March 29th 2018 | Europa Hotel, Belfast

About the event


Cyber Security

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

   -   Robert Mueller, former FBI Director

In October 2017, National Cyber Security Centre CEO Ciaran Martin 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 Ransomware - including the English and Scottish NHS, and attacks on the UK and Scottish Parliaments - 2017 saw the profile and destructiveness of cyber-attacks reach critical levels.

With threats accelerating in frequency and complexity, it is essential all organisations have the capacity to protect themselves from security breaches and the potentially catastrophic consequences.

In an age where being purely reactive is inadequate and unsustainable, Holyrood Connect's Inaugural Cyber Security Northern Ireland conference will examine the latest developments, emerging threats and good 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 cyber security policies, priorities and thinking
  • Current and emerging threats and technologies within a national and international context
  • How to strengthen your cyber defence systems and strategies  
  • Good practice and innovation in preventing, detecting and responding to attacks and reducing harm
  • Developing a whole-organisation approach - improving awareness, culture and behaviour 


For the past 6 years, Holyrood Connect has run Cyber Security Scotland as part of our portfolio of Public Sector ICT event. Each year Cyber Security Scotland has brought together key experts in their field from Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond and is seen as the leading event for Public Sector ICT employees, with over 180 attendees each year. We are thrilled to bring this event to Northern Ireland for the first time and look forward to welcoming you to this key conference. 

For more information on our 2018 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 professions from across the public sector as well as those private sector organisations who supply with and partner with the public sector. The majority of delegates at our previous Cyber Security Scotland conferences 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.