Global cyber security experts to meet in Killarney

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Leading international cyber security specialists are to convene in Killarney for a very informative and enlightening Cyber Security Transatlantic Policy Forum.

Industry leaders, policy makers, politicians and law enforcement agencies from the US, Britain and Ireland will gather at The Brehon, Killarney, on Friday, May 10, to share insights and examine available opinions at the inaugural one-day conference.

As well working to improve and expand government, academic and private sector collaborations in cyber security, the event will focus on the latest intelligence on how to safeguard against cyber-attacks.

The keynote speaker will be Sir Rob Wainwright, Senior Partner for Deloitte’s Cyber Practice and the former Director of Europol while David Stanton, TD, Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, will deliver the opening address. The closing address will be made by Michael O’Sullivan, Assistant Commissioner Security and Intelligence, An Garda Síochána.

The high-profile event will feature four panel discussions:

Emerging Trends in Cyber Attacks

The latest developments and how an increasing dependency on cloud providers could create weaknesses will be discussed by Richard Browne, Director of Ireland’s National Cyber Security Centre; Gina Dollard, Cyber Threat Intelligence Manager, AIB; a Senior Representative from the National Cyber Security Centre, UK; and Conrad Prince, Distinguished Fellow and Senior Cyber Adviser, Royal United Services Institute.

Deterrence, Detection and Punishment

The extent that divergence in regulatory and legal frameworks exacerbate vulnerability to cyber attacks, how criminals are evolving their capabilities to avoid detection, the most successful investigative tools that can be deployed and the need for the rapid exchange of intel and data will be discussed by a panel.

It will feature Mandy Haeburn-Little, Chief Executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre; Detective Superintendent Michael Gubbins, Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau; Detective Inspector Alistair Burns, Serious Cyber Crime Unit, PSNI; Todd Renner, Special Agent and Assistant Legal Attaché FBI; and James Sullivan, Research Fellow in Cyber Threats and Cyber Security, Royal United Services Institute.

Research and Innovation in Cyber Security

With a global skills shortage and a projected market for cyber security products and services of almost $250 billion by 2023, research and innovation can truly have impact. This discussion will focus on the unsolved challenges of cyber security and the new technologies that could emerge.

It will examine how to balance the need to ingest novel research into businesses with governance, risk and compliance requirements and it will focus on how industry, government and academia can work together on blue skies research.

This panel will include David Crozier, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, Centre for Secure Information Technologies and ECIT, Queen’s University Belfast; Prof. Máire O’Neill, Principal Investigator, Centre for Secure Information Technologies and ECIT, Queen’s University Belfast; Marc French, Senior Vice President and Chief Trust Officer at Mimecast; Jacky Fox, Cyber and IT Forensic Lead at Deloitte and lecturer on Information Security in UCD; Keith Lippert, Vice President and Deputy Information Security Officer at Allstate; Paul Wickens, CEO of Enterprise Shared Services and CIO for the Northern Ireland Civil Service

National Security and Defence

The final panel discussion will focus on national security and defence, asking if cyber warfare is likely and how much of a threat does the 5G network pose to national and international security? The experts will also ask can intelligence services improve international cooperation to combat critical international cyber security threats? What are the future opportunities for multilateral institutions such as United Nations to implement new international norms and rules in the area of cyber security and how coherent and helpful is existing multilateral cyber architecture?

The panel will include Professor Todd Landman, Professor of Political Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nottingham; and Kevin R. Powers, Director of M.S. Cybersecurity Policy and Governance, Boston College.

· Registration for the conference is now open and the cost is €195 per attendee. Bookings can be made online at, by phoning 064 776 7181 or emailing