Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (85)

Alan Kelly

Question:

85. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence 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. [44740/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

My Department places a high priority on information security and it is our policy is to maintain all operating systems in use with the latest available patches and security updates. The Department will avail of Extended Security Updates for desktop computers and laptops still using Windows 7 after the End of Support for this operating system on January 14th 2020. This will ensure access to patches and security updates until the migration of all of the Department’s desktop computers and laptops to Windows 10 which is due to be completed in early 2020.