3 November 2021

Microsoft 365 Defender Named Forrester Leader for XDR, Q4 2021




Earlier this week, Microsoft announced they were named a Leader in The Forrester New Wave™: Extended Detection and Response (XDR) category for Q4 of 2021 for Microsoft 365 Defender. XDR (Extended Detection and Response) tools have seemingly popped up everywhere as the latest tool to assist organisations with real-time insight into cyber threats. In an already saturated market for XDR and security tools alike, Microsoft has done well to mature their offering and is evidenced by taking a different approach—XDR tools needs to not only effectively identify threats but provide enough data to be effectively managed by cybersecurity experts.

A powerful security tool…

At Kirk ISS, we’ve found the Microsoft 365 Defender suite performs excellent when paired with deeper licensing. The more cybersecurity-centric licenses, such as Microsoft 365 Business Premium, Enterprise Mobility Security + E5, and Defender for Endpoint, provide enriched data that feeds into Microsoft 365 Defender. When this data is presented in a single pane of glass to our cybersecurity analysts, threats can be identified and mitigated earlier in the cyber kill chain with less impact to customers.

So, what does this mean for your company?

The good news is if you are already utilising portions of the Microsoft stack in your day to day operations, Microsoft 365 Defender is already working hard to keep your data secure. However, it really shines by aggregating data effectively across all aspects of an organisation where seasoned cybersecurity experts can identify threats quickly. Our SOCaaS, the only on-island Security Operations Center in the Cayman Islands, is powered by Azure Sentinel, a natural extension to the award-winning XDR tool. To learn more about how our SOCaaS can leverage Microsoft 365 Defender to secure your organisation, reach out to Kirk ISS today.

12 July 2021

Kirk ISS Named 2021 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for the Cayman Islands




 

[GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman], [Cayman Islands] — July 12, 2021 — Kirk ISS today announced it has won the Cayman Islands 2021 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

According to Kirk Office Managing Director Geoffrey Cuff, this year’s award is particularly special:We’re thrilled to be recognized as the 2021 Microsoft Partner of the Year for the Cayman Islands. Over the last 12 months, our IT division at Kirk ISS has helped businesses overcome unprecedented challenges using Microsoft powered solutions, particularly in the cybersecurity space. Whether we are securing sensitive data or enabling remote working, our focus at Kirk ISS is always on helping businesses leverage technology to achieve more for their stakeholders. We’re incredibly proud to be recognized by a global technology leader like Microsoft for delivering the very best in cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions”.

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered outstanding Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Awards were classified in various of categories, with honorees chosen from a set of more than 4,400 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide. Kirk ISS was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services in the Cayman Islands.

The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award recognizes one winning Microsoft partner per country for excellence in the delivery if Microsoft solutions and advancement of the company’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

“I am honored to announce the winners and finalists of the 2021 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards,” said Rodney Clark, corporate vice president, Global Partner Solutions, Channel Sales and Channel Chief, Microsoft. “These remarkable partners have displayed a deep commitment to building world-class solutions for customers—from cloud-to-edge—and represent some of the best and brightest our ecosystem has to offer.”

9 December 2019

Cayman Information Technology in 2019




Year in Review: 2019

The Kirk ISS team and partners at the Innovation Reception in September 2019

The end of a year is often a good time for reflection. When we sat down recently to discuss 2019 performance, we realized just how far Kirk ISS has come in the last year. From events, to awards, to a re-branding there was a lot going on for our Cayman Information Technology service & support team. Let’s look at some of the highlights:

Events

Carlos Viera of NetApp speaking at a recent Information Technology Lunch and Learn

Carlos Viera of NetApp speaking at a recent Lunch and Learn

In 2019 we continued building on our successful Lunch and Learn series of talks. The Cayman Information Technology industry is always changing, so these events are aimed at helping our customers stay up-to-date on innovations in the field of IT hardware and software. Two prominent themes this year were Network Security and Cloud Services, with talks from partners like Aruba Networks, Microsoft, Fortinet and NetApp. These talks are very popular as they provide relevant insight into trends in Caribbean Information Technology and help them to better plan for the future. We plan on continuing the lunch and learn series into 2020 with several talks already in the works. We want to hear from our customers too, so please reach out with any suggestions on IT topics you would like for us to cover and we’ll do our best to accommodate them 🙂 

Awards

Microsoft Partner of the Year 2019, Cayman Islands

Microsoft Partner of the Year 2019, Cayman Islands

2019 was a year of recognition for Kirk ISS. Starting with the groundwork laid the year prior, we were recognized for leadership and innovation in the Caribbean IT space. Among the many awards we took home this year, a few stood out:

Microsoft Partner of the Year Cayman Islands
• HPE Promo Partner of the Year
• Tech Data HPE Caribbean Partner of the Year
• Aruba Networks Security Partner of the Year
• Aruba Networks’ exclusive Partner Branded Support in the Caribbean

Though recognition and awards from our IT partners are great, they wouldn’t be possible without the trust of our customers. In 2019 more companies trusted Kirk ISS for their toughest IT challenges than ever before; that’s the most significant achievement of all – thank you for your trust in us.

Re-branding

Modern Information Technology logo

New Logo

Old Logo

Old Logo

An important part of our plans for 2019 included a refresh of our branding. Cayman Information Technology moves quickly, and our branding and communications need to reflect the current landscape. After all, a lot has changed in the last 15 years and we thought our logo should reflect that.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what changed:
• A cleaner, more modern look with a bold typeface.
• New colour scheme with cool blues.
• New brandmark representing the 5 pillars of our practice.
• Continuity across touchpoints including print and digital.

