Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (388)

Alan Kelly

Question:

388. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to protect her 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 her Department and the agencies under her remit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44736/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

My Department does not have any computers that still use the Windows 7 operating system and has not had any for quite some time. While the use of this operating system does not present a risk to my Department, it has, in line with best practice adopted a defence in depth approach to cybersecurity protection with a combination of technological controls and processes in place.

The computer operating systems in use in agencies under the remit of my Department, and their support and maintenance, is a day to day operational matter for those agencies and not one in which I have a direct function.