Cybersecurity firm opens Boulder office

BOULDER — Carbon Black Inc. (Nasdaq: CBLK), an endpoint security firm, is opening an office in Boulder.

The office will be the company’s fifth in the U.S. and ninth in the world. In the Boulder office, the company will focus on developing new products for detecting, responding to and predicting cyberattacks.

The company has had employees working out of Boulder and has now decided to open up an official location.

“We recognized early on that Boulder provides a central location for our highly distributed staff while offering us the opportunity to continue to build out our national presence,” said Ryan Polk, Chief Product Officer at Carbon Black, in a prepared statement. “More than 50 percent of our R&D team works out of home offices all over the United States. Now with office locations in Boston, Portland, and Boulder, we have a strong presence across the country where team members can come together for in-person collaboration.”

The company has about 25 employees already in the area and will be relocating another 20 employees from Boston to Boulder. The new office will have about 120 people in total, serving roles in sales, engineering, R&D and threat research.

“Carbon Black’s decision to open an office here is a testament to Boulder’s innovation-driven economy and the density of tech talent in the area,” said Clif Harald, executive director of the Boulder Economic Council of the Boulder Chamber, in a prepared statement. “We’re especially excited that a company of Carbon Black’s caliber will help further establish Boulder’s – and Colorado’s – place in the transformative world of cybersecurity.”

The Boulder office will be located on the Pearl Street Mall.

The company cited several reasons for making its Boulder location official, such as the tech talent already found here in employers like Google and Microsoft, as well as the area’s several computer science programs at local universities.

“Colorado is home to many innovative organizations and today we welcome Carbon Black to the list,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a prepared statement. “The opening of Carbon Black’s Boulder office advances our cybersecurity sector and the state’s ability to compete in the global economy while promoting Colorado’s strong technology ecosystem.”