“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
“Protecting against today’s highly dynamic cybersecurity threat environment demands a concerted, collaborative effort and the creation of a National Cyber Security Cluster facilitated by CIT aligns with our commitment here at IBM Security to open standards and partnerships. Cyber Ireland can help us attract & develop talent to help grow the industry in Ireland while offering our security practitioners the opportunity to work together with academic researchers and share innovations.”
“The announcement of a National Cyber Security Cluster is a really exciting opportunity. Supported by Cork IT and backed by government funding, this initiative will greatly advance the sector in Ireland, by facilitating greater collaboration between the companies involved. There are already more than 6,000 people employed in Cyber Security here, but there is considerable potential for further growth,particularly with the potential of areas like cloud computing. “Cyber Ireland will also provide a collective voice for the sector and will provide an avenue for challenges facing the sector to be addressed. Overall the establishment of the cluster will result in a better cyber security response for the State and better outcomes for the companies involved.”
Ireland has all of the ingredients to become a global cyber security centre of excellence and can realise this through a co-ordinated approach to connect all elements of the ecosystem. This was the resounding message garnered from a series of cluster initiation workshops which brought together the key stakeholders from across Ireland’s cyber security ecosystem, … Continue reading The Time is now to make Ireland a Cyber Security Centre of Excellence
(Published on ecoRIS3 – Interreg Europe, 08/02/2019 https://www.interregeurope.eu/ecoris3/) IDA Ireland is supporting the establishment of a National Cyber Security Cluster, to connect the cyber ecosystem in Ireland. 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 … Continue reading Cyber Ireland Cluster Established