Dell scotches closure rumours by expanding Edinburgh Security Operations Centre

Wheels out political support to underline commitment

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After vague rumours last year that Dell SecureWorks might ditch its Edinburgh Security Operations Centre (SoC), the US firm has announced that it is in fact to anchor its presence in the city with a significantly expanded operation.

Although trumpeted as a ‘new’ centre, Dell has in fact had a presence in the city since 2011 when it bought SecureWorks which in turn had acquired UK firm DNS Ltd in late 2009.

At that time the DNS offices were run over a single floor with a small entrance door on Princes Street and a team of only 60 people. This has now been relocated to much grander building some distance away but still near the city centre.

What also appears to have been confirmed now is that Dell Secureworks wants to use the Edinburgh site as a major EMEA hub, expanding the number of jobs. The number of new jobs involved or the timescales for any growth have not been made public.

The announcement was significant enough that the company invited Scottish Finance Secretary and MSP John Swinney to the building’s official re-opening.

“I am delighted to be here today to see another significant company deciding to invest in Scotland. The launch of Dell SecureWorks’ cutting-edge facility here in Edinburgh is a huge endorsement of all that Scotland has to offer in terms of talent, skills and infrastructure,” said Swinney in the official press release.

The presence of a senior political figure such as Swinney seemed designed to underline the political investment being made in the news. The remote possibility that a major brand such as Dell would leave Scotland would, of course, have been hugely embarrassing to the Scottish Government.

“Here in Scotland, we already have a quality team in place and we are continuing to grow that team with some of the very best talent available,” added vice president and general manager of Dell SecureWorks, Michael Cote.

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