Data breach specialist eSentire is opening a European HQ and Security Operations Centre in Cork that will recruit local security expertise.
The centre is designed to help the Canadian firm provide continuous threat protection and analysis to its customers.
An eSentire spokesperson told V3 following the centre's launch that the firm eventually hopes to recruit over 100 professionals.
"The company is currently hiring for 15 positions and about 10 are technical/engineering. The remainder of the jobs, up to 100 over five years, are mainly technical," said the spokesperson.
They added that the majority of the role that will be recruiting for at the Cork centre technical.
The move follows investment from the Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Richard Bruton, minister for the department, welcomed the centre's opening, describing it as an important step in the government's bid to grow the Irish cyber security industry.
"Cyber security is a specific area which we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs, and in recent years we have seen an impressive performance in this sector," he said.
"Today's announcement that eSentire, a leading company in this area, is establishing a European HQ in Cork and creating 100 extra jobs is another important boost."
eSentire CTO Mark McArdle said that the firm chose Cork owing to the wealth of security talent in the region.
"We evaluated several locations in Europe to expand our business and establish an EU base to better serve our clients on both sides of the ocean," he said.
"We were extremely impressed with the technical talent in Cork and the ecosystem the government has helped to develop to fill the skills gap, specifically in the demanding and competitive field of cyber security."
The news comes during a reported European cyber skills shortage. IT skills and certifications body CompTIA said earlier in May that the digital skills gap is directly affecting UK businesses' productivity and profits.
Closing the gap has been a goal of the UK government, which has launched several initiatives designed to find and train skilled security professionals.
The UK government announced a wider Cyber First programme designed to find and train a further 20 next generation of security professionals in March.
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