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CyberCX forks over $25M to buy Cloudten and Decipher Works

CyberCX forks over $25M to buy Cloudten and Decipher Works

Two channel players were previously acquired by ASX-listed Vortiv

John Paitaridis (CyberCX)

John Paitaridis (CyberCX)

Credit: CyberCX

CyberCX has once again reached into its pockets to make a dual acquisition of publicly listed Cloudten and Decipher Works for $25 million. 

The private equity backed M&A machine will buy the two channel players from ASX-listed Vortiv, which had previously acquired the two companies while still named Transaction Solutions International (TSI). 

According to the recently launched CyberCX, the deal will give it greater capabilities in cyber security, identity, data analytics and cloud services sector. 

In addition, the deal will broaden CyberCX’s customer base across financial services, education, government, transport, manufacturing and services sectors. 

John Paitaridis, who left his role as Optus Business to lead the BGH-backed "supergroup", said the acquisitions will form part of the company’s investment plans for our identity and cloud security offerings.

“COVID-19 has accelerated enterprises’ cloud migration strategies and highlighted the need for robust identity management solutions,” he said. “With its deep domain expertise and relentless customer focus, CyberCX is well positioned as a strategic partner on this journey.” 

Collectively, Cloudten and Decipher Works have teams in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and over 50 employees 

Specialising in cyber security, Decipher counts IBM, Okta, Forgerock and Thycotic among its vendor partners and offers managed services and support, access management, identity governance and enterprise security. 

It was acquired by TSI in 2017 for around $5.1 million and later went on to capture $500,000 worth of revenue from new business wins for its new parent company.

Meanwhile, Sydney's Cloudten was bought by WA-based TSI in 2019, the former paying $8.6 million for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner.

Following the acquisition, Cloudten launched in London and opened two new offices in Melbourne and Brisbane. 

Richard Tompkinson, Cloudten MD, called CyberCX the “perfect home” for the company, adding: “CyberCX complements our existing domain expertise and will accelerate our growth prospects. We are proud to join Australia’s leading cyber security services organisation and look forward to continuing to drive outstanding results for our customers.” 

Meanwhile Decipher commented that the combined group will present one of the “region’s most capable and compelling identity and access management offerings”. 

Launched last October, CyberCX has grown to 600 cyber security professionals across over 20 offices across Australia and New Zealand, growing largely through acquisition.

It first launched by bringing together several independent cyber brands: Alcorn, Assurance, Asterisk, CQR, Diamond, Enosys, Klein&Co, Phriendly Phishing, Sense of Security, Shearwater, TSS, and Yell IT.

It later bought Melbourne-based Basis Networks and Identity Solutions, before launching into New Zealand by buying Wellington-based Gen2 and later Auckland’s Insomnia Security.

The deal is now currently being put to shareholders. 


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