Belfast cyber security centre receives Royal visit

Belfast cyber security centre receives Royal visit

The Prince of Wales caught a glimpse of the cyber security world during a recent Northern Ireland visit.

Prince Charles attended the Titanic Quarter in Belfast to officially cut the ribbon on Queens University’s first Global Research Institute. The opening was his first appointment in a three-day Irish visit.

Charles, who toured the centre for an hour, spoke to staff and research students. Ph.D. student Umar Minhas said that Charles was eager to know more about his studies, explaining:

“We didn’t know who was coming until this morning.

“We saw the security and so we were expecting some high-profile person but it was a great experience to see the Prince.

“We have seen him on the TV and it was good to personally talk to him.”

Professor Patrick Johnston, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, said that the visit was a significant one. He believes that tomorrow’s digital society will protect both individuals and companies from cyber threats, as well as develop technologies to make life easier in such sectors as engineering and banking, as well as in general communication and health.

Such research is important at a time when cyber threats have proved rampant. If we can develop more advanced technologies that will make life more difficult for hackers, that can only be a good thing for individual computer users, but also businesses that work with any computerised data. However, they will certainly need to make more IT security jobs available to take advantage of these technologies.

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