NEWSLETTER | February – Feabhra 2020

Welcome to Cyber Ireland's New Members!

Welcome to our new members this month. For any organisations that haven’t signed up to become members, you can find more information on membership at the link below.

the Community

South Chapter Launch 24th February, Cork
Over 80 attendees turned out for the launch of the Cyber Ireland South Chapter in Cork to hear from Richard Browne, Director of the National Cyber Security Centre. Richard’s presentation set out the role of Ireland’s NCSC and the new National Cyber Security Strategy 2019 – 2024. It raised interesting discussions around: how can we improve threat intelligence sharing? How can industry support the government and the NCSC? The need for a collaborative approach to address the skills shortage, which is particularly critical for indigenous cyber security SMEs.

If you would like to participate in the South Chapter & provide input for the coming events, you can do so through the following survey:


West Chapter Launch 20th February, Galway

A collaborative event from ITAG & Cyber Ireland saw the launch of the West Region Chapter in Galway. Three industry presentations on the topic of ‘Intelligence Driven Security’ made for an interesting afternoon and included John Barry (Intel), Garret Taylor (IBM) & Giovanni Tummarello (Siren), pictured below.

If you would like to participate in the West Chapter & provide input into the coming events, you can do so through the following survey:


Talent &

Cyber Ireland & ICT Skillnet Capture The Flag

Do you think like a cyber security professional? Test your skills at our Capture the Flag (CTF) events!
CTFs provide a fun, safe environment to learn and explore security topics within an engaging team approach. Our CTF, organised with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, is looking to find new cyber talents and encourage people to pursue a career in cyber-security while offering those already in the field a chance to challenge themselves with some of the harder exercises. The event caters for all levels from complete IT beginners to experienced professional penetration testers. All you need is to bring your own laptop.

Register your interest to participate in the Cork or Galway CTFs through the Chapter Surveys:
Cork – Date TBC / 1st week of April,
Galway – TBC / 4th week of April,


Grow &

See the new section of Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Competitive Advantage’ Website on Ireland’s indigenous Cyber Security sector:

Enterprise Ireland E-tender for Provision of Expert Information/Cyber Security Services: More information here  

InterTrade Ireland Venture Capital Conference, 5th March, Belfast

Learn from the experts the fundamentals of venture capital investment & meet up with the island’s active investors. Discounted Tickets – £25 (inclusive of VAT), open to SME companies or micro businesses either at start up, early stage, or growth stages seeking potential investment. Register here

ECSO Cyber Investor Day, 13-14 MY, Brussels

Organised by the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) and the EIT Digital Accelerator, promising European cybersecurity start-ups and SMEs will have a chance to pitch their innovative cybersecurity solutions and hold B2B meetings with the leading investors and integrators from Europe and beyond. Make sure to apply before Monday, 23rd March 2020, for more information on application process:  

What's Going on in Cyber

Threat Intelligence Sharing – Check out the latest weekly updates from the NCSC:

Amarach Report for Microsoft Ireland (January 2020). ‘Securing the Future 2020: The state of Cybersecurity in Ireland.’ Raad the full report here

International Fraud Prevention Conference, 11th March, Dublin
The International Fraud Prevention Conference aims to build a community with the common goal of fighting fraud in all its manifestations. To book your place go to and on the ticket page insert the special Cyber Ireland Discount Code: IFPC-75-3130629

Stephen Rae, Chairman International Fraud Prevention Conference, has written a guest blog post on his recent trip to Isreal’s Cyber City in Beer Sheva.
‘A Look Inside Isreal’s Hi’Tech Cyber City,’  You can read the blog post at:

Irish Information Security Forum Meetings – January & March

We presented at the IISF January Chapter meeting, which saw six varied and interesting presentations on Cyber Security Hot Topics for 2020, including BSI, CWSI, Edgescan, Microsoft and PwC.

Next IISF meeting is on the 12th March, in  Buswells, Dublin. Topics to include Cloud Security and maximising security investment. Further information and registration at:


Slandail Security Conference, 25th & 26th Feb, Dublin

Cyber Ireland was delighted to support the inaugural National Security Summit Ireland. The cyber track had a number of interesting panel discussions on: ‘

  • The Economic Risks & Opportunities of Cyber Security,”
  • “National Cyber Security Strategies,” and
  • “Cyber Skills Gap: A Crisis in the Making?”

Irish Government Delegation at RSA Conference 2020

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade led an Irish delegation to RSA Conference 2020 from Government Departments (Communications, Business & Defence) and Government Agencies (Garda Síochána, IDA, Enterprise Ireland) to improve multi-sectoral collaboration and capacity building in cyber security in Ireland through engagement with California-based State actors, industry and academia.