Cork-based Getvisibility is opening a new office in San Francisco as it continues its global expansion.

Getvisibility has developed an AI-powered platform for data discovery, classification, security and governance.

Adding to its presence in Ireland and the UK, the new office is centrally located in the San Francisco area and operations there will be led by its recently appointed chief operating officer Jacinta Tobin.

Getvisibility said it has already built a strong customer base in the US by securing major contracts with big companies across highly regulated industries such as finance, defence, pharma, biotech, automotive and manufacturing.

To support these customers and enable its growing global network of vendor and reseller partners, the company is also planning to further expand its teams in both the US and the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA).

Over the next 12 months, it said it will be hiring data security architects, support engineers, data quality assurance managers, data scientists, software engineers, sales engineers and project managers at all experience levels.

Jacinta Tobin, COO of Getvisibility, said that when you consider that IBM reports the average cost of a data breach in the US as being $9.44m, action is clearly needed.

"To meet this growing demand in the US and across the other markets in which we operate - including Ireland and the UK - we are investing in our team, offering, and presence," Ms Tobin said.

Killian McMahon, Head of US West Coast at Enterprise Ireland, said that Enterprise Ireland is delighted to see Getvisibility further expand its presence with a US office.

"Getvisibility's advanced AI solution for data security and compliance is uniquely suited to meet the requirements of US businesses. Enterprise Ireland is proud to support the company's growth in the region," he added.