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Digital West 

2022 Theme- Cybersecurity & Trust

Dynamic FREE online event, hosted by Atlantic Technological University, Mayo (ATU Mayo) and ATU iHub, in partnership with the Mayo Local Enterprise Office (LEO).

The theme for 2022 is "Cybersecurity and Trust".

“Data is the pollution problem of the information age, and protecting privacy is the environmental challenge." ― Bruce Schneier.

Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Castlebar Town reaches Final for Digital Education Category

We are delighted to announce that Castlebar Town has been shortlisted in the Digital Education category of the .IE Digital Town Awards for the Digital West Conference (@digitalwestbiz). This category is for digital projects in the areas of education, training and development at all levels in the town.We are delighted to announce that Castlebar has been shortlisted in the Digital Education category of the .IE Digital Town Awards for the Digital West Conference (@digitalwestbiz). This category is for digital projects in the areas of education, training and development at all levels in the town.   

Many thanks to our category sponsors Western Development Commission, Connected Hubs, Vodafone Business and AIB Merchant Services for their continued support.Many thanks to our category sponsors Western Development Commission, Connected Hubs, Vodafone Business and AIB Merchant Services for their continued support.

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As the digital media landscape rapidly evolves with the introduction of new technologies such as AI, analytics, automation and a movement towards high definition video communication, companies are finding it increasingly hard to attract and maintain talent.

This is the fifth year of this event in the West and it is just one in a number of initiatives planned as part of the creation and rollout of a digital strategy in the West.

The first phase of the National Digital Strategy, 2013  focused on digital engagement and how Ireland can benefit from a digitally engaged society. It set out a clear vision and a number of practical actions to help increase the number of citizens and businesses engaging online through industry and enterprise, citizen training, schools and education.  The government is now developing a new National Digital Strategy. This is in response to technological change over the past six years, and any opportunities or challenges it presents.  The changes related to the pandemic in 2020 have rapidly accelerated this digital transformation which has affected virtually all aspects of society.

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MC  – Andrea Manning
CEO & Founder CyberPie 

Digital West 2022 – Speakers

Dr. Orla Flynn

President at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Dr Orla Flynn is President of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology since March 2020, having been Vice President for External Affairs at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) for the previous six years. Since joining GMIT Dr Flynn has led the institute to its achievement of the Athena SWAN bronze award and its forthcoming designation, along with partners in IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT, as the Atlantic Technological University.

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Eamonn Larkin

Program Director of Devops at IBM and chair itag cyber forum

Program Director responsible for the rollout of the IBM CloudPak for Security next generation platform as a SaaS offering. Growing a cross-geo team to build, operationalise and support our offering with a modern Devops approach. Chair of the ITAG Cyber Forum and Cyber Ireland Western Chapter advocating for and promoting the Cyber industry in the West of Ireland region.

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Eoin Byrne

Cluster Manager at Cyber Ireland, PhD Economic Geography

Cluster Manager at Cyber Ireland. Cyber Ireland is an initiative to establish a national cyber security cluster in Ireland, facilitated by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), and supported by IDA Ireland. It provides a collective voice to represent the needs of the cyber security sector across the country and addresses key challenges including: skills needs, research and the development of a national community which connects industry, academia and government.

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Aoife Long

Cyber Skills Education and Public Engagement Manager at Munster Technological University

Aoife Long is the Education & Public Engagement Manager at the Cyber Skills project, based in MTU. She was the project manager for the Cyber Security Academy in 2021.
She recently defended her PhD in Energy Engineering, and throughout her PhD she led a number of innovative science communication events and also promoted engineering as a career to secondary school students. She is now bringing that experience to the world of cyber security.

