So, in line with the turn of the year, we have also reflected on 2020. Sure, it has been quite a challenging year for Perseus as well. However, we have also experienced many positive and beautiful moments which we do not want to miss, despite of COVID19, lockdown and contact restrictions.
This is our review of 2020.
February: Perseus became part of the HDI Group
At the beginning of the year, the first milestone was already set. Perseus left the Finleap ecosystem and was acquired by the HDI Group on February 1, 2020. The partnership, which had already begun in 2019, was thus further strengthened. For HDI Group, this means that it can now offer cyber insurances and cyber security services from a single source.
Perseus will continue to operate as an independent brand after the acquisition and will remain a cybersecurity provider for existing customers and third-party companies.
March: Remote work becomes the new normal
Since Mid March, it was decided: Remote work for all employees. Because, also for Perseus, the safety for its staff is of the utmost importance. The changeover to working from home was quick and unbureaucratic. Every day there was a short catch-up call with the entire team. This made it possible to work efficiently despite contact restrictions and curfews. To maintain a sense of team spirit, motto meetings were held, e.g. "Everyone in Pink" or "Pirate Day". There was something for everyone.
June: Expansion of the incident management with CYRISO
In June, Perseus acquired CYRISO, the service provider specialized in cyber damages. The recovery of cyber damages is one part of the employee-centric approach of Perseus. By acquiring CYRISO, Perseus has expanded their existing emergency response product and is able to offer its customers an improved service as it is now possible to provide prevention of cyber damages and comprehensible incident management from one source.
August: Double the staff - we need a bigger office
Another highlight of 2020 has been the constantly growing team structure. Almost no week went by without seeing a new face on the floors of the office or in an online-conference call. On-boarding during Corona times posed challenges for the Perseus team, but the lack of face-to-face interaction was well compensated for by joint digital Aperitivo-Fridays. In the last eight months alone, the Perseus family has more than doubled from 30 to over 60 employees.
With the team growth also came a new office. Perseus is still located in the fintech hub H:32 in the heart of Berlin, not far from the Berlin Zoo. But the elevator now stops on the seventh floor instead of the fourth. The larger office and conference rooms enable better collaboration and allow employees for whom remote work is not an option to work safely and Corona-compliant during these times.
October: More content, more phishing simulations
Perseus pursues the vision of enabling companies to achieve lasting IT security and data protection. In addition, Perseus supports companies in integrating a sustainable cybersecurity culture. Due to the employee-centric approach, the human being comes to the center of attention. In terms of cyberattacks, the human being remains the number one gateway. To mitigate the risk, Perseus is optimizing its combination of video-based, hands-on online training and the fully-automated, realistic phishing simulations. Employees are now more intensively sensitized to phishing and trained to recognize potential attack patterns from hackers. This will help increase security for Perseus users.
We have similarly ambitious goals at Perseus for 2021. For example, we want to adapt our product and service offering even more to the wishes and requirements of our customers. We want to further expand our partner network and help even more companies to build a holistic cybersecurity culture and integrate it into their organization.