A hub for cyber
Forcepoint unveils a new Boston center that will create 300 cyber jobs
This is where wooden beams and brick walls meet biometrics and artificial intelligence.
Forcepoint’s new Customer Experience Center, located in Boston’s booming Seaport District, opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Massachusetts Gov. Charles Baker, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and other local and industry leaders, including Adm. Michael Rogers (Ret.), the former commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency.
The 53,000-square-foot, multi-million-dollar facility will also be home to the Forcepoint Global Center of Excellence for Behavioral Analytics. That center will work with the company’s X-Labs research division to drive cybersecurity product development and innovation based on a deeper understanding of human behaviors.
“This facility really represents an acceleration of our vision around putting people and data at the center of modern security design thinking,” Forcepoint CEO Matt Moynahan said during the April 16th ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Raytheon created Forcepoint in 2015 to address the growing need to make defense-grade cybersecurity available to commercial organizations. It is a joint venture between Raytheon and Vista Equity Partners, with Raytheon Chairman and CEO Tom Kennedy also chairing Forcepoint’s board.
Kennedy told those in attendance that Raytheon has been battling cyber threats for more than 20 years, and has acquired 18 companies over the years to help build its cybersecurity capabilities.
“We saw the commercial world was not having much success countering the cyber threat,” Kennedy said. “You see it every day in the news; a breach here, a breach there.”
With some projections saying there will be more than 200 billion connected devices by the end of 2020, Kennedy told those in attendance that cybersecurity is more important than ever.
“The problem is, when everything is connected, everything is vulnerable,” he said. “That’s why the defense-grade cybersecurity solutions and advanced solutions that Forcepoint will be providing will definitely be necessary to allow the world to have a digital economy.”
Kennedy also noted that the Center is located just a few miles away from Cambridge, where Raytheon was founded in 1922.
The Center, which includes meeting rooms and an immersive experience presentation space, will be used for research, to build and deliver new products, and to meet with current and prospective customers. Moynahan said the center is expected to create more than 300 cybersecurity jobs in the Boston area.
Forcepoint, with headquarters located in Austin, Texas, currently provides cybersecurity services to thousands of enterprise and government customers in more than 150 countries.