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How to develop a strong cybersecurity strategy

Paul Casey, Chief Operations Officer at Paradyn, shares five tips for businesses to create an effective IT security roadmap and develop a strong cybersecurity strategy.

With many businesses now forced to rely on remote working solutions and as technology becomes increasingly ingrained in the daily functions of organisations, IT decision makers are best advised to take a long-term approach to developing a strong cybersecurity strategy to prepare for future threats. Public or private sector, international or indigenous, enterprise, SME or start-up, virtually all businesses are handling sensitive data on a daily basis. Your IT security roadmap must account for customer, client and employee personal data, as well as financial and company information. Building a cybersecurity strategy framework to protect and secure this data is now essential.

But how can organisations develop, refine and implement a cybersecurity strategy that protects this data both now and continuously over time? Here are five tips for businesses seeking to establish an effective cybersecurity strategy:

1. Be proactive and prepare an IT security roadmap for the future

Cybersecurity measures are often only implemented on a reactionary basis as a result of a data breach or cyber-attack. However, by taking proactive preventative measures, organisations can pre-empt attacks and avoid or mitigate against the resultant long-term reputation damage and hampering of employee productivity.

Consider what your organisation will look like in the future and build a strong cybersecurity strategy that can support your growth objectives. In doing so, you can help extend the longevity of your IT security system and minimise disruption to your employees by avoiding the need to constantly update outdated systems.

With scalable and proactive cybersecurity and monitoring measures in place, your IT systems and the data that is stored on them can remain protected while the IT team is freed up to concentrate on solutions to enable business growth.

2. Understand the cybersecurity risks pertaining to your business

Every business has unique challenges and obstacles to overcome on a daily basis and your organisation’s cybersecurity strategy is no different. Whether you’re a multinational that deals with overseas clients and conflicting time zones or you’re a rapidly scaling SME, you will have individual cybersecurity needs and concerns that require customised solutions.

For example, if you are a business that now facilitates or relies on remote working for your employees, you’ll need to ensure that they have seamless access to work files and that their work devices and data they access are kept secure and safeguarded from a cyber-attack.

By outlining your day-to-day activities and understanding the potential risk factors associated with your unique business, you can better design a cybersecurity strategy that aligns with your work and is effective in the long-term.

3. Utilise a security framework for putting together a roadmap for securing your organisation. 

For businesses, leveraging a security framework ensures that your company and customer data stay safe. You want to use trusted security and privacy frameworks for your business and we think the controls in the CIS framework are an excellent fit for many businesses and startups.

Among the many benefits that our customers get from implementing the CIS Controls, prioritisation of what you need to do is an immediate win and is something that most organisations struggle with. They were designed to help organizations rapidly define the starting point for their defenses, direct their scarce resources on actions with immediate and high-value payoff, and then focus their attention and resources on additional risk issues that are unique to their business or mission.

4. Align your cybersecurity strategy with all business functions

The integration of a strong cybersecurity strategy should incorporate all functions of your business. From marketing to sales to logistics, you need to ask yourself whether your cybersecurity measures adequately address all aspects of your business.
Often, human error can be the reason why data is exposed to threats, so integrating a new security system without employee training can leave your business vulnerable. If your employees are unaware of how to handle data according to best practice, it can undermine your overall cybersecurity strategy and any preventative measures.

Seeking guidance from an IT specialist on how to manage your systems and synchronise them with all functions of your business can mitigate risk and exposure down the road.

5. Choose an experienced Managed Service Provider to help with your IT security roadmap

Developing an IT security roadmap can be a complex task, but given the consequences of a security breach or failure, it may even be a critical step in ensuring the survival and growth of any business. An IT security roadmap can alleviate pressure on IT managers who are often occupied by managing daily IT challenges and firefighting user issues, distracting them from growth oriented innovation.

Partnering with a Managed Service Provider to put in place solutions and support for the day-to-day maintenance and upkeep of a security system, ensures that your business remains secure and compliant, while improving employee productivity.

Organisations of every size and service offering need to be mindful of their IT security. From scalable solutions to ensuring all of your team knows the best practices to adopt, a cybersecurity strategy should be proactive, preventative and specific to your business.

If you’re interested in speaking to a managed service provider who can complete a full security audit and develop a comprehensive and bespoke cybersecurity strategy, contact the Paradyn team today to find out more.

