Cyber security firm Secarma is on the lookout for ethical hacking talent and a new managing director to support its ambitions of becoming a £100 million business.

Secarma owner Lawrence Jones, also CEO of UKFast, is on the hunt for 20 additional ethical hackers to meet the growing market demand for penetration testing.

The business is looking to expand its team to build on the growth it has achieved since acquiring Pentest Limited in 2016.

"The last two years have been a very steep learning curve for us but an exciting one," Jones said.

"Secarma is a brilliant business full of bright individuals with incredible technical skills. It's time now to really expand and we're looking to build a management team to make Secarma a £100m business in the next 3-5 years.

"It is likely to involve more acquisitions but more immediately it requires serious expansion of the team."

Headquartered at the FastForward project at UKFast Campus in Manchester, Secarma's team of CHECK, CREST and CBEST accredited cyber security consultants work remotely from locations across the globe.

Jones stressed that it's important for Secarma's pen testers to have plenty of time to work on their own challenges and research alongside day-to-day client work.

"It's this research that enables them to learn new skills, keeping them at the forefront of the industry," he said.

"We don't want to turn this into another average consultancy firm that works pen testers flat out for 24 hours a day. We want to retain and attract the best people to deliver the best service to our clients.

"Our approach to development clearly works. Last year at DEFCON, a global hacking contest, the Secarma team was the only British firm to win in competition against the very best in the world. That record speaks for itself."

Secarma came out on top in two competitions at the world's largest hacking convention in Las Vegas last year, exposing more IoT vulnerabilities than any other team in the last four years.

With Pentest founder John Denneny set to retire, Jones is also on the lookout for a new managing director and further senior hires to bolster Secarma's leadership team.

Jones added: "John is retiring and while he's been instrumental in getting us to this level, this is an exciting opportunity for a new managing director with a similar vision to myself to build a £100m business."