Telecommunications company BT has opened its first international cyber security research and development hub in Sydney. It has invested $2 million in capital infrastructure for the facility and received support from a NSW Government-backed program that offered funds to qualified businesses to support innovation and generate new, high-value and rewarding jobs across the state.
Fast facts about BT
- BT is a leading global telecommunications company
- Outside the UK, it is known as BT Global Services
- Employs more than 250 people in Australia
Telecommunications Company BT set up its first global cyber security research and development hub outside the UK in Sydney.
BT has invested $2 million in capital infrastructure for the hub and received support from a NSW Government-backed program that offered funds to qualified businesses to support innovation and generate new, high-value and rewarding jobs across the state. The hub is expected to create 172 highly skilled jobs over five years. It is an expansion of BT’s existing Security Operation Centre in Sydney and provides solutions in cyber security, machine learning, data science analytics and big data engineering, among others.
BT chose to build a global hub in Sydney because of the strength of corporate governance and demand for cyber security solutions among business and government organisations in the city and the rest of Australia. “That gives us an opportunity to get inputs towards what our strategy and roadmap should be in the cyber security area—which is very important from a research and development perspective,” says Brett Oberstein, Head of Operations, South East Asia for BT Australasia.
The ability to attract skilled professionals was another factor. “Sydney is a great city for top talent,” Oberstein says. “It’s a very vibrant city naturally, but it’s also a great place for people to come and work, particularly if they’re involved in exciting projects like what we have at BT.”
Being in Sydney has also enabled BT to easily engage corporates and government agencies. “Sydney is very close to the hub of our key clients. That’s been a great factor for us to put resources here.”
For more information download the BT Australasia case study.