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Minister Creighton attends London Cyber Conference 1-2 November

Cybersecurity offers opportunities for Ireland

Minister of State Creighton will represent the Government at the London Cyber Conference on 1-2 November. The event has been organized by the British Foreign Secretary William Hague, in order to examine the foreign policy, economic and social issues linked to cyberspace.

Speaking in advance of the conference, Minister Creighton said:   “Cyberspace offers tremendous opportunities for Europe’s economies and for our citizens. A wealth of expertise exists within Ireland, whether it is in relation to cybersecurity, cloud computing or the semantic web.

Of course, we can’t ignore cyber-risks. It is important that countries work together to establish rules for the behavior of states in cyberspace. Cyberspace should be inclusive and safe for all users.   Human rights, notably freedom of expression and of access, must be respected.

Cyberspace will be an important issue during Ireland’s Chairmanship of the OSCE next year and our Presidency of the EU in 2013.    We will use these two roles to promote better international understanding of the challenges and opportunities which cyberspace presents”.


Note to Editors

The London Cyber Conference will be attended by representatives of 86 countries. The private sector and civil society will also participate.  Minister of State Creighton will be accompanied by officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Details of the conference agenda are available here:

Keynote speeches will be made by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Neelie Kroes, EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda.

Significant expertise exists in Ireland on various topics related to cyberspace/ cybersecurity/ cybercrime.

Cyberspace/ cybersecurity/ cybercrime issues are already under discussion in various international bodies including the UN, the EU, OSCE, Council of European and NATO. The OSCE Vilnius Ministerial meeting in December will determine the focus of future cyber activities by this organization.  Ireland will act as Chairmanship-in-Office of the OSCE during 2012 and will organize a seminar on Freedom of Digital Media as well as possible “confidence building work” on cybersecurity.