Posted on Tuesday 24 September 2019 by John Mulgrew


Alastair Hamilton and Alan Naumann

A US cyber-security firm is creating 120 jobs with a new base in Belfast.

California’s Contrast Security produces software to protect firms 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 new development centre in Northern Ireland is part of the company’s international expansion, including serving companies worldwide in a range of areas include financial services, e-commerce, retail, insurance, healthcare, enterprise IT and technology companies.

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

Alan Naumann, chief executive at Contrast Security, says: “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.

“Access to experienced professionals, strong technical universities, and the proximity to our European customer base makes Northern Ireland the right choice for this new centre. We are very grateful for Invest NI’s support to help make this happen.”

Alastair Hamilton, chief executive, Invest NI said: “Cyber-security 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.”



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