About the Institute of Cyber Security

The Institute of Cyber Security provides information, analysis, education and research in information security and data protection, for organisations and enterprises around the world. The aim of the Institute of Cyber Security is to contribute towards increased awareness about the risks associated with cyber security while helping organisations develop the most resilient information security culture possible.


The Institute of Cyber Security was established in 2015 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.


Dr Ciarán Mc Mahon

Dr Ciarán Mc Mahon is a director of the Institute of Cyber Security and an award-winning academic psychologist from Ireland. A former Government of Ireland Scholar, he has published research on the history of psychological language, the psychology of social media, digital wellness and the social impact of cybercrime. Ciarán has worked at a number of third level institutions, most recently at the CyberPsychology Research Centre at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Ciarán also has extensive media experience and regularly contributes on topics relating to psychology, cyberbullying, technology and the internet to national and international; media outlets including USA Today, Fortune Magazine, The Guardian, InfoSecurity Magazine, RTE Radio 1, TV3, Newstalk. In 2016, Ciarán was a speaker at TEDxFulbrightDublin.

Cathal Lee

Cathal Lee is an adviser to a broad range of companies, organisations and individuals with over 15 years’ experience in public affairs, communications, research, public policy strategy and campaign strategy. Cathal founded Lee Communications in 2011 which provides corporate communications support to a range of organsiations, international & indigenous companies, from Fortune 500 companies, to fast growing start-up companies in the technology sector. Cathal is the founder and CEO of 11Point4 a growing global team of experts in research, strategy and analysis. A graduate of the Asia-European Foundation University, Cathal represented Ireland at the Asia-Europe Young Leaders Symposium in Beijing and holds a B.A. and M.A. from University College Dublin.