Technology that protects the world – created in Cork

Cork is widely recognised as a leading hub for cybersecurity. Selected by major cyber and tech-focused companies like Intel, IBM, Trend Micro, FireEye, and Johnson Controls, Cork is fast developing capability and capacity in this burgeoning tech sector. Over 1,000 highly skilled professionals are already working in cybersecurity in Cork. Developing that talent pool is core to Cork’s success.

Collaborate to innovate

Cork’s dynamic cybersecurity ecosystem brings together the big names of cybersecurity, world-class R&D and top-flight graduates. Highly specialised BSc and MSc level degrees in cybersecurity are available at Cork’s Institute of Technology (CIT). These courses are continually evolving with input from leading employers to ensure alignment with this fast-paced sector.

Cybersecurity is a rapidly changing and globally relevant field; based on very deep engagement with industry partners, CIT is now focusing on providing advanced programme options in areas such as security management and law, digital forensics, malware analysis, applied cryptography, offensive security, and network security and forensics.

Professor Tim Horgan, Head of Computing Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)

Educating tomorrow

Cork’s higher education institutions lead the way in growing Cork’s renowned skills pool in the sector. CIT’s NIMBUS Centre hosts cutting-edge cybersecurity systems research, while UCC’s Department of Computer Science collaborates in international security projects, with security an integral part of their undergraduate and post graduate education. These two highly rated academic institutions offer a broad range of related options, including security management and law, digital forensics, malware analysis, applied cryptography, offensive security, network security and forensics.

MSc level degrees in cybersecurity from Cork Institute of Technology provide a ready supply of top talent.

Together we can

Cork’s ‘can do’ ethos, enabled by the region’s supportive knowledge cluster, has helped the success of local cybersecurity start-ups like TrustEV (now acquired by TransUnion) and Barricade (now acquired by Sophos). CorkSec is an active information security community for all levels that meets once a month to discuss and test out theories and is open to both students and experienced professionals.