Microsoft chooses Belfast for a new Cyber Security Centre

Published on 28th January 2020

Pictured left-right are: Kevin Holland, CEO Invest NI, Economy Minister Diane Dodds and Darren Dillon of Microsoft.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds today announced that Microsoft has chosen Northern Ireland as the location for a new Cyber Security Centre which will see the creation of up to 85 new jobs in Belfast.

The Department for the Economy is funding pre-employment training places in Assured Skills Academies at Belfast Met, to help individuals compete for these vacancies.

Darren Dillon, Global Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Services Secure Infrastructure Team said:

“We’re delighted to be able to establish this new Cyber Security Centre here in Northern Ireland which will provide support to Microsoft’s largest enterprise customers across Europe, Middle East and Africa. An added advantage to this project is the focus on upskilling people to give them the opportunity to work in this dynamic area of the technology industry and over time we hope to be able to grow the team that works with us here in Northern Ireland.”

Making the announcement, the Minister said:

“This expansion by Microsoft in Northern Ireland is exciting and welcome news. Not only is it a direct result of the skills and talent available here, but it is also an indicator of the strength and vibrancy of the local IT sector, particularly in the field of cyber security. Assured Skills Academies have a track record of ensuring local employers have access to the skilled people they need in order to grow, while also upskilling local people and developing the capability of further education colleges. Bringing this project to fruition has been a result of a successful partnership approach between my Department, Invest Northern Ireland and Belfast Met.”

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