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Symposium - Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection in the EU: (How) can we have it all?

The School of Law at Trinity College, Dublin, together with ADAPT, cordially invites you to this workshop.

Thursday, 26 October 2023

The symposium will feature a roundtable discussion featuring:

  • Richard Browne, Director of the National Cybersecurity Centre
  • Jacky Fox, Senior Managing Director, Accenture Security, Europe Lead
  • Dale Suderland, Deputy Data Protection Commissioner

Organised by Dr Maria Grazia Porcedda, Assistant Professor in Information Technology Law, ADAPT Centre and Technologies, Law and Society research group

Date of Event: Thursday, 26 October 2023
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Registration: Event Registration can be completed here
CPD Hours/Points: 4 CPD Points
Venue: Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

About the workshop: Is it possible to achieve cybersecurity while safeguarding privacy and data protection? Forming part of the EU Cybersecurity Month 2023, this conversation will bring together lawyers, members of the judiciary, national and EU policymakers, experts in standardization, tech developers and representatives of national regulatory agencies to discuss the state of play of cybersecurity, privacy and data protection in Ireland and the EU. Using prompts from Porcedda’s 2023 book on cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, participants will debate challenges and identify solutions for the coexistence of these three fundamental objectives of our contemporary society.

Acknowledgments: With the financial support of the Trinity College’s Benefaction fund and the kind support of ICEL, the ADAPT Centre and Trinity Long Room Hub.

10:30 Arrival & Registration (Refreshments)
11:00 Welcome by Professor Caoimhin MacMaolain, Head of the School of Law
11:10 Introduction to the symposium, Dr Maria Grazia Porcedd, TCD
11:30 - 12:30 Panel 1 - The law-case law nexus in cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
  Ronan Lupton, SC (Chair to Alto, Law Library, UCD)
  Dr. Maria Helen Murphy (Associate Professor, Maynooth University)
  Simon Garr (Solicitor, Mc Garr Solicitors, Director, Data Compliance Europe, Law Society of Ireland)
  Chair: Eoin Delap (Irish Centre for European Law, TCD)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:40 Panel 2 - Technological standardisation and the law: cybersecurity, privacy and data protection by design?

Gina Dollard (Head of Cyber Resilience & Strategic Regulatory Relations, AIB)


Robert Pisarczyk (CEO & Co-founder of Oblivious)

  Marta Janczarski (Microsoft National Standards Officer, Irish chair for the NSAI mirror committees to JTC 13 at CEN-CENELEC and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27)
  Dr. Prokopios Drogkaris (Cybersecurity Expert - Deputy DPO, European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)
  Chair: Dr Stephen Farrell, (TCD and Internet Engineering Task Force)
14:40 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 16:00 Policy roundtable. The future of cybersecurity, privacy and data protection in Ireland and the EU
  Richard Browne (Director of the National Cybersecurity Centre)

Jacky Fox (Senior Managing Director, Accenture Security, Europe Lead)


Dale Suderland (Deputy Data Protection Commissioner)


Chair: Professor Maria Grazia Porcedda, TCD

16:00 - 16:15 Closing remarks by Professor Dave Lewis (TCD, Interim Director of the ADAPT Centre)
16:15 - 17:00 Goodbye / Refreshments

*The organisers reserve the right to substitute speakers as required.


Part-funded by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Events Fund and Benefactions Fund. With the kind support of ICEL, the ADAPT Centre and Trinity Long Room Hub.

Special thanks to Sean O'Brien (events management, TCD Law School), Jonathan Prunty (events assistance, TCD Law School) and Jenny Walsh (flyer, ADAPT Centre)