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Tesserent acquires security player Seer for $5M

CEO claims current market conditions present “tremendous consolidation opportunities”
Tesserent's Julian Challingsworth

Tesserent's Julian Challingsworth

Tesserent is ploughing ahead with its acquisition push by swallowing Australian cyber security provider Seer.

The $5 million buy, paid via a share purchase agreement, will give Tesserent access to the Melbourne and Canberra-based businesses’ cyber capabilities and government client roster.

Led by managing director Scott Ceely, Seer provides government-certified assurance and governance, risk and compliance services, plus software development.

The company made $7.6 million in revenue last year and is said to have multiple locked-in federal government contracts.

The Seer Canberra team will join Tesserent’s ACT operation, North Security, which the latter acquired from PS&C in December last year.

Meanwhile, its Melbourne team will remain an independent organisation dedicated to software development. Integration of the new teams will be completed by the end of September 2020.

According to Tesserent CEO Julian Challingsworth, the deal takes advantage of the "current market conditions” stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic which present “tremendous consolidation opportunities”.

“We fully expect to take advantage of this with additional acquisitions currently under consideration,” he added.

Only this week, Tesserent announced it had secured $10 million to support its Cyber-360 Strategy, of which M&A will play a major role.

It also struck a teaming agreement with Oracle-focused consulting firm McArthur Associates (MCA) in another bid to gain presence within the federal government.