Internet security firm creates 100 jobs

Yet another US company has chosen Ireland as the location for its European hub, this time with the creation of up to 100 jobs.

Total Defense Internet Security has already recruited 21 people and wants to increase that number to 100. The new jobs are in sales, operations, and customer support.

Total Defense develops and provides anti-virus and anti-crimeware software for business and consumer markets. Its products are used in technology from desktop computers to mobile devices.

In a statement, the US company said it “protects over 40,000 businesses and over four million consumers from the growing epidemic of cybercrime and malware”.

It described itself as “one of the largest information technology companies in the world” with “major centres of operation in New York, Silicon Valley, India, and Europe”.

Announcing the positions, Richard Bruton, the jobs minister, said: “A key part of this Government’s strategy for jobs and growth is to target sectors and niches with particularly high prospects for growth.

“Internet security is one such sector, and today’s announcement that Total Defense, a world-leading company in this area, is joining the list of companies choosing Ireland, with the creation of 100 jobs, is great news.

“With the right moves I am convinced that we can continue to attract companies like Total Defense and create the jobs we so badly need.”

Chris Hickey, the president of Total Defense, said: “We are very excited about our expansion into the European market and Dublin will be at the very centre of our new business generation and support.

“We are impressed by the quality and depth of the talent pool and the strength of the software industry in Ireland, which, coupled with the partnership of IDA Ireland, made the decision to locate our European operations hub here the right one for the future of the company.”

Job deals

JANUARY

* Pharmaceutical giant Allergan announces 200 jobs.

* Consulting group Accenture announces 300 jobs.

* Eishtec contact centre in Waterford announces 250 jobs.

FEBRUARY

* BSkyB announces a new customer contact centre to be built in Dublin resulting in 800 jobs from August.

* Hewlett-Packard announces 280 research, development, technical, and support roles in Leixlip and Galway.

* HCL Technologies, a global IT and technology company, announces 220 jobs at its premises in Kilkenny City.

* PayPal announces 1,000 jobs over four years in Co Louth.

* Eli Lilly announces 200 jobs in Cork.

APRIL

* Pharma company Mylan targets 500 jobs for Dublin and Galway.

* Apple announces 500 jobs with expansion of its European HQ in Cork.


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