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EU-Funded Cybersecurity and Privacy investment shortening the gap from research to innovation

Digital single market would create hundreds of thousands of jobs across a vibrant, knowledge-based EU society.

OVER 40 top tech, EU funded, trust and security projects with focused research activities in hot topical areas such as mobile devices technologies and tools, cloud security, cryptography and trustworthy network and services infrastructures are being showcased live at a major EU Innovation forum this week, where over 500 cyber security and privacy experts, project leaders, industry, academics and visionaries are also pooling their knowledge to create a safer and more secure ICT environment.2015 conf picture_supporting projects copy

Over the past 9 years almost €361 million in EU funding has been invested in security and privacy research innovation, bringing together large industry, SME’s , public bodies and academics at an EU level to significantly improve and address the current and future cybersecurity and privacy issues faced by the end-citizen in the modern society we live in.

Their intensive work, with specific focus on technology transfer and impact, is helping shorten the gap between research and innovation as they work towards a digital single market, the 500 plus delegates at the Cybersecurity & Privacy (CSP) Innovation Forum 2015 will hear this Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 and 29.

The event is organised in association with the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology.

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Waterford Institute of Technology’s governing body ratifies new President

Prof Willie Donnelly, formally Vice President of Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies at WIT, has been appointed President of WIT by the Institute’s governing body

Prof Willie Donnelly, formally Vice President of Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies at WIT, has been appointed President of WIT by the Institute’s governing body

The governing body of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) ratified Prof Willie Donnelly as the next President of the Institute.

Prof Donnelly was Vice President for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies at WIT as well as Director and founder of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), an internationally-renowned mobile services and communications management research centre which has grown from 3 to 130 researchers, winning over €80m in competitive funding.

Prof Donnelly has significantly impacted the creation of a research and innovation ecosystem in Waterford which has resulted in the creation of a mobile services software cluster in the South East. He has directed the development of WIT’s ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre and is a founding member of a number of spin-out companies, including FeedHenry and ZolkC.

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TSSG experts help increase production and generate new jobs in the global aquaculture sector

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Dr Steven Davy, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG)

• €3.1m AquaSmart project helping fish farms transform captured data into knowledge

IRISH tech experts have joined industry and research partners across the EU and Israel on a pooled research and technology project which is set to boost production and jobs in the global fish farm industry, without harming the environment.

The AQUASMART project focuses on developing best practice within the aquaculture sector by helping companies to transform captured data into knowledge.

The €3.1m project consortium includes prominent industrial organisations and research institutes from six countries, among them Ireland, Israel, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Over the two year program, the partners in the project will share this knowledge to improve efficiency, increase profitability and carry out business in the sector in a sustainable, environmentally- friendly way.
The exciting and practical project is co-ordinated by tech experts at Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) and is funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program. It addresses actual problems that aquaculture producer’s face and carries out work in the areas of data analysis, data exchange between aquaculture companies and its related stakeholders and global knowledge access.

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TSSG Keynote at the Cyber Securtity Stakeholder Forum, South Africa.

Back row: Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, DST Cybersecurity RDI Agenda Task Team chairperson, CSIR Modeling and Digital Science Unit; James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology – TSSG, Ireland; Imraan Patel, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Jeannette Morwane, Director: ICT & Service Industry, DST. Front row: Dr Barend Taute, CSIR Meraka Unit and Dr Irene Moetsana-Moeng from the State Security Agency.

Back row: Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo, DST Cybersecurity RDI Agenda Task Team chairperson, CSIR Modeling and Digital Science Unit; James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology – TSSG, Ireland; Imraan Patel, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Jeannette Morwane, Director: ICT & Service Industry, DST.
Front row: Dr Barend Taute, CSIR Meraka Unit and Dr Irene Moetsana-Moeng from the State Security Agency.

James Clarke from Waterford Insitute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) was an invited keynote speaker at the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the South Africa Government’s stakeholder workshop on the Cybersecurity Research Development and Innovation (RDI) Agenda of South Africa, held in Pretoria, South Africa, on 26th Feb. 2015.

James Clarke presented the EU’s NIS Platform working group 3 activities, to which he is a co-author of a chapter entitled Resilient Digital Civilisation (collective layer), which focuses on the protection and resilience of the groups/society/organizations in the digital interconnected society representing the collective interest of the organized citizens, institutions, and businesses.

The DST and The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) also co-organised a second event on 27th February, 2015 entitled Horizon 2020 ICT and Secure Societies Information Session, the EU keynote was again made by James Clarke (TSSG), focussing on his experiences of international cooperation (INCO) projects in the European Commission’s Framework Programme 7 (including INCO-Trust and BIC project, both coordinated by James Clarke of TSSG) and promoting the benefits of participating to the EU H2020 programme to the South Africa participants.

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€63m a-growing: Red Hat hatches renewed plan for Waterford

2015-04-09_bus_8459780_I1One of Ireland’s biggest indigenous startup sales looks set to spur on the technology community in Waterford. Six months after overseeing a €63.5m cash exit, former Feedhenry chief executive Cathal McGloin talks about plans to grow Waterford’s base and his life as a newly-crowned vice president in a US multinational firm

What happens when the company you lead is bought for a whopping sum of money by a global player? Do you retire to the Bahamas? Do you go off and think of your next big project? Or do you stay on and continue to run things as a key player in the bigger company?

Cathal McGloin, one of Ireland’s longest-running technology entrepreneurs, has chosen the third option.

Last September, the Waterford-based mobile technology company he ran, Feedhenry, was bought for €63.5m in cash by the US global software firm Red Hat. It was a huge result for everyone involved with the startup, which came out of Waterford’s Institute of Technology.

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