Data Solutions, the specialist IT solutions distributor, will host its fifth annual Secure Computing Forum in the atmospheric Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Thursday, 21st September this year. More than 300 IT and business professionals are expected to attend one of Ireland’s largest IT security events.
Keynote speakers at this year’s event include:
- David Blunkett, former UK Government Home Secretary and chair of the International Cyber Security Projection Alliance and current honorary chair of the Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd
- Jenny Radcliffe, an expert in social engineering known as ‘The People Hacker’
- Misha Glenny, award-winning writer and broadcaster, and author of the book ‘McMafia, The Globalisation Of Organised Crime’
The past year has seen rapid growth in cyber-attacks, as well as an increase in the scale and sophistication of threats being levelled against individuals and companies. Irish organisations must evolve to remain one step ahead of these developing threats. In addition, the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation will make it necessary for businesses to review their data-processing policies and work towards compliance to avoid fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover, depending on which is greater.
Data Solutions’ Secure Computing Forum will aim to foster dialogue amongst key security players in Ireland and provide best-practice advice to companies seeking to defend their interests from cybercrime. Leading IT vendor Check Point will return as the host sponsor of the event for the fifth year running.
This year’s event will focus on a number of topical issues, including securing the Internet of Things (IoT) and fighting ransomware and cyber extortion. IoT is a significant development that presents significant cybersecurity issues which need to be addressed, while ransomware is now a term that is familiar to almost every Irish business. Having been on the rise since its inception, ransomware cost companies over $1 billion worldwide in 2016. Organisations now need to take proactive measures to protect their interests from this growing threat.
As well as these topics, this year’s seminar will ask whether Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the future of cybersecurity and take a closer look at the clearly defined measures that businesses should implement to take responsibility for cloud security. Experts will also explain how to protect and defend against cyber threats in uncertain times and examine how to leverage white and black hat cyber intelligence to gain the advantage over cybercriminals.
Other speakers include Nick Lowe, regional director for UK & Ireland, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd; Barry O’Sullivan, professor at UCC and founding director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics; and Aoife Sexton, co-founder and director, Frontier Privacy.
This year’s forum will once again be hosted by David Keating, Data Solutions’ own head of security. Event attendees will be able to avail of the opportunity to network with senior IT decision-makers and other professionals, and gain valuable insights into key information security trends.
For more information and to register for the event, visit https://www.securecomputingforum.ie/. Early-bird tickets are available for a limited time at a cost of €60. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. The 2017 Secure Computing Forum is supported by leading IT vendors Check Point and RSA.