Cybersecurity firm picks up £750k wins and claims NHS attack has acted as "wake-up call"

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by David Prior

Cybersecurity firm Secarma has won three contracts totalling more than £750,000 in value.

The deals will see the UKFast-owned company, which recently appointed managing director Paul Harris, provide penetration testing and consultancy services to a global software firm and a large-scale industrial control systems (ICS) operator.

The company said the recent cyber attack on the NHS had acted as a "wake-up call" to organisations on the issue.

Paul Harris (left) with UKFast founder Lawrence Jones

Harris said: “These deals demonstrate a maturing understanding of the scale of threat that's now at play. There's still, even now, a reticence to act proactively and there are still many senior heads buried in the sand on cybersecurity.

“Signing up an ICS company is a significant moment, because fears of attacks on critical national infrastructure are becoming more acute since the NHS was hit. The realisation that cyber-attacks could shut down power, disrupt transport or cause any other type of critical infrastructure to fail is finally hitting home. We are being asked with increasing frequency to carry out controlled cyberattacks around the globe on power stations, oil rigs, shipping etc.

“It’s fair to say that the phone is ringing more since the last attack and we are being asked with increasing frequency to carry out controlled attacks around the globe on power stations, oil rigs and transport systems.”

Secarma, owned by UKFast founder and CEO Lawrence Jones, acquired CHECK and CREST accredited security business Pentest Ltd in 2016 and now boasts an international team of more than 50 ethical hackers and security experts, operating out of 10 cities around the world.