Acronis: New Bulgarian R&D centre for cyber protection, AI and blockchain

Acronis: New Bulgarian R&D centre for cyber protection, AI and blockchain

Previewed earlier this year when Acronis committed to invest $50 million and create 300 high-tech jobs over the next three years in Sofia, Acronis’s Bulgaria office focuses on cyber protection technology, data centre operations, and the development of the company’s products and services.

Located on St. Stefano Street in the heart of Sofia, close to public transportation and the vibrant city life, the office also serves as the European location of Acronis’ Cyber Security Operations Centre. Like the company’s other Cyber Security Operations Centres located around the world, the Bulgarian office will monitor multiple data protection environments and provide vital intel to R&D engineers regarding the newest threats.

Developing new tech talent

The team in Sofia currently consist of 30 engineers, but Acronis plans to expand that staff to 50 people by the end of 2018. As Acronis Bulgaria managing director Plamen Toshev explains, the goal is to draw on local talent, providing the necessary training and guidance to help the team members have a successful career as they grow into senior roles within the company. 

“We are set for growth as we offer unique software development opportunities in Sofia. We are looking for local talent and willing to help people reach their true potential,” said Toshev.

Internships and mentoring

As part of the launch of Acronis Bulgaria, the company is also working with local universities and community organisations to run joint education projects. Already engaged with Sofia University, the company is looking to further expand its academic partnerships.

Run as an initiative of the Acronis Foundation, a non-profit focused on creating educational opportunities as a way to spread and protect knowledge, internships and mentoring will be offered to software engineering and science students. Not only will these programs help students be more prepared to apply their skills in the real world, it will also create opportunities for new graduates who are looking for a career with a global IT company.

“Our goal is to get local students to work for us in Sofia instead of looking to work abroad. We offer great pay, a productive working environment, and incredibly interesting engineering problems. We are very likely to surpass our initial commitment to invest $50 million and create 300 jobs in Sofia. This office is going to become one of the company’s most important outposts along with those in the U.S., Switzerland, and Singapore,” said Serguei Beloussov, co-founder and CEO of Acronis.

The search is on

Now that Acronis Bulgaria has officially opened its doors, the office is actively recruiting. Anyone interested in exploring employment opportunities at Acronis Bulgaria is encouraged to visit the list of current job openings.