Irish wins at infosec leader awards

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13 December 2017


The first ever EMEA Information Security Leadership Awards (ISLA) have taken place in London, with two Irish information security professionals receiving wards.

The ISLAs are run by (ISC)², the non-profit association of information security professionals.

Denise Murtagh-Dunne, PwC Ireland

Denise Murtagh-Dunne, CISSP, information security manager, PwC (Ireland), won the Woman Information Security Professional award. Murtagh-Dunne has been commended for her tireless work to improve the information security community within PwC, hosting regular events, each of which have seen more than 200 attend. She has excelled in her work in engaging the community and destroying the barriers that have historically prevented people in getting involved in cybersecurity.

Peter O’Boyle, HCISPP, information security manager at ICON (Ireland) won the Information Security Practitioner award for implementing formal cybersecurity processes at ICON, including supply chain risk assessments and navigating compliance with GDPR. O’Boyle has successfully aligned cybersecurity to the business’ goals and objectives, and has ensured that cybersecurity is embedded into every part of the organisation.

“Around the world, our ISLA awards allow us to honour the outstanding accomplishments of our peers, and reveal what professionals in our field are doing to help us achieve our vision of inspiring a safe and secure cyber world,” said Wesley Simpson, chief operating officer, (ISC)².

“At a time when we all are beginning to feel the impact of the shortage of skilled talent in our field, I don’t think we can underestimate the importance of recognising the significant contributions being made to our profession, with the talent that we currently have. The winners’ stories tell us a lot about what it means to be a cybersecurity professional that is committed to both supporting and advancing our field of practice,” said Simpson.

“I never thought I would win, especially when considering the other finalists’ impressive credentials,” said Denise Murtagh-Dunne. “To be up against such strong nominees, and to be on par with them is amazing. I am absolutely delighted to receive this award, as the nomination was made by my peers. It means a lot to me to know that the work I do is so highly regarded.”

Peter O’Boyle, ICON Ireland

“I’m delighted and honoured to be awarded one of the first EMEA Information Security Leadership Awards,” said Peter O’Boyle. “The awards are a great initiative, offering the chance for professionals to recognise one another. I want to thank everybody who nominated me. It has really taken me by surprise how highly my colleagues and peers think of me.”


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