Posted on Monday 15 October 2018 by John Mulgrew


Ransomware remains a major threat for businesses and individuals across Ireland, a leading cyber-security event has heard.

Michael Gubbins (pictured), head of the Garda National Cyber Crime Unit, was speaking at Dublin Information Sec 18.

The third annual Dublin Information Sec 2018, Ireland’s cyber security conference, took place today with cyber-security specialists addressing the major risks and threats facing businesses and organisations in Ireland.

Speaking today, Michael Gubbins, said: “Ransomware does remain a key threat. Spam, social engineering and other methods are evolving. Cryptomining malware is gradually becoming a regular low risk revenue stream for cybercriminals.

“Cyber attacks will become increasingly stealthy and harder to detect. Cooperation among all relevant actors is key. We have got to work together.

“In relation to incident response the most important thing is preparation. Who’s in charge when an incident happens?”

Helping open the event, Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan said that “cyber-security matters because the extent to which society relies on digital technology is now so all-encompassing.”

Jenny Radcliffe, an expert on the human element of security, spoke at the conference on ‘people hacking’ and the threat of social engineering (the human element of security) using psychological methods.

“The demon for the digital age is the hacker. It is so important to demystify this, to understand what goes on inside the head of a hacker,” she said.

“The emotion hackers work mostly on is that of fear. If we don’t address fear as an industry, then the first time people encounter fear in a cyber context will be in the hands of a hacker. Hackers really understand human psychology. Most hackers use some element of social engineering in their scheme. What else can we do but prepare as well as we can?”



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