Wakefield Cyber security firm bought by PE-backed group

A Wakefield-headquartered cyber security consultancy has been snapped up by a private equity-backed group.

Agenci is a consultancy that specialises in IT security, particularly ISO 27001 and GDPR, working with a range of clients across the UK to help them meet legal and regulatory requirements. The business is headquartered in Wakefield and also has offices in London.

Cyberfort Group, which is backed by Palatine Private Equity, was created to bring together leaders in the fields of data security to create an end-to-end proposition.

The acquisition adds a third business to the group, with Agenci joining ultra-secure hosting and managed services provider The Bunker and cyber security testing business Arcturus.

Andy Hague, chief executive at Cyberfort Group, said: "We searched for a best-in-breed cyber security consultancy and found that in Agenci. Proper strategic guidance is often the missing link when it comes to security and compliance. This is what Agenci provides and all the clients within our Group now stand to benefit from this world-class expertise.

"We have a clear vision for Cyberfort and we will continue to develop our proposition in order to deliver complete data assurance built around four pillars – protect, detect, advise and shield. The risk and regulatory landscape is changing rapidly and we are perfectly placed to support businesses grappling with the challenges posed by information security."

 Tom Barker, chief executive at Agenci, added: "We are proud to be working alongside industry leaders as part of the Cyberfort Group and to be taking this next step in the evolution of Agenci. This acquisition further enhances our proposition to our valued clients and strengthens our market position.

"With the noise around GDPR, the Data Protection Act 2018 and the upcoming ePrivacy regulation, data protection has gone mainstream and we are now fully positioned to not only ensure our clients achieve compliance, but benefit from it at the same time."