Security software firm creates 20 new jobs in Galway

19 Jul 2010

Global security software player Lumension, which established an operation in Galway last year to R&D new products with 30 jobs, is to create 20 more roles, bringing its workforce to 50 by the end of the year.

Lumension, which develops software to help firms protect their computer data, established a global research and development centre in Galway last October with the intention of creating 30 jobs.

However, the firm has now met that target and expects to employ 20 more workers by the end of the year, bringing the total workforce to 50.

The Mervue Business and Technology Park in Galway hosts Lumension’s international centre for product research and development, customer support and auxiliary services.

Enterprise Minister Batt O’Keeffe TD described Lumension’s expansion plans as very encouraging for Ireland’s information communications technology sector.

“Eight of the world’s top 10 technology firms are based in Ireland so Lumension’s decision to hire more highly skilled workers for its research and development centre fits well with the Government’s focus on innovation and high-tech industries,” O’Keeffe said.

“The Galway operation is a key component of Lumension’s global activities and the software engineers should be very proud of their role in helping the firm to exceed its growth targets.

“This is another example for the global investor community that Ireland can outperform our competitors in attracting and retaining multinationals and then helping them to develop their businesses,” O’Keeffe said.

Arizona-headquartered Lumension enables more than 5,100 customers worldwide to achieve optimal security and information technology success by delivering a proven and award-winning solution portfolio that includes vulnerability management, endpoint protection, data protection, antivirus and reporting, and compliance offerings.

Lumension’s director of research and development, Ciaran Kelly, said: “We are excited to be growing our Irish operation so rapidly less than a year after we established the facility.

“We are delighted to have assembled an excellent team of highly skilled software engineers in Galway in such a relatively short time frame.

“Their contribution to Lumension’s product suite has resulted in the confidence to grow the Galway research and development centre capabilities. We look forward to continuing our success in Ireland, working closely with business partners and IDA Ireland.”

Welcoming the announcement, the chief executive of IDA Ireland, Barry O’Leary, said: “I am delighted Lumension has exceeded its growth plan for Ireland and continues to expand in Galway.

“Today’s decision shows the company’s confidence in its Galway operation as a key part of its global research and development activities,” O’Leary said.

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist. He joined Silicon Republic in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and Siliconrepublic.com has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards seven times. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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