Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab is to create 50 jobs through the opening of its first European research and development centre in Dublin.

The Russian-headquartered company will initially invest $5m (€4.45m) in Dublin, with the new positions coming on stream over the next three years.

The new office will focus mainly on developing data analysis and machine learning technologies for the company’s enterprise solutions offering.

The team will be responsible for core parts of new Kaspersky Lab solutions, focused on targeted attack detection and investigation.

Meanwhile, Kaspersky has appointed Keith Waters as Head of Engineering, to lead the development team in Ireland.

Mr Waters graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in Computer Science and has more than 15 years’ experience building enterprise big data analytics products and delivering solutions to global customers.

Kaspersky CTO Nikita Shvetsov said Dublin “was an obvious choice for the company’s first European R&D office, owing to the quality and density of tech talent there, and of course, the city’s vibrant and appealing living conditions”. 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who attended the announcement, said the investment is “an endorsement of Ireland as a hotbed for cybersecurity research, and a signal to other companies seeking skilled software programmers and data scientists”. 

Kaspersky Lab addresses IT security needs of large organisations, with a full enterprise platform that helps to prevent cyberthreats, detects attacks, responds to security incidents, and predicts the evolution of the threat landscape.