Novacoast, a cybersecurity and identity and access management company, is opening a new Security Operations Center in Wichita, Kansas. The company plans to initially hire 60 employees with plans for continued growth.
According to the Greater Wichita Partnership, in addition to the 24-7 Security Operations Center, the Wichita office will include sales, software development and cybersecurity engineering.
“We were intrigued with the Partnership’s message and then with the entire community because of the overwhelming support from industry, education and elected leaders,” said Novacoast CEO Paul Anderson. “I’ve been running companies for over 25 years and haven’t come across such a welcoming and exceptional place to do business as I’ve found in Wichita.”
Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland explained, “Cybersecurity is the first initiative of the Framework for Growth’s Kansas Competitiveness Project, designed to bring new skills and technologies to drive our economic performance. We’re excited for your future here, and the important work you will do every day to help protect people and places in Kansas and well beyond.”
Founded in 1996, the privately held company, headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., has more than 350 employees. The company currently runs Security Operation Centers in California, Michigan, Manchester, United Kingdom and Guatemala City, Guatemala.
“This is a great company with a global reach and an impactful business attraction win for the Wichita region and Kansas,” said Jeff Fluhr, President of the Greater Wichita Partnership. “Our community’s collaborative approach to promote our assets and share insight into our information technology and cybersecurity ecosystem was key to securing this new global business and new jobs for our community.”
Novacoast cited the following cybersecurity and IT assets in its location decision: the 184th Intelligence Wing for the Air National Guard at McConnell Air Force Base; Wichita State University and the National Institute for Aviation Research and National Institute for Digital Transformation; education partners, including nationally-certified cybersecurity programs at WSU and Butler Community College, IT training at WSU Tech, and Friends University Cyber Security Lab; and leaders from among the 110 local tech companies and FlagshipKansas.Tech.