Belfast Telegraph

Capita launches new Belfast cyber security hub to meet sector demands

Capita is the UK's biggest outsourcer
Capita is the UK's biggest outsourcer
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Capita has become the latest Northern Ireland firm to expand its cyber security services.

The outsourcing group's Newtownabbey-based IT subsidiary, formerly known as Capita IT Managed Solutions, has Capita's first security operations centre (SOC) here.

Now restructured under Capita's IT and Networks division, Capita IT Services' customers include the Education Authority in Northern Ireland, the Department of Justice and Equality in the Republic, Viridian, the DVA and Transport for London.

The company said the new SOC is a purpose-built, private and secure facility, joining two other similar centres in Britain and India. Eight employees will be based in the centre, made up of existing staff and new hires.

"This represents a significant investment by Capita IT Services in Northern Ireland, reflecting the important role of, and increasing demand for, IT security and data governance across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland," the group said.

The move follows the announcement by US cyber security firm Imperva earlier this month, that it will create 220 jobs within its new Belfast base.

It's expected to bring the total number of cyber security jobs in Northern Ireland to over 1,500 for the first time, representing a 15-fold increase in the past 10 years

Managing director Ed Brown said: "Our new security operations centre in Belfast will be a top of the range facility, bringing cutting-edge, end-to-end security services to our clients in the region.

"Cyber security is an ongoing concern as cyber-attacks become more sophisticated and expose them to financial, legal and reputational risks."

He said it will provide clients "with the technological capability, expertise and resources to withstand IT security challenges, so that they can focus on what they do best - running their businesses".

The latest accounts for Capita Managed IT Solutions, filed in October, revealed a dip in the company's profits for the 12 months to December 31, 2017.

Pre-tax profits fell 27% to £12.1m over the year. Capita said the dip in its 2017 profits was largely down to clients switching to shorter contracts.

The company report also revealed that the workforce at Capita IT Managed Solutions was reduced from 739 in 2016 to 651 in 2017.

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