Waterford IT service and cybersecurity player HCS to grow on back of alliance with global tech giant Fortinet.
Irish tech firm HCS is to create 15 new jobs and will increase revenues by €2.5m in the next two years on the back of a major alliance with a cybersecurity giant.
HCS has been awarded Expert level partnership with Fortinet, one of only a handful of Irish companies to achieve this status.
“This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team and a strong validation of our Fortinet offering”
The Waterford firm was recognised as its Fortinet team has achieved the highest level of technical certification and has a proven track record in delivering innovative Fortinet security solutions to customers through professional and managed services.
To support the expected growth in demand for these services, HCS will create 15 jobs across its security managed and professional services teams.
Evolving cybersecurity needs
“We are delighted to have achieved Expert level partnership with Fortinet,” said Dan Hegarty, head of sales at HCS.
“This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team and a strong validation of our Fortinet offering. It cements our position in the security solutions and services marketplace and will enable us to provide an enhanced offering to our customers.
“We build security into every solution we manage. Customers’ security needs are evolving and implementations based on standards such as the Public Sector Cybersecurity Baseline Standards and those required by cybersecurity insurance companies are gathering pace. We look forward to working with both new and existing customers to build out their security architectures and further developing our strong relationship with Fortinet.”
As a Fortinet Expert partner, HCS will provide specialist managed offerings to customers across cloud security, network security, firewalls, security fabric, Zero Trust network access, and SD-WAN. The company expects to see the biggest growth in SOCaaS (security operations centre as-a-service) and SASE (secure access service edge) over the next 12 months. The enhanced Fortinet partnership will enable HCS to add endpoint detection and response (EDR) capabilities to its managed services portfolio.
The partnership is also enabling HCS to expand its customer base into the financial and government sectors. Customers will have increased access to cybersecurity skills and resources, enabling them to maximise their business performance.
“We are thrilled to name HCS as a Fortinet Expert partner,” said Paul Donegan, country manager at Fortinet.
“The team has a depth of expertise in cybersecurity and providing innovative and transformative Fortinet security solutions to customers. With this achievement HCS now join a select number of Irish companies to have reached this partnership level which cements their position and recognises the ongoing commitment and investment across the business. We are excited to continue to work closely with HCS and build on our valued partnership.”
Main image at top: Dan Hegarty, Head of Sales, HCS, with Paul Donegan, Country Manager Ireland, Fortinet