UK telecommunications provider BT will create 172 new cybersecurity roles in Australia with the opening of a new global cyber security research centre in North Sydney.
The centre's areas of expertise will include cybersecurity, machine learning, data science analytics and visualisation, big data engineering, cloud computing, data networking and the software engineering life cycle.
The centre will host BT's cyber security systems integration and services team, as well as the newly created role of chief global engineer for cyber product development. In addition to the 172 new jobs, there will also be job opportunities for 38 graduates.
This will be BT's first security centre outside of the UK, and will be part of a network of 14 security operations centres that provide services to BT customers in 180 countries.
New South Wales minister for innovation Matt Kean announced that Jobs for NSW will support the centre with a $1.67 million grant to BT. The telco will also invest $2 million in capital infrastructure, and a further "multimillion-dollar investment" to employ cybersecurity specialists.
“This cutting-edge operation will help keep Australia’s best cybersecurity talent here in NSW while nurturing our next generation of specialists to ensure we remain a regional leader in this fast-growing industry," he said.
BT Security chief executive Mark Hughs said: “We are thrilled at this exciting new opportunity to tap into local cyber security skills. Never before has cybersecurity 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.”