Founded as a partnership between WaikatoLink and Combined Technologies (CTEK) Automation Engineering Ltd in 2019, First Watch has developed the first cybersecurity platform to prevent attacks on the Operational Technology (OT) networks of industrial control systems that run food processing plants, utilities and other critical infrastructure.
First Watch’s solutions including a patent protected software platform and professional support services provide protection to industrial and key infrastructure sectors
Under the leadership of Managing Director, Bob Stokes, First Watch works together with its partners in each country to successfully deliver leading cybersecurity solutions and services to its customers. First Watch’s expert team is committed to helping your organization manage cyber risk, giving you the support and tools to succeed.
First Watch raised $3.2 million in its seed round of equity funding in May 2020 and a second round of $3.5 million equity funding in November 2021.
These funds are enabling the company to continue enhancing its patented platform which protects endpoints and equipment at the core of industrial networks and also build on early sales successes in New Zealand through expansion into Australia.
Industrial cybersecurity is a multi-billion-dollar market, which is growing rapidly as cyber hackers increasingly target industrial plants which are complex, difficult to maintain, and often have ageing infrastructure.
The First Watch platform can be rapidly deployed into complex industrial environments, providing immediate value to customers with deep insights into the status of their network and assets, and providing real-time cybersecurity protection for critical assets and computers.