MailGuard’s CEO & Founder, Craig McDonald, has been presented with the 2019 Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award.
The Pearcey State Entrepreneur Awards recognises individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Australian ICT industry in their state. Specifically, the awards are presented to individuals who have "taken a risk and made a difference and are an inspiration" within the ICT industry.
“Craig epitomises the values of the Pearcey Foundation. He took a risk to start his companies, to change the world for the better and to do it all from a base in Melbourne, long before we even had the concept of a tech startup,” said Wayne Fitzsimmons, Chair, Pearcey Foundation.
The Pearcey Oration dinner and awards event was supported by the Victorian Government and forms part of its Digital Innovation Festival (DIF2019) program.
MailGuard are one of the world’s foremost cloud email and web security firms.
Established in 2001, MailGuard are a Melbourne-based business who specialise in email filtering, including phishing and brandjacking. Their propriety software detects criminal intent messages 2 to 48 hours ahead of competitors. MailGuard were the first company in the world to pick up the Netflix scam.
“Craig has built a globally leading cyber security business from the ground up, which is particularly impressive because he is not a technically trained professional. He is absolutely committed to the vision of technology delivering to us a better world. MailGuard AI-powered cloud cyber security solutions help to protect us from the ever-present and ever-evolving threats to our users and our enterprises. He runs his business with a focus on his people and operates an impressive internship program, helping to build a stronger base for the future of the ICT ecosystem in Australia,” said Jordan Green, Victorian Chair, Pearcey Foundation in the Pearcey Foundation media release on 28 August this year.
McDonald’s passion and focus is to protect the state of the nation by supporting and educating businesses who continue to struggle with email security. Craig's book Surviving the Rise of Cybercrime is a non-technical executive guide to enable business leaders to be more proactive tackling the threats posed by cybercrime.
MailGuard are a founding member of the Australian Cyber Security Growth Centre. In 2016, MailGuard entered into a global partnership with Microsoft and have since been named as one of their top 10 critical global partners. McDonald believes MailGuard’s constantly evolving, leading-edge technology has the potential to secure the future of the digital economy.
The company operates in over 27 countries, has more than 500 channel partners worldwide, offers 100% guaranteed availability and maintains a quintessential focus on serving its customers and their users. That focus delivers a remarkable customer retention rate of 98%. MailGuard is integrated with all the major email platforms and is the preferred supplier and partner for some of the world’s largest companies, including Microsoft.
Victoria's capabilities in cyber security
Victoria leads the nation on cyber security. The Victorian Government has provided strong backing to establish a hub of cyber security infrastructure based in the heart of Melbourne's financial services district, Docklands.