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Ireland's first CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team)



Registration for IRISSCON 2021 is now open!


Check out the IRISSCON 2021 Date and Venue, Speaker Lineup, Agenda and Conference Sponsors below.


The IRISSCERT Cyber Crime Conference (IRISSCON) will be held this year on Thursday the 18th of November 2021 in the The Aviva Stadium, Landsdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.  This is an all-day conference which focuses on providing attendees with an overview of the current cyber threats facing businesses in Ireland and throughout the world and what they can do to help deal with those threats.


Experts on various aspects of cyber crime and cyber security share their thoughts and experiences with attendees, while attendees will also have the opportunity to network with like minded individuals.


The conference is open to anyone with responsibility for securing their business information assets. There is a nominal fee of €50 per person attending to cover the costs of catering and other organisational expenses.


An annually held conference, IRISSCON is an opportunity to not only increase your knowledge but also to meet and network with your peers in a relaxed environment. Here is a video giving an overview of IRISSCON.



Cyber Security Challenge

In parallel to the conference, IRISSCERT also hosts Ireland's premier IRISSCON Cyber Security Challenge. The challenge allows Ireland's top cyber security experts to compete against each other in a controlled environment to see who will be the first to exploit weaknesses in a number of systems and declare victory. The purpose of the 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.


Registration for IRISSCON Cyber Security Challenge 2021 is now open!


Checkout the IRISSCON 2021 Date and Venue, Speaker Lineup, Agenda and Conference Sponsors below.


Date and Venue

Date: Thursday, 18th November 2021

Venue: The Aviva Stadium, Landsdowne Road, Dublin 4


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Speaker Lineup

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO, Kaspersky


Topic: Cyber Immunity for Cyber Age

The data-driven industrial revolution that is taking place right now is doing so more rapidly than any tech innovation in history and it is gradually impacting every sector of the global economy. With everything – and everyone – computerized, cybersecurity is one of the main concerns for numerous businesses and organizations.

Today’s cybersecurity is about more than just protecting endpoint devices – it is critical part of business and production processes. The current cybersecurity landscape requires a drastically different approach – a transition from ‘cybersecurity’ to ‘cyber-immunity’, where the cost of a cyberattack is greater than the cost of the damage. Information systems should be designed and built to secure an ecosystem where everything is connected.

BIo: Eugene Kaspersky is a world-renowned cybersecurity expert and successful entrepreneur. He is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Kaspersky, the world’s largest privately-held vendor of endpoint protection and cybersecurity solutions.

Eugene began his career in cybersecurity accidentally when his computer became infected with the ‘Cascade’ virus in 1989. Eugene’s specialized education in cryptography helped him analyze the encrypted virus, understand its behavior, and then develop a removal tool for it. After successfully removing the virus, Eugene’s curiosity and passion for computer technology drove him to start analyzing more malicious programs and developing disinfection modules for them. This exotic collection of antivirus modules would eventually become the foundation for Kaspersky’s antivirus database. Today the database is one of the most comprehensive and complete collections in cybersecurity, used in detecting and preventing systems from being infected by more than 500 million malicious programs.

Eugene has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the UK’s Plymouth University. He regularly gives both lectures on cybersecurity at universities around the globe, and keynotes at leading conferences and industry events.

Eugene is both a passionate traveler and dedicated devotee of wild nature and adventure-tourism. He is also a talented photographer, which assists in his prolific chronicling of his exploits in his blog – from polar expeditions and glacier crossings to volcano scaling and jungle trekking.


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Ciaran Martin,

Professor, University of Oxford


Topic: Cyber Harms vs the myths.

In this talk we will focus on the reality of cyber harms as distinct from the myths, and talk about how organisations big and small can manage risk whilst getting on with the job


Bio: Ciaran Martin, CB, is Professor of Practice at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. From 2014 to 2020 he set up and led the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, part of the intelligence agency GCHQ on whose board he served. For the previous decade and a half he served in a variety of positions in the UK Treasury and Cabinet Office. He is originally from Tyrone the home of the All Ireland champions 2021


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Jen Ellis, Vice President of Community and Public Affairs, Rapid7


