Guests: Brendan Bonner | John Durcan
Host: Sean Martin
Far too often, as an industry, we (the cybersecurity professionals) tend to talk about security with other security professionals as opposed to a larger group of people outside of the industry. The challenge with this is that we end up missing out on driving a culture of security into the rest of the business, and we lost out on understanding how cybersecurity can help the business beyond keeping things from hitting the fan.
Wouldn’t it be good if we could cross that bridge such that we all have a good picture for what’s important for the business — and ultimately for humanity and the societies for which we create?
What if, for example, at the same that we’re researching and developing a new medical technology designed to improve the health of humans, we also look at the cybersecurity, cyberprivacy, and cybersafety elements of this new invention? What if we take that up one more notch to teach students at all levels that this is paramount and that these “cyber” elements shouldn’t be an afterthought, but part of the mindset and culture of each person and the organization for which they work?
While I may be a bit aggressive — and may even be, perhaps, presenting a utopian view for which we are from realizing — these are some of the main drivers underneath a conversation I had earlier this year with Brendan Bonner, Chief Technologist — Technology, Content and Business Services at IDA Ireland, and John Durcan, Senior Technologist at Enterprise Ireland.
I wanted to get their collective view on the state of technology, cybersecurity, and privacy in Ireland and the rest of the European Union in connection with other innovations and industries in which both entities invest heavily.
You’re in luck with this podcast. Because we had such an engaging conversation, this podcast warrants two parts. One part for the drive/ride into work — the other for the return home.
Part 1: The roles of IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland in the areas of innovation, technology and cybersecurity and the value of investing in cybersecurity education, talent growth, international policy, and binding ethics with technology and society. Some of the specific topics discussed:
Horizon 2020 in Ireland and Horizon Europe 2021-2027, which calls explicitly for ethical secure artificial intelligence
The synergies and collaboration between Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland
Collaboration amongst industry, academia, law enforcement, government, and the community
The launch of Cyber Ireland and other similar clusters designed to formally connect industry with the rest of the ecosystem
The launch of a government-lead disruptive technology innovation fund
The value of the R&D ecosystem in Ireland to drive meaningful connections between the human element and technology
Several examples of how different technologies — such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and blockchain — are being used to make an impact on society
Initiatives designed to improve the lives of the citizens, including those driven by smart city innovations
Ireland is positioned as a leader in the EU in relation to ethical development and use of artificial intelligence research and education
Have a listen.
Part 2: Coming soon …
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