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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, An Garda Síochána
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.
Todd Renner

Todd Renner

Supervisory Special Agent; Assistant Legal Attache at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Todd Renner is an Assistant Legal Attaché (ALAT) in London, responsible for leading complex international cyber intrusion investigations. In this role, ALAT Renner leads FBI collaborative efforts with United Kingdom authorities and industry partners to successfully execute the Pursue, Prevent, Protect, and Prepare strategy.

Prior to his assignment in London, Special Agent Renner was a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI’s Cyber Division Technical Operations Unit, developing and initiating sophisticated exploitation opportunities for the U.S. Government. SA Renner also served as a Case Agent and SWAT operator in multiple field offices in the United States.
Markus Winkler

Markus Winkler

European Director of Cloud & DevOps, Trend Micro
Nearly 20 years of information security experience working as PreSales, Lead Consultant, Solution Manager and Architect, Markus is working currently as the Cloud & DevOps Architect within Europe for Trend Micro.

Based on his broad knowledge about technologies like big data analytics, cloud security, anomaly detection, critical data security and others, he is involved in the cloud transitions of big enterprises introducing container technologies, automation and orchestration.

He is regularly in contact with all the major roles within the DevOps, Container, Cloud and Security area.

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.
Martin Borrett

Martin Borrett

IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO IBM Security Europe at IBM
Martin Borrett is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO IBM Security Europe. He advises at the most senior level in clients on policy, business, technical and architectural issues associated with security. Martin leads IBM's Security Blueprint work and is co-author of the IBM Redbooks "Introducing the IBM Security Framework and IBM Security Blueprint to Realize Business-Driven Security" and "Understanding SOA Security". He is Chairman of the European IBM Security Board of Advisors, represents IBM at GFCE, ECSO and the Industry Advisory Board of LORCA, the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and member of the IET. Martin has a passion for sailing and has represented Great Britain; he is also a keen tennis player.

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
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.
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.
Andreas Grzess

Andreas Grzess

Chief Technology Officer, Smarttech247
In his current role at Smarttech247, Andy is CTO with a passion for all things cyber security related. Andy firmly believes that we should share our knowledge and expertise and provide our customers with the very best in threat Intelligence, detection and response.
Andy’s affinity for security can be traced back to his time as a Sergeant in the German Armed Forces. He is an advocate for how to give back to the industry and develop the next generation of cybersecurity experts.
Tracey Pretorius

Tracey Pretorius

Director, Global Partner Business Strategy, Microsoft
Tracey Pretorius, Director, Global Partner Business Str¬ategy, Microsoft Corporation, leads global efforts to help customers benefit from an unparalleled partner network that delivers world-class cloud and AI solutions. Leveraging her experience in cloud and cybersecurity strategy, incident response, and crisis communication, Tracey and her team deliver winning strategies for partners and rewarding experiences for customers. She meets regularly with customers to share best security brand strategy practices for the protection of critical infrastructure and information technology systems.

A veritable globetrotter, Tracey currently resides in Washington State in the U.S. She is a member of the Executive Women’s Forum for security, privacy and risk management professionals, a company exec sponsor at KPMG’s I-4 Forum for Information Security & Risk professionals – where she regularly speaks on industry hot topics – as well as a founding member and Chairperson of the Leadership Council for Microsoft Women in Security (MWIS). She actively participates in industry event panels, with a particular focus on data breach concerns and smart incident response.

Tracey specializes in clearing roadblocks for partners and customers, helping to secure their brand especially when dealing with cybersecurity issues. Passionate about smart, principled crisis management and effective cyber incident response, Tracey has the experience, expertise, grit, and gravitas to help global partners and customers weather their storm.

Since joining Microsoft in 2004, Tracey has led some of the company’s most high profile perception campaigns and product launches. She also worked to establish Microsoft’s credibility in cloud computing with the introduction of the Windows Azure platform. As the Director of Issues Management, Tracey designed, created and drove the implementation of the bespoke Microsoft global 24/7 crisis response communication management process. Built on Microsoft Dynamics, the process ensures quick assessments of key facts to drive accuracy and efficiency, especially when managing the media. During a time of crisis, this program is designed to protect both customers’ and Microsoft’s reputation.

In her over 20 years of international experience, Tracey has been privileged to lead and implement a number of global programs and has spent considerable time working across Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Proudly South African, Tracey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology and Communications from the University of South Africa.

