Local IT firm Novosco has created 12 jobs with the opening of a new security operations centre in Belfast.
The company will provide specialist security services to organisations across the UK and Ireland from the new location at Catalyst Inc.
Novosco, which became part of the multinational CANCOM group after it was sold last month, has invested £500,000 in the development.
The centre will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, carrying out work for clients including the Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, with which Novosco has a £107m contract.
The company's former managing director Patrick McAliskey, who stood down following the £70m sale of Novosco to CANCOM, was named IT Professional of the Year at the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards last week.
John Lennon, his successor in the role, said the centre was an important project for the business's future.
"Cyber security is at the forefront of the minds of businesses and organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors," he added.
"It is critical that these organisations secure, protect and monitor their IT systems to prevent breaches that could have very significant repercussions.
"We have invested significantly in the capital infrastructure, the technology and the people to make sure that we have an offering that meets the requirements of organisations with complex and sophisticated cyber security needs."
The company has set up a cyber security academy with Belfast Met for the training of staff.
"As a result, we have some of the most expert and best-trained analysts," Mr Lennon said.
A SOUVENIR supplement of the Belfast Telegraph's inaugural IT Awards, proudly supported by law firm Carson McDowell, will be published with the newspaper next Tuesday.
It will celebrate all the night's winners, which included Rapid7 as overall IT company of the year, and Randox Laboratories, winner of the IT Project Team of the Year.
The supplement will feature profiles of the winners and photographs of the celebration at the MAC theatre in Belfast last Thursday.