Hiring levels show local security industry resilient to recession

Despite a downturn in the global economy Trend Micro has boosted its local staff numbers by 20 percent, while other vendors have not discounted hiring in the future.

If employee headcount is any indicator, security is one industry which the recession is having no impact on. In fact, according to several vendors in Australia, the need for organisations to stay secure, regardless of the economic climate, is leading to an increase in staff numbers.

In the past quarter, Trend Micro has boosted its ANZ staff levels by 20 percent.

Trend Micro managing director Dave Patnaik said security threats are up and the company wanted to align its business so it could "serve customers better”.

He said the company has hired across the board with staff taking up roles in sales, marketing and in its channel business.

“We have completed our hiring process and in the last three months [of 2008] we made sure we were placed well for 2009. We have new resources to look into new areas of our business and talk to our customers and partners.”

Indi Siriniwasa, sales director, F-Secure ANZ, said the prospects for the company’s local operations, which has strong dealings with the ISP industry, remain strong.

“The Group's first priority is to drive strong growth and F-Secure’s winning strategy has been working with its ISP partners,” he said.

“Moving forward we are still seeing our growth being driven by a combination of security services and value added services. We do not foresee any situations that warrant us to have any effect on F-Secure’s local headcount in the future. On the contrary, we are looking forward to growing the market in the ANZ region.”

Symantec was more coy about its staffing numbers.

A company spokesperson said: “We can’t discuss the amount of staff we have hired in this region but can tell you that Symantec is committed to meeting the needs of its customers and continues to grow and hire where necessary.”

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