Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (833)

Jack Chambers

Question:

833. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the cybersecurity protocols under the remit of her Department; if it has had a cybersecurity breach in the past 12 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30581/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Department of Health provides ICT services to my Department under the terms of a Service Level Agreement and enacts the following on our behalf.

It implements a multi-layered approach to cyber security and to protecting our ICT systems, data and infrastructure. This includes preventative controls like firewalls, anti-virus and endpoint protection alongside an advanced network intrusion detection system. Software vulnerabilities are managed by maintaining up-to-date versions. Regular communications are issued to staff, reminding them of their obligations around cyber security and informing them of any emerging threats. In addition my Department continues to engage with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) based in the Department of Communications, Climate Action Environment and receives regular updates from the State's national/governmental Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT-IE). I am advised that there have been no cyber security breaches within the Department in the past 12 months.