NTT Security will bolster its SOC presence in Germany in direct response to customer fears that the UK will not fall under EU data residency requirements after Brexit.
Speaking to CPI, NTT Security's EMEA SVP Kai Grunwitz said he is making efforts to ensure its security operations centres in Gothenburg and Munich can run independently in the wake of Brexit, as many of its customers follow strict EU data residency laws.
"We have a couple of clients who, if you run a request for proposal, require their data residency to be in the EU, for example. If the UK will not be part of the EU any more, then we need to run the security operations centre from another country," said Grunwitz (pictured).
"I have already spoken to a lot of clients recently who have said that they cannot rely on the UK for the next three years, because normally you sign a three-year contract, and we don't know what it will look like. It is a big challenge and we have to invest further outside the UK in order to have better coverage from a delivery point of view."
Grunwitz stressed that NTT Security's UK SOC will not see any cutbacks after Britain leaves the EU, but he did say he launched an investment programme a few months ago to increase capacity in its Munich centre.
Six threat detection specialists have been added to its 35-employee-strong Munich SOC, with another five or six expected to join in the next six months.
Its SOC in Gothenburg, Sweden has a headcount of around 40, and will work in conjunction with its Munich facility after Britain's exit from the EU.
"We have to run the new employees through a programme where they will be in Tokyo and Sweden to be trained in the R&D centres. So it's not that we just hire them and put them in front of the client; there's a pretty long on-boarding process. But we don't have a second chance; our people need to be world class when they deal with the client," said Grunwitz.
"Also we have hybrid models where we combine bespoke services from our consulting organisation with threat detection on the back end which is something you can run on-site for the client. That's something that is becoming more and more popular in continental Europe."
The EMEA SVP said his team has put together a contingency plan in the event of Britain leaving the EU without a deal. He couldn't go into details, but said NTT Security has "tried to prepare in the best possible way".
"We can only anticipate some of the events; that's something we have focused on for a while. I'm not overly concerned; we have done our homework. But it is something that's really kept some people in my team occupied for a while," he added.
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