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Northern Ireland

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.

The region is also a hotspot for international cyber security firms, including leaders such as Proofpoint, IBM Security, Rapid7, Imperva, Anomali, Contrast Security and Cygilant and an established location for cyber security development by leading international firms such as Allstate, Aflac and Citi.

Northern Ireland is home to the Centre for Secure 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. 

The region’s engineering excellence is internationally recognised and demonstrated in the growing eco-system of locally headquartered cyber security firms offering solutions to a global client base. The cluster is represented by a collaborative network of innovators at NI Cyber.

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  • Expertise

    Over 100 firms in Northern Ireland offer cyber security products and services, providing recognised strengths across six key areas.

  • 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 companies, academia and government. 

Areas of expertise

Cyber security

Area of sector expertise

  • National security
  • Government
  • Health
  • Automotive
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Capital markets
  • Legal
  • e-commerce
  • e-learning
  • Child safety online
  • #1 international investment location for US cyber security firms
  • Belfast is one of the best cities in the UK to work in technology*
  • Belfast ranked 2nd in the UK (behind London) and 9th overall in the Top 25 Tech Cities of the Future 2020/21**

*TechNation Report, June 2019

**Global Outlook Tech Cities of the Future 2020/21

Identification, authentication and access control

Area of sector expertise

  • Software
  • Access management
  • User verification

Systems designed to support the verification of users accessing systems.

Companies in the region providing identification, authentication and access control solutions include:

  • Anyvision (N.I.) Limited
  • B-Secur
  • Core Systems
  • Liopa Ltd
  • SaltDNA
  • SureCert
  • The Lava Group

Risk, compliance and fraud

Area of sector expertise

  • Data management
  • Identifying & migating fraud
  • Transactions
  • Fintech
  • Payment processing

Solutions to identifying risk (such as harmful actors or anomalies), ensuring compliance with cyber security standards.

Companies in the region providing risk, compliance and fraud solutions include:

  • Ampliphae
  • Analytics Engines 
  • AuditComply
  • Cybersource NI Limited (Visa)
  • Datactics
  • MetaCompliance
  • Signifyd UK Ltd
  • TSYS

Securing applications, networks and cloud environments

Area of sector expertise

  • Application security
  • Cloud infrastructure
  • Network security
  • Encryption

Customisable solutions for identifying and patching potential software or network exploits, or applying secure parameters to network or cloud environments.

Companies in the region securing applications, networks and cloud environments include:

  • Alert Logic UK
  • Cloudsmith
  • Contrast Security
  • Puppet Labs
  • Rapid7 International
  • Synopsys
  • Uleska
  • Whitehat Security

Threat intelligence, monitoring, detection and analysis

Area of sector expertise

  • Information security
  • Malicious software
  • Network engineering

Information security professional services focusing on network administration or network engineering.

Companies in the region providing threat intelligence, monitoring, detection and analysis solutions include:

  • Anomali
  • Cygilant UK
  • iManage
  • Imperva UK
  • Proofpoint
  • Skurio

Operational technology (OT) security & connected devices

Area of sector expertise

  • Monitoring and control of devices
  • Processes

Manufacture and distribution of programmable systems or devices that interact with the physical environment (or manage devices that interact with the physical environment).

Companies in the region providing operational technology (OT) security & connected devices include:

  • Angoka
  • Camlin Technologies
  • CEM Systems
  • Cynalytica
  • Mellanox Technologies Belfast
  • Seven Technologies Group

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

Outsourced cyber security solutions.

Companies in the region providing managed security provision and advisory services include:

  • ANSEC IA
  • Automated Intelligence
  • Cyphra
  • HAGALAZ
  • Kainos
  • LoughTec
  • NewCMI
  • Novosco Group
  • Vertical Structure

Centre for Secure Information Technologies

Area of sector expertise

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

As a renowned global hub, CSIT’s meteoric rise as the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) for cyber security has seen it develop into both a partner of choice for big-name multinationals and a dynamic motor of local growth. 

CSIT is recognised by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ) as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) and Education (ACE-CSE).

CSIT run 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.

View the NI Cyber Snapshot

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