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IoD Webinar: Cyber Security - A Top Priority for Boards

IoD Webinar

IoD Morning and Evening Briefings Series is kindly sponsored by Mazars

IoD Webinar: Cyber Security - A Top Priority for Boards

22 April 2020 9:30am

As part of our ongoing work to share exclusive content and insights with members, we are delighted to invite you to join our upcoming webinar entitled, ‘Cyber Security - A Top Priority for Boards’ with Sarah Hipkin, Director of Data Protection with Mazars.

According to the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2019-2024, 61% of Irish organisations are reported to have suffered cyber crime, such as fraud, in the last two years, with an estimated loss on average of €3.1 million. 

In this webinar, Sarah will address the importance of board investment in cyber organisational measures - such as governance, policies, training and awareness - which can assist in reducing the risk of a cyber attack.

Sarah will explore why companies should develop and implement a cyber strategy to minimise the associated financial, legal and reputational consequences of potential security breaches. As part of this, she will also discuss the technical and organisational measures that consider the human element, as well as addressing the diverse range of cyber attacks that can happen.

Please note, there will be a live Q&A facility for this webinar. Liam McKenna, Consulting Partner, Mazars, will join the Q&A element.

Sarah Hipkin

Sarah Hipkin

Director, Data Protection, Mazars

Sarah Hipkin is a Director in the Mazars Ireland Data Protection Practice. Sarah has 20 years’ experience working in cyber security, privacy and data governance in the USA, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Before joining Mazars, Sarah was the Head of Privacy and Security for Woolworths Group, Australia, with its 200,000 employees. At various points, she acted as the Chief Information Security Officer. Her remit included running the security operations centre, managing cyber security incident response, and breach management. This was a high-pressure environment that required immediate responses to fraud and security attacks. Before joining Woolworths, Sarah worked for PwC Australia and was responsible for conducting security and privacy reviews and implementation across many clients in various industries. These reviews were based on ISO27001 and NIST standards. 
Sarah combines her strong technology background with training in behaviour analysis which helps organisational change, developing plans that will be accepted and implemented and thinking through the human risks associated with an environment.

Liam McKenna

Liam McKenna

Partner, Consulting, Mazars

Liam is a Partner in the Mazars Ireland Consulting Services Practice. He has significant experience in delivering substantial change, IT and organisational transformation programmes. These programmes have typically been driven by a mandated change in regulated industries or cost reduction and performance improvement and are enabled by changes to operations, organisation structures and technology in a range of sectors including financial services, public and private sectors. 
Recent areas for focus for Liam include the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Office services; Information Security, Process Improvement including through Robotic Process Automation; Payments Services License Applications. He was written and spoken extensively on the GDPR.


Mazars is an international partnership specialising in audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services. 

In Ireland, we employ over 450 people in Dublin, Limerick and Galway and work with large corporate companies and Public Interest Entities and small to mid-sized indigenous businesses to assist clients at every stage in their development. 

We operate in 89 countries, including Ireland and overall, we draw on the expertise of 40,000 professionals - 24,000 in the Mazars integrated partnership and 16,000 via the Mazars North America Alliance.

To find out more visit the Mazars website.

How to view this webinar

  • To view this webinar, please register to attend via the below 'Member Booking' button.
  • All registered attendees will receive a joining instructions email on Tuesday, 21st April, with a link to where you can access the webinar.
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