Kaspersky Lab has revealed plans to open a second Australian office in Sydney, which is expected to be launched by 2019.
The cyber security vendor has currently two executives present in Sydney, including the recently appointed general manager for Australia and New Zealand Margrith Appleby.
Kaspersky Lab is hiring two sales executives at the moment and plans to have six executives working from New South Wales at the time of the office opening.
According to Stephan Neumeier - managing director of Kaspersky Lab across Asia Pacific - the expansion into Sydney makes sense, with the security specialists currently working with several partners and distributors in the city.
Going forward, Neumeier said the local headquarters will remain in Melbourne but the new office opening reflects increased business taking place in the state, with Sydney billed as a "main hub" for the vendor.
"Going forward the next two or three years, you will see, from a resource point of view, it is going to be more balanced between Melbourne and Sydney," Neumeier said.
Kaspersky Lab currently employs close to 20 people in Melbourne, with the new office in Sydney designed to support local operations more closely but also save in travel costs, as often executives go from one city to the other in order to support partners and customers.
In May, the cyber security vendor announced plans to move and store all Australian users' data from Russia to Switzerland, in a new data centre in Zurich.
The move is part of the cyber security vendor's Global Transparency Initiative announced in October 2017. The move will be supervised by an independent third-party based in Switzerland.
Kaspersky Lab will move customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly, including threat detection updates.