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Cyber Security Governance

The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2

IoD Briefing Series: Designed for Directors, sponsored by Accenture

Effectively integrating the governance of cyber security into a company's overall governance framework is critical.

Learn from our panel of experts on the key cyber security risks and issues all directors and leaders should know. This in-person event will take place on Wednesday, 13th March 2024, at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2.

Guest speakers include: Dr. Valerie Lyons, Company Director, and Chief Operating Officer, BH Consulting; Barry Scannell, Consultant, William Fry LLP, and member of the Irish Government's Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council; and Kevin Buckley, Senior Development Advisor, Enterprise Ireland and Board Member of Cyber Ireland.

This event will cover: 

  • A board’s role in working with its executive on assessing the threats of cyber security to a business. This may include: operational resilience, business continuity and brand reputation. 
  • The impact of AI on cyber security.  
  • Cyber security regulation and legislation, such as Dora. 
  • Tips for building an effective cyber security strategy.  

The IoD Briefing Series: Designed for Directors, sponsored by Accenture

This event is exclusive to IoD Ireland members.

Dr. Valerie Lyons

Dr. Valerie Lyons

Company Director, and Chief Operating Officer, BH Consulting.

Author of the best-seller ‘The Privacy Leader Compass’ and included in the ‘Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity in Europe’, Dr. Valerie Lyons is an accomplished and driven cybersecurity and privacy leadership expert.

Her career spans over 30 years - working in both cybersecurity and privacy teams. She has worked for several global organisations, such as IBM, KPMG, and ABB, and served as Head of Information Security Risk in KBC Bank for almost 15 years.  Dr. Lyons is the Chief Operations Officer in BH Consulting since 2015. She has an in-depth knowledge of European data protection law and practices, and frequently presents at renowned international security and privacy conferences (such as RSA, COSAC, ISACA and CPDP).

She has also lectured in Dublin City University on Privacy, Cybersecurity and Digital Ethics. In 2022, Dr Lyons was awarded a PhD in Information Privacy for her research into Privacy in the ESG suite. She also holds a Masters in Business Leadership, along with a post-graduate diploma in Executive Coaching. She is a certified CISSP for almost 25 years, and is also qualified as a CDPSE and CIPP/E. She is an honorary fellow of The Irish Information Security Forum (IISF) since 2004 and a member of the European Data Protection Board’s pool of experts. 

Barry Scannell

Barry Scannell

Consultant, William Fry LLP

Barry Scannell is a Consultant in William Fry’s Technology department, and member of the Irish Government's Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council. He specialises in artificial intelligence (AI), copyright, IP, technology law and data protection.

Barry is the former Director of Legal Affairs & Regulatory Compliance of one of Ireland’s leading music organisations, and has specialist knowledge and expertise in copyright law, with very strong music industry experience, particularly in the area of music licensing and media contracts.

Barry is one of the foremost experts in Ireland on issues relating to artificial intelligence (AI), particularly regarding copyright, currently researching a PhD on the subject. He has Chaired and sat on various international music industry committees dealing with AI, data protection and copyright. He currently sits on the Law Society of Ireland’s IP & Technology Committee.

Kevin Buckley

Kevin Buckley

Senior Development Advisor, Enterprise Ireland and Board Member of Cyber Ireland

Kevin is a member of Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up team where he specialises in equity investment into cybersecurity companies and the subsequent scaling of these businesses in global markets. 

Kevin has worked in Ireland, Germany and Italy with Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland focusing on business development of Irish companies and the attraction of foreign direct investment into Ireland as well as in the engineering industry in the private sector.

Kevin is the EI representative on the advisory board of Cyber Ireland and IADT Media Cube looking to positively influence the development of the Irish ecosystem to facilitate the growth of fast growing technology sectors in Ireland.

Is this eligible for CPD? 

  • Dimension Covered: Governance
  • Eligible Hours: 1 hour of Chartered Director CPD

This session may be eligible for other professional body CPD. Check with your relevant professional body. 

How do I attend? 

To reserve your space, click the ‘Book Now’ button.  Once registered, we’ll send an email to confirm your booking with the option to add the event to your calendar. 

The event will take place in The Grafton Suite, The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2.

Want to connect with fellow members?  

Before the event, you will receive a list of the names and companies of all the attendees. 

Take the opportunity to connect. 

•    Reach out via the IoD Members’ LinkedIn Group.
•    Email the Events team we will make this happen on your behalf. 

For GDPR reasons, we cannot provide contact details on the attendee list. Photography will also be taken at the event for marketing and promotional purposes. For further information, please contact the Communications team

Get in touch with Anna Hannigan, Events Manager, IoD Ireland. 


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