Gradian Announces Employee of the Year & Charity of the Year at the Annual Kick-Off!

Gradian Announces Employee of the Year & Charity of the Year at the Annual Kick-Off!

Every year the Gradian Team get together off-site for a training, team building and awards day. This year the event took place at the Petersham Hotel in Richmond where Neil Buckley was the proud recipient of our Employee of the Year 2019 award and Make A Wish were announced as our Charity of the Year. The theme of 2019’s event was Authenticity.


Two awards are presented annually at the Kick-Off: Employee of the Year and Most Improved Employee. Eligible employees need to have had at least one year’s service under their belt. However, the decision was taken this year to extend recognition to employees with less than one year’s service. Here is the winners’ gallery:

Employee of the Year

Neil Buckley
Sales Manager

Most Improved Employee

Matthew Alvisse
Success Associate

Best Newcomer

David Harris
Technical Support Team Leader

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Charity of the Year

Annually, the Gradian Team are given the opportunity to vote for our preferred Charity of the Year. The results of the vote were announced at the Kick-Off with Make A Wish being this year’s beneficiary for any of our fundraising activities. Danielle Munday, a representative from the Charity, came to talk to us and provided some context to the purpose and activities that Make A Wish undertake. The charity creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses and we’re all very much looking forward to throwing ourselves behind raising funds for such a worthwhile cause. Plans are now afoot for a Tough Mudder, a Bake-Off and the Three Peaks Challenge amongst other fundraising ideas.

Guest Speaker

We were delighted to welcome James Charlton, IT Security Manager, from MS Amlin as guest speaker within our Voice of the Customer segment. It’s invaluable to hear from Customer’s first-hand about their experiences when dealing with us and even better when the feedback is positive. Thank you for giving up your valuable time, James!

Team Building

Building on the theme of Authenticity, the room was stunned into silence with the arrival of an authentic Maori performing the Haka. The Haka is the embodiment of unity and carries a strong cultural message of trust and common purpose; it also provides the perfect team building opportunity! Here’s the team in action:

And Relax!

The day culminated in an evening cruise along the River Thames aboard the Richmond Royale. Much laughter, many drinks and interesting dancing…

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Gradian significantly strengthens presence on Government's new G-Cloud 11 platform

Gradian significantly strengthens presence on Government's new G-Cloud 11 platform

Year on year, Gradian have strengthened their listing on the Government’s G-Cloud platform (digital marketplace) and this year is no exception.

Notably the G-Cloud 11 expansion includes additional technology listings from both Valimail and Echoworx, and also several listings based on Gradian’s own Value-Added Products. This new emphasis on expanded tech and “home-grown” service offerings mirrors Gradian’s strategic approach to market. Focus is now on enhancing top-tier technologies with the application of a personalised Gradian service wrapper.

The fully expanded listing now comprises:

Gradian Value Added Products
Gradian’s Technical Account Service Plan (TASP™)
Gradian Support for Symantec Products
Gradian’s Managed Configuration Service
Gradian’s Professional Services for Symantec Technology Solution Delivery

Additional Technologies
Valimail Enforce
Valimail Monitor
Echoworx OneWorld Encryption

Symantec Technologies
Symantec Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)
Symantec Endpoint Defence with Cyber Defence Manager
Symantec Policy Based Encryption Advanced
Symantec’s Web Isolation
Symantec Email Threat Detection & Response (ETDR)
Symantec’s SEP Mobile
Symantec’s Email Security Service
Symantec’s Email Fraud Prevention (EFP)
Symantec’s Managed Endpoint Detection & Response
Symantec’s Email Threat Isolation
Symantec’s Web Security Service

With 14 of their listings under the Cloud Software category, Gradian’s 4 “home-grown” service wrappers are also listed under Cloud Support within the below sub-categories:

Setup and migration
Quality assurance and performance testing
Security services
Ongoing support

A Gradian spokesperson commented on the benefits of their additional exposure on the new framework:

Expanding our presence on G-Cloud 11 with these additional awards enables the public sector bodies to easily take advantage of the additional value Gradian brings to our cherry-picked technology stack. It dovetails perfectly with our initiative to make Gradian easy to work with.

The idea of G-Cloud is to cut out a large proportion of “due diligence” on the part of public sector as this will already have been undertaken prior to listing; it effectively expedites the buying process.

In a nutshell it’s all about increasing peace of mind, the message is that Gradian is a credible and safe pair of hands.

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Email security leader Agari expands with Gradian as first UK partner

Agari, a leading cybersecurity company, has today announced it is partnering with security technology VAR Gradian. The partnership will expand the reach of the Agari Email Trust Platform in Europe.

With 95 percent of cyber attacks and data breaches initiated via email, it has become increasingly important for businesses to de-risk email communications while still delivering a world class customer experience.

The Agari Email Trust Platform is relied upon by Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies around the world to protect against the rising threat of deceptive emails by identifying the true sender with unmatched accuracy.

