Thursday 19 September 2019

Everything you need to know about the upcoming Secure Computing Forum

The Secure Computing Forum is back for a seventh year so here’s what you can expect ahead of this year’s conference on September 12 in the RDS in Dublin.

What is the Secure Computing Forum?

This conference brings together people from the tech, business and cybersecurity communities to discuss the latest trends in cybersecurity. There’ll be expert speakers on hand to discuss a range of topics that cover everything from topical news to industry breakthroughs to the best practice in IT security.

The “dark net”, cryptocurrencies, surveillance technology, machine learning, data privacy, hacktivism and the evolution of cybersecurity are just some of the areas that will be covered on the day. 

Who will be speaking at this year’s event?

This year’s line up is a who’s who of industry experts from the worlds of politics, technology, journalism, hactivism and more.

Keynote speakers include John P Carlin, former assistant attorney general for the US Department of Justice’s National Security Division. He will speak about the topical subjects of national security matters, crisis management practices and espionage threats.

You’ll also hear from Mary-Jo De Leeuw, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Women in Cyber Security Foundation and former Director of Cybersecurity Advocacy for Europe Middle East and Africa. She will be speaking about the cyber risks associated with apps and new vulnerabilities that are emerging in an increasingly connected world, where even our children’s toys are connected to the web.

Europe’s number one ethical hacker Jamie Woodruff has hacked Facebook and exposed security flaws in Kim Kardashian’s website as part of his mission to raise awareness of security issues and he’ll offer guests his unique perspective on cybersecurity.

Other notable speakers include the Irish Independent’s technology editor, Adrian Weckler, the Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland, Helen Dixon, and hacker-turned-security expert, Mustafa Al-Bassam. You can check out the full list of speakers here.

Mustafa Al Bassam, a former hacker, has called on businesses to get to grips with online security

Who is it for?

If you work in IT, own your own business, or operate in an industry that can be vulnerable to cyberattacks, this conference is an invaluable opportunity to hear from the best in the business. The event will be attended by over 500 IT professionals, business owners and decision makers from Ireland and beyond.

Why should you go?

With a cast of industry giants appearing on the day, it promises to be an informative, entertaining and thought-provoking look at the how technology intersects with the modern world.

The expert line-up will flag areas of concern, reveal the latest trends in cybersecurity and discuss topics that can help you to keep your organisation safe, protected and up to date with the best cybersecurity practices. There will also be an opportunity to pose questions to the speakers and attend panel discussions and fireside interviews.

It’s a chance to listen to the technology industry’s leading minds, network with other people in the industry and to make sure that you remain informed about the fast-moving world of cybersecurity. There’ll also be demos and product showcases to give you a chance to check out new developments in cybersecurity tech and the latest security innovations.

What are they saying?

Michael O’Hara, Group Managing Director of DataSolutions, says that interest in the event continues to grow after seven consecutive years.

“When we first thought of the concept for the Secure Computing Forum, we never expected it to reach the heights it has,” says Mr O’Hara.

“Cybersecurity is an issue that remains at the top of the agenda for Irish businesses and we are very excited about the line-up of speakers for 2019. We’ll be covering every angle, from company-wide data breaches and individual risks to the dark net and espionage threats. It’s going to be bigger than ever.”

How much are tickets?

Tickets for the day are €100 (excluding VAT) and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. You can register for tickets here.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about the event, check out the Secure Computing Forum website.

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