A US-based cyber security company is to create 52 jobs in Kilkenny through the establishment of a European headquarters and security operations centre. 

The news was announced today by Security Risk Advisors who are being supported in setting up a Kilkenny base by the Government, through IDA Ireland.

The new positions will come on stream over the next five years and will support the company's security cyber security services. 

The Kilkenny operation will be SRA's first international office outside of the US, and will help the business provide a 24-hour, 365-day service to monitor clients' systems for attacks. 

The new European HQ will also allow SRA, whose head office is in Pennsylvania, serve their current European customers as well as target new customers.

Managing director of SRA, Tim Wainwright, said Kilkenny's proximity to "top colleges and industry-leading companies" along with the quality of life in the southeast region made the decision to locate there an easy one.

"Security Risk Advisors looks forward to remarkable success delivering world-class consulting services, contributing high-quality cybersecurity thought leadership, and developing the next generation of security professionals here in Kilkenny," Mr Wainwright said. 

The executive director of IDA Ireland, Mary Buckley, said the investment will have "a strong regional impact" and help win further development in the southeast.

Local TD and minister of state John Phelan said the move "is testament to Kilkenny's highly-skilled workforce" as well as its network of nearby educational institutions like Waterford IT and IT Carlow.