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Let’s hear from you: share news with the membership

Your membership body is for you, the members. So we’d love to hear what has sparked your imagination and you have been up to. If you have exciting news or if you’ve seen an interesting publication, thought piece or research online that you think is worth sharing with the wider membership, don’t keep it to yourself.Especially while we are still ...

   Friday, May 29th


Train online with ICS: all professional development courses available to book

Behind the scenes at ICS we have been working hard to ensure your professional development needs can continue to be met. We are pleased to announce that member events, CPD and training are now fully available online.“Businesses across the country are dealing with new requirements and changing circumstances,” said Claudia Delaney, our Head of Training. “Your staff may need training in new methods ...

  Monday, May 25th


Updated cancellation policy to help members during Covid-19 emergency

We would like to reassure members and students regarding our policy on refunds, cancellations, transfers and substitutions during the current crisis.Behind the scenes at ICS we have been working hard to ensure your professional development needs can continue to be met. We are pleased to announce that member events, CPD and training are now fully available online.We have been contacted by many ...

   Thursday, April 23rd


ICT funding for Schools including €10 million top-up funding

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Wednesday 22 April 2020) announced a special €10 million fund to support the purchase of technology and devices for disadvantaged students.A total of €7 million additional funding will be provided in the post-primary sector and €3 million in the primary sector.“Providing €10 million for schools now to buy devices like laptops is going to be a huge ...

   Wednesday, April 22nd


Data Protection Tips for Video-conferencing

The Data Protection Commission has shared their tips for secure video conferencing.In light of the recent increase in remote working, necessitated by COVID-19 mitigation measures, as well as the increased numbers keeping in touch online with friends and family, the number of people video-conferencing and video-calling has increased dramatically. This has also resulted in people using apps and services which they might not ...

  Tuesday, April 21st


Innovative SMEs are enabling Europe’s “forced digitalisation”

Disrupted by COVID-19, businesses, citizens, and public administrations are turning to digital solutions to keep working.Times are tough for the European economy. Social distancing due to COVID-19 affects everyone, but brick-and-mortar businesses are hit particularly hard. Digital tools play a key role in keeping society and economy operational as physical spaces are closed or restricted.A campaign born out of solidarityThe “Digital Solutions ...

  Tuesday, April 21st


Free ICDL training as response to ongoing Covid-19 crisis

ICDL, formerly known as ECDL, is now free on fetchcourses.ie to support those affected by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.Working in partnership with SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority, ICDL resources have been made available for free on the SOLAS online learning service as a support to learners who have been impacted by the current containment measures.Students can now access 10 ICDL ...

  Wednesday, April 8th


Strategies and tips for coping with #Covid19

WomanUp has created a resource which offers strategies and tips to help you cope with the professional and personal challenges you are likely to be facing as a result of #Covid19.The articles are written by senior professional women who have been involved in the delivery of WomanUp’s Female Leadership Programme, which aims to build leadership skills among high potential women. That said, ...

  Wednesday, April 8th


Let’s hear from you: share news with the membership

Your membership body is for you, the members. So we’d love to hear what has sparked your imagination and you have been up to. If you have exciting news or if you’ve seen an interesting publication, thought piece or research online that you think is worth sharing with the wider membership, don’t keep it to yourself.Especially while we are still ...

   Friday, May 29th


Notable fines under GDPR including first in Ireland

GDPR has now been in effect for two years. During this time, data protection authorities across Europe have imposed fines on organisations for non-compliance. The DPC issued the first fine to Tusla recently. Some of the more notable fines are listed below.The GDPR has increased accountability and has resulted in greater awareness of data protection issues across Europe. There are many reasons for ...

   Friday, May 29th


Train online with ICS: all professional development courses available to book

Behind the scenes at ICS we have been working hard to ensure your professional development needs can continue to be met. We are pleased to announce that member events, CPD and training are now fully available online.“Businesses across the country are dealing with new requirements and changing circumstances,” said Claudia Delaney, our Head of Training. “Your staff may need training in new methods ...

  Monday, May 25th


EU grants nearly €49 million to boost innovation in cybersecurity and privacy systems

The Commission announced on May 20 2020 that it will commit nearly €41 million, through Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme, to support 9 projects aimed at working on innovative cybersecurity and privacy solutions. Five of these new projects will concentrate on cybersecurity and privacy solutions for citizens and small and medium businesses (SMEs). The other four projects will work on improving critical security systems, such ...

   Thursday, May 21st


The Long Read: Creating Value Models for Digital Transformation

IT value models must be designed to allow for three types of activities which do not traditionally play well together:Disruptive Innovation and Experimentation,Strategic Long Term Roadmaps andDevOps Style Incremental Innovation and Product Features What are Value Models?Valuation is the practice and delivery of value according to a clear and consistent set of rules and decisions. Value models include the economic framework, ...

  Friday, May 15th


The Future of Academic Computing Education - Survey

The Computing Curricula 2020 (CC2020) is a joint project launched by international professional computing societies to examine the current curricular guidelines for academic degree programs in computing and provide a vision for the future of computing. A final draft report has now been produced, so you and your colleagues are invited to review the draft report and complete the survey.  The stakeholders of the report ...

   Monday, May 11th


EU Covid-19 tracing apps: ensuring privacy and data protection

Phone apps could play a part in the fight against Covid-19, but raise privacy and data protection issues. Discover what the EU is doing.Data protection: tracking coronavirus, not youDedicated mobile apps could play a key role in the fight against Covid-19 and the EU has been working with member states to develop effective solutions. As apps could expose sensitive user data, Parliament has ...

  Thursday, May 7th


National app for Covid-19

As part of the national response to COVID-19, the government has shared more information about the work taking place to develop a national app for contact tracing and real-time symptom tracking.The primary purpose of the app is to enable the health services to improve the speed and effectiveness of contact tracing and to map and predict the spread of COVID-19. This is in ...

  Thursday, May 7th