Some 40 new tech jobs are to be created in Cork in the coming year by AlienVault, a major provider of security management software and crowd-sourced threat intelligence technology.
The San Mateo, California-headquartered company is establishing a sales and technical support centre in Cork City.
Alien Vault has recently hired its first 12 staff in Cork, consisting of sales, sales engineers, tech support and management personnel.
“We are extremely pleased to open our new EMEA Sales and Technical Support Centre in Cork to tap into the immense tech talent that Ireland has to offer,” said Barmak Meftah, president and CEO at AlienVault.
“We have seen rapid growth in our customer and partner base in EMEA, and we are hiring key personnel to service and support them as we continue to build on our momentum in the region.”
Began in 2003 by Dominique Karg and Julio Casal as a project focused on open source security information management (OSSIM), their research became the basis for a company, AlienVault, in 2008.
AlienVault has built a set of tools designed to aid network administrators in computer security, intrusion detection and intrusion prevention.
Growing cluster of online security firms
“A key ambition of the Action Plan for Jobs is to attract new young ICT companies to Ireland as they seek to grow their business worldwide,” said Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
“On that basis I am delighted that AlienVault is opening its new EMEA Sales and Technical Support Centre in Cork.
“(The company’s) decision to commit to Ireland is a testament to the highly skilled workforce here and another example of a company having the confidence to build their business out of Ireland,” Bruton said.
This fast-growing technology company will be a welcome addition to the technology ecosystem in Ireland, added IDA Ireland chief executive Barry O’Leary.
“AlienVault adds to the growing cluster of cybersecurity companies that are locating in Ireland at the moment,” he said.
“Cork already has an established cluster of online security firms in place. Technology companies continue to find Ireland to be an ideal place to locate operations that can service the EMEA markets.”
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