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Minister Denis Naughten to Address EU Security Directive at (ISC)2 Security Congress EMEA

Leading cybersecurity event to feature experts from Europol, Allied Irish Banks, E.ON, Swisscom, UN and more

Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 21, 2016 – (ISC)²®, the world’s largest association of over 115,000 certified information security professionals, has today announced that Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Dennis Naughten T.D., will join a prestigious speaker line-up for its 2016 Security Congress EMEA on 18-19th October at Croke Park Stadium, Dublin. 

Naughten will address delegates on the latest developments in Ireland’s National Cyber Security Strategy since its launch in 2015, including the requirement to transpose the European Union Security of Network and Information Systems Directive (2016/1148) into national law by May 2018. The digital economy is growing at 20 percent per year, and securing this sector is vital for the country’s long-term growth and nurturing its cloud computing and big data industries.

The event will feature keynotes from leading cybersecurity experts across every sphere of industry, from Richard Nealon, Manager of eDiscovery Services for Allied Irish Banks, Dr. Ciarán McMahon, Director, Institute of Cyber Security (Ireland), to Dr. TJ McIntyre, Chair of Digital Rights Ireland, and Brian Honan, a Special Advisor to Europe’s crime agency Interpol Cyber Crime Centre in Ireland, and Viktor Polic, from the Chief Information Office of the UN’s International Labour Organisation

Organised in partnership with MIS TrainingInstitute, the Congress will feature three intensive days of deep-dive workshops, interactive think-tanks, panel debates and over 40 speakers discussing current events from the use of robots in security to the need for a new ‘creative commons for privacy’.  

Denis Naughten T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment said: “At a time when we are building capacity on cyber security to help industries bolster their cyber defences, I am pleased to support the (ISC)2 community in bringing together professionals across every tier of industry, here and across EMEA, to align international efforts against the cyber threats we face. Online threats are not confined to one industry or country, so we can no longer work in isolation but must share knowledge and expertise across sectors.”

Other confirmed keynotes speakers include:  


  • Ade McCormack, Digital Strategist, and Financial Times columnist
  • Barrie Millet, Head of HSSE & Resilience, E.ON U.K.
  • Dr. Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin 
  • Dr. Nick Hawes, Reader in Autonomous Intelligent Robotics, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham (U.K.)
  • Mark Carolan, Head of Research and Development, Espion
  • Conference sessions will cover current issues including governance, risk, compliance & privacy with a focus on upcoming legislation, new types of cybersecurity attacks, threat groups, mobile security, incident response, new technologies and trends, and mobile security.


It will also feature deep-dive workshops, think-tanks and interactive panels and networking events which will deliver one-of-a-kind professional development opportunities for attendees.

Adrian Davis, Managing Director EMEA, (ISC)2, said: “Bringing together the largest network of working professionals in EMEA, this Security Congress will enable attendees to draw on a pool of front-line experiences and cybersecurity best practice from every sphere of society. It is also a great opportunity for professional development, with a range of speakers who are leaders in their fields sharing some of their world-leading expertise with the audience. Our vision is to create a safe and secure society and that can only be achieved by professionals from every walk of life, working together.”

The full agenda can be found here.

About (ISC)²: (ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, (ISC)² offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 115,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation - The Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM. Follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook.

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