Global cyber-security giant Proofpoint talks Belfast expansion plans

  • US-based cyber-security firm Proofpoint has announced plans to expand its Belfast operations following a successful few years in the city.

    Global cyber-security leader Proofpoint set up an office in Belfast five years ago in a significant £6m investment in the local cyber-security scene. The firm is headquartered in California but saw Belfast as the perfect location to expand its operations in the UK. A combination of lower costs of living combined with access to excellent skilled staff and world-class educational institutions has led to massive growth in the local tech industry in recent years.

    Proofpoint's initial investment created 94 jobs, making its Northern Ireland office in Belfast's Weavers Court business park one of the company's largest locations outside the US. Following five years of successful operation, the firm is now planning to expand its NI operations with additional job roles in the near future.

    Tom Keating, Proofpoint's Belfast site leader commented on the firm's plans: "It has been very encouraging to see Northern Ireland acknowledged for its cybersecurity expertise and has reaffirmed our decision to grow our presence here. Local universities, technical colleges and meet up groups have created an environment for technical talent to flourish.

    Proofpoint was recently noted as a firm market leader in the global cyber-security training industry in research firm Gartner's Magic Quadrant report. The Belfast team works with global brands and companies to secure their systems and data against cyber-attacks. If you're in the cyber-security industry or a current cyber-security training programme, keep an eye out for new jobs at Proofpoint in the near future.

    Source: Irish News

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