Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1016, 1017, 1018)

Alan Kelly

Question:

1016. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of computers in his Department that still use an operating system (details supplied) in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44716/19]

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Alan Kelly

Question:

1017. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his Department will not be forced to pay additional premium payments to a company (details supplied) once support for an operating system expires in January 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44732/19]

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Alan Kelly

Question:

1018. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans to protect his Department in the event of a malware attack or security risks as a result of the failure to upgrade computers from an operating system (details supplied) in his Department and the agencies under his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44748/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1016 to 1018, inclusive, together.

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

There are currently 154 personal computing devices running the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system in my Department. I understand that all of these devices will be upgraded to Microsoft Windows 10 by the end of 2020.

In the meantime, extended support arrangements will be put in place for all devices running Windows 7 to ensure they continue to receive security updates and patches to protect against malware attack. It is expected that the cost of extended support for the period concerned will be in the region of €7,500.