TrustedSec, a nationally known cybersecurity firm now based in Strongsville, will break ground on its new headquarters in Fairlawn on March 22.
The firm announced the groundbreaking on Monday, March 15, and said its new, 20,000-square-foot home will be located at 3485 Southwestern Blvd., off Fairlawn Corporate Parkway near Ridgewood Road.
The facility will take about a year to build and should be completed around March 1, 2022, with the company expecting to move in by May 1, Chris Boesch, TrustedSec vice president of sales and marketing, said via email.
Founded by former National Security Agency “white hat” hacker David Kennedy in 2012, TrustedSec hosts a number of big national and international client companies each year, and they’ll now be coming to Fairlawn, the company said in announcing the start of construction.
TrustedSec has been planning a move from Strongsville, where it currently rents space on Pearl Road, since mid -2019 and announced in January it had selected the Fairlawn site.
“We are excited to move our company to Fairlawn where we have the opportunity to expand our operations and serve in a stronger leadership role for the wider region,” said Kennedy in announcing the groundbreaking. “Giving back to the community is a big part of our mission as a company, and we look forward to hosting many corporate training events, advanced hacking workshops, student coding camps and internships in a safe and secure environment. The new facility will also be a key resource for our domestic and international clients, and we look forward to making this region a top destination for cybersecurity research, consulting and training.”
The new headquarters is being designed by Akron and Cleveland’s Hasenstab Architects and the project will cost an estimated $6 million to build, Boesch said.
The company has about 80 employees, about a third of which work at its headquarters, he said.
That’s a number that’s been steadily rising, and Boesch said the company expects to expand its payroll by about 20% over the next year.
Not surprisingly, Fairlawn is pleased to get the new influx of professional jobs and to land such a high-profile company in an industry that’s gaining ground in terms of national attention.
“We are pleased that TrustedSec has chosen Fairlawn for its new corporate headquarters, and we look forward to working together to make our city a leading innovation hub for IT security,” said Mayor William Roth Jr. in a news release issued by TrustedSec. “Cybersecurity is a vital issue for government, businesses and consumers, and we are excited that Fairlawn will now be home to some of the world’s best ‘white hat’ hackers. We also look forward to having help from TrustedSec in raising local awareness about IT security, and providing cutting-edge cybersecurity training to our students and professionals.”
The company said its new headquarters will have the space it needs to accommodate further growth over the long term. In the near term, it will have space to enable workers to socially distance and other technology to keep them safe.
“In addition to its high-tech features, the new headquarters is also being designed with employee health in mind. The facility will allow ample spacing between employee workstations, an HVAC system with HEPA filtration and outdoor space to allow for larger gatherings. TrustedSec will also continue to remain flexible for its employees by allowing remote work for health reasons,” the company said in its press release.
The new building will be missing one thing Kennedy had wanted though – an indoor basketball court. He’s settling for an outdoor court to make more room inside for the company’s business operations, Boesch said.