In today’s digital world, the importance of cybersecurity is more critical than ever. With the constant evolution of cyber threats, safeguarding sensitive data and digital assets has transitioned from an option – to an absolute necessity. Each October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month focuses on the importance of cybersecurity in our interconnected world. For companies like ours, a steadfast commitment to cybersecurity awareness and education is not just a short-term focus; but a long-term strategy that can make the difference between being vulnerability or being resilient in the face of cyber threats. In celebration of the month, we hosted two events in our Galway office with goal of educating, informing and equipping attendees to confront the ever-evolving challenges in cybersecurity.
Pathways to Cyber
Students from diverse disciplines and academic years visited our EMEA headquarters at Platform 94 in Galway, Ireland, for insight into the personal journeys in cybersecurity shared by the panelists for an young professionals panel titled Pathways to Cyber. The panel included Brie Staunton, Threat Detection Engineer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Rebecca Springett, Customer Support Team Lead at TitanHQ, and John Owens, Marketing Executive at Centripetal. The event was a personal testament to the power of knowledge sharing. Providing personal anecdotes, invaluable insights and career guidance within cybersecurity, the panelists shared paths to opportunities in the industry.
Cyber Threats in the West
For professionals and cybersecurity enthusiasts in the business community who are eager to stay ahead of the dynamic threat landscape, Cyber Threats in the West: Trends in Cybersecurity, was also held at our EMEA headquarters in Galway, Ireland. Providing a platform for in-depth discussions on the latest cybersecurity trends, challenges, and best practices – our panel of experts included David Silke, CMO and MD of Centripetal Europe, Fergal Lyons, Cybersecurity Evangelist at Centripetal, and Aileen Ward, Intelligence Operations Analyst at Centripetal.
According to the Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2023, 70% of Irish firms have experienced a cyber-attack, underscoring the necessity of boosting cyber awareness and education throughout the country. Ward shared more insight into the report and key cyber threats currently facing Irish businesses, including phishing, social engineering, supply chain attacks, ransomware, insider threats, and vulnerabilities associated with remote work. She further highlighted the significant economic losses caused by cybercrime and the critical time it takes to identify and contain breaches, along with overall global cybersecurity challenges.
Beyond threats, some of the key components in cybersecurity awareness for businesses include robust passwords, software patching, and compliance regulations. Lyons stressed the importance of staying up to date with cyber best practices, and educated on the concept of passkeys as a modern alternative to traditional passwords. He also highlighted the value of intelligence powered cybersecurity and its proactive nature that enables teams to pivot away from the traditional detect and respond methods. Educating on our CleanINTERNET® solution, he shared the pivotal roles of threat intelligence, network protection and cyber monitoring.
In a month dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of cybersecurity, our Galway office enlightened and inspired students, professionals and enthusiasts alike – equipping attendees with tools to further navigate the ever-changing world of cyber.