NEWSLETTER | July – Lúil 2020

Welcome to Cyber Ireland’s New Members!
Membership Launch
In June, we launched our cluster membership model for 2020 / 2021 and moved to a paid membership to ensure the long-term sustainability of Cyber Ireland. Going forward, participation in cluster activities and attending Cyber Ireland events and Chapter meetings will be limited to members only.
Thank you to all the companies that have already signed up for cluster membership.
We hope you see the value in the cluster activities and will continue to support us to achieve our objectives. If you no longer wish to be a member, as our activities are outside your core business interests, that’s ok too. We’ll be sad to see you go, but let us know by replying to this email.


Why join Cyber Ireland – see the benefits of cluster membership in our membership brochure

How to join – For full information on Cyber Ireland Membership and how to sign-up see our membership page

Talent & Skills

First Annual Cyber Skills Survey 

Companies in Ireland are reporting a shortage of specific cyber security skills, however, there is limited skills data specific to cyber security in Ireland. To address this, we are launching the first annual Cyber Security Skills survey that will provide better data to understand the current cyber labour market in Ireland. 

Survey Respondent: The survey is targeted at the most senior person responsible for cyber security in the organisation or the HR Manager. Only one survey is to be completed for each organisation. It takes approx. 15 minutes and can be taken at:

The deadline is the 29th of July. For any questions, or to check if your organisation has completed the survey, contact: [email protected]

Eighteen New Cyber Security Courses Funded To Address Industry Skills Needs

There is a recognition of the critical skills shortage in cyber security with eighteen new cyber security courses funded through the Springboard+ 2020 and the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 to address these skills needs.

The programmes range from certificate (level 6) up to masters (level 9) and cover areas such as Blockchain, Digital Forensics, Industrial Networks, Risk & Compliance and Cybersecurity Management. All courses have been designed and developed in close collaboration with industry, to address areas of immediate and future growth and ensure a dynamic pipeline of job-ready graduates. Cyber Ireland supported the applications for several of these new courses and our members’ contribution in their development ensure the courses meet current and future industry needs.

Download the list of Cyber Security courses below. The full list of courses and eligibility criteria is available at 

Cyber Intern Programme from IT@Cork Skillnet

Is your organisation looking for a cyber intern who has been thoroughly screened for aptitude? The it@cork Skillnet CyberTalent Employment Activation Programme (CEAP) has screened over 120 candidates to select the 10 most suitable for Cyber roles. The 10 candidates come from a diverse group of professional migrant women who are part of the Cyber4Women Migrant Women Initiative and are benefiting from online cyber security training through Immersive Labs learning platform.

For more information about the programme, see: it@cork Skillnet CEAP Programme

New Jobs Posts

Recent jobs posts from Cyber Ireland members:
Members can submit their open roles at:
EU Funding

€10.5 million EU funding available for Cybersecurity

The final CEF call on cyber security opened on Tuesday 30 June with €10.5m available for projects up to 3 years in duration and 75% EU co-funding. Funding is available for government bodies and industry, notably operators of essential services under the NIS Directive for:
  • Internal capacity building, 
  • Information Sharing and Analysis Centres, and 
  • Stakeholders involved in cybersecurity certification, notably conformity assessment bodies
Further details at Call website and Section 2 of the call text. Specific to Cybersecurity see the CEF Presentation and CEF Info Webinar (cyber presentation starts at 1hr 35 mins).
Cyber Ireland is hosting an information webinar to provide an overview of the call, with speakers from the National Cyber Security Centre, successful applicants from the previous CEF call from 2019, and a CEF Application Evaluator.

Join us on Tuesday 25th August, 11.00 – 12.00

Buiding the Community

NCSC Cybersecurity Assessment Scheme – Call closing 31st July

While COVID-19 is first and foremost a medical and human challenge, we in the Cyber Security community can do our part in joining this national effort.

The NCSC, supported by Cyber Ireland, put out a call to identify Subject Matter Experts who are willing to volunteer their expertise and time (free of charge) to support the Health Sector in the case of a significant cyber security incident which impacts the Healthcare provider’s ability to deliver critical services. 

If you, or colleagues in your organisation, have experience in responding to cyber security incidents (5+ years minimum), then please consider contributing to this initiative. Thank you to those who have answered the call for Subject Matter Experts to date. The closing date for application to Phase 1 of the Scheme is July 31st 2020.

For further information on how to apply, see:

Recent Online Meetings

  • Cyber Security Standards with NSAI (24th June)– learn about Ireland’s role inputting into international cyber security standards through the National Cybersecurity Standards Mirror committee. Why are standards important and how can Cyber Ireland members participate? –Video & Podcast 
  • 3rd South Chapter Meeting June 2020 (16th June): ‘Cyber Security and the Workforce of the Future – The Human Element’ – Video & Podcast 
  • NxNW Cyber Meet-up (18th June) – Cyber Ireland  partnered with NI Cyber to talk about Cyber Security at the June NxNW Tech meetup

Upcoming Online Meetings

  • Azure Forum – Webinar on “Global disinformation campaigns during the Covid-19 crisis” – Register Here (29th July)
  • ‘Information Webinar on CEF Telecom Call – Cybersecurity’ – Register Here (25th August)
  • If you’d like to advertise any of your events/webinars on our events calendar, send you event details to: [email protected]