Cyber Fraud Conference

Hacking the Human: Cyber Fraud in a Digital Age

Information Security is now a basic requirement for all businesses to ensure continued operation in a globally connected world.  The human element of Information Security is crucial in digital fraud detection.  The aim of this conference is to help grow awareness on the current risks of cyber fraud across the Cork business community.  This conference is less about technology and more about current social engineering threats that aim to “Hack the Human” as a means of defrauding organisations. 

Facilitated by An Garda Síochána, University College Cork and IT@Cork, Room G05, Western Gateway Building, UCC, Western Rd, Cork.


9:30 - "Introduction" by UCC President Patrick O Shea

The President of UCC will open the conference by talking about the importance of growing awareness around cyber fraud as society moves increasingly digital requiring a greater emphasis on user education for protection.

9:50 - "Current Threat Landscape" by Ronan Murphy, SmartTech247

Ronan Murphy, CEO of SmartTech247, will talk about the trends in the industry, how criminals are cleverly learning about organisations, their structures, and their people and are using increasingly sophisticated and clever forms of social engineering to bypass all the firewalls and security protocols to defraud you, and what business need to watch out for.

10:10 - "Garda Cyber Crime Bureau" by Detective Superintendent Mick Gubbins

Insight into the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau and the types of threats they see reported daily.

10:30 - Break

10:50 - "Cyber Security in a Digital University" by Rosie Coffey, UCC

Rosie Coffey, UCC’s IT Security Officer, will recount the risks and issues currently at play in UCC. UCC one of the largest organisations in the region finds itself increasingly addressing issues of people being manipulated by cyber criminals in order to steal money, or using the UCC brand to steal other people’s money, and what lessons can be learned from that.

11:10 - "AI and Cyberfraud" by Professor Barry O'Sullivan

UCC Prof Barry O’Sullivan, Professor in Computer Science and Founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in UCC, will talk about Artificial intelligence in cyber fraud, how it can be used by fraudsters, and how it can be used in fraud detection.

11:30 - "Garda National Economic Crime Bureau " by Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan

Insight into the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, a specialist bureau that investigates fraud-related crime involving complex issues of criminal law or procedure.

11:50 - Open Panel Discussion by Caroline O’Driscoll, IT@Cork

Caroline O Driscoll, Chair of IT@Cork, will host an open panel discussion to agree: “What are the 3 best steps a SME can take to defend against cybercrime threats?” Balancing the need to be more open and engaging in order to sell products and services, versus the growing threats from criminals who want to exploit this open business model to defraud companies of their hard-earned incomes.

12:15 - Close

University College Cork

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College Road, Cork T12 K8AF