Development & Alumni Relations Office 


10 May 2018

Ten new research and engineering positions are being created at Queen’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), to meet the demands of new contracts and the rapidly growing cyber security industry in Northern Ireland.

The new jobs at CSIT, which range from graduate level to principal engineer, will focus on creating industry-viable products to crack down on cyber attacks and make networks more resilient.

Currently 80 staff are employed at the Centre based in the Northern Ireland Science Park (now known as Catalyst Inc,) with the local security industry sector employing some 1,100 people.

The announcement was made as industry leaders, start-ups, SMEs, government policy makers and researchers from around the world gathered at CSIT for the two-day 8th Annual World Cyber Security Summit (09-10 May).

The Summit is focusing on security for a future digital society and the growth of new cyber security companies.

CSIT, which is the UK’s lead university centre for commercialisation of cyber security research, is housed at Queen’s University’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT).

Speaking at the event, Director of CSIT Dr Godfrey Gaston, said: “The cyber security industry in Northern Ireland is growing rapidly and we are pleased to be recruiting ten new research and engineering staff, who will make a positive impact across the globe, ensuring that networks are more resilient and less likely to be attacked. It is also a welcome boost for the local economy in Northern Ireland.

“At CSIT, our experts work closely with many high profile partners to shape and direct the research agenda and ensure that there is strong commercial and societal impact.

“With graduate level jobs to principal engineer, we are helping to develop the next generation of industry leaders to address the widespread demand for cyber security professionals and technologies.”

The latest announcement comes just weeks after CSIT was selected by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to partner with Plexal and Deloitte to deliver a £13.5 million cyber innovation centre in London.

Located in the East End’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the London Cyber Innovation Centre will help secure the UK’s position as a global leader in cyber security innovation.

Media inquiries to Emma Gallagher at Queen’s University Communications Office telephone +44 (0)28 9097 5384.

Caption (L-R): Dr Godfrey Gaston, CSIT, Queen’s University, Dr Nadia Carlsten, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, Robert Hannigan, former Director of the Signals Intelligence and Cryptography Agency at GCHQ, Councillor Nuala McAllister, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Acting Vice-Chancellor of Queen's Professor James McElnay and Professor Dimitrios Nikolopoulos, ECIT, Queen’s University.

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