Irelands Leading Cyber Security Event

Past Speakers

Lord Alan West

Former UK Minister of Security and First Sea Lord

Admiral Lord West was First Sea Lord, the highest position in the Royal Navy from 2002-06. In 2007 he was asked by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to join the UK Government as Minister for Security responsible for national security and counter-terrorism as well as cyber and Olympic security. Lord West has been closely involved in the UK National Security Strategy and has made numerous speeches on cyber security, information assurance and cyber warfare. 

Mikko Hypponen

World-wide authority on computer security and privacy issues.

Mikko Hypponen has been working with computer security for over 20 years and has fought the biggest malware outbreaks in the net. As a result, he has been involved in catching several online criminals. Mr. Hypponen has also extensively researched cyber warfare and online espionage. He has lectured at the universities of Stanford, Oxford and Cambridge. He was selected among the 50 most important people on the web by the PC World magazine and was included in the Foreign Policy Global 100 Thinkers list. In 2013 he was inducted to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame. Mr. Hypponen sits on the advisory boards of the Lifeboat Foundation and T2. Tagged as a "Code Warrior” by Vanity Fair, Hypponen is a go-to expert on cybercrime for international news media. 


Graham Cluley

Award-winning security blogger, researcher and public speaker

Graham Cluley has been a well-known figure in the computer security industry since the early 1990s when he worked as a programmer, writing the first ever version of Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Since then he has been employed in senior roles by companies such as Sophos and McAfee. Graham Cluley has given talks about computer security for some of the world’s largest companies, worked with law enforcement agencies on investigations into hacking groups, and regularly appears on TV and radio explaining computer security threats. He was inducted into the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2011, and was given an honorary mention in the “10 Greatest Britons in IT History” for his contribution as a leading authority in internet security. 


Bennett Arron

Award-Winning Writer, Identity Theft Speaker, Stand-Up Comedian and BAFTA Shortlisted Director

Bennett is an Award-Winning Writer, Stand-Up Comedian and BAFTA Shortlisted Director. He is also one of the first major victims of Identity Theft in the UK. As well as performing as a Comedian he has also spoken at many Conferences around the world on the subject of Fraud, ID Theft and Data Protection. He was the Guest Speaker at The International Fraud Convention in Italy, The International Congress On Anti-Fraud & Anti-Corruption in Poland and Infosec, Europe. He was also the Opening Keynote Speaker at Auscert in Queensland, Australia. Bennett wrote, directed and presented the Channel 4 Documentary, How To Steal An Identity, in which he proved, through a series of stunts, how easy the crime of ID Theft is to carry out. He also managed to steal the identity of the UK Home Secretary!

Daniel Wiley

Head of Incident Response at Check Point Software Technologies Ltd

Daniel Wiley, Head of Incident Response manages Check Point’s advanced security operations including Check Point ThreatCloud Incident Response Service. His core responsibility is to bridge the gap between product and operational security and to provide actionable intelligence to Check Point customers. Daniel is an experienced cyber security leader with over 22 years of experience in the Cyber Security industry, including government, civilian and service provider environments.


Lisa Forte

Partner, Red Goat Cyber Security LLP

Lisa began her career working in anti-piracy intelligence off the coast of Somalia before moving into Counter-terrorism intelligence for a UK Government agency.  Lisa researched the process of online radicalisation by terrorist groups and the risky social engineering process undertaken by terrorist recruiters. Lisa then moved into one of the UK Police Cyber-Crime Units where she got to know the attackers’ mind sets and methodologies well. Victim companies ranged from small to multi-national organisations and almost all the cases involved social engineering. Lisa left in 2017 to start her own company, Red Goat Cyber Security LLP, with the goal of reflecting the techniques and methodologies actually being employed by hackers. They provide GCHQ certified social engineering training for staff, security testing and wargaming cyber-attack exercises to help organisations prepare for an attack.


Ian Porteus

Technical Director for Check Point Northern Europe

Ian has over 12 years of in-depth security industry experience. He heads up Check Point’s team of skilled Security Engineers, who consult and support senior IT staff and their teams within end-user organisations, helping to create security strategies that solve business-impacting problems. Prior to joining Check Point in 2007, Ian worked in the IT security channel, designing and implementing customers’ security solutions.


Jim Shields

Founder, Twist & Shout Group

Jim Shields started his career as a child, combining his magic lanterns with sounds he’d captured in jars, during the blackouts of the miner’s strikes of the 1980’s. Jim makes fun out of Information Security. After 25 years running a successful independent film production company, he’s learned a thing or two about what makes people tick. He has created security awareness campaigns for Barclays, Intel, Sony, Warner bros, Symantec, Verizon and Estee Lauder – among others. Five years ago he created “Restricted Intelligence” – the world’s first sitcom about information security, now used worldwide by some of the biggest brands on the planet. His campaigns have won awards in both the security industry and the corporate communications world.  He lives in leafy Leicestershire with his long suffering wife and two hilarious children.


