New cyber security office in Belfast to create 10 jobs

  • Nihon Cyber Defence, has launched a number of new cyber security services in the UK and Ireland including a new office in Belfast which will create 10 jobs.

    Nihon Cyber Defence (NCD), a Japanese company focused on cyber security, has today announced its launch in Northern Ireland with the establishment of a Belfast office that will service private and public sector customers across the UK and Ireland.

    Tokyo-headquartered NCD provides robust, intelligence driven cyber defence solutions, services and support to governments, businesses and public sector organisations to proactively identify and protect them from all forms of cyber attack designed to cause financial, political or social disruption.

    In response to the exponential growth in cyber threats, NCD plans to recruit a team of up to 10 core staff in Belfast over the next 12 months to work with UK and Ireland customers and support its existing operations in Japan and other regional Asia-Pacific hubs.

    The company also formally announced the appointment of two highly experienced cyber security professionals to senior management roles.

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    Professor Ciaran Martin, former CEO of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will be joining the NCD Board in Tokyo.  

    In Belfast, Dougie Grant has been appointed as NCD’s Managing Director, EMEA to manage and deliver the European operations. Dougie has an experienced track record in cyber security having developed and led the coordination of cyber resilience and significant incident management in the National Cyber Security Centre based in London and Cheltenham.  

    NCD already has a strong connection with Belfast through its CEO Cartan McLaughlin, who is originally from Northern Ireland. It also has long standing relationships with local academia and has previously offered placements to several local cyber security Masters students in its overseas offices. With the establishment of the Belfast office, NCD will be seeking to develop this talent pipeline further.

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    Cartan McLaughlin CEO 0f Nihon Cyber Defence commented on the news stating: “The launch of the Belfast Office of Nihon Cyber Defence has always been our long-term ambition and it’s exciting to see this taking shape with the appointment of an outstanding local management team. With this experienced and capable team we will be able to build a safe and secure environment for our local and national businesses and industry. Belfast joins our head office in Tokyo and will lead NCD’s global incident management and response capability.” 

    The company’s businesses include: Protective Services - preparing companies for increasing cyber threats through incident response planning, cyber risk assessment and resilience testing; Monitoring Services - security monitoring to identify imminent attacks; and Incident Management - managing the response, investigation and recovery from attacks to protect victims’ systems, data, regulatory responses and reputational impact.

    NCD in Belfast will be focusing its support in the legal, accounting, critical infrastructure and specialised sectors, providing proactive cyber services, network monitoring and incident management capabilities to enable organisations to prepare and respond to increasingly complex cyber risks and threats.

    Source: Written from press release. 

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