Advantio has always strived to help businesses rethink their approach towards secure payments and cybersecurity. Our relentless pursuit of helping companies increase their cybersecurity maturity on time and on budget in 2020 is bringing us closer to fulfilling this goal, now more than ever.

Although 2020 has had its fair share of challenges, the upward rise in our growth trajectory, is a testament to the grit and determination of all Advantio employees. Our commitment to delivering the best solutions and services to our growing client base has helped us exceed all expectations. 

A few milestones we achieved this year: 

1. Making New Strides as a QSA Global Assessor 

Contributing to the field of cybersecurity and encouraging conversations about the importance of data protection is crucial. This has inspired us to earn a coveted spot in the 2020-2022 PCI SSC Global Executive Assessor Roundtable. The Roundtable is an Executive Committee level advisory board that comprises of senior executives from PCI SSC assessor companies. 

As a proud member, Advantio looks forward to working with the council to help push the envelope for cybersecurity and contribute towards enhancing and evolving payment data security in 2021 and beyond.

2. Becoming a PCI SSF Assessor 

We are delighted to announce that Advantio has been listed as a Payment Card Industry – Software Security Framework (PCI SSF) Assessor company by the PCI Security Standards Council. This puts Advantio in an elite list of global PCI SSF service providers with only 24 other companies in the world who hold this certification.

As the new year approaches and further information is published by PCI Security Standards Council, Advantio looks forward to solving all PCI SSF requirements for our clients, ‘on-time’ and ‘on-budget’. 

3. ISO 27001 Certified  

In 2020, we hit another major milestone by achieving the ‘ISO 27001 Certification’. This achievement is a reassurance to our customers and clients that Advantio follows the best industry practices to increase their cyber maturity ‘on-time’ and ‘on-budget.’ 

4. Hiring the Best Talent in the Industry 

In the last six months, Advantio has added a number of new positions in Ireland and we’re looking forward to growing and building our new Managed Security Services (MSS) business, aGuard Payment Cloud. To support this endeavour we are also looking forward to hiring some of the best Cybersecurity and Computer Science Graduates, Ireland has to offer starting in Q1 2021. 

Advantio is determined in our commitment to hiring the best-in-class cybersecurity talent that will help us reach our ambitious goals.

5. A new ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Ireland  

To expand Avantio’s reach and cater to the ever-growing demand for cybersecurity services in the Pan European market, we have laid the foundation of a brand-new office in Sligo, Ireland. 

Known for its rich history and cultural heritage, Sligo has a booming IT and educational infrastructure. This move has allowed us to start building strong relations with IT Sligo, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology to source new talent to help expand our cybersecurity services.

6. Implementation of Seamless New Systems 

Advantio is building for the future and to lay the groundwork for growth, we have recently invested in ‘SAP’ as the ERP solution of choice for our Management Consultants. This will not only streamline our internal processes and benefit our employees but will also be a huge benefit to our clients who will now have more reliable and up to date information pertaining to their projects.

To meet our goal of building a world-class company culture in order to retain and attract the best employees Advantio has also implemented a new HRIS and OKR Platform to centralise all people data and ensure our employees are fully connected and have a line of sight to what success looks like.

7. More Big Wins to Pave an Exciting Future for Advantio 

I would like to thank our entire team. They have exceeded expectations in these unprecedented economic times. Thank you for helping make Advantio one of the top QSA companies globally and for continuing to deliver our services to our clients. On time and on budget. 

Despite the unpredictability that 2020 brought us, our employees have been able to face every challenge as a team and have risen to meet these challenges head-on. Every single time. I am very proud of every Advantioer for helping make Advantio a company that not only delivers on expectations but exceeds them as well. 

Thank you for making 2020 a wonderful year for Advantio. And I can’t wait for all of you to join me on our next adventure in 2021. 

I wish you all a Happy holiday and a peaceful new year. Let’s make 2021 our biggest success yet! 

— Marco Borza

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Marco Borza

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I am the Founder of Advantio.
Technology has been my passion since I was a kid; when I first heard the handshake of an old 300bps modem I realised security would be key in an interconnected world. Since then it has become my passion and primary focus.
The reason why I've started my own business is to make IT Security simple.

Certifications: CISSP / CCSA (Checkpoint) / ITIL Foundations / ACSA (ArcSight)/ Linux+/ PCI-QSA / PA-QSA