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Cyber Security Summit- Key Takeaways

Viatel Technology Group were proud to be a main sponsor at Cyber Security Summit 2023, which took place on October 19th in Croke Park. The event saw some of the industry's most knowledgable experts share their expertise by opening up conversations around cyber security and the landscape of cyber resilience.

Viatel's own Chief Technology Officer, Eilish O'Connor was delighted to be part of the dynamic panel, titled: ‘How to build cyber resilience against chronic threats and respond to cyber breaches’. With lots of fantastic knowledge around cyber resilience emerging from the discussion, we've selected some of the key 'Bite Sized Takeaways' to help you to navigate your organisation's own cyber resilience strategy.

Meet the Panellists

Bite Sized Takeaways

Organisational Culture

"You can put all the technology in place but still 85% of ransomware and attacks are down to human error.

People are both your biggest vulnerability and your biggest asset,

so building that culture of cyber security is so important in every organisation.", Eilish O'Connor, CTO Viatel Technology Group.

"On the culture of cyber resilience in our organisations, you need to have that psychological safety within your culture that your staff can put their hand up and ask for help," Donna Creaven, Director ICT, Governance & Corproate Services, Irish Prison Services.

"We all have a role to play in the controls and actions taken to mitigate against the risk."

Donna added.

Empowering Your Team

"It's important to create an environment of openness around cyber security threats, not a name and shame. We’re all humans and everyone makes mistakes but the hackers know it", Jenni Parry, Associate Director, Cyber Risk, Aon.

Ensuring that our teams have the best possible resources to understand how to mitigate the risk and what to do should an incident occur is critical to protecting your organisation: "AI tools and ChatGPT making it more difficult to spot these threats. Annual training isn't enough,

Quarterly cyber security training needs to become second nature",

Jenni added.

What to Protect & How to Protect It

"Know your assets, where they are, how to prioritise them and how you can recover them.

It's important to do some preparatory work to help mitigate the impact that an attack can have.

"It's also important to think of wider collaboration and working with your suppliers to deal with cyber issues.", Carol Murphy, Partner & Head of Technology Risk, EY Ireland.

For some organisations, resources- whether they be talent related or budget related can be a challenge when it comes to investing in stringent cyber security measures.

"If you are a smaller organisation, do your best. If you are breached, that tells you where you are so that you can now focus the mind and prioritise your budget."

Dr Anila Mjeda, Lecturer in Cybersecurity, unster Technical University (MTU).

The Importance of Technology in Cyber Resilience

Ensuring that the tools and processes that are in place in our IT infrastructure to help combat attack and support our end users is critical to successful cyber resilience.

"Technology has to change and so does how you protect your users.

"We have to make sure we’re doing what we can for our users and have them as our last line of defence so they’re empowered to do that."

Eilish O'Connor, CTO Viatel Technology Group.

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