Cyber security analysts face major challenge as new threats evolve - Ronan Murphy

There are always new types of malware and new threat actors, warns cybersecurity boss

1st March, 2017
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What’s your name?

Ronan Murphy

What position do you hold?

CEO of Smarttech247

How long have you held the position?

5 years

What are your day to day responsibilities?

Making sure our organisation delivers the world class cybersecurity support to our customers and making sure they stay secure.

What is your professional background?

Degree in Business, Chairman of the European Technology Cluster, Director of Cork Chamber of Commerce.

Tell me about yourself away from work?

I read a lot, play golf and enjoy learning more about how technology drives efficiency in business.

Tell us something very few people know about you?

I wake up at 5am and meditate

You are speaking at the 2017 Zero Day Summit. What is your talk about?

I will speak about cognitive technology also known as artificial intelligence and explain how it is changing the cybersecurity industry. Today in security operations, analysts have an extremely tough job. Not only are they inundated with alerts, but they have to be increasingly knowledgeable because the threats are evolving so quickly, and there are always new types of malware and new threat actors. Cognitive security helps companies and analysts get through more work more effectively because they’re don’t have to spend so much time digging and analysing threats.

What challenges do you see for Cyber Security in Ireland?

I see massive challenges for businesses and consumers. There are thousands of cyber-attacks every day and ransomware has become a billion dollar industry. Organisations are unprepared for the challenges. For example, Yahoo has had to agree to a price cut of $350m on the original $4.8 billion sale of its core business to Verizon, one of the first times that the discovery of a cyberattack has meant an acquisition price being revised.

Where would you like to see the sector in 10 years’ time?

From a cyber perspective I would like to see an increase in general cyber awareness. I also believe we will see a much bigger adoption of artificial intelligence in the fight against cybercrime.

Ronan Murphy will speaking about Cognitive Security and AI at Zero Day Con on March 7. For details see

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