The Big Interview: The 33-year-old CEO leading one of Ireland's top tech firms

Raluca Săceanu joined Smarttech in Cork nine years ago, becoming one of its first ten employees. She now heads up the business as it is plotting a major expansion

Raluca Saceanu, chief executive of Smarttech. At only 33 she has succeeded in an industry that is still largely the preserve of men. Picture: John Allen

Raluca Săceanu might be an optimist by nature, but her views on cybersecurity threats are bleak to say the least.

It is, she says, a matter of when, not if, Ireland is hit by a major incident that is every bit as bad, or possibly considerably worse, than the ransomware attack on the Health Service Executive which took place nearly two years ago.

“Cybersecurity attacks are getting bigger and global political tensions, including the war ...