Cyber security experts SkOUT Secure Intelligence is bringing 30 jobs to Portlaoise in Ireland with the opening of its new EMEA HQ.

The US-based company, which was founded by Irish entrepreneur Aidan Kehoe, provides cyber security technology and solutions to businesses, organisations and SMEs.

In its initial phase, SkOUT will create 30 high-value jobs at its EMEA HQ as it expands its client base throughout Europe.

Staff functions at the new location in Portlaoise will be divided between management, sales and business development, engineering and technical support.

The recruitment process will start immediately and SkOUT is interested in hearing from emerging tech talent at college and university level.

SkOUT’s current management team consists of executives from Global Fortune 1000 companies such as Nokia, Blackstone, Scholastic, Conde Nast and Citi Group, as well as team members from various US government agencies such as the US Cyber Command, the NSA, the FBI and Airforce Intelligence.

SkOUT combines a proprietary blend of cloud-based technologies and data analytics with extensive customer service, to offer easy-to-use and affordable cyber security for businesses.

Most importantly, SkOUT focuses on personal communication to make security technology accessible to non-experts.

JP Kehoe, senior director of EMEA, SkOUT Secure Intelligence, said: “We are excited to announce the opening of our new EMEA HQ in Portlaoise.

“We have ambitious expansion and hiring plans for our business in the EMEA region. As our operations run 24/7, we view Ireland as a critical digital hub that allows us to service our clients across the EMEA region. 

“We believe that there are a lot of talented people who are looking to have a great career in cyber security and we are looking to meet people who share our ambition.”

Jessvin Thomas, SkOUT CTO, added: “Today’s announcement is a ringing endorsement for Ireland’s growing IT sector.

“We have located in Ireland because of the pool of talented professionals which will support our expansion and allow us integrate our operations for US clients trying to deal with the new GDPR requirements  that came into effect in May.”

SkOUT estimates that there are 1.5 million job openings in the cyber security industry.