Black Duck Software hatches 58 new jobs in Belfast
Northern Ireland has invested heavily in its cybersecurity skills base. Image: Katarina Christenson/Shutterstock

Black Duck Software hatches 58 new jobs in Belfast

19 Oct 201611 Shares

Open-source security player Black Duck Software has revealed plans to create 58 new jobs in Belfast.

Massachusetts-headquartered Black Duck Software develops software solutions to secure and manage open-source software. This reduces challenges related to security vulnerabilities, compliance and operational risk.

The new office in Belfast will be focused on cutting-edge open-source security research, as well as Black Duck’s full range of open-source security and management products, and professional services.

‘Northern Ireland has invested significantly in cybersecurity research and in growing the number of computer science students at both Queen’s and Ulster universities in recent years’
– SIMON HAMILTON

“We are seeking to increase our open-source security research capabilities as well as grow our business and support our customers in the UK and Europe,” said the CEO of Black Duck Software, Lou Shipley.

“We considered a number of places for this new open-source security research group, and found that Belfast had the depth of security research talent that fit our needs,” Shipley said.

Belfast becoming Europe’s leading destination city for software development investment

Invest NI has offered support of £377,000 towards the new jobs, which will be created over the next four years with an average salary of £37,000.

“Operating in 24 countries worldwide, the company’s decision to locate their new research group here is testament to the strength of our local ICT sector,” said Northern Ireland Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, MLA.

“The 58 new jobs being created will contribute over £2m annually in additional salaries to the local economy, as well as offering our talented graduates and experienced staff highly paid employment opportunities, helping to further grow the Northern Ireland cybersecurity cluster.

“Northern Ireland has invested significantly in cybersecurity research and in growing the number of computer science students at both Queen’s and Ulster universities in recent years.

“Belfast is Europe’s leading destination city for software development investment and Black Duck Software has joined a growing cluster of world-class companies choosing to invest in Northern Ireland,” the Minister said.

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John Kennedy
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