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Capita to launch new Belfast cyber security facility

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Capita has announced plans to launch a new Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Belfast in a bid to combat the ever-increasing rise of more sophisticated cyber-attacks.

The Belfast centre will be the first location for the company in Northern Ireland and will be located at the company’s IT Services Centre of Excellence in the city.

The company says the move is a direct result of the ever-increasing risk of cyber-attacks on businesses, the explosion of highly connected personal devices in the workplace, increased use of cloud and online services and progression of technology across IoT (Internet of Things).

Ed Brown, IT Services at Capita, said: “Our new Security Operations Centre in Belfast will be a top of the range facility, bringing cutting-edge, end-to-end security services to our clients in the region.

“Cyber security is an ongoing concern for companies as cyber-attacks become more sophisticated and expose them to financial, legal and reputational risks.

“Our Security Operations Centre provides clients with the technological capability, expertise and resources to withstand IT security challenges, so that they can focus on what they do best – running their businesses.”

The new Belfast centre will run alongside three existing centres operating across the UK and India and will continue to offer Capita customers digital and tech solutions on a 24-hour, seven days a week basis.

Queen’s Uni rolls out £5m research scheme to tackle cyber threats

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Queen’s University in Belfast is set to improve the research into hardware security with the launch of a £5m cyber-security centre, tackling threats in smart technology in particular.

With the increase in smart technology in everyday appliances, such as kettles, cars and toys, the focus will be to keep hackers out of the public’s homes.

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences research Council (EPSRC) and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Research Institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems (RISE) at Queen’s will be a global centre for research in hardware security over the next five years, one of four cyber security institutes in the UK.

“We will also work closely with leading UK-based industry partners and stakeholders, transforming research findings into products, services and business opportunities, which will benefit the UK economy,” said RISE director Prof O’Neill.