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By | John Leyden 18th July 2016 10:43

UKFast owner slurps app security biz Pentest

Swells the ranks of ethical hackers at Secarma

Secarma, the cyber security business owned by UKFast chief exec Lawrence Jones, has bought application security specialists Pentest Limited reportedly for £10m.

The CHECK and CREST accredited company, whose 45-strong team work with global blue chip organisations, will add a team of ethical hackers to Secarma's roster.

John Denneny, managing director for Altrincham, Cheshire-based Pentest Limited, said: “The deal gives us the opportunity to invest in our people and its future growth to a degree that we could not match standalone."

Pentest Limited is unrelated to Buckinghamshire-based Pen Test Partners of Mitsubishi Outlander and iKettle hacking fame.

Penetration testing (AKA pen testing or ethical hacking) is a core service offered by many security consultancies to corporates, so it's not too surprising there are a few firms whose name shares the same root.

The security team at Pentest are set to move to UKFast's main offices in Manchester, where cyber research lab and SOC are being erected.

Pentest Ltd filed abreviated accounts for the year ended 31 May 2015 showing total net assets of £1.259m.

Manchester-based UKFast started off as a business focused ISP but these days describes itself as a cloud infrastructure provider. ®

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