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ICS Deputy CEO Mary Cleary awarded inaugural David O'Leary Award

Mary Cleary, Deputy CEO of the Irish Computer Society, has been awarded the inaugural David O’Leary Award for her contributions to the development of IT Professionalism.Mary Cleary was presented with the award at the IFIP General Assembly in Kiev this week.Receiving the inaugural award demonstrates Mary’s continuing commitment to raising standards of professionalism in IT across Ireland and internationally. She ...

  Thursday, October 17th

A new declaration on IT Professionalism

A new declaration on IT Professionalism was made by the ICS CIO Advisory board on behalf of the ICS CIO Forum at the recent ICS Leaders Conference.It is no secret that almost 40% of companies trying to recruit IT professionals in Europe report difficulties in finding skilled workers. Clearly, we have to create the right framework to attract fresh talent to the IT sector, ...

  Thursday, October 17th

October is European Cybersecurity Month

On the 1st of October the European Cybersecurity Month was launched in all Member States to raise awareness about cybersecurity threats as well as promote cybersecurity among citizens and organisations through education and sharing of good practices. This year, in particular, European Cybersecurity Month will focus on raising awareness about the good cybersecurity practices that should be a part of everyone’s daily routine, ...

   Tuesday, October 8th

Have your say on the e-Competence Framework

At ICS we know all IT professionals need to keep their skills up to date and track them throughout their career. We developed the CareerPlus tool to benchmark your skills against an international standard - the e-Competence Framework (eCF).The European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) provides a reference of 40 competences as applied at the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workplace, using a common language for ...

   Wednesday, July 17th

The EU Cybersecurity Act brings a strong agency for cybersecurity and EU-wide rules on cybersecurity certification

picture evoking cybersecurity

On 27 June the European Cybersecurity Act entered into force, setting the new mandate of ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, and establishing the European cybersecurity certification framework. With the entry into force of the Cybersecurity Act, a new course is starting for ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, which will enjoy a permanent mandate, increased responsibilities and resources. First example of its kind, the ...

  Tuesday, July 2nd

Global Centre for Business Agility launched as a new force for Digital Transformation

The Irish Computer Society is proud to welcome the Global Centre for Business Agility (GCBA) to its network of supported member bodies. The Global Centre for Business Agility is a non-profit member organisation for professionals who use agile techniques to deliver better business value.The association joins itSMF Ireland, HISI, Iasa Ireland, ADPO, BPI and the Business Analyst Association of Ireland to provide expert ...

  Thursday, June 13th

Behind the Scenes at ICS - Claudia Delaney – Head of Training and Certification

Many of you will know Claudia Delaney, our Head of Training and Certification, who has been with ICS for over 18 years. We’ve spoken to Claudia about her vision for supporting your professional development.Claudia started at ICS as ECDL Accreditation Coordinator. She honed her skills as a learning and development professional while looking after the IT skills needs of hundreds of schools and ...

  Thursday, June 13th

The Blockchain ball is in developers hands

Demand seems to be trending in the ICT skills sphere and, for a change, we are not talking about the skills shortage: the demands are coming from the candidates. If you are a skilled IT professional then it would appear that your wish is their command, provided they want you enough.Another ‘want’ trending at the moment is more education around blockchain, its uses ...

  Monday, December 3rd

Spinelli Prize 2019 for projects dispelling disinformation

The 2019 Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach is open for entries until 2 December 2019.Up to 16 prizes of €25,000 are awarded to EU citizens and non-governmental organisations based in the EU for high quality contributions which:Promote knowledge of the European Union and a critical reflection on its past, present and futureOr expose anti-EU populist myths on various aspects of the European integration process, including extremist rhetoric ...

  Wednesday, November 20th

The Irish Computer Society is recruiting for 2 project executives

We're looking to recruit two new members of staff to join our team in Dublin 4. Bring your creativity and passion as we're looking for two individuals who can help us to make a real difference with our missions to advocate for digital literacy and the use of technology in education, develop research and policy on all aspects of ICT and supporting the ICT profession ...

   Thursday, November 14th

What they don't teach you at MIT

It is becoming increasingly clear that a set of soft or social skills are complementary to the adoption and use of the most advanced technologies. A 2019 World Development Report – The Changing Nature of Work observes that as machines increasingly take over routine tasks previously performed by humans, tomorrow’s jobs will become ever more about non-routine, cognitive, analytical, and interpersonal tasks. Success in this ...

  Thursday, November 14th

ICS CIO Profile - Kevin Sweeney, Intuition Publishing

This month we take another look at one of the CIOs who volunteers at ICS to give us insight into the motivations and challenges of IT professionals right now.Sweeney is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and is currently a member of the ICS CIO Advisory Board. Name:  Kevin Sweeney, CIO, Intuition Publishing Bio:  Kevin recently joined Intuition Publishing after 9 years leading ...

  Wednesday, November 13th

ICDL Ireland wins European Best Practice award

Pictured L-R – ICDL Ireland Staff: Declan Munroe (Software Developer), Jim Friars (CEO), Amy Townsend (Marketing Executive) ICDL Ireland won for the second year in a row at this year’s European Best Practice awards for the launch of our new digital certificates for ICDL candidates. Since June 2019 almost 50,000 students have been sent their digital certificate. ICDL Ireland and Irish Computer Society CEO Jim Friars ...

  Wednesday, November 13th

Developers: Get Ready for New SameSite=None; Secure Cookie Settings

Chrome has announced a secure-by-default model for cookies, enabled by a new cookie classification system (spec). This initiative is part of Chrome's ongoing effort to improve privacy and security across the web.Chrome plans to implement the new model with Chrome 80 in February 2020. Mozilla and Microsoft have also indicated intent to implement the new model in Firefox and Edge, on their own timelines. While ...

  Thursday, November 14th

New Privacy Act for Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Congresswomen Propose Creating Strong Set of User Rights, Establishing Digital Privacy Agency & Placing Privacy Obligations on Tech Companies SILICON VALLEY, CA—Today, Congresswomen Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) introduced the Online Privacy Act of 2019, H.R. 4978, sweeping legislation that creates user rights, places obligations on companies to protect users’ data, establishes a new federal agency to enforce privacy protections, ...

   Thursday, November 7th

EU cybersecurity rules: Essential services Report

The Commission has published a report assessing how EU Member States have identified public and private organisations that must put in place cybersecurity measures and report major cyber incidents. These organisations, often called ‘operators of essential services’, are active in crucial areas of the economy and society, such as healthcare, transport, energy, financial infrastructure, water supply and more, and must be particularly resilient to ...

  Friday, November 1st