Thursday 19 July 2018

Forcepoint to take on 100 at Cork hub

US cybersecurity firm Forcepoint is creating a special ‘centre of excellence’ at its new Cork hub at Albert Quay. Photo: Stock Image
US cybersecurity firm Forcepoint is creating a special ‘centre of excellence’ at its new Cork hub at Albert Quay. Photo: Stock Image
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

CORK is in line for a tech jobs boost after US cybersecurity firm Forcepoint unveiled a major expansion of its Irish operation.

Forcepoint, which is based in Austin, Texas, is to recruit 100 new staff over the next year - with Forcepoint CEO Matt Moynahan signalling that demand for their services is so great that further recruitment will likely be considered.

The US firm is creating a special 'centre of excellence' at its new Cork hub at Albert Quay.

Forcepoint offers what it terms 'human-centric cybersecurity' - a protection regime designed to focus on the human element of company operations.

"We are the second-largest private security company in the world," Mr Moynahan said.

"We focus on delivering what we call human centric cybersecurity which is essentially understanding the rhythm of people within organisations and the flow of data around those organisations."

"We try to make sure that only good things happens to both people and data."

Enterprise Minister Heather Humphreys said it was a hugely significantly investment by the US firm given that Cork is emerging as a major hub for cybersecurity operations.

"All of this builds on the growing cluster of cybersecurity companies located in the city," she said.

IDA CEO Martin Shanahan said it was a major boost for both the city and region.

"Ireland is a serious player and a very attractive location for international software and security companies," he said.

Irish Independent

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