December 2019 Newsletter

Thank You Cyber Ireland Supporters!

Thank You

2019 has been a busy year in getting Ireland’s National Cyber Security Cluster off the ground. We want to thank everyone who attended the Cluster Workshops in February (Cork, Galway & Dublin), the Cyber Ireland Launch in May, the companies and organisations that have signed up as members, the newsletter readers and everyone who has supported us on our journey so far. With over 140 member organisations signed up to date, the buy-in from the cyber security ecosystem – industry, academia and government – has been fantastic.

Funding Success for Cyber Ireland

We are delighted to announce that Cork Institute of Technology & Cyber Ireland were successful in the Enterprise Ireland Regional Technology Cluster Funding announced by Ministers Humphreys and McHughThe proposed national Cyber Security SME Cluster will drive the development of indigenous cyber security SMEs and start-ups, as well as supporting cyber-dependent SMEs across industry sectors.

New Members – Welcome to our final cohort of new members for 2019:

We know there’s a lot more work to do, and we depend on the support of the cyber security community in our goal to provide a collective voice for the sector and address the challenges set out by industry. We are looking forward to what’s to come in 2020 through building and supporting Ireland’s Cyber Security Cluster.

“Irish and Israeli Perspectives on National Cyber Strategies”

Cyber Security experts came together in Dublin on 5th of December to discuss national cyber strategies and their importance in supporting Cyber Security Ecosystems. Cyber Ireland and Ireland Israel Business (IIB) welcomed a panel of notable guest speakers offering their insights on ‘Irish and Israeli Perspectives on National Cyber Strategies’.

Special guest speaker Mr. Buky Carmeli, Former Director-General of the Israeli National Cyber Security Authority, discussed the Israeli perspective on the subjects of national cyber defence and how civilian cyber domains challenge traditional national policies. He also identified the building blocks that are crucial for a full-scale national cyber defence strategy.

ITSP Magazine covered the event and you can find photos, the panel discussion recording and event wrap-up with ITSP’s Sean Martin at:


STILL AVAILABLE: U.S-Ireland Cybersecurity Fellowship @ University College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) and the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, in partnership with the Boston College Global Leadership Institute, are recruiting for a new three-month cybersecurity fellowship to begin February 2020. While the official deadline has passed, Bob Mauro and Dr. Colm McMahon are still happy to continue to talk with people. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Robert Mauro [email protected] and Dr. Colm McMahon [email protected].


ISA Ireland Section 1st Cybersecurity Experts Awarded
Congratulations to Ireland’s 1st  ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Experts in OT Security that were awarded at the Annaul ISA Awards in University College Cork on 17th December –

For more on training & certification from ISA Ireland Section see

Congratulations to Ireland’s 1st  ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Experts in OT Security that were awarded at the Annaul ISA Awards in University College Cork on 17th 

Cyber Security Talent On-Demand – A collaborative venture between Socratic Arts and Techfindr announce its initiative to bridge the talent gap in cyber security by rapidly producing “job-ready” cybersecurity professionals. 

To learn more:


R&D News & Events

IRDG R&D Tax Credits Conference, Dublin
Are you interested in learning about:

  • R&D Tax Credit Review 2019 undertaken by the Department of Finance 
  • Budget 2020 changes to R&D Tax Credits
  • Knowledge Development Box Review in 2020

IRDG Innovation Network, Tuesday, 4th February 2020 from 09:30 to 13:30 –

National R&D Funding for Cyber Security – Minister Humphreys announces €65m for 16 ground-breaking projects under Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund, including:

  • Blockchain and AI-Enabled Stratified Trial System – Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; Ergoservices; Microsoft Ireland Operations; Singularity Alpha.
  • Video Intelligent Search Platform (VISP), – Kinesense; Overcast HQ; Trinity College Dublin

European R&D Funding Upcoming Events:

For further information contact Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for ICT & FET, Stephen O’Reilly –

Start-ups & Investment 
International Security Accelerator 3rd Demo Day (5th December, Cork) took place after 13 weeks of mentoring and workshops with entrepreneurs and investors focused on team, technology, business model, market opportunity & investor readiness. Some of companies to present included:

What’s Going on in Cyber – January:

Slándáil 2020’ the inaugural National Security Summit Ireland will take place in the Helix on the 25th and 26th February. The summit will connect government, academia, the business community and the public in order to encourage discussion and debate of our national security needs and requirements. In the age of climate chaos, emerging disruptive technologies, and greater connectivity in cyber space, Ireland’s geographical position no longer guarantees the safety and economic stability that we have become accustomed to.

The summit will host 5 tracks touching on global security, defence & policing, emergency preparedness, cyber and innovation. The day long cybersecurity conference on the 26th February will examine how cybersecurity and our cybersecurity community fit into the wider national security architecture. It will debate the risks and opportunities for the Irish economy in relation to cybersecurity, the implementation of Ireland’s second national cybersecurity strategy and how to strengthen international co-operation in cyberspace and promote cross sectoral co-operation in Ireland. For more information and regular updates see , follow the Slándáil LinkedIn page or @slandail_nssi

We hope that Cyber Ireland members can join us for these lively debates and can avail of a 50% discount on any ticket using the promo code ‘CyberIreland50’ for the first 50 people. 


  • Beyond IoT, 20th – 21st January 2020, Cork Institute of Technology. Cyber Ireland members can avail of a ticket discount, the first 30 tickets will be €100 instead of the full price €250 –  
  • Integrity360 Security First Conference 2020, 29th January, Marker Hotel, Dublin –
  • Call for Presentations for B-Sides Dublin is open until Dec 22 –


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