Cybersecurity consultancy Sekuro expands into UK market

02 December 2023 3 min. read
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Just three years on from its formation, Sydney-based cybersecurity consultancy Sekuro has expanded internationally with a tailored package of services for organisations in the UK looking to enter Australia.

Formed in 2021 through the amalgamation of four local independent firms, Australian cybersecurity consultancy Sekuro has now expanded overseas with the launch of a UK satellite.

To be headed by Calum McNab, the firm’s initial focus will be to support inbound companies buoyed by closer bilateral relations with meeting their local cybersecurity compliance requirements, through what Sekuro has dubbed its ‘Gateway Australia’ program.

Cybersecurity consultancy Sekuro expands into UK market

“Australia and the UK have a long relationship, which has been further strengthened by the recent Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement and beyond that AUKUS. By fostering a stable environment for trade and investment, UK organisations recognise the opportunity to enter into Australia but need to meet Australia’s specific compliance requirements. This is particularly critical for organisations seeking to do business with the Australian Government,” stated McNab.

Tasked with market entry and growth, the new UK head originally joined the firm from Solista, one of the quartet of Sydney-based entities which came together to form Sekuro in a bid to takes on the likes of Accenture and the Big Four through its own sovereign end-to-end offering, alongside Privasec, CXO Security and Naviro.

The firm expanded its headcount by 30 percent in just its first twelve months, and recently brought in IT industry veteran Ian Buddery as chairman.

Generating a combined take of around $70 million prior to the merger, Sekuro says that its revenues grew by 44 percent last year alone, with the level of demand for cybersecurity services less subject to the fluctuations of the wider consulting market. Indeed, the firm is expecting its current growth trajectory to continue, with the recent Zero Trust Strategy announcement and a new subscription-based Cyber Resilience Program already attracting fresh clients.

“As an Australian-founded and grown industry innovator, Sekuro has successfully demonstrated the demand for its services in Australia,” said Sekuro CEO Noel Allnutt. “It’s clear that Sekuro, and the broader cyber industry for that matter, are on their own unique growth trajectory. This has seen our customer base and service offerings grow rapidly, with our sights now set on strengthening our relationships both locally and globally.”

Here, the firm will be looking to further bump up its numbers through its Gateway Australia program, by offering international businesses what it describes as a comprehensive range of services to help all businesses navigate and adhere to the country’s unique regulatory landscape. Among them, IRAP (Infosec Registered Assessor Program) assessments, which can help organisations gain certification to work in sensitive areas of data security.

The firm concludes: “More government agencies and businesses of all sizes are setting higher security and privacy standards for themselves and the organisations they interact with. Sekuro’s focus on helping CIOs and CISOs build business resiliency by reducing cyber risk while new technologies are adopted, well-positions it to help local businesses improve their cybersecurity posture whilst also supporting international firms in their entry and expansion into Australia.”