The man who revealed to the world that business networking site LinkedIn had been hacked is due to speak at a major Belfast conference next year.
LinkedIn was hacked in June 2012, and passwords for nearly 6.5 million user accounts were stolen by cybercriminals, who decrypted and posted them on a Russian password forum.
Per Thorsheim, the security researcher who first raised the alarm about the apparent leak, is set to be a keynote speaker at the Smart Business Show at the Odyssey in May 2014.
Mr Thorsheim is an independent consultant based in Bergen, with a particular interest in providing awareness training,courses and advisory services to public and private sectors.
His talk will cover the importance of securing online presence, the rise of cybercrime, examples and suggestions on how to protect companies and individuals from attack, and loss of increasingly valuable intellectual assets, with an insight into security systems of the future.
Security systems are constantly evolving to meet new threats and Per will explore some recent strategies as well as where security is likely to go in the future and what companies should be doing now to prepare for it.
There were 1,478 online data breaches reported worldwide in 2012, 35% more than 2011, according to an Online Trust Alliance analysis, while over 40% of IT managers in Irish companies admitted to data breaches in their workplace during the last 12 months, according to a survey by the Association of Data Protection officers and the Irish Computer Society.
Centra and Stena Line were just two of the companies hit by one of Ireland's biggest ever hacking incidents, which left over 87,000 Irish people and, at one point, one million Europeans vulnerable to criminal hackers.
Around 70,000 SuperValue customers, 8,000 Axa clients and 6,800 ESBS users also recently had their debit or credit card details compromised while Facebook is paying around £1,000 daily to outside security experts to act as 'bounty hunters', finding bugs in its software that could be exploited by malicious hackers.
To find out more about Per's talk, visit the website www.smart businessshow.com for more information.