Wednesday 19 September 2018

Cyber security firm opens EMEA headquarters in Portlaoise

The news was welcomed by Business Minister Heather Humphreys. Photo: Mark Condren
The news was welcomed by Business Minister Heather Humphreys. Photo: Mark Condren
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

SkOUT Secure Intelligence is to create 30 high value jobs with the opening of its new Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) headquarters in Portlaoise, County Laois.

The roles being created at the cyber-security technology and solutions company fall across a number of areas including management, sales and business development, engineering and technical support.

SkOUT said that the recruitment process will start immediately, with the company especially interested in hearing from emerging tech talent at college and university level.

Describing Ireland as a "critical digital hub" that allows the company to service its clients across the EMEA region, JP Kehoe, senior director of EMEA, SkOUT, said that the company had "ambitious expansion and hiring plans" for the EMEA region. 

"We believe that there are a lot of talented people who are looking to have a great career in cyber security and we are looking to meet people who share our ambition," Mr Kehoe said. 

The opening of the headquarters is supported by the Government through IDA Ireland, with today’s announcement welcomed by both the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D. and Mary Buckley, executive director at IDA Ireland.

"Access to highly skilled technical talent, the cluster effect of related businesses and the ease of doing business, were all contributing factors when [SkOUT were] deciding to locate their cyber business here," Ms Buckley said.

"It is great that Portlaoise in a regional location meets all of these requisite needs and I wish SkOUT every success for its future operations."

Established in 2013 by Irish entrepreneur Aidan Kehoe, SkOUT is based in the US and has over 800 clients globally.

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