Microsoft will set up a cybersecurity center in Belfast, North Ireland, which will employ 85 people. The center will serve Microsoft’s industrial customers in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
The Department of Economy will spend 800,000 pounds to open Assured Skills Academies at Belfast Metropolitan College. Microsoft will work with the Department of Economy to create programs at these Academies, which train people in cybersecurity jobs.
Anyone with a 2:2 degree or Level 5 qualification in an IT job can get enrolled in these training programs.
Northern Irelands Economy Minister Diane Dodds credited the local talent available in the field of cybersecurity for Microsoft’s decision to open a center in Belfast. Commenting on the training programs, she said that Assured Skills Academies ensure that employers have access to skilled personnel at all times.
Invest NI will also pump 150,000 pounds to support Microsoft’s venture. Chief Executive of Invest NI Kevin Holland said that the venture would help train people in cutting edge IT technology. Microsoft’s Darren Dillon said that it was his hope that candidates who are selected for the cybersecurity center will go on to lead the expansion of the center in the future.