Northern Ireland Centre at forefront of global cyber security research


Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed a delegation of high level researchers and influential business people to the third annual World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit, in Belfast today.

The prestigious event is being hosted by Queen's University of Belfast's Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) in the Northern Ireland Science Park.

CSIT is the UK’s largest university centre for cyber security research, a rapidly growing and highly specialised area with vast global potential. In 2011, the Minister announced £4.4 million of Invest NI support for CSIT which includes part funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Arlene Foster said: “This event at Queen’s presents an opportunity to place Northern Ireland firmly on the international cyber security map.

“Globally, we are now more dependent than ever on our digital infrastructure, with connectivity seen as an essential part of our lives through the use of smartphones, laptops and tablets.

“Industry depends on safe and secure communications but with cybercrime now estimated to cost around USD $1 trillion per year, there remains a vast requirement to continually develop cyber security technology and enhance online privacy to protect individuals, businesses and the economy.

“At CSIT in Belfast, research specialists in data encryption, network security, wireless security and video analytics work with industry to solve some of the real world security challenges. Today’s event offers a major opportunity to showcase this expertise to an international audience and stimulate further collaboration that will deliver new and innovative cyber security solutions.”

Professor John McCanny of CSIT at Queen’s said: “Hosting the World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit at CSIT underlines the international importance of the research carried out here and our vision to establish a global innovation hub in cyber security. Invest NI’s support is allowing us to address the $60 billion market for cyber security technology and commercialise CSITs research in new innovative ways for a university Centre. Today, we have a unique opportunity to collaborate and share information in order to drive technology forward and provide tangible, effective solutions in areas from data security to intelligent analytics.”