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Sunday 8 December 2019

Former White House IT boss for security conference

More than half of Irish firms have experienced a data breach.
More than half of Irish firms have experienced a data breach.
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

A former chief information officer for the US White House is to give tips to a Dublin-based IT security conference next month.

Theresa Payton became the first woman to hold the position of IT top security official at the White House under George W Bush. She is set to address the Information Systems Audit and Control Association on challenges faced by Irish companies and the government around customer privacy and cybercrime.

The event will also see addresses by the deputy commissioner at the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, John O'Dwyer, and former Sophos security expert Graham Cluley.

It will also address concerns over the growing incidence of hacking attacks on Irish businesses.

Earlier this year, a major Irish industry survey revealed that more than half of Irish firms have experienced a data breach in the last 12 months, with 22pc suffering multiple breaches. The Irish Computer Association survey also revealed that one in three Irish company IT managers say that their company's staff are not sufficiently aware of data protection issues, while some 40pc of Irish IT staff receive "insufficient" or "no" data protection training.

More than one in three Irish company IT managers said that policies are not implemented or are just partially implemented while companies say that most breaches result from "negligent employees".

The conference will also be addressed by the director of the Multinational Alliance for Collaborative Cyber Situational Awareness, Patrick Curry and the founder of InterPoint Group, John Linkous. The chief technology officer of Cytelligence, Professor John Walker, will also address the conference.

Irish Independent

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