Cyan Forensics has appointed Paul Brennan as its new chair.

The Edinburgh forensic science company is working with police forces across the UK. Its tech identifies child sexual abuse images online and is also used in counter terrorism by scanning social media.

Cyan Forensics said Brennan will lead it through ‘the next phase of growth’.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to help shape Cyan Forensics’ forward momentum,” said Brennan.

“Cyan Forensics’ technology has multiple applications to offer solutions that can make a real difference to protect people from online harms.

“The company has seen much success in its first three years’ of business and I look forward to supporting their expansion following a recent contract with the UK Home Office and into new markets in Northern Europe and the US.”

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Former chair Simon Hardy will remain on the board while CFO Hugh Lennie also joins the expanded board.

Ian Stevenson, CEO, said: “We welcome Paul Brennan and Hugh Lennie onto our board, and are fortunate to retain the experience of our former Chair Simon Hardy.

“We are at an exciting stage of growth where our product is going into many police forces across the UK to help catch paedophiles much faster, and we are now in a strong position to enter the European market, as well as making greater in-roads in helping law enforcement in its fight against counter terrorism.”