Thursday 22 February 2018

Tech security firm Fireeye to double workforce here

Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

One of the world's fastest-growing IT security companies says it will more than double its Irish workforce by the end of this year.

Fireeye, which employs 80 in Cork and 20 in Dublin, said that it was continuing to hire at both locations.

The company, which recently gained kudos for detecting Microsoft's Internet Explorer bug, is to hire engineers for its Dublin office and technical support, legal and finance executives for its Cork office.

"We were initially focused on being a tech support hub here but we started to see bigger opportunities for us here," said Sean O'Keeffe, director of support and global escalation at Fireeye.

"So Cork now has roles in corporate finance, sales, legal competencies, HR, marketing and logistics. We expect to have scaled up to between 200 and 250 people in Ireland by 2015."

Mr O'Keeffe said that Fireeye chose Ireland for its "track record and multilingual talent". He said that the company's employment growth here was in line with the overall growth of the company.

"Two years ago, we only had 300 employees worldwide. But because the the product is doing very well, we now have about 1,600 employees and we recently added 500 with the [€700m] acquisition of Mandiant."

Mr O'Keeffe said that Fireeye's success was that it had a fundamentally different approach to traditional anti-virus companies.

"We think that older anti-virus technology is jaded," he said. "FireEye's unique selling point is that we don't rely on the same technology some of our rivals do. For example, none of the anti-virus vendors would have detected the recent Microsoft zero-day attack, but we detected it. That's down to a combination of the two companies, Mandiant and Fireeye, coming together."

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