More than 300 cyber security professionals will attend a major conference in Cork today.

The National Cyber Security Conference will hear from a variety of international keynote speakers and delegates will discuss the opportunities and challenges currently facing Ireland.

"Today's conference will bring together senior leaders from across industry, academia and government to showcase the best of the cyber security sector," said Dr Eoin Byrne, Cluster Manager, Cyber Ireland.

In May, Cyber Ireland released a report outlining how the cyber security sector has the potential to generate 17,000 jobs in Ireland.

7,500 people are currently employed in the industry by 490 firms, contributing around €1.1bn to the Irish economy annually.

October is European Cyber Security Month and yesterday the Government launched a major public awareness campaign focusing on phishing and ransomware, urging vigilance and outlining the potential impacts on individuals and businesses.