Ireland could have the world's best cyber systems - Aiken

Sean Duffy

Cybercrime-fighter: Dublin-based cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken Photo: Gerry Mooney
Cybercrime-fighter: Dublin-based cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken Photo: Gerry Mooney

Ireland could have the best cyber security in the world through a "cyber reserve" which would provide a link between the country's technology systems and the defence forces, according to leading academic on cyber security, Mary Aiken.

Ms Aiken told the Infosec cyber security conference at Dublin's RDS that Ireland is potentially one of the most vulnerable countries to cyber attacks due to the large number of global tech firms which are headquartered here.

Ms Aiken highlighted the UK approach to cyber security, who are currently deploying a cyber reserve, which recruits digital experts to the armed forces to assist with protecting the country's technology systems.

She added that the early identification of children who have with children who possess specific character traits could help reduce cyber crime and help states to bolster their cyber security.

Brian Honan, Pavel Gladyshev, Joseph Carson, Mary Aiken and Adrian Weckler at the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
Brian Honan, Pavel Gladyshev, Joseph Carson, Mary Aiken and Adrian Weckler at the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
Cliona Carroll, Stephen Rae, Fionnuala O'Leary and Alan Marshall at the Dublin Info Sec Conference 2016
Mary Aiken at the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
INM Chairman Leslie Buckley with Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD and INM Editor in Chief Stephen Rae at the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
Attendees at the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald opens the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
Joseph Carson speaking at the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD with INM Chairman Leslie Buckley and Adrian Weckler at the Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
Attendees at the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
INM Board Member Len O’Hagan at the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
Brian Honan at the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald opens the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
Attendees at the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.
Adrian Weckler speaking at the Dublin Info Sec 2016 Conference in the RDS.