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Pouldine Area Of Tipperary Without Broadband Services Following Collision.

Thurles Gardaí have arrested a male on suspicion of drink driving after his motor vehicle lost control and crashed into an ESB pole and a fibre broadband junction box in the area of Pouldine cross located between Thurles town and the village of Horse & Jockey. The area is expected to be without a broadband service for possibly up to 7 days.

Meanwhile, Tipperary Roads Policing Unit have also removed two other cars from our roads yesterday.
The first vehicle was intercepted in Thurles, with the driver found to have no insurance and no Road Tax.

The second vehicle was seized in the Templemore area, with the driver found to be without Insurance; NCT; Road Tax; being a Learner Driver unaccompanied, and exhibiting no L-Plates.

All drivers now face court proceedings.


Joint Public Awareness Campaign For European Cyber Security Month Launched.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau (GNCCB) launch joint public awareness campaign for European Cyber Security Month.

  • These bodies work closely to identify methods used by cyber-criminals; and to advise businesses and the public how to avoid falling victim to cyber-crime.
  • An increase in ransomware attacks against businesses is evident, where payments are demanded.
  • Phishing attacks continue to target the most vulnerable in our communities – to steal personal data and money.

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Mr Ossian Smyth TD; Minister for Justice, Mrs Helen McEntee TD and Assistant Garda Commissioner, Mr Paul Cleary have, this week, launched a joint public awareness campaign for October’s European Cyber Security Month.
This year’s campaign focuses on the twin themes of phishing and ransomware, urging vigilance and outlining their potential impacts on the everyday lives of Irish citizens and businesses. The campaign is being jointly promoted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau (GNCCB).

Over the course of Cyber Security Month, which runs throughout October, the NCSC will raise awareness on phishing and ransomware across online and traditional channels. This will take place alongside work by the GNCCB; both bodies are engaging with target audiences — for example the elderly and SME businesses — to highlight the risks involved and the steps that can be taken against both phishing and ransomware attacks.

Phishing emails, used by attackers to lure people into disclosing personal details or clicking on malicious links, are used by cyber-criminals to gain unauthorised access to a computer or network. Hackers continue to design smarter and more sophisticated phishing emails, in the hope of gaining people’s trust and pressuring them into acting without thinking.

Throughout October 2022 a key focus will be on informing the public, in particular the elderly, on how to avoid becoming a victim of email phishing, how to spot the tell-tale signs of these types of emails and what to do if a person has fallen victim to an e-mail phishing attack.

Commenting on the launch, Minister McEntee said: “I know I am not alone in being bothered by fake calls and text messages, and I share people’s frustrations at having to fend off these criminals and their often sophisticated scams. The simple truth is that the same technological advancements that have made our lives easier in so many ways also open us up to new forms of criminality. And, by its nature, those seeking to take advantage of today’s global connectivity often sit outside the easy reach of domestic law enforcement. That is why we need to do everything we can to help people and businesses protect themselves.

The ability of international criminal gangs to launch ransomware attempts against Irish entities from anywhere in the world reinforces the importance of having well-designed and resilient cybersecurity procedures and systems in place.

European Cyber Security Month is a valuable opportunity for us all to work together to raise awareness of the dangers of cybercrime and try and protect those most at risk. And the continued expansion of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau and the National Cyber Security Centre under this Government demonstrates our commitment to doing so”.

Assistant Commissioner Cleary, Organised & Serious Crime, commented: “We have seen an increase in ransomware attacks against businesses, where payments are demanded to regain access to critical data information systems. The impact of these types of crime can be significant where companies are no longer able to function and recovery costs are potentially severe.

At the same time, phishing attacks can target the most vulnerable in our communities — to steal their personal data and their money. The Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau and the National Cyber Security Centre work closely to identify the methods being used by cyber-criminals, so that we can advise companies and the public how to avoid being victims of cyber-crime and enable them to recover from a cyber-attack when it does occur.

Our collaboration for European Cyber Security Month is an important part of our cyber-security strategy and demonstrates the commitment of both agencies, and of Government, to make the online environment safer for businesses and the public”.

Tactics of criminal ransomware groups.
The second area of focus is ransomware. Focus will be on the stages of a ransomware attack chain, the impacts they have, and the important actions that can be taken in ‘breaking the chain’ and stopping an attack from occurring. Previously issued guidance will also be promoted, including a ‘Cyber Vitals’ checklist and ‘12 Steps to Cyber Security’ for businesses — to help to build and improve their cyber resilience (to defend against ransomware attacks).

