NCC buys another US security testing firm

NCC Group has acquired another US-based testing company as it continues to expand its North American reach.

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NCC Group has acquired another US-based testing company as it continues to expand its North American reach.

NCC has bought Intrepidus for a maximum outlay of £7.1m. The acquired firm is a specialist in the expanding mobile telecoms market and is also active in the financial services segment.

In mobile, New York-based Intrepidus provides services to detect security flaws in mobile devices, applications, systems and networks.

Rob Cotton, NCC Group chief executive, said: “This acquisition is an important strategic development for us as it considerably widens our range of offerings, as well as industry IP, and brings a number of new blue chip technology customers."

Angela Eager, an analyst at TechMarketView, said: "NCC Group’s international expansion programme is gathering pace. At the start of the month it acquired US firm Matasano Security.

"The latest acquisition is strategic in two ways. Not only does it build NCC’s US footprint contributing to its goal of greater US penetration, it also brings a specialist security research and testing services provider in the mobile telecoms area, enabling NCC to participate in this hot tech sector."

Intrepidus is NCC's ninth testing acquisition and its third in the US.

NCC Group experienced problems (with its failed SAP system implementation from the very beginning of the project, the company indicated in its preliminary full-year results. The firm revealed that it was forced to revert to an old, group-wide IT system from Sage.

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