Secarma acquires Pentest

Thursday 6th July 2017

Pentest Ltd the cybersecurity and ethical hacking specialist now trades under the name Secarma Ltd, after its acquisition by the global cybersecurity consultancy. Secarma is owned by UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones MBE, with a Manchester HQ and operatives across the globe.

Secarma now has the largest penetration testing team in Scotland, with a Glasgow office of fourteen full-time staff, following significant investment in recent years. Pentest continues to deliver services on behalf of its clients without disruption.  Paul Ritchie (right) heads up Secarma in Scotland with more than twelve years’ experience in the cybersecurity industry, supporting global, blue chip clients worldwide.

Ritchie said: “Our ambitions are to offer a full stable of cybersecurity services including: defensive security, training and consultancy services. Logically those products sit more comfortably under the Secarma brand, which offers the full suite of services. Creating a trustworthy brand allows our team, alongside the Secarma team, to expand into these additional areas and offer different forms of assurance.”

Ritchie argues this is a hugely positive move, broadening the range of security services available in Scotland and supporting the Scottish Government in reaching its goal of becoming a world leader in cyber resiliency by 2020.

He says: “Improving cyber resiliency starts with retaining talent locally, helping organisations take steps to secure themselves, and supporting our universities in maintaining relevance within their courses. Secarma’s expansion plans need talented people to deliver them and it’s my intention that most of these new jobs stay here. We are committed to helping the Scottish Government reach its goal.”

Following the merging of the two companies, Secarma now holds CHECK and CREST accreditations, boasts a team of more than 50 ethical hackers.


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