HCS invests €1.13m to accelerate cyber security growth

Waterford IT services company adds Fortinet SOC-as-a-service offering
Dan Hegarty, HCS

18 October 2022

IT serivices provider HCS will invest €1.13 million and create five new jobs to accelerate its growth in cybersecurity over the next three years. Additionally, the Waterford-based company will provide a new Fortinet security operations centre (SOC) as-a-service to customers, which uses AI and SOC analysts to alert of any incidents on organisations’ networks 24/7.

HCS is hiring for technical engineers across cybersecurity in response to increased demand from customers. These roles will involve proactively managing customer networks both in the cloud and on-premise, providing consultancy and professional services to securely configure Fortinet and Microsoft solutions, and providing security managed services to maintain and improve clients’ security posture on an ongoing basis. The investment will enable new certifications and upskilling for both new hires and existing employees within HCS’ Fortinet and Microsoft security portfolios.

Headquartered in Waterford and with a base in Dublin, the company recently opened a third location in Cork.




HCS provides secure integrated IT, telecoms, and productivity solutions to enable better business performance for Irish organisations. The company uses secure by design principles to ensure that it significantly reduces risk for customers with security built in.

Customers will be able to fully leverage the security features within Microsoft365, while Fortinet’s Operational Technology (OT) Security will cater to specific security requirements within production environments. HCS is one of two Fortinet Advanced Partners in Ireland.

The investment will also enable the expansion of HCS’ services in high-growth areas such as manufacturing, utilities, and cloud security. The company’s secure solutions have already been adopted by customers including Connolly’s Redmills and Avis Budget Ireland.

“This investment means that HCS can scale up our capabilities in the cybersecurity space and bring our services to progressive organisations that take security seriously,” said Dan Hegarty, head of sales, HCS. “We are seeing a huge demand for more secure solutions among our customers. Covid-19 has accelerated security demands around remote working and cloud in particular, while geopolitical moves have resulted in a rise in cyberattacks in recent years.

“We are excited to expand our Microsoft and Fortinet security offerings and are working closely with both partners to bring the full benefit of each solution stack to customers. Our growing team will provide our customers with the skills and expertise they need at every stage of their cybersecurity journeys.”

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