Once again the National Software Centre is proud to sponsor the next TechBrew event which will delve into the world of entrepreneurship in the Cyber Security sector and the crucial role of Cyber Security in Ireland.  You will hear from leading entrepreneurs who have made significant contributions to the Cyber Security landscape, exploring their innovative solutions and the challenges they have overcome.

Panelists include:


TechBrew is an informal gathering of software company management and technology leaders.  Tech Industry Alliance TechBrew events will particularly appeal to Leaders, Investors and Advisors in Tech Companies, Founders, Mentors, Programme Leaders or anyone else that is supporting the growth of the Technology Sector. Tech Industry Alliance TechBrew is a healthy session talking about the business of technology with food and drink in an informal and open-discussion interactive setting.

Who should attend?

  • CEOs, General Managers, Site Leaders, Managers, business leaders, advisors, Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs.
  • Open to everyone, this session will be of interest to companies across the spectrum of sectors within our region who are eager to flex their innovation muscles in order to increase competitiveness.

This event is in collaboration with Cyber Ireland

Cyber Ireland is the national cyber security cluster organisation that brings together Industry, Academia and Government to represent the needs of the Cyber Security Ecosystem in Ireland. Cyber Ireland aim’s to enhance the Innovation, Growth and Competitiveness of the companies and organisations which are part of the cluster.

Overview of Speakers and Companies

Raluca Saceanu

Raluca is the CEO of Smarttech247, an enterprise cyber security organisation. Trusted by global private and public companies, the Smarttech247 platform provides threat intelligence with managed detection and response to provide actionable insights, 24/7 threat detection, investigation, and response. Smarttech247 listed on the London Stock Exchange in December 2022. Under Raluca’s leadership, Smarttech247 continues to be at the forefront of innovation, delivering unparalleled cybersecurity solutions and safeguarding organisations worldwide. Raluca is an advocate of public cybersecurity education, empowering individuals and organisations alike with vital insights and expert guidance through her educational endeavours. Raluca holds a Master of Science in Strategic Management from the University of Innsbruck and received the Women in Technology Advocate Award by Deloitte in 2021. Raluca was voted Best Global Cybersecurity CEO by CEO Weekly in 2023.

Patrick Horgan

Patrick is CEO & Co-founder of valid8Me, a multi-award-winning digital identity and client onboarding due diligence platform, transforming how businesses meet their AML & KYC obligations to enhance their compliance, whilst providing their clients a more secure and frictionless onboarding experience.

Patrick is responsible for leading the development and global rollout of valid8Me, comprising general operations, business development strategy, and client relationships. He is recognised as a pioneer in the reusable digital identity movement, which is now championed by a number of government and regulatory bodies globally as playing a key role in addressing some of the fundamental challenges faced in AML compliance today.

Patrick has over 18 years of experience in the financial technology space. He was presented with a leadership award in 2021 by the prestigious global asset management trade association, NICSA, in recognition for his service and innovation in the industry.

Michael O’Connor

With more than 25 years of experience in information security, risk management and cultivating security-first cultures within organisations. Michael holds a Master’s degree in Business Practice from University College Cork and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). Michael’s career has been defined by his unwavering commitment to protecting customers from evolving security threats.

Michael has enabled NexGen Cyber to launch into the Irish market adding 25 years of experience to the team. Michael’s career has been defined by his unwavering commitment to protecting financial institutions from evolving security threats. His specialised focus on banking and finance, coupled with expertise in cybersecurity, has allowed him to develop and implement state-of-the-art security measures, safeguarding banks’ assets and maintaining their industry-leading positions.

NexGen Cyber mission goes beyond providing everyday technology solutions. NexGen Cyber is a trusted Managed Service Security Provider (MSSP), specialising in delivering end-to-end digital security management solutions that deliver true business impact for customers. NexGen Cyber core focus is assisting clients with achieving business goals and the highest levels of digital excellence so they can focus on what matters – their core business. Through a comprehensive range of digital services, NexGen Cyber ensure clients stay ahead in the ever-changing digital security landscape and maximize their overall digital strategy.