Garrison Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

Henry Harrison
  • Pioneer of new tech paradigm hardsec recognised by the World Economic Forum
  • Garrison selected for its contributions in the field of cybersecurity
  • The World Economic Forum has announced its selection of the most promising Technology Pioneers of 2019
  • Companies were selected for their potential to “transform their industries” and “improve society for years to come,” Fulvia Montresor of the World Economic Forum said.

London, July 1, 2019 – London based cyber security company Garrison has been selected from a pool of hundreds of candidates across the globe as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”.

The World Economic Forum has recognised Garrison’s pioneering approach to cyber security, focused on using hardsec, the emerging security architecture which uses non-Turing machine digital logic, to eliminate cyber threats.

Garrison was founded in 2014 by David Garfield and Henry Harrison, who set out to change our approach to cyber security. The company is backed by investors including Dawn Capital, IP Group, NM Capital and BGF, and has customers across 9 countries, from governments (including the UK government) and numerous commercial global enterprise customers.

Garrison Co-Founder and CEO David Garfield will participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions. This meeting, also dubbed “Summer Davos” will be held in Dalian, China, July 1-3. Many Pioneers will also attend the Annual Meeting in Davos, in January 2020, and continue to contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years.

David Garfield said: “Twenty years ago there were two worlds: the national security world, which faced sophisticated threats from other nation states, and the commercial world, which faced threats from low-level criminals and hobbyists. Today, the threats have converged, but the defence approaches have not. Whilst governments have been arming themselves with new technology to protect against sophisticated attackers, the business world has been waving the white flag and focusing on what to do after the inevitable breach.”

“Too many business leaders, advisers, and cyber security experts are still unaware of technological advancements that can make their business and their customers’ data more secure. This award is a signal that it’s time for companies all over the world to rethink their approach to cyber security. Our implementation of hardsec makes national-security-level defences available to the commercial world.”

“We’re incredibly grateful to the World Economic Forum for this award, and for recognising the incredible potential of the hardsec technology we’re using to eliminate cyber threats.”

Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum, said: “We’re excited to welcome Garrison to this year’s innovative class of technology pioneers. Garrison and its fellow pioneers are leaders in using new technologies to transform their industries. We see great potential for these next generation companies to shape solutions to global challenges and improve society for years to come.”

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

This year’s Tech Pioneers are emerging innovators from a diverse set of industries. These firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The focus areas of this year’s Tech Pioneers include: agtech, smart cities, cleantech, supply chain, manufacturing, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles and drones. The diversity of these companies extends to their leadership as well, as 25% of 2019 Tech Pioneers are female led. The firms also come from many different regions beyond the United States and Silicon Valley. In fact, this year’s class of 56 firms represent every continent except Antarctica. The full list of technology pioneers can be found here.

The Technology Pioneers were selected by a selection committee of more than 59 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact and leadership. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.

All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here: http://wef.ch/techpioneers19
More information on past winners can be found here.

About Garrison: Garrison was founded in 2014 by David Garfield and Henry Harrison, who set out to change our approach to cyber security.

With a wealth of experience from previous cyber businesses, they designed a product that eradicates the largest cyber risk to organisations and governments worldwide, that of web-borne threats such as malware, phishing attacks and drive-by downloads.

Garrison is pioneering a new technological paradigm in the field of cyber security – a system architecture known as hardsec. Instead of CPUs, hardsec uses lower-complexity (non-Turing-machine) digital logic to implement security, avoiding software’s weak point. By making use of FPGA silicon, hardsec can deliver rock hard security while maintaining the flexibility to address real-world cyber security problems in a cost-effective manner.

About World Economic Forum: The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (www.weforum.org).