Novosco acquires NetDef to boost cloud security presence

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NetDef counts a number of police forces, NHS trusts and financial services organisations amongst its client-base, in addition to two Premier League football clubs

Cloud service provider Novosco has acquired IT security solutions firm NetDef in a “seven-figure deal”, which will see Novosco increase its workforce to 140.

Cheshire-based NetDef counts a number of metropolitan police forces, NHS trusts and financial services organisations amongst its client-base, in addition to two Premier League football clubs. Its other customers include businesses such as Warburtons and Village Hotels.

Novosco has offices in Belfast, Manchester, Dublin and Cork. Its clients include UK health trusts, universities and housing associations, over 50 percent of Northern Ireland’s top 100 companies, and large organisations in the Republic of Ireland.

Novosco NetDefThe acquisition of NetDef, which will continue to trade under its existing name, is intended to help accelerate Novosco’s expansion in the English market in particular.

Novosco managing director Patrick McAliskey said: “NetDef is a well-established provider of network and security solutions to some of the UK’s most high-profile organisations, and its expertise and competence have seen it entrusted with data and projects of the utmost public sensitivity.

“Working with Dave Beesley and his expert team will provide Novosco with added scale, and an important new dimension to our service offering as we seek to further grow our business across the UK and Ireland.”

NetDef managing director Beesley said: “Novosco is a business that we have long admired, and we felt that there was a very strong cultural alignment between the two companies. The complementary expertise that we have will allow us to further enhance and deepen the services that we offer to existing and new clients.”

Founded by Beesley in 1996, NetDef employs 20 people and has an annual turnover of more than £4 million. It has purpose-built headquarters in Cheshire, equipped with customer facilities.

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