IT security dubbed ‘central to business’ as two firms add 300 jobs
Irish cyber security firm Integrity360 is to create 150 new jobs at its headquarters in Sandyford, Dublin as it gears up to cope with strong demand for its services both here and abroad.
The company will conclude recruitment for 50 of the positions by the end of this year, with a further 100 set to be added by the end of 2018, which will see it double in size. The jobs will be spread across a variety of areas including infosec consultants, security analysts, and cyber-risk and assurance consultants.
Integrity360 was founded 11 years ago and has doubled its staff count over the past 18 months. It now employs 140 people operating out of Dublin, London, Birmingham, and New York. Chief executive Eoin Goulding described the new jobs as a “milestone” for the business.
“This reflects the relevance of IT security to businesses on their own growth path, both at home and in export markets.
“IT security is central to business development in terms of enabling growth, improving efficiency and productivity in organisations, as well as reducing risk.”
The company has a strong track record of employment, with a 91pc staff retention rate so far this year. Integrity360 was also voted Best Place to Work in IT at the Tech Excellence Awards in 2016. Two-thirds of workers there are involved in technology roles -with 22 different nationalities spread throughout its workforce.
The Sandyford-based firm is adding the extra jobs to further the development of its managed security services arm, which it expects to propel growth over the next two years. Almost a third of the new positions are supported by Enterprise Ireland.
The State body’s chief executive Julie Sinnamon said it would work with the firm to optimise its full international growth potential.
“Enterprise Ireland has been working with Integrity360 since 2012 and seen first-hand how this innovative company has gone from strength-to-strength, growing a strong customer base internationally and recruiting people at home,” she said.
Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomed the additional new roles.
“Integrity360 is an example of an Irish indigenous company that has grown and developed to compete on a global scale.
“The announcement today of 150 new jobs shows that Ireland is to the forefront of development and innovation in the IT sector,” she said.
The news comes after another cyber security firm Cylance announced the creation of 150 new roles in Cork on Friday.
Cyber crime has become an increasing threat to Irish businesses over the last number of years, with fraud soaring in the last two years.
In 2014, IT fraud cost companies €498,000; however, that has jumped to more than €1.7m earlier this year.
Cyber attacks have become increasingly commonplace for firms now, with more than half of Irish business owners expecting to suffer an attack over the next 12 months.
The announcements from Integrity360 and Cylance come as Ireland is set to become a chief regulator for some major companies including Apple, eBay, and Microsoft.
A new National Cyber Security Centre will be charged with protecting some of the world’s biggest tech firms.