“CYBER IRELAND BRINGS TOGETHER INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA AND GOVERNMENT TO REPRESENT THE NEEDS OF THE CYBER SECURITY ECOSYSTEM IN IRELAND. WE AIM TO ENHANCE THE INNOVATION, GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS OF THE COMPANIES AND ORGANISATIONS WHICH ARE PART OF THE CLUSTER.”
Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing industry internationally, for which there are a number of opportunities and challenges:
- $248 billion worldwide cybersecurity spending by 2023
- Over $600 billion – the global cost of cybercrime in 2017
- 0% – the unemployment in cyber security and 3.5 million unfilled jobs predicted by 2021
- Increasing global competition for talent & investment
Ireland has become a significant base of international technology and security companies:
- Top 5 worldwide security software companies are located in Ireland
- Over 6,000 people working in the cyber security industry
- Strong talent pool, highly skilled multi-lingual workforce
- One of the highest graduates enrolments in mathematics, science and technology fields in the EU-28
- Many of the leading global technology companies have a significant presence in Ireland, such as Microsoft, Intel and Google
Ireland is uniquely placed to benefit from increased global investment, it has an opportunity to position itself as a world class cyber security practices, solutions and investment hub. Cyber Ireland aims to facilitate the cyber security ecosystem to capitalise upon this opportunity.
What is being launched?
IDA Ireland is supporting the establishment of a National Cyber Security Cluster in Ireland, which is hosted at Cork Institute of Technology. Based on industry feedback from a cyber security industry forum event held in Cork in 2017, the establishment of a national cyber security cluster was called for by industry, which would address the following objectives:
- Skills – Sustainable generation of a critical mass of talented information security professionals
- Innovation – Enhanced information security research and innovation between industry and academia
- Promotion – Stronger national industry sector branding
- Internationalisation – international & business development supports
- Collaboration – Explore opportunities for cross-industry collaboration
Cyber Ireland is based on cluster-style initiatives (operating across Europe & internationally), that have proven extremely successful in enhancing innovation, growth and competitiveness of regions, and the companies that are part of the cluster.
For the cluster to be successful, it needs to be industry-driven, fueled by third level education and supported by Government. Without the co-operation of these three pillars, the cluster cannot reach its full potential.
The next steps in the formation of Ireland’s Cyber Security Cluster is engaging with the cyber security community across Ireland. Three cluster initiation workshops took place in Dublin, Galway and Cork at the beginning of February. These workshops gave industry an opportunity to learn about Cyber Ireland, its benefits and value to cluster members. The workshops were interactive to survey the needs of industry, discuss their key challenges and what role the cluster can play in addressing these.
- Cluster Initiative Launch – 13th December 2018
- Cluster Initiation Workshops in Cork (18th), Galway (19th) & Dublin (20th) on the 18th-20th February 2019
- Cluster Membership Sign-up – March 2019
- Cluster Management Board & Strategy – April 2019
- Cluster Organisation Launch – May 20th 2019
To register your interest in Cyber Ireland & to keep up to date with news, events and the development of the cluster, please complete the form below:
Dr Eoin Byrne,
Cyber Ireland, Bishopstown, Cork, T12 P594
Office: +353 21 432 6235
Assistant Program Manager
Cyber Ireland, Bishopstown, Cork, T12 P594
Office: +353 21 432 6236
“Ireland has become a significant base of international technology and cyber security companies thanks to a growing, well-educated and flexible workforce with a rapidly increasing graduate output. The cyber security industry in Ireland is growing at an unprecedented rate and we believe Ireland is uniquely placed to benefit from increased global investment to position itself as a world class cyber security cluster.”
“With Trend Micro being the first enterprise security vendor to position their presence in Cork over 15 years ago we are very supportive of the need for an Industry led security cluster with strong ties to academia and support structures from government.
This cluster will provide an ideal vehicle to accelerate a very strong position Ireland already has, as an attractive location for security companies to further increase our competitiveness on the global stage”
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