Irish IT firm Paradyn has completed 14 security deals with local authorities worth €2.8m in the past year to solve the twin challenges of cybersecurity and remote working.
End-to-end IT and communications service provider Paradyn said the increased need for comprehensive cybersecurity protection for local authorities staff and citizens accessing online public services were a catalyst for the business.
The provider said it has seen a significant increase in demand for services such as managed firewall, security event monitoring and alerting, integrated network and endpoint security, and security operation centre (SOC) as-a-service.
“It’s reassuring to see that so many local authorities across Ireland are investing in proactive and integrated security defences to protect their systems, data and people”
Paradyn has also launched a new service based on CIS Critical Security Controls, which allows them to deliver a recommended set of actions for improved cyber defence for local authorities that are based on global best practice guidelines. Five local authorities have signed up for this service with combined deal values of over €150,000.
The new and enhanced security offerings from Paradyn has helped to allow secure remote working for local authority staff, vastly improved email and web defence, provided proactive and reactive support for IT problems, reduced cyber-attacks, and enhanced protection of citizen data.
Holistic IT security
Last year, Paradyn designed and built a Security Operations Centre in Cork to actively monitor, alert and remediate security threats for customers in real-time. Additionally, it also established a TotalView Centre as a response to the significant increase in malicious threats being faced by Irish organisations during the pandemic, particularly with the shift to remote working.
“It’s reassuring to see that so many local authorities across Ireland are investing in proactive and integrated security defences to protect their systems, data and people. With remote working and online self-service options for the public becoming so important over the past 12 months, local authorities understood that they needed to considerably improve the security protection they offer both staff and citizens.
“We’re delighted that so many local authorities have turned to Paradyn to gain a more proactive and holistic approach to cybersecurity., particularly for CIS Controls which allows them to benchmark their security capabilities against global best practices,” said Cilian McCarthy, CEO of Paradyn.
“Over the years we have worked with many local authorities across Ireland, we value their partnerships and always deliver services that match their evolving needs. Our specialist expertise allows us to deliver high-quality managed security services, especially as we face increased security challenges due to changing ways of working and the move to online public services.”
Pictured (from left): Paul Casey, chief operations officer, Paradyn and Cillian McCarthy, CEO, Paradyn
By John Kennedy (email@example.com)
Published: 14 June 2021