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Exciting time for cyber security in Northern Ireland, says professor

The cyber security industry in Northern Ireland is on course to generate salaries of over £70m each year, employing almost 1,700 people. (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The cyber security industry in Northern Ireland is on course to generate salaries of over £70m each year, employing almost 1,700 people. (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By David Reed

The cyber security industry in Northern Ireland is on course to generate salaries of over £70m each year, employing almost 1,700 people.

The figures will be revealed at a conference in Belfast today.

Professor Maire O'Neill from Queen's University said it was an exciting time for the industry.

Today industry leaders, start-ups, SMEs, government policy makers and researchers from around the world will come together for the Centre for Secure Information Technologies' (CSIT) at Queen's ninth World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit.

Professor O'Neill said: "This is an extremely exciting time for cyber security in Northern Ireland but also for the sector globally.

"There are significant economic benefits for the local economy, with estimated salaries now at around £70m each year.

"At CSIT, our researchers are leading cutting-edge research in cyber security."

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