Cyberattack threats targeted by global company that just opened in Mississauga


Published March 13, 2024 at 12:10 pm

New cybersecurity business opens in Mississauga.

A global company that helps protect organizations from cyberattacks and other threats to their systems has set up shop in Mississauga.

Mimecast, a global cybersecurity firm launched in 2003 and jointly headquartered in Massachusetts and England, helps “mitigate risk and manage complexities across a threat landscape driven by malicious cyberattacks, human error and technology fallibility,” company officials said in a news release this week announcing their expansion into Canada’s seventh-largest city.

The Mississauga office, located near Hurontario Street and Britannia Road West, opened on Tuesday and is the company’s first Canadian office. It employs 60 people, with plans to increase staff in the coming months.

After a global search, Mimecast chose Mississauga as its next “engineering Center of Excellence” due to the city’s “burgeoning tech community, proximity to great schools and skilled, diverse talent pool,” company officials said, adding the new site is the 14th location worldwide. Globally, the firm employs some 2,200 workers and has more than 42,000 customers.

“Technology innovation is brewing across Canada and Mississauga is an emerging hotbed for the best talent and companies driving this industry forward,” Mimecast Canadian manager Fernando Gualtieri said in the company’s news release. “I’m excited to bring Mimecast’s legacy of cybersecurity innovation to the Greater Toronto Area and look forward to recruiting from a diverse and extremely skilled talent pool.”   

Company officials say about 70 per cent of their Mississauga workforce so far is comprised of engineers in various roles. As the office expands, they add, Mimecast will “bring in new talent with a unique skill set for artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing technologies to help fuel product growth.”

David Raissipour, Mimecast’s chief technology and product officer, said the company looked at various locations around the world for its next “Center of Excellence” before deciding on Mississauga.

“With its proximity to world-class schools, diversity of talent and proximity to our North American headquarters, Mississauga was an obvious choice,” he said.

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