Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (74, 75, 76)

Alan Kelly

Question:

74. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Taoiseach the number of computers in his Department that still use an operating system (details supplied) in tabular form. [44717/19]

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Alan Kelly

Question:

75. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Taoiseach 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. [44733/19]

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Alan Kelly

Question:

76. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Taoiseach 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. [44749/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 to 76, inclusive, together.

There is one computer in the Department of the Taoiseach that uses the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System. This computer is used for an internal system and is scheduled to be replaced in November 2019 with the supplier of that system.

The provision of modern, appropriately secured and appropriately supported computer operating systems, on all devices used by staff assigned to the Department, is a component of protecting against malware and other attacks insofar as possible.

The Department of the Taoiseach will not be required to pay any additional premium support payments once support for Microsoft Windows 7 ends on 14th January 2020.