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Rapidly emerging technologies are redefining cyberspace. Artificial intelligence and machine learning, behaviour analytics, hardware authentication, and virtualised security systems give experts new tools to protect critical data, systems, and infrastructure. Yet the proliferation of smart grids, connected devices, and cloud solutions expose organisations to new vulnerabilities. These innovations are also redefining attack vectors and techniques, creating fresh challenges for those on the frontlines of cybercrime.

This is the Age of Disruption


On March 7 2019, Zero Day Con will bring together leading technology firms, industry experts and government officials that will share insights for cybersecurity professionals grappling with the rise of disruptive innovations. Join experts from across the world in an exploration of the emerging technologies redrawing the security landscape.

  • See how bleeding edge applications of AI and machine learning are being deployed to secure data.
  • Explore how the public and private organisations are protecting critical infrastructure while embracing digital transformation
  • Learn about the future of cybersecurity from researchers at global technology companies and government laboratories creating the next generation of solutions.

NEW! Nominations for Ireland’s Cybersecurity Leader of the Year are now open. Click here to nominate someone for this award which will be presented at Zero Day Con. Finalists will be announced on Feb. 15th and will receive a free pass to the conference. 


Pat Lordan

Pat Lordan

Detective Chief Superintendent; Head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau
Head of the – Garda National Economic Crime Bureau including the Irish Financial Intelligence Unit Pat who is originally from Drimoleague, West Cork, joined An Garda Síochána in 1986 and has served mainly in the Dublin Region but also worked in the South Eastern and Eastern Garda Regions. Pat has worked in Community Policing, Drugs, Prostitution Investigations, Serious Crime Investigations, Fraud and Financial Investigations, Financial Intelligence and Cybercrime. He has held the position of Detective in all ranks and has been at the forefront of the investigation of serious crime for 24 years. Pat is a Senior Investigating Officer (S.I.O.) and holds a B.Sc in Management Law from Trinity College Dublin.

In 2015, Pat took up his current position as Head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau is involved in many high profile investigations and is supported by Gardaí throughout the country trained in Fraud Investigation. Pat and his team have developed a Post Graduate Certificate in Fraud and E-Crime Investigation in association with University College Dublin. Pat was also the lead representative from An Garda Síochána in the recent Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Review of Ireland.
Derek Coetzee

Derek Coetzee

CTO, Getvisibility
Derek is an experienced Chief Technology Officer with a demonstrated track record of delivering very complex and disruptive platforms across multiple industries. Skilled in Innovation Management, AI and Machine Learning-based solutions, Cloud Architecture and Distributed Systems, Pre-Sales, Cost Management and Start-ups. A strong, curious, business-savvy IT professional with a broad range of experience from Operations to Development to Research. Derek has managed distributed development teams and built enterprise software solutions for 18 years. He has been technical lead and programme manager in large projects in Russia with 12 vendors spread globally, in the Philippines with a similar set of vendors (on a project for PLDT), in
Bangkok (WinTV), New Zealand (Vodafone/TelstraClear) and Australia
Jeff Thorne

Jeff Thorne

Director of Technology and Field Engineering
Jeff Thorne is the Director of Technology and Field Engineering at Trend Micro. Prior to that Jeff has held various roles in the app dev and infosec community at VMware, Ooyala, and Third Brigade. He has extensive experience in hybrid cloud architectures, advanced breach detection, product management, and SW engineering. Jeff is a proud Canuck and now calls Seattle and London home.
Dave Allen

Dave Allen

Vice President, Western Europe, Palo Alto Networks
An entrepreneurial business leader, investor, coach and international speaker with strategic vision and a strong track record of success in both corporate and hyper-growth environments. A technologist since I could walk, I’ve worked in many areas of business and technology, working with industry and government executives creating transformation via people, process and technology. I’m a transformational coach and neuroscience lover - passionate about harnessing and unblocking the talent in people, creating a positive culture, and driving great results through engaged leadership. In my current role as a senior leader in a market-leading cyber security company, I meet regularly with executives and officials to discuss strategies on how cyber security is an essential enabler of economic growth, trust and stability in the modern digital society.
Ronan Murphy

Ronan Murphy

CEO Smarttech247
Ronan is an accomplished executive with over 20 years experience in the tech industry. Ronan is currently the CEO of Smarttech247, a multi award-winning managed cyber security company that specializes in the delivery and management of complex cybersecurity solutions worldwide. Ronan is also the founder of Getvisibility, a leading AI data governance software company.
David Cahill

David Cahill

Security Strategy and Architecture Manager, AIB

Having 14 years Information Security experience within the Irish financial services space, David Cahill is now Security Strategy and Architecture Manager for AIB.

