Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (866)

Jack Chambers

Question:

866. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the cybersecurity protocols under the remit of his Department; if it has had a cybersecurity breach in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30593/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department's ICT services are provided by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform through the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO).

The OGCIO implements a multi-layered approach to cyber security and to protecting ICT systems, infrastructures and services. OGCIO implements a defence-in-depth security strategy which is achieved through the effective combination of People, Processes, and Technology to support the implementation of appropriate security measures and provisions. With the threat landscape constantly evolving, significant effort is expended to continually enhance and strengthen ICT security to mitigate against emerging threats, risks, vulnerabilities and cybersecurity issues.

I am advised that in terms of cyber security strategies, OGCIO also continues to work closely with the National Cyber Security Centre which is a division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and encompasses the State's national/governmental Computer Security Incident Response Team.

My Department has no evidence to indicate any cybersecurity breaches in the past 12 months