Belfast’s cyber security hub boosted by new facility

By Anomali & Invest Northern Ireland
Published: 19 May 2017

Anomali has announced its new facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The firm will join the city’s vibrant cyber security cluster with the support of economic development agency Invest Northern Ireland.

The new European Research and Development Labs in Belfast will create 120 new jobs over the next three years, which will generate £4.1million in additional salaries for the Northern Ireland economy. Roles will cover a range of disciplines, including engineering, research and sales.

“We’re excited to join what has been dubbed the Cyber Security ‘Capital’ of Europe, Belfast is a worldwide cyber security hub we couldn’t ignore. The site will drive innovation and support our global ambitions, delivering services for our increasing customer base in Europe and the US. Once all of the roles are filled we will have more employees in the UK than any of our competitors do across Europe to propel the business forward,” commented Hugh Njemanze, CEO of Anomali. 

Belfast has an outstanding local talent pool. Queen’s University Belfast is home to the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s Innovation & Knowledge Centre for secure information technologies. It has a GCHQ accredited Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research accredited by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Invest NI has offered support of £780,000 towards the new jobs, which are expected to be in place by the end of 2019, with an average salary of £34,445. 23 of the positions have already been filled.

Welcoming the investments, Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest NI said: “Northern Ireland is enjoying a growing international reputation as a region of expertise and knowledge in cyber security and today’s announcement by Anomali will only see this continue to grow. Anomali is a welcome addition to the growing cluster of cyber security businesses who have recently chosen to invest in Northern Ireland including Black Duck, Proof Point and Alert Logic. It reinforces our growing reputation for attracting innovative businesses and underlines the depth of our talent pool