Public Sector Cyber Security Northern Ireland 2022

In association with:

NI Cyber Centre

Holyrood Connect welcomed the in-person return of its popular Public Sector Cyber Security Northern Ireland conference. The 4th annual Cyber Security Northern Ireland conference once again acted as the premier event for public sector cyber security professionals in Northern Ireland.

Our 2022 conference examined the major cyber issues for Northern Ireland’s public sector as it shifts to a new normal in terms of working post-pandemic. The sessions examined the future of cyber security by delving into discussions on the growing threat of ransomware and necessity of incident response preparation, the next generation of the workforce including the role of neurodiversity and skills development in youth, and innovative security solutions in the form of artificial intelligence and machine learning. These panel sessions provided delegates the chance to hear sector thought leaders discuss vital topics at the heart of the current cyber security landscape.

Cyber Security Northern Ireland is free to watch on-demand.

Holyrood Connect 

Holyrood Connect publish leading Public Sector ICT news in Scotland and host renowned Public Sector Tech events & conferences. You can view all of Holyrood Connect’s upcoming events here.

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Nikki Kean
Northern Ireland Civil Service
Michael Gould
Michael Gould
People Development International LTD
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Tony Hughes
ISACA, Ireland Chapter
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Mike Caiger
Ollie Sheridan
Ian Lowe
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Jon Hope
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James Noakes
Belfast City Innovation Office
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Rachel Heron
BT Security
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David Crozier
CSIT & ECIT at Queen's University Belfast
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Dr Paul Miller
Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)
Prof. Kevin Curran
Ulster University
Sam Kinkaid
Police Service of Northern Ireland
Joe Dolan
Northern Ireland Cyber Security Centre (NICSC)
Orlando Scott-Cowley
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The past two years have challenged how society runs and highlighted the ever-increasing important of digital technologies in our daily lives. This shift to digital brings an added need for security and resilience, and in order to achieve these feats a practice of collaboration amongst sectors must be developed. This opening session will focus on the current landscape of cyber security in Northern Ireland’s public sector and unpack the urgency,  challenges, and future approach to cultivating an ecosystem of collaboration.

Over the past 2 years, our lives have been upended, presenting both challenges and opportunities. The global shift to anytime, anywhere, any device way of working has transformed how we live and operate. And with malicious attacks happening every 14 seconds on average, the challenge for IT is finding a way to support and secure today’s dynamic workforce.

Join Ian Lowe, EMEA Solutions Marketing Director at Okta to:

- Find out how to strengthen your security posture 

- Learn about the challenges we are facing when it comes to securing a dynamic workforce

- Deep dive into current Public Sector case studies on how to reduce IT friction in identity across four pillars:

- Experience

- Security and Resilience (A Zero Trust approach)

- Compliance

- Modernisation of IT


Ransomware continues to evolve, bringing disruption, data loss, and weeks to months of clean up. Prevention is not enough and organizations are aware data protection needs an upgrade. Join this live presentation to understand how your organisation can eliminate the consequences of ransomware using Continuous Data Protection to: 

• Resume operations at scale, in minutes

• Recover to a state, seconds before an attack

• De-risk your recovery with instant, non-disruptive testing


Whatever type of business you’ve built or whatever size it may be, there are cyber attackers who want to break in and benefit from your success. In today’s hyperconnected world, cyber resilience is no longer optional but a requirement. Learn how Bitdefender has built our cybersecurity platform and managed services to help your business become more cyber resilient – no matter your industry or size.

Join Ollie SHERIDAN, Bitdefender’s Senior Solutions Engineer to learn how Bitdefender GravityZone security layers help Managed Service Providers be effective and efficient in preventing, detecting and responding to advanced threats.

The last year has seen a handful of major public sector organisations face sophisticated ransomware attacks, including Ireland’s Health Service Executive and Northern Ireland’s Civil Service. This worrying trend demonstrates the need for strong, organisation-wide cyber security readiness across the sector.  This session will consist of a panel discussion between experts examining the current cyber threat landscape, discussing best practices for preparedness to avoid attacks and resilience post-attack so that delivery of services can be maintained, and the future of security solutions. The session will highlight the importance of resources available to organisations that can be utilised, as well as the community aspect when facing cyber security threats.

This session will explore the evolving cyber security workforce within Northern Ireland and examine how both the public and private sector are forward-looking and actively helping to develop the next generation of workers. Experts will engage in a panel discussion looking at different aspects such as the growing number of females in a heavily male-dominated field, the effort to engage with the younger generation about the industry and skills development, and the untapped potential of neurodivergent individuals within cyber security.

In the final session of Public Sector Cyber Security Northern Ireland 2022, we will welcome back a selection of thought leaders from the day’s sessions, who will take what has been discussed throughout the event thus far and look towards the future to provide insight on how Northern Ireland can harness the element of collaboration to improve cyber security across the sector.

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