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Glasgow based Ampa acquires CSS Assure


Legal and professional services group Ampa has acquired global cyber security firm CSS Assure for an undisclosed sum.

CSS Assure is projected to add more than £7m to the group’s turnover over the next three years

It is the first non-legal service provider to join since Ampa launched its ‘house of brands strategy’. It will see CSS Assure continue to trade under its existing brand across the UK and internationally.

Glasgow headquartered Ampa has confirmed current CSS Assure staff remain with the company, with no redundancies planned, and has put in place recruitment and growth plans.

CSS Assure officially began trading as part of the Ampa group from October 2021 – with teams working remotely across the UK and utilising the group’s office hubs for client development.

It supports business and consumer clients, with a range of services including cyber security, data protection, financial crime resilience and background checks as well as supporting clients to optimise and commercialise their data resources, from self-service to fully managed data and cyber security provision, for both life and business.

Co-founders of the cyber security consultancy Mike Wills and Charlotte Riley will be joining the Ampa membership.

Co-founder and director of strategy and policy at CSS Assure, Mike Wills is a retired British Army infantry Major with more than 20 years’ experience working in technical and information assurance roles as well as consulting for large defence organisations.

Also from a military background, co-founder and director of information security at CSS Assure, Charlotte has worked for NATO, United States Department of Defence and multiple Fortune 200 companies.



Charlotte Riley co-founder of CSS Assure
Charlotte Riley co-founder of CSS Assure

Sarah Walker-Smith, chief executive at Ampa, said: “Cyber security is a growing sector, with hacking, attacks and data breaches causing significant issues for businesses at every stage of their lifecycle, as well as people and their families. CSS Assure will support our legal experts with technical knowledge to protect our customers and unlock their potential.”

Mike Wills, co-founder of CSS Assure, said: “Our services complement Ampa, and our impressive joint client base and exciting innovation roadmap provide a strong catalyst for growth. We are also looking at expansion from day one with a number of job opportunities for technical specialists – we’re keen to hear from cyber security and data experts who would like to join our growing brand.”

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