Press release

Grow in Cork: Ground-Breaking Nationwide Cybersecurity Cluster Launches in Cork, Ireland

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The Project aims to put Ireland on the map globally as an
interconnected, top-flight hub for cybersecurity talent and expertise.
With the support of Ireland’s foreign direct investment agency IDA
Ireland, Cork Institute of Technology one of the country’s top ranked
education facilities and a multitude of industry experts, the initiative
is the very first of its kind ever seen on the island.

Dr Eoin Byrne, Cyber Ireland Cluster Manager remarked; ‘Cyber
Ireland was created with the aim of strengthening the influence and
reach of the industrial, academic and government networks and programmes
which already exist in the Cyber Security sector across Ireland’

The launch will be held in the south-west of Ireland in Cork. Speakers
include Minister David Stanton, Minister for Equality, Immigration and
Integration in the Irish Government, representatives from IDA Ireland,
Dr Richard Browne of National Cyber Security Centre, IBM’s Carmel
Somers, Joanne O’Connor from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Pat Larkin of
Ward Solutions and Jacky Fox of Deloitte.

The national cluster was born from a business forum so the roll-out of
the calendar of events is by the industry, for the industry. The
Cybersecurity sector in Ireland is growing at a rapid pace, with the
country quickly garnering an international reputation as the place for
cyber and tech companies from start-ups, SMEs and multi-nationals to do
business. With one of the highest numbers of Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduate enrolments in the EU-28 and
already home to software giants such as Microsoft, Intel and Google,
Cyber Ireland will enhance the future of Cybersecurity in Ireland.

Cyber Ireland Hosted in Cork – A Leading Hub for Global Cybersecurity

Cork has become a globally recognised cybersecurity hub; the home to
Cyber companies from disruptive start-ups to internationally known
brands such as McAfee, IBM and Trend Micro. Over 1000 skilled
professionals currently work in the Cybersecurity sector in Cork, and
there are over 10,000+ tech graduates from University College Cork and
Cork Institute of Technology.

Byrne further explained; ‘We are very excited about the future
for Cyber Ireland and the impact it will have on bringing together
innovative knowledge from across the island. With such a rapidly growing
Cyber Security industry flourishing in Cork, it was the perfect place to
launch the initiative’

Chair of Grow in Cork, Mr James Fogarty said; “We are very proud that
Cork is the host location for this important national programme. Cork’s
highly skilled talent pool is core to the region’s success. That is why
our higher education institutions are leading the way in this sector,
with the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) hosting cutting-edge
cybersecurity systems research, while the University College Cork (UCC)
collaborates with international companies on security projects.
to that, the growing number of cyber security companies already based
here, we are cementing our position as the Cyber Security capital of

The Official Launch event will commence the wider Cyber Ireland
strategy, vision and mission for the next two years and launch cluster
membership for both firms and organisations.


Notes to Editors

Grow in Cork is an economic platform which aims to promote Cork, Ireland
globally as a place to do business through inward investment into the
location. Grow in Cork has been developed by Cork City and Cork County
Councils in partnership with a range of private and public sector

Cyber Ireland is a national cybersecurity cluster, funded by IDA Ireland
and hosted in Cork Institute of Technology. It is a first of its kind
state agency initiative which aims to connect industry, academia and
government to support the growing industry across Ireland to the world.

Cyber Ireland Official Launch will be at Vertigo at Cork County Hall
(capacity 150 seating & 180 standing) from 2.50pm to 4.15pm on 20th
May 2019.

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