US cyber security firm Imperva to create 220 jobs at new Belfast office

Pictured are: Chris Hylen, president and CEO, Imperva; and Jennifer Lovette, senior vice president of customer success at Imperva
Gareth McKeown

A LEADING US cyber security company with ambitions to become the world's best, has chosen Belfast as the location for a new office, creating 220 jobs.

Silicon Valley-based Imperva is creating a technology hub in the city as it seeks to expand international operations.

The global provider of best-in-class cybersecurity solutions, is set to create 220 roles over three to five years and

the respected firm adds to the growing cluster of firms, who have chosen Northern Ireland as a base.

Imperva’s first Belfast hire, director of customer success, Roger Flynn will oversee the operation.

Imperva president and CEO, Chris Hylen believes the new office will help the company become the best in the world in its field.

"Establishing an Imperva office in Belfast will help us fuel the next phase of our global growth and expansion, as part of our goal to become the world’s leading hybrid security company,” Mr Hylen said.

“Our new office in Northern Ireland allows us to tap into the tremendous talent in the region, scale our business and continue providing customers with innovative solutions and support services. We’re excited to be in Belfast and are looking forward to building a best-in-class team.”

Invest NI has offered £1.43m towards the new jobs, which include a mix of 'customer success' (tech support, customer success management and managed services) and product development roles.

Invest NI executive director of international business, Steve Harper welcomed another addition to the internationally acclaimed cyber security sector in the north.

“Northern Ireland’s sectoral strength in cybersecurity continues to attract the attention of the leading companies operating in this arena. Imperva’s investment will make a significant contribution to the cybersecurity sector in Northern Ireland which includes Rapid7, Proofpoint and Whitehat," Mr Harper added.

In August the north's largest law firm, Carson McDowell, backed cyber security to become one of the main drivers of the local economy over the next ten years.

The company, which has offices in Belfast and Dublin believes Northern Ireland's world class reputation in cyber security will only be enhanced over the next decade, becoming a pillar of the economy.

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