Belfast Telegraph

Top cyber security experts to attend Dublin conference

By Staff Reporter

Some of the world's top cyber security firms will be in Ireland next month to take part in a major conference aimed at tackling problems hitting businesses.

The Dublin Info Sec 2016 meeting will discuss major issues affecting companies, including cyber fraud and hacking and particularly the danger posed from hackers to senior executives.

The average cost of fraud to organisations on the island of Ireland increased from €498,000 (£444,000) in 2014 to €1.7m (£1.5m), with the incidence of cyber attacks almost doubling since 2012.

Whaling the C-Suite is the first event on the agenda. It will explore how senior executives make themselves vulnerable to hackers.

Amongst those topping the bill at the conference, which is taking place at the RDS in Dublin, is Dr Mary Aiken, the expert on whose work the American police drama CSI Cyber was based.

Dr Aiken will be profiling the insider threat for businesses of fraud and allowing access to hackers. And she will also host a workshop for executives attending Dublin Info Sec. She is one of the speakers on the theme of Human Factors in Cyber Security'.

Also on the day, there will be further debate from key industry leaders focusing on the threat to Irish businesses and the Government from cyber attacks.

Joseph Carson will detail Estonia's experience of a concerted cyber attack in 2007, when the country's banks, ministries, media and parliament all suffered denials-of-service.

Other events include an interview with WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison, followed by a panel discussion entitled Whistleblower: Champion or Saboteur?

The conference, which will be opened by the Republic's Tanaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, promises to be an important one for key industry leaders in cyber crime and is aimed at C-suite and top business executives.

Tickets for the event, organised by INM, can be bought at www.independent.ie/infosec2016

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