PHOTO GALLERY: Local Enterprise Week – Cyber Security – Clare

Local Enterprise Week took place across the country from Sunday 4th to Friday 9th March, with hundreds of events planned for start-ups and small businesses.

Padraic McElwee is Head of Enterprise at LEO Clare, the Local Enterprise Office for the county and an integral part of Clare County Council.

According to Padraic, LEO Clare has played a key role as the economy recovers, in facilitating thousands of new jobs throughout the county by providing a ‘first stop shop’ for enterprise supports and advice for start-ups, micro-enterprises and small businesses.


“Local Enterprise Week Clare is organised for Clare businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in the region. Make time for you and your business – be part of Clare Enterprise Week,” said Padraic McElwee.

LEO Clare’s efforts have been applauded by Minister for Employment and Small Businesses, Pat Breen, who has direct responsibility for LEOs, he believes the increased investment in the local enterprise offices has paid off handsomely for County Clare.

Clare Local Enterprise Week 2018 began at Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel in Shannon on Monday the 5th of March with a free breakfast briefing on Cyber Security. Information was provided in a 10-step overview to protect businesses from online security threats.

This is a non-technical exercise focusing on threats as W-Fi eavesdropping, social engineering and CEO fraud where cybercriminals imitate company email accounts in an attempt to scam employees into providing confidential information or executing money transfers.

According to Deloitte, businesses that implement Internet Security Awareness & Safety Training experience a reduction in the chance of a staff member clicking on a malicious e-mail from 30% to 5-10%.