US cyber firm Anomali takes on Belfast office for 120 new staff
A US cyber-security firm is taking on a refurbished Belfast city centre office after revealing it will create around 120 jobs here.
Californian company Anomali provides cyber-security solutions to help global organisations identify and respond to security threats.
It can now be revealed that the firm will set up its headquarter at the State Buildings on Arthur Street.
The jobs are expected to be in place by the end of 2019.
Simon McEvoy of Savills represented Anomali and Robert Toland of DTZ McCombe Pierce represented the landlord.
Anomali has already added around 20 jobs and said the rest will be on stream in two years.
The average salaries of the new posts are around £34,500. "In the last 18 months we have assisted Anomali, Alert Logic, Black Duck and Rapid 7 to commit to new leases in Belfast," Mr McEvoy said.
"That is over 250 highly skilled jobs from the cyber-security sector alone and is evidence that the positive experience this particular industry has had with the location, access to talent and the local business environment is the best advertisement for Belfast and endorsement for Invest NI to continue their great work and secure more investment."
Mr Toland said the firm was attracted to the refurbished city centre office building "due to its central location, ornate style and high quality refurbishment".
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph earlier this year, when Anomali announced it was setting up here, its chief executive Hugh Njemanze said it chose Belfast after searching various locations across Europe and elsewhere.
"The character of the people, what we heard about it, and the employee dynamic.
The fact that there is a very strong cyber-security talent pool, both already in place, and to be created by the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) programme, was a big factor," he said.
Anomali is the latest in a long line of technology and cyber-security firms setting up here.
Bazaarvoice, UnoSquare, Bemis and aPriori Technologies are just some of the North American companies choosing to invest in Northern Ireland over the last 12 months.
Earlier this month Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton went on a trade and investment trip to New York and Boston.