If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Belfast in Northern Ireland, I heartily recommend doing so. It’s an absolutely stunning city, with a plethora of activities, eateries, and bars, all brimming with wonderful Northern Irish hospitality. If you’re a Game of Thrones aficionado, you’re in for a treat too, as there are many filming locations within a throne’s throw (see what we did there! #notsorry) of the city. The purpose of this blog is actually not to gain favour with the Belfast tourist board, or George RR Martin for that matter (though please hurry up!), but you’d be forgiven for thinking so.
Belfast is also home to two top-notch universities, which brings not just a cool university town feel to the city, but also a regular wave of super smart new students. Rapid7, like many tech companies, chose to invest in the city for this reason, and we’ve forged great relationships with the universities and the local security community.
Making a Rapid7 Home in Belfast
What started 4 years ago as one person in their home office is now a bustling technology centre, which has grown to be the second largest Rapid7 office overall, and the largest engineering site. We’ve hired software engineers, technical support teams, product managers, IT people, and have seen multiple local students join the herd as interns, many of whom have returned to us when they’ve completed their studies.
In recent months we’ve also added a fully operational battleship, or indeed a Security Operations Centre (SOC), where our managed services team provide round-the-clock security for our customers. This team, who have incredibly impressive backgrounds (including a minimum of 300 hours of breach response experience), provide managed detection and response capabilities for a wide range of organisations who benefit from having an extended team of Rapid7 experts. Our customer advisors are supported by multiple tiers of analysts who perform threat hunts, investigate anomalies, and respond to incidents, and a threat intelligence team run by the awesome Rebekah Brown.
Want to Learn More About Rapid7 Security Operations Centres?
Ever wondered what happens at a Rapid7 SOC? While we can’t share too much, join us for a glimpse into the world of Castle Black (yes, our Belfast conference rooms are GoT themed because OBVIOUSLY), and learn how our spotters, defenders, and hunters take care of our managed detection and response customers around the world. This video will transport you right into the heart of our Belfast SOC.