Cyber Ireland National Conference 2023

The Cyber Ireland National Conference (CINC) 2023 took place on the 26th & 27th of September, Galway.

This year we had 400 cyber security leaders and professionals from over 150 organisations from the cluster across industry, education and government.

It was a fantastic two days with attendees rating the conference a 9 out of 10 overall, in particular for the content, venue and networking opportunities. 

Watch CINC 2023 Highlights

CINC is Cyber Ireland’s flagship cyber security event where leaders and professionals across industry, academia and government come together each year. 

In association with the  ITAG Cyber Forum and Cyber Ireland’s West Chapter, we hosted CINC23 in Galway.

This year’s theme was ‘Securing our resilient digital future’. It examined what Ireland’s cyber security ecosystem, which contributes over €1 billion to the Irish economy annually, must do today to ensure a safe, democratic cyberspace in ten years’ time.

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Day 1: Working Groups

Our working groups met on the first day, with some key activities and meet-ups, as well as our cluster board, SME Committee and regional chapters.  

Enterprise Ireland US Inward Buyer Vist

Enterprise Ireland hosted an Inward Buyer Visit of US CISO’s to attend the conference and meet with Irish cyber security companies. Over the course of the Cyber Summit in Galway & Dublin, an impressive 100 meetings with 19 Enterprise Ireland clients was facilitated.

Launch of Irish CISO Forum

Our Irish CISO Forum, a National Chapter of European CISO Community, was launched at the conference by Paul Brady, CISO Forum Lead, and Sebastijan Čutura, ECSO’s ECC Manager. The CISO Forum provides a platform to share information, discuss common challenges and solutions, meet peers and connect with international groups. 

Read more about the launch, the CISO Forum, and how to join Here 

OTSec SIG Meet-up at CINC23

Cyber Ireland’s Operational Technology Cybersecurity (OTSec) Special Interest Group (SIG) provides a platform for industry end-users to share information, best practices and support capability building across organisations and sectors. The OTSec SIG met at the Conference Day 1, discussing how EU regulations (NIS2.0) will impact OT security, Lifecycle Management in OT Security, and Real-World Challenges for OT Security. 

For more on the OTSec SIG meet-up and how to join, see Here

Day 2: Conference

The conference was kicked-off by Eoin Byrne, Cluster Manager, who provided an update on the Cluster Strategy Development that will be launched later this year. Pat Larkin, Cyber Ireland Chairperson gave the opening address, highlighting the cluster’s success to date, mapping out the vision and what is required to take the cluster to the next level. 

Throughout the day, the audience heard from keynote speakers on the Cyber Threat Landscape 2030, the Impact of AI on security and International Partnerships for Cyber Resilience. While the exhibit and networking space was busy for the day.

“It was a fantastic day and great to meet and network with so many people working in cyber.” – Conference Attendee

Thank you to the attendees, speakers, our partners, ITAG Cyber Forum and exhibitors for the success of CINC23. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Save the date – Wednesday 25th September 2024.