Team Ireland competes in the European Cyber Security Challenge

The European Cyber Security Challenge is an initiative by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and aims at enhancing cybersecurity talent across Europe and popularising cybersecurity as an excellent college and career choice. The ECSC competition has been run since 2016 and Ireland has competed in almost every competition since then. The event is … Read more

Learnings for Ireland from Estonia’s Leadership in Cyber Security 

In June 2024, Eoin Byrne from Cyber Ireland had the opportunity to participate in a visit to Estonia with a delegation from Ireland jointly hosted by Senator Gerard Craughwell and Estonian Ambassador Kairi Künka to meet with organisations across the cyber security ecosystem to better understand how Estonia has become a leading country internationally and what … Read more

Building a Transatlantic Cyber Startup: Event with Paladin Capital and DogPatch Labs 

Cyber Ireland partnered with Paladin Capital and DogPatch Labs for an event to explore “How to build a Transatlantic cyber startup from Ireland”, on Tuesday 30th April.   It was attended by start-up founders, cyber security companies, and investors.  Eoin Byrne, Cluster Manager at Cyber Ireland, presented “Ireland’s cyber security sector: Opportunities for Growth” highlighting the … Read more

Harnessing Cyber as an Engine of Economic Growth: Ireland’s Cyber Industrial Strategy

The Cyber Ireland position paper, ’Achieving our Cyber Potential 2030’, outlined the strengths of the sector, our cyber opportunity and key barriers to growth. It made recommendations to address these challenges and realise our cyber potential, which requires state support and intervention, comprising:   Without state support and leadership across these areas, we will not realise … Read more

Cultivating the Future: How Companies Can Foster the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Talent

Blog by Jan Carroll, Fortify Institute. In an era where digital frontiers are continuously expanding, the demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals has skyrocketed. Yet, the gap between the need for expertise and the available talent pool remains wide. Companies, large and small, play a crucial role in bridging this divide. Through proactive engagement and support, … Read more

Cyber Industrial Strategy Public Consultation 

The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is undertaking the development of Ireland’s first industrial strategy for the cyber security sector.   Government has set a vision for Ireland to be a leading nation in harnessing cyber as an engine of economic growth and societal development. Ireland’s Cyber … Read more

ZeroDays CTF 2024

Blog by Mark Lane, ZeroDays Saturday 23rd March saw the latest edition of #ZeroDaysCTF take place at Croke Park in Dublin. 130 teams took part in what is the largest on-site capture-the-flag event in the world! Participants competed across three categories: Irish Colleges, Cyber Schools and the Open/Industry category, which was sponsored by Cyber Ireland.  … Read more

Insights into European (and Irish) Private Cybersecurity Investment

By Francisco Andrade e Silva, Market and Regional Policies Junior Manager, ECSO The European cybersecurity market has been increasing steadily over the past decades, having reached a total of €52.4B in 2023 with a 10.81% CAGR until 2029 (Mordor Intelligence, 2024). One factor plays a crucial role in ensuring a steady market growth: investment. A … Read more

Developments in Cyber Security in the Irish Healthcare Sector Since the May 2021 Cyber-Attack


By Ken Sheehan, Smarttech247 Introduction In May 2021, a ransomware group carried out a double extortion attack on the HSE – data was stolen, and files encrypted, that caused a catastrophic impact on the HSE’s ability to function. The multi-faceted response which included the HSE and private sector partners, the National Cyber Security Centre and … Read more

Organisations Must Embrace a Software Security Culture

By Ita Ryan, PhD software security researcher at UCC When considering online security issues, the focus is often on overall cybersecurity rather than on vulnerable software. Software security involves designing and writing software so that it is resistant to attack by bad actors. Anyone who has been paying attention to the never-ending cycle of vulnerability-patch-vulnerability-patch … Read more