Experts’ fears for current generation’s knowledge of online security

Prof Willie Donnelly (centre) takes part in a panel discussion at the Innovation Ireland Forum in Dublin. Photo by Robbie Reynolds

Prof Willie Donnelly (centre) takes part in a panel discussion at the Innovation Ireland Forum in Dublin. Photo by Robbie Reynolds

A greater emphasis on security is needed as the current generation is unaware of what’s at stake, a panel discussed at yesterday’s Innovation Ireland Forum in Dublin.

In the final panel discussion at the event on Friday, 25 October, Silicon Republic CEO and editor-at-large Ann O’Dea raised the issue of fears around the assurance of online security in a time when the internet of things (IoT) would see every device in a person’s life connected to the internet.

The panel consisted of some of the biggest names in IoT in Ireland, including Intel’s VP of IoT, Philip Moynagh; Prof Willie Donnelly, director of Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) in Waterford Institute of Technology; Prof Gregory O’Hare, director of the UCD Earth Institute; and Paul Hickey, manager of systems and sustainability at ESB Networks.Speaking first, Moynagh referenced the recent hacking of companies in the US as a prime example of why the future of warfare is not in bombs and missiles, but malware and the internet.

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CSP Forum (SecCord) presents at eChallenges e-2014

CSP_ForumCybersecurity & Privacy Forum (CSP Forum) were recently represented at the eChallenges e-2014 Conference held in Hilton Templepatrick, Castle Upton Estate, Belfast , Northern Ireland on the 29th – 30th October.

CSP Forum is coordinated by WIT-TSSG and funded by the EU FP7 project Security and trust Coordination and Enhanced Collaboration (SecCord) for which it is the brand SecCord runs its clustering activities under. CSP Forum provides greater structure and support for enhanced collaboration for the Trust and Security research programme and its projects. CSP Forum explores new ways to develop and maximise the impact coming from clustering activities in this domain, making such information and access to state of the art research in the trust and security domain accessible to the wider community.

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Smart Appi can help Irish dairy sector split from the herd

SmartAppiTechnology can be the difference maker in an increasingly competitive world, writes Eric Robson

The Irish dairy herd produces approximately 5,400 million litres of milk annually from just over a million cows spread over 16,000 dairy farms. The industry contributes approximately €3bn to the economy, making Ireland the 10th largest dairy export nation in the world.

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SOCIETIES: The science of relevant networking

fuseami_logo_altThe EU SOCIETIES ICT research project has spawned a host of tools and applications allowing people to form smart communities in which they can discover, connect and organize “relevantly” with one another.

We all use social networks on our private or professional lives. But how many people in our networks are really relevant to us? How can we identify the best person to talk to on a given subject? How can we rapidly connect and network with this person? This was an aspect of the EU’s three-and-a-half-year SOCIETIES project: to create so-called Community Smart Spaces (CSS) where members with highly-focused interests can connect, physically meet up, share problems and resources, trying together to find solutions in just about any area of life.

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Record number of companies compete in Irish Software Awards – TSSG shortlisted for Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year

logo-isaThursday, 30th October: The Irish Software Association (ISA) has released the shortlist of 20 indigenous technology companies that are vying for the title of Digital Technology Company of the Year at the ISA Awards to be held in Dublin on 21 November.

Four companies have been shortlisted for ISA Digital Technology Company of the Year; CarTrawler, Ocuco, Sláinte Healthcare, and TDS.  Between them, these Irish companies employ over 660 people. 

In the Emerging Company of the Year category, sponsored by William Fry, four younger and highly innovative companies, Boxever, Brite:Bill, Snapfile and Pharmapod will battle it out for the top prize. 

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