I blogged earlier this year about how happy I was to see conferences such as Epicenter embracing information security and how great it was to see Ireland’s first dedicated application security conference, now I have even more good news for the Information Security community in Ireland!
The Irish national CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team) will be holding its first annual conference on the 19th of November 2009 at the D4 Berkley Court hotel. This all day conference will focus on the current cyber threats facing businesses in Ireland and what you can do to help deal with those threats.
Experts on various aspects of cyber crime and cyber security will share their thoughts and experiences with you while a number of panel sessions will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the issues that matter to you most. There will be a number of expert speakers on cyber crime including representatives from;
- The Irish Reporting and Information Security Service
- An Garda Siochana,
- The Data Protection Commissioner’s Office
- The European Network and Information Security Agency
- OWASP (The Open Web Application Security Project).
- The SANS Institute
The conference is free for anyone to attend which is always good! The only thing better than good security conferences is a good free security conference. The contact I have had with IRISS over the past year has been very pleasant and with people like Brian Honan and Mark Hillick from IRISS behind this conference I have no doubt it will be a complete success.
The conference will see Ireland’s first CTF (Capture The Flag) event called HackEire which I’m excited to see. I love CTF’s and watched in awe at the skill of the teams participating in the DEFCON CTF earlier this year so it is great for the Irish Information Security community to have such an event to participate in here in Dublin.
The HackEire event is free to enter and I would encourage everyone to enter, this is the kind of event where just taking part can help you learn how to secure your own systems and how attackers might try and break into them. You can find more information about HackEire here.
For those of you attending the conference have fun and good luck to anyone entering the CTF!