The NCSC and GNCCB have seen a noticeable change in the tactics of criminal ransomware groups, whereby rather than largely focussing on Governments, critical infrastructure, and big business, they are increasingly targeting smaller businesses. Both agencies advise that ransom payments should not be made to criminal groups, highlighting that there is no guarantee that paying a ransom will lead to your data being successfully decrypted or prevent the data from being leaked online.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Smyth said: “As the National Cyber Security Centre and Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau have highlighted recently, there is an increasing and worrying trend globally of SMEs being targeted by ransomware groups, with Irish businesses being amongst those impacted. Organisations are facing a very real threat from cyber-criminals looking to disrupt these organisations from functioning properly – in return for a ransom.

We are also aware of the different forms of phishing out there. These can have a very damaging impact on citizens and businesses. European Cyber Security Month is a terrific way to raise awareness of these issues – amongst small and medium sized businesses and amongst all Irish citizens. This will ensure they have the necessary defences to protect themselves against these cyber-related threats”.

The NCSC and GNCCB will also take part in a webinar on ransomware hosted by IBEC and the Small Firms Association during the second half of October.
The webinar will involve panel discussions on key cyber-security challenges and what key steps businesses can take to defend against these types of online crimes. In addition, the Bureau will take part in a series of roadshows around the country organised by ISME to discuss cyber risks and awareness from the small and medium enterprise business sector. Full details of locations and dates are available on the www.isme.ie website. Similar support is being provided by Age Action and Age Friendly Ireland, who will use their networks to get the European Cyber Security Month 2022 cyber safety message out – to senior citizens and the wider community.

The NCSC will conduct several briefings for Operators of Essential Services (OES) and Government Departments to raise awareness of Cyber Security threats during October. The NCSC will also host the first session of the Cyber Irelands National Conference on Enhancing Resilience in an Uncertain World on 5th October.


Aspects Of Thurles Centenary Co-op IT System Compromised.

In a message to their milk suppliers; on Monday last, we understand that Centenary Thurles Co-operative Society have advised farmers to monitor their bank accounts, their email service, and any other forms of stored data, in order to become aware of possible suspicious activity, over the coming days.

We understand that the Thurles Co-operative Society is working to resolve a suspected breach in their current IT system.

The Co-operative Society, run by the local farming community for the mutual benefit of its members and the Society, acknowledge that they have identified certain IT regularities within their system, but for security reasons have declined to further comment on what aspect of their system has been compromised.


Installation Of Smart Meters Underway In Co. Tipperary.

The ESB Networks, or individuals working on their behalf, are currently replacing all electricity meters across Ireland to Smart meters.

The programme initially began in 2019, which means many meters have already been replaced. ESB Networks will let you know when they are coming to your area to replace your meter.

The installation of Smart meters, in Co. Tipperary, is currently underway. Same Smart meters are an upgrade to the previous analogue meters found in people’s homes and use the latest digital technology to give up-to-date details on a household’s electricity usage.
Smart meters mean that there will be no need for a visit from your friendly meter reader, latter calling every 4 months or indeed your grossly exaggerated estimated electricity bill.
Your Smart meter now can be read remotely, and you will then be supposedly able to access new smart services offered by electricity suppliers.
Once installed it takes 30 days for your smart meter to establish its connection to the ESB Network secure communications network.

Some one million Smart meters have already been installed in homes across Ireland to date, and NO, if you want electricity, you must have a Smart Meter installed. It is expected that all two million households in Ireland will have a smart meter in their home by 2024 or early in 2025.

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), Ireland’s independent energy and water regulator, are advising households, who have had a smart meter installed in their home, to contact their electricity supplier regarding the smart services they offer.
According to the CRU, all suppliers of electricity must offer Smart Price Plans to customers with a Smart Meter installed.

Smart services are supposed to give electricity users more choice, allowing them to move their electricity use to certain times of the day, thus allowing customers to choose price plans to suit their particular lifestyle.


First Ever Cross-Border Manufacturing Workshop In TUS – Part Of Manufacturing Solutions Ireland Event.

