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Cyber Security Transatlantic Policy Forum Killarney, Ireland

Registration is now open for the inaugural Cyber Security Transatlantic Policy Forum which will take place in Killarney on Friday, May 10. Cyber security experts from the US, Britain and Ireland will travel to the southwest town for the one-day event which is hosted by the Killarney Economic Conference. 

Industry leaders, policy makers, politicians and law enforcement will gather at The Brehon in Killarney to share insights and opinions. As well working to improve and expand government, academia and private sector collaborations in cyber security, this conference will focus on the latest intelligence on how to safeguard against cyber-attacks. 

The keynote speaker is Sir Rob Wainwright - Senior Partner for Deloitte’s Cyber Practice and the former Director of Europol. David Stanton TD, Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration will make the opening address. There will be four panel discussions based on the following topics: Emerging Trends in Cyber Attacks; Deterrence, Detection and Punishment; Research and Innovation; and National Security and Defence. For the full line up of speakers visit 

As well as hearing the views, ideas and opinions of leading players, attendees will enjoy ample opportunities for networking. Registration costs €195 per attendee, however ICS members will receive a 10% discount by quoting ‘DISCOUNT10’ when booking. Registration can be made online at, by phoning 064 776 7181 or emailing Special accommodation rates are available at The Brehon by quoting ‘Killarney Economic Conference’.

Emerging Trends in Cyber Attacks

The latest developments in cyber-attacks, and how the increasing dependency on cloud providers may create weaknesses will be discussed by Richard Browne, Director of Ireland’s National Cyber Security Centre; Gina Dollard, Cyber Threat Intelligence Manager, AIB; Ciaran Martin, Chief Executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, UK; and Conrad Prince, Distinguished Fellow and Senior Cyber Adviser, Royal United Services Institute.

Deterrence, Detection and Punishment: The Policing and Law Enforcement Perspective

The extent that divergence in regulatory and legal frameworks exacerbate vulnerability to cyber-attacks, how cyber criminals are evolving their capabilities to avoid detection and prosecution, the most successful investigative tools being deployed and the need for the rapid exchange of intel and data will be discussed by the second panel of speakers. 

This panel includes Mandy Haeburn-Little, Chief Executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre; Detective Superintendent Michael Gubbins, Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau; Detective Inspector Alistair Burns, Serious Cyber Crime Unit, PSNI; Todd Renner, Special Agent and Assistant Legal Attaché FBI; and James Sullivan, Research Fellow in Cyber Threats and Cyber Security, Royal United Services Institute 

Research and Innovation in Cyber Security

With a global skills shortage of almost 3 million, and a projected global market for cyber security products and services of almost $250 billion by 2023, research and innovation can truly have impact. The third panel discussion will focus on the unsolved challenges of cyber security and the new technologies that could emerge. It will examine how to balance the need to ingest novel research into businesses with governance, risk and compliance requirements. It will also focus on how industry, government and academia can work together on blue skies research, whether governments should invest more in research and innovation and outline how government and large businesses can give a leg up to start-ups and SMEs. 

This panel includes David Crozier, Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen’s University Belfast; Prof. Máire O’Neill, Principal Investigator, Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen’s University Belfast; Marc French, Senior Vice President and Chief Trust Officer at Mimecast; Jacky Fox, Cyber and IT Forensic Lead at Deloitte and lecturer on Information Security in UCD; Keith Lippert, Vice President and Deputy Information Security Officer at Allstate; Paul Wickens, CEO of Enterprise Shared Services and CIO for the Northern Ireland Civil Service 

National Security and Defence

The fourth and final panel discussion will focus on national security and defence. Is cyber warfare likely and is a workable détente possible. How much of a threat does the 5G network pose to national and international security? how can military/signals intelligence services improve international cooperation to combat critical international cyber security threats? What are the future opportunities for multilateral institutions such as United Nations to implement new international norms and rules in the area of cyber security and how coherent and helpful is existing multilateral cyber architecture? 

The fourth panel includes Professor Todd Landman, Professor of Political Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at The University of Nottingham; Andrew Munro, Assistant Secretary-General, Department of the Taoiseach; and Kevin R. Powers, Director of M.S. Cybersecurity Policy and Governance, Boston College.

For further information or to register your attendance visit phone 064 776 7181 or email

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