IT and communications service provider Paradyn said it secured €2.8m in new IT security contracts with local authorities across Ireland over the past year.

The company said that with an increased need for comprehensive cybersecurity protection for local authority staff and citizens accessing online public services, it has won new and enhanced contracts with 14 local authorities across the country.

Paradyn said it is seeing a significant increase in demand for services such as managed firewall, security event monitoring and alerting, integrated network and endpoint security and security operation centre (SOC) as-a-service.

It has also launched a new service based on CIS Critical Security Controls, which allows them to deliver a recommended set of actions for improved cyber defence for local authorities that are based on global best practice guidelines.

Five local authorities have signed up for this service with combined deal values of over €150,000.

It said its new and enhanced security offerings has helped to allow secure remote working for local authority staff, improved email and web defence. It has also provided proactive and reactive support for IT problems, reduced cyber-attacks and enhanced protection of citizen data.

Cillian McCarthy, CEO of Paradyn, said it was reassuring to see that so many local authorities across Ireland are investing in proactive and integrated security defences to protect their systems, data and people.

"With remote working and online self-service options for the public becoming so important over the past 12 months, local authorities understood that they needed to considerably improve the security protection they offer both staff and citizens," Mr McCarthy said.