Exclusive Networks has announced it has signed a managed services deal with Vodafone Ireland, which will involve building a local SOC for the telco.
The managed security service distributor said it will build its services portfolio with technologies from vendors including Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet and Thales.
Director of enterprise solutions at Exclusive Networks Ireland, Ray Nangle, said the distributor wants to take a larger slice of the "emerging Irish MSSP" market"
"Managed security services distribution is designed to give partners fast, risk-free access to managed services revenues, and we're delighted to work so closely with Vodafone Ireland to increase their market penetration in cybersecurity," he said.
"By negating the high set-up costs and skills shortage challenges of building a managed security service provider (MSSP) SoC from scratch, Vodafone Ireland can support the managed security needs of its entire customer base right away and confirm its leading position in the emerging Irish MSSP market."
Vodafone enterprise director Sinead Bryan said the company wants to use Exclusive network's expertise to increase its ability to solve more of its customers' business challenges.
"Vodafone has an established track record in providing trusted, mission-critical services to a wide range of customers, and our strategic partnership with Exclusive Networks and associated vendor partners extends our capabilities into a complete suite of managed security offerings," she said.
"As connectivity becomes faster and the number of connected devices grows, a strong cybersecurity practice is imperative to enabling Irish businesses to increase their mobility in a secure way."
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