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First steps to establish security cluster

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 5:01pm

Some of the heavyweights of the cyber security scene in Ireland took the first steps towards the establishment of a national cyber security cluster this week.

Over 250 people from industry, academia and government attended workshops in Cork, Galway and Dublin this week to discuss what needs to happen to make Ireland a cyber security centre of excellence.

The new initiative to establish a cyber security cluster for Ireland is called Cyber Ireland and this was the first steps of the process. It is due to be launched in May 2019.

Ireland’s cyber security industry employs over 6,000 people and includes many of the world’s top security software MNCs, as well as a growing SME sector. Globally, the cybersecurity sector will be valued at $250 billion within five years.

A number of multi-nationals and academic bodies have joined forces and, backed by IDA Ireland, are working to ensure that the country makes the most of the potential for job creation and innovation.

The keynote speaker was Klaus Bloving, Cluster Manager of the Danish Security Cluster (CenSec), who gave insights into how firms, universities, and research organisations can mutually benefit from increased collaboration and the benefits of clustering.

Dr Eoin Byrne, who leads the cluster development team said: “Ireland is constantly competing internationally for cyber security jobs, talent, and investment with the likes of other strong regions, such as Northern Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Estonia and Israel. A cyber security cluster can support the needs of this rapidly growing sector, based on best practices from European cluster organisations, to ensure Ireland is a competitive global location for cyber security operations and R&D, and to support indigenous SMEs.”

The workshops surveyed what types of initiatives the cluster should provide. The results of the workshop will then feed into the cluster’s strategy. The next steps in the establishment of the national cyber security cluster is the election of a cluster board and Cyber Ireland will be officially launched, with signed-up cluster members, in May 2019.

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