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More jobs being created in north's growing cyber security industry

Ten new research and engineering jobs are being created in cyber security at Queen’s University, Belfast
Gareth McKeown

TEN new research and engineering jobs are being created at Queen's University, Belfast to meet the demands of new contracts and the rapidly growing cyber security industry in Northern Ireland.

The jobs at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), which range from graduate level to principal engineer, will focus on creating industry-viable products to crack down on cyber attacks and make networks more resilient. Some 1,100 people are employed in the cyber security industry in Northern Ireland with 80 staff currently employed at CSIT.

The new jobs were announced as industry leaders, start-ups, SMEs, government policy makers and researchers from around the world gather at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) for the two-day 8th Annual World Cyber Security Summit.

The summit is focusing on security for a future digital society and the growth of new cyber security companies.

CSIT, which is the UK's lead university centre for commercialisation of cyber security research, is housed at Queen's University's Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT).

Director of CSIT, Dr Godfrey Gaston, said: “The cyber security industry in Northern Ireland is growing rapidly and we are pleased to be recruiting ten new research and engineering staff, who will make a positive impact across the globe, ensuring that networks are more resilient and less likely to be attacked. It is also a welcome boost for the local economy in Northern Ireland."

The latest announcement comes just weeks after CSIT was selected by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to partner with Plexal and Deloitte to deliver a £13.5 million cyber innovation centre in London.

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