US security tech firm creates jobs
A US security technology company is to create almost 100 jobs in Belfast.
California-based data protection specialists Proofpoint is developing a European centre in the city through an investment of more than £6 million.
The move follows the company's purchase of local business Mail Distiller Ltd last year.
Stormont business development agency Invest NI has provided more than £600,000 in support. The jobs boost has been welcomed by economy minister Arlene Foster.
The 94 new jobs are expected to be in place by the end of 2016.
Proofpoint chief executive Gary Steele said: "In Belfast our strategic objective is to broaden the distribution and support networks for our current suite of products. The acquisition of Mail Distiller provided us with a platform to grow the small and medium sized businesses segment of our business."
He added: "We have been very impressed with the technology ecosystem in Northern Ireland, which shares many of the characteristics of Silicon Valley, including access to world-class cyber security research at Queen's University.
"We are very grateful for the advice and support we have received from Invest NI and Minister Foster."
Mrs Foster noted that the company attended the high-profile Northern Ireland Investment Conference in Belfast last October.
"Proofpoint recognised the benefits of establishing a European centre here, including the availability of high quality technical and sales staff, as well as the high-speed telecoms links between Northern Ireland, North America and Europe," she said.
"I had the pleasure of meeting with Proofpoint's CEO Gary Steele during my visit to the US last month and took the opportunity to highlight the strength of our growing IT sector and our track record of partnership working between our ICT and academic sectors."