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Belfast Lord Mayor welcomes 120 jobs being created by Californian company Contrast Security

24 Sep 2019

Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor John Finucane has welcomed news that California based cyber security company Contrast Security will be creating up to 120 jobs at its new development and delivery centre in Belfast.

The company is a pioneer in making software safe from cyber attacks. Its software security platform is built to allow software developers to easily and quickly write secure software; and to protect running and currently deployed applications from data breaches. The technology includes sensors that work inside applications to uncover vulnerabilities, prevent data exfiltration, and secure enterprise assets.

The new development centre in Belfast is part of the company’s international expansion, including serving companies worldwide in key verticals such as financial services, eCommerce, retail, insurance, healthcare, enterprise IT and technology companies. Lord Mayor Councillor John Finucane said: “We are delighted to welcome Contrast Security to Belfast and we’re pleased to hear that direct access to experienced professionals, strong technical universities, and proximity to their European customer base have all influenced their decision. We’re committed to securing Foreign Direct Investment through our Belfast Agenda – and to putting ourselves at the forefront of innovation and digital development through the Belfast Region City Deal, so this is excellent news today. We look forward to developing a very positive working relationship with Contrast Security and wish them all the best in their new location.”

Invest Northern Ireland has offered £786,500 towards the creation of new jobs, which should attract an average salary of over £30,000.

Alastair Hamilton, CEO Invest NI said: “Cybersecurity is one of the greatest challenges facing the public, private and third-party sectors. In today’s digital world every major company across almost every industry is building software to empower the digital experiences consumers expect.

“As more products and services are procured, delivered or operated via the internet, the risk of security breaches by well organised, highly motivated criminals increases daily.

“The new centre will include an R&D team of software developers to help create new innovative products, along with sales and marketing teams to support the company’s European growth plans. Over the next three years, 120 jobs will be created, contributing nearly £4million annually in additional salaries when fully operational.”

The cybersecurity industry in Northern Ireland is on course to employ almost 1,700 cybersecurity professionals, generating salaries of over £70m each year in the field.

“We’re continuing to execute on our vision to ‘Finally Make All Software Secure’ and be the global leader in application security,” said Alan Naumann, CEO at Contrast Security.

“There are 30 million developers worldwide and our job is to enable them to easily deliver software that is inherently secure and built to withstand sophisticated attacks. To do this, we have ambitious plans to expand our footprint across Europe and the team here in Northern Ireland will be crucial to helping us achieve this.”
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