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HCL opens first European cybersecurity centre in Gothenburg

27 August 2020
Indian multinational company HCL Technologies continues to invest in Gothenburg and has opened a Cyber Security Fusion Centre (CSFC) in the city. The new facility, the company’s first CFSC in Europe, will serve as a hub for growing its cybersecurity business in Sweden and Europe.   

The company currently has around 750 people based at several locations in Gothenburg. Of these, around 50 work with cybersecurity services. The new cyber-security centre, located at Torslanda, will gather this technical competence.  

“Cybersecurity is a key focus for HCL, as it plays a vital role in enabling organizations to transform in a rapidly evolving world where new-age applications, cloud and IoT are defining the future digital enterprise. Our CSFC’s enable this by defending organizations’ digital assets and the Gothenburg Center is perfectly placed to effectively meet the most complex needs of our global customers,” says Maninder Singh, Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Services at HCL Technologies.

Erik Behm, area and investment manager for ICT at Business Region Göteborg, has assisted HCL in recent years, during its establishment and expansion in the region, by providing knowledge on the local business environment and ICT cluster, and connecting the company with relevant contacts. He explains that the new centre is very positive for the region’s business community.

“Cybersecurity is highly important and there is a growing need globally. It is high on the agenda in the EU and in Sweden, and it’s also one of Gothenburg’s five areas of strength within ICT. The new centre will help attract international talent and also help to accelerate the collaboration between industry, society and academia. We have already planned for industry-academia meetings for the coming months.”


Expanding in the Nordics

HCL’s journey in the Nordics began from Sweden in 2008. Since then the company has made significant investments in Gothenburg. The city plays a key role in HCL’s growth journey, both in the Nordics and in Europe. 

“The establishment of CSFC reflects HCL’s commitment to Gothenburg, which has served as a strategic partner to technology innovation and expansion,” says Pankaj Tagra, Executive Vice President & Head of Nordic & DACH Business at HCL Technologies.

In 2017, HCL Technologies was awarded the key to the heart of Gothenburg for being one of the most important international businesses established in the region, after it acquired Volvo’s external IT business.

The new cybersecurity centre in Gothenburg was officially opened on 27 August 2020. Taking part in the ceremony was Anneli Rhedin, Lord Mayor of Gothenburg; Patrik Andersson, CEO at Business Region Göteborg; as well as high-level representatives from HCL and the City of Gothenburg.    

Patrik Andersson warmly welcomes HCL’s latest investment in the city.

“It’s fantastic to see a leading global technology company like HCL choosing our city as the ideal home for its top cybersecurity talent,” says Patrik Andersson.

“HCL’s commitment to creating more regional jobs for our talented pool of university graduates and attracting even more skilled workers from other countries will be a major benefit to the local business community,” he adds. 


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