Twenty jobs are to be created by a Kilkenny-based IT company to meet what it describes as a "surge" in demand for cybersecurity services.
Business IT Solutions announced plans to double its workforce and recruitment is under way for the new "high value" positions in a range of IT professions.
"We will be creating 20 new roles over the next three years to meet the massive growth in demand for cybersecurity services in the broader Kilkenny area, from project engineers and helpdesk analysts to security specialists and a range of support functions," CEO Gavin Dixon said.
"This will bring us from our current 20 employees to around 40 staff in total. We're currently in talks to acquire an IT company in the greater Dublin region, which will help us to meet demand among our Dublin-based clients."
He said the expansion plans are partially prompted by a need to address the challenges faced by companies moving to a hybrid working arrangement:
"As remote working becomes less of a temporary fixture and more of a permanent measure post-Covid, we are experiencing spiralling demand for cloud and security services, particularly in the financial and professional services sectors," he said.
"This new hybrid arrangement brings all sorts of challenges to companies, who need to adapt their security protocols in order to safely accommodate the change.
"During the early days of the pandemic, in March 2020, so many of our clients moved to remote working overnight and we had to react instantly, creating that secure remote working environment for their teams by implementing a 'work from home’ strategy for businesses who had never done so before.
"Now that many workers are moving back into the office and quite a few are embracing a hybrid work arrangement going forward, their security situation has to be reviewed."