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Lord Mayor welcomes cybersecurity investment

4 Dec 2018
Belfast Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey has welcomed news that 220 jobs are being created in the city thanks to cybersecurity firm, Imperva.

The leading global provider of best-in-class cybersecurity solutions is expanding its operations with a new office in Belfast, it was announced today.

Councillor Deirdre Hargey said: “We’re delighted to welcome Imperva to Belfast and look forward to establishing a great working relationship with them.

“As a Council – and as part of the Belfast Region City Deal partnership - we’re ambitious for our collective future, and we’re focused on creating the right conditions for high quality international investment like this. Today’s announcement is a vote of confidence in Belfast, proving that it can successfully compete on a global stage to deliver business solutions.”

She added: “We’re investing a planned €350 million to create a digital innovation ecosystem through Smart Belfast. We’re intent on accelerating inclusive growth here so that people can access better jobs, opportunities and have a better quality of life – so announcements like this are encouraging that we are on our way to realise these ambitions.”

Imperva expects the jobs to span several functions, including Customer Success (Tech Support, Customer Success Management and Managed Services) and Product Development. These positions will provide great opportunities for experienced staff as well as recent graduates in the early phase of their career.

Imperva solutions use data, analytics, best-of-breed software, and its community’s expertise to deliver simple, effective and enduring protection for its customers, on-premises, in the cloud and across hybrid environments. The company aims to create the new jobs over three to five years.

Steve Harper, Executive Director of International Business at Invest Northern Ireland said: “Northern Ireland’s sectoral strength in cybersecurity continues to attract the attention of the leading companies operating in this arena. Imperva’s investment will make a significant contribution to the cybersecurity sector in Northern Ireland which includes Rapid7, Proofpoint and Whitehat.”

Invest NI has offered £1,430,000 towards the creation of the new jobs.

Imperva’s first Belfast hire, Director of Customer Success, Roger Flynn will oversee the operation.

“Establishing an Imperva office in Belfast will help us fuel the next phase of our global growth and expansion, as part of our goal to become the world’s leading hybrid security company,” said Chris Hylen, president and CEO of Imperva.

“Our new office in Northern Ireland allows us to tap into the tremendous talent in the region, scale our business and continue providing customers with innovative solutions and support services. We’re excited to be in Belfast and are looking forward to building a best-in-class team.”
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey