FREDERICTON (GNB) – March 24, 2016: A world leader in IT and cybersecurity is expanding its operations in New Brunswick and creating up to 250 new full-time jobs over the next three years, Premier Brian Gallant announced today.

IBM is expanding its security division and IT Services Centre to create 100 jobs in Fredericton, and a further 150 in Saint John and Florenceville.

“We are fortunate to have international companies like IBM located in New Brunswick,” said Premier Gallant. “IBM is a leader in information technology and in cybersecurity. The expansion of its operations in New Brunswick means more valuable information technology jobs and a strong foundation for the continued growth of the cybersecurity sector in this province.”

“This economic development investment will create a hub of IT and security technology expertise and high value jobs in New Brunswick,” said Dino Trevisani, President, IBM Canada. “Together, we are planting these economic development seeds to help transition New Brunswick into a knowledge worker economy that can positively tackle huge challenges, like the monumental growth of cybercrime, for the benefit of all Canadians and organizations worldwide.”

In 2011, IBM acquired Q1 Labs whose QRadar Security Intelligence Platform was developed in partnership with the University of New Brunswick. The acquisition served as a catalyst for IBM to form its security division, which is now a $2 billion business employing 7,500 researchers, developers and security experts across 36 locations worldwide. IBM maintains a research development and customer support centre in Fredericton, which provides support for more than 5,000 customers around the globe.

Last April, IBM and McCain Foods signed a services agreement for IBM to provide McCain Foods’ global operations with system infrastructure support, resiliency, security and mobility services. The two companies also agreed to collaborate on specialized security and analytics skills development in the Province. A number of IT positions will be located in Florenceville, with plans to further expand in the Saint John area and IBM's IT services delivery centre, to help Canadian organizations find ways to better leverage IT to stimulate growth and prepare for the future in a global economy.

These new employees will help IBM scale an ecosystem around core skills as the IT industry shifts from systems integration to a services integration model.

The IBM Security QRadar analyzes data across an organization’s IT infrastructure to identify potential security threats and also serves as the “brains” of IBM’s 10 security operation centers around the globe. The IBM Security QRadar technology is primarily architected, designed, built, tested and supported out of New Brunswick.

About IBM

IBM is a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. For more information on IBM Security, please visit www.ibm.com/security, follow @IBMSecurity on Twitter or visit the IBM Security Intelligence blog. For further information on how IBM Global Technology Services provide clients with innovative technology solutions that help them to improve their business processes and in turn, profitability visit: www.ibm.com/services.

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