June 2019 Newslettter

Why Join Cyber Ireland

Cyber Ireland aims to represent the needs of the Cyber Security sector in Ireland and address key challenges for the sector. Challenges such as:
  • Ensuring the sustainable generation of a critical mass of talented information security professionals
  • Enhancing information security research and innovation between industry and with academia
  • Better promotion of the sector nationally and internationally to compete with other leading cyber security regions globally,
  • Liaising with government to represent industry needs,
  • Supporting Irish SMEs to internationalise as well as a vibrant cyber security start-up ecosystem, among others.
Our ability to support the sector, achieve our objectives and affect change relies on the support and participation of an active cyber security community. 

To participate in the cluster working groups, activities or events, organisations will need to sign-up and become members. Membership of the cluster is free for the first year until May 2020. You can become a member by downloading the Cluster Membership Application form and return it to [email protected]

Talent & Skills

Upcoming Talent & Skills Events:
Commercial Cyber Aptitude Test (CCAT) Webinar Monday July 8th 12.30pm (40 minutes).

For companies building or expanding their cyber security team or those considering a career in cyber security. CCAT can help quickly assess aptitude and potential for success in cyber security roles. More information can be found at https://www.ictskillnet.ie/training/commercial-cyber-aptitude-test-ccat-webinar/

Cyber Skills Roundtable Workshop (Immersive Labs / IBM / CJH Network)
This Workshop will present the cyber security people solution that is being rolled out in the NHS Digital and demonstrate the software tools that support the solution. Workshops will be taking place at:

  • Blackrock, Co Dublin Thursday, June 20th
  • Drogheda – Friday 21st June, The Mill Enterprise Centre
  • Galway – Thursday 27th June, Portershed, off Eyre Square
  • Cork and Belfast dates TBC

For further information, contact Chris Gilson: [email protected]

 New Women in Security Podcast (Ireland)
Check out this new podcast which interviews women in cyber security, shedding light on the routes to the various technical and non-technical roles in the sector, as well as exploring the skill sets required to be successful.

Research & Development

Are you interested in the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) Call 2 Opening June 2019?

DTIF is a €500 million fund established to support collaborations that demonstrate technology-based disruptive innovation, collaborations that can:

  • Alter markets;
  • Alter the way business operates;
  • Involve new products or the emergence of new business models.

Collaborations must have at least 3 partners, including at least one SME and one other enterprise partner, and must be projects of scale with a minimum funding request from DTIF of  €1.5 million over 3 years.

Under the 1st Call in 2018, 27 projects were approved for funding with many led by start-ups and SMEs. The successful projects will receive over €70 million to 2021. The successful projects represent the health, food, ICT and manufacturing sectors in Ireland.

If your organisation has an idea for the DTIF Call, or is interested in participating in a project let us know. Cyber Ireland will help connect interested companies and research organisations and facilitate project proposals. 

News: First Fullbright TechImpact Cyber Security Awards

The first ever Fulbright-TechImpact Cybersecurity Scholar to Georgetown University, John Sheppard, a lecturer in cybersecurity and digital forensics at Waterford Institute Technology, will go to the U.S. to conduct research into wearable technologies and associated ethical implications.

Conor Quinn, a Senior Cyber Security Consultant with Deloitte Ireland, will be the first Fulbright-TechImpact Cybersecurity Scholar to Boston College where he will join the Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Master’s program and examine new methods to implement cyber security strategies.

Business Development

Irish Cyber Delegation to visit Midlands region, UK, on 3rd & 4th of July

Supported by the British Embassy in Dublin and the UK Department of International Trade (DIT) and facilitated by Cork Chamber of Commerce. The Trade Mission will have a Cyber-focus and will visit Malvern Hills Science Park in the heart of the Midlands Cyber Valley region. The region’s cyber capabilities and a vibrant market for Irish Firms exporting cyber services will be showcased, including
  • Tour of the Science Park and overview of Midlands Cyber to include soft landing offer (co-working space, public relations and industry introductions)
  • Meet 5G Testbed team
  • Learn about BetaDen –  a commercial tech accelerator
If you are an Irish cyber security SME interested in participating in the Trade Mission, please contact: [email protected]
Further information on the itinerary is available at: http://corkchamberofcommerce.newsweaver.ie/Flyer/1va8h10rqgj

International Start-up News:


Upcoming Events

A Discussion On “5G, U.S. Policy, and the Implications for Business”
with Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Director for Cybersecurity at the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

The Embassy of the United States of America, in association with the American Chamber of Commerce, is hosting an event on Tuesday, 25th of June, at 5.30pm. The Embassy has reserved limited spaces for Cyber Ireland members. If you would like to attend this discussion, please RSVP as soon as possible to [email protected]

New Limerick Cyber Security Forum – The inaugural meeting of the Limerick Cyber Security Forum is due to take place on July 16th 2019. We wish the Limerick CSF Group all the best for their first meet-up. More information at: https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-LimerickCSF/

Cyber Ireland in the news & at events