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Ireland can be the cyber security capital of Europe

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 4:16pm

This week saw the official launch of the Irish cyber security cluster, Cyber Ireland, which aims to drive and promote cyber security in Ireland, making it an international hub.

It took place at Cork County Hall on Monday and featured an array of speakers including David Stanton, Minister for Equality, Immigration and Integration, Donal Treavers of IDA Ireland and Cluster Manager of Cyber Ireland Eoin Byrne.

The cyber security cluster organisation, which is backed by IDA Ireland, represents an enormous opportunity for Ireland according to Pat Larkin of Ward Solutions who also spoke at the launch.

Jackie Fox of Deloitte spoke at the launch and stressed that this cluster can enable economic growth in Ireland.

The cluster aims to bring together industry, academia and government to represent the needs of the sector and aims to enhance the innovation, growth and competitiveness of the companies and organisations in this nationwide cluster.

While the internet has become crucial to many businesses, it has also resulted in serious security risks. By 2021, the value of cybercrime damage is expected to hit $6 trillion (€4.85 trillion) annually according to Cybersecurity Ventures, a figure representing nearly 10 per cent of the world economy.

The launch event presented the cluster strategy and cluster board, made up of senior industry representatives from McAfee, Forcepoint, IBM, JRI America, HPE, Ward Solutions and Qualcomm, as well as academic institutes and research centres (CIT, University of Limerick and UCD) and Government agencies (IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the National Cyber Security Centre).

Speaking at the launch, David Stanton, Minister for Equality, Immigration and Integration said: “The launch of Cyber Ireland, Ireland’s cyber security cluster, is an important leap-forward for the industry in Ireland. This innovative collaboration between Government, industry and academia, will serve as a platform for the industry here to continue to grow and compete globally.

“I am confident that the establishment of this new cluster here in Cork and the presentation of the cluster board, will help to ensure that Ireland remains at the forefront of this fast-growing and strategically important sector.”

Jacky Fox, Vice-Chair of the cluster board added that “the cluster will work to ensure the country makes the most of the potential for new job creation and innovation by addressing key challenges around skills needs, enhancing research and innovation the development of a national community which connects industry, academia and government. The strength of the cluster will come from a joined up, national approach, as any one organisation or region is too small to compete internationally with other strong international cyber security clusters in the UK, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Israel.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland added: “This cyber security cluster will ensure that the country makes the most of the potential for new job creation and innovation by addressing key challenges around skills needs, enhancing research and innovation the development of a national community which connects industry, academia and government. The strength of the cluster will come from a collaborative, national approach, and IDA Ireland are very excited to be supporting this initiative.”

Cyber Ireland has already engaged with over 90 companies, 15 academic organisations and 13 government agencies in the sector, through meetings and three cluster initiation workshops held in Cork, Galway and Dublin in February.

These organisations now have the opportunity to register and become members of the cluster to benefit from the range of initiatives and activities being undertaken over the coming 12 months (https://cyberireland.ie/membership/).

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