Tracey is all about relationships, relationships, relationships! Ask her opinion on current trends in the InfoSec community, or tell her about your latest “phishing” trip. A word nerd, indoor cycler, art enthusiast, and cyber culture aficionado, Tracey is always interested in expanding her rich and diverse global network.
Robert Sedman

Robert Sedman

Director, UKI at IBM
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.
Dr. Nicole S. van der Meulen

Dr. Nicole S. van der Meulen

Senior Strategic Analyst | Europol
Dr. Nicole S. van der Meulen has been working in the field of cybersecurity for over a decade. She is currently a Senior Strategic Analyst at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol. In that capacity, she functions as the Team Leader of the Strategy & Development team. Prior to her arrival at EC3, she was an Advisor of Security Affairs at the Dutch Banking Association. Previously, she led the cybersecurity part of the Defence, Security and Infrastructure (DSI) team at RAND Europe in Cambridge, UK, where she worked as an analyst.

From 2010 – 2012, she worked as a Cyber Security advisor at GOVCERT.NL, the predecessor to the Dutch National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NL), where she was co-responsible for the development of the first Cyber Security Threat Assessment, before returning to academia at the start of 2012 as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Transnational Legal Studies at the VU University in Amsterdam. In 2010 she obtained her PhD based on a comparative study between the United States and the Netherlands on digital financial identity theft at the Law Faculty of Tilburg University. She studied Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Comparative Politics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Bachelor of Arts, 2005, Cum Laude) and VU University Amsterdam (Master of Science, 2006, Cum Laude).
Donna Creaven

Donna Creaven

Head of Supervision, Multinational and Technology, Data Protection Commission
Donna is Assistant Commissioner and Head of Supervision in the Multinational & Technology unit of the Data Protection Commission. A governance & compliance professional Donna is also a Certified Data Protection Officer and Qualified Company Secretary. Trained in law, finance, accounting, risk management, strategy, public administration and governance, for over a decade, she has been a focal point for independent advice and guidance on the conduct of business, governance and compliance. An excellent communicator with the ability to multi-task and prioritise in a rapidly changing environment, whilst always ensuring a high standard of performance and strong corporate governance and compliance.
Tony Clarke

Tony Clarke

Head of Information Security at ICON plc
A senior information security leader with broad range of experience in cybersecurity and information security who has experience across a number of industries including banking/finance, insurance, utilities, telecommunications, government, semi-state bodies, EU and United Nations agencies.

A proven people management skills across a global function.

A keen contributor to the cybersecurity community who has spoken at several cybersecurity conferences and is a regular contributor to OWASP, ISACA and academic events.

Areas of interest include, cyber threat intelligence, information security management systems, risk assessment, security awareness programs, cybersecurity frameworks, cyberpsychology, security operations, penetration testing, web application testing, secure application development, security architecture, data protection, ISO-27001, ISO-31000, NIST CSF, incident investigation and forensics.

Harri Ruuttila

Harri Ruuttila

Specialist Systems Engineer - Behavioral Analytics and Logging, Palo Alto Networks
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.
Simon Walsh

Simon Walsh

Senior Sales Engineer, Trend Micro
Simon Walsh is a Senior Sales Engineer working out of Trend Micro's Operations Centre in Cork, responsible for providing awareness and guidance regarding Trend Micro's entire security portfolio to customers, partners and anyone else interested in understanding the current IT and threat landscape and how best to thrive in it.
Simon is also a dedicated and passionate volunteer in Trend Micro's Internet Safety for Kids and Families program and has spoken with parents, teachers, kids and more at dozens of related events in Cork and beyond.

He is a law graduate, computer science post graduate, and holder of CCNA, CISA and CISSP professional qualifications.
David Lomax

David Lomax

Sales Engineering Lead UK and Nordics, Vectra
David Lomax is the technical leader for Vectra customer engagements in the UK and Nordic regions. He’s been responsible for architecting and ensuring customer success in some of the region’s largest Vectra Cognito AI deployments. Prior to joining Vectra in 2016 Lomax lead the EMEA sales engineering team at Barracuda Networks. Earlier in his career David held international positions at SafeNet and Cylink Corp.

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Jonathan Healy

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Conference Schedule

Morning Sessions

  • Registration, Coffee & Networking

  • Opening Remarks

  • A More Secure Everywhere

  • Turning the coexistence of „Dev“, „Sec“ & „Ops“ into a joint-venture

  • The Future of Security - Leveraging cognitive security for better human decision-making

  • Special Guest: Todd Renner FBI

  • Gourmet Brunch & Networking Session

Track 1: Boardroom Insights

  • Driving Fundamental and Disruptive Shifts With AI

  • Security By Design In A Digital World

  • Privacy and Data Security in the Age of Cyberwarfare

Track 2 - Technical Workshops

  • Security in a DevOps World

  • Using Behaviour Based Detection to Defeat Attackers & Insider Threats

  • Understanding AI in network detection and response


  • Tea & Coffee Break

  • Closing remarks & Award Ceremony

  • Post event networking drinks & canapés

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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