Eoin Keary

OWASP Global Board Member, BCC Risk Advisory Director, BCC Risk Advisory (Ireland) Ltd. & CEO, Edgescan

Eoin served as both vice chair and global international board member of OWASP, The Open Web Application Security Project, and during his time in OWASP he has lead the OWASP Testing and Security Code Review Guides, but to name a few key projects. Eoin is a well-known technical leader in industry in the area of software security and penetration testing, and has led global security engagements for some of the world's largest financial services and consumer products companies. He is based in Ireland and runs a software security practice, and award winning global SaaS

Nicola Fanning

Information Security Officer - ‎McCann FitzGerald

Nicola is an information security professional with over 10 years’ experience. She is focused on delivering practical solutions to overcome the wide-ranging security and risk challenges that impact businesses. Having previously worked in the financial, professional services, and insurance industries, she is now working in the legal industry as McCann FitzGerald’s first dedicated Information Security Officer.  Using her wealth of security and risk experience, Nicola and her team are responsible for designing, delivering and implementing the information security and risk programme and projects. Nicola currently chairs the Irish Information Security Forum (IISF) and is recognised as a keen contributor to the cyber security community.


Chris Mayers

Chief Security Architect, Citrix

Chris has worked in the software industry for over 30 years, and has been with Citrix since 1998. Previously he was a consultant with Digitivity/APM, specialising in security in distributed systems.  He is a member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals.


Gina Dollard

Head of Threat Intelligence at AIB

In her current role Gina has established and manages the threat intelligence and security incident response functions. The Threat Intelligence Team provides: actionable intelligence to highlight cyber risk to the business; performs incident response and forensic investigations; and engages in intelligence sharing within national and international partners. In her previous role at the National Cyber Security Centre, Ms. Dollard was a member of the CSIRT-IE team, participating in national and international cyber exercises, contributing to national policy, as well as acting as Cyber Attaché for discussion on EU cyber policy.

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Douglas Brown

Global Technology Evangelist at IGEL Technology

Douglas Brown is the Global Technology Evangelist at IGEL Technology and the Founder of DABCC. Doug has more than 20 years of experience in virtualization, cloud, and end-user computing technologies and markets. At DABCC, Mr. Brown worked with hundreds of companies assisting in their marketing and as a technical advisor. Douglas is a sought-after speaker and has spoken at many leading industry events, such as Citrix Synergy and VMworld. He has been writing about end-user computing technologies for almost two decades.


Matt Lutkin

Security Assurance Manager, The Data Security Centre, NHS Digital

Matt is the Security Assurance Manager at NHS Digital, the arms-length body of the UK Department of Health. It is the national provider of information, data and IT systems for commissioners, analysts and clinicians in health and social care. NHS Digital ensures that NHS organisations meet information and security standards.

David Blunkett

Former UK Government Home Secretary, Writer and International Speaker

As Home Secretary at the time of 9/11, David served through the most testing times. Since leaving the front bench David has continued to inform policy-making on social mobility, affordable credit and cyber security. David was the un-paid chair of the International Cyber Security Projection Alliance until 2016 and now is the honorary chair of the Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd (promoting the Cyber Highway). As well as giving an insider’s view on the political landscape, David talks with authority on managing change, social responsibility and the benefits of diversity. His own story is one of overcoming considerable adversity.


Tony Sales

Dubbed Britain's Greatest Fraudster he is now a fraud and loss prevention advisor

Tony Sales is probably the only man in the world to have ever worked at both the summit of organised crime and the pinnacle of fraud and loss prevention. Dubbed “Britain’s Greatest Fraudster” by the British media, clearly anyone with such a unique skill set is intrinsically valuable to almost any major organisation… And Sales now advises some of the biggest businesses on their fraud and loss prevention strategies. The key thing about Sales’ work is that it is not just theoretical or academic. He is engaged by a business, given no special treatment or information, but then has the knack of breaking their systems and robbing them blind… with their “permission” of course.

Professor Barry O'Sullivan

Professor at UCC & Founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics

Barry is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork. He is a founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, one of the world’s largest centres focused on data analytics with almost 500 researchers and staff. Professor O’Sullivan also serves as Deputy President of the European Artificial Intelligence Association, the world’s largest AI association with over 4500 members. He was elected a Fellow of the association in 2012, an honour recognising the top 3% of its members. He is the only Irish scientist to give an invited keynote at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in the US.

