Ward has established a dedicated team of fifteen consultants to deliver the service and is forecasting that it will generate €500,000 in new revenue from this new service in the first 12 months.

Ward Solutions, Ireland’s leading information security provider, today announces that it has invested €300,000 to launch a new GDPR consultancy service for Irish businesses. The new service will help organisations around Ireland to achieve and demonstrate compliance with incoming General Data Protection Regulation, due to come into force on 25th May next year. Ward has established a dedicated team of fifteen consultants to deliver the service and is forecasting that it will generate €500,000 in new revenue from this new service in the first 12 months.

Ward Solutions has invested €300,000 to launch a new GDPR consultancy service for Irish businesses. Pictured (L-R) are: Pat Larkin, CEO, Ward Solutions, and Paul Hogan, CTO, Ward Solutions.

Any company that processes personal data will be required to comply with GDPR, and failure to demonstrate compliance could lead to companies facing fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover, depending on which is greater.

The launch of the service represents a €300,000 investment for Ward, in employee training, certification and new hires.  The company’s team of consultants have attained GDPR-specific certifications such as the Certified Data Protection Practitioner from ICS Skills, the EU General Data Protection Regulation Certificate from the International Board for IT Governance, and the Certificate in Data Protection Practice from the Law Society of Ireland.

To help its clients ensure compliance with GDPR, Ward Solutions offers a wide range of services as part of its new offering. Consultants will help companies to assess compliance readiness and identify the different types of data in their possession. In-depth gap analysis and remediation planning will identify the steps that organisations need to take to become compliant, and Ward will develop comprehensive programmes of work to help businesses achieve and maintain compliance to the regulation.

–        Investment is in staff training, accreditation and new hires to launch new service

–        Dedicated team of 15 consultants now work solely on GDPR

–        Ward forecasts €500,000 in new revenue from the service in the next 12 months

Ward Solutions has invested €300,000 to launch a new GDPR consultancy service for Irish businesses. Pictured (L-R) are: Pat Larkin, CEO, Ward Solutions, and Paul Hogan, CTO, Ward Solutions.

In addition, Ward’s Data Protection Officer as-a-service will provide organisations with access to an information security privacy specialist who will provide expert knowledge of GDPR and data privacy best practice, and oversee the implementation of GDPR throughout the organisation.

Paul Hogan, chief technology officer, Ward Solutions, said:

“With GDPR looming on the horizon, there are huge fines in play for any organisation that fails to demonstrate compliance. This new GDPR consultancy service from Ward Solutions will enable Irish companies to identify what personal data they are processing, where it is located and what their legal justifications for processing are. This will allow organisations to establish whether or not the manner in which they process personal data is compliant with GDPR. Ward can also deliver a data protection programme to address any shortcomings, and put the necessary governance and accountability structures in place to enable organisations to achieve and demonstrate compliance.

“Demand for this service is so high that fifteen of our experienced data privacy consultants are now working solely on GDPR, and will be continuing to do so for the foreseeable future. We are forecasting new revenues of €500,000 from this service alone, which will have an enormously positive effect on the company on the whole.

“We’re looking forward to helping organisations throughout the country to achieve GDPR compliance. Our holistic and consolidated approach will make it possible to identify, design and implement a privacy protection programme that is in-line with an organisation’s unique needs, budget and in-house capabilities.”

Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO in the transport industry, mobile tech fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia/Microsoft VIP, HTC Specialist, Multiple forum supporter with worldwide top rankings, I also work in the background in the mobile technology sector, weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show and Cavan TV.Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger.Part time actor and security professional and brutally honest when it comes to opinions.

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