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PA Consulting Group acquires 7Safe Ltd to enhance its cyber security service

"The combination of the two businesses will enable us to meet all of our clients’ cyber security needs. We are delighted to welcome 7Safe into the PA group.”


12 January 2012

PA Consulting Group is pleased to announce that it has acquired 7Safe Ltd, a leading cyber security consultancy head-quartered in Cambridge. 7Safe’s expertise in security risk assessment, computer forensics, eDiscovery and education complements PA’s own long-established cyber security, risk and resilience capability, which has been in high demand in securing the businesses of both public and private sector clients. 

The acquisition of 7Safe means that PA now offers a market-leading, end-to-end cyber security service – helping organisations become more secure while making the most of the opportunities that cyberspace presents. 7Safe’s deep testing and forensic skills will complement PA’s wider cyber security experience and expertise. 

Jon Moynihan, Executive Chairman at PA Consulting Group, stated: “We are very pleased that 7Safe has chosen to join PA, thus rounding out our already extensive set of capabilities in cyber security. 7Safe are our kind of people; they have the same highly professional, ethical and people-focused approach to business as PA. The combination of the two businesses will enable us to meet all of our clients’ cyber security needs. We are delighted to welcome 7Safe into the PA group.”

Alan Phillips, co-founder of 7Safe, says: “We are all excited by the opportunities that this provides to better help our clients. Cyberspace offers great opportunities for businesses; we can help ensure that their operations are conducted safely and with resilience. PA has an enviable market reputation for delivering cyber security solutions. We are delighted to join forces to provide an integrated range of cyber security services to clients.”

Neira Jones, Head of Payment Security, Barclaycard, says: “Barclaycard and 7Safe have been working together for over four years, ensuring the security of online payments around the world from all of our global partners.  We look forward to working with PA and 7Safe in the future, as they bring together both specialist technical capabilities and wider cyber security, IT, management and technology expertise.”

7Safe formally became part of the PA Group of companies on 1 January 2012.

Notes to the editor

About PA Consulting Group

We are a firm of more than 2,000 people, specialising in management and IT consulting, technology and innovation. Independent and employee-owned, we operate globally from offices across Europe and the Nordics, the United States, the Gulf and Asia Pacific.

We work with businesses and governments to anticipate, understand and meet the challenges they face. We have outstanding technology-development capability and a unique breadth of skills, from strategy to performance improvement, from HR to IT. Our expertise covers energy, financial services, life sciences and healthcare, government and public services, defence and security, transport and logistics, telecommunications, consumer goods and automotive.

PA has extensive experience working closely with our clients in both the public and private sectors at the forefront of cyber security. From world-leading energy firms to major government departments, we help organisations significantly strengthen security and reduce risk – and ultimately, improve business performance. We take an integrated and practical approach to cyber security, bringing together people, organisational and technical elements to create an effective strategy for protecting business assets.

About 7Safe

7Safe is a leading technical cyber consulting company, which specialises in penetration testing, computer forensics, e-Discovery, PCI DSS, Doc Discovery software and MSc-accredited education.  It is one of Barclaycard’s preferred data security auditors, helped the Association of Chief Police Officers author its guidance on forensics and provides specialist training into some of the most sensitive parts of UK government.

The deal was originated and managed by Baker Tilly’s Corporate Finance team, led by Tom Gallop.


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