Security service providers Advanced Security Consulting (ASC) and Falanx have united to provide a one-stop shop for security.
AIM-listed Falanx announced last week it is to acquire ASC for a total consideration of £435,000.
ASC's founder and managing director Jay Abbott said the acquisition will allow the combined company to provide a "fully rounded proposition" for security services.
"In its cyber division Falanx offers a number of services around protective monitoring, looking after systems from a detection point of view. This is a service we have been offering to our clients for a year now through a partnership with Falanx," he said.
"We do everything they don't in terms of penetration testing, consulting, incident response; the sort of things that naturally wrap around that monitoring. It made a lot of sense given that we were working together, that there was a better way of working long term."
As the sole shareholder in ASC, Abbott will receive £150,000 in cash and shares worth 10 per cent of Falanx's share capital. The shares are subject to a two-year lock-in.
ASC was founded in 2012 while Abbott was running the UK National Threat & Vulnerability Management Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
"I decided it would be more appropriate to do what I was doing in a smaller vehicle that was more flexible to the client's needs," he said.
"ASC are going from strength to strength. We have been growing 100 per cent year on year. We have got to the point now where we can continue to grow at a nice organic rate, or partner with Falanx through the acquisition and see a more accelerated growth programme."
Falanx is a global security and cyber-defence provider with a revenue of £1.92m in 2015. Last year it partnered with ZeroDayLab as a VAR.
In the combined company, Flanan CEO John Blamire will be group CEO and Jay Abbott will be managing director of cyber business.
Abbott added: "The driving benefit for me is that we are stronger together than apart. The two companies working together are much much stronger."
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