Third annual cybersecurity conference to address risk awareness, data privacy and security for Irish businesses

 Dublin Information Sec 2018 to take place Monday October 15th 2018

The third annual Dublin Information Sec 2018, Ireland’s cybersecurity conference, has been announced to address risk awareness and privacy, outlining security strategies for Irish businesses and organisations to defend against breaches as threats rapidly evolve. OneTrust, a global leader in privacy management and marketing compliance software that helps organisations operationalise GDPR and data privacy compliance, will be a gold sponsor of the conference.

Dublin Information Sec 2018 takes place on Monday October 15th in the RDS, Dublin. At the conference, security experts will confront the major risks facing senior management in businesses and organisations, risks which threaten business operations and reputation. Authorities on cybersecurity will outline security processes and procedures aimed at securing data and systems against attack.

Kevin Kiley, Vice President of Sales & Business Development at OneTrust, a gold sponsor of Dublin Information Sec 2018, works with many of the world’s leading multi-national companies to develop, deliver and support their privacy programmes. He commented: “As a leader in global privacy and marketing compliance software, we are proud to sponsor Dublin Information Sec 2018 and to be a part of the Irish privacy community and its important role in driving privacy forward as a discipline in industry. It is a critical time for privacy and security teams to work together to meet the needs of both teams and best protect the business and their customers.”

Commenting ahead of Dublin Information Sec 2018, on the under-reporting of cyber crime by Irish companies, Michael Gubbins, Detective Superintendent and Head of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau said that brand damage and embarrassment are among the reasons given for the under-reporting of cyber crime by Irish businesses to the Gardai.

He continued, “The amount of cyber-dependent crime that is reported to An Garda Síochána is relatively low in comparison to that which is dealt with by private cybersecurity companies,” adding that this is an issue for police worldwide.

It is estimated that less than 5pc of cyber crime is reported. From a prevention and awareness level it is important that this crime is reported, according to Mr Gubbins.

In addition to the fear of reputational damage, Mr Gubbins said that other reasons for under-reporting include the perception that the Gardai would not be able to help.

“From an investigative point of view by reporting these matters it allows the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau (GNCCB) the opportunity to work with our international colleagues thereby increasing the opportunity to disrupt and identify the actors engaged in this crime type,” he added.

Dublin Information Sec 2018 is set to examine key cybersecurity themes, covering data privacy and regulation, emerging mass security issues, current risks and threats, improved security measures, security infrastructure and solutions, and a look into the future.

On regulation, the conference will address the GDPR and an overall health check for businesses and organisations in Ireland; Brexit; and other threats and penalties. In relation to emerging mass security problems, cloud and mobile security are a focus.

Keynote speaker at Dublin Information Sec 18, Mikko Hypponen, is an international expert on computer security, credited with tracking down the authors of the very first PC virus, and Chief Research Officer at cybersecurity firm F-Secure. In advance of the conference, Hypponen has highlighted the importance of cybersecurity in Ireland as a global tech base and the need for cybersecurity to be on the agenda at senior management level in organisations.

The event will be chaired by Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor INM:

“With GDPR now in place, IT security is the most important tech consideration that most companies face. Every week I see examples of organisations, both in the private and public sectors, that are hit with serious data breaches or attacks. In many cases, it’s because they haven’t put in place modern practices and systems for their security hygiene. This conference is all about helping organisations to do that. We’ll have an excellent mix of practical tips and high level overviews on the biggest issues threatening your organisation.”

Cliona Carroll, Sponsorship and Events Manager, INM added: “As the third annual Dublin Information Sec is announced, we are delighted to welcome our gold sponsor OneTrust, a global leader in privacy management and marketing compliance software. Together with OneTrust and a panel of top data privacy and cyber security industry experts, Dublin Information Sec 2018 promises to fully address the cybersecurity agenda for senior management in businesses and organisations.”

Dublin Information Sec 2018 will also investigate how to improve cybersecurity processes and procedures including areas such as legal liabilities, IoS versus Android operating systems, and data loss prevention. Current risks, threats and adversaries will be highlighted specifically addressing the threat of Ransomware and Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks.

Real world security solutions are set to be a focus at the conference and delegates will be briefed on: classic mistakes and how to avoid them; three tricks to bringing your company or organisation into compliance; and the Dark Web.

Looking into the future, topics from Blockchain to Biometrics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and state-sponsored attacks will be explored.

Confirmed speakers at Dublin Information Sec 2018 include:

  • Mikko Hypponen, keynote speaker, cybersecurity and privacy expert
  • Rahim Jina, chief operating officer and co-founder of Edgescan
  • Debbie Power, IoT Vodafone Ireland
  • Michael Gubbins, Head of Garda Cyber Crime Unit
  • Kevin Kiley, Vice President of Sales & Business Development at OneTrust, a global leader in privacy management software
  • Bill Buchanan, Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Dr Ciarán McMahon, Director of the Institute of Cyber Security and academic psychologist
  • Maria Farrell, writer and tech policy consultant, previously worked for ICANN, the World Bank, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry and the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Brian Honan, CEO, BH Consulting, cyber security consultant
  • Sharon O’Reilly, GRC/GDPR Consultant with IT Governance
  • Daragh O’Brien, Founder, Castlebridge, specialising in Information Trust
  • James Chappell, co-founder and chief innovation officer, digital shadows

Dublin Information Sec 2018 is an Independent News and Media event, please log onto for further information and tickets.


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