Merry Christmas from Cyber Ireland

Thank you Cluster Members & Supporters

In what has been a challenging year, we would like to thank the Cyber Ireland members and supports, who dedicate your time and expertise, attend events, and share our activities. We have achieved much in 2020 and look forward to 2021 with optimism.

Membership: We launched a Membership Model in June to ensure the long-term sustainability of the cluster’s activities. We’re delighted that over 100 organisations have signed up for cluster membership and bought into the Cyber Ireland mission, at a time when discretionary budgets are being cut. We’d especially like to welcome all our new members in 2020.

Community: We ran 23 events in total this year (3 in person and 20 online) with over 1,300 attendees. We launched a South Chapter, West Chapter with ITAG, and a North-West Chapter – thank you to the Chapter Leads in each region. With the keen interest in Threat Intelligence, we set-up a Threat Intel Group who have started a Threat Intel Webinar Series: From Zero to Hero. And Cyber Women Ireland has gone from strength to strenght – see the note from the CWI committee below. Unfortunately, we had to postpone our first conference but plan to go ahead in October 2021. 

Have a happy and safe Christmas holiday and we look forward to seeing you (in-person) in 2021.


Cyber Women Ireland

During this year, CWI looked to encourage the advancement and capacity of all women involved in the Irish Cyber Security Sector. And, with that aim, CWI members were involved in a number of initiatives:
  • Fiona Murphy and Jacky Fox participated in IWish conference in Cork & Dublin, as Cyber role models to several hundred second level girls.
  • Blessing Usoro represented CWI at the inaugural Slandail conference where she spoke on the cyber skills shortage
  • Joanne O’Connor represented CWI in the Cyber Ireland South chapter meeting discussing how to help your workforce protect themselves and their organisations.
  • The creation of the first CWI committee
  • Cyber Inspire Mentorship program was launched as a solution to encourage more women into the cyber industry and create opportunities for those wishing to progress their careers. Read more
  • CWI hosted ‘InQuizition’ as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month 
For 2021, plans are underway to develop a Diversity Toolkit to assist in building a more diverse and inclusive cyber security culture in Ireland in the areas of panels, webinars, conferences, speakers and hiring practices.