A Manila cybersecurity business which aims to safeguard the country’s banks and businesses with its low-cost monitoring services, is set to expand.
bluedog Security Monitoring currently employs over 30 staff at its security operations centre in Makati City. The company, which recently gained ISO27001 certification, is now planning to open a second centre and create at least 20 new jobs in the year ahead to meet the growing demand. It is also expanding its bluedog Training Academy which helps graduates develop cyber skills.
bluedog was launched two years ago to make professional cybersecurity services accessible to a wider audience – including businesses in Asia and smaller firms in the West. Its business model and its location in Manila allow it to be more competitive than its rivals in the US and Europe.
The company, which has customers worldwide, has also signed a new distribution agreement with IT Security Distribution Inc (ITDSI) in the Philippines to expand its local customer base.
Paul Lomax, co-founder of bluedog, said the company is ideally placed to help organisations in the Philippines ranging from banks, financial services firms and outsourcers to small businesses, hospitals and schools to protect themselves against the increasing threat of attack.
Paul said: “Cybersecurity is a growing problem for businesses in the Philippines, particularly those in financial services. We are aware that there are numerous small banks struggling with compliance, and hundreds of outsourcing firms which need to reassure overseas customers that they can meet international standards.
“Our business model and our location in Manila allow us to offer the type of advanced cyber monitoring services which would otherwise be out of reach for many local businesses, or indeed for smaller firms in the West. By recruiting and training local staff, we are also helping to expand the skills base and build a home-grown cyber industry here in the Philippines.”
ITSDI, which has offices in Manila and Cebu City, supplies products and services from over twenty vendors throughout the country. Luichi Robles, President of ITSDI said:“We are pleased to offer bluedog’s services in the Philippines and believe they could solve some key challenges for companies. Security concerns are greatest in the banking and financial services sector and bluedog’s managed detection and response service offers an affordable solution.
“As most businesses use Microsoft, bluedog’s MS 365 monitoring service ideal for firms in all sectors, especially with the move to home working, allowing them to see what is going on within their network, identify any breaches and provide a rapid response.”