Mitie is strengthening its security intelligence resources with the acquisition of Esoteric Limited, a specialist in counter-espionage services.
Esoteric’s security team will be integrated into Mitie Security, enhancing its position as the UK’s largest provider of corporate security services.
With a foundation in technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM), Esoteric protects sensitive information, assets and conversations from threats, attacks or espionage activity. Its services include bug sweeping and detection, counter-surveillance, and identifying vulnerabilities to develop threat mitigation plans. It also offers expertise in collecting evidence, allowing organisations to take any necessary action against theft, fraud, or espionage.
Esoteric is accredited by the National Security Inspectorate for both electronic sweeping and covert investigations and clients include blue-chip companies, government bodies and individuals across the world.
Following the acquisition Mitie will be integrating Esoteric’s services with Mitie’s own Merlin 24/7 software, enabling remote monitoring of security risks and sharing of real-time insights and intelligence with its workforce on the ground.
Emma Shaw, Esoteric’s founder, will join Mitie Security to lead its approach to intelligence security operations.
Jason Towse, Mitie’s managing director of business services, said: “In a changing world, the methods and technology used by adversaries are constantly evolving. Businesses cannot be complacent if they are to stay one step ahead.
“By combining Mitie’s industry-leading technology, our existing team of analysts and intelligence specialists, and the thousands of security operatives we employ at sites, with Esoteric’s counter-surveillance expertise, we can offer our clients a truly comprehensive security service.”