£38M Cyber Security Centre boost

a computer mouse and keyboard
a computer mouse and keyboard

A multi million pound expansion of Queen’s University’s cyber security centre in Belfast could create 25 new jobs.

The £38 million investment aims to make the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) a global research and innovation hub where the technology experts of the future are trained.

There will be recruitment opportunities available across engineering, research and commercial disciplines, according to the university.

Professor John McCanny, from CSIT said: “This funding recognises how over the last five years we have successfully blended world class research and innovation to deliver economic impact nationally, internationally and regionally.

“The investment will allow us to further accelerate new value creation in this sector, drive business venture creation through our new pre-accelerator programme and build capacity for the industry by providing it with high calibre Masters and PhDs graduates.”

The CSIT was established in 2009 and is based in the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

The announcement was made as industry experts gathered in Belfast for a major conference.

The two-day World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit will include speakers from the US Department of Homeland Security and the UK Cabinet Office.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and physical sciences and Innovate UK have contributed £5 million while Queen’s University has provided £9 million towards the expansion.

Further revenue is expected to be generated through exploiting academic and industry partnerships worldwide.

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s chief executive said: “Strong economies are science economies, they invest in the science and engineering research that is needed to drive innovation and growth. The potential benefits of the virtual world and the opportunities that interconnected devices offer, for instance in our abilities to monitoring health, energy and maintain security are vast.

“However, we need to be able to operate in a resilient and secure environment that can cope with challenge of criminal and external threats.

“This funding will help arm the UK with the skilled people and techniques it needs to prosper as a nation.”