Belfast Telegraph

Queen's University to fund 40 cyber security scholarships

Jim Bannon (Allstate NI); Prof Adele Marshall (QUB); David Crozier (CSIT), George McKinney (Invest NI), and host Naomi McMullan at the NI skills gap event at The Mac in Belfast
Jim Bannon (Allstate NI); Prof Adele Marshall (QUB); David Crozier (CSIT), George McKinney (Invest NI), and host Naomi McMullan at the NI skills gap event at The Mac in Belfast
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Queen's University Belfast has said it will offer over £500,000 for 40 full scholarships in cyber security.

The announcement, which relates to its specialist Applied Cyber Security MSc programme, was made at an event on Tuesday which explored the skills gap in Northern Ireland.

The university said the move is in response to the growth of the sector over the last few years.

QUB professor Maire O'Neill told a cyber security summit in Belfast the industry is on course to generate salaries of over £70m each year here, employing almost 1,700 people.

In December California-based Imperva became the latest US cyber security firm to set up in Belfast, creating 220 jobs.

It joins other American companies operating here including Anomali, Black Duck Software, Rapid7 and Proofpoint.

Belfast Telegraph

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