Maidenhead cyber security firm receives private equity investment

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Maidenhead-based cyber security firm Performanta has received significant investment from Birmingham-headquartered Beech Tree Private Equity.

Performanta is a fast-growing global provider of managed cyber security services to enterprise customers. Beech Tree will support Performanta with its plans to scale up rapidly enhancing sales to accelerate its focus on enterprise customers and the channel as well as further investment into its flagship product CORE. The strategy is also to make strategic acquisitions in core markets to further enhance product capabilities and expand the group.

Performanta is led by a senior team of industry experts including Guy Golan, Attie Booyens, Brendan Kootze and Lior Arbel, who have operated in the global enterprise security market for over 20 years.

The company also has operations in South Africa, Germany, Australia and the US.

The company has also appointed William Morrish as Group Chief Revenue Officer and Tim Collins as Chief Financial Officer as part of the deal. William, previously VP & GM EMEA at Alert Logic, brings significant experience in enterprise security and will drive the accelerated growth of Performanta’s global sales and marketing functions. Tim is an experienced CFO having previously worked in PE-backed companies and as FD for a FTSE 100 technology enterprise. Paul Franks and Adam Rudd from Beech Tree Private Equity have also joined the board as Non-Executive Directors.

Adam Rudd, Director at Beech Tree Private Equity, said: “The market is experiencing significant growth as cyber-attacks become more high profile, frequent and damaging, which is driving the increased requirement for specialist managed cyber security services.

“We have been particularly impressed with the depth of cybersecurity expertise demonstrated by Performanta, which is reflected by its tier one customer base, including businesses with global operations across banking, aviation, financial services, insurance, telecommunications, public sector and blue-chip enterprises. We are delighted to partner with the team and look forward to supporting their next phase of growth”.

Performanta has built its own cloud-based technology platform, CORE, which is unique in the market and provides its customers with a holistic view of their organisation’s entire security environment to manage threats by enhancing security controls and providing real-time compliance reporting. Through utilising CORE, Performanta can monitor customers’ networks and endpoints with automated detection capabilities in place enabling Performanta to neutralise threats and provide a safe operational environment to its customers.

Guy Golan, CEO of Performanta, added: “We have built a strong relationship with Beech Tree due to its strong sector insights and are pleased to be partnering to help accelerate our growth to the next level, providing Cyber Safety (SAFE) to the global market

“This investment is great news for our customers as it will enable us to continue to expand our high-quality offering to our global customer base. We are looking forward to accelerating our growth so we can enable more businesses to operate in a secure environment.”