IDE Group, the mid-market network, cloud and IT managed services provider, today announces the launch of Protection Against Cyber Threats (PACT), a new business unit focused on cyber-security.

PACT has been created in response to increasing customer awareness of cyber-security threats and demand for comprehensive protection from a single service provider. IDE Group has already recruited key senior staff, who will oversee further team growth as part of an initial investment of £750,000.

PACT combines IDE Group’s proven managed services expertise, specialist security staff and new cloud-based security solutions. PACT is being led by Merlin Gillespie, Group Strategy Director, Paul Toms, Security Services Sales Director, and Clive Atkins, Security Services Technical Director.

At the core of the new business unit is a fully staffed Security Operations Centre (SOC), providing 24/7 monitoring of security information delivered through a cloud based Security Information and Events Management (SIEM) solution. PACT technical resources will correlate, classify and prioritise all security information generated by customer IT infrastructure and alert them on the severity impact and threat score of security events taking place across their estate.

PACT will also provide proactive, pre-emptive security planning and action through an Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) solution, as well as manage endpoint security through next generation technology.

“We took the decision to build a new business unit, rather than pay a premium to acquire an existing cyber-security business, as this approach will quickly deliver best of breed solutions to our customers and create more long term value for our shareholders.” said Andy Ross, CEO at IDE Group. “In Merlin Gillespie, Paul Toms and Clive Atkins we have excellent security industry expertise. We are already adding further external industry expertise to the team, as well as training existing staff and dedicating them to PACT.  We expect the core team to be 10 strong by the end 2017.”

Paul Toms is a senior B2B IT and security sales professional with a track record of transactions within enterprise sectors, and Clive Atkins is an IT professional with over 30 years’ experience and a background of building strong vendor relationships and developing portfolios. Both have worked together previously, having founded a successful security and IT infrastructure business.

Paul Toms commented, “PACT will not only deliver compliance for regulated companies, it will provide all customers with genuinely robust and comprehensive protection within a proactive security framework.”

Clive Atkins added, “We are delighted to already be working with new strategic partners to deliver PACT, and will add at least one further partner in due course to help deliver a range of GDPR related services.”

PACT as an excellent opportunity for IDE Group to engage with both new and existing customers, as it can be delivered alone or integrated with other IDE Group services.

About IDE Group

IDE Group is an AIM listed cloud and IT managed services provider focused on the UK mid-market. We help customers operate more effectively and improve their long term return on technology investment. The value we deliver is derived from our company values, the expertise of our staff, carefully selected technologies, strong data centre capabilities, our private high-speed data networking and enterprise-grade security. Our clients include international media, medical, legal and financial institutions, public sector organisations, channel partners and many of the UK’s network carriers.

Media contact

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