PrismHR Joins Forces With Other PEO Industry Leaders to Form PEO Defender to Help Protect PEOs From Cyberattacks

As cyberattacks continue to increase, PEO Defender is designed to help PEOs have access to the tools, resources and information they need to manage security risks and lower costs.

PrismHR and PEO Defender logos

Hopkinton, MA (Sept. 8, 2022) – PrismHR–a leading software and consulting company that offers a complete solution for helping Professional Employment Organizations (PEOs) and Administrative Services Organization (ASOs) manage payroll, benefits, HR and more–announces the launch of PEO Defender, the first of its kind cybersecurity utility in the PEO space.

As a founding member, PrismHR created PEO Defender with a host of other leading organizations in the PEO space: G&A Partners, GenesisHR, HR&P, PRO Software, Slavic 401K, Syndeo Outsourcing, Tilson HR, and Vensure. The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), Professional Administrative Co-Employers (PACE) association, and Employer Services Assurance Corporation (ESAC) will act as advisers and collaborators to ensure consistency across the industry.

Craig Babigan
Craig Babigan

“In today’s digital age, cybersecurity takes teamwork,” said Craig Babigian, PrismHR’s executive vice president and a founding member of PEO Defender. “PEO Defender helps level the playing field for PEOs when it comes to increasing cybersecurity measures and protocols through pooled resources.”

Between staffing, audits, technology and cyber insurance, the cost of cybersecurity defense is becoming onerous. At the same time, it is too dangerous not to invest in protections.

PEO Defender will offer two membership levels to help PEOs.

Free Membership Includes:

  • Access to best practices and standards knowledge base
  • Access to vendor references and reviews conducted by PEO Defender
  • Access to coordinated industry / governmental alerts
  • Access to PEO Defender Rivers of Information® and cybersecurity newsletter

Premium Membership (Various Levels) Includes Free Membership Benefits Plus:

  • Eight hours of cybersecurity / incident response advisory services (annually)
  • Discounted rate for extended cyber services such as risk analysis, audits, and IR program components
  • Access to PEO Defender security support and advisory services at member pricing.
  • Opportunity to participate in CISO Advisory Council
Tim Danks
Tim Danks

“PEO Defender is an industry utility. Our mission is to provide services, in an unbiased manner, to every organization in the industry regardless of size or capability leveraging the collective so that services and costs can be improved over what any one member of the industry would be able to accomplish independently,” said Tim Danks, chief operating officer of PEO Defender.

About PrismHR

PrismHR’s mission is to fuel the growth of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across the U.S. Our HR software, combined with our ecosystem of HR service providers, enables SMBs to manage payroll, benefits, and HR, leveling the playing field with large enterprises. Today, PrismHR software delivers world class HR services to more than 80,000 organizations and over 2 million worksite employees, processing greater than $80 billion in payroll each year. PrismHR is located in Hopkinton, Mass. For more information, visit

About PEO Defender

As a cooperative industry utility, the more members we have involved, the more leverage we have with cybersecurity vendors. We will use this to provide incentives to vendors to customize their offerings for the PEO industry and lower costs. Our target is to have at least 300 PEOs and over 25 industry service suppliers as members within the first year. For more information, visit

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