An initiative to establish a national cyber security cluster in Ireland has been announced today. Facilitated by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), the national cluster will be called Cyber Ireland and is supported by IDA Ireland.
The initiative aims to provide a collective voice to represent the needs of the cyber security sector across the country and will address key challenges including: skills needs, research and the development of a national community which connects industry, academia and government.
Cyber Ireland is also supported by a number of leading cyber security and technology firms in Ireland, who called for the establishment of a cluster to represent industry needs and address key challenges, including Johnson Controls International, Dell EMC, IBM, McAfee, McKesson and Trend Micro.
From the 18th to 20th of February 2019, CIT there will be a series of cluster initiation workshops organised in Cork, Dublin and Galway, which will provide industry and higher education institutes with an opportunity to learn about Cyber Ireland and its benefits and value to cluster members. The objective of these workshops is to develop a robust collaborative mandate that will strengthen Ireland’s cyber security ecosystem.
Speaking this week, Minister Heather Humphreys TD, Department for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation said, "The announcement of Cyber Ireland and the development of a national cyber security cluster is a significant step forward for the industry in Ireland. This exciting new initiative brings together key stakeholders from both industry and academia and will provide a clear platform for the industry to address key challenges. The cluster will help to build on our existing strengths in the technology sector and enable Ireland to become a global leader in cybersecurity research, development and training."