Leading legal firm backs 'world class' cyber security sector to drive north's economy

Neasa Quigley, partner at Carson McDowell; Trevor Graham, CEO of Ampliphae and Judith Miller, business development manager at CSIT
Gareth McKeown

THE north's largest law firm has backed cyber security to become one of the main drivers of the local economy over the next ten years.

Carson McDowell, who have offices in Belfast and Dublin believe Northern Ireland's world class reputation in cyber security will only be enhanced over the next decade becoming a pillar of the economy.

The assertion was made as the legal firm announced a new strategic partnership with the Northern Ireland Cyber Security Cluster. Known as NI Cyber, the cluster consists of more than 35 companies, both indigenous and international, who are developing world-leading cyber security technology solutions across a diverse range of industries, including finance, banking, insurance, legal, telecoms, defence, security and healthcare.

Neasa Quigley from Carson McDowell said: “Our partnership with NI Cyber underlines the firm's commitment to an industry in which Northern Ireland already has a world class reputation. Through the companies affiliated with NI Cyber and CSIT (Centre for Secure Information Technologies), the region has a cluster with unrivalled potential and we believe specialist legal advice will have an important role to play in its future evolution."

“We anticipate an increased demand for our specialist legal advice as new technologies like artificial intelligence become more commonplace," Ms Quigley added.

Judith Millar from the NI Cyber cluster, welcomed the new partnership.

"Privacy and trust, the ethics of data use and the unknown liabilities around the roll out of technologies such as AI are huge questions for the companies in Northern Ireland's cyber security cluster and we look forward to working with Carson McDowell as we tackle those issues," she said.

The partnership was announced ahead of the 16th Annual International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust, hosted by Queen's University Belfast's Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) in Titanic Belfast from August 28 to 30.

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