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IPACSO gets a mention at the High-level Cybersecurity Conference, EC, May 28th, Brussels

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IPACSO : Innovation Framework for Privacy & Cyber Security Market Opportunities, supported by the European Commission.

Two years after the adoption of the EU Cyber Security Strategy, coinciding with the announcement of the Digital Single Market Strategy of which cyber security is an important component, the 2nd High-level evaluation Conference provided an overview of the state of play of the implementation of the five main priorities of the Strategy and showcase highlights of its main actions.

As IPACSO is part of the NIS WG3 steering committee it has particular interest in progression of the proposal for a Network and Information Security Directive, the EU cyber security industrial strategy and the next steps for capacity building for cyber defense and fighting Cyber Crime. The NIS Plenary on 27th May provided a timely opportunity to reassess the enablers and barriers of the European Cyber Security market in line with the strategic research agenda formulation.  Of interest to the participants were the real life stories of innovation and start-ups emerging in Europe from R&D activities and again Paul Timmers mentioned some of the IPACSO winners of these innovation awards.

IPACSO presents Cybersecurity Innovators at the recent CSP Forum in Brussels

Pictured; Paul Timmers Director for Digital Society, Trust & Security, DG CONNECT, Zeta Dooly, WIT, IPACSO Coordinator presenting to Ales Cernivec, XLAB, Richard Coady, Sedicii, Boris Kannes - Intrinsic -ID

Pictured; Paul Timmers Director for Digital Society, Trust & Security, DG CONNECT, Zeta Dooly, WIT, IPACSO Coordinator presenting to Ales Cernivec, XLAB, Richard Coady, Sedicii, Boris Kannes – Intrinsic -ID

IPACSO had a busy 2 days in Brussels @CSPForum 2015, we had a stand, which facilitated one on one discussions, I had the pleasure one morning to meet Ogus Yilmaz of Labris Networks! IPACSO hosted a double panel session on ‘Incentivising Innovation in Cybersecurity & Privacy Markets’ which included insights from Phillip Mills, CSIT, Belfast, Mark Carolan, ESPION, Nicola Jentzsch, DIW and Bart Renard, VASCO. The CSPForum was co-hosted by the European Commission presenting the info sessions on upcoming Digital Security Calls for H2020. The NIS platform presented its results and input to the Strategic Research Agenda of which IPACSO was a major contribution. In addition it provided an opportunity for demos and success stories from previous FP7 funded research toward investment and widespread implementation. Another stream of NIS WG3 provides deliverables on the Cybersecurity Landscape and Business perspectives.

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Annie Ibrahim Rana successfully defends her PhD

TSSG PhD student Annie Ibrahim Rana successfully defended her PhD dissertation “Semantic Technologies for User-Centric Home Network Management” in Waterford on June 16th. Annie was supervised by Dr Brendan Jennings and Dr Steven Davy, and previously by Dr Mícheál Ó Foghlú. For the PhD defense the internal examiner was Dr Alan Davy and the external examiner was Prof. Filip De Turck from Ghent University, Belgium.

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Pictured (L-R) are: Prof. Filip Dr Turck (external examiner), Dr Alan Davy (internal examiner), Annie Ibrahim Rana, Dr Brendan Jennings (supervisor).

Annie started as PhD student in TSSG during 2008, initially working on data mining techniques. She then changed research focus to address management techniques for communications devices within the home. Her dissertation presents a framework that harnesses semantic technologies including ontolological models and reasoning processes to simplify the process of managing access to and prioritization of networking devices within a home context. In particular Annie showed how these technologies can be used to shield non-technical users from technical jargon and implementation details, allowing them express their preferences for configuration of their devices using familiar terminology. Since 2012 Annie has been working as a data scientist with Dublin-based company Fleetmatics. Everyone in TSSG wishes her well in her future career.

Ireland’s ‘Blue Economy’ going swimmingly it seems

aquacultureIreland’s ‘Blue Economy’ is flourishing of late, however a lack of awareness of potential careers is holding people back from getting involved.

It was recently reported that 10,000 jobs were expected to be created in Ireland’s maritime industry by 2020, and the latest growth figures lend authority to that.

The current marine economy employs 18,480 people in Ireland, and that number actually has the potential to hit near 30,000 by 2020, owing to growth in the industry as a whole.

Latest indicators show that Ireland’s maritime economy grew by 9pc between 2010 and 2012, double the Irish economy’s overall growth. Indeed, employment figures rose almost 6pc between then and now, showing just how out of kilter it is with many parts of Ireland’s, and indeed Europe’s, stagnated industries.

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Global Hackaton, TADHack, comes to Dublin in June.

TADHack taking place on June 13 & 14th.

TADHack taking place on June 13 & 14th.

TSSG Spinout, Kodacall, heads up TADHack a multi-location hackaton taking place in 14 Countries worldwide on 13 – 14th June.

In 2014, TADHack was held with close to 700 global registrations, 60+ hacks generated across Madrid and 5 satellites locations and 126 simultaneous viewings of the live streamed event.

TADHack is a grass roots initiative focused on building a software centric telecom application developer ecosystem. This ecosystem will bloom in Dublin as it connects live into 14 other locations across the world to participate in TADHack Global 2015 on the 13th and 14th June.

Miguel Ponce de Leon, Founder of TSSG spin out Kodacall said “We are rapidly moving away from the world of a simple person to person phone call, to an immersive online world where the context of a conversation is shared through audio, video and live media within an application, this world is bringing a ton of innovation to the web/telco ecosystem.”

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