Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
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About this Conference

Transforming public services through increased and better use of computing, technology and digitalisation has become an important ambition for many public organisations in recent years.

Whether it be clicking on a phishing email, having poor passwords or using unapproved applications to store and send files, employees are an organisation's most vulnerable entry point into the network.

The pandemic accelerated the need for public services to be digitalised and for organisations to become digitally literate, revealing numerous challenges to achieving digital transformation. Now is the time to work collaboratively to improve ICT performance.

This conference will look at the latest policies and guidance on using digital, technology and computing to improve public sector services.

A word from our conference chairperson


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks 

The Importance of Data Protection inInformation Governance.

Kate Colleary, Director and Founder, Pembroke Privacy

Improving Cyber Security and Data Protection in Public Sector Organisations

Speaker: Angela Madden, Managing Director, Rits Information Security

  • Outlining the latest data on cyber threats and attacks within the public sector.
  • Sharing tools and resources to help prepare for and respond to cyber-attacks.
  • Policies for assessing cyber security protocols and implementing a robust cyber strategy to deter attacks.
  • Building cyber-resilience through preventative approaches: advice for securing devices, clouds and data.

We are the problem! Imbedding Best Practices to Minimize Human Error

Speaker: Liam Lynch, L2 Cyber Security Solutions

  • What factors are influencing people to comply (or not) with best practices?
  • Promoting positive behavioural change
  • It’s not the IT guys problem, its an organisational problem.
  • Imbedding an organisation-wide culture of cyber awareness through effective leadership and training.

Legal Obligations in Cybersecurity- For Public Sector Bodies

Speaker: TJ McIntyre, Associate Professor, UCD SutherlandSchool of Law

  • The NIS (Network and Information Security) Directive - existing obligations for public sector bodies.
  • The new NIS2 (Network and Information Security) Directive - how it brings additional public sector bodies into its scope, and the changes those bodies will need to make over the next 18 months to ensure compliance.
  • Incident response - what you need to know about your legal duties to notify the Data Protection Commission, An Garda Síochána, the national Computer Security Incident Response Team and affected individuals in the case of a cyberattack.

What’s your Master Plan? – Incident Response Management

Speaker: Gerard Joyce, CTO CalQRisk

  • Does your organisation have a basic response plan?
  • Forming an incident response team.
  • Checklist in the event of a breach.
  • Training non-IT staff how to handle and report an incident.
  • Designing, building and maintaining your response capabilities

Remote Working – An Organisations Newest Challenge

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Treacy, Director of Information Systems for Business Performance at UCC

  • How does remote work impact cybersecurity?
  • Most common remote working cybersecurity risks
  • Best practices for remote working cybersecurity
  • Implement basic security controls.
  • Review existing threat detection and incident response programs.
  • Implement and advance a zero-trust framework.

Cybersecurity Isn't Just a Tech Problem, It's Also HRs Problem.

Speaker: Brian Honan, CEO & PrincipalConsultant, BH Consulting

  • Policymaking
  • The application process.
  • Onboarding and Training
  • What happens when an employee leaves?
  • Organisational Culture

Case Study – HSE Attack

Speaker: Jonathan Hope, Cybersecurity Evangelist at Sophos

Who Should Attend?

This conference is aimed at all public sector staff, if you use a computer, it’s for you!


Kate Colleary
Director of Pembroke Privacy, Country Leader of IAPP
Angela Madden
Managing Director, Rits Information Security
Liam Lynch
L2 Cyber Security Solutions
TJ McIntyre
Lecturer, UCD, Chair Digital Rights Ireland
Gerard Joyce
Dr. Stephen Treacy
Director of Information Systems for Business Performance at UCC
Jonathan Hope
Cybersecurity Evangelist at Sophos
Brian Honan
CEO & Principal Consultant, BH Consulting


Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.