Protect Against Cyber Attacks and Prepare for EU GDPR

John Ryan, CEO, Zinopy.

John Ryan, CEO, Zinopy.


Government institutions, both large and small, have struggled for years to keep pace with malicious hackers and insider threats. The recent ‘wave’ of ransomware attacks has led to many Irish businesses being compromised, resulting in financial loss and reputational damage. The public sector is increasingly becoming the focus of these attacks and the list of public bodies affected includes county councils, Government departments and other State bodies.

Cybercrime is becoming innovative and ruthless, and therefore government agencies need to look beyond traditional methods to prevent cyber espionage and ensure the protection of sensitive data, intellectual property and critical infrastructure.
What does GDPR mean for Public Sector agencies?

The General Data Privacy Regulation (2016/679) was initially published by the European Commission in January 2012. After four years of negotiation, it was finally adopted on 27 April 2016. Following a two year implementation period, the GDPR comes into force across the European Union on 25 May 2018. It will replace the existing Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.

The GDPR introduces substantial changes to European data protection law and will require all Public Sector organisations to more effectively understand how they manage data about their citizens, contractors and staff. The regulation will bring a new set of requirements on organisations around managing the privacy of data about any person who is classed as an EU citizen, along with severe financial penalties for non-compliance. One key aspect of the new regulation is in fact the very large fines associated with breaches of the regulations. The maximum fine is now set at 4 per cent of annual worldwide turnover (aimed at commercial organisations) or €20 million.

The Office of the Government Procurement Security Frameworks

Zinopy has recently been awarded a place by the Office of Government Procurement on the following Framework Agreements:

  • Multi Supplier Framework Agreement for the Provision of Firewalls and Associated Services.
  • Multi Supplier Framework Agreement for the Provision of Security Software and Associated Reseller Services – Lot 6 (Secure Email Gateway) and Lot 7 (Secure Web Gateway).

As a selected supplier on both these frameworks Zinopy can provide public sector organisations with the delivery, installation / implementation, commissioning / configuring (including any technical training), support and maintenance of Firewalls and Associated Services, Secure Email Gateway and Web Gateway solutions as required.

Zinopy & Check Point

Zinopy partners with Check Point, the largest pure-play security vendor globally, to provide industry-leading security solutions designed to help enterprise and public sector organisations protect against the threats posed by escalating and ever-evolving cyber attacks.

Check Point provides customers of all sizes with the latest data and network security protection in an integrated next generation firewall platform, reducing complexity and lowering the total cost of ownership.

Zinopy offers inSIght Security Intelligence, a managed security service designed to provide organisations with visibility of their security posture, allowing them to detect intrusions in real time and to take appropriate counter measures to protect their business.
Zinopy holds regular events and webinars educating businesses on the latest security trends, the anatomy of cyber attacks and how to defend against them and the best-of-breed technologies that can assist to optimise your security and begin the journey towards being compliant with EU legislations.

For more information visit or to discuss your security requirements call us on 
01 897 6750.

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