Area Development
A cybersecurity firm, Twistlock will establish a Global Solutions Engineering Center at LSU Innovation Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Twistlock develops security platforms for cloud-native environments and software containers, which allow developers to reliably run software systems when moving them from one computing environment to another.

The Twistlock platform is designed to prevent attacks against software container applications and other digital resources. Additionally, the platform provides functionality to scan for vulnerabilities in software containers and other cloud-native systems.

“We selected Baton Rouge and Louisiana for our engineering center because of the state’s growing cybersecurity industry base, the business-friendly climate, and the opportunity to develop a talent pipeline with a major research university in LSU,” Twistlock CEO Ben Bernstein said. “We help protect some of the most sophisticated cloud environments at many of the world’s largest companies and governments, and we’re proud to call Louisiana one of our global homes.”

The office will provide Twistlock with additional development of the automation and machine-learning tools that drive its application security platform. That focus will enhance its leadership of the container and cloud-native cybersecurity field.

To secure the company’s office in Baton Rouge, the State of Louisiana offered a competitive incentive package that includes the services of LED FastStart, the state workforce development program. The company also is expected to utilize Louisiana’s Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive and the Quality Jobs Program.

“The LSU Innovation Park is excited about having Twistlock as a new tenant in our university research park,” said Executive Director Charlie D’Agostino of LSU Innovation Park. “We are offering Twistlock full access to all the resources of the park and LSU, including student interns, access to faculty and graduates, and collaboration with the cybersecurity and computing science experts at LSU. This will give us an opportunity to show Twistlock the strong research and academic base at LSU that can be a significant factor in their growth.”

“As Louisiana’s digital media and software development industry expands, it not only grows by the number of new jobs and new companies, but also in the sophistication of services offered,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “Twistlock’s entry into Louisiana’s Capital Region confirms this growth and diversification. It demonstrates how our state is prepared to support the organizations that are addressing tomorrow’s needs today. Cybersecurity and the protection of cloud-based resources are a growing necessity for a wide variety of industries, and we are proud that Twistlock will create new jobs and address this issue from right here in Baton Rouge.”

“We are pleased that yet again, a fast-growing tech company with international operations has chosen to base their operations in Baton Rouge,” said East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “The fact that they’ve attracted Polaris Ventures and Dell Technologies Capital Ventures as leading investors in their company is a testament to the innovation of their product and their aggressive growth model. We look forward to their continued success in Baton Rouge and to the high-quality employment opportunities they will provide to our region’s tech graduates."

“We are excited that this international company has chosen Baton Rouge for the home of its Global Solutions Engineering Center,” said President & CEO Adam Knapp of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. “Not only does this announcement represent an expansion of our growing tech sector, but it also brings further collaboration between LSU and the business community, ensuring that our pipeline of talent is robust and well-trained for meaningful careers in computer science. The BRAC team has been pleased to assist Twistlock through this process, and welcomes them to our community.”