Trustwave security firm opens first Canadian security operations centre in Kitchener-Waterloo

TORONTO – Trustwave security firm will open its first Canadian security operations centre, dedicated to helping businesses identify and respond to cybercrime threats, in the heart of Canada’s tech community this week.

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The centre, announced Wednesday, will bring more than 25 job openings to the Kitchener-Waterloo region, including positions for software engineers, security analysts and other high-tech roles.

“Adding a Security Operations Center (SOC) in Canada is a logical next step in the growth and evolution of Trustwave Managed Security Services in this growing market,” said Brent Davidson, vice president of Canadian sales at Trustwave.

“The new SOC in Canada will help us better serve our Canadian and multi-national enterprise clients and allow us to continue to deliver cutting-edge managed security services in region for Canadian businesses and government agencies.”

According to industry analyst firm IDC, the market for managed security services in Canada is expected to be the strongest-growing security services market.

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Trustwave – which helps businesses fight cybercrime and protect their data using a cloud platform – will use the centre as a hub to help Canadian companies manage the threat landscape by helping to identify potential threats and attacks and providing recommendations on how to curb those attacks.

According to Davidson, the ability for companies to detect data breaches and security risks themselves is growing more difficult as the security landscape evolves.

“Companies are not able to detect breaches that are occurring in their environment themselves,” Davidson told Global News.

“What that leads to is sort of a lag in detection – which lends to the breaches – and also a lag in mediating those breaches. This means the bad guys are in customer environments for a long time.”

According to Trustwave’s most recent global security report, in 2014, it took an average of 126 days for organizations to detect intrusions themselves.

Businesses that enroll in Trustwave’s platform receive automated threat vulnerability reports and compliance management services.

Over three million businesses – from enterprise to “Mom and Pop” shops – currently use the company’s cloud-based platform.

The Kitchener-Waterloo security operations center will be the company’s sixth worldwide, including the Philippines, Poland,  Chicago, Denver, and Minneapolis.

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