CyberCX acquires New Zealand cyber security testing firm, Insomnia Security


CyberCX has acquired New Zealand cyber security specialist Insomnia Security following a recent launch in New Zealand, led by CyberCX New Zealand CEO Grant Smith, who previously founded Gen2 Consulting and DMZ Global.

John Paitaridis, CyberCX’s CEO, said the acquisition established CyberCX’s penetration testing workforce as the largest in the region. “Insomnia Security provides CyberCX with a significant enhancement to our security testing expertise and a major boost to our trans-Tasman capability. The Insomnia Security team has a global reputation, specialising in offensive security testing services. With a customised client-focused approach, Insomnia Security identifies key cyber threats and works strategically with organisations to contain cyber threats before they become a serious breach.”

Founded in 2007, Insomnia Security is a team of thirty cyber security professionals who are widely recognised as among the world’s most talented and specialised security testers. Headquartered in Auckland with offices in Wellington, Insomnia Security provides services to companies from around the globe to secure their critical networks and digital assets. The firm specialises in offensive security testing services and is a leader in defending against the most current attacks and exploitation techniques, through expert training, research and tool development.

“We are a proudly sovereign organisation, with a core mission to protect and defend Australian and New Zealand businesses and government organisations from sophisticated cyber threats. We offer 24/7 monitoring, detection and management of threats with local expertise and a highly skilled local security workforce to combat the threats and attacks that are increasingly targeted at our part of the world,” Paitaridis said.

Through the CyberCX group, Insomnia Security can harness the synergies and strengths of CyberCX’s regional cyber security business and capabilities. “We are delighted to join CyberCX”, said Insomnia Security Managing Director, Brett Moore. “What CyberCX is building is truly unique – New Zealand’s most formidable force of cyber security professionals. A world class cyber security capability with a dedicated trans-Tasman focus. We are very proud to be part of it.”

“CyberCX brings greater reach and scale to the work we do at Insomnia. Whether adversary simulation, penetration testing, mobile or cloud security we look forward to continuing to deliver highly valued security services to our customers. CyberCX’s unique, sovereign and end-to-end cyber security offering will supercharge our growth in New Zealand and international markets and expand our ability to protect the region from malicious cyber threats,” Mr Moore said.

The announcement of the Insomnia Security acquisition follows the recent launch of CyberCX New Zealand, which includes a stage one plan to invest more than $30 million into the local New Zealand cyber market and commitments to:

  • Increasing CyberCX’s New Zealand workforce to more than 100 employees in the next year
  • Expanding offices in Wellington and Auckland, followed by opening an office in Christchurch
  • Investing in developing a unique New Zealand SOC capability and local cyber workforce development.

CyberCX New Zealand’s CEO Grant Smith said. “Our mission is to build a New Zealand workforce with the best cyber security talent the market has to offer and deliver exceptional customer experience. With the Insomnia Security team joining CyberCX, we’ve made a significant step forward towards this goal.

“We are committed to continued investment in the local New Zealand cyber security market and are keen to hear from cyber security professionals who are looking for an exciting career and want to join the country’s leading cyber security services organisation.”