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UKFast adds public sector security depth with S-IA buy

UKFast has made its second security firm acquisition in just a few months as it goes after public sector business

UKFast has extended its ability to service the public sector with cloud and security support as a result of its acquisition of Secure Information Assurance (S-IA).

S-IA’s impressive customer list includes the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office who are leaning on the firm to supply them with security expertise.

The deal, the price of which was undisclosed, took a year to complete and gives UKFast access to the IL3 and IL4 Official-Sensitive accreditations and puts it in a very strong position with public sector clients.

The deal marks the second security acquisition in the space of six months following on from the deal to buy Pentest last July.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones OBE said that the acquisition was not just about the public sector but would help with other customers.

“Acquiring S-IA is a strategic move, not only because of its high-profile government clients, but also because of its security product set,” he added  “It’s a business that’s very much on the rise and the deal was an extremely competitive process, but the S-IA management team sees the clear advantage of partnering with UKFast, seeing the instant scalability of our eCloud platform as the perfect offering for the government.”

“We’re bolting on a new level of expertise and technical capability to UKFast’s existing product range,” he added.

S-IA CEO Martin Knapp is remaining to head up UKFast’s G-Cloud team and will be looking to grow public sector revenues.

“The conversation started when we went to UKFast to look at their data centre facilities. We initially planned to host our cloud with UKFast, but we were so impressed that we started a conversation about becoming partners and that quickly became a conversation about Lawrence buying the business,” he said.

“Wholly owned, UK-based data centres are such an important factor for the sector we’re dealing with,” he added.​

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