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US cybersecurity firm creates 120 jobs in Belfast

Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest Northern Ireland joined Alan Naumann, CEO, Contrast Security at River House, Belfast, to announce that Contrast Security are opening a cybersecurity delivery centre in Belfast, creating 120 new jobs.
Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest Northern Ireland joined Alan Naumann, CEO, Contrast Security at River House, Belfast, to announce that Contrast Security are opening a cybersecurity delivery centre in Belfast, creating 120 new jobs.
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

A US cybersecurity firm is creating up to 120 jobs paying an average of £30,000 a year at a new centre in Belfast.

Contrast Security in California specialises in making software safe from cyber attacks.

The business said its centre in Northern Ireland was part of its international expansion as it serves growing numbers of verticals like financial services, e-commerce, retail, insurance and technology companies. 

It has opened its doors in offices at River House on Belfast’s High Street.

Economic development agency Invest NI said it had offered £786,500 towards the creation of new jobs, which are expected to attract an average salary of over £30,000.

Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI, said: “Cybersecurity is one of the greatest challenges facing the public, private and third-party sectors. In today’s digital world every major company across almost every industry is building software to empower the digital experiences consumers expect.

“As more products and services are procured, delivered or operated via the internet, the risk of security breaches by well organised, highly motivated criminals increases daily.

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“The new centre will include an R&D team of software developers to help create new innovative products, along with sales and marketing teams to support the company’s European growth plans. “Over the next three years, 120 jobs will be created, contributing nearly £4m annually in additional salaries when fully operational.”

The cybersecurity industry in Northern Ireland is on course to employ almost 1,700 people, generating salaries of over £70m each year in the field.

Contrast Security chief executive Alan Naumann said: “There are 30 million developers worldwide and our job is to enable them to easily deliver software that is inherently secure and built to withstand sophisticated attacks. To do this, we have ambitious plans to expand our footprint across Europe and the team here in Northern Ireland will be crucial to helping us achieve this.

“Access to experienced professionals, strong technical universities, and the proximity to our European customer base makes Northern Ireland the right choice for this new centre. We are very grateful for Invest NI’s support to help make this happen.”

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