Leeds cyber security consultancy, Pentest People, has announced that it has opened a new office in the Hub8 innovation space in Cheltenham’s Brewery Quarter. The company expansion follows a record year of growth that generated a 60% revenue increase for the start-up.
Organisations commission Pentest People’s cyber security experts to test their websites, applications and IT systems for any weaknesses that could allow cyber criminals to steal information, damage IT systems, or hold data to ransom. The company has a growing number of CHECK team leaders, who possess qualifications and penetration testing experience approved by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which has attracted additional clients from the public sector.
Led by sales director, Anthony Harvey and technical director, Gavin Watson, Pentest People has grown to over seventy employees within three years, with ten new members of staff added this year alone. The company has also taken on a number of apprentices to provide them with the professional experience and qualifications to start successful careers in cyber security.
A senior CHECK team leader will work in the new Cheltenham office alongside computer science graduates and apprentices hired from the local area, overseen by Gavin Watson, and company co-founder, Andrew Mason, who also runs another start-up that was accepted onto the NCSC Cyber Incubator in Cheltenham.
Andrew Mason attributes the company’s rapid growth to the innovative solutions offered, including SecureGateway, which was developed by Pentest People at the start of lockdown and enables clients to maintain rigorous testing regimes even when consultants are unable to visit their premises in person.
The development of SecureGateway earned Pentest People inclusion in Leeds’ Digital Enterprise Top 100 list and also won the company two Digital City Awards 2021 for best innovation and best cyber security project of the year.
Commenting on the company’s growth strategy, co-founder, Andrew Mason said, “In March we took a larger office in Leeds to accommodate our growing team in the North. We now want to expand our operations and develop our people in a dedicated cyber security co-working space at the heart of the UK’s national centre for cyber security expertise, where knowledge can be shared and ideas can be cross-pollinated. This will benefit our clients and growing team in Leeds, as well as allowing us to recruit graduates and talented apprentices in the Cheltenham area who have a strong aptitude for cyber security.”
Bruce Gregory, Managing Director of Hub8 commented, “We are delighted to welcome Pentest People to Hub8. Its proximity to GCHQ and links to leading academic centres, Cheltenham and the wider region continue to attract the most ambitious and innovative companies in the cyber security space. It’s no coincidence that Cheltenham boasts 11 x the national average of cyber security companies. As a new local employer, we look forward to seeing Pentest People continuing to grow and thrive.”