Cybersecurity provider NCC offloads web performance division

Cybersecurity and risk mitigation firm NCC Group has sold its web performance division to private-equity backed Eggplant.

The company didn’t reveal how much the deal was worth, but media reports suggest it was valued at £7.5m.

Eggplant, formerly known as Testplant and backed by the Carlyle Group, specialises in user-centric, digital automation intelligence solutions that enhance the quality and performance of the digital experience. The acquisition adds a portfolio of blue chip customers including Argos, BMW, Barclays, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Sainsbury’s Bank, easyJet, and Auto Trader.

The purchase will allow Eggplant to offer integrated AI-driven continuous testing and monitoring against critical business objectives. This will enable customers release apps quicker, while continuing their testing in production, identifying live problems, providing predictive analytics and recommendations on bug fixes. The company will also be able to enhance DevOps pipelines to link business, development and operations groups, offering customers a faster product delivery, unique visibility and continuous product improvement.

Simon Austin, technical director at NCC Group Web Performance, said: “We’ve built a strong offering in the marketplace and are proud of the customers we have in our portfolio. Eggplant has a great reputation in the industry and the combination will offer customers a new and innovative model for continuous business assurance, allowing them to deliver the very best in digital services, products and experiences to their own customers.”

Listed on the London Stock Exchange, NCC provides cyber security and risk mitigation to oil & Gas, finance, retail, internet of things, transport and small business sectors. Its Cybersecurity offering includes penetration testing & security assessments, managed detection & response, vulnerability discovery, compliance & accreditations, threat intelligence and specialist practices, among others.

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