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Cyber security

Northern Ireland is a global cyber security hub.

Northern Ireland firms in the region deliver expertise globally on advanced persistent threats to national security, government, health, automotive, critical infrastructure, capital markets, legal, e-commerce, e-learning and child safety online.

Northern Ireland is the #1 international investment location for US cyber security firms. Proofpoint, IBM Security, Rapid7, Imperva, Anomali, Contrast Security and SilverSky all have operations in the region. It is also home to a number of international financial services companies such as Allstate, Aflac and CME, that have located their Cyber Security Operation Centres in Belfast.

Global professional services firms including Deloitte, PA and KMPG, and technology companies, like Microsoft, Nvidia and BT, all have significant security operations in the region and have developed a range of cyber security solutions directly serviced from Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland also has a cluster of locally grown firms, such as Metacompliance, Angoka, Salt Communications and Skurio, who are developing innovative cyber security products and services which are being exported globally.

Northern Ireland is home to the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast. CSIT is the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for cyber security and a dynamic motor for research and commercial spin-outs. 

  • Expertise

    Over 120 firms in Northern Ireland have teams working on cyber security.

  • Innovation

    Northern Ireland is an international hub for cyber security research and innovation, anchored by CSIT, a global flagship institute for cyber security research and education.

  • Talent

    Northern Ireland is renowned for exceptional software engineering talent, boosted by our region’s superior performance in STEM-related subjects.

  • Partnership

    We are home to a uniquely supportive business ecosystem built on close partnerships between industry, academia and government. 

Areas of expertise

Identification, authentication and access control

Area of sector expertise

  • Software
  • Access management
  • User verification
  • Facial/gait recognition
  • Northern Ireland has developed deep expertise in this key cyber security field with firms Oosto, Core Systems, ESS Security, B-Secure, Liopa, Salt Communications, LAVA Group and Liopa making a name for themselves worldwide.
  • Local firm Salt Communications is the first company to provide a solution for encrypted communications between devices with centralised control for the enterprise.

Risk, compliance and fraud

Area of sector expertise

  • Data management
  • Identifying & migating fraud
  • Transactions
  • Fintech
  • Payment processing
  • Solutions for identifying risk, ensuring compliance with cyber security standards

The sector includes global firms including Aflac, Allstate, Visa, Liberty IT, eBay and TSYS.

Local firms that are servicing clients globally include:

  • Metacompliance provides customers with a fully integrated and multilingual suite of software that keeps their staff safe online, secures their digital assets and helps protect their reputation and brand.
  • Ampliphae provides a cloud discovery and management platform which allows clients to monitor cloud usage to minimise risks, maximise business benefit and ensure compliance.
  • AuditComply,  a leading cloud-based governance, risk & compliance (GRC) management platform which unites risk assessments, controls and audit, offering market-leading enterprise GRC solutions under one roof. 

Securing applications, networks and cloud environments

Area of sector expertise

  • Application security
  • Cloud infrastructure
  • Network security
  • Encryption
  • Global names in this field include Alert Logic, BT, Cisco, Cloudsmith, Contrast Security, IBM, Microsoft, Puppet Labs, Rapid7 and Synopsys.
  • In 2020, on the back of the growing level of cyber security expertise in Northern Ireland, Microsoft chose it as the location for a new Cyber Security Centre.

Threat intelligence, monitoring, detection and analysis

Area of sector expertise

  • Information security
  • Malicious software
  • Network engineering
  • Information security professional services
  • Global companies Anomali, SilverSky, iManager, Imperva, Proofpoint and SAP are working in this cyber security field
  • Local company Skurio has developed an innovative Digital Risk Protection platform that automates searching the surface, deep and dark web for critical business data and potential cyber threats to businesses.

Operational technology (OT) security & connected devices

Area of sector expertise

  • Monitoring and control of devices
  • Processes
  • Machine to machine communication
  • Companies in this sector include ANGOKA, Camlin Technologies, CEM Systems (part of Johnson Controls), Cynalytica, Kigen, Mellanox Technologies (owned by Nvidia), Sensata and Thales.
  • ANGOKA is a thought-leader in the field of cyber security for smart mobility and infrastructure, with firmware or retrofittable hardware solutions.

Managed security provision and advisory services

Area of sector expertise

  • Cyber security monitoring
  • Network security
  • Patching and remote device management
  • Penetration testing
  • Security and IT advice
  • The sector includes international IT services companies such as Fujitsu, Telefonica Tech, Capita and Civica; global professional services firms PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and dedicated cyber security firms Nihon Cyber Defence and Cybit all delivering outsourced MSSP services from Northern Ireland.
  • A strong cluster of locally grown firms such as Vertical Structure, Cybit, Ansec IA (part of the Outsource Group), Automated Intelligence and Loughtec are making a name for themselves worldwide.

Centre for Secure Information Technologies


Established in 2009, the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast is a global flagship centre for cyber security.

CSIT has a number of innovation programmes including:

  • CSIT Labs: an incubator programme to engineer viable ventures in cyber security
  • HutZero: the UK’s first bootcame for cyber security entrepreneurs
  • Cyber101: business basics for cyber security SMEs

The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) is delivered by CSIT in partnership with Deloitte’s cyber team.

The UK Research Institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE) at CSIT is one of four cyber security institutes in the UK and will be a global hub for research and innovation in hardware security.

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