Russian IT security vendor Kaspersky Lab today unveiled
plans to establish an Australian presence, including local security
researchers, to better support customers and partners in the
Flanked by the company's co-founder and chief executive Eugene
Kaspersky, who revealed similar plans in Malaysia over the past
week, the group's new Australian chief Alexey Gromyko told
reporters this morning that the local office would be rolled out
over the next four to eight weeks.
Initially Kaspersky will focus its resources in Melbourne, with
plans to hire an initial 10 to 15 people to assist local partners
and distributors, especially in the area of technical support,
which the company will take back in-house locally after using an
outsourcer. However, it will maintain its channel sales model, with
no plans to offer direct sales of its software.
One of the company's first tasks in Australia will be to hire a
local security researcher and antimalware expert, with Kaspersky
saying the firm was aiming to establish a local research and
The security firm, which was founded in 1997 and competes with
larger and older multinationals such as Symantec, McAfee and Trend
Micro, will look to expand its local workforce to between 20 and 30
over the next two to three years, Gromyko said.
Kaspersky said his firm was expanding internationally quite
rapidly, with plans for offices right around the globe, including
Dubai, Miami, Italy, Spain and more.