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Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) adding 125 jobs in Detroit for cybersecurity team
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is adding 125 information-technology workers over three years to its downtown Detroit office for a new internal cybersecurity team the global accounting firm began building last year.
PwC chose Detroit for a new Network Information Security office and Security Operations Center because of the region’s lower cost of living, access to IT talent and its geographic location in the Eastern Time Zone, said Ray Telang, managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Michigan operations.
The security center is set up to operate two shifts monitoring and responding to cybersecurity threats and attacks to PwC’s information technology systems, Telang said.
“Their whole lot in life is to make sure that our information systems, from the firm’s perspective on a global basis, are safe and secure,” he said. One Detroit Center as the new unit was established. PwC occupies the entire 33rd and 32nd floors of the skyscraper and three-quarters of the 31st floor, Telang said.
As of late December, 16 of the 125 positions had been filled. PwC will fill the 125 jobs over 24-30 months, Telang said.
Senior-level leadership positions in the security center have attracted interest from within the company, Telang said.
“The amount of interest from our internal IT network has been extraordinary,” he said. “There’s more than a handful of folks who have raised their hand and said, ‘You know what, based on what I’m hearing and based on my tour of the new center, I’m going to put my hat in the ring to move to Detroit.’”
Most of the new employees in Detroit will be entry-level positions for recent college graduates, he said.
“It’s going to be a bottoms-up kind of build,” Telang said. “We’re going to have the folks that are transferring here provide the leadership and oversight and most of the other folks will be coming to us from (college) campuses.”
PwC will be recruiting from colleges and universities with cybersecurity programs accredited by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, Telang said.
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