Professor Sir John McCanny, leading cybersecurity authority, to speak at Financial Centres Summit, Dublin, on October 17th
Sir John is head of the UK's Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Cybersecurity, CSIT,at Queens, Belfast, and its academic Principal Investigator. A driving force behind the creation of the Northern Ireland Science Park, a former board member of the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork he has also founded, and sold, two technology companies based on his research activities. With cybersecurity identified as the top technology area of concern by Ireland's FS industry in the recent Finance Dublin/Deloitte Research Report, Professor McCanny, will address cybersecurity and financial services themes. He was the only Northern Irish person knighted in the 2017 honours list. For more details: Financial Centres Summit 2017
Professor Sir John McCanny CBE is Regius Professor of Electronics and Computer Engineering and Director of the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queens University Belfast. He is also the academic Principal Investigator for the Centre of Secure Information Technology (CSIT www.csit.qub.ac.uk, see a Finance Dublin March 2016 article on CSIT here ), the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Cybersecurity.
Professor Sir John McCanny
Professor Sir John McCanny


He was responsible, at Queens, for developing the vision that led to the creation of the Northern Ireland Science Park - now Catalyst Inc - and the ECIT Global Research Institute (www.ecit.qub.ac.uk) for which he is currently Director. In 2002, the Science Park was a “brownfield site”. Today 160 high technology companies are located there, employing over 2,600 people. He also successfully co-founded two high technology companies based on his research activities, APT Ltd, later acquired by Qualcomm, and Amphion Semiconductor, later acquired by Conexant.

Professor McCanny is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IEEE. He is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy. His awards include the IET’s Faraday medal, the Royal Irish Academy’s Cunningham medal, the Irish Times/Royal Dublin Society Boyle medal and an IEEE Millennium medal.