TikTok is to open a new cybersecurity centre in Ireland

TITOK is opening a new cybersecurity centre as part of its ambitious plans to protect its user’s security on their platform.

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The social media giant TikTok has surged in popularity over the pandemic. It has announced plans to open a new cybersecurity centre to “stay ahead of next-generation security threats”, as part of efforts to protect its users’ information when they use its platform.

TikTok has exploded in popularity over the past year.

According to Social Media Today, TikTok was the most downloaded non-gaming app worldwide in May 2021 with over 80 million downloads.

The app’s success hasn’t been limited to the UK – it has proved popular globally.

The largest number of TikTok installs were from Brazil, where 16 percent of downloads were made, followed by Douyin in China at 12 percent.

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TikTok is to open a new cybersecurity centre: The social media giant TikTok has surged in popularity (Image: PA)

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TikTok is to open a new cybersecurity centre: The app’s success hasn’t been limited to the UK, it has proved popular globally (Image: PA)

The platform has now committed to protecting its users’ security with ambitious plans to combat online security threats.

This move is all the more important as the majority of the app’s users are teenagers.

The video-sharing giant will open its centre in Dublin to help the company respond to security threats 24 hours a day.

This centre will be one of, what it calls, “regional fusion centres”.

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TikTok is to open a new cybersecurity centre: the app in May 2021 had over 80 million downloads (Image: PA)

They intend to open up further centres at other locations to help combat security threats.

The centre will create over 50 new jobs in specialist areas including privacy, policy and security.

Roland Cloutier, TikTok’s chief security officer said the centres were to ensure security is “built-in from the start”.

He said: “When people use TikTok, we know they’re entrusting us with their data, and we take our duty to protect that data very seriously.

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“Our global security organisation operates a ‘follow the sun’ approach so that people on teams around the world are always focused on protecting people’s information – and ensuring that our next-generation entertainment platform can anticipate and stay ahead of next-generation security threats.”

Mr Cloutier said the new Dublin centre will “advance our on-platform threat discovery to protect our community; accelerate the delivery of next-generation cyber-threat monitoring, and assemble cyber investigations and working groups to tackle digital crime”.

This won’t be the first centre TikTok has based in Ireland.

The social media company also has other centres based in the country, including a trust and safety hub and a transparency and accountability centre.

But this centre will be the first regional one outside the US.

TikTok’s centre in Washington DC currently leads its global security effort.

Mr Cloutier added the new Irish centre will be “critical” in helping TikTok to “identify, evaluate and eliminate risks” to the platform’s users.

Harry Byrne

Harry Byrne

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