It all started…
In the back of an undercover police surveillance van one frosty
PixelPin is a cyber security company that was nominated as one of the most innovative mobile start-ups by UKTI and SMART UK in January 2013.
The founders, Brian Taylor and Geoff Anderson, had long established careers working with military intelligence and defence companies before developing the PixelPin patented approach to online authentication: using personal pictures to replace passwords.
Brian Taylor, the inventor and CEO, came up with the idea whilst working with the London Met Surveillance team on transferring military grade surveillance systems into Homeland Security. The project team were prompted to input three levels of passwords that changed each month. Each password was randomly generated and a minimum of 15 digits, so the team ended up writing them down. Brian came up with the idea of replacing the passwords with pictures, and PixelPin was born.
The A Team
‘Everything that I have achieved in my career to date has brought me to this place called PixelPin and I say this because having a dream on its own is not enough.
Being a Soldier in the Royal Signals taught me not to ask how, but just get on with the task one step at a time to achieve the goal, although my hardware and software engineering experience has provided great insight into what it really takes to produce quality over and above a simple goal.
The international pragmatic programme management skills I’ve acquired have seen delivery of projects from cradle to grave and I am proud to have worked with the RAF Reconnaissance Tornado Squadrons, delivering decisive intelligence assets used in the Gulf war.
Having freelanced for over a decade on a variety of high security technologies in various industry sectors has provided a wide foundation of knowledge and skills not found in a single long term role.
I believe in privacy and high security for everyone and there is nowhere I would rather be than right here right now, knowing that there are no bad learning experiences and only opportunities ahead.’
Geoff, a chemistry graduate, and Fellow of the British Computer Society, started as a software engineer and has successfully led system level bids in the naval command and control domain. Working as a consultant for Vega represented the UK government in an international defence collaboration. Initiated an information security business line within Thales and led the Business Development activities in winning new contracts, resulting in the business winning one of the biggest ever UK cyber programmes.
He has developed secure Wealth Management Systems for independent financial advisors and banks. He also has experience designing and developing web applications for a large multi-national security company as well as experience in manufacturing and transport.
Previous work includes a project for the Adidas London 2012 Olympic campaign and a channel Ident for BSkyB’s Sky Arts channel. Sarah’s previous experience and broad design capabilities will help in developing the PixelPin brand & communicating our story to a wider audience.