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  • 21 September 2017 15:42

BT SELECTS SYDNEY FOR GLOBAL CYBER SECURITY HUB EXPANSION

The hub will tap into local talent pool to develop new cyber security services for global customers

BT and the New South Wales Government has announced the opening of a new global cyber security research and development hub in Sydney. The hub is an expansion of BT’s existing Security Operation Centre (SOC) and will create up to 172 new highly skilled jobs over five years, further cementing New South Wales as Australia’s cyber security hotspot.

The hub is BT’s first cyber security R&D facility outside of the United Kingdom and will employ highly qualified cyber security specialists. The areas of 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 full life cycle of software engineering. The centre will also offer job opportunities for 38 graduates with relevant degrees.

The expanded operations centre and R&D hub is part of BT’s global network of 14 Security Operations Centres, providing cyber security service for global customers in 180 countries around the world. BT is recognised by industry analysts as one of the world’s leaders in managed security services on a global level as well as in the Asia Pacific region specifically.

Security solutions developed and supported out of the Sydney hub will be deployed for customers locally and globally. The hub will also host cyber security systems integration and services teams as well as BT’s newly created role of chief global engineer for cyber product development.

Minister for Innovation Matt Kean said the NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW would provide a $1.67 million grant to BT. “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." Mark Hughes, 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.”

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About BT BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2017, BT Group’s reported revenue was £24,062m with reported profit before taxation of £2,354m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit www.btplc.com

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