Tech security firm Trend Micro to keep hiring in Ottawa: Report

The chief executive of Japan-based Trend Micro says the digital security firm plans to continue adding to its Ottawa-based headcount, according to a local media report.

Following a visit by Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen to Canada’s capital, the Ottawa Citizenreported the company plans to add an additional 10 staff to its current 150 employees.

Trend Micro arrived in Ottawa in 2009 through the purchase of security software startup Third Brigade.

A year after that acquisition, Ms. Chen said sales of the made-in-Ottawa technology were multiplying rapidly.

“(Third Brigade’s technology) is our fastest-growing new strategic product,” Ms. Chen told the Ottawa Business Journal in 2010. “Last year, when we acquired Third Brigade, it was generating $200,000 to $300,000 per quarter. It’s doubled or tripled that in recent quarters, and we’ve seen that the customers who adopt this type of protection are now larger and larger operations."

Trend Micro has continued to flourish in Ottawa thanks in large part to its focus on cloud security products, an executive said in 2014.

“Cloud computing is the biggest, fastest, most transformational thing happening in our industry in the last 30 years and we are in the middle of it,” Wael Mohamed, Trend Micro’s chief operating officer and a Third Brigade co-founder said at the time. “And Ottawa is a centre of excellence for protecting it.”