  • International businesses also look to Manufacturing Solutions, hosted by TUS & GTMA, to introduce new technologies to the Irish, UK and European markets in the new Manufacturing Technology Zone.
  • GTMA: “The success of the event is driven by demand, and that demand is fuelled by a determination of businesses in Ireland and the UK to build relationships, work together and do business”.

Members of Manufacturing NI, who represent 5,500 manufacturing firms in Northern Ireland, will travel to Limerick next week to meet with representatives of the Irish industry cluster, IDEAM** in a bid to foster cross-border collaborations that will support the green and digital transition for manufacturing SMEs.

Manufacturing Solutions Ireland Event

** IDEAM (www.ideam.ie) is an innovative national industry cluster launched in April 2021 located in the heart of the Mid-West region supporting businesses to collaborate, innovate and grow. IDEAM assists manufacturing SMEs in digital transformation and our core aim is to unlock new opportunities for industry by working collectively.

The InterTradeIreland supported meeting and workshop for IDEAM and Manufacturing NI is just one element of Manufacturing Solutions Ireland 2022 taking place at TUS (Technological University of the Shannon), Moylish Campus, Limerick, on Wednesday and Thursday June 15th and 16th, organised by TUS and UK Manufacturing Supply Chain trade association the GTMA*.

* The Gauge and Tool Makers Association (GTMA) is a UK-based trade association representing leading companies in precision engineering, rapid product development, toolmaking, tooling technologies, metrology and other critical manufacturing related products and services. It embraces technology, procurement and supply chain initiatives to offer solutions across a full range of business needs.

Manufacturing Solutions Ireland, which began in 2016, has grown from a successful manufacturing supply trade exhibition to a two-day event that now includes a multi-million euro Manufacturing Technology Zone and the IDEAM Digitalisation of Manufacturing Conference. Meet the Manufacturer also returns as part of this event, along side 150 exhibits, which attract thousands of exhibitors, delegates, manufacturers and visitors from across Ireland and the UK to Limerick.

Dr. Jamie Meehan, Cluster Manager, IDEAM said that this year’s extended two-day Manufacturing Solutions event will also provide historic firsts. “For the first time ever a cross-border collaboration workshop will take place allowing two industry clusters – IDEAM and Manufacturing NI – come together with a view to developing relationships that will allow us to jointly attract more business into the future. Manufacturing NI represents businesses with sales valued at £20 billion, whilst the manufacturing industry in the Republic of Ireland recorded sales of €134.6 billion in 2020. Sharing ideas and opportunities among this sector on both sides of the border will be hugely beneficial for everyone.”

Meanwhile day two of the conference will introduce EIT Manufacturing, the European body that seeks to empower people who are capable and inspired to shape the future of manufacturing. Its members will travel to Limerick to advise attendees at Manufacturing Solutions how to access the €400 million support fund.

Multi Million Euro Manufacturing Technology Zone.
International businesses are also looking to Manufacturing Solutions Ireland 2022 to introduce new technologies to the Irish, UK and European markets through the new Manufacturing Technology Zone.

Large companies across the UK and Europe will bring machines, many never before seen in Ireland or the UK, to the event that is now considered one of the largest manufacturing events in Ireland.

Companies such as Mills CNC, Hurco, Wenzel, Werth, Fanuc, Lister Machine Tools, ETG Ireland, Premier Machine Tools and Starrag, will demonstrate machines valued at more than €5 million over two days in the Manufacturing Technology Zone.

Mr David Beattie General Manager GTMA said, “Manufacturing Solutions Ireland is growing year on year, and is now a permanent fixture in the calendar for manufacturers with an interest not only in what is happening now in industry, but also looking at next generation technology and innovation. The success of the event is driven by demand, and that demand is fuelled by a determination of businesses in Ireland and the UK to build relationships, work together and do business”.

President of TUS Professor Vincent Cunnane said he was delighted to welcome the GTMA and Manufacturing Solutions Ireland back to the Moylish Campus, now home to Ireland’s third technological university – TUS. “TUS is driving development and investment across the Midwest and Midlands, building on our commitment to ensure that manufacturing in the regions continues to adapt, change and remain at the cutting edge internationally. Our partners in GTMA bring all the leading technology suppliers together at Manufacturing Solutions, so that industry can benefit from collective knowledge, products and technology. We are delighted to host an event that not only allows us to build strong partnerships but facilitates an exchange of ideas“.

For further information or to register to attend this free two-day event see manufacturingsolutions.ie.

Given the popularity of the event – booking is advised.