Maya Horowitz

Head of the Threat Intelligence Group, Check Point Software Technologies

Maya Horowitz is head of the Threat Intelligence group at Check Point Software Technologies. In the last 3 years she has been leading Check Point’s threat analysis and intelligence operations, including the global hunting of new malware and campaigns, and the tailored intelligence services for customers. Prior to Check Point, Maya had served for 10 years as officer an elite intelligence unit of the Israel Defence Forces. Maya has a master’s degree in psychology and biology from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.


Misha Glenny

Award-winning writer, broadcaster and author of the book McMafia, The Globalisation Of Organised Crime

Misha Glenny is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and sought after keynote speaker. His best-selling book, McMafia, about the globalisation of organised crime is currently being filmed in London and will be broadcast as a major dramas series by the BBC and AMC in January of next year. Misha’s most recent book, Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, the biography of the main who ran the largest favela in Rio for five years as head of the cocaine cartel, is also in production as a Hollywood feature film. Like these two works, Misha’s book on cybercrime, DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia, is based primarily on interviews with people activity engaged in criminal activity. Misha interviewed criminal hackers and intelligence agents in some 20 countries to map the development of cyber malfeasance in the first 12 years of this century. Like all his books, DarkMarket was shortlisted for several prizes.


Brendan Dowling

Founder & CEO, Consumer Data Protection

Brendan Dowling is the Founder and CEO of Consumer Data Protection, the world’s first Consumer Data Protection (CDP) cloud technology, that allows Consumers take control of their personal data and relationships with Enterprise, while allowing Enterprise to freely engage with Consumers, across various communications channels, while being compliant with the latest Data Protection legislation (GDPR)


Oleh Derevianko

Head of the Board, ISSP - Information Systems Security Partners

Oleh Derevianko is a business and social entrepreneur. He is a Co-founder and Head of the Board of ISSP – Information Systems Security Partners – private international cybersecurity company, founded in Ukraine in 2008, and currently operating in 7 countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Middle Asia. Having strong presence in the countries at the frontline of cyber and hybrid war such as Ukraine and serving both private and public sectors ISSP provides unique expertise for APT attacks analysis, detection and response.


Linda Hynes

Head of Employment & Data Protection – Leman Solicitors

Linda is a Data Protection specialist and employment lawyer heading up the Employment Law & Data Protection team in Leman Solicitors. Linda is an ambassador for the GDPR Awareness Coalition. Linda advises on all data protection and employment law matters. Linda trained with Landwell Solicitors (correspondent law firm to PwC) in Dublin.


Bertram Dorn

Specialised Solution Architect Amazon Web Services (AWS), Security and Compliance

Bertram Dorn is a Solution Architect specialising in security and compliance and also covers networking and database topics. In his role Bertram helps customers and partners of all sizes in architecting resources on AWS for their security and compliance needs. Prior to joining AWS, Bertram worked for more than 20 years in various deep technical roles in the high tech industry with a focus on security, networking storage and database technologies. Also Bertram has been working in very demanding IT environments in removing challenges, in the areas of performance, security and availability.


Ed Ronayne

Chief Technology Officer at Strencom

As CTO of Strencom, Ed leads Strencom’s long-term technology vision and is responsible for managing the Strencom infrastructure, from initial design through to implementation. Ed joinedStrencom in 2002 as IT Manager. Since then, both the company and the IT landscape has grown significantly and it's this first-hand experience of being part of a growing business that gives Ed that extra insight when dealing with Strencom customers on business transformation projects. He recognises the IT challenges and opportunities that companies are facing and uses that knowledge to steer them in the right direction.

David Cahill

Security Strategy & Architecture Manager for AIB & Chairman of the Irish Information Security Forum (CISSP, CISA, CISM, CCSK, SCF

Having 12 years Information Security experience within the Irish financial services space, David Cahill is now Security Strategy and Architecture Manager for AIB. In recent months David has been heavily involved in the security architecture & security policy requirements for a number enterprise projects including: Cloud services adoption, Advanced Malware protection, Anti DDoS and PSD2 (tooling) deployments across the AIB Group.

Aoife Sexton

Co-founder Director Frontier Privacy

Aoife is Co-Founder and Director at Frontier Privacy. As a Solicitor, she is also Principal at the law firm, Tech Law Services. Frontier Privacy is an innovative consultancy offering a full range of data protection services, assisting companies to become compliant with existing data protection laws as well as the upcoming GDPR. Aoife is certified CIPP/E by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as well as a Certified Data Protection Practitioner (PDP). She is a regular lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland on data protection and technology law and a regular conference speaker.

