Breakfast Tech Talk – Phishing and Cyber Security Awareness

The first it@cork Breakfast Tech Talk of the year will take place on the 27th February.  The theme for this tech talk is of relevance to everyone in the business community:

‘Phishing and Cyber Security Awareness’

This event is kindly sponsored by KPMG Ireland and will be hosted in their stunning new offices on 85 South Mall.

Networking opportunities will start at 7:30 and the Tech Talk will start at 8am.

Phishing is a form of social engineering which is used to try and gather personal information using deceptive e-mails and websites. Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to solicit personal information by posing as a trustworthy organisation. An attacker may send an email seemingly from a reputable organisation requesting account information or suggesting there is a problem. They then use the requested information to gain access to your account or network.

During this Tech Talk the panellists will discuss:

  • Why is this type of activity on the increase?
  • What does the business community and organisations need to be aware of in relation to scams and fraudulent activity?
  • What should a business do if they notice unusual activity that may be fraudulent?


Ciaran Luttrell, Director of Service Operations – eSentire

Ciaran Luttrell is Director of Service Operations for eSentire, a global provider of Managed Detection & Response (MDR) Information Security Services. He started eSentire’s European Security Operations Centre in Cork in 2015 and oversaw it’s growth to over 30 Security and Customer Support Analysts who monitor their customers networks, endpoints and logs for known and unknown threats.

Ciaran has over 15 years of industry experience in technical and management roles in the areas of Security & Network Operations and Pre-Sales Engineering. He has a Degree in Computer Science from U.C.C, a Masters in Cloud Computing from C.I.T and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Irish Management Institute.

Howard Skidmore, Associate Director Cyber Security – KPMG Ireland

Howard is an Associate Director in Risk Consulting at KPMG. Howard has 30+ years experience in Information Security and is an experienced information security professional and consultant.

Howard trained as a cyber security professional whilst working with the UK Government. He was responsible for the delivery of high security governmental and command & control communications information systems in various global locations.

Prior to joining KPMG Dublin, Howard was the Head of Information Security and Cyber at London based US Cyber consultancy where he was responsible for business strategy development . He was responsible for leading the cyber team and oversaw all aspects of engagement delivery from planning, execution and reporting on individual assignments; issue tracking and closure. Howard Regularly contributes to thought leadership events to improve business awareness of cyber security in UK industry (Banking, Insurance and Pharma sectors).

Triona McSweeney, Lecturer – Cork Institute of Technology

Tríona is a lecturer in Information Security and Programming in CIT, spanning from the undergraduate programmes to the MSc in Cybersecurity. She supervises final year & MSc projects and she is also the Work Placement Coordinator for the BSc in Software Development programme. She graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and a MEngSc in Mechanical Engineering from UCC. Prior to joining CIT, Tríona worked in a variety of roles including R&D for power supplies for aerospace and medical applications, field potential calculations for ESBi and the design of electrical works for major installed power generation facilities.

Tech Summit Cork 2020

Tech Summit Cork takes place on May 7th in City Hall Cork

There are 3 exciting tracks to this year’s event including:

  1. Cyber Security
  2. Customer Success 2.0
  3. Connected / Smart Cities

Furthermore, there will two workshops in the afternoon:

  1. Start Up & Scale 
  2. Cyber Security (Dev Ops) 

Members of the it@cork team and board will be in attendance to speak about this year’s event and answer any questions you may have.  Tickets are on sale now: Tech Summit Cork Tickets

This event (Feb 27th) like all it@cork Breakfast TechTalk events are free to all it@cork members but you must register to attend.

Thank you to our sponsor KPMG.

Any questions, please contact: 

For details on member sign up and event registration, please click on the following link:

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  • Start Date
    2020-02-27 07:30
  • End Date
    2020-02-27 09:00
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