Companies and organisations are alienating customers by over-enforcing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) EU privacy rules introduced last year, because their staff have not been trained properly, or because it is easier to just say 'no' to queries.
The fact that Ireland is home to the European headquarters for numerous multinationals and tech firms makes it more vulnerable to cyber attacks and threats, according to the former assistant attorney general for the US Department of Justice's National Security Division.
Gráinne Walsh left a comfortable job in the IT sector back in 2011 when Ireland was in the throes of recession to establish the Metalman Brewery in Waterford. And what may have seemed like a mad career move for many, for her simply felt like following a dream.
After beef baron Larry Goodman's ABP Food took a 50pc stake in Wexford-based Slaney Foods, the parent of Slaney Meats, back in 2016, the move culminated in Irish Farmers' Association protests. Farmers and suppliers were concerned about falling beef prices and the arrival of powerful ABP as a shareholder.
Loftus Hall is an imposing sight on Wexford's Hook Peninsula, one of the country's most attractive tourist destinations. Touted as one of Ireland's most haunted buildings, it can trace its history back to the Norman invasion and is said to have opened its doors to the devil back in the 1700s.
The Government is facing a number of challenges as we enter 2019. And while Brexit is one of the biggest, another is how to square the circle of protecting and growing our agribusiness sector while meeting EU environment commitments and targets that we have already signed up to.
Irish people are not necessarily easy to fool, but they are often friendly and helpful and that could make them a target for social engineering or hacking types. In fact criminals will use various personality traits in order to manipulate all of us for criminal purposes, because they see some of our shared human characteristics as weaknesses.
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