Global Cybersecurity Company Moves Headquarters to Tampa Airport’s SkyCenter One Tower
It’s been just over a year since cybersecurity firm OPSWAT moved its headquarters from San Francisco to Tampa.
Now the company is ready to settle.
OPSWAT has signed a long-term lease at SkyCenter One, the new office building at Tampa International Airport, the company announced Tuesday.
More than 100 employees will occupy 31,660 square feet on the top floor of the new building starting later this year. It’s about double the size of its current space in the East Lake-Orient Park area, where it’s been since early 2021. The lease is for 125 months, or nearly 10½ years.
“Being a global operation, we have global customers, we have global employees, we have people coming and going,” said Steve Gorham, OPSWAT’s chief information officer and head of global operations. “So when you look at an airport property, one, it’s a fantastic airport, one of the best in the country. But secondly, the possibility of being 10 minutes from a terminal to our offices? Think about the convenience factor this has, not only for us or our employees, but also for our customers and partners, etc. It’s just a fantastic place.
OPSWAT has been looking for permanent housing since entering the market after buying Tampa cybersecurity company Impulse in 2019. When looking for a new headquarters, it noted the number of new spaces class A office space posted in Tampa, knowing a top notch office. could help it stand out in the crowded cybersecurity landscape surrounding MacDill Air Force Base, home to US Central Command and US Special Operations Command.
“You have SOCOM, you have CENTCOM, you also have large defense contracting companies, we all have access to that same pool of resources,” Gorham said. “Which makes our location all the more important as we seek to retain, attract and recruit the right people to come to OPSWAT and develop their careers.”
The new office will emphasize collaboration, Gorham said, with enough space for employees to work together. At the start of 2021, OPSWAT had approximately 30 employees in Tampa and 350 worldwide. By the end of the year, there were 77 in Tampa and 537 worldwide.
Cybersecurity is a growing industry in all fields, but particularly in the sectors in which OPSWAT specializes: critical infrastructure areas such as energy, defense and financial services. The threat of Russian retaliation over the US intervention in Ukraine has put those sectors on heightened alert, Gorham said. And if the government invests new resources in cybersecurity as part of its infrastructure spending, that could also pay dividends for the company as it expands around the world, he said.
“That’s another cool thing about the airport,” Gorham said. “Having a cybersecurity company that is focused on critical infrastructure protection to be at the heart of one of the largest critical infrastructures in the region is just a fantastic symbiotic relationship.”