Cy­ber­se­cu­rity ex­perts fire up their work­force

Manchester Evening News - - BUSINESS - By IS­ABEL FINCH is­[email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @is­abelfinch_ SHELINA BEGUM [email protected] @She­li­naBegum_

A GLOBAL cy­ber­se­cu­rity con­sul­tancy is set to in­crease its head­count as it re­lo­cates its UK HQ in Manch­ester.

Coal­fire’s UK and Euro­pean head­quar­ters, cur­rently based at Manch­ester One on Port­land Street, is set to oc­cupy a 5,500 sq ft space at City Tower, Pic­cadilly.

The firm said the move will al­low it to grow its head­count by up to 50 per cent.

Coal­fire, which em­ploys more than 800 peo­ple across 11 sites in the UK and US, is look­ing to em­ploy more than 50 peo­ple in Manch­ester in the next 18 months.

The firm is set to move in early 2020.

Andy Bar­ratt, Coal­fire man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for UK and Europe, said:

“Aware­ness of cy­ber­se­cu­rity and data pro­tec­tion is­sues has grown rapidly in the last decade, which has un­doubt­edly been a key fac­tor in our suc­cess to date.

“As that trend con­tin­ues, we’re well placed to build fur­ther mo­men­tum by help­ing more busi­nesses shore up their cy­ber de­fences.”

He added: “Manch­ester’s dig­i­tal strengths and in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tiv­ity make it the per­fect home for a grow­ing, tech-fo­cused busi­ness.

“A fan­tas­tic new space in one of the city’s most iconic build­ings is the per­fect move for us as we look to grow the size of our team and con­tinue build­ing the busi­ness here at pace.”

Coal­fire’s UK and Euro­pean op­er­a­tions have been based in Manch­ester since 2013, which has grown from one per­son to a team of 30 peo­ple since then. Its global head­quar­ters are in Den­ver, US.

Coal­fire CEO, Tom McAn­drew, said: “The UK has be­come a se­cond home to us as we see con­tin­ued de­mand from our cus­tomers to pro­vide global sup­port.

“We are part­ner­ing with a host of rapidly ex­pand­ing, cy­ber-aware busi­nesses in the re­gion, many of which have op­er­a­tions in the US, so we see it as in­te­gral to our abil­ity to act as an in­ter­na­tional ad­vi­sor both now and in the fu­ture.”

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