In recent months David has been heavily involved in the security architecture & security policy requirements for a number enterprise projects including: Identity and Access Management, Network Segmentation, Endpoint Detection & Response, Cloud services adoption, Advanced Malware protection and PSD2 (tooling) deployments across the AIB Group.

Experienced in advising on best practices for designing corporate security policies including Cyber Defence, Mobile Device Management and Security Awareness. David is also a committee member of the Irish Information Security Forum (IISF). IISF are a non-for-profit group, which was established primarily to improve the understanding and practice of Information Security within the business computer user community.
Mark Brosnan

Mark Brosnan

CEO Xanadu Consultancy
Mike White

Mike White

CTO, Zutec
Michael is the CTO and co-founder of Zutec. He has been with the company since it was formed in 1999. Michael is an accomplished software technologist and leads development and delivery of all of Zutec’s software products.

He currently manages a large team of software creators. Michael recently implemented the ISO 27001 standard for Zutec’s information systems.

Other achievements include leading a joint venture with National University of Ireland (Galway) and University College Dublin in researching and developing building energy simulation tools.
Alan Giles

Alan Giles

CTO and Co-Founder, Boxever
Alan is co-founder and CTO - and the driving force behind Boxever’s technology and innovation. He is a highly accomplished software technologist and entrepreneur with over 15 years' experience developing and delivering highly scalable distributed systems. He is passionate about large scale systems, cloud security and building new architectures to support petabyte-scale data processing. Alan is constantly identifying ways Boxever can grow.
Carmina Lees

Carmina Lees

Managing Director, Financial Services Technology Consulting Lead at Accenture
Carmina Lees is a Managing Director at Accenture within Financial Services, joining in September 2017. Prior to this she was at IBM for 19 years, her most recent role was the Vice President of IBM’s Cyber Security Business in UK & Ireland (UKI)

Carmina now leads the Financial Services Technology Consulting and Technology Advisory Practice for UKI. The focus is to help our C-suite clients articulate, plan and implement their transformational agenda. Focused on industry-specific (banking, capital markets and insurance) and function specific (Cyber Security, Cloud, Digital IT, AI, RPA Blockchain, and Legacy value creation) knowledge, skills, know-how and capabilities to each client's specific situation.

Carmina has always been an active supporter and ambassador for promoting the presence of women in IT since the start of her career. She is the Executive sponsor for Accenture Security Women’s Program across Europe, and driving the D&I agenda within Accenture and externally.

Outside of Accenture, she has 2 young daughters, who keep her, and her husband very busy.
Harri Ruuttila

Harri Ruuttila

Specialist Systems Engineer - Behavioral Analytics and Logging
Harri Ruuttila is a cyber security expert with over 10 years of experience working with latest cyber security innovations. He holds a MSc degree in Computer Science. At his current role at Palo Alto Networks working as Specialist Systems Engineer - Behavioral Analytics and Logging he focuses on Palo Alto Networks technologies which help customers find attackers already lurking in their networks and detecting insider threats. In the past he has worked extensively with the Palo Alto Networks platform and other leading security vendors.

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Jonathan Healy

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What is Zero Day Con

Zero Day Con is an annual cybersecurity conference that offers the opportunity for senior business executives to learn about the latest cybersecurity trends and how to address today’s security challenges. By providing a combination of thought leadership, awareness and engagement, Zero Day Con brings together experts from around the world to discuss security architectures that provide higher levels of security posture.

Best cybersecurity conference I have attended so far.
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