Bits has signed a landmark teaming agreement with global firm CipherTechs which will see the companies work together on high level security projects right across Ireland as they prepare for stiff new data protection regulations.
As reported by TechnCentral.ie, SiliconRepublic.com and businesspost.ie, Bits is CipherTechs’ first ever Irish teaming partner and the new agreement is expected to see job numbers at Bits grow over the coming months. Managing Partner, Gavin Dixon, said the new agreement means that as opportunities arise, they will bring in higher level security staff on board for joint projects.
The new agreement is timely as the new General Data Protection Regulations, which come into force in May of next year, make server managers responsible for any breach of data. The new laws include the threat of significant fines, based on a company’s turnover, for any breaches.
“IT and network security is part of our core business and an area we want to grow into the future,” Mr Dixon said. “This new teaming agreement means that working together with CipherTechs, we carry more weight and will get a greater foothold in an even bigger market.
“We’ve grown our market share in Leinster, particularly in Dublin, Kilkenny and Carlow where we offer IT support, maintenance and service, cloud computing, managed print solutions as well as website design and hosting, website marketing and IT hardware sales. We currently have 12 staff and now plan to grow this team.
“CipherTechs are experts in information security and this is a very exciting new venture for us. IT security has become centre stage in recent weeks and more and more of our own clients have concerns about their systems being vulnerable. Cyber attacks are a real threat, not just for bigger clients but for SMEs and sole traders too,” Mr Dixon said.
CipherTechs is headquartered in New York and opened its EMEA headquarters in Kilkenny in late 2015. The Kilkenny Security Operations Centre (SOC) provides security solutions for businesses in areas of IP networking, firewalls, application security, risk assessment, traffic management, encryption, redundancy and strong authentication. Its clients stretch across a variety of sectors, including legal, financial services, government, media and advertising as well as the education and telecommunications sectors.
CipherTechs’ Laurence Conroy said: “Bits has a strong network of several hundred customers in Ireland. They are our first ever Irish partner and we look forward to working closely with their expert team. IT security has never been more important, not just for large multi-nationals but for smaller firms too.
“Bits is by far the largest player in this sector in the south east and we look forward to seeing our teaming agreement translate into even more business for us all,” Mr. Conroy said.