As part of its growing operations on Brickell, Kaseya, the global IT management software company, is building out a Managed Security Operations Center for round-the-clock cybersecurity surveillance. The company also plans to triple its Miami area workforce by the end of 2022.
Kaseya established its global headquarters in Miami in 2015 but has had a small presence in Miami since 2004, CEO Fred Voccola said in an interview. Today, it has about 250 employees in the Miami area, and the company plans to add 500 more here in the next 19 months. What’s more, Voccola signaled, that is just the beginning of an ambitious three-year plan
Kaseya’s current hiring spree comes on the heels of its acquisition of Dallas-based RocketCyber, a managed SOC platform, in February.
“Many people out there in the world have seen the movie Swordfish. Hacking into a system in two minutes -- that makes for good Hollywood. But there's lots of different ways the bad people can infiltrate and do bad things,” Voccola explained. In the real world, hacks take weeks, months or longer, and often the company or organization doesn't even know it is happening. "What a security operation center and what the company we bought does is we have software that monitors everything.”'
But an SOC also requires round-the-clock monitoring by cybersecurity analysts to detect and respond to threats faced by clients across networks and the cloud. For the Miami SOC particularly, Kaseya plans to hire cybersecurity engineers, senior architects, analysts and technicians at all levels -- adding 25 to 30 a year for the foreseeable future, Voccola said.
How many in total? “It's tough to say because we are growing so fast. We could grow to 200 or 300 people, I mean, who knows? The more people we have in our SOC, the better the business is doing, so I'd love to have 1,000 people in that SOC,” Voccola said.
Kaseya is investing “north of a couple million bucks” on the Miami SOC in addition to what it paid for RocketCyber, which has not been disclosed. The SOC will be redundant in Dublin, Las Vegas, Henderson, Nevada, and Puerto Rico, in case of a hurricane.
The SOC hiring plans are part of a larger hiring spree throughout the Miami operations. “We're also hiring software engineers for not just the SOC but for other parts of the business,” Voccola said. That hiring will also include sales and account managers and technical account managers, he added. “I mean, you name it. we're trying to bring them on board.”
While the target is 500 additional hires by the end of 2022, three years out Kaseya would like to have up to 1,000 more employees in its Miami office.