The National Security Awards 2021


Recognising the talent, commitment and heroic efforts of the Irish national security community

The Shelbourne Hotel | November 30


National Security Awards 2021

Due to the overwhelming success of the National Security Summit Ireland we are delighted to launch the inaugural National Security Awards 2021 to recognise the talent, commitment and heroic efforts of the Irish national security community over the past 12 months.
This is Ireland’s only event bringing together policy makers, national security leaders, academics, industry representatives and distinguished international guests to address Ireland’s future security challenges.
The awards will cater for all sectors of the national security community and will open for public nominations. Nominees will be put to a panel of distinguished judges in late October with the awards being conferred at a black tie gala dinner at The Shelbourne Hotel on November 30.
National Security Awards 2021 categories:
  • National Policing & Security Award 2021
  • National Defence Award 2021
  • Resilience & Response Award 2021
  • Information Security Award 2021
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award 2021
  • National Security Business Award 2021
  • Innovation Award 2021
  • Young Professional Award 2021
  • International Recognition Award 2021
  • Public Awareness Award 2021

National Security Summit 2022

The National Security Summit will take place in Croke Park at the end of March 2022. The Summit is Ireland’s only event bringing together policy makers, national security leaders, academics, industry representatives and distinguished international guests to address Ireland future security challenges. The aim of the event is to promote collaboration across government, academia and industry and to generate informed public debate on security issues.

This is a key event for senior leaders within the uniformed and emergency services and their related departments. It’s a forum that brings together the full range of stakeholders in our national security community to learn, network and share knowledge and experience. It’s where diverse groups meet to constructively challenge current ways of thinking and offer new perspectives.

The Awards will be attended by a range of stakeholders across government, industry and academia including:

  • National and international security thought leaders
  • Politicians and senior policy-makers
  • Emergency planners, managers & responders
  • Defence Forces and Garda personnel
  • Fire, Ambulance & Rescue services personnel
  • State security and investigative services (Irish Prison Service, Customs, GSOC, etc.)
  • Information and Cyber Security specialists
  • Diplomats
  • Civil servants
  • Researchers, Academics & Students
  • Security, defence and space industry representatives from across Ireland and Europe
  • Private Security industry leaders
  • Professional services / consultancies

Here are some of the well-known organisations who attended our 2020 summit:

Department of An Taoiseach, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Defence, Department of Justice, Department of Communications, National Cyber Security Centre, Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána, Dublin Fire Brigade, National Ambulance Service, Civil Defence, Coastguard, HSE, UK National Health Service, Wiltshire Police,Fire & Ambulance Services, DCU, UCD, NUIG, Cork IT, UL, UCC, Boston College, RACO, AGSI, Cyber Ireland, Queens University Centre for Secure Information Technologies, Cyber Women Ireland, United Nations,World Metrological Organsiation, Sophos, Vodafone, Edgescan, US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, FBI, Boston College PoliceDepartment, Police Service of Northern Ireland, UK Armed Forces, RoyalDutch Navy, Crowd Strike, CommSec, Babcock International, Damen Shipbuilders, Aeronautics Group, Clingendael Institute Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Irish Institute of International and European Affairs, IBM, IBEC, AIB, Enterprise Ireland, UK Home Office, UKForeign & Commonwealth Office, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US State Department, US Centre for Strategic and International Studies, UK Royal United Services Institute, Kings College London, NATO Defence College, Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance, RAND Corporation Europe, Irish Centre for Emergency Management, Accenture, Swedish Defence Materials Administration and many more..

The National Security Summit 2022 will feature key note addresses, panel debates, fireside chats and break out sessions with dedicated conference tracks for security & defence, emergency services & emergency planning and cyber security.

Our major themes for 2022 are:

  • Security & Defence transformation and innovation
  • Protecting critical national infrastructure from both physical and cyber threats
  • Ransomware as a national security threat
  • The future of the Defence Forces, Garda Síochana and National Cyber Security Centre
  • Preparing for adverse weather events and natural disasters
  • Lessons learned from the emergency services respond to Covid
  • European funding opportunities for Irish researchers and industry


The National Security Summit 2020 was a landmark event within the Irish Security Sector that provided a space for honest dialogue amongst key stakeholders and parties. As a company that support our clients in developing effective Travel Risk Management strategies, An Bradán Feasa were proud to be a primary sponsor for the inaugural event. It allowed us to position our company as an event partner offering incredible exposure and indeed strengthening our brand. In terms of the event management team, they were very conscious of our brand, objectives and made the entire process incredibly easy. We look forward to supporting this event in the future

Thomas Fitzpatrick

Managing Director, ABF Ltd

The inaugural National Security Summit was really well attended and provided a wide range of variety in topics, interesting presentations and panels covering all aspects of security while linking State, academic and business needs in a holistic manner, The day was well spaced and also gave ample time for networking

Jacky Fox

Managing Director and Security Lead, Accenture Ireland & Vice Chair Cyber Ireland

The National Security Summit is the premier security event in Ireland. The range of experts, from government, industry, academia and think tanks, is peerless. The calibre of the discussions and opportunities for public-private sector engagement is exceptional. The summit was remarkably slick: the organisers put together a remarkable programme that combined breadth of topics, top speakers and first class facilities.

Edward Burke

Assistant Professor in International Relations, Director of Conflict, Security and Terrorism, Faculty of Social Science. University of Nottingham

The emergency services stream had a great mix of speakers and panels looking at the organisational responses from all blue light services in major emergencies while also providing niche lectures of value to individual first responders

Mark Callanan

Paramedic & Area West Community Engagement Officer, National Ambulance Service

Our members were hugely impressed with the celibate of experts who featured in Ireland’s inaugural national security summit. It set an extremely high standard and has had an immensely positive impact on defence and security discourse in Ireland

Comdt. Conor King

General Secretary, Representative Association of Commissioned Officers

Some fascinating themes explored in the innovation and research zone. The event did a fantastic job of showing the relevance of security issues to all sectors of Irish society

Vince McCarthy

Co-Founder and Creator of the Festival of C

The team did a great job pulling together a conference that addressed such a broad array of threats. It was a great pleasure being asked to participate

Russ Travers

Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, United States National Security Council

Our Tickets and Pricing

Earlybird virtual ticket rates are available for a limited time only

Individual Awards Ticket



Awards Standard Table of 10 Guests



Awards Premium Table of 10 Guests



2022 Summit Delegate Ticket



To book your place or for sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Kevin Mulligan-Carroll

Commercial Sales Manager

Mob: +353 87 7544925

Email: [email protected]

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or requests about the National Security Awards 2021, please feel free to contact me:


Geraldine Tynan
Awards Director
Tel: (+353) 86 229 1450
Email: [email protected]