Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (236)

Alan Kelly

Question:

236. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills 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. [44741/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

It is anticipated that my Department will complete the upgrade of its computers from the Windows 7 Operating System to the Windows 10 Operating System by January 2020.

In addition, the Department implements multiple security protocols and measures including User Awareness, Perimeter Security, Anti-virus/Anti-Malware, Email and Web filtering, System Patching, Risk Management, Policies, Regular Vulnerability Assessments/Penetration Testing, Mobile Device Management, Access Management, Incident Management, Event Monitoring, Information Security Governance, GDPR Awareness, Disaster Recovery, Offline Backups, Supplier Management and Encryption.

I will arrange for officials from my Department to request the relevant information from the non-commercial state agencies under my remit that have an annual administrative budget expenditure of €5 million or greater and annual ICT-related expenditure of €100,000 or greater and excluding schools as previously agreed with the Deputy. This information will be compiled and forwarded to you as soon as it is available.