The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen's University Belfast, which is home to one of the UK’s largest cyber security research labs, has partnered with IT services firm Infosys to develop intellectual property for combatting cyber security threats.
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The three-year partnership, which also involves Invest Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland government's regional business development agency, will drive commercial interest from CSIT’s research. Infosys will play a key role in developing CSIT’s research roadmap, while gaining access to its research and technologies for commercial use.
During the partnership, a CSIT-Infosys Cyber Lab will be established, where the two organisations will research topics including malware, mobile security and cloud. The issues of privacy in the financial sector will also be researched. Infosys’s financial clients include RBS and the Co-operative Bank, which may benefit from research into privacy and confidentiality issues in the long term.
The programme will also include joint research projects, sponsorship for PhD scholarships, internships, faculty sabbatical and exchange programmes. The partners will also jointly seek funding from agencies in India and Europe for relevant projects in the areas of data privacy, cloud, wireless security and contemporary web application.
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Infosys has also recently attempted to boost its European footprint by opening a services delivery centre in Munich, Germany, as part of an applications management deal with manufacturing giant BMW.
The delivery centre in Munich will be a hub in Infosys’s global delivery network. It will support the company's expansion in Europe, where Germany is the biggest economy. The deal includes maintenance and operations services for the web infrastructure, content management, SAP, business intelligence systems and the company’s internal IT system, known as "IT for IT".
This follows the company posting better-than-expected results in January, after focusing on consultancy and platform as a service (PaaS).
The company reported $1.9bn in sales for the three months to 31 December 2012. This was 6.3% higher than the same period a year ago.
Profit increased $3m to $434m in the quarter, compared with the same quarter in 2011.