“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.
Why Join Cyber Ireland?
- An Industry led organisation, with support of academia and government, to address the needs and challenges of the cyber security sector in Ireland.
- Talent & Skills – Support the industry academic engagement to make Ireland a leading international location for cyber security talent.
- R&D – Promoting Ireland’s cyber security R&D expertise and supporting industry-academic collaboration
- Connecting – bringing the cyber security cluster (industry-academia-government) together through events to facilitate networking, sharing of experiences and collaboration.
- Promotion – building the profile and promote Ireland’s cyber security sector to ensure recognition of its important role in the national economy and in society.
- International – Promoting Ireland’s cyber security sector & expertise internationally, connecting with international organisations and supporting the internationalisation of Irish SMEs
- Influence – Influence government and national policy to address key challenges for the cyber security sector via a strong, collective voice
Membership of the cyber security cluster is open to all companies and organisations (not individuals) which are deemed to provide or consume to some extent, cyber security products and/or services, or play an important role in Ireland’s cyber security sector, including education providers, research centers and government agencies. Organisations must have operations established in Ireland to become a member.
Please return completed application forms to:
Cluster Launch & Membership Now Open Monday 20th May, 2019, marked the official launch of the Irish Cyber Security Cluster, Cyber Ireland, which took place at Cork County Hall and was officiated by Minister David Stanton. With over 150 representatives from industry, academia and government attending, coverage in national & international media, and lots of engagement … Continue reading May 2019 Newsletter
Cyber Ireland Cluster Development – Update We have been working hard since the Cluster Initiation Workshops in February on the development of Cyber Ireland, meeting with companies and organisations in the cluster, and promoting Ireland’s Cyber Security Cluster both nationally and internationally, and taking the next steps in the development of the cluster organisation. Analysing … Continue reading Cyber Ireland April 2019 Newsletter
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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