Surviving Cyber 

The Small Business Owner’s Pathway to Peace of Mind

Welcome to Surviving Cyber 

My name is John Byrne, Founder of Surviving Cyber and I would like to welcome you to the site. 

 Surviving Cyber provides online education courses and coaching that helps the owners and managers of small businesses in Ireland and the UK get peace of mind from cyber risk. The courses are particularly relevant to knowledge-based businesses that normally operate to high professional standards but may be struggling with cyber risk.  

 The type of business owner or manager that I can help realizes that their business is now a digital business and wants to be empowered to manage cyber risk. They are constrained at the moment by a variety of factors, none of which are their fault; lack of time, lack of resources, lack of understanding of this complex topic and a lack of focus on the issue, to mention just a few. Above all, their lack of understanding of this complex and ever changing area is the most limiting factor because they cannot manage a risk that they do not understand.

Why should I care about cyber risk? 

As the owner or manager of a  small businesses, ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Do you worry about the potentially catastrophic impact a cyber-attack could have on your business? 
  • Are you a very busy person, time challenged and with limited technology skills?
  • Do you worry that cybersecurity is expensive and have limited budget to incur the expense of IT experts? 
  • Do you worry about the many sources of cyber risk and the types of loss that can result from cyber-attacks? 
  • Do you fear the fact that cybercriminals are experts, always ahead of you and that the environment for this complex topic, that you don't fully understand, is constantly evolving? 
  • Do you hope that the measures that you have taken to protect your business are enough, but still have a nagging concern?
  • Have you outsourced your IT function to an IT Service Provider in the hope that a third party can take this responsibility for you? 
  • Are you beginning to feel pressure from your stakeholders (Board of Directors, customers and/or regulators) to provide evidence of an acceptable cyber posture?
  • Do you want to be able to manage this risk, like any other business risk, without needing to become a cyber expert?

If you have answered 'YES' to any of these questions 

The Surviving Cyber Courses were designed for you!


These courses deliver a transformation in the way that small business owners and managers think about and manage the cyber risk in their business. Their transformation is from worrying about a potentially catastrophic risk that may currently be unmanaged to having the confidence that the business has an effective framework, mindset, strategy and tactical plan in place to manage cyber risk. 

A little information about the Courses

The first course that I launched in January 2021 was a 5-week live Coaching Course that helped small business owners create their Pathway to Peace of Mind from Cyber risk. The Coaching Course has since been expanded to 6 weeks and is now held four times a year. The course is delivered live on Zoom to small groups of business owners and managers as an interactive online experience that delivers strong results to participants.

Based on the success of the initial live Coaching Course, I have now launched two further online courses: The Pathway Course and the Jumpstart Course. These are self-study, video based courses that help the owners and managers of small knowledge-based businesses to begin their journey to cyber resilience.

The Jumpstart course is tightly focused on Technology risk and is designed to help you create the first cyber resilience plan for your small business in 30 days. The Pathway course is a more extensive course, covering a broader range of topics, that helps you create your Pathway to Peace of Mind from cyber risk.

IT skills are not required for any of the courses as the focus is on the management of cyber as a business risk, not an IT issue.

The Jumpstart Course

The Pathway Course

The Coaching Course

My Story

I am an entrepreneur, a Chartered Certified Accountant, an insurance practitioner, and an ex-banker. I spent the first 28 years of my career in corporate roles with international banking and insurance groups as a specialist in financial risk assessment.

My second career during the last 14 years has been as an entrepreneur, during which time I co-founded an insurance underwriting business at Lloyd's of London, where I was Chief Risk Officer. 

In 2012, my LinkedIn account was hacked and in 2013 my personal email account was also hacked. I came close to suffering a painful financial loss. Since I exited the Lloyd's business in 2015, I have worked on start-up projects and I am currently co-founder of an InsurTech firm that provides a cyber risk management platform to medium sized businesses.

2017 brought global ransomware cyberattacks (Not Petya and WannaCry) and massive data breaches. In 2018 my personal data was compromised in 4 separate data breaches. This experience along with continuing cyberattacks and data breaches each year since then convinced me to focus my attention on cyber risk. Most recently, in 2020 and 2021, the global pandemic has brought widespread unplanned working from home which has significantly increased cyber risks, both personal and corporate. It is inevitable that these risks will continue to increase in the future and that small companies will continue to be highly exposed.  
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it."
Stephane Nappo, Global Chief Information Security Officer at Societe Generale International Banking

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There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be.
Robert Mueller - FBI Director, USA - March 2012