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Claranet adds security muscle with NotSoSecure buy

Managed service specialist builds on acquisition of SEC-1 last year with latest purchase to give more depth to its security proposition

Claranet has made its second acquisiton in the space of two months picking up penetration specialist NotSoSecure adding mkore depth and geographical coverage to its security proposition.

Back in May the managed services player was adding more Azure expertise with the purchase of Union but this time around it is security which has been given a boost.

The firm acquired SEC-1 last year to increase the cyber security products and services it could deliver and this latest acquisition is a further signal of its intention to carve out a strong foothold in that market.

Cambridge-based NotSoSecure operates out of the UK, US and India and provides ethical hacking training at Blackhat events as well as penetration testing of networks and web and mobile apps.

NotSoSecure is looking to use the muscle of its new owner to not only extend its reach in the UK but also as an opportunity to push its presence in the US and the firm’s founders, Dan Haagman and Sumit Siddharth, are remaining with the business to spearhead that expansion.

“Our acquisition of NotSoSecure has been made as part of our vision to further enhance the security services and expertise that we are able to offer to our customers, as well as gain access to new global markets such as the US and Australia," said Charles Nasser, founder and CEO of Claranet.

“NotSoSecure’s passion for excellence and desire to be at the forefront of cybersecurity training and innovation were crucial factors in this latest acquisition. Their ambitious aims for growth are very much aligned with our own, so we are eagerly anticipating the impact they will have on the success of the wider Group,” he added.

The response from one of the founders of NotSoSecure was to highlight the opportunities that were in the market for those that had the right level of security expertise.

"Since we established the business, the risk of cyber-attacks for organisations around the world has grown exponentially. However, this has not been matched by an increase in training and knowledge and, as a result, there is now a severe global skills shortage in cyber-security," stated Siddarth.

"With Claranet’s backing and experience of breaking into new territories, we are in a strong position to build our service portfolio and seize market share in this rapidly growing and evolving industry," he added.

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