Topic: Overview of the Recommendations of the Ransomware Task Force

In 2020, ransomware attackers made more than $350 million and caused terrible disruption, particularly in healthcare. Combating this blight requires a comprehensive, multi-faceted strategy adopted in collaboration by governments around the world. To this end, the Ransomware Task Force brought together experts from governments, private, and nonprofit sectors to identify actions that would help to disrupt, deter, prepare for, and respond to, ransomware attacks at scale. In April of this year, the Task Force issued its report, detailing 48 recommendations. This session will provide an overview of the recommendations, discuss the rationale behind them, and clarify next steps security *Where the opportunities are for jobs, both for new people and those seeking a career change


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Dr Victoria Baines, Bournemouth University


Topic: ACybersecurity Image(ry) Problem (and what we can do about it)


Abstract: Those of us who work in cybersecurity have become immune to the ways we tend to represent threats: military and fantasy imagery, acronyms, and fancy animals among them. How do these representations play out for so-called 'ordinary' people who don't share our specialist knowledge?

Based on new research into the rhetoric of cybersecurity, this talk combines a light-hearted critique of security jargon with serious analysis of its impact on protection from threats, and even who gets to work in cybersecurity. It doesn't have to be this way, and Victoria has ideas for how we might empower people to protect themselves and help solve our recruitment issues.


Bio: Dr Victoria Baines is a leading authority in the field of online trust, safety and cybersecurity. She frequently contributes to major broadcast media outlets on digital ethics, cybercrime and the misuse of emerging technologies, including Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Her areas of research include electronic surveillance, cybercrime futures, and security rhetoric. She also provides research expertise to a number of international organisations, including Interpol, UNICEF and the Council of Europe.

Victoria is co-host of the award-nominated Cyber Warrior Princess podcast, demystifying cybersecurity for a popular audience. She regularly addresses both specialist and non-specialist audiences, and has been named as one of the top 25 women in cybersecurity (IT Guru & SC Magazine).

For several years Victoria was Facebook’s Trust & Safety Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Her work focused on operational support to law enforcement, and strategic engagement with policy makers on criminal activity online. Before joining Facebook, Victoria led the Strategy team at Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), where she was responsible for the EU’s cyber threat analysis. She designed and developed the iOCTA, Europe’s flagship threat assessment on cybercrime, and authored 2020, scenarios for the future of cybercrime that were the basis for a successful short film series of the same name.

Prior to this, Victoria was Principal Analyst at the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the forerunner of the National Crime Agency. She began her career in law enforcement in 2005 as a Higher Intelligence Analyst for Surrey Police. In 2008, the International Association for Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts recognised Victoria’s work with a global award for outstanding achievement.

Victoria serves on the Advisory Boards of cybersecurity provider Reliance ACSN and the International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE), and is a trustee of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Oxford and holds a doctorate from the University of Nottingham, UK. She is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University’s School of Computing, a former Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University, and was guest lecturer at Stanford University in 2019 and 2020

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Colm Gallagher, Forensics Director, Commsec


Topic: To Be Confirmed


Bio: Colm is an experienced Investigator with a wide range of experience in the Security and Investigations industry. Skilled in Computer Forensics, Cyber Crime Investigation, Prosecution and Expert testimony in Criminal cases, Case Management, Systems Administration, Implementation and Configuration of Endpoint Protection and Backup/Restore systems, Linux and Windows Server Administration. Strong IT and Security background with a 1st Class Honours MSc in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation from University College Dublin. Current holder of Certified Forensic Computer Examiner certification from IACIS. 


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Bob McArdle

Robert McArdle, Manager Threat Research Team, Trend Micro

Topic: To Be Decided.


Bio: Robert is the Director of Trend Micro's Forward Looking Threat Research team in Europe, where he is involved in analyzing the latest cybercrime threats, specializing in researching the future threat landscape, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and coordinating investigations with international law enforcement.

Robert is a regular presenter for the press and at security conferences. He also lectures in Malware Analysis and Cybercrime Investigations on MSc modules at Cork IT and University College Dublin (UCD). He worries that his hobby and job are one and the same, and constantly wonders if "normal" people have that problem.


When he had more time and a much smaller family, he was an avid security blogger, podcaster, speaker and conference organizer.


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Conference Sponsors


Thanks to the generosity of our  sponsors IRISS is able to host this event. The following organisations kindly lent their support to our conference.




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Media Sponsors

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BH Consulting, your trusted cybersecurity and data protection advisors

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ISI TI-Accredited WARP