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FluidOne invests in Gloucester cyber firm

Network aggregator FluidOne has made a strategic investment in dedicated cyber security specialist, Cyber Security Associates Ltd (CSA).

FluidOne said the investment in CSA will further enhance it's cloud solutions offering as part of its plan to become the best quality connected cloud solutions provider to UK businesses.

Founded in 2013 by managing director David Woodfine and technical director James Griffiths, CSA was born in cyber, and the founders boast more than 50 years of combined military and cyber experience between them.

Previous projects cover a range of sectors including the UK Government's Ministry of Defence as well as The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, private clients such as the Bank of England and a number of commercial projects.

FluidOne CEO, Russell Horton said: "When I met David and James I was immediately impressed, they have exceptional cyber experience and their consultancy and managed service toolsets strongly fits with our strategy. Their military background, ongoing government clearance and the way that they have applied this experience over the past seven years to build their business, gives them a stand out point of difference as a trusted cyber security service provider to businesses of all sizes."

"With the FluidOne board I saw a great opportunity to invest in CSA to add a high-quality cyber security specialist to the group as a sister company that we can introduce to the benefit of FluidOne customers and channel partners."

Cyber Security Associates managing director, David Woodfine said: "James and I identified a gap in the market for providing a true end-to-end cyber security managed service offering, which has the best threat intelligence, combined with consultancy, training and assessments to educate businesses of all sizes on the evolving cyber threat.

"This development has started gaining real traction, and we were at the point where we were seeking a strategic partner to invest in the business and support us in the next stage of our growth. Meeting the executive team at FluidOne, I could see a fit for our cyber security services in their Connected Cloud Solutions strategy as well as an alignment in both values and culture. This is a very exciting time for CSA, and I very much look forward to working with Russell and the rest of the FluidOne team."

Following the investment, CSA will continue to be led by the founders, David Woodfine and James Griffiths, and operate as a dedicated security specialist.

CSA will maintain company independence when carrying out security services for FluidOne customers, whilst benefiting from advice, guidance and support from the FluidOne directors.

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