Thursday, 25 October 2018

Questions (308)

Brian Stanley

Question:

308. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the funding allocated to the National Cyber Security Centre as part of his Department's budget per annum since the publication of the cybersecurity strategy in 2015. [44267/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is located within my Department, and serves to provide a range of cyber security services to owners of Government IT infrastructure and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI). The expertise contained within the NCSC covers a broad range of capabilities including computer science, software engineering, malware analysis and information technology forensics. The NCSC is also home to the national Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT-IE) and is responsible for acting as a conduit for information to constituents (including operators of Critical National Infrastructure, Government Departments and Agencies), providing expert advice and analysis on cyber security issues and for coordinating significant incidents. Like similar bodies in other jurisdictions, the NCSC acts as a central contact point in the event of a government or nation-wide cyber security incident affecting the State. The NCSC received International Accreditation in 2017.

The allocations to the National Cyber Security Centre, exclusive of staffing, over the period 2011 to 2017 are as follows:

Year

Allocation

2011

250,000.00

2012

250,000.00

2013

250,000.00

2014

250,000.00

2015

250,000.00

2016

750,000.00

2017

1,950,000.00