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Our Story

ThirdSpace has been at the very forefront of identity and access management for nearly 20 years.

We understand that the digital landscape is changing – this means your requirements are, too. But identity is the foundation for modern-day security and mobility – and it’s the foundation of who we are.

Our long history of working with new technology challenges and responding to evolving client needs has made us the globally-recognised, award-winning company we are today.

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Lift off

In 2002, our leadership team travelled to Seattle for a Microsoft training event. This led to the birth of ThirdSpace (then Oxford Computer Group UK) as an identity and security services company.

Since then, we have implemented over 1,000 identity, enterprise mobility and security solutions in the UK and beyond.

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Our first win

University West of England (UWE) was our first client – and we’re still working with the university today!

Like most universities, student turnover, enablement and the loss of a third of their people every September was a challenge. We quickly implemented a platform that made the process cleaner and easier to manage.

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The first summit

Our growth was evident by two things. Firstly, we were quickly running out of space in our offices. Secondly, we were in demand.

We launched the first European MIIS User Group meeting, in partnership with Microsoft, to share the value of what was possible with these new technologies. Starting with 60 attendees in 2006, we now host more than 200 delegates every year, with speakers including Brad Anderson (Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President) and Alex Simons (Director of Program Management in Microsoft’s Identity Division).

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We’re Microsoft’s Partner of the Year Winner

We’d previously won Microsoft’s prestigious Partner of the Year Award in the form of Oxford Computer Training (in 1991, 1993 and 2000), but we scooped the coveted title for the first time as OCG in 2008, and then again in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018.

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A bigger barn and more technology

We realised we were only going to get bigger, so we said goodbye to our first office and moved to bigger barn premises in Oxfordshire. The solution set was expanding and so was our capability, as cloud moved to the forefront of Microsoft’s thinking.

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Expansion to Wales

Transitioning from identity expert to Microsoft’s go-to security partner meant expanding our services even further. With our Welsh roots and its great people, South Wales was the place to set up our managed services and support facility. So far, we have created over 30 jobs in South Wales.

What started out as support has evolved into managed services. And it’s paved the way for our work in cyber security and customer identity and access management (CIAM), specialising in technologies across the Microsoft 365 stack.

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Identity becomes key with cloud and mobility

Our expansion to South Wales also marked the beginning of our journey from traditional identity management to a focus on digital transformation.

Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security product set a new benchmark for identity-driven solutions. In response to the changing market, we moved away from a perimeter-based approach to cloud and mobile, emphasising identity as the very core of a successful security strategy.

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Identity beyond employees

Identity is no longer an employee-centric need. With the advent of cloud and explosion of apps and new devices, new ways to engage with clients and partners abound.

CIAM is key to customer engagement and new business models. Alignment with Microsoft’s Azure AD B2C and B2B products help us meet our clients’ needs for a secure, frictionless experience for their customers and partners.

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Security takes centre stage

The perimeter was eroding, driven by cloud and new mobile working practices. Old school security was not fit for purpose and the threat landscape was evolving. Then came governance aligned with privacy and security.

Forward-thinking companies invested in cloud and digital transformation and needed our help. We built a cyber security practice to support clients on their journey to becoming more secure and compliant.

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Cyber security partnership with The University of South Wales

The strength of the IT security industry depends on collaboration and emerging talent. In 2018, we partnered with the first of its kind cyber security facility at The University of South Wales.

The partnership has helped us grow our cyber services and capability in working with the university and other security companies in South Wales, as well as foster an atmosphere of practical learning for the security experts of the future.

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Winner Microsoft Security and Compliance Partner of the Year

Our fifth award and the most exciting to date – taking home the first Microsoft Security and Compliance Award.

Our work providing outstanding solutions and services in security and compliance – notably for our innovative Security and Privacy Service – cemented our reputation as a distinguished Microsoft partner in identity and security.

In 2020, our expertise would be recognised further with Microsoft’s Gold Security accreditation.

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Hello, ThirdSpace!

In 2018, the time was right for a brand that truly represented the sphere in which we’d built up our prestigious reputation. ThirdSpace was born.

We enable our clients to securely embrace a modern and mobile way of working; occupying the ground that bridges security and access, and transforming the way people and businesses relate to technology.

Our solutions provide protection and enable our clients to engage at home, at work or, indeed, anywhere – a third space.

ThirdSpace are Microsoft identity and security experts that provide the control to liberate.

(Although we have rebranded as ThirdSpace, we maintain strong links and an active collaboration with Oxford Computer Group, allowing us to bring wider experience and greater technical depth to our clients.)


Our first managed security service is launched!

In 2019, Microsoft released Azure Sentinel. Within 12 months, the cloud-native SIEM had been named a Security Analytics Platform ‘Leader’ by Forrester Wave, and we’d built a Threat Monitoring and Incident Response service around the technology.

By the end of the year, we’d onboarded our first client – Stirling University – and picked up another Microsoft Partner of the Year award – Finalist for Security and Compliance.

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Hello, TiG!

At the start of 2021, we joined forces with TiG – an award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner that specialises in cloud transformation, data intelligence, and 24/7 managed services.

Although we retained our independent capability and brand, TiG’s acquisition afforded us the opportunity to expand our security capabilities – giving clients the opportunity to benefit from a comprehensive suite of cloud migration, identity, and managed security services.

Soon after, we were one of a select few managed service partners to be invited to join the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association – recognition for our growing capability in Azure Sentinel.

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