August 2019 NEWSLETTER

Welcome New Members

In three short months, over 100 organisations have registered to become members of Ireland’s Cyber Security Cluster! This includes 44 indigenous and 39 foreign companies, 40 of which are cyber security companies. We’d like to welcome our new members over the past month:

To highlight our growing membership and the cyber security cluster we’ve created a map of Cyber Ireland members.
For any organisations that haven’t signed up to become members, you can find more information on the membership page.

Since the launch of Cyber Ireland in May, we’ve been getting the following Cluster Initiatives & Actions up and running, under our four themes of 1) Talent & Skills, 2) Research & Development, 3) Networking & Promotion, 4) Business Development & Internationalisation:

  • Developing a “What’s Going on in Cyber Security” Booklet to promote Cyber Security Groups, Events and Conferences across the country
  • Mapping relevant courses in Ireland for careers in cyber security
  • Supporting the FIT Cyber Apprenticeship Programme
  • Mapping Ireland’s Cyber Security R&D Landscape
  • Facilitating DTIF Cyber Security Application
  • Connecting with international cyber security clusters – Northern European Cyber Clusters & Israel
  • Exhibiting at the National Digital Summit on the 20th of September at the Convention Centre, Dublin.

Working Groups – If you selected a Working Group, you have been added to the mailing list to be kept up to date with those initiatives. Specific working groups will be set up in the future on these initiatives, but for now we are using it as a mailing list of interested parties.

Supporting your initiatives & ideas – We’re always open to supporting existing or new initiatives which can benefit the cyber security sector. If you would like to highlight or get support for an existing imitative you or your company are involved in let us know.

We’ve also had input from cluster members on new initiatives and we’d like to get your input. On a scale of 1 – 10, rate the importance of the following initiatives:

  1. A Cyber security course for secondary school students (similar to Coder Dojo)?
  2. Irish Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis & Market Research Report?
  3. Irish Cyber Security Certification / Framework for companies (similar to UK Cyber Essentials)?

Complete the survey at:

Cyber News

Launch of the first newsletter from Women4Cyber, which covers what has been achieved so far under the ECSO initiative, how to get involved, upcoming events & news. Nice to see the inclusion of two Irish Podcasts (Women in Security Podcast and Coding Grace on Women in Tech) in the Newsletter too. Read & Sign-up to the newsletter here.

It’s International Women in Cyber Day, September 1st, 2019. It is a day set aside to bring awareness to the issues women face in a cyber security career and celebrate the achievement of women in this industry. There’s a meetup planned for the 1st September, more details to follow.

R&D – Horizon Europe

The European Commission has launched a new website for Horizon Europe (2021 – 2027), a €100 billion research and innovation programme to succeed Horizon 2020.- Read more here 
The website also contains a newly updated presentation on Horizon Europe – Read more here

September Cyber Conferences

Secure Computing Forum (12th Sept)
 Now in it’s seventh year, the Secure Computing   Forum (SCF) conference will address 2019’s hot   cybersecurity trends. Leading speakers and   industry experts will focus on topics including   the ‘dark net’, crypto-currencies, surveillance technology, machine learning, cyber privacy and will provide tips for creating a cyber-savvy workplace. This conference is specifically tailored to meet the interests of senior business and IT professionals from Irish & UK organisations of all sizes.
Cyber Ireland members can avail of a 50% discounted ticket using the following Cyber Ireland code – SCFCyberIre
Book your place at:

PrivSec (23rd & 24th Sept)
PrivSec Dublin is where privacy and security meet for a two-day event on the 23rd & 24th of September, at the Convention Centre Dublin. The Conference and Expo addresses the link between data privacy and data security. PrivSec Dublin will be the European hub where privacy and security leaders meet for two days of; learning, networking, discussion, and entertainment.
For more information and tickets see:

FutureSec (24th Sept)
  Leading organisations in the security space are   gathering on September 24th, 2019, at Cork       Opera House, to join forces and discuss the     future of cyber security. The conference will   include a series of keynote presentations, panel discussions and briefings held by cyber security practitioners and thought leaders operating at the very cutting edge of the industry.
Cyber Ireland members can avail of a 25% discount by using the code CYBERIRELAND25. For more information and tickets, see:

Awards Season

RisingSTAR Award 2019

If you have a Cyber Security idea that you feel could benefit the software testing industry then you should consider entering the 2019 RisingSTAR Award. Created by EuroSTAR Software Testing, this award is aimed at encouraging new ideas in testing and software quality assurance. It brings together a list of high profile and influential testers who will help mentor the winner to develop their idea. Entrants need to show that their idea is valuable to software makers, and relevant to software testers.
Sanne Visser from NS Stations in the Netherlands was the 2018 RisingSTAR winner with an idea to developing a Blockchain Framework – read more about her progress.

See More about the RisingSTAR Award 

AI Awards 2019 

Have you, or your organisation, been working on Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning research, applications or products? If so, there are just a few more days left to get your applications in for the 2019 AI Awards.

The Awards celebrate Ireland’s advances in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning and is open to organisations, academics and students within the AI and Data Science community (including Cyber Security) across Ireland. In 2018, McKesson were winners in the Large Enterprise category and Getvisibility, a Cork-based cyber security company, were also nominated in the startup category,

The deadline for entries has been extended to the 5th of September. It is free to enter and you can check out helpful tips and guidelines for filling out your application here:

If you are involved in any cyber security groups or initiatives and would like to include your news/activities in the newsletter, please let us know. Our aim is to better promote and support the various cyber security activities on-going around the country.
Please do share our Newsletter with your network and new sign-ups can do so here.