Paul Casey
Chief Operations Officer, Paradyn
Paul has been in the Technology industry for over 20 years and brings vast senior leadership experience to Paradyn’s technical and operational teams. As Operations Director, Paul is committed to customer service and has specific responsibility for Operations and Human Resources departments. Paul was one of the founding members of Exigent Networks and has previously held a number of roles in the Technology sector, both in Ireland and Internationally.

Deloitte Fast 50 Winners Announced

 

Paradyn named among the fastest growing technology companies in Ireland at Deloitte Technology Fast 50 2019 Announcement

We are delighted to announce that Paradyn has been named among the fastest growing technology companies in Ireland at the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards, which took place in Dublin on 25 October 2019. Paradyn was awarded based on our strong business growth over the past four years, as well as continued investment in enhancing our service offering to enable stress free end-to-end ICT for Irish businesses.

The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 is one of Ireland’s foremost technology award programmes. This year marks 20 years of the programme, celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in Ireland’s indigenous technology sector. It is the second time Paradyn has made the Fast 50 ranking, and is a sign of our continued business growth and success.

In addition to Paradyn’s average percentage revenue growth over the past four years, the judges also took into account our commitment to growing and improving our managed services, which is key to our ongoing success.
Our experienced team played a crucial role in Paradyn’s recent growth. We’ve added talented new members to our team to ensure that as we grow, we continue to resolve problems quickly, provide comprehensive support and maintain our excellent levels of customer satisfaction and retention.

Our focus on researching, developing and investing in new technologies to increase security and reduce complexity has been essential in attracting new business and retaining existing customers. We also have invested in building strong partnerships to ensure that we can provide our customer base with the very best and most efficient technology solutions, enabling a higher return on their IT investment.

Paradyn is proud to be named a winner in this prestigious programme which is a great benchmark for our success. We’re determined to continue to add to Ireland’s best ICT team, improve and refine our existing services and add new capabilities, all of which will contribute to further business growth.

Details of the full Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ranking list are available at www.fast50.ie.

For more information, please contact us today:

Email: info@paradyn.ie

Phone: 01–299 3950

Paradyn launches new SD-WAN service

 Introducing our SD-WAN, High-Speed Connectivity Service Announcement

Paradyn, Ireland’s only end-to-end IT and communications service provider, has announced the launch of a new SD-WAN service which is expected to generate €1.5 million in new revenue over the next two years. The software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) service provides businesses the ability to dynamically connect multiple site locations, optimise network performance, and reduce network connectivity costs.

The IDC has forecast that the overall SD-WAN market will grow at an annual rate of 40% through to 2021 to become a $4.5 billion market. Paradyn expects to increase its revenues by attracting and on-boarding new customers looking to upgrade their existing network infrastructure, as well as  growing its service offering to existing customers.

Paradyn becomes one of the few IT providers in Ireland to offer a managed SD-WAN service, helping Irish companies to easily deploy and manage the network architecture. SD-WAN supports multiple connection types, including broadband, MPLS, and 4G, and dynamically steers traffic around network bottlenecks and issues. This maximises bandwidth availability to ensure the optimal delivery of business applications and greatly reduces the possibility of network outages. Those who avail of Paradyn’s service are enabled to overcome common network congestion issues, such as low-quality VoIP calling and video streaming, which plague many Irish businesses.

Paradyn noted an increased demand for improved network connectivity amongst its customers, as businesses utilise a growing number of cloud-based applications. Traditional networks are unable to maintain the strong speeds and optimised connectivity required to facilitate the growth of cloud computing. Scaling legacy network solutions to overcome this challenge is time-consuming and costly. Paradyn designed its SD-WAN service as a cost-effective alternative which can deliver a high-speed, secure, and reliable connection across multiple locations.

Paradyn’s new service can cut businesses’ wide-area network costs by up to half in comparison to traditional configurations. Automated network changes reduce the number of people required for installation, management, and support, with specialist hardware no longer needed, and a range of efficiencies stemming from improved performance all contributing to lower network costs.

Several of Paradyn’s customers are already piloting the technology and there is particular interest amongst companies who prioritise data security. Paradyn has built-in security across every aspect of the service, including a range of managed security features. Connections to a company’s network made remotely and across different office locations can all be managed and secured centrally. This also enables users to easily define, implement and manage network policies that make the most sense for each location, with the deployment of policy changes reduced from a matter of months to days.

