Sunday 21 October 2018

US urges greater global co-operation in protection of cyber-security

Alice Tolan, Business Development Manager, Eir Business; Bill Archer, MD Eir Business; Tanaiste and Enterprise Minister Frances Fitzgerald; and Stephen Rae, INM’s Group Editor-in-Chief
Alice Tolan, Business Development Manager, Eir Business; Bill Archer, MD Eir Business; Tanaiste and Enterprise Minister Frances Fitzgerald; and Stephen Rae, INM’s Group Editor-in-Chief

Laura Lynott and Ellie Donnelly

The US government's Assistant Secretary for Cyberspace has said that America's relations with Ireland and other international partners are vital in protecting intelligence from cyber attackers globally.

Speaking at the Dublin Information Sec 2017 cyber-security event, which was hosted by Independent News and Media, Jeanette Manfra, from the US Department of Homeland Security, spoke of the need for a relationship with Ireland in sharing information with the US to help protect companies and governments. She warned that defence was the key step in controlling the internet.

Ms Manfra said the internet "was not built to be safe and secure" and that if Ireland, along with the rest of the world, wanted to protect its intelligence, then it had to work as part of a "cyberspace ecosystem".

Tanaiste and Enterprise Minister Frances Fitzgerald told delegates there was a "huge opportunity" for Ireland to be at the leading edge of the emerging cyber-security industry. Other speakers included Bradley C Birkenfeld and Joseph Carson.

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