Ian Porteous

SE Manager at Check Point Software Technologies UK

Ian has over 12 years of in-depth security industry experience. He heads up Check Point’s team of skilled Security Engineers, who consult and support senior IT staff and their teams within end-user organisations, helping to create security strategies that solve business-impacting problems. Prior to joining Check Point in 2007, Ian worked in the IT security channel, designing and implementing customers’ security solutions.


Nigel Tozer

Solutions Marketing Director EMEA at Commvault

Nigel is the Solutions Marketing Director for EMEA and a press spokesperson for the region, with over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry with the past 20 years entirely focused on data & information management. He has a wealth of knowledge on data related enterprise software, advising partners and customers on data value and best practice, and in recent years has devoted much of his time to cloud and other business-transforming technologies. Nigel is a regular speaker at industry events and frequently writes for the press.

Jenny Radcliffe

aka “The People Hacker”. expert in Social Engineering (the human element of security), negotiations, non-verbal communication and deception

Jenny Radcliffe – aka “The People Hacker” – is a force to be reckoned with. She can diffuse a crisis situation, talk her way into a secure building and spot a psychopath at a hundred paces. She has been called a mind reader and a ‘human lie detector’, and likened to a Jedi Knight. In reality, she is an expert in Social Engineering (the human element of security), negotiations, non-verbal communication and deception, using her skills to help clients from corporations and law enforcement, to poker players, politicians and the security industry protect themselves from malicious social engineering attacks.

Andy Waterhouse

EMEA Pre-Sales Director, RSA Security

Andy Waterhouse is the EMEA Presales Director for RSA Security, responsible for running a team of security professionals across EMEA that deliver a trusted digital world for RSA’s customers using Business-Driven Security. This includes driving RSA NetWitness Suite for security threat detection and response, RSA Archer Suite for GRC, RSA SecurID Suite identity and access management solutions and RSA Fraud and Risk Intelligence Suite.

Nick Lowe

Regional Director for UK and Ireland at Check Point Software Technologies.

Nick leads Check Point’s sales, presales and partner teams to help customers secure their networks and data against all types of external and internal threats. Nick is a seasoned cybersecurity industry professional and was with Check Point for eight years from 2003 to 2011, latterly as Head of Western Europe Sales. After leaving Check Point he was VP of Sales and general manager, EMEA for workplace virtualization vendor AppSense, where he was responsible for all go-to-market activities across EMEA and APAC up to the company’s acquisition by LANDesk. Most recently he was CEO of UK security start-up Silicon:SAFE, which developed a unique solution for secure storage of usernames and passwords. With over 20 years of IT sector experience, Nick has led some of the fastest-growing organisations in the market, and overseen revenue growth at these companies from single digit millions to hundreds of millions.


James Lyne

Cyber Security Expert & Global Head of Security Research at Sophos

James Lyne is a self-professed 'massive geek' and has technical expertise spanning a variety of the security domains from forensics to offensive security. James has worked with many organisations on security strategy, handled a number of severe incidents and is a frequent industry advisor. He is a certified instructor at the SANS institute and often a headline presenter at industry conferences. As a spokesperson for the industry, he is passionate about talent development, regularly participating in initiatives to identify and develop new talent for the industry.

Ondrej Krehel

Digital Forensics Lead, CEO and Founder, LIFARS

Ondrej Krehel is the founder and CEO of LIFARS, an elite cybersecurity intelligence, digital forensics, and incident response firm based in the New York City. Ondrej has spent his career helping enterprises and individuals secure their information. A frequent author of security-related articles, his work has received attention from CNN, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Ondrej is also a frequent speaker at industry events like the RSA, CEIC, QuBit, RIMS, HTCIA, and ICT South Africa conferences.


Daniel B. Garrie

Leading cyber security, e-discovery & forensics Expert

Daniel B. Garrie is a recognised leader and scholar in cyber security, e-discovery and forensics. He is paving the way when it comes to 2016’s most pressing legal issues surrounding technology and has recently been appointed as professor of Information Governance and Data Law at Cardozo Law School and professor of Cyber Security Law and Rutgers Law School. He has testified as an e-discovery, cyber security and computer forensic expert witness and served as a forensic neutral in arbitrations in many State and Federal Courts and has authored expert reports in disputes involving millions, if not billions of dollars.

Dr Ciarán Mc Mahon

Director of the Institute of Cyber Security

Dr Ciarán Mc Mahon is a director of the Institute of Cyber Security and award-winning academic psychologist. He holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Psychology, both from University College Dublin. Ciaran has authored peer-reviewed papers on the popularity of social media, the cyberpsychology of online organised crime, and digital wellness. He has been an invited speaker for political conventions, health service committees, information security events, police force workshops, as well academic conferences.