Thursday, 23 February 2017

Swanson Reed launches TaxTrex in Ireland

Leading international R&D tax firm, Swanson Reed, today launches its innovative new TaxTrex software in Ireland. Developed following extensive academic research, TaxTrex helps businesses to monitor and document their R&D tax relief claims. Using a simple survey system, companies can ensure they keep up to date with all documentation needed, so they are fully prepared when the time comes to make a claim.

“TaxTrex promises to revolutionise the way Irish companies track their R&D tax claims, saving them time and money,” said Sophie Mercer, Tax Principal at Swanson Reed. “Using our new software, companies will complete three surveys throughout the year which document the scientific process as it occurs. The information from these surveys is extracted, time-stamped and securely stored within TaxTrex. It serves to clearly illustrate the purpose of all activities, and can be used at audit time to help defend a tax claim,” she said.

82% of accountants currently believe that it’s too risky to prepare R&D claims without specialist assistance. With the help of TaxTrex, they can now be empowered to prepare and document these claims themselves in-house. Benefits and features of the software include: risk assessment based on a unique Swanson Reed algorithm; automated surveys; time-stamping; tiered access for all levels of the business; secure storage of documents; and visual representations of R&D activities.

Swanson Reed is a global leader in tax advisory services, with a strong track record in helping companies claim R&D tax credit. Its experience and industry knowledge means it has specialised expertise in managing the claim process. Its team of best-in-class tax accountants boast an intimate knowledge of the innovation industry, and can identify every last cent that may be eligible for a tax rebate.

For further details on TaxTrex, please visit

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Girls Hack Ireland wants you!

Websites - we use them every day - but have you ever wondered about how they are put together? Have you ever thought about how you might make your own?

Well, Girls Hack Ireland would love to show you how! We are running a free website workshop for girls on the 11th of March in Dublin City University. If you are aged between 13 and 17 years old, we'll teach you everything you need to know, and we'll provide you with a laptop too. All you have to bring on the day is yourself (and your parent/guardian if you are under 16).

Parents, while your daughters/charges are busy learning the ins and outs of web design, we'll be running a similarly themed course for you. You'll be able to continue the learning at home!

Girls Hack Ireland is a programme brought to you by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. The programme aims to introduce girls to the world of science, technology, engineering and maths in a fun and supportive way.

Dr Aoibheann Bird, Education and Public Engagement Manager for the Insight Centre for Data Analytics says, ‘We’re very excited to be running this workshop in March – we’re looking forward to meeting new girls and parents, and introducing them to the creative world of technology!’

Students will be coming from all over the country and places are being snapped up quickly. You can find out more at

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Malware on Android up 50% in 2016

ESET Ireland is reporting a more than 50% increase in the detection of Android ransomware in 2016, historically the highest number of attempts to penetrate mobile devices.

ESET, the leading IT security vendor based in the European Union, presents the latest annual data based on its LiveGrid® technology in the white paper “Trends in Android Ransomware”. Findings are released just ahead of Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona February 27 – March 2, 2017.

“Altogether we saw an increase in Android malware detection by around 20%, with ransomware on this platform growing at ever faster rate. Even as ESET observed the largest spike in the first half of 2016, we are nowhere near saying that this threat will disappear anytime soon,” says ESET Chief Technology Officer Juraj Malcho, who will address this topic during MWC 2017.

Authors of lock-screen as well as file-encrypting “crypto-ransomware” types have used the past 12 months to copycat effective techniques from desktop malware. They have also developed their own sophisticated methods specialized for targets running Android devices.

In addition to the most prevalent scare tactics used by lock-screen “police ransomware”, cybercriminals have been putting increased effort into keeping a low profile, by encrypting and burying the malicious payload deeper into the infected apps.

In 2015, ESET observed that the focus of Android ransomware operators shifted from Eastern European to US mobile users. However, last year demonstrated a growing interest by the attackers in the Asian market. “Indeed, it is fair to say that ransomware for Android has become a full-scale global threat,” adds Malcho.