Speakers mark end of successful Dublin Info Sec 2016

Independent.ie Business Desk

Independent.ie Business Desk

At the Seafood Bar by Wrights of Howth in central Dublin were (from left): Stephen Rae, Group Editor-In-Chief Independent News & Media (INM); Alice Tolan, eir Business account Director; Erik Slooten, CIO of eir; Cliona Carroll, Sponsorship and events manager, INM; Paul Kavanagh, regional sales manager of CISCO and Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor, INM. Picture: Mark Condren
At the Seafood Bar by Wrights of Howth in central Dublin were (from left): Stephen Rae, Group Editor-In-Chief Independent News & Media (INM); Alice Tolan, eir Business account Director; Erik Slooten, CIO of eir; Cliona Carroll, Sponsorship and events manager, INM; Paul Kavanagh, regional sales manager of CISCO and Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor, INM. Picture: Mark Condren

Speakers at Ireland's leading cyber security event, Dublin Info Sec 2016, gathered at the Seafood Bar by Wrights of Howth on Dawson Street, Dublin on Tuesday night and continued the debate about online threats, as they marked the end of a highly-successful conference.

The conference, sponsored by technology expert, eir Business, a Cisco Gold Partner, took place in the RDS Concert Hall earlier that day. It gave delegates the chance to learn about the latest research, tools and technologies to reduce risk and protect against security breaches in organisations.

The conference heard from a number of international experts, including cyber-psychologist Dr Mary Aiken; Dr Pavel Gladyshev, director of The Digital Forensics Lab; Terry Greer-King, director of security for Cisco UKI and Africa; Erik Slooten; chief information officer at eir; detective superintendent Michael Gubbins, Garda Cyber Crime Bureau; Brian Honan, Computer Security Incident Response Team; cyber expert Rik Ferguson; and Wikileaks journalist Sarah Harrison.

"It was a great conference with amazing feedback from delegates and speakers. We had 250 delegates and we are looking at building on that for 2017/2018," said INM online editor Fionnuala O'Leary. "The feeling from the Speakers' Dinner at the Seafood Bar afterwards was that it was one of the premier events of its type in Europe and we are looking forward to building on that success into next year and the year after.

"As everyone knows, cyber security and hacking are now everyday topics of conversation, you need only look at the recent hack attacks on Tesco Bank and 3 in the UK. Dublin Info Sec 2016 was an event to bring all the knowledge on these topics under one roof.

"We had a huge turnout from banking, tech, private and public sector as well as the security services," she said.

The conference is set to be an annual event with 2017 sponsorship opportunities and dates to be announced.