Tanaiste opens Dublin Information Sec conference as US cyber-security chief to deliver key-note address


Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

Tanaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald gives the opening speech at the Dublin Information SEC2017 seminar in the RDS Concert Hall.
Photo: Tony Gavin 1/11/2017
Tanaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald gives the opening speech at the Dublin Information SEC2017 seminar in the RDS Concert Hall. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/11/2017
Tanaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald is welcomed by Stephen Rae, Editor in Chief, INM to the Dublin Information SEC2017 seminar in the RDS Concert Hall. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/11/2017
Tanaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald gives the opening speech at the Dublin Information SEC2017 seminar in the RDS Concert Hall. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/11/2017
Irish Independent Technology editor Adrian Weckler at the Dublin Information SEC2017 seminar in the RDS Concert Hall. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/11/2017
Irish Independent Technology Editor Adrian Weckler with Tanaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald and Stephen Rae, Editor in Chief, INM at the Dublin Information SEC2017 seminar in the RDS Concert Hall. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/11/2017
Jeanette Manfra, US assistant secretary for cyber security and communications, to address major Irish conference

More than half of Irish businesses expect a cyber-attack on their operations by the end of this year while 36pc have already experienced one.

At a time when cyber-attacks and hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and threats more frequent, it is challenging for individuals, businesses and governments to stay ahead of the curve in terms of security measures.

These are among the issues that will be addressed at the second annual Dublin Information Sec cyber-security event which is taking place at the RDS.

Meanwhile, more than eight out of 10 businesses believe cyber-attacks will be a major threat to their operations, according to the results of the Dublin Information Sec survey conducted ahead of today's cyber-security conference.

The keynote speaker is Jeanette Manfra, US assistant secretary for cyber security and communications, and she will address the threats and challenges to nation states.

Other speakers include Mike G, an ethical hacker; Brian Honan, chief executive at BH Consulting; and Joseph Carson, cyber security strategist at Thycotic.

Richard Colbridge, chief information officer at the Health Executive Authority (HSE), will outline how the state body survived a ransomware attack earlier this year, at the event which is being sponsored by Cisco and eir Business.

Another theme at the event is the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect on May 25 - the regulation is designed to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals in the region.

More than half of respondents to the survey (56pc) said their businesses are not prepared for GDPR while one third claimed they are not aware of the implications of non-compliance.

Failure to demonstrate compliance by businesses could result in fines of up to 4pc of turnover or €20m, whichever is the largest figure.

Dublin Information Sec 2017, Ireland’s cyber security conference, addresses the critically important issues that threaten businesses in the information age. For more on INM’s Dublin InfoSec 2017 conference, go to: independent.ie/infosec