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BT and New South Wales Government are opening a global cyber security research and development hub in Sydney. The hub is an expansion of BT’s Security Operation Centre (SOC) and will create up to 172 jobs over five years, the telecoms firm says.
The hub is BT’s first cyber security R&D facility outside the UK and will employ cyber security specialists. The expertise in the new hub will include cyber security, machine learning, data science analytics and visualisation, big data engineering, cloud computing, data networking, and the life cycle of software engineering.
The operations centre and R&D hub is part of BT’s global 14 Security Operations Centres, providing cyber security service for customers in 180 countries. Security solutions developed and supported out of the Sydney hub will be deployed for customers locally and globally.
Minister for Innovation Matt Kean said the NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW would provide a A$1.67m grant to BT. He said: “This cutting edge operation will help keep Australia’s best cyber security talent here in NSW while nurturing our next generation of specialists to ensure we remain a regional leader in this fast growing industry. As well as creating 172 jobs, including 38 jobs for skilled graduates over the next five years, BT will also make a $2 million investment in capital infrastructure and a further multi-million dollar investment to employ cyber security specialists at the hub.”
And Mark Hughes, pictured, CEO BT Security, said: “We are thrilled at this exciting new opportunity to tap into local cyber security skills. Never before has cyber security been more important and we see potential for growth in New South Wales, Australia and further afield. The hub will be a cornerstone of our global cyber security capabilities and help us stay ahead in this fast moving space.”