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Mathieu Gorge

 CEO at VigiTrust – Chairman of the VigiTrust Global Advisory Board 

Mathieu Gorge is the CEO and Founder of VigiTrust, providing Integrated Risk Management (IRM) SaaS solutions to clients in 120 countries across various industries.
He is a Featured Forbesbooks author (The Cyber Elephant in the Boardroom, 2020), innovator, and in-demand speaker. Mathieu is a multi-award winning CEO and an established authority on IT security, information governance and risk management, with more than 20 years international experience. In 2021, the French government awarded Mathieu the rank of Knight of the National Order of Merit (Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite).
He is in high demand as a speaker at international security conferences, such as RSA, ISSA and ISACA. Mathieu’s areas of expertise include PCI DSS, GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, VRM and ISO 27001. Mathieu has been involved in extensive security research and collaborative programs.
He regularly moderates and speaks at security events organized by ISACA, ISSA (Global Web Conference Committee). He has completed extended research work in the areas of risk assessment & management, payment card security (as part of Special Interest Groups of the PCI Council), secure printing, data storage & archiving.
Mathieu also served as the Chairman of Infosecurity Ireland and acted as an Official Reviewer for ANSI. He is the founder of the PCI DSS European Roadshow, running since 2011. Mathieu is also the Chairman of the VigiTrust Global Advisory Board, a non-commercial information security and risk management think tank for CxOs, researchers, law enforcement and security, compliance and risk management experts with 150+ international members.
Mathieu regularly writes for Computerweekly, TechTarget, Searchsecurity.com, ISACA, Searchstorage.com, Computer Fraud & Security, SC Magazine, ISSA Journal and is a contributor to many security and compliance blogs and newsletters.

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Seamus Dowling

Lecturer – GMIT
PhD in Engineering – Cybersecurity | Programme Chair Cybersecurity @ GMIT | Fulbright Scholar | LERO Member

Dr Seamus Dowling is programme chair and lecturer in cybersecurity at GMIT. He is a member of LERO and was awarded a Fulbright TechImpact scholarship to extend his existing cybersecurity research at the University of Texas, Dallas in summer 2022. His PhD in Engineering concentrated on using machine learning to improve the efficacy of Internet-of-Things security. Seamus has presented his work at international conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Prior to lecturing, we worked in the public and private sectors in IT administration and management roles.

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Paul Fitzpatrick

Computer Forensic Examiner An Garda Síochána

Detective Garda at the Garda National Cyber Crime Unit, working as a computer forensic examiner and cybercrime investigator. Paul is a Certified Computer Forensic Examiner by IACIS (The International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists) and is currently undertaking the MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation at UCD.

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Colm Healy

CEO at Corrata
Mobile Device Security 

Colm Healy is CEO of Corrata which he co-founded in 2016. Corrata provides a security solution for business smartphones and tablets which provides powerful protection against cyber threats without compromising user experience or privacy. Prior to founding Corrata Colm was co-founder and CEO of Xiam Technologies. Xiam pioneered the use of machine learning to improve smartphone user experience and was acquired by Qualcomm in 2008. Following the acquisition Colm led European sales and business development for Qualcomm’s software and services division. Colm is a qualified chartered accountant and spent his early career in professional services and finance.

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Louise O Sullivan

Security Services Manager at HEAnet

Louise is the ICT Security Services Manager at HEAnet; Ireland’s National Education and Research Network for the past four and a half years. She holds both a Degree and Masters from NUI, Galway and is a certified CISA auditor and Lead ISMS Implementer. Her background is primarily in IT Audit, Security consulting and Cyber Security working in companies including Deloitte, AON and PwC.

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Lei Shao

Security and Risk Advisor at HEAnet

Lei has a undergraduate degree from GMIT, and a Masters in Digital Investigation & Computing Forensics from UCD. She has 5 years’ experience in offensive security in IBM, currently working as a security advisor in HEAnet, focusing on penetration testing, vulnerability assessment and phishing campaigns.

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Rebecca Springett

Customer Support Team Lead
at TitanHQ

Rebecca is the Customer Support Team Lead with global network security specialists TitanHQ. Her role in the company is to manage the support team who troubleshoot technical issues, while providing strong customer service and communication. Her professional interests include research, problem solving and coding. Prior to starting with TitanHQ last year, Rebecca completed work placement as an IT technician at London based IT & project management training providers, Firebrand. She graduated from National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) in 2020 with an honour’s degree in Media Technology (Computer Science and Media Studies).

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Andrea Manning

CEO & Founder CyberPie | GDPR & CyberSecurity Training | Speaker | ITAG Cyber Forum | LEO Mentor | Cyber Ireland

Andrea Manning is an experienced and recognised cybersecurity and GDPR expert and speaker. Driven by her love of data, Andrea’s super power is her combination of a strategic marketing mindset coupled with an extensive technical background. As founder of Data Influence, and her new startup, CyberPie, her goals include helping SMEs, micro enterprises and startups protect their businesses and their customers through a simple, human-centric approach to cybersecurity and storytelling. Awarded Security Leader of the Year in the Women in IT Awards 2021, Andrea is also an active member of Cyber Ireland, lectures in cybersecurity at NUI Galway, a mentor and teacher on a number of cybersecurity initiatives and a committed, vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion. 

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