New high-tech McAfee centre to boost cyber war from Aylesbury

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Computer security giant McAfee’s new high-tech Aylesbury base has been officially opened.

The company has had a presence in the town since 1994, but has moved into new state-of-the-art offices in Gatehouse Road.

McAfee employs more than 230 people in the area and the facility will allow them to work with colleagues around the world to stay one step ahead of cyber threats.

The building has been completely refurbished to a McAfee design and more than 200 million software updates will be delivered from it daily.

Paul Gartside, McAfee’s vice president of UK product development, cut the ribbon and said the company is looking forward to strengthening ties with the community.

He said: “McAfee is incredibly proud to be driving the high-tech industry in Bucks and we are thrilled be able to open this new technology centre of excellence in Aylesbury.”

Minister for universities and science, David Willetts MP, who attended the ceremony on Wednesday, said the investment ‘shows Britain is an excellent place to do high-tech business, and will drive growth and deliver highly-skilled jobs’.

Aylesbury Vale District Council leader, Councillor John Cartwright, said the council has always supported McAfee’s presence in the town.

After the official launch, Bucks band The Repeat Offenders entertained hundreds of McAfee employees at the Aylesbury Waterside theatre and thousands more worldwide watching online.