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Cyber Security in Northern Ireland


A world leading Cyber Hub

Norther Ireland is a world leading cyber hub, it’s the number one region for US FDI cyber security development projects and is now home to an impressive cluster of international companies, world renowned university research and innovative start-ups delivering global cyber security solutions. Companies across Northern Ireland have built upon expertise in advanced persistent threats to national security, critical infrastructure networks, capital markets and web applications. The region’s global success can be attributed to a blend of world class talent, leading forensic science expertise, tech research excellence and highly competitive costs including attractive R&D incentives.

Entrepreneurial & International Cyber Hub

Northern Ireland’s cyber start-up and SME Tech community is thriving due to rising talent through incubation, a highly developed entrepreneurial ecosystem and a vibrant networking scene. US tech companies have been invested in Northern Ireland by the innovation and skillsets being developed in Northern Ireland’s two universities, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and Ulster University (UU). There are also many dedicated cyber courses in local colleges across the region. Northern Ireland have the highest percentage of qualified IT professionals in the UK and Ireland, with more than 70 per cent holding a degree level qualification. Masters and PhD courses in cyber technology are offered by our universities and companies such as Imperva, Signifyd, Black Duck (by Synopsis), Rapid 7, Proofpoint, Alert Logic, Anomali and Whitehat Security are among the international cyber investors, attracted by the strong pool of talent that we have here in Northern Ireland.

Visit www.nicyber.tech for more information

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Exceptional Talent & Expertise

  • The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at QUB is the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for cyber security. It is the UK’s largest cyber security focused university technology research, development and innovation centre.
  • The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) is delivered in partnership with Deloitte’s cyber team and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at QUB.
  • RISE, a new UK Hardware Security Institute at CSIT is one of four cyber security institutes in the UK and is set to be a global hub for research and innovation in hardware.
  • The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has a dedicated Cyber Crime Centre, led by detectives who have developed strong professional technical and forensic capability.
  • Financial services firms including Allstate, CME and Citi have invested in cyber security operations in Belfast. Global players such as PwC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and BDO all have significant operations in the region and have developed a range of cyber security solutions directly serviced from Northern Ireland.
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A Cyber Security Cluster

The Northern Ireland Cyber Security Cluster promotes international business, innovation and collaboration opportunities. The cluster consists of companies developing world-leading cybersecurity technologies from Northern Ireland, across a diverse range of sectors including finance, banking, insurance, legal, telecoms, threat intelligence, defence, security and healthcare.

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