Agari’s proprietary analytics engine and email telemetry network provides unparalleled visibility into over two trillion emails every year across three billion mailboxes, providing the intelligence to see through even the most advanced deceptive techniques and restore trust to the inbox.

The Agari Email Trust Platform includes Agari Customer Protect, which helps brands to protect their trusted identities from being impersonated by fraudsters, and Agari Enterprise Protect, which protects organisations from advanced spear phishing and Business Email Compromise attacks.

Gradian is Symantec’s foremost UK partner for delivering email security solutions, and Agari is a perfect complement to the portfolio which Gradian already delivers to leading UK enterprises.

Steve Bell, VP of Sales at Agari, comments:

“We are delighted to be working with Gradian to bring the advanced protection of the Agari Email Trust Platform to more organisations in the UK and Ireland. Gradian’s expertise in the field of email security is an ideal fit for delivering our solution to organisations looking to defend their customers and employees against the increasing threat of malicious emails.”

Damian Acklam, CEO & Founder of Gradian, comments:

“Messaging security and compliance is in our blood so becoming Agari’s first UK partner is the perfect marriage between their technology and our skill set. The Agari Email Trust Platform, when combined with industry leading secure messaging providers, delivers a next-gen cyber-defence platform capable of solving the problem of spoofing to the enterprise; our experience and know-how means we are uniquely poised to help our clients benefit from this alignment.”

Agari and Gradian are offering organisations a complementary email threat assessment to gain real-time threat intelligence and immediate visibility into their email channel. For more information, visit:

About Agari

Agari, a leading cybersecurity company, is trusted by leading Fortune 1000 companies to protect their enterprise, partners and customers from advanced email phishing attacks. The Agari Email Trust Platform is the industry’s only solution that ‘understands’ the true sender of emails, leveraging the company’s proprietary, global email telemetry network and patent-pending, predictive Agari Trust Analytics to identify and stop phishing attacks. The platform powers Agari Enterprise Protect, which help organisations protect themselves from advanced spear phishing attacks, and Agari Customer Protect, which protects consumers from email attacks that spoof enterprise brands. Agari, a recipient of the JPMorgan Chase Hall of Innovation Award and recognised as a Gartner Cool Vendor in Security, is backed by Alloy Ventures, Battery Ventures, First Round Capital, Greylock Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Scale Venture Partners.

Learn more at and follow us on Twitter @AgariInc.

About Gradian

Founded in 2001, Gradian is a consultancy, technology solutions and support services firm – our core expertise lies in the world of secure messaging and compliance.

Gradian’s purpose is to ensure your data security technologies are not only tailored to fit your exact requirements but are working so efficiently that they’re maximising your return on investment.

What you’re actually buying is integrity.
The price you pay is the leap of faith you take in trusting us.

We don’t underestimate this.

Behind this integrity sits a wealth of experience, knowledge and specialism combined with a burning desire to help protect you. We want to hear about your pain points; we will listen, we will advise and then we will work together to find the best treatment possible. We don’t stop there, our UK-based 24x7x365 support centre is on hand and always ready to help.

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Gradian’s Head of Technical Services attains the heady heights of Symantec Knighthood.

We are now extremely proud to boast Symantec nobility amongst our ranks as we congratulate Matt Elvin, our Head of Technical Services, for being awarded his Symantec Knighthood.

With over 65,000 active Symantec partners worldwide, the illustrious Symantec Knights number only 250 technically expert individuals. With a mere 15 Knights in the UK and 100 in EMEA, Matt has achieved the highest possible order of the Symantec partner community.

The aim of the program is to bring together the best technical minds from within Symantec's partner community to help build the “ultimate security solution” whilst empowering the Customer.

But what does this mean for Gradian’s Customers?

It’s about Putting You First. We’re your ambassador within the Symantec community. A Knight is highly networked within the Symantec world enabling us to reach the right people at the right time to ensure your voice is heard.

It’s about Trust. You have the confidence of knowing that Gradian’s technical leadership team is spearheaded by the crème-de-la-crème of Symantec technical expertise and experience.

You benefit from our Knowledge. A Knight receives Executive Access providing regular in-depth technical training, Beta program participation, and advanced content via access to the Symantec “Round Table”.

Importantly, Symantec Knights have the respect and confidence of Symantec systems engineering and sales teams.

The Path to Knighthood

Being granted a Knighthood is far from easy. A would-be Knight must be nominated by a skilled Symantec SE willing to invest time into the long-term mentorship of the individual. Amongst other stringent criteria, a potential Knight is required to have SSE+ and SCS/STS certifications and to demonstrate a consistent level of technical expertise at POC level.

Matt comments on his Symantec decoration:

“I’m delighted to have received this level of recognition from Symantec as I believe it’ll provide our Customer’s with increased confidences in our ability to help them be successful.”