Cyber Security is a People Business

24th January 2020

Posted In: FYI

The Dublin branch of Network Ireland put cyber security front and centre at their first event of 2020 held earlier this week. Over 100 people attended a discussion entitled ‘Cyber Security & You’ at AIB’s Molesworth Street offices in the city centre.

The group was delighted to be joined by AIB’s Chief Information and Security IT Risk Officer, Nicola O’Connor, who delivered an insightful keynote speech. Nicola told the group she was very happy to speak on the topic: “Cyber Security is an ever-growing concern for all businesses and one that we take very seriously at AIB. What many people don’t understand about Cyber Security is that it is a people business and is as much about engaging people on the topic as it is about protecting them. It is vital that employees at every level understand that they play a role in protecting the organisation in which they work”.

The audience also heard an expert panel discussion with Philipa Jane Farley of ProPrivacy Compliance Solutions, who was also representing Network Ireland, and Pat Moran from PWC, which was hosted by AIB’s Cyber Security Practice Manager, Yousef Hazimee. President of the Network Ireland Dublin branch Vivienne Reilly said: “We’re delighted to have our first event with our national partners AIB. Cyber security is of utmost importance in the current climate and we want to ensure we continue hosting events that are relevant to our members and their businesses”.

The focus on cyber security is especially appropriate, as it comes just a few weeks after the government published the new National Cyber Security Strategy. The wide ranging plan deals with national security issues and also discusses how citizens and businesses can be educated about protecting themselves against cyber attacks and fraud.

Pictured (l-r): Vivienne Reilly, President of Network Ireland’s Dublin Branch and Nicola O’Connor, AIB’s Chief Information Security and IT Officer. Photo: Conor Healy/SON Photographic.