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Strategic Debates


Miriam O'Callaghan will chair several strategic cyber debates in the Mahony Hall to over 1,000 delegates with all the acumen broadcast to over 100 countries around the world. These debates will discuss the hottest topics related to cyber security with expert panellists, showcasing their expertise in each subject matter. Some of the topics include.


  • Fake News The Cyber Security Risks including contributions from Mark Little founder of Storyful.
  • Is Ireland Ready For The EU Cyber Legislation?
  • What Does "Cyber BREXIT" Mean?
  • The Cyber Skills Gap.
  • Evolving Ireland's Cyber Security Ecosystem.
  • The Trump Factor And Cyber – Should We Be Concerned?
  • Cyber Security In The Cloud.
  • The Cyber Safety of Children including contributions from Grainia Long CEO of ISPCC.


Fake News is a Cyber Threat

"Financial markets can expect further criminal examples of attempts to spook the market with false rumours spread through social media. Remember when the Syrian Electronic Army hacked a Twitter feed and reported explosions at the White House that injured US President Obama. Again this is old scams in a new way, criminals could “short” stock trades in anticipation of such rumours. In that case, the Dow lost more than 140 points in 6 minutes, with the S&P 500 alone losing market cap of $136.5 billion. Now imagine what a hacked or unhacked tweet from Donald Trump could do!"

Paul C Dwyer - President of the ICTTF




Is Ireland Ready for EU Cyber Legislation?

New European Cyber legislation includes the Network Information Security (NIS) Directive and the GDPR General Data Protection Regulation. These regulations include mandatory breach notification and potential fines of up to €20m or 4% of Global turnover.


Is Ireland ready?



What does Cyber Brexit Mean?

The GDPR, NIS Directive and all EU cyber related legislation still applies to the UK. What is the reality of BREXIT in relation to Cyber? Law enforcement intelligence exchange, arrest warrants. What about data flows and regulatory concerns over privacy and compliance. The opportunities that exist for Ireland and other today to help organisations deal with these challenges and more will be discussed.




The Trump Factor and The Geopolitics of Cyber Attacks?

Following on from reports of hacks on the recent US elections and in the context that the FBI have referred to Trump as an "unwitting agent" of Putin. We need to explore the geopolitical nature of cyber attacks. We explore the evidence of state sponsored attacks and the “conscious collusion” between organised cyber criminals and nations




The Cyber Safety of Children

Grainia Long CEO of ISPCC and recipient of the ICTTF Cyber Safety Award 2016 will be amongst those involved in the debate on how to protect our children online. Cyber Safety from all aspects relating to all ages of children will be discussed. The objective of the debate to discover what we, the industry and government can do to help with this challenge.