Cillian McCarthy, CEO, Paradyn, said: “At Paradyn, we receive consistent feedback from customers that connectivity speeds and consequent sub-optimal application performance are some of the greatest barriers to their digital transformation projects. SD-WAN can overcome these challenges seamlessly and we’re thrilled to bring to the market a managed network solution that will greatly enhance our customer’s digital experience.

“Now is the perfect time for businesses who need to connect multiple locations to consider how to do so in the most efficient and cost-effective way. While there are many significant benefits to SD-WAN, there are also many elements at play and many decisions to be made which can make adoption seem complex. That’s where a managed service provider like Paradyn comes in. We can manage every aspect according to the customer’s needs, with all the work taking place in the background so end-users can simply enjoy a seamless experience with all applications and services working exactly as intended.”

For more information, please contact us today:

Email: info@paradyn.ie

Phone: 01–299 3950

Paradyn and BT Ireland’s €1.2M cloud connectivity deal

Paradyn investing in greater resilience and higher speed connectivity up to 10 Gbps through BT’s Citywest data centre

 

Paradyn, Ireland’s only end-to-end IT and communications service provider, today announces a €1.2 million cloud connectivity deal with BT Ireland. The agreement will enable Paradyn to provide increased bandwidth up to 10Gbps, resilient connectivity and secure cloud hosting to customers.

As Irish organisations embark on their digital transformation journeys, speed of connectivity has become ever more critical. This, coupled with the growth in demand for flexible mobile working, has fuelled the requirement for increased bandwidth and improved resilience among Paradyn’s customers.

By providing customers with a primary and secondary internet connection, Paradyn can ensure zero downtime and ultra-fast internet speeds, in line with the company’s vision to simplify customers’ IT in the increasingly complex world of technology. It can also access more than 37 communications carriers globally, via the enhanced cloud connectivity provided through BT Ireland’s Citywest facility in Dublin. This will support customers operating across multiple sites and also allow customers to scale quickly when needed.

Paradyn counts corporate and public sector organisations as customers, including Ryanair, Bloomberg PolarLake, Carbery Group and Cork, Galway, Donegal, Meath and Wexford County Councils, where it has saved these customers significant time that was previously spent managing complex IT systems. The agreement with BT Ireland will enable these bodies to meet stringent regulatory requirements.

Cillian McCarthy, CEO, Paradyn, said: “Secure, reliable and fast connectivity is vital for organisations operating in today’s digital economy. They need guaranteed uptime and absolute assurance that their workloads are safe and to meet those needs, we are announcing this investment in additional cloud and connectivity infrastructure.

“Many of our customers require the highest levels of security, as well as backup and data recovery solutions. The additional hosting infrastructure will enable us to continue to provide these services with even greater peace of mind for our customers.

“We pride ourselves on providing an end-to-end IT and communications managed service solution that saves time for our customers by reducing complexity. BT Ireland has a proven track record of providing a secure, reliable service and our partnership with them delivers the stability required by us and our customers.”

Peter Evans, director of wholesale, BT Ireland, said: “Businesses today are ever more dependent on reliable high-speed connectivity, best in class security, and optimum customer service, all of which customers can be guaranteed of with BT. Under this new agreement, Paradyn can continue to provide improved resilience and enhanced security solutions to its customers.”

Paradyn manages more than 30,000 public and private sector users who utilise upwards of 75,000 devices between them. As well as managed IT and communications services, the company specialises in providing clients with integrated cyber security solutions that can help them to defend against advanced threats.

For more information, please contact us today:

Email: info@paradyn.ie

Phone: 01–299 3950

Paradyn working in 150K deal with Flow Technology

Paradyn enables mobile working in €150K deal with Flow Technology

Paradyn, Ireland’s only end-to-end IT and communications service provider, today announces that it has designed and implemented a full IT network and system upgrade for process engineering firm, Flow Technology. In a deal valued at €150,000, Paradyn’s solution provides high-speed broadband, increased reliability and security. It also enables flexible mobile working for Flow Technology’s employees.

Established in 1978, the privately-owned process engineering company based in Charleville, Co. Cork, is one of Ireland’s leading process engineering firms that designs, manufactures and installs specialist equipment and systems for the manufacturing sector across the biopharma, pharmaceutical, beverage, food and dairy industries.