Innovation Reception

The Information Technology community in Cayman loved our Innovation Reception

The IT community in Cayman loved our Innovation Reception

To mark our rebranding, we got together with our partners and held an innovation reception, featuring cutting-edge solutions from each of the five pillars of our practice. The Document Solutions team from Kirk Office were also on hand to demonstrate solutions aimed at data protection and bridging the gap between print and digital documents. Overall, the event served as a great opportunity for our Cayman Information Technology customers to speak with some of our key partners and learn more about innovative technologies in a fun, social and interactive environment. We’re very grateful to our partners for making their experts available for the 1-day event in Grand Cayman.

Community Involvement

Governor Martyn Roper speaks during the CIFEC Career Fair earlier this year

Governor Martyn Roper speaks during the CIFEC Career Fair earlier this year

2019 CIFEC Career Fair

We’re strong supporters of youth development. As such, we’re a regular participant at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre Career Fair. This year’s event brought together more than 200 students and 40 companies. Initiatives such as these are important to our business; as a fast-growing company, we like to develop talent and promote internally. A great job by the CIFEC as we met several impressive candidates with bright futures in the Cayman Islands IT industry.

Training the Next Generation of IT specialists…

Nurturing creativity and curiosity are vital to developing skills and talents for kids. Our own James Packer spends 2 hours per week teaching 3-5 year-olds basic IT including video editing. It’ll be no time before these kids are coding algorithms and AI!

Going Forward…

Working hard to solve your toughest Cayman Information Technology challengesWe’ve grown a lot in the last year (both literally and figuratively). From computer servers and storage solutions to IP phones to network firewalls and cloud services, we’re going to keep pushing the envelope of innovation and productivity for IT in the Cayman Islands. To that end, we’ve created a data analytics/software development team to meet the evolving needs of our customers. Big data and AI are becoming integral to businesses in the Cayman Islands and throughout the Caribbean. Our aim is to provide the necessary IT services to support our customers today, tomorrow and beyond.   

Expect to see even more from us in 2020… more IT events, more technical training and better solutions to your toughest IT challenges. Stay tuned!

17 September 2019

New Look for Cayman IT Support Business




It’s time for a change.

A lot has changed in the 15 years we’ve been around and we thought our logo should reflect that. We’re still the same folks who deliver outstanding IT solutions to your toughest technology challenges, backed by world class service; it’s just that we now look a lot cooler! Those who attended our innovation reception got a sneak peek at our refreshed branding. For those that missed it, here’s a quick breakdown of what’s changed:

Tiffany in one of our new Kirk ISS polos.

1. A cleaner, more modern look

The new logo separates the “Kirk” from the “ISS”. It’s now clear that we’re called Kirk ISS (and not Kirkiss!). The “ISS” has also moved to denote an exponent as a symbol of the value that our Information Solutions and Services (ISS) provide.

2. New colour scheme

A bold, contrasting and modern colour scheme consisting of a punchy light azure (no coincidence as we’re a Microsoft Gold partner!) and an understated dark navy as a foundation.

3. New brand mark symbol

A lot of thought was put into this. The five elements that make up the symbol each represent one of the 5 pillars of our practice: Servers & Storage, Networking, Communications, Cloud and Professional Services. The cyclical pattern they form denotes the ITIL life cycle, while the underlying elements represent our values of transparency, accountability and reliability that guide everything that we do.

4. Continuity across touch points

The new branding is suited to both digital and print media in a variety of settings. The consistency across all touch points of our communications is meant to foster the same sense of reliability and trust that makes up our core values.

Next-Level IT Services

We’re really excited about the direction we’re headed. We wanted a logo that we could be equally excited about and one that customers would immediately recognize. In the coming weeks we’ll be rolling out our new branding to our signage and vehicles, so keep an eye out for our new look at an office near you.

21 June 2019

Microsoft Partner of the Year for the Cayman Islands goes to Kirk ISS




Kirk Information Solutions and Services (Kirk ISS) today proudly announced it has won the 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for the Cayman Islands. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“Kirk ISS has distinguished itself as an exemplary partner, demonstrating remarkable expertise and innovation to help customers achieve more.”

“We couldn’t be happier to be named Microsoft Partner of the Year for the Cayman Islands,” said James Packer, Manager of Kirk ISS. “We’re all very proud of what we’ve achieved working together with Microsoft. We’re excited to continue helping customers achieve more with world-class IT solutions and services.”

Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,900 entrants from 115 countries worldwide. Kirk ISS was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as representing excellent subsidiary engagement in the Cayman Islands.

Microsoft Inspire

Awards will be presented at Microsoft Inspire July 14-18

The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Awards honor partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. This award recognizes Kirk ISS as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business impact, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers.

 

“We are honored to recognize Kirk ISS of the Cayman Islands as a Microsoft Country Partner of the Year,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “Kirk ISS has distinguished itself as an exemplary partner, demonstrating remarkable expertise and innovation to help customers achieve more.”

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.

About Kirk ISS:

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Kirk ISS is a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider

Kirk Information Solutions and Services (Kirk ISS) solves the toughest technology challenges facing modern businesses across the Caribbean. A division of Kirk Office based in the Cayman Islands, Kirk ISS provides world class IT solutions across five areas: Servers and Storage, Network Security, VoIP Communications, Cloud Solutions and Professional IT Services. With more than 100 certifications from dozens of global technology leaders, Kirk ISS is dedicated to improving productivity, securing data and connecting mobile teams of all sizes.