Software firm Black Duck creates 58 new jobs in Belfast

The US software firm Black Duck has announced plans to expand and create 58 new jobs in Belfast.

The jobs will be created as the company opens a security research facility.

The company develops software solutions to secure and manage open source software, reducing challenges related to security vulnerabilities, compliance and operational risk.

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.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer Lou Shipley said they were attracted by the level of ability among workers in Belfast.

“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,” he said.

“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.

“We recognised very quickly that Northern Ireland has both the high-quality tech professionals to meet our open source research needs and a growing cluster of cybersecurity focused businesses which will continue to attract more attractive candidates as we scale our business there.

“We worked closely with Invest NI, which played a key role in helping us establish in Northern Ireland, and will be a key strategic partner, helping us scale our activities here in the future. This makes Northern Ireland the optimum location for us.”