Ireland facing a significant cyber threat, as it gears up for CERT conference this week

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Irish businesses are facing an ever-increasing level of cyber crime, based on the security incidents reported to the computer emergency readiness team (CERT) so far this year.

Irish businesses are facing an ever-increasing level of cyber crime, based on the security incidents reported to the computer emergency readiness team (CERT) so far this year.

 

Brian Honan head of IRISSCERT, said: “This year has seen a significant change in the threat landscape for Irish businesses. We still have the traditional threats of computer virus infections, security breaches, website defacements and hijacking to host malware or phishing sites.

 

“However, this year we are seeing a trend in the use of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks against organisations. Some of these attacks can be attributed to hacktivist activity, but for others the motive is not so clear and could be criminal elements looking to extort businesses. We also see an increase in reports of companies' systems been subjected to ransomware, which in some cases has seen demands for up to €3,000.”

 

IRISSCERT will hold its fourth annual cyber crime conference on Thursday 22nd of November at the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin, which will highlight key trends and issues that businesses in Ireland should be aware of. One is the shortage of computer security skills is another theme that is common at this year's conference.

 

“There is a shortage of skilled people in this area. Our annual conference has become the premier computer security event in Ireland and attracts many people in the industry. This coupled with our Cyber Security Challenge means that the conference is an ideal location for some of our sponsors, such as Amazon, to try to recruit skilled computer security experts,” he said.

 

Speakers this year include Marcus Ranum, CTO of Tenable Security, Rik Ferguson - director security research and communication EMEA at Trend Micro and Neira Jones, head of payment security at Barclaycard and winner of SC Magazine's Information Security Person of the year for 2012.

 

Local speakers will include: Gavin O'Gorman, senior threat intelligence analyst at Symantec, Eoin Keary, CTO at BCC Risk Advisory and Mark Hillick, senior engineer at KybEire.

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