Celebrating a Decade of Cyber Security Excellence at Our Annual Conference 2023

Join us in celebrating ten years of excellence at this year’s paramount cyber security and infosec conference. With resilience as our central theme, we invite you to a transformative learning experience, equipping organisations with vital tools to protect their futures in an increasingly complex digital world.

This year’s event is not only a hub for gaining insights from industry-leading speakers but also an unparalleled opportunity for networking with professionals who share your focus on innovation and security. Set in an exquisite venue just minutes from the M50 (with free parking), we have crafted an environment that fosters professional growth, collaboration, and inspiration. Do not miss this chance to be part of a milestone in our history, where education and connection drive the future of IT security and risk management.

Our keynote speakers this year include:

  • Dr. Sinead Kane: a legally blind ultramarathon runner, lawyer, and two-time Guinness World Record holder, will speak about resilience, mindset, and teamwork.
  • Jon Hope, a renowned cyber security expert, will share his insights on the top threats to organisations today and how to avoid them. He will draw on his experience as a cyber evangelist and his recent ransomware report to provide practical advice that organisations can use to protect themselves.

Meet the Speakers

Dr. Sinead Kane
Keynote Speaker

International Resilience Speaker and Visually Impaired Athlete

Jon Hope
Keynote Speaker

Cyber Threat Landscape Expert , Senior Technology Evangelist at Sophos

David McNamara

CEO at CommSec, Board Member, Entrepreneur


Judy De Castro
Guest Speaker

DPO, GRC & GDPR Expert

John Dunne
Guest Speaker

Cyber Security Specialist, NCSC

Ian Shiel
Guest Speaker

vCiso at CommSec & Former Lecturer

Reasons to attend

Here are some of the specific benefits you can expect to gain from attending our conference:

  • Learn about the latest trends and threats in cybersecurity.
  • Get insights into how other organisations are addressing these threats and building cyber resiliance.
  • Build relationships with other cyber security professionals.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and solutions.
  • Get advice from experts on how to improve your organisation’s security posture.

Who should attend?

This conference is relevant to organisations of all sizes and industries, and is designed for those who have responsibility for managing:

  • Cyber security
  • Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC)
  • IT operations
  • Data Protection
  • Technology & Software Development

Register for CommSec Live Event

This event is free of charge for industry professionals and end users only. This is a non-sales event.

You will also experience

Engaging and Informative speakers

Engage with seasoned experts discussing the complexities and demands of security giving you a forum to ask pertinent questions on safety of your organisation.

Meet Premier Vendors

Engage and connect with leading industry ICT security vendors like Sophos, Orpheus, Appcheck, Forcepoint, and more.

Networking Opportunities

Collaborate with peers, industry leaders, and innovators from across the cyber security and infosec spectrum.

Fine Dining Experience:

Sit-down lunch provided in The Castleknock Hotel’s Earth & Vine Restaurant


Conference Agenda

Time Slot Speaker/Activity Topic/Details
09.30-10.00am Registration
10.00-10.10am David McNamara, CEO @ CommSec Welcome address. Overview of cyber resilience, GRC in the digital age, other themes, and learning objectives.
10.10-10.40am Dr. Sinead Kane, International Resilience Speaker Resilience, mindset, and teamwork.
10.40-11.00am John Dunne, Cyber Security Specialist, NCSC Unveiling NIS2 & DORA: The EU’s Cybersecurity Legislation and Its Implications for Irish Stakeholders
11.00-11.20am Tea/Coffee/Pastries Break
11.20-11.50am Judy De Castro, DPO/Compliance & Risk Consultant DORA: Building Operational Resilience and Better Data Protection
11.40-12.10pm Ian Shiel, vCISO @CommSec The Hidden Risks of Cloud & M365
12.10-12.45pm Alex Cooney, CEO of CyberSafe Kids Fireside Chat – Latest Findings in CyberSafeKids Online Safety Report
12.45-1.30pm Lunch – Earth and Vine Restaurant
1.30-2.10pm Jon Hope, Senior Technology Evangelist @Sophos Threat Landscape and Latest Ransomware Report
2.10-2.30pm Innovation Pitch A short talk from each of our vendor sponsors on key takeaways and innovations within their businesses
2.30-3.00pm Panel Discussion led by David McNamara Building Cyber Resilience through Compliance
3.00pm Closing Address Recap of the key takeaways from the conference – acknowledgment of speakers, sponsors, and participants. Presentation of prize draw winners.

Subject to change.


Castleknock Hotel, Porterstown Rd, Diswellstown, D15, D15 WNR7

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