Telecom firm BT to grow team with the opening of new security ops centre in Belfast

Telecoms company BT is expanding its international network of cybersecurity facilities by opening a new centre on the island of Ireland.

BT’s new specialist security operations centre (SOC) is housed in the Riverside Tower building in Belfast.

A BT spokesperson told that the new centre will increase the company’s workforce. “As we expand our presence in Belfast, we’ll be recruiting a number of cybersecurity analysts and specialists to new roles within the SOC.”

The team at the new Belfast centre will monitor BT Ireland customers’ networks and IT infrastructures 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The centre will combine BT’s own threat intelligence with information provided by partners and government agencies to detect and analyse cyberthreats in real time.

BT employs over 3,000 cybersecurity professionals worldwide who predict and monitor security threats for clients in the public and private sectors.

It launched Eagle-I, a security platform that uses AI and automation to detect and neutralise cyberattacks, last October.

“Security is at the top of the agenda for many organisations, ensuring that their businesses run safely and that staff and their customers are protected,” said Peter Evans, director of commercial and wholesale, BT Ireland.

“Using a wealth of talent from local cyber experts, the BT Security Operations Centre in Belfast will help to tackle the unprecedented challenges of sophisticated cyberthreats,” he added.

“By further strengthening our capabilities on the island of Ireland, we can advise customers on how to mitigate threats and defend their networks all from a location a short distance away.”

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