Scottish IT company, Converged Communication Solutions, has further strengthened the cybersecurity services it delivers to clients by joining the NextWave Partner Programme of global cybersecurity leader Palo Alto Networks.For Aberdeen-headquartered Converged, which provides Internet connectivity, telephony, IT support and cybersecurity services to clients across Scotland, the agreement means that it becomes one of the only Palo Alto Networks partners north of central Scotland. This enables Converged to provide organisations across the northern half of the country with access to cutting-edge technologies that defend against cyber-attacks.
As a NextWave Innovator Partner, Converged can offer its clients a broad suite of advanced Next-Generation Firewalls and cloud-based security products that can play a critical role in protecting users operating on company networks, accessing cloud applications, or using mobile devices. The increase in home working experienced in recent weeks has underlined the need for strong network security across an organisation.
Palo Alto Networks helps to address the world’s greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, they are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organisations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices.
Converged has recently completed several projects for clients in north-east Scotland using Palo Alto Networks products, helping these organisations to bolster their cyber defences.
Neil Christie, managing director of Converged, says that cybersecurity continues to be of growing concern in the north of Scotland. He said: “Over the past 18 months we have seen organisations of all sizes being more mindful of the impact that cyber-attacks and poor cybersecurity can have. We have invested heavily in enhancing the cybersecurity services we offer clients, including gaining Certification Body status in the Cyber Essentials Plus and IASME Gold standards. Becoming a Palo Alto Networks NextWave Partner is the latest phase of that, and to back it all up we are always on the lookout for talented network engineers to join our experienced team.
“Our aim is to provide clients with a bespoke service that is built around their needs using the best-of-breed technologies to strengthen networks and repel cyber-attacks. The advanced firewalls and extensive suite of cloud-based services that Palo Alto Networks offers ensures we can deliver the most robust cyber defences to protect our clients’ digital lives. The importance of this and the need to have a business continuity plan that allows safe and secure home working has been very soundly demonstrated in recent weeks.”
Karl Soderlund, SVP of worldwide channel sales at Palo Alto Networks, added: “NextWave Partners play a critical role in helping our customers solve their most pressing security challenges. As a NextWave Partner, Converged Communication Solutions has demonstrated the engineering expertise and technology specialisation to successfully integrate our Palo Alto Networks cybersecurity offerings to secure the network, endpoint, and cloud.”
The NextWave Partner Programme provides partners with the pre-sales, sales, and post-sales capabilities to successfully serve as a trusted advisor to integrate cybersecurity offerings into a hybrid cloud infrastructure; optimise security features; and secure the network, endpoint, and cloud. These capabilities are instrumental in ensuring an optimal customer experience. As such, partners’ achievements in the programme are proactively monitored and annually assessed.
Converged Communication Solutions is an independent, Aberdeen-headquartered IT support, telephony and Internet service provider. Established in 2005, the company has grown from a two-man operation into a fully integrated communications company with around 30 staff, which includes a strong technical support team. The firm provides businesses across the north-east with a single and accountable service for their telephony, Internet and networking requirements. Converged is an official partner of CityFibre’s Aberdeen project and has a strategic partnership with leading data centre provider brightsolid.