launch in autumn.

“The cyber security threat is growing exponentially and regular attacks are bringing chaos to organisations at all levels,” director Rob Brewer said.

“Big firms can spend six-figure sums on hiring teams of professionals. However it is a real problem for small firms who typically have one person to manage all aspects of their IT.

“Through our consultancy work, we can see ways to automate the process and allow small firms to identify threats and benefit from industry best practice at an affordable cost.”

Director Tom West added: “The UK has a serious skills shortage which is leaving organisations vulnerable to cyber crime. We aim to reduce the reliance on expert security staff and change the market for the better.”

Titan Labs has been using income from consultancy work to fund the development of Titan View, but plans to seek backing from investors after the launch to support further development work to incorporate advanced technologies including artificial intelligence and machine learning.