IRISS Conference 2010

IRISS will hold its annual conference on the 18th of November 2010 in the D4 Berkley Court Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.  This all day conference will focus on providing you with an overview of the current cyber threats facing businesses in Ireland and what you can do to help deal with those threats.

The IRISS Annual Conference is an opportunity to not only increase your knowledge but also to meet and network with your peers in a relaxed environment.  There is no charge to attend our conference, however we would appreciate a donation to help cover our costs.  You can make a donation via PayPal.

In parallel to the above speaking sessions Ireland's premier Cyber Security Challenge, HackEire, will be held to identify Ireland's top cyber security experts.  HackEire will see 10 teams, up to a maximum of four people per team, compete against each other in a controlled environment to see which team will be the first to exploit weaknesses in a number of systems and declare victory.  The purpose of the HackEire competition is to demonstrate how attackers could gain access to your systems and allow you to learn from the event on how to prevent such attacks from impacting your network.

Speaker Lineup

Keynote Speaker
Billy Hawkes - Data Protection Commissioner

Billy Hawkes is the Data Protection Commissioner, having been appointed by the Government in July 2005 for a 5-year term. Prior to his appointment, he worked as a civil servant in various government departments, most recently Finance, Enterprise, Trade & Employment and Foreign Affairs. In June 2010, he was reappointed to the post for another 5 years.

Implementing DNSSEC The Challenges and Opportunities
Billy Glynn - Team Leader Application Support and Development Technical Services - IE Domain Registry Ltd

Billy Glynn is responsible for Application Support and Development activities in the IE Domain Registry Limited (IEDR), the company which operates and manages dot IE – the world’s second safest country code top-level domain. During his nine year career at the company Billy has been instrumental in the automation of mission-critical business systems and registration services for the local Internet community. In particular, he led the development of secure automated interfaces for accredited registrars, which was a major enabler of the volume growth of the .ie namespace over that period, and the development of a Java-based Core Registry System (CRS), launched in 2009. He was responsible for the deployment of an IPv6 nameserver for the .ie namespace in 2004, making IEDR one of the first European registries to do so.

Plugging the 2.0 Gap: Defending your Brand, Securing your Network
Christopher Boyd - Senior Threat Researcher - Sunbelt Software

Christopher Boyd is a Senior Threat Researcher for Sunbelt Software, a six time Microsoft MVP in Consumer Security and former Director of Research for FaceTime Security Labs.  He has spoken at RSA, InfoSec Europe and SecTor, and has been thanked by Google for his contributions to responsible disclosure.

Areas of research include Botnets, Spam, Phishing, P2P, Instant Messaging, Ad/Spy/Malware, Worms, Social Networking attacks/exploits and videogame console exploitation.  Chris has been credited with finding the first rootkit in an Instant Messaging hijack, the first example of a rogue web browser installing without permission and the first worm on the Google Orkut network.

The Business model of Cybercrime: Where does all the money come from?
Robert McArdle - Senior Advanced Threats Researcher - Trend Micro

Robert McArdle is currently working as a Senior Threats Researcher for Trend Micro, where he is involved in analyzing the latest and most advanced malware threats, specializing in researching the future threat landscape. Robert is a regular presenter for the press and at security conferences. He has also written and lectures a MSc module in Malware Analysis at Cork IT. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University where he completed a M.Sc in Security and Forensics Computing. He holds and teaches the GCIH, GSEC and GREM qualifications from SANS and serves on the SANS Advisory Board.

The Advanced Persistent Threat and Social Engineering
Peter Wood - CEO - First Base Technologies LLP

Peter is a world-renowned security evangelist, speaking at conferences and seminars on ethical hacking techniques and social engineering. He has appeared in documentaries for BBC television, provided commentary on security issues for TV and radio and written many articles on a variety of security topics. He has also been rated the British Computer Society’s number one speaker.

Peter serves on the ISACA conference committee for the Information Security Management Conference and Network Security Conference in both the US and Europe, as well as speaking at both events.

He has worked in the electronics and computer industries since 1969. He has extensive experience of communications and networking, with hands-on knowledge of many large-scale systems. Peter’s board-level responsibilities have included sales, marketing and technical roles, giving him a broad industry view.

Peter is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. He is a member of the BCS Register of Security Specialists and a CISSP. He is also a member of ACM, IEEE, IISP, IMIS, ISACA, ISSA and Mensa.

Combating e-commerce fraud in an ever changing online payments world
Keith McCabe - Communications Executive - Realex Payments Ireland

Keith McCabe has been working with Realex Payments for over 5 years now and has a wealth of experience in e-commerce, online payments and fraud management. Before joining Realex Payments, Keith worked in Finance with Ulster Bank.

Keith holds a BA in International Business and Languages and has recently completed a PostGraduate Diploma in International Selling with Enterprise Ireland and the DIT. He is also an avid triathlete with the Wicklow Triathlon Club.


To register for the event simply send an email to stating your name, title and organisation.


Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors IRISS is able to host this event free of charge to the attendees.  Should you or your company be interested in sponsoring the upcoming event or sponsoring IRISS please send an email for for our sponsorship pack.