World leading cyber security company KnowBe4 has joined a growing list of global tech companies choosing Melbourne for its Australia New Zealand headquarters.

KnowBe4 is a provider of the world's largest integrated security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, used by more than 28,000 organisations worldwide.

Recently appointed Managing Director for Australia, Karina Mansfield, said that investing in Melbourne is critical to the company’s global expansion plans.

“Opening a new office in Melbourne, Australia is a strategic move to expand KnowBe4’s global footprint into a new region.

“We look forward to setting up roots in Melbourne to contribute to the tech community and broader economy,” Ms Mansfield said.

KnowBe4 has offices in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa and Singapore and boasts renowned computer security expert Kevin Mitnick as its Chief Hacking Officer.

Invest Victoria has supported KnowBe4 by developing a comprehensive visit program for Mr Mitnick, connecting the company to key stakeholders and providing them with a strong overview of the market opportunities.

KnowBe4 is the latest cyber company to invest in Melbourne, following in the footsteps of Mimecast, Leidos and CT4.

Melbourne is Australia’s leading tech city, as confirmed by global studies published by Savills, Deloitte, The Economist Intelligence Unit and AT Kearney.

The city is home to some of Australia’s leading cyber security organisations, including the Oceania Cyber Security Centre and CSIRO’s Data61 research centre which have been supported by the Victorian Government.

Victoria’s tech sector employs more than 137,900 people across more than 19,300 businesses, generating $36.6 billion in annual revenue.

Victoria’s thriving tech sector is backed by a diverse and highly skilled workforce, with strong capabilities in areas such as cybersecurity.

At 36 per cent, Victoria produces the highest number of graduates in information communication technology in Australia and is home to approximately 30 per cent of the country's engineers.