Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (942)

Jack Chambers

Question:

942. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government 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. [30590/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department recognises fully that cyber security is of central importance in ensuring the security and integrity of its systems, files and data and implements a multi-layered approach to cyber security. This is achieved through a combination of awareness-raising for staff, having appropriate processes in place, ICT security policies, Business Continuity Planning, Cyber Incident Response planning and ensuring that appropriate technological solutions are in place also. Future work in this regard will be supported by a new Departmental Cyber Security Strategy 2019-2022, which is currently being finalised.

My Department works with the State's Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT-IE), a division of the Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment, who provide advice relating to threats and the necessary mitigating actions that should be taken. Protocols exist to report cyber security incidents, both internally and to the relevant authorities, including to An Garda Síochána if necessary.

For security reasons, My Department does not comment on details of its ongoing cyber security management.