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Capita adds security muscle with Westpoint purchase

Capita started the summer with the Trustmarque acquisition and ends it with a deal to pick up security testing player Westpoint Limited

The word 'acquisition' is often contained in the same sentecne as Capita and the firm has continued to expand its business after picking up cyber security testing outfit Westpoint Limited.

Westpoint has been around since 1999 and operates out of Manchester, selling into various verticals, including finance, media, telecoms, public sector and retail.

The deal bookends a fairly significant summer period for Capita, which started in June with the acquisition of Trustmarque for £57m.

That deal was designed to add some muscle to Capita's services business and gave it access to a Microsoft gold partner and the vendor's largest public sector licensing specialist.

The Westpoint deal is part of Capita's ambitions to increase its cyber security coverage and includes the acquisition of Westpoint Limited and its holding company Smartpoint Limited.

 "This acquisition provides Capita with capabilities and expertise that complement our existing position in the market," said Lesley Bosworth, managing director of Capita IT Professional Services.

 "Westpoint will strengthen our provision of specialist testing services and help us deliver ever more innovative cyber security solutions for our clients," he added that it will become part of the Professional Services business.

 Westpoint was one of the first firms to be appointed by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Approved Scanning Vendors back in 2004. As well as checking for card payment vulnerability the firm also tests mobile, social media, architecture and code security.

 In response, Mike Williams, director of Westpoint Limited, said that it would be in a stronger position as a result of the acquisition.

 "Capita has a reputation as an experienced, trusted provider of IT services and has the scale and expertise to help us expand and develop our offerings," he said.

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