Microsoft chooses Belfast for new cybersecurity centre

Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts on 29 January 2020
Microsoft chooses Belfast for new cybersecurity centre

Microsoft has chosen Belfast, Northern Ireland, as the location for its new cybersecurity centre. The Department for the Economy is funding training at Belfast Met to help locals compete for the 85 new roles that will be created. 

The Assured Skills Academy training places will be supported by over US$1 million from the government, and US$195,000 from Invest Northern Ireland. 

“Microsoft is collaborating with my Department and the college to develop Assured Skills Academies for participants to upskill and compete for roles in the company’s new cybersecurity centre,” said Economy Minister Diane Dodds. “Not only is it a direct result of the skills and talent available here, but it is also an indicator of the strength and vibrancy of the local IT sector, particularly in the field of cybersecurity.” 

The training opportunities are open to anyone with a 2:2 degree or above, or Level 5 qualification in an IT-related subject. All participants who complete the course will be given an interview with Microsoft for the new positions. 

“We’re delighted to be able to establish this new cybersecurity centre here in Northern Ireland which will provide support to Microsoft’s largest enterprise customers across Europe, Middle East and Africa,” said Darren Dillon, chief technology officer of secure infrastructure at Microsoft. “An added advantage to this project is the focus on upskilling people to give them the opportunity to work in this dynamic area of the technology industry and over time we hope to be able to grow the team that works with us here in Northern Ireland.”

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