Cyber security startup, Cytix secures £230,000 ahead of launch

Cyber security startup, Cytix has secured £230,000 in pre-seed funding ahead of releasing the latest version of its SaaS product, which embeds security testing into the fabric of an organisation’s IT estate.

The Manchester-based startup allows businesses to integrate security testing into workflows, while still providing the priority tests needed to achieve certification compliance. The cloud vulnerability management platform allows businesses to protect themselves from risks and government fines and make sure their systems are secure through a cluster of dedicated pentesters, which help identify and resolve vulnerabilities.

The business, which has joined the fifth cohort of Exchange, the tech scaleup support scheme at Department Bonded Warehouse, is currently forecasting an ARR of £400k in its first year. It plans to on-board additional customers during its current beta phase, to further learn what features and functionality would be most beneficial to users. The new developments will be built, added, and automated to further enhance the PTaaS product.

The pre-seed funding from SFC Capital, and portfolio manager Ed Stevenson, will be used to develop the platform, and expand the team, bringing on-board an ethical hacker and B2B marketing professional into the fold, in addition to the founding trio of Ben Armstrong, Thomas Ballin and Matt Milan.

Ben Armstrong, Co-Founder at Cytix, said: “Almost every aspect of technology has moved on in recent years, yet security testing hasn’t. We want to change penetration testing from a once-per-year consultancy exercise into a SaaS platform which provides continuous support and reassurance to development teams.

“Our founding team has deep experience of cyber security, and this funding allows us to establish a foothold in the market and transform it for the better. We have created a proprietary MVP and plan to develop it with further solutions and support for developers in the coming months.”

Cytix gives development teams the support needed to write better code via its easy-to-use dashboard. IT managers can also see risk profiles with a single click rather than thumbing through 100+ page reports. The software automatically evaluates IT estates, and vulnerabilities are then automatically shared with the dedicated tech team to remedy them.

Cytix currently has over 17 organisations using the platform, growing 30% month on month, including DebtStream, a Cheshire-based forward thinking fintech company, as it gathers momentum.

Alice Pickersgill, Head of Exchange, commented: “Cytix is an exciting prospect in the cyber security space, and we’re looking forward to supporting the founding team as it grows in the coming months. Exchange’s community of likeminded founders means that the team can develop and troubleshoot as a collective and share the trials and tribulations of getting an innovative tech business off the ground with people in a similar position. I, along with the partners and mentors here at Department Bonded Warehouse, are excited to watch Ben and the team scale this year.”

Exchange supports early-stage tech businesses by providing them with a base at Department Bonded Warehouse, Enterprise City at St. John’s, as well as access to its growing list of industry partners, mentors, and advisors.

Cytix used the SeedLegals platform to create and complete the necessary legal agreements required to close its funding round.

Startup Details

Startup Details



A vulnerability exposure platform that integrates engineering, security, and management to automate the vulnerability management lifecycle

  • Headquarters Regions
    United Kingdom
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  • Founders
    Ben Armstrong, Thomas Ballin, Matt Milan
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