Cyber security debuted at the WorldSkills Ireland event which took place from September 13th – 15th at the RDS in Dublin.
WorldSkills Ireland is a partnership between enterprise, industry, education, training and government that raises the profile and recognition of skills and apprenticeships and prepares the talent of today for the careers of the future. WorldSkills involves students and young professionals across a range of industries battling it out for the coveted 2022 Silver Medal.
Over the course of 2022’s WorldSkills cyber security events in Ireland, which included two preliminary rounds, an online team selection in April and the in-person final in the RDS, a team of two has been selected to compete on the world stage.
The pair will be the first-ever Irish team to compete in the cyber security skill at the global WorldSkills competition special edition, which is to be held in Korea in October.
The WorldSkills Ireland competition utilised a sophisticated cybersecurity infrastructure called a cyber-range. This is available through Cyber Skills, which is Ireland’s only cybersecurity education provider to use this state-of-the-art infrastructure. The cyber-range has the ability to test the competitors’ skills by simulating cybersecurity attacks. This provides the competitors with a realistic experience when combatting threats and solving challenges.
Janssen Sciences Ireland are sponsors of the new cybersecurity category, which allows Ireland to enter a team in the WorldSkills Final for the first time.
Dublin Chapter Lead Jason Flood attended World Skills to catch-up with some of the attendees, participants and Worldskills Ireland Experts. In this first interview hear from Dr George O’Mahony – WorldSkills Ireland Expert for Cyber Security & Lecturer at MTU, Ross Spelman, Director, Cyber Security Services, IBM, Dean Brennan, WorldSkills Ireland Cybersecurity Finalist and Team Ireland Member.
Jason also spoke to Jacqueline Kehoe, Cyber Skills Project Manager, MTU & John Clarke IBM