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Ward Solutions predicts €1.2M revenue from new ISO 27001 accreditation service

Ward Solutions predicts €1.2M revenue from new ISO 27001 accreditation service

March 31
14:37 2016
Pat Larkin, CEO, Ward Solutions

Pat Larkin, CEO, Ward Solutions

Ward Solutions, Ireland’s leading information security provider, today announces the launch of its new ISO 27001 consultancy service. It is forecasting that this service will lead to new revenues of €1.2M from its security consultancy business within the next year.

The launch of the new service follows Ward’s investment of €50,000 in ISO 27001 certification training for staff. More than ten of Ward’s employees are now ISO 27001 accredited, and the provider has now been recognised as an Associate Consultant Partner by the British Standards Institution (BSI), the organisation that oversees the certification process.

This partnership distinguishes Ward as the first and only information security provider in the Republic of Ireland certified to offer ISO 27001 consultation services to organisations hoping to receive the accreditation. Ward Solutions will be identified to new customers by the BSI as a specialist that can help with the certification procedure.

Ward Solutions will offer two forms of consultation. The first will be for organisations testing if they are ready to be assessed by the BSI, and will consist of a review by Ward to establish this. The second will be offered to companies in the early stages of preparation towards becoming ISO 27001 compliant. Ward Solutions will offer these companies comprehensive step-by-step consultancy through the complex accreditation process.

Pat Larkin, CEO, Ward Solutions, said: “Irish enterprises and government bodies are increasingly making ISO 27001 accreditation a mandatory requirement to work with them as part of their supply chain assurance. As the only company in Ireland to be recognised as an Associate Consultant Partner by the BSI, Ward Solutions can provide clients with unique guidance towards accreditation, something that will provide us with a strong competitive advantage in Ireland.

”This new service will also allow us to grow our security consultancy business significantly over the next year as we forecast new revenues of €1.2M from this service alone. Our pipeline is very strong as a large number of new and existing customers are looking to become accredited this year.”

John Whyte of the British Standards Institution said, “Prior to last year we didn’t have any ISO 27001 Associate Consultant Partners in the Republic of Ireland and we’re delighted to offer this to Ward Solutions. This accreditation highlights Ward’s in-depth and unique expertise in the Irish market to provide consulting services to companies seeking to become ISO 27001 compliant.”

“ISO 27001 is the international benchmark for information security management systems. It offers a way for companies to set themselves apart from their competition by exceeding the industry standard.  Ward’s new consulting service will remove the complexity associated with achieving this standard and will enable more Irish organisations to become ISO 27001 compliant.”

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