US cyber security specialist expands in Edinburgh to support DDoS research

Corero Network Security, a provider of real-time distributed denial of service (DDoS) defence technology, is doubling to 24 the number of engineers at its Edinburgh office.

“There are clear commercial drivers to our operations in Edinburgh,” said Julian Palmer, vice-president of engineering. “Scottish universities, particularly those in the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), are cultivating some of the best software engineers in the world, and helping to establish Scotland as a world leader in computer science research and education.

“We established the Edinburgh office in 2015, and our city centre location helps to attract the brightest and best. We have 100% employee retention at our Scottish offices, and we look forward to continued growth and success in the region.”

Corero chief executive Ashley Stephenson was joined by Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, earlier this week to welcome the office expansion today. The company has benefitted from a Scottish Enterprise SMART: Scotland innovation grant, which has supported Corero’s specialised research into virtualisation and software-defined networking (SDN) security for DDoS defence.

According to the latest DDoS Trends and Analysis Report, Corero customers experienced an average of 4.1 DDoS attack attempts per day during  the first quarter of this year, a 9% increase on the previous period. It is, said the company, compounded by the short duration, low volume attack profile that cannot be detected and eliminated with traditional security infrastructure solutions.

Jim Watson, director of innovation at Scottish Enterprise, commented: “Scotland’s world class universities, rich culture of innovation and integrated business innovation support are why companies like Corero, which can locate anywhere in the world, are choosing to make their innovation investment in Scotland.  This expansion also shows the value of companies having strong ties to Scotland through our GlobalScot network to make connections and act on growth opportunities quickly.”