Leeds-based Pentest People opens South West office

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by Alistair Hardaker
Pentest People

Leeds-based cybersecurity consultancy Pentest People has opened a new office in the Hub8 innovation space in Cheltenham. 

Led by sales director Anthony Harvey and technical director Gavin Watson, the company has grown to over seventy employees within three years, with ten new members of staff added this year. 

The company has also taken on a number of apprentices to provide them with the professional experience and qualifications to start careers in cyber security.

A senior team leader will work in the new Cheltenham office alongside computer science graduates and apprentices, overseen by Watson, and company co-founder, Andrew Mason, who also runs another start-up that was accepted onto the NCSC Cyber Incubator in Cheltenham.

Mason attributes the company’s rapid growth to its solutions, which includes SecureGateway,developed at the start of lockdown to enable clients to maintain testing regimes when consultants are unable to visit 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 cybersecurity project of the year.

In March the company took office in Leeds' Round Foundry Media Centre to accommodate its team. 

Mason said: “We now want to expand our operations by adding 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.”

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