PwC forum focuses on cyber defence mechanisms

Former advisor to Australian government to talk about cyber espionage

How to leverage digital and protect against cyber attacks will be the focus of attention for the PwC business forum taking place in Dublin tomorrow.

Former advisor to the Australian government on cyber attacks James Campbell will talk about cyber espionage and lessons learned from cyber investigations. Firstdirect founder Mike Harris, author of Find Your Lightbulb, will talk about riding the waves of creative destruction.

Other speakers include Invesco global head of finance operations Ollie Carroll, SMBC Aviation Capital chief financial officer Barry Flannery, economist Jim Power, TV3 chief executive David McRedmond, IBM treasury centre manager Peter McCann and Avaya senior director of engineering sales John Gill.

PwC assurance leader Enda McDonagh said investment in digital technologies is increasingly seen by leading global organisations as being key to gaining a competitive edge.


“Inherent in any fit-for-purpose digital strategy is the need to actively manage cyber risk. There is a great opportunity for Irish businesses in a growing economy to seize this change agenda and conference attendees will hear first-hand how others have leveraged digital to create strategic advantage as well as how to protect their organisations from cyberattack,” he said.

The conference will also include the launch of PwC’s inaugural digital IQ survey, which will reveal how Ireland compares with global companies on all things digital.

Elsewhere, the Irish Software Awards are taking place in Dublin on Friday. Five companies – Fenergo, Asavie, Qstream, Globoforce, and Ocuco – will be competing for the overall title of digital technology company of the year.

ISA director Paul Sweetman said the software and digital technology sector in Ireland is thriving.

“Year on year, stellar companies are entering the awards and 2015 is no exception.

Nearly 70 tech companies and organisations from across Ireland entered this year’s awards and it is the tireless efforts of workers in these companies that brings Ireland to the fore of the global technology sector.”

Other awards categories include: outstanding achievement in international growth; technology innovation of the year; technology services project of the year; and the excellence in talent development award.

In the emerging company of the year category, Sedicii,, InvoiceFair, SilverCloud Health, the Hire Lab and Beats Medical will battle it out for the top prize. The US-based founder of WordPress and Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, will be the keynote speaker at the event.