The Secure Computing Forum 2018 Recap

DataSolutions held the sixth annual Secure Computing Forum at the Aviva Stadium on September 20th, 2018. With over 400 IT and business professionals in attendance this year, the Secure Computing Forum remains one of Ireland’s largest cyber-security events.

Counter-terrorism, Artificial Intelligence (AI), identity theft and social engineering were key topics on the agenda along with 16 international speakers including Lord Alan West, former UK Minister of National Security; Mikko Hyppönen, a global authority on computer security and privacy issues; and Bennett Arron, an award-winning writer, stand-up comedian and BAFTA-shortlisted director.

The exciting line-up also included leading industry experts, including Matt Lutkin who is the security assurance manager for the NHS. Lutkin spoke about how the health service is moving on and learning from the worldwide WannaCry attack.

Social engineering and cybersecurity expert, Lisa Forte addressed how businesses can effectively combat hackers. Lisa began her career in anti-piracy intelligence, working off the coast of Somalia, before moving into counter-terrorism intelligence for a UK Government agency and ultimately establishing her own cyber-security company.

Jim Shields, creative director of Twist & Shout Media, talked about how to effectively engage employees in cyber-security in innovative ways. With 25 years at the independent film production company, Jim makes information security fun and has created award-winning security awareness campaigns for world-renowned clients including Sony, Barclays and Warner Bros.

Daniel Wiley, head of incident response at Check Point and Eoin Keary, CEO of Edgescan, also spoke at the event with David Keating, DataSolutions’ head of security, acting as MC on the day.

The event, which was host sponsored by Check Point Technologies, also included an “ask the architect” dedicated whiteboard session on cloud and threat prevention and a panel discussion on “After the Breach” that featured technical, legal and PR experts who explored how delegates can prepare for a security breach.

Furthermore, delegates were invited to the exhibition area to interact with leading technology companies in an such as Citrix, AMI / DiskShred, Nutanix, Edgescan, HPE Aruba, Uniprint and IGEL. The event provided many networking opportunities with heads of IT, CISOs, IT risk/security managers and security architects from Irish organisations of all sizes, as well as semi state bodies and government organisations, in attendance.

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Katie-Anna Lynn