IT Symposium

Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney
Tuesday 24th March
1.30pm to 5pm
I.T. Training

With “Live Hacks”, Cyber Security experts and FREE IT clinics, this IT symposium is aimed at owners/managers of SMEs through to IT Managers within larger companies. It will assist participants with real practical advice on IT security and the current IT trends effecting business


Monaghan Leo is running its first IT Symposium on Tuesday 24th March 2020 in the Glencarn Hotel Castleblayney, with registration from 1.30pm to close at 5.30pm. The target audience are the SMEs and IT departments of the larger businesses in Monaghan.

The afternoon will include:

  • Live Hack demonstration
  • Expert speakers on IT security, use and emerging threat/trends
  • Workshop on Cyber security (aimed at SMEs)
  • Workshop on New Enterprise wide threats (aimed at larger companies)
  • FREE advice clinics for SMEs

While the event is free, you must be registered.


1.30pmRegistration & Lunch
2pmWelcome Address
2.10pm Session 1: Live hack – Baiting and other live demonstrations (Radius Technologies)
3pmTea & Coffee
3.10pmSession 2A: New enterprise wide threats (Radius Technologies)
3.10pmSession 2B: Cyber security threats and emails guidelines
4.10pm Tea & Coffee
4.20pmSession 3: Keynote speaker: Mike Harris, Grant Thornton,  "How business can be more efficient with new technologies"
4.50pmPanel discussion/ Questions and Answers session.
5.30pmEvent Close

Live Hack Workshop

This Live Hack workshop is aimed at generating awareness to Irish Business Owners on the threats that exist in the IT landscape in Ireland today. IT Security awareness is an essential part of your company’s overall protection. There has been exponential growth in cyber security threats which can cause massive interruption to Irish businesses along with enormous financial, reputation and legal damage.

Learn how to protect your business from Cyber Threats, Cyber Extortion and Digital Loss. This Live Hack and IT Security workshop is designed to help Business Owners and IT Managers, provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of IT Security, and how important it is for Irish SME’s and Enterprises. This programme is designed to assist company’s understand the types of Fraud/Hacking/Scamming activities that are taking place on a daily basis throughout Ireland today.

Participants will gain an understanding of the cyber threat landscape in Ireland and the steps every SME should be taking in relation to measuring and managing cyber risk for their business.       

Workshop Content 

  • Understand the concepts behind IT Security and the typical threats to Irish SME’s
  • How to evaluate any weaknesses that persist within the business and measures to immediately act on to improve security
  • How employee awareness training can create a culture of safe security practices within your business
  • Get a good understanding of the types of threats that persist for Irish SME’s
  • Get to see a Live Demonstration of a Hack in progress
  • Real-Life Case Studies of various types of attacks on Irish SME’s
  • Hear from an Irish SME Owner and the effects on his business from a Ransomware attack
  • Highlight best practices in relation to immediately becoming attaining a more secure SME environment
  • Next Steps to take to prevent such threats from occurring within your business

The Speakers:

Mike Harris, Grant Thornton

Mike joined the firm in 2013. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mike worked for 11 years in the European financial services and risk consulting practices of two Big Four firms. He advised clients in Ireland and internationally on a range of I.T, security, fraud and risk issues. During this time, he acted in technology leadership roles for both UK and Ireland based financial institutions.


David Waldron, Radius Technologies Ltd

David Waldron is Council Member of ISME and Director of Cloud Services at Radius Technologies Ltd. David started off in IT where he graduated with an Honours Degree in Business Computing from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2002. Since then, David had worked for 10 years in IT and Consulting roles before co-founding CloudStrong in 2011.

David consults with Irish SME’s throughout Ireland on IT & Cloud solutions that best fit their day to day business needs. Key to this is informing Business Owners on the steps they should be putting in place to conform to Data Protection regulations and Security Best Practices. David is also an avid GAA supporter and has played at both Club and Inter-County hurling levels for Roscommon. David is also a current Executive member of Roscommon Gaels GAA club.