Author: Mark Kane

Over the months of October and November, Certification Europe and BH consulting embarked on a round-trip of Ireland, to meet you and your colleagues, to discuss the incoming General Data Protection Regulation on your business. Not only did we explore the impacts of the Regulation on your business, but also informed on ways to prepare and manage your compliance framework.

We also had some very informative and enjoyable talks from some of our clients on their journey through ISO 27001 certification and how they are preparing for GDPR.

If you missed any of the talks, or would like to see what we got up to over the 2 months, you can see all the presentations below. Please click on the picture of the speaker you would like to view, to see their presentation.

Michael Brophy // CEO // Certification Europe Ltd.


Michael is the Co-Founder and CEO of Certification Europe. He setup Certification Europe because he felt that the process of certification and standardisation could be approached in a more client focused and dynamic fashion. Michael is one of Ireland’s leading authorities on standardisation and has also served on various EU Commission committees as an expert in information security and electronic signature standardisation.

Michael was the Lead Auditor for the first organisation in Ireland to achieve certification to the BS 7799 standard (now ISO 27001). Michael is experienced in designing and delivering bespoke training courses and has conducted evaluations and certification audits on a wide range of organisations across a broad range of standards, including the Department of Defence, the Revenue Commissioners, Health Protection Surveillance Unit, Health Services Executive South, Vodafone, British Telecom, the Comptroller and Auditor General, Rackspace, Wyeth Medica, RM Group, and Anovo Plc amongst others.




Brian Honan // CEO // BH Consulting Ltd. 


Brian Honan is one of Ireland’s foremost experts in information security. Over a 25-year career, he has managed and delivered security projects and services to multinationals, large organisations, government agencies and SMEs. Brian is a special advisor on Internet Security to Europol’s CyberCrime Centre (EC3). He regularly speaks at international security industry conferences, writes articles in respected trade publications and in his own blog, and is a published author of several information security books. In recognition of his contribution to the information security industry, Brian was inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame in June 2016.





Jason Farina // IT Security & Forensics // Revenue Commissioners 

Jason is the team lead for IT Security and Forensics in Revenue Ireland where he is responsible for maintaining the ISO 27001 and 22301 standards of the Revenue Datacentre and Services. A recent addition to the revenue Security team Jason has almost two decades of IT experience across the industry spectrum and has always brought a security aspect to any role undertaken. Jason’s approach to security is conservative enough that he naturally resists change but progressive enough that he is constantly surprised new methods haven’t already been invented to address whatever ‘it’ is.  He is most hated for starting overly complex suggestions with the words,  “Why not just….”




Sean Griffin // CTO // Poppulo (formerly Newsweaver) 


Sean is responsible for the creation and delivery of Poppulo’s product pipeline. He has 30+ years’ experience designing, building and delivering large scale enterprise software solutions including VP Research at Qumas and CTO at Vistech Software




Thomas Cox // HR Director & DPO // Intuity (home to tec support)

ISO 27001 Roadshow - Athlone


Thomas Cox is HR Director and DPO at Intuity, home to two technology companies, tec support and ice cube.  Upon finishing his studies, Thomas joined the family firm ice cube, and worked in various roles over a 33 year time frame. His passion for customer service, enterprise and business development has been key to the success and growth of ice cube during this time and in 2011, Thomas led the team to become one of the first companies in Ireland to achieve the ISO 27001 Data Security standard.  In late 2014 ice cube merged with the young and dynamic IT support and maintenance company, tec support, a fast growing IT support and maintenance business. Thomas lead the tec support team to also achieve ISO Certification 27001 in 2016 and together both companies delivery top of the range IT Security solutions to clients nationwide.




Andrew Maybin // MD // Tibus 


Andrew has led Tibus since 2012, having been a Director of the business since 2004. He has responsibility for all commercial and operational aspects of Tibus and personally advises a number of Tibus’ larger clients on major content delivery and hosting requirements. Andrew is a Board Director of INEX ( and is heavily involved in LINX (the London Internet Exchange), LoNAP and the UK & Ireland Peering Forum.

Andrew is regularly invited to speak at events and conferences, and he writes on technology and business topics for a range of publications. His particular focus is on realistically harnessing the potential of new technologies for established businesses and public sector organisations. He is a member of the Wireless Group Senior Management Team and contributes up IT Governance and IT Steering for its diverse range of media businesses.




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