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National Cyber Security Cluster ‘Cyber Ireland’ announced by IDA Ireland and Cork Institute of Technology

Thursday December 13th, 2018

An initiative to establish a national cyber security cluster in Ireland has been announced today. Facilitated by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), the national cluster will be called Cyber Ireland and is supported by IDA Ireland. It will provide a collective voice to represent the needs of the cyber security sector across the country and will address key challenges including: skills needs, research and the development of a national community which connects industry, academia and government (December 13th).business_8190739Sml

CIT, which has best practice cluster development expertise and a strong core of in-depth cyber security expertise among its faculty, will drive the development of the national cluster.

Welcoming the initiative Minister Richard Bruton, Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment whose department holds responsibility for Ireland’s national cyber security strategy said, “Today’s announcement of a National Cyber Security Cluster is a really exciting opportunity. Supported by Cork IT and backed by government funding, this initiative will greatly advance the sector in Ireland, by facilitating greater collaboration between the companies involved. There are already more than 6,000 people employed in Cyber Security here, but there is considerable potential for further growth, particularly with the potential of areas like cloud computing.

“Cyber Ireland will also provide a collective voice for the sector and will provide an avenue for challenges facing the sector to be addressed. Overall the establishment of the cluster will result in a better cyber security response for the State and better outcomes for the companies involved.”

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