Northern Ireland

Proofpoint creates 94 new Belfast technology jobs

An American company that delivers data protection services has created 94 new technology jobs in Belfast in an investment of more than £6m.

Proofpoint, Inc. said its Belfast base would serve as an operations and support hub for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Invest NI has offered more than £600,000 of support for the new jobs.

The announcement has been welcomed by Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

She said the company had "recognised the benefits of establishing a European centre" in Northern Ireland.

Mrs Foster said this included "the availability of high quality technical and sales staff, as well as the high-speed telecoms links between Northern Ireland, North America and Europe".

The company's chief executive, Gary Steele, said a Belfast expansion was chosen with the aim of broadening distribution and support networks.

"We have been very impressed with the technology ecosystem in Northern Ireland, which shares many of the characteristics of Silicon Valley, including access to world-class cyber-security research at Queen's University.

"We are very grateful for the advice and support we have received from Invest NI and minister Foster."

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