Recently on the 1st and 2nd of July, VigiTrust held its 2015 Global Advisory Board. This event is held annually in Dublin with representation from far and wide. Over the day and half, recognised Cybersecurity experts and practitioners share their thoughts and experiences in the increasingly prevalent area of Information Security, Compliance and Data Protection.

 ian white - mathieu gorge - vigitrust advisory board - verizonLeft: Ian White, Head of UK and Ireland PCI Team, Verizon Enterprise Services.

Right: Mathieu Gorge, CEO and Founder of VigiTrust.

While the main purpose of VigiTrust’s Board of Advisors is be to provide advice, recommendations and guidance to the Board of Directors and the management team of VigiTrust, related to corporate goals and strategy, there are many other reasons for people to attend. These include giving one the opportunity to exchange views and ideas with executives with comparable roles and responsibilities, as well as to gain and share insights on regulations, share concerns and questions about the impacts of proposed and impending security regulations on your business and finally to expand one’s network of like-minded people with comparable responsibilities with whom you can collaborate to deal with unforeseen challenges.

This year, the event was held at the offices of BDO Dublin, by the kind invitation of their partners and members of their Risk Advisory practice. Over the two days 22 speakers and panellists shared their thoughts, ideas, experiences, best practises and innovations on a variety of interesting and challenging topics. A major benefit referenced by many attendees is the opportunity to be able to discuss, reflect and learn from everyone’s experience.

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Left: Stephen Orfei, General Manager, PCI Council.

Right: Kurt Pipal, Assistant Legal Attache for the Cyber Division of the FBI in London.

Stephen Orfei, the General Manager of the PCI Council, gave an interesting and relevant talk about the legal and industry mandates to protect Payment Data. Assistant Legal Attaché for the Cyber Division of the FBI in London, Kurt Pipal, set about increasing awareness of the reasons why corporations need to understand the increasing potential of Cyber-threats from nation states.

Ira Winkler, Director of Secure Mentem, gave a vibrant presentation on his personal “run in” with the hacker group Syrian Electronic Army, and used it to demonstrate the importance of promoting information security awareness within organisations to negate such threats. David Snow, author of “Someone has taken my Place” and a Fraud Investigator in Zurich Insurance, discussed his experience and his book, a story of crime and identity theft.

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Left: Mathieu Gorge moderating a panel discussion between Kurt Pipal, FBI, and Ira Winkler, Secure Mentem.

Right: Mathieu Gorge and Marie-Christine Vittet, PCI DSS Program Director at Accor.

Once again all the feedback from the participants was extremely positive, with all attendees enjoying and welcoming the opportunity for frank discussion and learning between peers across the sector, not least at the networking sessions in the evenings. The 2016 Advisory Board will be hosted once again, in Dublin on the 22nd and 23rd of June. A big thank you, to all the participants for this year, not least to BDO for hosting the event in their splendid offices in central Dublin. We hope to see you all again next year and if you didn’t make it this year, talk to us about attending next year.


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