Another Global Cybersecurity Leader Chooses Melbourne

20 October 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to boost Victoria’s tech credentials by luring another leading cybersecurity company to Melbourne.

US company KnowBe4 announced today it will set up its Australia-New Zealand headquarters in Melbourne, creating local jobs and further strengthening Victoria’s cybersecurity capabilities.

It’s the latest cyber company to invest in the state and follows in the footsteps of Mimecast, Leidos and CT4 and has recently appointed former Telstra executive Karina Mansfield as its new Australian managing director.

Used by more than 25,000 organisations worldwide, KnowBe4 is a provider of the world's largest integrated security awareness training and simulated phishing platform.

It has offices in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa and Singapore and boasts renowned computer security expert Kevin Mitnick on its staff list as Chief Hacking Officer.

Various global studies have confirmed Melbourne as Australia’s top tech city, with the industry employing more than 137,900 people across more than 19,300 businesses, generating $36.6 billion in annual revenue.

Other leading cybersecurity organisations that call Melbourne home include the Oceania Cyber Security Centre and CSIRO’s Data61 research centre. Both – like KnowBe4 – were supported in the move by Invest Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas

“Melbourne has world leading tech capabilities and is home to some of the best and brightest minds in the field of cybersecurity.”

“This decision by KnowBe4 to set up its Australia New Zealand HQ in Melbourne is a strong vote of confidence in our thriving tech industry and our cybersecurity know-how.”

Quotes attributable to KnowBe4 Managing Director (Australia) Karina Mansfield

“Opening a new office in Melbourne is a strategic move to expand KnowBe4’s global footprint in a new region.”

“We look forward to setting up roots in Melbourne to contribute to the tech community and broader economy.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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