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19.11.2019

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Allstate hosts Northern Ireland's largest employee cybersecurity conference in Belfast

Over 1,900 Allstate Northern Ireland employees recently took part in the largest employee cybersecurity event ever hosted at its Belfast office.

Freaky Clown in the middle of manikins wearing hoodies.

CyberCon featured an address by ethical hacker Freaky Clown, who partners with businesses, banks and government facilities to "break into" their networks to identify and fix weaknesses; and Pablos Holman, a renowned futurist, inventor and hacker.

The event was led by Keith Lippert, Allstate vice president and deputy chief information security officer, to educate employees about the importance of cybersecurity and their role in keeping Allstate secure. It included panel discussions on all aspects of cybersecurity with industry experts.

"Putting our customers' security and privacy at the centre of our design is our top priority," Lippert said. "Allstate Northern Ireland is an integral part of the research happening across Northern Ireland to improve the world's cyber defenses. Through acquiring, retaining and training top talent, and embedding a culture of cybersecurity into the DNA of our company, we strive to be the best place to work in security."

CyberCon was developed with The Allstate Corporation in the United States to further the company's commitment to developing staff knowledge on cybersecurity and upskilling the talent pool in Northern Ireland to remain at the forefront of the global cybersecurity industry.

The flagship conference coincided with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which occurs during October, to raise awareness of cybersecurity threats and to promote cybersecurity among citizens and organisations.

Allstate Northern Ireland is the country's largest IT company and the largest cybersecurity employer, with over 120 professionals protecting customer data, critical systems and valuable information.

"CyberCon brought together some of the sharpest minds in the global cybersecurity industry who are leaders in futuristic and innovative thinking. The sharing of experiences and ideas helps us better protect the company and our customers from cybercrimes," Lippert said.

7.11.2019

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Allstate IT Lab opens at Ulster University Magee

Northern Ireland's largest IT company Allstate has today opened a new state of the art computing lab at Ulster University's Magee campus, representing a major investment in educational resources for the North West region.

John Healy standing in the new computing lab.

The new lab is based within Ulster University's School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems at the Magee Campus and is a boost to the core teaching competencies in the areas of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Information Technologies, Electronics and Embedded Systems, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering.

The lab is an extension of the longstanding partnership between Allstate and Ulster University which recognises the importance of developing professional and educational links, whilst attracting next generation IT talent to Allstate, keeping the company at the forefront of a rapidly evolving technological landscape.

The partnership is one of a number that links Ulster University and Allstate and will significantly enhance the student experience and offering at Magee.

John Healy, Vice President and Managing Director of Allstate Northern Ireland commented:

"We are very proud to have partnered with Ulster University in the opening of the new IT lab. Allstate are committed to finding the best talent in Northern Ireland and the partnership between academia and business is vital in preparing the next generation of IT professionals. The North West is an integral part of the Allstate NI organisation and this collaboration will help boost the local economy. We're thrilled to be able to improve student experiences at Ulster University by providing them with top quality resources and look forward to seeing how the IT industry continues to grow in the North West."

Professor Liam Maguire, Executive Dean at Ulster University welcomed the development:

"The opening of the Allstate Lab at Ulster University cements a long-established relationship and demonstrates a strong commitment to providing professionally relevant education which will help our graduates to secure employment in the highly skilled Computing and Engineering sector. Our School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems has developed strong industry links in both teaching and research and this lab will enable us to enhance our industrial input across courses and research which make a tangible difference to the Northern Ireland economy."

Integral to the work of the lab will be collaborations relating to cutting-edge academic research and application towards real-time corporate issues.

John Healy, Vice President and Managing Director of Allstate Northern Ireland commented:

"The opening of our new lab in Ulster University's Magee Campus reinforces a commitment to developing the next generation of the IT workforce in Northern Ireland. From software development to data science we look forward to collaborating and nurturing talent in Ulster University through providing industry experience and preparing students for a rewarding professional career."

Allstate NI Media Contacts
Contact the Communications Department on +44 (0) 28 9067 8000 or email ANIcommunications@allstate.com


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