Ward Solutions nets €170k deal with NUIG

Ward Solutions, NUIG
Pictured: John Lavelle, NUIG and Brendan Molloy, Ward Solutions



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7 April 2015 | 0

Information security provider Ward Solutions is implementing IT security systems and awareness training across National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), to manage information security and ensure policy compliance. The two-year contract is worth in excess of €170,000.

NUIG has more than 2,700 staff and provides undergraduate and graduate degrees and diplomas to 17,000 students each year.

Ward Solutions developed a set of security awareness training programmes as part of the new security policies and procedures. Online training provides advice and guidance on information security for every member of staff and insight on the role individuals play in protecting the university. It is also providing face-to-face training for all members of staff who have responsibility for business critical and sensitive data.

John Lavelle, head of strategy architecture and security, NUIG, said: “Ward delivered what they said they would deliver and this has led to a true collaborative partnership. We cater for thousands of new students and alumni each year and as a result have a vast amount of data we wish to secure.

“Ward Solutions brought the breadth of information security expertise and knowledge we needed. The size of its team means it has the ability to assign the right expert to each task, all of whom are certified to the highest levels. In addition, its experience in the education sector meant it understood our unique challenges and it could quickly develop policies and recommendations which we immediately implemented.”

Brendan Molloy, business development manager, Ward Solutions, added: “Our combined offering of managed security, consultancy and training, coupled with leading vendor technologies, has helped to reduce the complexity of IT security for NUIG and ensures the university is protected at all times.”

The next phases of Ward Solutions’ security programme with NUIG is a BYOD capability for students based on expanding Wi-Fi access by implementing further secure networks across the campus through server hardening and the deployment of Web application firewalls.

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