“We need more people,” says the Irish boss of US cybersecurity giant Imperva, which is driving European hiring plans

Pam Murphy, the Irish woman who runs US cybersecurity giant Imperva, said the company plans to continue hiring in Europe despite the downturn in the tech sector.

Headquartered in California, the company employs 70 people in an office in Belfast and 300 people in eight offices in Europe.

Murphy, who took over as CEO of Imperva in 2020, said the company increased its headcount by 42 percent in 2021 but avoided “overhiring,” a fate that has forced several big tech companies to cut jobs recently.

“We’re still hiring. I would say we’ve never followed an approach that some other companies are taking, which is to hire too many people in large numbers when times are good,” Murphy said.

“We need more people. We need to keep growing to serve our customers so thankfully we’re not in that bucket [of cutting jobs] over there.”

Waves of job cuts have hit the tech industry in recent months, including Facebook parent Meta, which cut 11,000 jobs from its global workforce, including about 350 in Dublin.

Irish tech companies that have surged in recent years, including Intercom and Wayflyer, have also forced dozens of people from their Dublin bases.

Murphy, who previously held senior positions at Oracle and Infor, warned that despite the economic downturn and rising costs, companies should not skimp on cybersecurity spending.

“I think the number of cyber threats and the number of breaches and all sorts of KPIs that you can look at in cybersecurity are looking pretty bad right now in the sense that they’re going up dramatically year on year,” he said you.

“There is absolutely no doubt that the economy is not where we would like it to be right now, which unfortunately makes it all the more interesting for cybercriminals to get out there and take advantage of it.”

Murphy said automated bots are a common threat to businesses, particularly in the e-commerce space during the holiday season, that can flood a seller’s website and crash it.

https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/we-need-more-people-says-irish-boss-of-us-cybersecurity-giant-imperva-as-it-forges-ahead-with-european-hiring-plans-42193011.html “We need more people,” says the Irish boss of US cybersecurity giant Imperva, which is driving European hiring plans

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