Australia's Tier-3 launches Huntsman Security in the US

Australia's Tier-3 is launching its Huntsman Security operation in the United States, backed by a $10 million investment injection from the Sydney-based IT security company.

Australian IT security player Tier-3 has announced the launch of its Huntsman Security subsidiary in the United States, following a $10 million (AU$13 million) investment boost from its Sydney-based parent company.

Tier-3, which already claims Huntsman Security offices in the United Kingdom and Japan, along with Australia, announced the opening of its US office in California's Silicon Valley on April 16.

While the company already claims customers of its Huntsman Security services in the US, the launch reflects Tier-3's focus on broadening its footprint in the North American market. Tier-3 CEO Peter Woollacott said the move could even see the company eventually shift its attention further south.

"We're also looking at other markets," Woollacott told ZDNet. "We are aware of opportunities in the southern half of the continent, and we have been in discussions on several projects in South America. But our focus right now is in the US."

Woollacott said the company timed Huntsman's US launch with the global release of its Huntsman Unified Console.

"The US offers an exciting new opportunity for Huntsman Security, as our Unified Console product brings significant new flexibility to the current security solutions available in the market," said Woollacott. "By providing a single pane of glass for all security information, the Huntsman Unified Console offers a federated view across the enterprise that bridges the gap between the C-suite and IT."

The Huntsman Security platform is built around Tier-3's patented "behaviour anomaly detection" technology, and claims customers in government, defence, and intelligence organisations in the UK, Australia, and Japan. It also provides security services for large corporations, and national infrastructure providers.

The company's American move comes just a month after fellow Australian digital security provider Covata inked a 10-year deal with networking giant Cisco following its move to the US.

The deal represented a big step in Covata's expansion strategy to build its profile in the US, after completing a reverse-takeover deal last year allowing it to list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).