Stefanini Launches Security Operations Center In Romania

Stefanini’s third SOC worldwide serves entire EMEA region

Stefanini has extended its cybersecurity offering with the launch of a Security Operations Center (SOC) in Romania to support its clients across EMEA. Operated from Bucharest, the SOC already employs a significant number of highly specialized cybersecurity experts, with the prospect of tripling its team by the end of the year.

The Bucharest-based SOC serves several global companies established in Europe, and has an ambitious plan to grow by 120% year-on-year, while the market is estimated to expand by 12% in 2021.

“While companies were spending a lot on cybersecurity products a few years ago, they are now increasingly interested in cybersecurity outsourced services, performed by highly trained, specialized professionals, with the pandemic only adding to the importance of this offering. Despite the economic downturn we saw last year, some companies have doubled or even tripled their cybersecurity budget, with the increased risk resulting from remote working a key factor,” says Farlei Kothe, CEO Stefanini EMEA.

Global expansion

Stefanini entered the cybersecurity market in 2016, when it began a joint venture with Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The company leverages Rafael’s technology designed for military-grade cybersecurity and its own global sales channels. Stefanini Rafael Segurança e Defesa’s managed security services have grown rapidly in Brazil since the joint venture was announced, with the company opening another SOC for Latin America shortly after forming the partnership.

In Romania, in 2020, Stefanini teamed up with the Romanian company Cyber Smart Defence, one of the most dynamic cybersecurity companies in the country, with the resulting joint venture planning to reach a turnover of up to five million euros within the next three years.

“We are very confident that the level of skills and expertise we bring to the market is unrivalled, especially since we are closely working with our colleagues from the Stefanini – Rafael venture we have established in Brazil, as well as with Cyber Smart Defence, the joint venture we’ve established in Romania. We can provide 24/7/365 top-level services anywhere in the world, we can offer proof of concept to a client within days and we customize every single delivery and every project we offer our clients,” adds Kothe.

Responding to new threats

“The cybersecurity threat nowadays is unprecedented: it’s possible to become a hacker with less than one dollar invested on the dark web, and companies that have been hacked usually don’t find out about the breach until hundreds of days after the incident,” says Alex Bertea, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, Stefanini EMEA. “We can deliver strategic, tactical and operational cybersecurity services, that are fully customizable, helping clients plan and execute their cybersecurity master plan and adapt their actions in an agile way, making sure everything is fully aligned with their business objectives in the age of digital transformation,” adds Bertea.

Extensive cybersecurity portfolio

Stefanini’s cybersecurity services include penetration testing, a method for assessing how easy it would be for an attacker to breach a company’s IT infrastructure, alongside Threat Intelligence, which provides accurate and actionable information regarding cybersecurity threats to help clients anticipate and prevent security incidents. Stefanini also provides cybersecurity Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)DevSecOps application securityoperational technology (OT & IoT) security and an integrated, complex set of services, Managed Security Operations. This can provide consultancy for building and operating a private SOC, managed services to operate or complement an existing SOC’s capabilities, or a fullymanaged service that offers clients access to cybersecurity incident monitoring and response capabilities, with the added benefits of rapid deployment, minimal infrastructure investment and flexible deployment models that can fit most companies’ budgets and security strategies.

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