Belfast Telegraph

Internet security firm creates jobs

A US internet security firm is to set up a new operation in Belfast, creating 80 jobs.

California-based WhiteHat Security provides web application services to blue-chip customers, including e-commerce, financial and healthcare companies.

It is establishing a Threat Research Centre (TRC) in Belfast along with a customer support and software engineering operation.

Stormont business promotion agency Invest NI has offered the company a total of £480,000 to support the investment while the Department for Employment and Learning has provided up to £240,000 towards pre-employment training costs.

Jeremiah Grossman, interim CEO and founder of WhiteHat Security, said: "We considered a number of locations for our new Threat Research Centre but determined that Belfast provided the right combination of talent and location that would help to serve our needs as well as the needs of our customers.

"Not only does the region afford us the opportunity to recruit high-calibre graduates and professionals, Belfast's excellent telecommunications infrastructure make Northern Ireland an ideal location for us."

Economy Minister Arlene Foster said WhiteHat was the latest in a line of leading tech companies to choose to do business in Northern Ireland.

"WhiteHat Security is a rapidly expanding company that is leading the field in the area of web security," she said.

"The ICT sector is an important and growing cluster for Northern Ireland; and WhiteHat is a welcome addition to our important IT security sub sector."

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: "In this very competitive marketplace, a highly skilled labour force is essential to support business growth and expansion. Northern Ireland continues to show that it has the talent and skills available to support business needs and this is evident in WhiteHat's decision to locate in Belfast, creating these new jobs. I am committed to working with our inward investors and local companies to help them meet their skills needs and achieve their business objectives."

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