Mandiant founder and CEO Kevin Mandia in Dublin today as the company officially opened its Dublin office. Image via Jason Clarke Photography
Last December Mandiant, a global giant in the realm of security incident response management, announced it would be opening an office in Dublin, Ireland, in order to target UK and EMEA markets. Today, the company’s founder and CEO Kevin Mandia opened the Dublin hub, which will create 100 high-tech jobs over time and will be dubbed Mandiant’s ‘European Engineering and Security Operations Centre’ (SOC).
Mandiant’s Dublin hub is based along St George’s Quay in Dublin City.
Minister of State Sean Sherlock TD, whose remit is research and innovation, was on hand today to officially open Mandiant’s SOC, along with Kevin Mandia, Mandiant founder and CEO.
“Expanding Mandiant’s operations to Dublin was driven by our desire to attract the skills and talent we need to build innovative products,” said Mandia.
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He described Dublin as offering a “wealth” of cyber-security knowledge and experience.
Dublin, and Ireland, he believes, will help Mandiant as it pushes to speed up the development of products and service offerings.
In turn, Mandia said that such innovations created by Mandiant will allow the company’s clients to “detect, respond to and contain cyber intrusions more effectively”.
Sherlock, meanwhile, said Mandiant’s decision to set up in Dublin was “confirmation” of Ireland’s “prominence as a fast-growing IT security sector for organisations” spanning the globe.
He said the Mandiant move was also indicative of the talent pool of tech-savvy individuals that are in Ireland, and working in the field.
Mandia’s announcement has been supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
Most recently, Mandiant announced the further expansion of its European operations, including a new office in the London area, key hires for direct sales in the region and new agreements with channel partners.
IDA Ireland CEO Barry O’Leary described Mandiant as being one of the world’s leading computer security firms.
“The company’s products and services are enabling organisations to respond rapidly to cyber intrusions and prevent the theft of intellectual property and financial assets.
“Mandiant’s choice of Ireland as a base for its European Engineering and Security Operations Centre is a reflection on the quality of talent available here in Ireland,” said O’Leary.
The 100 jobs at Mandiant are set to be created over time. They will be in areas such as security IT and software engineering.