Jobs boost from cybersecurity firm’s Shannon move

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25 jobs will be created over the next five years by US-based industrial cybersecurity and alarm management company exida which has confirmed that it will establish its European Centre of Excellence in Shannon.

exida IRL Director Iwan van Beurden said that initial hiring was already completed for the Shannon office and the total staff count would be increased to 25 over the next three to five years.

“This will allow us to expand our software development capability and resource EU projects”, he explained.

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“The process of setting up a new office completely virtually was quite smooth, IDA Ireland was there to help and provided excellent support through many online meetings”.

exida chief executive Chris O’Brien said there were several factors that led to the company selecting Shannon for its European base including the strong local talent pool to recruit from, support from IDA Ireland and proximity to the European market.

“We are very excited to launch exida IRL to provide local support for our European customers and expand exida’s technical capabilities,” he added.

Welcoming exida’s decision to locate its new Centre of Excellence in Shannon, Tánaiste and Employment Minister Leo Varadkar said that as a world leader in a highly specialist field, exida was a welcome addition to the business ecosystem in the region.

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said that due to travel restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid pandemic, the US-based team at exida experienced Shannon and the Mid West’s unique value proposition and pro-business environment, through IDA Ireland’s Remote Site Visit hub.

“I wish to congratulate the team at exida on today’s announcement and assure them of IDA Ireland’s continued support.”

exida provides certification, services, assessments, and tools to automation, automotive, robotics, and machinery equipment manufacturers as well as pharmaceutical, chemical, petro-chemical, oil, gas, subsea, metals and mining, pulp, paper and power utility customers.

The company, which is headquartered in Sellersville, Pennsylvania has performed more process control safety certifications than any other company worldwide.