Cybersecurity firm Forcepoint to expand headcount at Bengaluru centre

Cybersecurity firm Forcepoint to expand headcount at Bengaluru centre
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31 Oct, 2018

Cybersecurity major Forcepoint is looking to double its headcount at its Bengaluru office by the end of next year, a company statement said.

The centre, which employs around 100 now, will hire 200 new staff by the end of 2019 and will cater to the company's global enterprise clientele, the statement added.

Forcepoint has a technology centre in Chennai that employs 60 people and caters to Asia-Pacific, Middle East and European customers. Around 25% of all open positions at the company are now in India. It has an overall employee count of around 2,500 people globally, with the majority of them based in the US, India, Ireland and UK. 

The cybersecurity ‘centre of excellence’ will help Forcepoint's enterprise customers adopt behaviour-based cybersecurity solutions, the company said. It will also house the company's professional services, global technical training, cloud infrastructure operations and shared IT services teams.

“The new centre is vital to our strategy of delivering a total enterprise customer experience. The growing demand for cybersecurity solutions that understand behaviour requires investment in world-class technical support and services talent,” said Brian J Miller, senior vice president of customer success and operations for Forcepoint.

The employees in the Bengaluru centre will focus on supporting the entire Forcepoint behaviour-based cybersecurity portfolio, the statement said. The portfolio will help customers to quickly and securely onboard enterprise users to the cloud while protecting critical data and intellectual property apart from stopping insider threats.

The Texas-based company has also appointed Tarun Krishnamurthy as the vice president of customer success for Asia-Pacific and head of India centres, responsible for the vision and leadership of the India site. Krishnamurthy has over 23 years of experience in technology, and most recently, he served as senior director of engineering at McAfee India.

Forcepoint, previously knows as Websense, had recently launched a facility in Cork, Ireland to develop new cloud and endpoint security products, which will accelerate its ‘human-centric security solutions’. It offers integrated capabilities with more precise data control and visibility into user identity, activity and intent across cloud deployments, applications and complex distributed networks.

Forcepoint was acquired by Raytheon, a major US defence contractor company, in 2015. Since then, it had acquired Stonesoft and Sidewinder from Intel.