InfoSecurity Ireland (ISI) is an industry-led organisation that facilitates collaboration, marketing and research for the Irish information security sector. ISI supports the interaction of technology firms, research institutes and third level colleges to contribute to the development of Ireland as a centre of excellence in information security . ISI also promotes the industry globally by creating an awareness about Ireland’s track record and capabilities in the field.
Ireland is a trusted provider of information security solutions meeting European standards of compliance in data protection. Our ecosystem for information security is among the best in the world, consisting of some 60 Irish owned software and services companies, up to 20 multinational companies with bases here and eight third level colleges and research centres across the island. Collectively these companies have sales of €250m, exports of €200m and employment of 6,000.
“Good information security isn’t just best-practice business: in a time of uncertainty around data protection and information privacy, establishing and maintaining trust in your organisation is a source of competitive advantage”
Brian Honan, CEO, BH Consulting and SC Magazine’s Information Security Person of the Year 2013
The ISI enables Irish and multi-national information security companies to join forces to network, learn and to work together. Bringing the players together for workshops and forums creates opportunities for shared learning. Irish companies bring development expertise and innovative solutions, while multinationals bring technology roadmaps and market intelligence. In addition, the skills and research resources of the third level sector provide leading edge solutions to keep the sector at the forefront of information security technology.
ISI enables its members to reach out to the international marketplace to promote Ireland’s information security industry. Events such as RSA (US) and Infosecurity (UK)are prime opportunities for the Irish infosecurity sector, with participation frequently supported by Enterprise Ireland and IDA. The ultimate aim of a cluster is to foster and generate business for its members and ISI provides market study visits and buyer events in association with the development agencies.
ISI connects its members with research activities in third level colleges, and associated funding through programmes like Innovation partnership Grants and the Horizon 2020 programme in Europe. A wide range of post-graduate courses are provided by these colleges to meet the industry demand for skilled staff. In addition, the research resources of the third level sector provide leading edge solutions to keep the sector at the forefront of information security technology. The research community includes CSIT in Belfast, TSSG in Waterford and the Centre for Forensics and Cybercrime at UCD .
Infosecurity Ireland Ltd is a company limited by guarantee, run by an industry management committee whose members are elected at the AGM.