THE north's burgeoning cluster of international cyber-security companies has been further boosted with confirmation that US managed intelligence specialist Nisos is setting up a highly specialised software development and technical centre in Belfast.
Founded in Virginia in 2015, Nisos is investing in Northern Ireland for the first time, planning to create 15 jobs, a third of which are already in place.
Job roles range in experience from graduate to senior level, including software developers, analysts, sales and management positions. All staff will initially work from home, before adopting a hybrid working approach.
And when in place by the end of next year, the jobs will contribute more than £700,000 in annual wages to the region's economy.
Nisos’ solutions enable security, intelligence, and trust and safety teams to leverage a world-class intelligence capability tailored to their needs.
Its offerings fuse cyber intelligence with threat investigation techniques, to identify and disrupt cyber threats before they cause harm to an organisation, and its client base includes many of the world's largest internet platforms, large financial services companies, top consumer brands, and technology and security companies.
Its chief executive David Etue said: “In recent times, security and intelligence teams have been unable to develop solutions to combat motivated and sophisticated cyber threats, but we are uniquely positioned in the market.
“Our distinctive approach merging managed intelligence with powerful investigative techniques, and a comprehensive platform, allows us to deliver client-specific intelligence that is timely, relevant and actionable.
“As we expand globally, Invest NI has provided guidance and introduced us to the talent and expertise available in Northern Ireland.
“Belfast was a clear choice for our requirements, and we are excited to have it as a key part of our international expansion. Our 15 new employees here will be an integral part of our long-term growth strategies to support our client base, while also helping us grow our global presence.”
Anne Beggs, director of trade and investment at Invest NI, which has offered the company £97,500 of support towards the job creation, said: “It's great to welcome Nisos to our growing cluster of international cyber-security investors.
“Our New York team has been working closely with the company since summer 2020 to showcase what our IT sector and wider business environment have to offer.
“Nisos’ Northern Ireland centre will play a major role in the company’s plans for global growth.”