IT Sector Gets Boost As Companies Expand in Nova Scotia

Jul 29, 2010

Nova Scotia's Information Technology sector is welcoming two more companies to the mix. Irvine, Calif.-based eEye Digital Security and Fredericton-based Radian6 are expanding with the support of the province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI).

"This is exciting news for our IT sector and for Nova Scotia," said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development. "These companies will create good jobs for our talented workforce and grow the economy."

eEye Digital Security provides IT security software to assess, mitigate, and protect against vulnerabilities of IT assets and their data. It has offices in California, Arizona, Germany, and the U.K. Its Halifax location will focus on research and development and will be seeking a mix of highly skilled application developers, lead engineers and quality assurance people.

"Halifax will be our first Canadian location," said Kevin Hickey, CEO, eEye Digital Security. "We are looking forward to the skilled graduates Nova Scotia has in the IT sector and further growing our business."

The company plans to create up to 40 new full-time positions over five years. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is supporting this growth with a five-year payroll rebate to a maximum of $808,500.

"This is about more than just growth in the tech sector," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
"eEye's relocation of its R and D operations and Radian6's expansion sends a strong message that Nova Scotia has the capacity through our universities, talent and growing IT community to be home to innovative, global and competitive companies."

Radian6 developed a social media monitoring and engagement platform, which allows clients to listen and engage in social media conversations around their brands, industry and competitors. The company has successfully marketed itself globally and demand for its services continues to grow. It is expanding in Halifax because it is close to Fredericton, accessible to markets and has a skilled labour pool.

"Halifax was an ideal place to expand. It offers the right mix of professionals and it is easily accessible to our markets," said Marcel LeBrun, CEO of Radian6. "We are looking forward to growing our overall business and our new location in Nova Scotia." 

The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is supporting the company's growth with a five-year payroll rebate to a maximum of $652,459. This will support the creation of up to 40 new full-time positions.

Since 1998, eEye Digital Security has made vulnerability management simpler, less expensive and more effective by providing the only unified vulnerability and compliance management solution that integrates assessment, mitigation and protection into a complete offering. Thousands of mid-to-large-size private-sector and government organizations, including some of the most complex IT environments in the world, rely on eEye solutions to protect against the latest known, unknown and zero-day vulnerabilities.

Radian6 provides the leading social media monitoring and engagement platform for marketing, communications and customer support professionals. Thousands of brands already rely on Radian6 to listen and engage with their customers online, including world-leading brands such as 3M, AAA, Adobe, AMD, Canadian Tire, Dell, GE, H&R Block, Intuit, Kodak, Logitech, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Molson Coors, PepsiCo, Six Flags, Southwest Airlines, UPS and XBOX.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia's private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.