FBI agent to speak at Cork conference on cybersecurity

FBI agent to speak at Cork conference on cybersecurity
Raluca Saceanu and Ronan Murphy of Smarttech247, the organisers of FutureSec conference which will see global cybersecurity figures including the FBI attend the event at Cork Opera House on September 24. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan

A cybersecurity expert for the FBI will be amongst the speakers at a conference in Cork next month.

FutureSec 2019 will bring together experts from across the globe to discuss the challenges posed by cybercriminals. 

Efrene Sakilayan has been a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2005. 

He will speak at the Cork Opera House on September 24.

As cyber attacks grow increasingly sophisticated each year and regulations are changing, the event will hear how companies need to anticipate developments and stay ahead of the curve. 

Others contributing at FutureSec are IBM Vice President Koos Lodewijkx and Dr Michael Connolly of the Ireland East Hospital Group.

The conference will include a series of keynote presentations, panel discussions and briefings held by cybersecurity practitioners. 

The organisers will also conduct a live hacking simulation on stage to show how easy it is for attackers to steal data over public WiFi. 

FutureSec 2019 will be the first cybersecurity conference to be ever held in Cork.

Raluca Saceanu, organiser of FutureSec 2019 says “Companies can no longer claim they are ignorant to the size and scale of the threat. Every second, of every minute, of every hour, there are attacks on IT infrastructure with the specific intent of disrupting business and stealing data.

 FutureSec 2019 brings together law enforcement and cybersecurity leaders from around the world to discuss that risk, and how companies can best prepare for it. We are particularly looking forward to hearing from Special Agent Sakilayan, whose work with the FBI will provide an invaluable insight into the minds of both cybercriminals, and those tasked with stopping them.” The event will also hear from Cork based “White Hat hacker” Edi Skraba from Smarttech247. A “White Hat hacker” is an ethical computer hacker who helps test the preparedness of IT systems while helping to identify threats as they arise.

Tickets for FutureSec 2019 are available from futuresec.ie

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