Internet security firm Webroot creates 50 new jobs

24 May 2010

Dublin is to gain 50 new technology jobs over the next two years after it emerged that internet security firm Webroot is to establish its international headquarters in the city.

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Webroot was established in 1997. The company develops internet security solutions for consumers and businesses.

Webroot protects corporate networks from online and internal threats and allows consumers to download music, store digital files, bank, shop and search safely.

The 50 new employees, who will be based in Ballsbridge in Dublin, will initially work in areas such as sales, marketing, engineering, inventory and customer support.

Ireland as a draw

“Ireland has again demonstrated that it can out-perform our competitors in attracting high-growth international firms to hub here,” the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Batt O’Keeffe TD said.

“Clearly, our business environment and graduate skills set are important factors in drawing international players to locate in Ireland.

IDA Ireland worked closely with Webroot to secure the win for Ireland and provide 50 high-quality jobs over the next two years.”

Webroot is a privately held company backed by some of the industry’s leading VC firms, including Mayfield, Accel Partners and Technology Crossover Ventures.

Number of Webroot employees

Webroot employs more than 400 people worldwide; in Japan, the US, Western Europe and Australia.

The chief executive of Webroot, Dick Williams, said: “Webroot will grow our business aggressively through investments in research and development, acquisitions and by building a world-class support organisation.

“Establishing an international headquarters in Ireland will give us access to top talent and enable us to expand our global footprint to become the best company in the world at delivering security as a service,” Williams said.

The chief executive of IDA Ireland, Barry O’Leary, welcomed the establishment of Webroot’s international headquarters in Ireland.

“Webroot is a technological leader in the emerging and exciting area of cloud computing which is a strategic focus for IDA Ireland and is a priority for development and support,” he said.

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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