Onwardly and Parallo forge partnership to strengthen cyber resilience for New Zealand's SaaS community

December 4, 2023

We've joined forces with the folks over at Parallo, a cloud services provider for SaaS companies, to enhance the security and privacy maturity of the tech sector in New Zealand.

This partnership comes at a time when cyber threats are evolving at an unprecedented pace, with SaaS companies emerging as prime targets for malicious actors seeking to exploit vulnerabilities in their systems. Recent data from One NZ reveals that 83% of small businesses, defined as those with 20 employees or under, are without the funds to recover, as the average cost of a data breach for a SME is $173,000.

“We believe collaboration is key to addressing the evolving threats facing New Zealand’s SaaS community. Our partnership with Parallo is a testament to this vision, and together, we are dedicated to fostering an environment where genuine cyber resilience becomes not just a goal, but a shared reality for all,” says our founder and CEO, Phil Howie.

In response to this pressing challenge, Onwardly and Parallo have united their expertise to provide comprehensive cyber resilience solutions tailored to the unique needs of startups and small-medium businesses in New Zealand.

Blair Corbett, Security Services Manager at Parallo, has expressed Parallo’s enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “Our partnership with Onwardly reinforces and strengthens Parallo’s security services, helping customers manage risk effectively by centralising key processes in an Information Security Management System. Onwardly automates tasks, encourages shared responsibilities, and ensures continuous execution, review, and compliance with key stakeholders. Parallo’s technical consultants guide customers through the Onwardly implementation, ensuring continuous assessment and improvement of their security and privacy programs. We’re excited to bring this joint offering to our customers.”

This collaboration is about empowering SaaS businesses to navigate the complexities of cybersecurity confidently. Together, Onwardly and Parallo will provide the tools, training, and resources designed to elevate security and privacy measures in an achievable and accessible way.

In an era where data is a critical asset and digital operations are the lifeblood of businesses, the Onwardly and Parallo partnership standards as a beacon of support for New Zealand's SaaS community. Through the use of Onwardly's cyber resilience platform with Parallo's cloud services, SaaS businesses can proactively stay ahead of potential cyber risks.

About Onwardly:

Onwardly is an award-winning SaaS company dedicated to democratising security and privacy. Its innovative cyber resilience platform empowers New Zealand organisations to become security superheroes by identifying gaps in their defence and streamlining their operations to continually stay ahead of threats.

Led by founder and CEO Phil Howie, who has spent the last decade working in high-growth SaaS businesses, and was employee #1 at Pushpay, a global kiwi success story. Phil has previously held roles at several HiTech award winning companies, including Whip Around, and received the 2023 Reseller News Innovation Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.

Onwardly is backed by an incredible lineup of investors, including Kendra Ross, co-founder of Duo, Laura Bell, founder and CEO of SafeStack, JD Trask and Zheng Li, co-investors from Raygun, and advisor Poohan Nathan, bringing a wealth of industry experience and strategic guidance to the company.

About Parallo:

Parallo is a strategic provider of AWS and Azure cloud services for high-growth software companies.  Their experienced local team of Engineers, DevOps professionals, and Solution Architects proactively monitor and continuously optimise the Security, Performance, Availability and Costs associated with running apps on the Cloud. They also ensure the reliability of applications and users' experience is high.

As a top 10 Global Microsoft Partner, an Azure Expert MSP, and an AWS Premier Tier Partner, Parallo has the expertise to help scaling software businesses succeed. For more information, please visit their website at parallo.com.

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