Anti-terrorism officer and FBI agent for Killarney conference

A Kerry man who has risen to the rank of Assistant Commissioner for Security and Intelligence with An Garda Síochána is to address a major conference on cyber security in Killarney this weekend.

Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan, who hails from Tuosist, will deliver the closing address at the Cyber Security Transatlantic Policy Forum in The Brehon on Friday and he will share the platform with several influential experts, including FBI Special Agent Todd Renner and Detective Inspector Alistair Burns of the PSNI’s serious cyber-crime unit.

The keynote speaker will be Sir Rob Wainwright, Senior Partner for Deloitte’s Cyber Practice and the former Director of Europol while David Stanton, TD, Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, will deliver the opening address.

Now based in Dublin, 58-year-old Assistant Commissioner O’Sullivan has specific responsibility for the State’s security service function which includes preventing, detecting and investigating acts of terrorism and guarding against espionage, sabotage, unlawful acts that subvert or undermine parliamentary democracy.

He is also responsible for international police cooperation through Europol and Interpol.

In July 2018 the Tuosist man became first member of An Garda Síochána to deliver an address at a UN General Assembly in New York on the topic of strengthening the role and capacity of the United Nations to implement a global counter-terrorism strategy.

Industry leaders, policy makers, politicians and law enforcement agencies from the US, Britain and Ireland will gather at The Brehon to share insights and examine available opinions at the inaugural one-day conference.

As well working to improve and expand government, academic and private sector collaborations in cyber security, the event will focus on the latest intelligence on how to safeguard against cyber-attacks.

Other speakers will include Professor Todd Landman of the University of Nottingham, Kevin R. Powers, Director of M.S. Cybersecurity Policy and Governance, Boston College and Superintendent Michael Gubbins, Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.

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