By mid-2018, Chicago cybersecurity company Trustwave will occupy more than 100,000 square feet at 70 W Madison Street, its home since 2007.
That’s a 65 percent increase of its recent Chicago real estate footprint, and it comes hand in hand with some major hiring. Trustwave has hired over 160 new employees since 2016 (bringing their total headcount to 1,650 worldwide), and it continues to grow: The company has 50 current job openings and a second phase of construction will allow its workforce to grow another 50 percent.
With growth comes change. And Trustwave sought to ditch its traditional corporate office look and try a more tech-inspired design.
The company teamed up with Chicago design firm Partners by Design to create a space that reflected the company’s culture of “openness and transparency,” said Cas Purdy, vice president of corporate marketing and communications.
The focal point of the new space is a two story atrium with a massive video wall that spans the sixth and seventh floors, showing off company information such as recent industry awards, workplace anniversary, company events, or stats compiled by Trustwave’s research team. Above the atrium, the “Customer Experience Center” was designed to resemble a command and control center you might see in a science fiction movie.
“[Customers] can see the Trustwave SpiderLabs Global Threat Database dashboard, along with threat intelligence feeds from our nine global Trustwave Advanced Security Operations Centers and other security partners,” said Purdy. “Ultimately, it’s designed to help potential customers to better understand the power of Trustwave in providing their managed security services.”
In phase two of construction, Trustwave is planning to build new Chicago security labs and a “threat center” where employees will monitor breaches across the globe. As of April 2017, Trustwave had more than 3 million businesses enrolled in its cloud-based platform Trustwave TrustKeeper, and has established a number of international third party partnerships to offer their services.
Beyond the cybersecurity-specific design features, the office has the usual tech trimmings such as an arcade game area, kitchen with beer on tap and two coffee shops.
“The design of the office space gives the opportunity to drive energy, excitement and buzz to increase collaboration throughout the space,” Purdy added.
Take a look inside Trustwave’s new office:
Note: The photos in the story have been updated due to a copyright issue. The current photos are credited to Tom Harris Photography.