US security software vendor Ecora is to create 60 new software jobs in Cork over the next five years following the conclusion of negotiations with IDA Ireland.
Ecora develops tools which automatically deploy software security patches, which are primarily used by companies to fight virus and hacker attacks on corporate networks. The firm also develops software that tracks and documents network configuration settings. Software developed by Ecora assists network administrators to apply patch software across a corporate IT network to protect the company from possible flaws or glitches in their systems.
The new headquarters will be used to drive Ecora’s expansion into new growth markets, beginning with Ireland and the UK and moving on to other regions. The operation will house marketing, R&D, engineering and technical support functions for Ecora.
As the company develops its Cork base, Ecora plans to form strong linkages and relationships with the third level colleges in Cork to strengthen its R&D functions and tap into the world class skills and expertise there. The Centre will also service the needs of Ecora’s existing client base of over 1,600 clients across 45 countries including Motorola, IBM, Merrill Lynch and Fleet Securities.
“This investment by Ecora is an important addition to the range of quality international services locating in the Cork area,” said the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Tánaiste Mary Harney. “Such quality services continue to add to the range of skilled employment being offered in the region and is further confirmation that Ireland continues to attract high quality investors.”
“We are truly excited and stimulated by this new chapter in our company history,” said Alex Bakman, Ecora Software’s founder and CEO. “Because of its location, and its talented and enthusiastic labour pool, Cork is an ideal location to launch and manage our European operations. Cork has knowledgeable workers with skills to grasp our products’ subtleties and communicate effectively with IT managers throughout the market.”
By John Kennedy