Despite fears over the negative effects of Brexit on the attractiveness of the United Kingdom as a place to open new global offices, Belfast has just received a major jobs boost in the cybersecurity sector.
USA based cyber security firm Anomali will create 120 new jobs with the opening of its European Research and Development Labs in Belfast and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) will generate investment of £38.5m in research & development, which will encourage the growth of the cyber security sector here.
The company has already recruited 23 staff for its new lab, which is being backed by Invest NI with financial support totalling £780,000 (€914,181).
Belfast has developed a significant cyber-security cluster with investments by firms like WhiteHat Security, Proofpoint and Black Duck Software.
Invest NI has said the latest research suggests the North is the number one location in the world for cyber security inward investment, particularly by U.S. firms outside their home territory. As our customer base expanded globally we looked for ways we can grow our own operations and serve the needs of the market.
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"We are pleased to make Belfast the new base for developing new products and scaling our business in Europe and beyond".
In the wake of WannaCry, US-based cybersecurity firm Anomali has chosen Belfast to be the home of its new cybersecurity R&D lab creating 120 jobs.
And the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) also says it is investing £38.5m in research and development in Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, the UK's centre for cybersecurity research at Queen's University, CSIT, has been offered £5.5m by Invest NI to support the next stage of its research strategy.
Its director, Dr Godfrey Gaston, said the money from Invest NI had helped attract further investment from funding bodies like InnovateUK and businesses such as Allstate and Equiniti.
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