Flow Technology has experienced significant growth over the last five years, with staff numbers increasing from 39 to 63 during this time. Annual turnover has also grown almost 10% year-on-year since 2013. Earlier this year, in response to increased customer demand, Flow Technology made significant investment in a second fabrication building that increases its capacity by 250% and provides a world class process module fabrication facility with two five tonne overhead cranes giving it the capacity to manage multiple concurrent projects.

Outdated IT infrastructure and a slow broadband network made mobile working very difficult and staff were also spending a significant amount of time on IT management, these factors were hampering company growth.

Paradyn designed and implemented a full network and IT system upgrade including a new on-site IT command centre where all of Flow Technology’s IT is centrally controlled. This included a highly secure, confidential network along with super-fast wireless broadband, with failover to fixed line broadband. Paradyn also installed a cloud-based solution, so that staff can now work between Flow Technology’s two sites – from home and on the road, thus facilitating mobile working.

Security was a crucial element in the new infrastructure and to protect against cyber-attacks, Paradyn implemented a full disaster recovery plan, including multiple forms of back-up and security on mobile devices. Flow Technology is supported by Paradyn’s fully manned helpdesk.

Cillian McCarthy, CEO, Paradyn said, “The value of this integrated solution for Flow Technology is that our engineers can see all elements of Flow Technology’s IT, security, communications and network infrastructure. This means fast resolution times – 90% of faults get fixed during the first-call, significantly less time spent managing IT and a higher return on Flow Technology’s investment on IT and communications systems.

“Paradyn is Ireland’s only end-to-end managed service solution for IT, telecoms, security, network and business connectivity. As we can build, monitor and securely maintain every aspect of a customer’s IT and communications infrastructure we were well-positioned to provide Flow Technology with a new secure IT infrastructure and high-speed broadband.

“Our engineers monitor all aspects of Flow Technology’s infrastructure from our operations centre, our solution also means that Flow Technology’s employees are spending less time on IT management which increases efficiency while also improving security.”

Kevin Whooley, managing director, Flow Technology said, “Following the tendering process, we knew that Paradyn was the right fit for us as they were capable of manage the entire setup from desktops, to servers to phones to connectivity. The new solution has provided us with an infrastructure that enables mobile working, improves IT reliability and maintains the highest level of security which improves our business performance.

“For us to serve the needs of Flow Technology’s customers and realise our growth targets we needed a secure, reliable, integrated IT infrastructure. Mobile working and security were key elements of the new infrastructure requirements. A large proportion of our customer base are multinationals, making robust information security a critical prerequisite to working with them. The improved mobility capability provides our onsite installation teams, some who are based permanently on customer sites, the ability to work remotely more efficiently and improves communication with our office-based teams and our customers.

“Since we purchased a second building which is more than twice the size of the existing building, we need huge flexibility to be able to have seamless access to our IT infrastructure in both buildings. Similarly, with the new solutions, all our staff – engineers, craft, sales and accounts – can all work remotely giving us greater flexibility and mobility to meet the needs of our customers.

“The investment in the system will pay for itself as little as four years, if not less.”

For more information, please contact us today:

Email: info@paradyn.ie

Phone: 01–299 3950

Paradyn to Double workforce in next two years

Paradyn, a group recently formed from the merger of three separate Irish technology companies, is aiming to double its workforce with the creation of 40 new jobs by 2020.

Company also aiming to double turnover over next three years from €8m to €16m

Dublin & Cork, 5th July 2018 —

The group, which was established earlier this year through the merger of Exigent Networks, Irish Telecom and Netforce, said the newly created roles form part of a €4 million investment.

Paradyn said it has already started recruiting for the new roles with positions available in areas such as finance, network engineering, technical solutions architecture, technical sales and support, marketing and business development

The group provides managed IT, security, network and business connectivity services to more than 30,000 users across 300 customers. Clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Eurofound and Cork County Council.

In addition to doubling its headcount, the company is looking to the same with turnover by increasing revenues to €16 million from €8 million currently.

The group said growth will be driven by the introduction of new services in the areas of security, networking and IT, as well as cross-selling to existing customers, new business wins and acquisitions.

“Acquisition is a key strategy for us. We are on the lookout for other IT, communications and information security businesses which can integrate into the company to add further to our unique ability to deliver more secure and easily managed technology infrastructures to our customers so that they can generate a higher return on investment on their IT and communications systems,” said chief executive Cillian McCarthy.

For more information, please contact us today:

Email: info@paradyn.ie

Phone: 01–299 3950