DataSolutions’ 5th annual Secure Computing Forum will take place on Thursday, 21st September at the Avia Stadium. The Forum is one of Ireland’s largest dedicated IT security events. This year’s event is especially relevant, coming as it does after months of prolonged cyber-attacks that have affected companies all over the world.

Attendees will receive advice from key security players on how to secure their businesses. 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, a social-engineering expert known as ‘the people hacker’; and Misha Glenny, award-winning writer and broadcaster, and author of the book McMafia, The Globalisation Of Organised Crime


David Keating, sales manager, Data Solutions


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’; and Misha Glenny, award-winning writer and broadcaster, and author of the bookMcMafia, 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.


DataSolutions’ 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[1]. 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, DataSolutions’ 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 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.

Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO in the transport industry, mobile tech fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia/Microsoft VIP, HTC Specialist, Multiple forum supporter with worldwide top rankings, I also work in the background in the mobile technology sector, weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show and Cavan TV.Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger.Part time actor and security professional and brutally honest when it comes to opinions.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s