Posted on Monday 16 January 2017 by ub digital

Belfast secures global cyber security conference

Launching the 2017 Open Web Application Security Project conference are OWASP Belfast co-founder Gary Robinson, Invest NI’s Peter Harbinson, OWASP Belfast co-founder Michelle Simpson and Visit Belfast’s Laurie Scott.

Belfast has managed to woo one of the world’s biggest cyber security conferences to the city in May this year.

The OWASP AppSecEU 2017 Conference is expected to attract 800 delegates and generate £1m during its two-day duration, as well as showcasing Northern Ireland to some of the most influential business people in the world.

It comes as Belfast continues to grows its reputation as a global hub for cyber security and tops the ranking for US foreign direct investment in cyber security, according to Gary Robinson, co-founder of OWASP Belfast.

He has high hopes for the industry here.

“Other cities have larger tech industries but if we in Northern Ireland concentrate our focus on cyber security there’s no reason not to believe Belfast’s enviable talent pool and the blend of local and global companies can make it the cyber security capital of Europe,” he said.

The conference, which runs from May 11th to 12th, is aimed at IT professionals of all levels of experience.  It includes competitions for students, along with talks for software teams to enhance their secure coding and ethical hacking skills.  There are also management level talks covering the issues of implementing cyber security processes in any organization involved in software development.

The conference is run by the Open Web Application Security Project – or OWASP – a worldwide organisation established in 2001 dedicated to improving the internet by creating and sharing freely-available articles, methodologies, tools and technologies in web application security.

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