Experts warn firms to be on red alert for systems attacks

IBM manager and former FBI counterintelligence boss say Ukraine war has turned dial up on what was already a ‘hot period for risk’ for large public and private organisations

Denis Kennelly, general manager of storage at IBM: ‘It’s not about throwing money at it. There needs to be an understanding of where we are, then we can decide to prioritise.’ Picture: John Allen Photography

Ireland’s largest private and public sector organisations are under severe threat of a high-level attack on their systems according to two experts who spoke with Connected this month.

Denis Kennelly, general manager of storage at IBM and Lou Bladel, former head of counterintelligence at the FBI, both issued stark warnings to businesses in Ireland.

Kennelly said the war in Ukraine meant the potential for another large scale attack, like the one that hit the HSE ...