CSIT announces jobs boost for cyber security industry
Ten new research and engineering jobs are being created at Queen’s University Belfast, to meet the demands of new contracts and the rapidly growing cyber security industry in Northern Ireland.
The announcement was made as industry leaders, start-ups, SMEs, government policy makers and researchers from around the world gather at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) for the two-day 8th Annual World Cyber Security Summit.
The Summit is focusing on security for a future digital society and the growth of new cyber security companies.
CSIT, which is the UK’s lead university centre for commercialisation of cyber security research, is housed at Queen’s University’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT).
The jobs at CSIT, which range from graduate level to principal engineer, will focus on creating industry-viable products to crack down on cyber attacks and make networks more resilient. Some 1,100 people are employed in the cyber security industry in Northern Ireland with 80 staff currently employed at CSIT.
Speaking at the event, Director of CSIT Dr Godfrey Gaston, commented: “The cyber security industry in Northern Ireland is growing rapidly and we are pleased to be recruiting ten new research and engineering staff, who will make a positive impact across the globe, ensuring that networks are more resilient and less likely to be attacked. It is also a welcome boost for the local economy in Northern Ireland.
“At CSIT, our experts work closely with many high profile partners to shape and direct the research agenda and ensure that there is strong commercial and societal impact. With graduate level jobs to principal engineer, we are helping to develop the next generation of industry leaders to address the widespread demand for cyber security professionals and technologies.”
The latest announcement comes just weeks after CSIT was selected by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to partner with Plexal and Deloitte to deliver a £13.5 million cyber innovation centre in London.
Located in the East End’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the London Cyber Innovation Centre will help secure the UK’s position as a global leader in cyber security innovation.