March 24th 2020 - March 25th 2020 | Hilton Belfast

About the event

'There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be.'

   -   Robert Mueller, former FBI Director

In March 2018 the Northern Ireland Assembly’s email system was hit by a cyber-attack, while in 2017 Ciaran Martin, CEO, National Cyber Security Centre revealed that Northern Ireland had been hit by "significant" online attacks from hostile nations.

From accusations of state-backed hacking to the unprecedented global disruption caused by the WannaCry ransomware attack, cyber-threats are accelerating in frequency and complexity.

It is no longer possible for cyber-security policies to be purely reactive and it is essential all organisations’ have the capacity to protect themselves from security breaches and the potentially catastrophic consequences.

Holyrood’s 2nd annual Cyber Security Northern Ireland conference will examine the latest developments and emerging threats as well as showcasing best practice.

Join key stakeholders, experts and peers as we examine the next steps to strengthen defences, improve preparedness and cyber resilience.

Key issues to be addressed

  • The latest thinking on cyber-security practice and policy
  • Current and emerging threats and technologies within a national and international context
  • How to future-proof your cyber defence systems and strategies  
  • Good practice and innovation in preventing, detecting and responding to attacks
  • Developing a whole-organisation approach - improving awareness, culture and behaviour 


Last year marked Holyrood’s inaugural Cyber Security Northern Ireland Conference. 

Building on the success of Holyrood’s Cyber Security Scotland series, running for the past 6 years, Cyber Security Northern Ireland brought together key experts from across Northern Ireland, the rest of the UK and beyond. Over 165 delegates attended the event and we are delighted to run the event for a second year.

For more information on our 2019 Cyber Security Scotland conference please visit the conference homepage.  

Who should attend

The conference is an unmissable forum for senior public-sector ICT and security professionals as well as those private sector organisations who supply and partner with the public sector. The majority of delegates at last year’s conference were drawn from central government, local government, police and fire services, health services and further/higher education.

Booking information

This event is free for Public Sector staff.

A small number of Third and Private Sector places are also available. 

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 2 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.